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Pakistani Muslims attend Friday prayers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Lahore . Islam's holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims worldwide marked by fasting, abstaining from foods, sex and smoking from dawn to dusk for soul cleansing and strengthening the spiritual bond between them and the Almighty

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Pakistani Muslims attend Friday prayers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Lahore, Pakistan

A worker prepares vermicelli at a workshop in Hyderabad, Pakistan, ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

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A worker prepares vermicelli at a workshop in Hyderabad, Pakistan, ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

 A man and his cart loaded with sacks of vegetables near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan, 22 May 2015. The merchants wait for clearance to cross into Afghanistan with their goods

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A man and his cart loaded with sacks of vegetables near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan on Friday. The merchants wait for clearance to cross into Afghanistan with their goods

A child looks on at an area affected by torrential rains in Peshawar, Pakistan, 27 April 2015. Rescue workers were scrambling to reach dozens of people believed trapped under collapsed buildings on 27 April after heavy overnight rains and strong winds killed 44 people in north-western Pakistan.  The meteorological department categorized the storm as "mini tornado or twister," warning the government to take more serious steps to tackle climate change especially in northern Himalayan regions

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A child looks on at an area affected by torrential rains in Peshawar, Pakistan. Rescue workers were scrambling to reach dozens of people believed to be trapped under collapsed buildings on Monday after heavy overnight rains and strong winds killed 44 people in north-western Pakistan

Pakistani children play near the Ravi river in Lahore

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Pakistani children play near the Ravi river in Lahore.

Pakistani commandos hang from a helicopter

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Commandos hang from a helicopter during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on Monday

Pakistani Muslim students attend a religious madrassa, or school, to learn the Quran, in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Religious schools in Pakistan, most of them in mosques, are the only source of education for thousands of children.

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Pakistani Muslim students attend a religious madrassa to learn the Koran, in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday. Religious schools in Pakistan, most of them in mosques, are the only source of education for thousands of children

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Afghan refugee women, clad in a burqa, climb on a truck to be repatriated to Afghanistan, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office on the outskirts of Peshawar

An Afghan refugee man sitting on a wooden cart plays with his son on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.

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An Afghan refugee sitting on a wooden cart plays with his son on the roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

An Afghan refugee child sits at the doorway of a mud home in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.

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An Afghan refugee child sits at the doorway of a mud home in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

An Afghan refugee boy walks toward a hand pump to fetch water, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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An Afghan refugee boy walks toward a hand pump to fetch water, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan 

Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, 30 January 2015. According to local sources in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers three civilians were wounded on the Indian side of the disputed India-Pakistan Kashmir border when Pakistani troops allegedly fired mortar shells at border posts and villages.

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Indian villager looks from hole in the wall of a building allegedly damaged by shelling from the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir border, at Arnia village, about 45 KM from Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India. According to local sources in a major ceasefire violation by Pakistani Rangers three civilians were wounded on the Indian side of the disputed India-Pakistan Kashmir border when Pakistani troops allegedly fired mortar shells at border posts and villages.

Famine in Pakistan...epa04587737 A child affected from famine waits to get medical treatment in Tharparkar, Sindh province, Pakistan, 27 January 2015. Reports state that some 47 people, most of them infants, died in January due to malnutrition in the famine-hit area of the Sindh province.

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A child affected by the famine waits to get medical treatment in Tharparkar, Sindh province, Pakistan. Reports state that about 47 people, most of them infants, died in January of malnutrition. 

Afghan refugee children ride a donkey-cart along a dirt track on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

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Afghan refugee children ride a donkey-cart along a dirt track on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday

A student of Ghausia Madrassa holds a sign as he attends with others to offer funeral prayers in Peshawar, for the Islamist militants who conducted attacks in Paris last week...A student of Ghausia Madrassa, an Islamic school, holds a sign as he attends with others to offer funeral prayers in Peshawar January 13, 2015, for the Islamist militants who conducted attacks in Paris last week. Seventeen victims, including journalists and police, died in three days of violence that began on Wednesday with an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for mocking Islam and other religions. The Charlie Hebdo gunmen, two French-born brothers of Algerian origin, singled out the weekly for its publication of cartoons depicting and ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The three days of bloodshed ended on Friday with a siege at a Jewish deli in Paris where four hostages and another gunman were killed. The first two attackers, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi who travelled to Yemen in 2011 for training, were killed on Friday after a siege northeast of the capital. Police said all three men were part of the same Paris-based Islamist cell.

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Students at Ghausia Madrassa, an Islamic school in Peshawar, Pakistan, held prayers for the Islamist militants who conducted attacks in Paris last week. Seventeen victims, including journalists and police, died in three days of violence that began with an attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Girls carry their school bags as they walk along a road while heading to their school after it reopened in Peshawar

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Girls carry their school bags as they walk along a road while heading to their school after it reopened in Peshawar on Monday. Children streamed back to school across Pakistan on Monday in an anxious start to a new term following last month’s massacre of 134 students at an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar.

An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul, January 8, 2015.

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An Afghan man kicks a poster of Pakistani religious leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman during a demonstration against his visit in Kabul on Thursday

A Pakistani policeman stands guard at th...A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the Parliament House building in Islamabad on January 6, 2015, as legislators voted for an amendment in the constitution that will protect the establishment of military courts. Pakistan's lower house of parliament on January 6 approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the plan after the militants gunned down 134 children and 16 adults at the Peshawar school last month. AFP PHOTO/ Aamir QURESHIAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

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A Pakistani policeman stands guard at the Parliament House building in Islamabad as legislators voted for an amendment in the constitution that will protect the establishment of military courts. Pakistan’s lower house on January 6 approved the setting-up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced the plan after the militants gunned down 134 children and 16 adults at the Peshawar school last month 

An Afghan refugee who works as a porter at a wholesale fruit an vegetable market walks to his work on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.

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An Afghan refugee who works as a porter at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market walks to work on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday

Female Pakistani police commandos during an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the last six months. But a series of fresh strikes after the December 16 Peshawar attack, which left 149 people dead -- most of them children, suggest the military is stepping up its campaign. As the Peshawar tragedy unfolded, army chief General Raheel Sharif said the attack had renewed the forces' determination to push for the militants' "final elimination".

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Female Pakistani police commandos take part in an exercise at a police training centre in Nowshera, a district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The army has been waging a major offensive against longstanding Taliban and other militant strongholds in the restive tribal areas on the Afghan border for the past six months