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December 16, 2014
Photo Gallery: Militant Attack On Pakistan School
Gunmen attacked a military-run school in Peshawar on December 16, killing at least 141 people, including 132 children, in a brazen assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban. Gunfire and blasts were heard inside the school, where hundreds of students and staff remained as army personnel and anguished parents surrounded the building in Peshawar's high-security zone following the morning attack.
October 16, 2014
Peshawar's Liberal School
Edwardes College is located in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Like other liberal institutions of higher learning, the school has faced opposition from radical clerics. Robin Brooke-Smith, author and a former principal of the college, took these pictures in 2000.
September 17, 2014
Making A Living While Protesting Pakistan's Government
Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and his ally Tahir ul-Qadri, a cleric, have been camped out by the parliament building in Islamabad for weeks in a protest against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protesters accuse the prime minister of rigging last year's election that brought him back to power. The number of demonstrators has declined since the protest began in August, but some have vowed to stay until Sharif resigns. While they make their temporary home near the parliament, some people are scraping by on their earnings from selling food and other goods to fellow protesters. (Photos by Ahmad Shah Azami , RFERL’s Radio Mashaal)
September 17, 2014
Hamid Karzai: A Presidency In Pictures
Hamid Karzai has been the leader of Afghanistan for almost 13 years, since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion of the country in late 2001. He was constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office and so did not run in the May 2014 election. His successor had been due to be sworn in by September 2, but an ongoing fraud dispute between the two candidates -- Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani -- has meant Karzai has remained in office until the dispute is resolved. Karzai says he will retire, not to a mansion built on the grounds of the presidential palace but to a more modest home in Kabul, a move made, it is thought, to address fears he would continue to wield influence over Afghan politics even after he left office.
September 10, 2014
Deadly Floods Sweep Pakistan
More than 440 people have been killed in recent days by floods in Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmir amid the heaviest rains in 50 years. In Lahore, the roof of a mosque collapsed after days of rain – killing 24 worshippers inside. The embankment of a river in Pakistan’s Punjab Province has been breached by floodwaters, forcing the evacuation of 700,000 people from their homes.
August 26, 2014
A “jirga,” or tribal assembly, is an ancient institution among the Pashtun communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A jirga is a forum to resolve disputes and a platform for generating consensus and finding solutions to problems. RFE/RL Correspondent Majeed Babar photographed many tribal jirgas near the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar before the onset of the Taliban insurgency a decade ago.
June 18, 2014
Civilians Flee Pakistan's North Waziristan
Pakistan launched an offensive on June 15 aimed at rooting out Taliban fighters and other militants from North Waziristan in the country's tribal areas. The military action prompted a civilian exodus from the region, with many crossing the border into neighboring Afghanistan. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
April 04, 2014
Balochistan: Portraits Of Life On The Brink
Balochistan, a vast, resource-rich desert region spanning Pakistan and Iran is a hotbed of separatist conflict. In his new book titled "Balochistan at a Crossroads," journalist Willem Marx and photographer Marc Watterlot documented the suffering and struggles of Baluch people living in underdeveloped and marginalized communities in both Pakistan and Iran.
March 06, 2014
Peshawar's Storytellers Bazaar
For centuries, the Qissa Khwani, or storytellers bazaar, has been at the heart of Peshawar's life. The bazaar's name originates from an historic tradition of traders from Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent mingling in the market's crowded tea houses to exchange stories. But in recent years, Peshawar, capital of the insurgency-plagued northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been frequently attacked, and Qissa Khwani has been the target of repeated bombings. Radio Mashaal correspondent Majeed Babar recently visited the bazaar to capture its colors.