Pakistani Khan Badshah, 53, stands by his grocery store as he waits for customers on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. – AP Photo
• Pakistani boys walk home after collecting dry wood for fires on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan Wednesday. - AP Photo
Pakistani farmers cook sugarcane juice in a field in Jalalpur Jattan, some 170 kilometres from Islamabad. Pakistan is Asia’s third-largest user of sugar and the world's fifth largest producer of sugar cane, according to the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association. – AFP Photo
Memoona, 23, a survivor of an acid attack, poses for a photograph inside her residence in Karachi December 14, 2011. Memoona says the acid attack took place on August 13, 2002, when a boy threw acid on her face and body over an old family feud. Memoona, who is currently enrolled in nursing school, said she lost her eye but not her spirit. The Pakistan Senate unanimously passed the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill on December 12, recommending a 14-year to lifetime imprisonment sentences and levies fines up to Rs1 million ($11,160) for the perpetrators of the crime, local media reported. – Reuters Photo
• A Pakistani man drives his donkey-cart toward the main road, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, early Monday.- AP Photo
A Pakistani boy tries to control a horse during sunset at Clifton beach in Karachi, Pakistan on Wednesday.
A policeman signals to a truck, transporting flour bags to Afghanistan, to stop at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Quetta. – Reuters Photo
Pakistani vendors sit next to their fruits waiting for customers at a wholesale market on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. – AP Photo
A Pakistani truck driver takes a shower in a reservoir on a roadside on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. – AP Photo
Pakistani youth are silhouetted against sunset as they play soccer at a dusty ground on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. – AP Photo
A young girl, whose family was making bricks, runs down a dirt road near the Pakarab (Pak-Arab) fertilizer factory in Multan December 14, 2011. U.S. lawmakers are ready to freeze up to $700 million in aid to Pakistan until Congress gets assurances that Islamabad is helping fight the spread of homemade bombs in the region, a move one Pakistani senator called unwise and likely to strain ties further. Many of the home made bombs are made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer smuggled across the border from Pakistan. – Reuters Photo
Pakistanis gather around a fire to warm themselves in an alley of a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday. – AP Photo
Zahra Shahid Hussain – PTI leader gunned down
Anguished relatives and friends react to the news that Zahra Shahid Hussain, a politician in the PTI party was gunned down by unknown assailants. Deborah Gembara (Reuters) reports.