DINA for the issue of June 01, 2014

June 01, 2014 | Sha’aban 2, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Govt to work for uplift of
all provinces,
says Sharif

By Akram Malik

GUJRANWALA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that equal development in all provinces is the priority of his government because he is working for progress of the nation.
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Dar set to unveil tax-heavy budget

By Mubarak Zeb Khan

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar is all set to present the second budget by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The finance bill, which will be tabled in parliament next week, is expected to include Rs535 billion in additional taxes and other administrative measures.

PML-N lawmaker kidnapped

By Our Correspondent

SHEIKHUPURA: Rana Jamil Hasan alias Gudo Khan, an MPA of the PML-N, was kidnapped near Sheikhupura on the motorway on Saturday.

The member of the Punjab Assembly and his wife were going to Islamabad from his hometown Bucheki when people in two cars stopped his vehicle and dragged him out.

Army posts attacked in Bajaur; 16 militants killed: military

By Baqir Sajjad Syed and Anwarullah Khan

ISLAMABAD / KHAR: Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday traded allegations following a cross-border attack allegedly by Kunar-based Pakistani Taliban on military posts in Bajaur Agency in which one soldier died and two others were injured.

The army said it had repulsed the early morning attack by a horde of militants on military posts and inflicted heavy casualties on the attackers.


By Aurangzaib Khan

EVEN if a split within the Tehreek-i-Taliban signalled a success of the Pakistani state’s carrot-and-stick policy — and indeed an opportunity to wean away pro-peace elements from hardliners in the Taliban ranks — a new challenge emerged on Friday.

After weeks of a ‘surgical’ military operation in North Waziristan Agency reportedly aimed at crushing foreign militants, the ‘pro-state’ Hafiz Gul Bahadur, commander of the Taliban in NWA (Shura Mujahideen), said he was revoking the peace treaty he had signed with the Pakistani government in 2008.


By Nasir Jamal

IT is business as usual on Fane Road, a busy Lahore street where three-month pregnant Farzana Parveen was killed last Tuesday, attacked by a group of 25 people, including her father, brothers and cousins. Punished for marrying against her family’s wishes, she fell only a few steps away from the Lahore High Court.

“On a Saturday morning, the street isn’t too crowded. Still, there are lawyers leaving and entering their chambers. There are a few in black coats relaxing with a cup of tea outside a tea stall. Did any of these men see Farzana come under a barrage of bricks? Few are willing to talk about the brutal murder. “The incident took place early in the morning,” says a man who works at a small bustling eatery in the street. He, like others, ‘heard’ about the murder when he came to work at around nine.

Polio booths opened at Balochistan airports

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Polio booths have been set up at three airports in Balochistan, including the Quetta International Airport, to administer drops to passengers travelling abroad.

Zhob and Gwadar are the other airports where the booths have been set up.

Taliban free US soldier captured in 2009

By Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama announced on Saturday that the Taliban had freed the only American prisoner they had held for almost five years and expressed hope that the release would open the door for further negotiations.

“While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground,” Mr Obama said.

SC inquiry blames former CJ’s staff officer for selective coverage of event

By Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: An inquiry headed by the additional registrar of the Supreme Court has found that the former staff officer of ex-chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and a TV channel’s special correspondent were responsible for the selective coverage of the full court reference held to honour and bid farewell to the former chief justice.

The inquiry report, which was made public on Saturday, recommended that a warning be issued to Chaudhry Abdul Hameed, the staff officer deputed with the former chief justice. However, the report did not recommend any action against Geo TV’s special correspondent Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui.

Kerosene price cut; petrol, diesel rates remain unchanged

By Our Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting partly the summary submitted by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), the government decided on Saturday to keep the prices of most petroleum products unchanged for the month of June. The decision would cost the government about Rs1.76 billion.

After the government’s decision, the price of petrol will remain at Rs107.97 per litre. The price of kerosene has, however, been reduced by 67 paisa to Rs97 per litre, as per the Ogra summary.

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