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At 16, Toorpakai came third in the World Junior Squash Championships and was presented with an award by then President Pervez Musharraf. She also received her first death threat.

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Pakistani squash player Maria Toorpakai is pictured with her father, Shamsul Qayyum Wazir, at the British premiere of Girl Unbound, a film which tells how Toorpakai defied Taliban strictures in her Waziristan homeland to become the country’s top women’s player. Picture Canada Goose Online taken at the Barbican Centre, London, March 15, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Emma Batha

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