PAKISTAN: The Golden Boys

PAKISTAN The Golden Boys

In the internal free-for-all that followed Pakistan's birth as a nation, Kassim and Abdullah Bhatti, sons of two fisherman brothers, built up a gold-smuggling empire so vast that prices on the Karachi bullion exchange fluctuated whenever the Bhattis brought in a shipment. Commanding a fleet of twelve ships that rendezvoused with contraband-carrying vessels in the Arabian Sea, and using new Chevrolets that easily outran customs officials' Jeeps on Pakistan's unpaved roads, the first cousins became rich men about town. Paunchy Kassim acquired a winning stable of 17 race horses and a taste for fading continental blondes. He...

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