DINA for the issue of May 11, 2014

May 11, 2014 | Rajab 11, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Imran warns against police action

By Our Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has accused the government of launching a crackdown against his party’s workers ahead of their planned protest in Islamabad, warning the rulers they would be responsible if “democracy is harmed by police action”.
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IMF to release $550m by June 1

By Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded negotiations on Saturday for grant of the fourth tranche of $550 million under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF).

Speaking at a press briefing at his ministry, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the major part of the negotiations was held in Dubai, but the final leg was conducted in Islamabad. After approval of the IMF Board, Pakistan would receive the amount by June 1, he added.

Prize bonds go missing

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: All organisations concerned washed their hands of the theft of prize bonds worth a staggering Rs30 million on Saturday.

The prize bonds went missing during transportation from Lahore to Karachi on a train.

One year on, poll acrimony reigns

By Iftikhar A. Khan & Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: It was widely hailed as the first time Pakistan saw an elected government pass the helm of command over to another duly elected one. But one year on, much of the rosiness seems to have faded.

The blame-game between various political parties continues and few appear to be satisfied with the electoral exercise of May 11 last year, its outcome and the pace at which election tribunals are adjudicating upon poll complaints.

MEMORIALS TO OUR MISDEEDS

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik

I AM inside the mosque. I walk back to the doorway and look out. Awash with sunlight, there in the dusty lane a gang of labourers yell something like a work-song as they pass a bag of cement along a moving chain of men.

A peddler pushes his wooden-wheeled cart into the street, selling milky biscuits from a see-through plastic case. One little boy sets up a narrow wooden plank on two concrete blocks — a play bridge — and tries to walk across. He is steady for a second.

IAEA proposes steps for improving nuclear safety

By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD: International experts have praised Pakistan’s regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety but also proposed measures that will bring about some improvements.

Nuclear experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, Korea, Lithuania, Slovenia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States, officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and observers from Japan formed a 21-member team of Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) of the IAEA, which concluded a 12-day mission to Pakistan on Saturday.

US calls for probe into lawyer’s assassination

By Our Correspondent

WASHINGTON: The United States has urged Pakistan to investigate the killing of a lawyer in Multan who was allegedly shot dead for defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy.

“We were deeply saddened by the murder of Rashid Rehman, an attorney and human rights defender in Pakistan,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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