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Many ways to die in Pakistan

The headlines in Dawn struck me on Saturday, bringing home how many ways there are to die in Pakistan. On this particular day, you could go by unidentified gunmen, mob violence, flood, bus plunges (though this accident took place in the part of Kashmir that the newspaper calls "Indian-administered") and of course drone strikes: Unidentified ...

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images
AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images
AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

The headlines in Dawn struck me on Saturday, bringing home how many ways there are to die in Pakistan. On this particular day, you could go by unidentified gunmen, mob violence, flood, bus plunges (though this accident took place in the part of Kashmir that the newspaper calls "Indian-administered") and of course drone strikes:

Unidentified gunmen kill KP information minister's son

Four killed as Karachi remains tense

The headlines in Dawn struck me on Saturday, bringing home how many ways there are to die in Pakistan. On this particular day, you could go by unidentified gunmen, mob violence, flood, bus plunges (though this accident took place in the part of Kashmir that the newspaper calls "Indian-administered") and of course drone strikes:

Unidentified gunmen kill KP information minister’s son

Four killed as Karachi remains tense

Death toll in Balochistan flood reaches 60

At least 25 die as bus plunges into Kashmir river

US missile strike kills 16 militants in South Waziristan

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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