Music is slowly returning to Peshawar, the city where the Pakistani Taliban had banned musicians.
The north western city has seen a continuing cycle of violence and destruction at the hands of Pakistani Taliban fighters over the past decade, which also put at risk the livelihoods of musicians, many of whom supported their families through their art.
“Life was too hard in the last couple of years when we did not have jobs. How can you play music when there is death and destruction everywhere?” says Ahmad Gul, a 41-year-old Pashto singer.
However, in a recent move, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced a fund which will give $300 a month to 500 musicians in order to support their art.
It is also planning to spend $5m to help revive the rich cultural heritage of the province.
The move to help musicians is seen by many as a small but a positive step towards protecting cultural heritage.