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Farah stockman

Pakistan’s industry of denial

For Pakistanis living on the front lines, there is no denying the horror that extremists create. Last year, I toured the Swat Valley with a barrel-chested police chief who recounted all the cops he lost when the Taliban overran his city. Militants bombed his police barracks and beheaded one of his beloved officers on film. I’ll never forget the stony look on his face as he described how the perpetrators handed out videos of the killing.

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