Here's how a mountain pipeline brought harmony to a Pakistani village

A man from the village of Askole carries firewood in the Karakoram mountain range in Pakistan August 28, 2014. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world's second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan's unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependant on climbing for income and starving Pakistan's suffering economy of much-needed dollars. Picture taken August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay    (PAKISTAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL)ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE 13 OF 32 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY 'K2 - THE SAVAGE MOUNTAIN' SEARCH 'RATTAY K2' FOR ALL IMAGES

Previously, neighbours argued over the limited water that coursed through channels to the town. Image: REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Rina Saeed Khan
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 A resident of Siksa, Pakistan, stands near crops irrigated with water from a new pipeline and storage tank system serving the village, September 4, 2018.
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