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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (both not seen), in Beijing, China, 19 February 2014. The Pakistani president is on an official visit in China; his first foreign trip since taking office.

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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office

Pakistani men, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, clear open sewage paths so rainwater can drain, in an attempt to avoid flooding during a heavy rainfall, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

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Pakistani men clear open sewage paths in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in an attempt to avoid flooding. The men and their families have been displaced from tribal areas because of fighting between the Taliban and the army.

Children are silhouetted against the setting sun as they play on the outskirts of Lahore January 28, 2014.

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Dressed in a burqa, a Pakistani child, whose family was displaced from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, stands outside a mosque, where children heir daily Madrassa, or Islamic school, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

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Dressed in a burka, a Pakistani child, whose family was displaced from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, stands outside a mosque, where children hold daily Madrasa, or Islamic school, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan

ALTERNATE CROP - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 photo, Afghan refugee girl, laiba Hazrat, 6, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the worldís largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the U.N.ís refugee agency.

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Afghan refugee, laiba Hazrat, 6, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities of hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the wars and fighting in their country. Read more

Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, mourn his death while waiting at a hospital to take the body for burial, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan s military headquarters Monday, killing more than a dozen of people a day after a militants bombing inside an army compound in the northwest of the country, officials and militants said.

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Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, wait at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to take the body for burial. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan’s military headquarters on Monday, killing more than a dozen people. It came a day after a powerful bomb ripped through a Pakistan army truck in the country’s northern city of Bannu near the Afghan border, killing at least 20 soldiers.

Sakina waits for a teacher to recite verses from the Quran during religion class at a local mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Religious schools in Pakistan mostly set up in mosques are potential source of education for thousands of children.

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Sakina waits for a teacher to recite verses from the Koran during religion class at a local mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. Religious schools in Pakistan mostly set up in mosques are potential source of education for thousands of children.

Afghan refugees

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Afghan refugee children lie on a pile of straw gathered for the livestock, while playing in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency.

A Pakistani woman walks out of her home carrying her child towards a health worker to be vaccinated against polio in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. On Saturday, militants kidnapped four school teachers who were working on a polio vaccination drive in Khyber's Sipah village, said local government official Khurshid Khan. Negotiations are underway for their release, he said. Militants have killed over a dozen polio workers and police protecting them over the last year and they claim the workers are spies and the vaccination is meant to make Muslim children sterile.

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A woman in Islamabad, Pakistan, takes her child to a health worker to be vaccinated against polio. More than a dozen polio vaccine workers have been killed by militants in the past year in the country. They claim the workers are spies and the vaccination is intended to make Muslim children sterile.

Pakistani Ibrahim Mohammed, 42, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan's tribal region of Mohmand Agency due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, wraps himself an his son Mashal, 1, with a shawl to avoid the evening cold, while sitting in front of his home in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

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Ibrahim Mohammed, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan’s tribal region due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, wraps himself and his son Mashal with a shawl to avoid the evening cold, while sitting in front of his home in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad.