DINA for the issue of June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014 | Sha’baan 6, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Two colonels, 3 civilians killed in suicide attack

By Mohammad Asghar and Qazi Mohammad Safdar

RAWALPINDI / FATEH JANG: Two army officers and three civilians were killed when a suicide bomber hit a vehicle carrying security personnel on Wednesday morning. The attack took place at a railway crossing at the junction of Fateh Jang and Rawalpindi when the vehicle with two officers, a gunman and a driver had slowed down.
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MQM asks transporters, traders to resume business

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Following a telephone call from Altaf Hussain to his top lieutenants in London, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday night appealed to traders and transporters to resume their activities in Karachi from Thursday.

However, senior MQM leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui made it clear that the party would not end its protest sit-ins at Karachi’s Numaish area and parts of Sindh towns.

Senate passes five bills

By Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: The opposition-controlled Senate on Wednesday had a hectic day as the house unanimously approved five bills, including two controversial anti-terrorism laws, which had earlier been passed by the National Assembly.

Following a behind-the-scenes understanding between the government and opposition leaders, the lethargic upper house, which had not approved any of the bills passed by the National Assembly in its first year, managed to pass two key terrorism-related laws just days before the 90-day period for their lapse expired.

TTP claims Fateh Jang, Bajaur attacks

Miramshah: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has accepted responsibility for the suicide blast in Fateh Jang and attacks on border posts in Bajaur.

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Dawn by phone from an unspecified location that the bombing and the attacks were in retaliation for the killing of its men in Karachi and attacks on Taliban in other places.

People don’t trust taxation machinery: Dar

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday that most of potential taxpayers in the country wanted to pay taxes but did not trust the taxation machinery.

It was against this background that the government introduced a new mechanism for collecting sales tax from 2.5 million retailers (fresh taxpayers) through their electricity bills like withholding tax, he told newsmen at his post-budget press briefing.

Seven troops die in militant raids from Afghanistan

By Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan again protested to Afghanistan on Wednesday against cross-border strikes by terrorists as another seven soldiers lost their lives in fresh attacks on border posts in Bajaur Agency.

“In Bajaur early morning today, terrorists from across the border fired on Pakistani posts at Manozangal and Mukha tops. Seven soldiers died and seven others were injured, including an officer,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa said.

Judges met Musharraf before emergency proclamation: counsel

By Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for former president Pervez Musharraf claimed on Wednesday that several judges of the Supreme Court visited his client before the imposition of emergency and the sacking of then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in 2007.

Arguing before the special court seized with the high treason trial of retired General Musharraf, Barrister Farogh Nasim said he could not disclose the names of the judges concerned because he was in the court not to malign anyone but to fight for his case.

Apex court lays down guidelines for deciding seniority of judge

By Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has observed that the president and the chief justices of high courts cannot determine seniority of judges without objective criterion.

“Leaving the question of seniority to be decided by the president or by the chief justice of a high court without reference to any objective criterion may raise issues of judicial independence which is mandated under the Constitution and is essential in a democracy,” a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said on Wednesday in a detailed judgement on a petition about seniority of judges of the Lahore High Court.

Taliban video shows dazed US soldier during handover

KABUL: A dazed Bowe Bergdahl is led by two militants, one carrying a makeshift white flag on a stick, to a Blackhawk helicopter in eastern Afghanistan ending his five years in captivity, a video released by the Taliban showed on Wednesday.

In the first publicly aired footage of Bergdahl’s dramatic handover to the US military at the weekend, the clip shows Taliban cadres dotted on nearby hills armed with rocket launchers watching the transfer.

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