DINA for the issue of June 18, 2014

18 June, 2014 / Shabaan 19, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Eight killed in raid on Qadri’s Lahore HQ

Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE: Eight people, two women among them, were killed and over 100 injured when police clashed with activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) over removal of barriers from near Dr Tahirul Qadri’s Minhajul Quran headquarters in Model Town here on Tuesday.
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Karachi Stocks down 326.44 Points:
KARACHI, June 17 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29324.60,down 326.44 points.
Forex Update :
KARACHI, June 17 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.75 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Belgium beat Algeria

AP

BELO HORIZONTE: B­e­lgium opened their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 comeback win over Algeria on Tuesday, relying on second-half goals from two substitutes after a tense start in Group H.

Algeria opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute and the surprising lead stood for 45 minutes until Marouane Fellaini’s strong glancing header, with his back to goal, from a Kevin De Bruyne cross.

COAS cancels Colombo visit

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Sharif has postponed his official visit to Sri Lanka in view of ongoing military operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan.

Due to on-going operation Zarb-i-Azb, the COAS has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka,” the Inter-Services Public Relations spokesman said.

Evacuation of civilians a major challenge for govt

Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH: As military planes continued to attack suspected militant hideouts in North Waziristan on Tuesday, evacuation of thousands of civilians from affected areas has become a major challenge for the government.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that planes destroyed six terrorist hideouts, including a training camp and a factory of explosive devices around Hasokhel, near Mirali.

Finance minister gives both big and small concessions

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: After suffering opposition brickbats for a week, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar agreed in the National Assembly on Tuesday to give some both major and minor concessions in the new budget, including a Rs14 billion subsidy on phosphate fertilisers to be shared equally by the federal and provincial governments.

Announcing the changes while winding up a general debate on the national budget for 2014-15, he also assured the house that the Nawaz Sharif government would provide all resources needed to carry out the newly launched anti-terrorist military operation in North Waziristan and take care of people to be displaced by the campaign.

Militants briefly hold parts of Baquba city, 60km from Baghdad

AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s prime minister fired top security commanders on Tuesday in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking the country up.

A relative calm in Baghdad — ostensibly as militants have focused on their northern assault — was shattered by a string of bombings that left 17 people dead, while the bodies of 18 soldiers and police were found near the city of Samarra, shot in the head and chest.

Envoy hopeful of improved Pak-India ties

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Borrowing from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election slogan, Pakistan on Tuesday said ‘acche din aa rahe hain’, good days are coming.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was of course referring to bilateral ties with India and not to any political promise by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

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