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In Pakistani village, home is where the cave is

Nikko, Hasan Abdal, Pakistan: Bomb-proof, earthquake-resistant and cheap: thousands of Pakistanis are choosing to hunker down in caves northwest of Islamabad, snapping up the hobbit-like homes amid a nationwide housing shortage. Located around 60 kilometres from Pakistan s capital, nearly 3,000 people live in caves in the village of Hasan Abdal, according to councilor Haji Abdul Rasheed - whose own home is among the dwellings carved into the rugged, earthen hillside embankments. Rasheed s spartan cave - or buray as it is locally known - consists of a few minimally furnished rooms complemented by a breezy...

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