A fire-eater in Port Grand, Karachi, Pakistan
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A Pakistani fire-eater tells his story

Painted faces, kerosene oil and tribal outfits are all part of the colourful world of fire-eating in Pakistan.

But performer Zulfiqar Hussain from Karachi says he would never let his son learn the trade.

The art is dangerous, the stakes are high, and the pay isn't as high as it should be, he says.

Reporting by Shumaila Khan

  • 18 Feb 2016
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