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Islamabad - Floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have inundated vast areas in three Pakistani provinces, killing hundreds of people and destroying crops and houses. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto ordered immediate relief for the victims in districts of the provinces of Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab.

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Sir: Jonathan Ford in his article "Fighting Benazir - by fax from Mill Hill" (Section Two, 13 July) says that there are more than 100 criminal charges against Altaf Hussain, leader of the Mohajir Quami Movement (MQM). These are politically motivated allegations and most of them were registered after his departure from Pakistan. In Pakistan it has become a part of the political culture for those in power to register unsubstantiated criminal charges against their opponents.

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After the Pakistani police have collected the corpses from a day's violence in Karachi - the tortured body tied up in a sack and left in a rickshaw, the mechanic who was killed when a badly aimed grenade fell inside his garage, and a dozen other victims scattered around this city - the paperwork comes easy. Every police report filed these days on a murder in Karachi routinely blames a man who is a thousand miles away in London: Altaf Hussain.

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