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Kickboxing And Porsches In 'The Other Pakistan'

Some of Pakistan's more affluent residents enjoy a lifestyle that is far removed from the conflict and instability often associated with the country by observers abroad. To show this other side of Pakistan, Reuters photographer Zohra Bensemra took pictures of men and women involved in a wide range of activities and professions. Her subjects, including a pilates instructor, a textile entrepreneur, and a rock singer, offer a very different perspective of life in the country.

Interior designer Zahra Afridi (right) kicks a punching bag during a kickboxing training session at her home in Islamabad. Afridi runs her own interior design company. Her most recent project was the Classic Rock Coffee café in the Pakistani capital.
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Interior designer Zahra Afridi (right) kicks a punching bag during a kickboxing training session at her home in Islamabad. Afridi runs her own interior design company. Her most recent project was the Classic Rock Coffee café in the Pakistani capital.

Afridi talks to a carpenter at a workshop on the outskirts of Islamabad.
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Afridi talks to a carpenter at a workshop on the outskirts of Islamabad.

Afridi uses a circular saw as she sculpts a stone guitar outside Classic Rock Coffee.
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Afridi uses a circular saw as she sculpts a stone guitar outside Classic Rock Coffee.

Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas (left) leads a class at her fitness studio in Lahore. Abbas opened her fitness studio, Route2Pilates, after receiving training in Bangkok, Thailand. She provides rehabilitation workouts for people with joint problems and specialised workouts for pregnant women.
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Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas (left) leads a class at her fitness studio in Lahore. Abbas opened her fitness studio, Route2Pilates, after receiving training in Bangkok, Thailand. She provides rehabilitation workouts for people with joint problems and specialised workouts for pregnant women.

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