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Pakistan’s gas fields blaze as rape sparks threat of civil war

Visitors are not welcome at the house in Karachi where Shazia Khalid is living; not even with an invitation. A police team is posted at the gate and army rangers prowl the grounds inside. “You need the permission from the bosses at the top,” says a moustached officer firmly. “The very top.” Hours later Dr Shazia picks up the phone inside. Her strained voice crumbles into sobs. “We are very scared,” she says, her husband at her side. “In Pakistan there is no law, no protection, nothing. Who can we trust? Nobody.” She has good reason to worry. Until six weeks ago the 31-year-old was a company doctor at the Sui gas plant, at the farthest reaches of remote Baluchistan province. On January 3 she was raped in her bed.Full Story

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