In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Haji Zahid Khan, a member of a major tribal council in Swat shows a mark of bullet on his nose in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. A Taliban gunma

 

              In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Haji Zahid Khan, a member of a major tribal council in Swat shows a mark of bullet on his nose in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. A Taliban gunma
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo, Haji Zahid Khan, a member of a major tribal council in Swat shows a mark of bullet on his nose in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. A Taliban gunman shot him as he was heading to a local mosque in August, but he managed to survive, even though the bullet tore through his neck and exited the front of his face. Khan criticized local authorities for not taking his case seriously enough, which he believes emboldened the militants. The insurgents activated their networks in the Swat Valley to take advantage of the army's decision to reduce its presence and accelerate the transition of security and governance to civilian authorities in the wake of a big offensive in 2009 to push out the Taliban. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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