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Gandhara, an ancient region comprising parts of today's Afghanistan and Pakistan, inspires this page, which provides foreign policy audiences with reporting, analysis and commentary direct from our local correspondents in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the aim of promoting peace in the region. 
 

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Bomb Blast Strikes Shi'ite Mosque In Pakistani
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Bystanders rushed to help the wounded after a bomb exploded at a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur on January 30. Officials said that at least 10 people were killed and more than 40 injured. (Reuters)
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Video Bomb Blast Strikes Shi'ite Mosque In Pakistan

Bystanders rushed to help the wounded after a bomb exploded at a Shi'ite mosque in the Pakistani city of Shikarpur on January 30. Officials said that at least 10 people were killed and more than 40 injured. (Reuters)
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Video Pakistani Women Teachers Receive Firearms Training

Authorities have begun firearms training for women teachers in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar. The instructions are part of the measures the government is taking to secure educational institutions.
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Video Thousands In Kabul Protest Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Thousands of Afghans marched in Kabul on January 23 to protest against depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Protests have been taking place across the Muslim world since the French weekly's latest issue, in which Muhammad was drawn shedding a tear.
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Video 'They Told Us To Wage Jihad Against Kabul'

Afghan authorities have recently captured a number of young men who were apparently planning to carry out suicide bombings. The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's spy agency, presented several thwarted bombers to the media in Kabul.
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Afghan religious scholars condemn the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in a French magazine, internally displaced people in Pakistan protest about their living conditions, an Iraqi police chief takes journalists on a tour of an area that was retaken from militants last fall, plus stories from Pakis

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  • A miner wipes sweat from his forehead inside a coal mine.
  • Zamurud Khan breaks coal with a pickax.
  • Donkeys stand at the entrance of a coal mine.
  • A miner unloads sacks of coal carried to the surface by donkeys.
  • This hilly landscape contains deep coal reserves.
  • Mohammad Ismail, 25, strikes at the coal face.
  • Miners take a water break.
  • Miners rest in an underground room at the end of a workday.
  • Samiullah, who says he is 14 years old, washes dishes outside the mine.
  • A miner washes after finishing his shift.
  • Miners watch television during a break.
  •  A miner plays cricket in the evening after the day's work is done.

Coal Mining In Pakistan's Punjab Province

At the Choa Saidan Shah coal mine, workers dig coal with pickaxes, break it up, and load it onto donkeys to be transported to the surface. The mine is in Punjab, Pakistan's most populous and richest province, but most of the miners come the poorer region of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, to the northwest. Employed by private contractors, the miners work in teams of four, with each team earning about $10 a day to be divided among them. (Photos by Sara Farid, Reuters)

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