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In Pakistan, a Region Struggles to Resist Its History

Jan 11, 2017 | 01:44 GMT
In Pakistan, a Region Struggles to Resist Its History
The government in Pakistan has approved a plan to bring stability to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a historically restive region along the country's border with Afghanistan. But the path toward progress will be long and no doubt tortuous.
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Progress is a struggle against history, and in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of western Pakistan, history seems to be winning. The rugged, mountainous region is the country's most impoverished. It has earned a reputation as a hotbed of violence and bastion of resistance, an ungovernable gray zone that exists...

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