DINA for the issue of April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014 | Jamadi-ul-Saani 24, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

APNS president calls for restraint

Hameed Haroon, the President of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), has expressed concern that the freedom of press envisioned in Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan is now facing the gravest threat it has encountered in the past decade…
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KARACHI, April 24 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.50 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Govt, army coping with challenges together: PM

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that political and military leaderships are working together to make Pakistan a developed, safe and peaceful country and meet the challenges confronting the country.

Talking to newsmen after attending a briefing in Gwadar on the pace of work on development projects in Balochistan on Thursday, he said: “We will work jointly to overcome the challenges being faced by the country.”

Suicide bomber kills police officer in Karachi

KARACHI: A police officer known for his anti-terrorism campaign, and three other people were killed in a suicide attack in the old Sabzi Mandi area on Thursday.

Sub-Inspector Shafiq Tanoli was sitting at a tailoring shop when a young man approached him and after a brief conversation blew himself up.

35 suspected militants, eight civilians killed in air strikes

By Ibrahim Shinwari

LANDI KOTAL: Thirty-five suspected militants and eight non-combatants of the same family were killed when Air Force planes shelled militant hideouts in different localities of Khyber Agency on Thursday.

Officials claimed that the militants killed in the attack were involved in the Islamabad Sabzi Mandi blast and a recent attack on policemen in Peshawar. Fourteen militants were injured and 11 hideouts said to be of the Tariq Afridi group were destroyed in Sra Vela, Ouche Wany, Dwa Thoe and Thor Darra areas of Tirah valley.

Four policemen killed in Nasirabad

By Ali Jan Mangi

DERA MURAD JAMALI: At least four policemen were killed in a rocket-and-gun attack on a police vehicle in Chattar area of Nasirabad district on Thursday.

Sources said that police personnel were patrolling the Chattar road area when their vehicle came under attack. Four policemen were killed.

Foreign militants seeking ‘safe passage’

By Hasan Abdullah

MIRAMSHAH: As the government team prepares for another meeting with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), many of the foreign militants based in and around North Waziristan feel they are facing an uncertain future and are not only seeking assurances from their hosts but are also weighing options for moving out to others places, like Afghanistan and Syria, to continue their ‘jihad’.

This emerged during a series of interviews conducted by this corespondent with scores of foreign militants, mainly around North Waziristan, on getting exclusive access to various groups and to some of the most wanted fugitives in the country.

CONVERSION BY CHOICE OR FORCE?

By Saher Baloch

A SERENE atmosphere prevails inside the shrine of Khanqah-i-Aalia Qadria Bharchundi Sharif, Daharki. The madressah next to it reverberates with the rhythmic hum of students reciting the Quran.

The shrine’s caretaker, Pir Abdul Khaliq, is not in, but his 29-year-old son, Abdul Malik, is present on Thursday. Wearing a cone-shaped head gear and a white flowing kurta, Abdul Malik appears oblivious to the uproar in the area a few days ago.

Situation worsening for religious minorities: HRCP

By Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: In 2013, Pakistan became “a more and more dangerous country” for religious minorities, “grew increasingly intolerant of dissent” from journalists and struggled with strategies to tackle threats such as militant extremism and intolerance, according to a report on the ‘State of Human Rights in 2013’.

Launched by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Thursday, the report takes stock of Pakistan’s performance in the realms of legislation, justice, law-enforcement, the ensuring of fundamental rights and individual freedoms, as well as the status of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, religious minorities, the underprivileged and refugees, among others.

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