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Scenes From Pakistan

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Pakistan, home to 170 million people, is a country riddled with conflict. Terrorist groups attack the government, civilians, and other perceived enemies, while NATO forces carry out drone attacks on the country's border with war-torn Afghanistan. Pakistan's leaders walk a tightrope, maintaining good relations with the West and taking billions of dollars in foreign aid even as they try to please vocal, sometimes violent, anti-Western groups. In the midst of this turmoil, life carries on, and the vast majority of residents spend their energy focusing on daily needs and tasks. Collected here are some recent scenes from across the country of Pakistan. [45 photos]

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A Pakistani boy carries wood on his head, walking toward a slum during sunset on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, January 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A Pakistani boy carries wood on his head, walking toward a slum during sunset on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, January 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
In this photo taken Tuesday, February 8, 2011, a Pakistani boy wrapped-up against the cold in a heavy wool shawl looks on at the Kojak pass in Pakistan. The 2,290 meter (7,513 foot) high Kojak pass is one of the main connections from Pakistan into Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) #
A young Hindu devotee covers her face as she is photographed after arriving at the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple during a pilgrimage in Pakistan's Balochistan province on April 25, 2011. Thousands from Pakistan and India take part in the annual four-day pilgrimage to the temple, which is a revered site for Hindus. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
A member of an anti-Taliban militia searches the site of a roadside bomb blast on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) #
Pakistani children cross over a stream using an aerial ferry in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #
A man burns computer scrap in order to retrieve metal from it that will be used to make soldering wire in a makeshift workshop in Karachi, on April 20, 2011. (Reuters/Athar Hussain) #
A Pakistani child swims with buffaloes to beat the heat in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are suffering from a hot summer further aggravated by long hours of power cuts due to load shedding. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash) #
Pakistani miners emerge from a tunnel during a rescue operation at a coal mine in the insurgency-torn province of Baluchistan, on March 20, 2011. At least seven miners were killed and 41 others trapped underground when explosions triggered a collapse in a coal mine in the Sorange district, officials said. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images) #
Two Pakistanis ride a horse-drawn cart during heavy rainfall on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #
Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami in Karachi on , on Friday, May 6, 2011, listen to their leaders during a rally to condemn the U.S. for violating Pakistan's sovereignty and killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #
A Pakistani farm worker harvests wheat in Lahore, Pakistan, on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary) #
A laborer adjusts a billboard advertisement in Karachi's business district on February 3, 2011. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
A worker inside an iron factory on the eve of International Labor Day, or May Day, in Lahore, on April 30, 2011. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza) #
A Pakistan Army tank leaves a trail of dust while taking part in military exercises through the Khudai range in central Punjab's Muzaffargarh district on March 31, 2011. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
Pakistani Christian minority leader J. Salik sprinkles ash over his body in Islamabad on March 24, 2011, to protest the Koran burning by U.S. pastor Terry Jones. Pakistan has strongly condemned the "deliberate desecration" of the Koran by the Florida-based evangelical preacher, calling it a setback for global efforts to promote harmony. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A local man skis on a mountain during a four-day skiing competition at the Malam Jabba resort, 300 kilometers (190 miles) northwest of the capital Islamabad in the Swat Valley, on March 20, 2011. The competition made it seem incredible that just a few years ago Taliban fanatics blew up the ski lift, set fire to the nearby hotel, turned Malam Jabba into a training ground and plotted to bring down the government. (A. Majeed/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Pakistani girl watches the photographer, while standing on the muddy path of a slum during a rainy day, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #
Trees covered in spider webs in the flood-affected areas of K.N. Shah, located near Dadu in Pakistan's Sindh province, on December 7, 2010. The cocooned trees were a side-effect of spiders escaping flood waters in the area. Although people in this part of Sindh have never witnessed this phenomenon, they report there are now less mosquitoes, thus reducing the risk of malaria. (Reuters/Department for International Development/Russell Watkins) #
An aerial view shows tents of flood-displaced people surrounded by water in southern Sehwan town on February 7, 2011. Catastrophic monsoon rains that swept through the country in July and August 2010 affected some 20 million people, destroyed 1.7 million homes and damaged 5.4 million acres of arable land. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images) #
Benazir, a four-year-old flood victim, stands inside her family's tent made of tarp in Adam Khan village, some 30 km (19 miles) from Dadu in Pakistan's Sindh province, on January 27, 2011. Six months after the floods raged through Pakistan, victims of one of the country's worst natural disasters are still heavily dependent on aid agencies. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
A Pakistani policeman investigates an eyewitness account after an attack by Taliban militants in Pindi Gheb, about 110 kilometers from Islamabad, on early May 2, 2011. Taliban militants killed seven people including four police officials and set fire around 15 NATO vehicles on the main road heading northwest from the Pakistani capital, police said. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Pakistani shop owner stands in front of his establishment which sells stolen NATO supplies in Quetta, Pakistan -- one of many such shops throughout Pakistan -- on Feb. 7, 2011. Fuel and other supplies for NATO troops in southern Afghanistan are transported along dangerous routes by impoverished Pakistani drivers, and are frequently attacked. The war, now in its 10th year, consumes roughly 6 million liters (1.5 million gallons), about 100 truckloads, of fuel a day, according to NATO forces. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) #
Pakistani youth enjoy ride on a swing-boat as others watch, in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) #
Pakistani laborers selling flower petals wait for customers at a flower market in Lahore on May 12, 2011. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man fumigates against mosquitoes through the streets of Lahore March 28, 2011. Cities across Pakistan launched a fumigation campaign to eliminate mosquitoes and control breeding to protect citizens from malaria and dengue fever for the summer season, local media reported. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza) #
A policeman adjusts a yellow police barrier tape cordoning off the site of a bomb blast in Nowshera district, northwest Pakistan on May 10, 2011. The explosion outside the district court in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killed a female police constable and at least one other person, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported an official as saying. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
A man killed by a suicide bomb attack in Charsadda lies covered in the morgue of the Lady Reading hospital in Peshawar May 13, 2011. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 69 people at a paramilitary force academy in northwest Pakistan on Friday, a police official said, in the first major attack since Osama bin Laden was killed in the country. (Reuters/K. Parvez) #
A girl screams while being treated for shrapnel wounds from a bomb attack in Peshawar, on February 2, 2011. A bomb exploded in a market on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, killing at least nine people and destroying around 15 shops, government officials and witnesses said. Around 20 people were wounded. (Reuters/K. Parvez) #
Hindu devotees climb towards the crater of a mud volcano to perform a ritual offering of coconuts during a pilgrimage to the Shri Hinglaj Mata Temple in Pakistan's Balochistan province, on April 24, 2011. Thousands from Pakistan and India take part in the annual four-day pilgrimage to the temple, which is a revered site for Hindus. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
Pakistani fisherman Fida Khan, left, is helped by his son as he arranges a fishing net before high tide on a Karachi beach in Pakistan, on Monday, March 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #
Pakistani children play with plastic guns in a street near Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden's final hideout as military and police kept the area cordoned off in Abboattabad's Bilal Town vicinity, on May 7, 2011. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A supporter of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-i-Islami prays during a rally to condemn the ban imposed on the burqa or veil in France, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #
A Sikh temple is seen decorated to celebrate the Baisakhi festival in Hasan Abdal, Pakistan, on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The three-day Baisakhi festival of the Sikh community started at Gurdawara Punja Sahib with the participation of Sikhs from India, Pakistan and other countries. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash) #
14-year-old Umar Fidai, a wounded suicide bomber whose explosive vest partially detonated, waits to be taken to a hospital after a suicide bombing at a shrine near Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan on Sunday, April 3, 2011. Taliban suicide bombers struck one of Pakistan's most important Sufi Muslim shrines on Sunday, killing at least 42 people and wounding over 100 who were celebrating the anniversary of its founder's death with music, meditation and other practices abhorred by Islamist militant groups, police said. Fidai later recovered, expressed regret and asked for forgiveness. He also claimed to have been recruited by the Taliban, and trained for six months with 300 other teenaged recruits in North Waziristan. (AP Photo/Saleem Raza Khan) #
People cross from Afghanistan into Pakistan at the border town of Chaman, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. As many as 150,000 people cross daily between Afghanistan and Pakistan according to a Pakistani border official. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) #
Suspected militants allegedly associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban or Taliban Movement are in police custody with their faces covered in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday, May 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) #
Pakistani boys play in a field at sunset, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. (AP photo/Nathalie Bardou) #
A model presents creation by a local designer during a fashion week organized in Lahore, Pakistan, on Thursday, March 31, 2011. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary) #
Ramzan Ahmed, 70, stitches a soccer ball at a factory in Sialkot, on February 9, 2011. Pakistan's eastern city of Sialkot has been a major source of sports goods for international sports events for decades. (Reuters/Mian Khursheed) #
A child rests on a pile of oranges at a fruit market in Peshawar, on March 10, 2011. (Reuters/Fayaz Aziz) #
Pakistani spectators watch a dog fighting tournament outside the village of Lora in Abbottabad District, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, on February 27, 2011. Dog fighting and other forms of animal fighting are very common in rural areas of Pakistan where some 70 percent of the population of 170 million reside. (Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images) #
A devotee prays while standing in front of a bonfire at the shrine of Muslim saint Madhu Shah Lal Hussain in Lahore, on March 26, 2011. Hundreds of devotees are attending a three-day annual festival known as the festival of lamps to pay homage to the 16th century saint. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza) #
A man stands guard on the roof of the Jamia Binoria Al-Almia as students below take part in religious examinations at the seminary in Karachi, on April 9, 2011. Nearly 2,300 students took part in the examinations at the madrasa to become religious scholars. (Reuters/Athar Hussain) #
A man cleans the hoof of his donkey while waiting for shops to open at a market in Karachi, on April 18, 2011. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro) #
A Pakistani girl looks out of a Mosque's window during her daily Islamic religious class, in a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

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