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Pakistani Christian man’s hands ‘chopped off’ for refusal to accept Islam

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LAHORE — Pakistani Christian man has claimed that both his hands were chopped off by some Muslim men for his refusal to change over to Islam, media reports said on Wednesday.

Aqeel Masih, 25, complained to police, on Tuesday charging that the unidentified Muslim men slashed his hands off with a hatchet for not changing over to Islam on June 24, the Dawn reported.

Police, however, have rejected the victim’s affirmation, asserting he lost his hands in a train mishap.

“A few people came to me and asking that I change over to Islam.  On my refusal, they assaulted me with a hatchet and cut my both hands off,” said Mr Masih, who was treated at Jinnah Hospital.

He said he didn’t know the name of the assailants and could just remember them in the event that he saw them.

Lahore police senior officer Amara Ather, however, said that according to medical report put together by a doctor, Mr Masih had lost his hands in a train mishap near a beverage factory in Gulberg.

Citing eyewitnesses, Ms Ather said Mr Masih was lying unconscious on the track near a railway track when a train engine crushed his hands up to the elbows.

“Some people rushed to the railway track after hearing his cries and shifted him to Jinnah Hospital,” she was quoted as saying by the daily.

She said some four to five people were present on the spot.

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Sleeping in on weekends may help live longer

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Sleep deprivation has been found to have numerous negative effects on a person’s health. But the new study has shown that sleeping more on the weekend might help ease health problems associated with not getting enough during the week, and even reduce the risk of an early death.

The study, published in Journal of Sleep Research by scientists from Sweden and the United States, suggested that the negative effects of a few nights of short sleep could be counteracted by staying in bed over the weekend.

The from the Stress Research Institute (SRI) at Stockholm University and the Karolinska Institute discovered that people below 65 years old who slept less than five hours on weekends had a higher risk of early death after examining medical and lifestyle data from more than 43,000 adults, following them for a period of 13 years.

For people who slept for less than five hours throughout the week but slept longer on the weekends for about nine hours, there was no increase in mortality risk. But, for people who consistently slept for less than five hours through the whole week, the mortality risk is higher.

Torbjorn Akerstedt, one of the authors of the research and a clinical neuroscience professor from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, said that the findings were consistent with previous studies on the link between sleep duration and mortality.

However, those previous studies only focused on sleep during weekdays.

“The results imply that short sleep is not a risk factor for mortality if it is combined with a medium or long weekend sleep,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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