In Lahore, the Grand Trunk Road's dichotomy: A couple shares a motorcycle, as a horse pulls a wagon in the background. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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A man rides his bike down the former main street of the ancient city of Sirkap, which was a crowded settlement more than 2,000 years ago. Villagers now use the street as a shortcut home. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Muhammad Yasir, 23, lifts free weights at Gold's Gym in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Despite its name, the facility is not affiliated with the U.S. gym chain. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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In early April, professor Iftikhar Baloch was assaulted and nearly killed in his office by members of Islami Jamiat Taliba, who were upset at the expulsion of some of their members from the university. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Maria Khan is a 25-year-old barrister from Lahore. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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Near Aligarh, India, a boy looks out the window of an aging bus on the Grand Trunk Road. Kainaz Amaria for NPR hide caption

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