Published: July 2010

Pakistan

Punjab

Pakistan's Heartland Under Threat

West meets East in prosperous, populous Punjab. But the Taliban wants to change the status quo.

By John Lancaster
Photograph by Ed Kashi

The Taliban would not be amused. On a sunny winter afternoon in Lahore, the local culturati have turned out in force for the annual show at the National College of Arts. In the main courtyard young men and women mingle easily, smoking and sipping from cans of Red Bull. Some of the men sport ponytails, and one has a pierced eyebrow.

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