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Saturday, October 25, 2014


Kickboxing And Porsches In 'The Other Pakistan'

Published 14 July 2014

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.

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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.

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

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

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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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Naadiya Manzur (center), the director of the Treehouse Nursery and Kindergarten, watches television with her husband, Omar, and son, Zidaan, at their home in Islamabad.

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A girl attends a piano lesson at the Treehouse Nursery and Kindergarten.

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Erum Ahmed, chief executive officer of retail textile brand So Kamal, talks to workers as she visits a factory in the conservative city of Faisalabad. Ahmed, who started her brand three years ago, encourages women to work at her company.

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Ahmed sits in her study in Faisalabad.

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Sana Mir, the captain of Pakistan's women's cricket team, at her home in Lahore. Mir was enrolled in a university engineering program, but left to pursue her passion for cricket.

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Mir (center) sits with a physical therapist (left) and a teammate during a training session for the 2014 International Cricket Council World Twenty20 competition in Muridke.

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Ansa Hasan, a marketing manager at Porsche Pakistan, gestures outside the Porsche showroom in Lahore as she prepares for an upcoming event.

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Rock climber Nazia Parveen (right) jokes with her trainer Imran Junaidi in Islamabad. Parveen, who comes from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, says she wants to change the image of women in her home region. She says that nothing is impossible for a woman who is focused on her goals.

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Lead guitarist and songwriter Khurram Waqar (right), vocalist Umair Jaswal (left), bass guitarist Rahail Siddiqui (second from left), and drummer Asfendyar Ahmad of the rock band Qayaas rehearse at a private studio in Islamabad. The band members say that the current security situation has hampered Pakistan's music scene. Most of the band's performances are at schools, colleges, and private festivals.

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Educator and model Fatima walks past a swimming pool after working out in a gym in her home in Lahore. Fatima is the chief executive officer of the Beaconhouse School System, a network of private schools founded by her mother-in-law.

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Sarah (right) and her brother, artist Usman Ahmed (second from right), smoke a water pipe, also known as a narghile, as they sit with friends at home in Islamabad.