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A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass...A Pakistani bride looks on during a mass-wedding ceremony in Karachi on late March 24, 2014. Some 115 couples participated in the mass-wedding ceremony organised by a local charity welfare trust. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSANASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images

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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, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The United Nations has proclaimed that March 20 is the International Day of Happiness.

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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 girl, looks at men trying to clear 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, Tuesday, March 11, 2014. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone.

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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 boy reads from the board while he and other schoolchildren attend their classes at their makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, March 7, 2014.

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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

Pakistani health workers mark the thumb of a child after giving him polio vaccine drops to a child during a polio vaccination campaign in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on February 25, 2014. Pakistani health workers go door-to-door to administer vaccinations to children for various diseases including polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and hepatitis.Dr. Elias Durry, coordinating the World Health Organizations support to Pakistans polio eradication effort, said recorded 70 cases of polio last year and vaccinated 34 million children.

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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, some sleeping while others study, in a Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Islamic schools form an important function within the Pakistani educational system, providing for many Pakistanis, the only educational institution they attend.

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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, Hamagai Akbar, 5, attends an event on the occasion of U.N. World Day Of Social Justice, at a makeshift school set up in a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. According to the U.N. website, 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." (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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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’ 

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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Children play on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan 

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. 

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.

Pakistani youth, Daniel Rahmat, 12, who works as a street barber, sits on his chair waiting for customers, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

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Street barber Daniel Rahmat, 12, waits for customers on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

An Afghan refugee boy and his sister enjoy a ride on an improvised swing, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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An Afghan refugee boy and his sister enjoy a ride on an improvised swing, in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency. Thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services. 

An Afghan refugee youth, sits on the side of the alley of a poor neighborhood, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services.

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A young Afghan refugee sits on the side of an alley in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.