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Bhutto's comeback fails as voters in Pakistan hand victory to rival

Benazir Bhutto, ousted as prime minister of Pakistan on charges of mass corruption nearly three months ago, failed in her re-election bid yesterday, according to preliminary results compiled by her party and the apparent winner. An estimated turnout of 25 per cent revealed a lack of support for any of the candidates and voter disgust over the state of their democracy.

Pakistan votes old leader in from the cold as sense of futility rules

Early election results in Pakistan indicated that the Muslim League leader Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif would win a popular majority and be able to form a new government as predicted.

Pakistan poll prompts plea to expats

Mohammed Nawaz Sharif, running strong in the final three days before the Pakistan polls, took a cue from John Major in his campaign tactics yesterday by sending a message to the expatriate Pakistan community in Britain just as the British Prime Minister did on a state visit to the sub-continent several weeks ago.

Clean sweep in Pakistan

President Farooq Leghari of Pakistan issued an anti-corruption decree yesterday under which convicted politicians can be disqualified for elections scheduled to take place on 3 February.

Bhutto leaves with escort of supporters

Benazir Bhutto moved out of her official residence into a private home, surrounded by chanting supporters, a week after being sacked as Pakistan's prime minister after being accused of corruption.

Letter: Pakistan crippled by feudalism

Sir: I left Pakistan one day ahead of the dismissal of Benazir Bhutto. The news came as no surprise.

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Court blow for Bhutto

Pakistan's Supreme Court dealt Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister, her most serious setback to date, returning to power a regional leader she had tried to oust.

Riots cripple Islamabad

A trial of strength between Pakistan's Islamic militants and the security forces of Benazir Bhutto, the Prime Minister, crippled Islamabad.

Bhutto killing sparks unrest

Larkana (Reuter) - Demonstrators fought police yesterday outside the ancestral home of Murtaza Bhutto, the last male scion of Pakistan's leading political clan, whose death on Friday threatens to plunge the country into renewed political turbulence.

Pakistan markets closed in strike protest

Markets in Pakistani cities were shut in response to a strike called by the opposition to protest against new taxes. Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif called the strike a success and asked Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's government to withdraw immediately this year's tax-packed budget and bring in a new one. Mr Sharif led opposition deputies, who wore black arm bands in protest, in a walk-out from the lower house of parliament.

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Sentimentality count: zero

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Landlords hunt for freed slaves in Pakistan

Fears are growing among human rights activists that some of the 140 bonded labourers freed from slavery on Friday may have been re-captured by their feudal owners in southern Pakistan.

Experts lost in space and corners of despair

IT WAS difficult to know which was more predictable: Mike Tyson's demolition of Frank Bruno or the predictions of Sky's team of experts. Gary Mason cited John Major's support as a powerful addition to Frank's armoury; Duke McKenzie suggested that Bruno's trainer, George Francis, would be the key; Glenn McCrory thought that Bruno's self-belief would carry him through. Out in the real world you would have been hard pressed to find three members of the public, let alone boxing experts, who gave Bruno an earthly - but Sky is an extra-terrestrial channel, and long since lost touch with planet Earth.
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