DINA for the issue of June 9, 2014



June 9, 2014 | Sha’baan 10, 1435
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Militants storm Karachi airport

Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: An audacious gun-and-explosive attack by heavily armed militants on the country’s busiest airport left nine people including seven Airport Security Force personnel dead and at least one aircraft parked in the cargo area destroyed, triggering a long-drawn gunfight in which three attackers were also killed, police and army officials said.
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Islamabad, Lahore airports on red alert

Mohammad Asghar

RAWALPINDI: The Benazir Bhutto International Airport here and the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore were placed on ‘red alert’ on Sunday night after a terrorist attack on the Karachi airport.

Additional security personnel were deployed around areas of the airports and additional police personnel were deployed.

Budget focuses on Punjab, says PTI

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan chose a sweltering Sunday afternoon to lash out at the PML-N government for presenting a budget “for the rich, by the rich and of the rich”.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s central secretariat, he said that a fair analysis of the measures which the government had taken last year and what it proposed in the new budget clearly suggested that it was only interested in benefiting a particular group of the rich.

10 suspected militants killed in Dera Bugti, claims FC

The Newspaper’s Staff Correspondent

QUETTA: At least 10 suspected militants were killed on Sunday in a heavy exchange of fire with security forces in the Gandyari area of Dera Bugti district.

It was the second major clash between security forces and militants in the area in four days.

Suicide attacks near Iranian border leave 23 pilgrims dead

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: At least 23 Shia pilgrims were killed and several others injured in suicide attacks and firing at two hotels in Taftan, a town near the border with Iran, some 700km southwest of Quetta, on Sunday night.

“At least five suicide bombers attacked two hotels where pilgrims were staying,” Kambar Dashti, Commissioner of Quetta division, told Dawn.

India-China talks make progress despite Tibet distraction

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: If the unusual but little publicised presence of a Tibetan representative at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration was someone’s ploy to stymie Sino-Indian ties, there was no indication of it from the official briefing of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s meetings in New Delhi on Sunday.

The Telegraph reported that there was a Chinese demarche over the presence at Mr Modi’s swearing-in last month of the so-called prime minister of the self-styled Tibetan-government-in-exile that operates out of Dharmasala. At best of times this kind of activity by Tibetans in any country is seen as a major provocation by Beijing. The subject did not figure in the official narrative on Sunday which was, therefore, surprisingly forward-looking, even upbeat.

Tarbela’s storage capacity decreases by two feet

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The country continues to lose its water storage capacity as accumulation of silt has decreased Tarbela Dam’s storage space by another two feet.

The dead level had been increased to 1,378 feet from 1,376 feet about two years ago, the official recalled and said the dam was gradually losing its capacity as construction of a dam in upstream of Tarbela got delayed for one reason or the other.

Iran, US to hold direct talks on nuclear issue


TEHRAN: Direct talks with the United States this week on Tehran’s nuclear programme hold the key to bridging gaps in negotiations and sealing a deal, a top Iranian official said on Sunday.

The two countries will hold their first full-scale official and direct meetings in decades on Monday (today) and Tuesday in Geneva, with the route towards an eventual lifting of sanctions expected to be the main issue.

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