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

Pakistan's deposed PM waits to hear if he will be hanged

Coup aftermath - A military court will today decide whether Nawaz Sharif lives or dies

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Sharif `death warrant' as ally turns on him

THE CHANCES of the deposed Pakistani prime minister living to a ripe old age appeared to have lessened considerably yesterday, when a co-defendant in the army junta's hijacking case against him agreed to turn state witness in exchange for immunity.

You can't have democracy with this many drugs

Pakistan's new military strongman General Pervez Musharraf has promised to purge the state of corruption before restoring democracy. Seasoned Pakistan-watchers will recall that when that earlier cartoon of a dictator - General Zia ul-Haq, of the waxed moustache and raccoon eyes - was in his heyday he, too, used to speak of cleaning up the country and then holding elections.

Cricket: Border fills in for Australia coach

ALLAN BORDER captained Australia while amassing a record number of Test runs and now, as expected, he has been given the opportunity to pass on his vast experience to his nation's current crop of international players, but only for next month's tour of Zimbabwe.

16 dead as India shoots down Pakistani naval plane

INDIAN AIR force jets shot down a Pakistani naval patrol aircraft yesterday, killing all 16 aboard, after claiming it had strayed over the international border. But Pakistani naval sources categorically denied that the French-built Atlantique plane, designed for anti-submarine patrolling and reconnaissance, had invaded Indian airspace.

The customs officer grinned: 'You will be hung!' He pulled 5.6kg of heroin from my bag

Rosemarie Morley has just served two years in a Pakistani jail. She talks exclusively to HESTER LACEY

Obituary: Graham Layton

GRAHAM LAYTON made an outstanding contribution to health care of the poor in Pakistan. After 30 successful years in the construction industry, he set up eight hospitals, providing free eye care to over four million patients, including 400,000 eye surgeries.

Foreign prostitutes go to work as Pakistan closes for Ramadan

IT IS RAMADAN in Islamabad: the restaurants are deserted all day, the mosques are crammed with the devout, and the populace are going about their tasks with a weary, hangdog, hungry air.

Pakistan locked into a tragic cycle of violence

IT IS more an eyesore than a school. In this ostentatious middle- class suburb of Islamabad, where the concrete villas are clad in fancy tiles, sits a huddle of half-finished structures separated by a stretch of mud.

Bomb aimed at Pakistani PM kills four

NAWAZ SHARIF, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, narrowly escaped assassination yesterday when a bomb exploded under a bridge shortly before he was due to cross it, killing four people.

Blood wedding

Boy meets girl. They fall in love and marry. It's an everyday story - except that the couple have ignited a tinderbox of communal tensions and now her father wants them killed
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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