Umair Jamal is a graduate of the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is a research associate with the Centre for Governance and Policy. He can be contacted on Twitter: @UJAmaLs.
Shiite Muslim Iraqis, including supporters of the Shiite group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous), hold banners bearing portraits of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration in the Iraqi mainly Shiite southern city of Basra on January 6, 2016 against al-Nimr's execution by Saudi authorities in Saudi Arabia last week. AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI / AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI (Photo credit should read HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani army rescuers arrive at the site of a suicide blast in the village of Shadi Khan some 70kms north-west of Islamabad on August 16, 2015. A suicide bomber killed a Pakistani provincial minister and at least nine other people at a building where the minister was holding a meeting, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Farooq NAEEM
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In this photograph taken on June 9, 2013, shows a view of tourist huts in the mountainous Neelum valley in Pakistani controlled Kashmir. Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in a new holiday resort in Kashmir as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD QAYYUM (Photo credit should read SAJJAD QAYYUM/AFP/Getty Images)