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Maria Toorpakai: Squash player who defied Taliban

Rosanne Roobeek, for CNN

Updated 1455 GMT (2255 HKT) May 11, 2016
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Maria Toorpakai standing among Pashtun children evacuated from their tribal land due to tensions between the army and extremist factions. She organized a special squash event in Islamabad that brought all the displaced children over in hired buses.
Toorpakai's father addressing a jirga (assembly of leaders), aged 25. He spoke out so often for women's rights that he was later jailed. Maria Toorpakai
Sitting in the dirt in Darra Adam Khel. Maria is the "boy" on the far left -- she called herself "Changez Khan" to compete as a male in weightlifting. Maria Toorpakai
Toorpakai with legendary Pakistani squash player Qamar Zaman at the 2004 Asian Games in Malaysia. It was the team's first big tournament outside the country. Maria Toorpakai
Jonathon Power coaching Maria at a tournament in Pakistan, 2013. Maria Toorpakai
Receiving her first squash trophy. She won the under-13 category at the 2002 Hashim Khan Junior Squash Championship. Maria Toorpakai
Getting a feel for the court with coach Power at the 2014 Asian Championships in Pakistan. Maria Toorpakai
Power visited Toorpakai's family home in Peshawar. Maria Toorpakai
At the opening ceremony for the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. Erin Heidenrich