DINA for the issue of June 16, 2014

DAWN

INTERNET NEWS ALERT

June 16, 2014 | Sha’baan 17, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

All-out military operation launched in North Waziristan

Ismail Khan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army said on Sunday it had launched a comprehensive operation against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan, sealing it off and requesting the Afghan National Army to plug possible escape routes across the border.
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Seven killed in clash between militant groups

Pazir Gul

• Restive tribal region sealed off, Afghan army asked to plug escape routes across border

• Uzbeks among over 150 killed in overnight assault by F-16s

Switzerland surprise Ecuador

AP

BRASILIA: A goal deep in stoppage-time by Haris Sef­e­r­ovic gave Switzerland a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ecua­dor in their Group E opener at the World Cup on Sunday.

A low-quality match loo­k­ed destined to end in a draw until substitute Seferovic fired home the winner from close range in the last of three minutes of injury time.

PM to brief NA on military action

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: The commencement of a military operation against militants in North Waziristan on Sunday was welcomed by most major political parties and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to take parliament into confidence over the operation on Monday.

According to sources in the PM Office, Mr Sharif will be attending Monday’s session at the National Assembly, where he is expected to make a policy statement over Operation Zarb-i-Azb.

Militants’ advance spreads to northwest Iraq

Reuters

MOSUL: The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of the country on Sunday, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border, clashing with police and government forces.

As the rapid advance south by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) towards Baghdad appeared to slow over the weekend, fierce fighting erupted in the town of Tal Afar, 60km west of Mosul near the Syrian border, security sources and a local official said.

Indian minister says no talks amid ceasefire violations

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have felt encouraged by his recent meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but New Delhi made it clear on Sunday that there could be no progress in bilateral talks if ceasefire violations on the Line of Control (LoC) are not stopped by Pakistan.

Pakistan’s narrative on Indian allegations is usually quite the opposite and there is no reason to believe on this occasion that Islamabad accepts Indian accusations of any recent violations of the Vajpayee-era ceasefire. India discourages the idea of neutral observers to watch who if any one is in violation of the globally supported bilateral agreement to do nothing provocative on the LoC.

Restive Yemen hit by coup fears

AFP

SANAA: Yemeni troops were surrounding a mosque controlled by ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday amid fears he is plotting a coup, days after the ex-strongman’s media outlets were silenced.

Also on Sunday, an Al Qaeda suspect killed eight people in the south and fresh clashes erupted between security forces and Huthi rebels in the north, ending an 11-day truce mediated by the UN.

Nepra rejects requests for recovery of Rs35bn from consumers

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: In an apparent snub to the government, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has rejected requests by power distribution companies to recover more than Rs35 billion from consumers on account of additional system losses.

The decision has come on review petitions of Lahore, Quetta, Multan and Hyderabad electric supply companies (Lesco, Qesco, Mepco and Hesco) and sets aside a government decision to allow recovery of loans and the resultant mark-up from consumers along with the cost of higher system losses — both resulting from inefficiencies of the companies.

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