DINA for the issue of May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014 | Rajab 20, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

ECP to act against multiple voting

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to proceed against people who cast more than one vote in the 2013 elections.

The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) has alleged large-scale vote fraud in its reports on thumb impression verification of voters in some national and provincial assembly constituencies.

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Karachi Stocks up 68.05 Points:
KARACHI, May 19: At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 28951.38,up 68.05 points.
Forex Update :
KARACHI, May 19: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.45 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Ministry seeks increase in defence budget

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: The defence ministry has called for an increase in allocation for armed forces in the next budget on the ground that the current share is not enough.

“More funds are required for acquisition and mobilisation of new weapon systems,” the additional secretary of the ministry, Air Vice Marshal Arshad Qudoos, told a media briefing on defence budget arranged by the Senate Committee on Defence on Monday.

Border security arrangement discussed with Afghanistan

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan began on Monday discussing border security arrangements after the completion of drawdown of international coalition forces later this year.

Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif travelled to Kabul for the discussions with his Afghan counterpart Gen Sher Muhammad Karimi. The talks were also attended by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General Joseph Dunford.

PPP fears emergence of ’77-like situation

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: The opposition senators, mainly from the PPP, expressed fears on Monday that a 1977-like situation was being created in an attempt to wrap up democracy.

The PPP’s parliamentary leader, Raza Rabbani, warned that the federation would cease to exist in its present shape if attempts to change the democratic set-up succeeded.

Pakistan committed to result-oriented dialogue: envoy

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Monday said it was looking forward to a visit by Narendra Modi as Indian prime minister and hoped that the two countries would resolve “differences and disputes” through an early dialogue.

“We are ready to host Narendra Modi when he decides to visit Pakistan. Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has already extended an invitation to him,” Press Trust of India quoted Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit as saying at an interaction with members of Press Club of India in Delhi.

Bilawal heads for his first brush with the law


KARACHI: Patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is heading for his first brush with the law as his partner in business, Bahria Town, enters into litigation with the Cantonment Board Karachi (CBK) over the construction of a high-rise on a plot owned by the Zardari family in the Saddar area.

According to sources, the CBK has raised various objections to the proposed commercial building which is to be built on the plot where once stood the Zardari House (Plot No 225, E.I. Lines) on Dr Daudpota Road, between Lucky Star and the Mehran Hotel intersection that connects Saddar with the Cantonment Railway Station and falls within the jurisdiction of the CBK.

Congress rejects Sonia, Rahul resignation

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Terrified by the prospect of a slugfest in its ranks in their absence, India’s defeated Congress party on Monday rejected the resignations of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi from the posts of vice president and president of the party respectively.

The Congress suffered its most humiliating defeat in elections this month and both the Gandhis owned responsibility for the debacle. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh then told the Congress Working Committee meeting here that it was in fact his government that was

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