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Who killed Amer Ali?

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   July 2003

On 11th May 2003, Amer Ali, a 60-year-old peasant of “Chak 4-L” of Okara district, a distant rural part of Pakistan about six hours’ drive from Islamabad, made his last good-neighbourly visit to the adjoining village, “Chak 5-L.” As the old man hobbled out of his hosts’ house, he was cut down by a hail of bullets. Amer Ali was the seventh to have died in recent months in the bitter struggle between the peasants of Okara and the Pakistan army rangers, now into its third year. It is an extraordinary story which concerns a piece of unfinished business from…

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