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The beat is fading for Pakistan’s Ramazan drummers

RAWALPINDI: Lal Hussain saunters through Rawalpindi's empty streets at 1:00 am shattering the silence with syncopated drum beats, awakening startled Pakistanis so they can sleepily eat one last meal before the day's Ramazan fasting begins. "Wake up and eat your morning meal!" he howls along with the Bhangra-inspired beats emanating from his dhol drum. Hussain has been faithfully hitting the streets every Ramazan for the last 35 years, walking with his tasselled drum for miles through the deserted byways and back alleys…