DINA for the issue of May 25, 2014

May 25, 2014 | Rajab 25, 1435
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Eight troops among 18 killed in blasts, clashes

Dawn Report

GHALANAI/LANDI KOTAL: Eight security personnel, nine militants and a peace committee volunteer were killed in roadside blasts and clashes in Mohmand, Khyber and Bajaur agencies on Saturday.
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Sharif accepts Modi’s invitation

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to New Delhi on Monday for a two-day visit to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi.

He was invited to the ceremony by Mr Modi on May 21. The government expects that the prime minister’s “courtesy gesture” may lead to resumption of the peace dialogue between the two countries that has been stalled since early last year because of skirmishes along the Line of Control.

No decision on full-scale NWA action yet: Nisar

By Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The government has not yet decided to launch a full-scale military offensive in North Waziristan and talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have not been called off, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday.

Talking about the ongoing air strikes against militant hideouts in the TTP stronghold, he said this ‘limited military action’ was in line with the policy that calls for a calibrated and measured response to acts of terror against civilian or military targets.

Five top militants died in N. Waziristan air assault

By Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH: Security officials claimed on Saturday that five top militant leaders, one of them an Uzbek national, were killed in an air assault on suspected positions in North Waziristan Agency.

Sources said the ‘commanders’ were eliminated in an air strike on Wednesday. The Uzbek national was identified as Abu Ahmad and the others as Qanooni, Sabir, Gilam and Jihad Yaar. Sabir was said to be a trainer of suicide bombers.

Boon for PAS angers other civil service groups

By Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: A large section of civil servants is angry at the PML-N government for allegedly favouring the powerful Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) at the cost of the other 10 occupational groups.

Formerly known as the District Management Group (DMG), PAS got a major share of the promotions of bureaucrats under a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) issued by the government on Feb 10, 2014.

KARGIL’S LEFTOVERS

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik

He picked up the ball and clutched it longingly to his chest as he scoured the expanses of the pitch in front: a silted, sluggish creek, about thirty metres wide, the bushes on its opposite bank calling out the challenge.

“I can kick it all the way to the other side,” Wafadaar boasted, putting the ball on the floor and positioning his foot firmly on its curved edge. The other kids gathered around him, some bent over with their hands on their knees, a few fretfully running their fingers through their hair.

FBR proposes audit of tax returns before submission

By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD: The government is expected to introduce fresh regulations in the next finance bill to rein in sales tax evasion by outsourcing the task of verifying the authenticity of filed returns to chartered accountants.

This is one of the main proposals sent by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to the finance ministry for inclusion in next month’s budget.

Obama puts drone strikes in Pakistan on hold: CNN

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has put drone attacks in Pakistan on hold, CNN reported on Saturday, noting that Islamabad’s decision to step up its military actions in Fata contributed to the decision.

The report pointed to a combination of factors which contributed to the cessation of dro­ne strikes in Pakistan since the beginning of the year.

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