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Deep In The Mountains, Some Pakistanis Still Dream Of Peace

Beneath a full yellow moon, high in the Himalayan mountains, thousands of mostly Pashtun men are gathered in a field ringed by pine trees. They've come to escape from their difficult lives. Not far away, the Swat River charges noisily down the hill, snaking through territory that, not so long ago, was in the hands of the Taliban. The event was organized by the Pakistani army and the provincial government; it intended to win their hearts and minds with a festival of pleasures abhorred by their Islamist opponents — dance and song. Some among the crowd are nervous and ambivalent, too. Many people have been killed by Pakistan's army in the battle for the valley and the military has a record marred by atrocities and corruption.

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