Sharing A Pizza: Students chat in an outdoor cafe on the campus of the Institute of Management Sciences. In the background are the mountainous tribal areas of the former Northwest Frontier province. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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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 street vendor fries jalebi, a treat made of batter and crystallized sugar that is popular in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. 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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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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Kosar Ghaffar Ahmed, 17, participates in a literacy program in which students learn through transcribing text messages. 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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At a family brick-making operation near the Grand Trunk Road in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, workers load donkeys with sun-dried bricks to be carried to the kiln. 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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Shazia Bibi (right) is shown with her family in this undated photo. The 12-year-old died under mysterious circumstances in January 2010, after eight months working in the household of a prominent lawyer in Lahore, Pakistan. Naeem Chaudhry, her employer, is being investigated in connection with her death. Courtesy Masih Family hide caption

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