Militancy inspires fear in FATA region

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While government officials say security has been improved, people in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas near the Afghanistan border say they still fear militants operating in the region. Here, a Pakistani security alert in a vehicle while patrolling in Chaman near the Afghanistan border the day before the Dec. 7 local elections in Balochistan province. UPI Next/Matiullah Achakzai.

PESHAWAR, Dec 13,2013 (Ashrafuddin Pirzada / UPI Next) — In Landi Kotal Bazaar, a 27-year-old vendor pushes his cart through the streets of his Khyber Agency community in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas near the Afghanistan border, selling nail polish, pocket mirrors, lipstick, toothpaste and toothbrushes, face cream and other cosmetics.

He used to earn $5 to $8 a day selling cellphones and ringtones in his shop, but now he said he attracts two to five customers a day and takes home just $1.50 to $2.

The father of four, ages 1 to 7, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he closed his shop five years ago after threats from unknown militants.

“I was compelled to abandon the education of two of my children, as we have no money to pay school fees,” he said.

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