DINA for the issue of May 4, 2014

May 4, 2014 | Rajab 4, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Protesters torch D.I. Khan sugar mills

By Irfan Mughal

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Protesting against the death of their relatives in a drain of toxic effluent, enraged villagers ransacked a sugar mills and set its building on fire in the Ramak area of Dera Ismail Khan on Saturday.
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FC man dies in Bolan blast

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA: A Frontier Corps soldier was killed and another seriously injured when their vehicle hit an explosive device near Dhadar area in Bolan district on Saturday, official sources said.

A Frontier Corps spokesman said the vehicle was carrying the FC personnel when it was hit by the roadside bomb, injuring two of people.

Troops kill two key TTP men

By Sailab Mehsud

LADHA: Two leaders of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed in clashes with security forces in the Bober area of South Waziristan, officials said on Saturday.

Irfan Mehsud, son of Azam Tariq, a member of the central shura and former spokesman for the TTP, was killed in an exchange of fire with troops as sporadic clashes continued in Bober. An official source identified the other slain leader as Wafadar Mehsud.

Govt flouting court rulings in making key appointments

By Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: The government seems to be ignoring the orders of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) while also disregarding a key Supreme Court (SC) judgement, by continuing to retain the services of officials appointed directly to key positions in violation of the rules.

The government issued a notification on January 13 of this year, making direct appointments in 23 key departments, exempting them from an earlier Establishment Division order that required appointments in public sector organisations to be made in accordance with the SC decision in the Khawaja Asif case.

Parliament panel moves to regain say in judges’ selection

By Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: After being little more than a ‘rubber stamp’ body for over three years since the Supreme Court gave the upper hand to the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP), the Parliamentary Committee (PC) on the appointment of superior court judges is likely to announce next week a strategy for regaining its role in making the said appointments.

A sub-committee of the PC formed last year after conducting a series of meetings with representatives of the Pakistan Bar Council, provincial bar councils and major bar associations, has formalised the strategy for strengthening the PC’s role in the appointment of superior courts’ judges.

PUNJAB’S FORGOTTEN CASH SCHEME

By Mina Sohail

THE Khidmat Card Scheme was to be launched on March 23 by the Punjab government. It was to be a boon for low-income groups who would be provided some relief through cash assistance. Last year, when a local news channel showed the inauguration of the scheme with footage showing prospective recipients waiting in long queues, bringing the idea into reality seemed imminent.

Then came Hamza Shahbaz, a member of the National Assembly, validating the transparency of the procedure to identify those eligible. But though the government is quick to announce nationwide and provincial programmes for the underprivileged, or new “endeavours” as Hamza Shahbaz put it, their execution and implementation is often another story altogether.

SC punches holes in Hakim Said murder investigation

By Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Visibly unhappy with the quality of the investigation into the assassination of celebrated philanthropist and former Sindh governor Hakim Mohammad Said, the Supreme Court observed that it was regrettable that the inves- tigating team had resorted to fabri-cation before bringing the case to trial.

Dismissing the Sindh government’s appeal against a Sindh High Court verdict acquitting the accused Mohammad Amirullah, Abu Imran Pasha and Mohammad Shakir — who were said to have links with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement — the apex court ruled that the prosecution had indeed failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

2,700 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide

KABUL: Afghan officials gave up hope on Saturday of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, with the number killed or missing put at 2,700 by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The United Nations said the focus was now on helping more than 4,000 people displaced either directly as a result of the landslide or as a precautionary measure from villages assessed to be at risk.

India deploys army in Assam after 31 Muslims killed

BARAMA: India deployed troops to the state of Assam on Saturday after 31 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by tribal militants who resented the presence of immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh.

The unrest in the tea-growing state comes towards the end of a marathon election across India that has heightened ethnic and religious divisions.

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