Today’s Newspaper Headlines

Mohman Taliban claim killing 23 Frontier Corps men. (Peshawar)
Powerful train blast leaves 6 dead, 30 injured. (Larkana)
100 condemned prisoners in Balochistan. (Dera Murad Jamali)
Balochistan education in dismal state. (Quetta)
Couple stoned to death in Loralai village. (Quetta)
Two Tablighi Jamaat men kidnapped. (Gwadar)
Tribal elder, girl killed in Khuzdar raid. (Khuzdar)
Sehat ka Insaf being extended to entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 5,777 cops provided security to 8,000 volunteers*
More checkposts in Peshawar’s border areas to check militants. (Peshawar)
Child falls to death in manhole. (Lahore)
Trader dies resisting robbery. (Lahore)
Hindu community irked by ‘forced’ conversions. (Karachi)
Five ‘militants’ shot dead by Rangers in Karachi. (Karachi)
Policeman slain, 2 injured on day of vaccination. (Peshawar)*
Man kills daughter to please third wife. (Sheikhupura)
Triple Murder. (Sheikhupura)
Fake gold coins sellers’ gang busted. (Toba Tekh Singh)
[Police] Inspector General summons ‘rape’ cop.
Kiln worker rescued [from illegal confinement]. (Toba Tekh Singh]
Six killed, 20 injured as bus overturns. (Vehari)
Woman dies during protest demo. (Kasur)
Rs 35 million garments burnt in factory fire. (Sialkot)
Aerial firing in front of seminary. (Bahawalpur)
Minor’s marriage bid foiled. (Bahawalpur)

All this is a contrast to the warmth and affection I see and experience among the people. It just goes to show the power of the media, that reporting of sensationalist events does distort the overall picture. It is not just Pakistan, but all over the world. The international page includes the following news reports:

200 feared trapped in S. African gold mine. (Johannesburg)
Plane carrying 18 people missing in Nepal. (Kathmandu)
18 soldiers, police killed in Iraq violence. (Tikrit)
Militants kill four in Tunisia. (Tunis)

* Background: Sehat ka Insaf [translation = The Justice of Health] is a health programme for immunisation against polio. Muslim fundamentalists have claimed that this is an attempt to avert God’s will or that this is a “Western” programme whose sinister purpose is sterilisation to reduce Muslim populations. As a result, some fanatics oppose the immunisation programme, even killing the health workers who administer the life-saving programme.

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