DINA for the issue of May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014 | Rajab 7, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

FC, Iranian border security force to set up hotline

By Iftikhar A Khan

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to repair bilateral ties frayed by recent developments, Pakistan and Iran agreed on Tuesday to establish hotline between the Frontier Corps in Balochistan and the Iranian border security force.
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Karachi Stocks down 246.43 Points:
KARACHI, May 06: At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 28383.20, down 246.43 points.
Forex Update :
KARACHI, May 06: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.00 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Power crisis to ease with time, says PM

By Khaleeq Kiani

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged the people enduring over 12 hours of loadshedding to remain patient for some time and promised that 4000-5000MW would to be added the national grid in three years and 21,000MW in eight to 10 years and the power crisis would be overcome.

“It is not possible to resolve this crisis in a day. It needs patience. You will have to be patient,” the prime minister said, adding that when he had come to power, the country was in the grip of darkness, the exchequer was in the red and poverty and unemployment were at their peak.

Economics driving foreign policy: PM

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that his government’s foreign policy was driven by economic considerations and focussed on opportunities being offered by the resource-rich Middle East.

The prime minister, who was speaking at a conference of the country’s envoys to Middle East and Gulf countries, sent out a message to Tehran ahead of his May 11 visit to Iran that Pakistan’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia was not at the cost of ties with Iran.

16 killed in fresh Taliban infighting

By Our Correspondent

MIRAMSHAH: Sixteen people were killed in clashes between rival Taliban groups in Shawal area of North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday.

Sources said the clashes started in the morning after an attack by militants belonging to the Khan Said alias Sanja group on positions of Shehryar group and continued intermittently till late night.

Pakistan struggles to cope with aftermath of WHO polio curbs

By Ikram Junaidi and Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is still reeling from the fallout of the travel restrictions imposed on it by the World Health Organisation to prevent the spread of poliovirus.

The Ministry of National Health Services is expected to hold a meeting on Wednesday with representatives of provincial governments and other stakeholders to discuss the developments following the imposition of WHO restrictions.

NA wants ban on YouTube lifted

By Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly passed on Tuesday a resolution which asked the government to “take immediate steps to lift ban on YouTube”.

Before adoption of the resolution about the popular video-sharing website on a private member’s day, the house witnessed a brief verbal clash between its mover, Shazia Marri of the PPP, and Minister of State for Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, as they held each other’s government responsible for imposing and continuing the ban.

Saudi Arabia claims having unearthed Al Qaeda cell plotting attacks

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it had uncovered an Al Qaeda militant group with links to “extremist elements” in Syria and Yemen that had been plotting to assassinate officials and attack government and foreign targets.

The cell comprised 62 members, including 59 Saudi militants, a Yemeni, a Pakistani and a Palestinian, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour al-Turki said.

‘Islamists’ abduct eight more Nigerian girls

MAIDUGURI: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped eight girls from a village near one of the Islamists’ strongholds in northeastern Nigeria overnight, police and residents said on Tuesday.

The abduction of the girls, aged 12 to 15, follows the kidnapping of more than 200 other schoolgirls by the militant group last month, whom it has threatened to sell into slavery.

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