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Lede of the day: Hmm, do you think the Pakistani govt. really could be that nasty?

Here is the “lede,” or first sentence, of an article from the Pakistani newspaper Dawn: The father of a Pakistani officer investigating a corruption case against the prime minister has questioned whether his son’s death was an act of suicide.

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Here is the "lede," or first sentence, of an article from the Pakistani newspaper Dawn:

The father of a Pakistani officer investigating a corruption case against the prime minister has questioned whether his son's death was an act of suicide.

Here is the “lede,” or first sentence, of an article from the Pakistani newspaper Dawn:

The father of a Pakistani officer investigating a corruption case against the prime minister has questioned whether his son’s death was an act of suicide.

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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