DINA for the issue of May 2, 2014

May 2, 2014 | Rajab 2, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Workers speak out against privatisation

By Bakhtawar Mian

ISLAMABAD: Trade union leaders at a May Day gathering called upon the government to halt the privatisation of state entities and end unemployment, price hike, loadshedding and terrorism.
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Karachi plunges into fear

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Karachi descended into fear and panic on Thursday evening minutes after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement announced that it would observe Friday as a ‘day of mourning’ in protest against the ‘extrajudicial killing’ of four MQM workers as violence after the ruling party’s call claimed two lives and paralysed the city, officials and sources said.

The four workers were found shot dead on Wednesday. “There is an organised terrorism campaign going on in Karachi in the name of Karachi,” deputy convener of the MQM’s coordination committee Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqi told a press conference at the party’s headquarters Nine Zero.

Jirga wants ceasefire revived for success of peace talks

By Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR: A tribal jirga has called for revival of ceasefire to remove hitches in the peace talks between the Taliban and the government.

The jirga was organised by the Fata chapter of Jamaat-i-Islami at Nishtar Hall here on Thursday.

Pro-govt tribal chieftain killed in attack

By Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH: An influential pro-government tribal elder and his two guards were killed in an attack near Miramshah in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday.

Malik Qader Khan was known as chief of Waziristan and he had served as a peace committee’s member. He was one of the signatories to a peace agreement between the government and local Taliban in 2007.

Centcom chief, Raheel discuss regional security

By Our Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Commander US Central Command Gen Lloyd Austin met Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday for discussions on Afghanistan and bilateral military-to-military cooperation.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said the two discussed matters of mutual interest with special emphasis on regional security.


By Mehreen Zahra-Malik

KAUSAR told herself she would tell her children the news after a few days. What was the need, she wondered. The relatives were out searching and were going to find her husband in some hospital or the other.

Or, maybe he would be sitting behind his sewing machine if she went to drop off lunch at his tailor’s shop this afternoon, oblivious to her shocked expression, not even knowing that he had been gone eight long months.

Govt likely to withdraw tax exemptions granted through SROs

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The government plans to cut customs duty on import of up to three-year-old automobiles of all capacities and to withdraw a number of tax exemptions being enjoyed by various groups through discriminatory statutory regulatory orders (SROs) in the next budget.

A minister told journalists at a briefing that the government had in fact decided in principle to reduce duty on vehicles of different engine capacities to be imported under various schemes.

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