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Enemies of country's toughest policeman finally catch up with him

Briton jailed over heroin faces retrial

A BRITISH woman who tried to smuggle heroin out of Pakistan is facing the possibility of a further 10 years in a Karachi jail - despite having already served her prison sentence.

Death-threat couple seek sanctuary

A PAKISTANI couple whose love crossed fierce tribal lines are reported to be seeking sanctuary in Britain following thousands of death threats. The pair are currently in hiding in Pakistan after an attack which left the groom with four bullets in his spine.

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Books: Eye on the World

Eye on the World

Delhi police seize gangster politician

A POLITICAL fixer and former ally of the Nehru-Gandhi family who recently launched a rival Congress party has been detained by police in Delhi charged with criminal intimidation, kidnapping, cheating and amassing wealth disproportionate to his income. He is also under investigation for possessing arms, tiger and leopard skins, and for income tax and excise offences.

Monday Poem; SINDHI WOMAN BY JON STALLWORTHY

Barefoot through the bazaar,

Cricket: Slater leads Aussie charge

A CAREER-BEST 221 by their opener, Michael Slater, gave Australia a flying start to their tour of Pakistan as they reached 438 for 5 against Karachi on the first day of the four-day match yesterday.

Obituary: Professor Syed Ali Ashraf

THE MUSLIMS most prominent in the British media are known because of the noise they make and the heat they generate. They fit into preconceived ideas of Muslim fanatics and extremists. It is natural therefore that Syed Ali Ashraf is virtually unknown in the media. This is a pity, as Ashraf was one of the half-dozen most important Muslim scholars of the last few decades.

Cricket: Shah ushers in the `wannabat' generation

Iain Fletcher hears that a passion for panache drives England's leading young stylist

Pakistan briefing: Cut-price ticket heaven for travellers

WHENEVER a bunch of backpackers gathers, the debate on destinations follows a common circumnavigation: India, Thailand, Australia, the US, perhaps Mexico. But the country which arguably comprises the ultimate destination for independent travellers is almost always ignored - and, ironically, it is where the guidebook guru Tony Wheeler grew up.

Pakistan briefing: Markets riding the tiger

PAKISTAN'S Karachi stock market index was one of the best performing markets in Asia last year, gaining almost 30 per cent in dollar terms. The magnitude of these gains may surprise many, given the severity of the country's problems, and in light of the Asia-wide financial crisis which struck the region in the second half of the year.

Cricket: Openers' record partnership

West Indies 216

Business Travel: Some handy hints for haggling with the airlines

Plenty of books claim to offer the secret of cut-price air travel. But until he read Hugo van Reijen's book, Simon Calder treated them all with disdain. Now he's first in the check-in queue for Karachi.

America joins murder hunt

FBI agents have been sent to Pakistan in connection with the killings of four American oil company employees, the US Attorney General Janet Reno said.

US oilmen shot dead in Pakistan

Four American oil executives were shot dead in central Karachi yesterday morning, only days before the arrival in Pakistan of Madeleine Albright, the American Secretary of State.
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