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Pakistan gem industry lags Thailand

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan - For 400 years the craftsmen and traders of Peshawar's jewellery bazaar have cut, polished, set and haggled over precious gems dug from the rugged mountains of northwest Pakistan. 

A Pakistani employee cuts and shapes a gemstone at a workshop in Peshawar. For 400 years the craftsmen and traders of Peshawar's jewellery bazaar have cut, polished, set and haggled over precious gems dug from the rugged mountains of northwest Pakistan. But Taliban violence, a crippling power crisis and outdated production methods have seen the country’s gem industry lag further behind Thailand. (AFP photo)

Pakistan's gem and jewellery exports have boomed in recent years but Taliban violence, a crippling power crisis and outdated production methods are taking their toll in Peshawar, where traders say business has slumped alarmingly in the past 12 months.

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