Indian fishermen released by Pakistan pose for a photograph as they make victory signs on arriving at a railway station in Ahmedabad. Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, ordered the release of 151 Indian prisoners ahead of his historic visit to New Delhi on Tuesday to attend the swearing in as premier of Narendra Modi. Islamabad’s move to free the prisoners, mostly fishermen accused of violating Pakistan’s territorial waters, was welcomed by India as a diplomatic gesture ahead of the inauguration
Labourers pick onions in a field near Multan in the South Punjab province
A herder leads his camels along a road in the central Punjab city of Jhang. Seventy per cent of Pakistan’s 180m population live in rural areas and most of them depend of livestock.
A family looks at a wide array of school bags at a shop in Rawalpindi. Pakistan has re-entered the international bond market after a seven-year gap, the finance ministry said on Wednesday, raising $2bn to boost dwindling foreign exchange reserves and shore up the rupee.
People comfort a relative of one of the victims of a bomb blast in Islamabad, Pakistan. At least 23 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowded market in Islamabad on Wednesday, amid a fragile ceasefire between the government and Islamist militants.
An elderly Afghan refugee man walks toward the main road through a muddy slippery track, during a rainfall in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world s largest refugee communities.
A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass wedding ceremony late on Monday in Karachi. Some 115 couples participated in the ceremony organised by a local charity welfare trust
Pakistani women, wash their laundry at a water reservoir, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The United Nations has proclaimed that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.
An Afghan refugee looks at men trying to clear sewage paths so rainwater can drain, an attempt to avoid flooding during heavy rainfall, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities.
An Afghan refugee reads from the board while he and other schoolchildren attend their classes at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan
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Pakistani health workers mark the thumb of a child after giving him vaccine during a polio vaccination campaign in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pakistani health workers go door to door to administer vaccinations to children for diseases including polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and hepatitis.
Pakistani students of a madrassa, or Islamic school, sleep while others study in a Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. Islamic schools form an important function within the Pakistani educational system, providing for many Pakistanis, the only educational institution they attend.
An Afghan refugee, five-year-old Hamagai Akbar, attends an event on UN World Day of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. The UN says the occasion aims to support efforts for ‘poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all’
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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 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 play on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan
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
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.
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 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.