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Title:PAKISTAN: PRINCESS DIANA ARRIVES TO RAISE MONEY FOR CANCER HOSPITAL
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Published:21-07-2015
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Britain's Princess Diana flew into Pakistan on Thursday to raise money for a cancer hospital, only to find herself accused of flirting and smack in the middle of a political scandal.

The ex-wife of Prince Charles is in the eastern Punjab city of Lahore as the guest of cricket star turned politician Imran Khan and his wife Jemima.

Diana stepped from the private Boeing 757 of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith with his daughter, Jemima and her six-month-old son Sulaiman.

The former wife of Britain's Prince Charles was greeted by former Pakistan cricket captain, Imran Khan.

Wearing a powder-blue shalwar kameez -- the traditional dress in Pakistan -- Diana looked cool despite the intense heat.

Khan's wife Jemima seemed happy to allow her friend to remain in the spotlight of the world's press.

Diana, who is the guest of the Khan's, is on a mission to help raise 27 (m) million dollars for her host's cancer hospital.

It is her second fund-raising visit in as many years.

That controversial visit led to critics at the time accusing her of trying to boost Khan's political career.

His Justice Movement failed to win a single seat in national elections in February.

But Diana's last visit remains controversial, with a Lahore socialite accusing her of having flirting with a waiter in Lahore in 1996.

In Islamic Pakistan, where sex outside marriage is a criminal offence and many women do not venture outside the home without a veil, flirting is considered scandalous.

Unperturbed by the accusations, which were making headline news in the local press, Diana toured Khan's Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre shortly after her arrival on Thursday.

Khan, who led Pakistan's team to victory in the World Cup in 1992, set up the hospital in 1994 in memory of his mother, who died of cancer.

He believes Diana's high-profile visit will have the donations flooding in.

SOUNDBITE: (English)
"Her (Diana) coming here and launching this fund mean we have a chance of collecting our 25 (m) million dollars. It gives us public-relationing, profile, we were able to because of her, invite the top donors in this country which we wouldn't have got normally."
Q: How vital is it for you to get that money?
A: "It is vital because it is very difficult to constantly keep raising money, eighty percent of patients are treated free. No government help and a hospital of this calibre an expense, especially a cancer hospital, we need an endowment fund otherwise we just cannot sustain this effort."
Q: Bearing in mind what happened last year, have you been worried about her security and safety?
A: Not at all, last year, I don't expect it to be the rule, and secondly the government has given her a complete state protocol, she is a state guest, OK."
SUPER CAPTION: Imran Khan, founder of hospital, politician

Diana will host a tea for hospital staff and top Punjab officials on Friday before returning to Britain on Saturday.


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