DINA for the issue of June 23, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

June 23, 2014 | Sha’baan 24, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Government overreacts in panic, seals capital

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD: The full force of the government seemed to be at work on Sunday as law-enforcement agencies and the district administration put the twin cities into lockdown ahead of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s expected arrival at Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Monday morning.
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Belgium move to next round

AP

RIO DE JANEIRO: Teen­age forward Divock Origi turned a listless Belgian performance into a late 1-0 win over Russia on Sunday, enough to qualify for the next round of the World Cup with two straight victories.

Belgium barely contained a reinvigorated Russia for most of the match, yet struck with a blistering final spurt of class and opportunism to turn a bad situation into a wild celebration for coach Marc Wilmots in the 88th minute and hugs all around at the fulltime.

‘No troops at airports’

From the Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release on Sunday night that no army troops had been deployed at airports or any other place for policing.

It said that troops had been deployed before the launch of operation Zarb-i-Azb at sensitive locations in view of terrorist threats.

Key leaders of PAT arrested across Punjab

Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE: The government sta­rted arresting key leaders of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek across Punjab, while arrangeme­nts were made to prevent the party’s workers from reaching Islam­abad to receive their leader Dr Tahirul Qadri who travelled from London to Dubai airport on Sun­day and is scheduled to land in the federal capital on Monday morning.

Dozens of arrests were also reported from various other districts, particularly those close to the Motorway and Grand Trunk Road.

Imran wants operation halted till evacuation of civilians

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan called upon the government on Sunday to suspend the military operation in North Waziristan till complete evacuation of civilians from the area.

Addressing a press conference after visiting Bannu where a large number of people displaced from the tribal region have taken shelter, he urged the centre to provide Rs6 billion from the Coalition Support Funds to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to enable it to provide relief to people leaving the operation-hit areas.

Over 400,000 registered, says FDMA

Dawn Report

PESHAWAR/BANNU: With families continuously streaming out of North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan expressed disappointment on Sunday over the Sindh and Balochistan governments’ decision to ban the entry of displaced people into the two provinces.

“Decision of Sindh and Punjab governments about banning entry of IDPs is regrettable,” he said while talking to reporters after visiting a helpline centre for internally displaced persons in Peshawar.

Pakistan needs to make hard choices now: Hillary

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said that Pakistan’s policy of seeking strategic depth in Afghanistan has been proven wrong and the country now needs to focus all its strength on dealing with the militants.

“Their idea, that they have these groups to provide strategic depth, as they like to say, vis-a-vis Afghanistan, or vis-a-vis India, I think if that were ever true, which I doubt, but if that were ever true, it no longer is,” she told Indian NDTV channel.

ISIS militants make fresh gains in Iraq

AFP

BAGHDAD: Sunni militants advanced in western Iraq and killed 21 people after security forces left multiple towns, while America’s top diplomat called on Sunday for the country’s leaders “to rise above sectarianism”.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Iraqi forces, which are struggling to hold their ground in the face of an insurgent onslaught that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and sparked fears that the country could tear itself apart.

Prehistoric cave with figurative drawings wins World Heritage status

AFP

DOHA: UN cultural agency Unesco granted on Sunday its prized World Heritage status to a prehistoric cave in southern France containing the earliest known figurative drawings.

Delegates at Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meeting voted to grant the status to the Grotte Chauvet at a gathering in Doha, where they are considering cultural and natural wonders for inclusion on the UN list.

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