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Pakistan Literary Festival Defies Violence

In any other country, the site of people casually hanging around, or deep in conversation, with a book in one hand and a cellphone in the other, would be quite ordinary. Here, it symbolized an act of defiance. The three-day Lahore Literary Festival in the beautifully designed Alhamra Cultural Complex last weekend started a few days after a suicide attack in the city had killed at least 20. Pakistan has seen an unprecedented increase in violent extremism in the last decade. Tens of...

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