DINA for the issue of June 26,2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

June 26, 2014 | Sha’baan 27, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

250 held in search for plane attack suspects

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: After a gun attack on a PIA plane on Tuesday night that left a passenger dead and two crew members injured, flights resumed at Peshawar’s Bacha Khan International Airport on Wednesday.
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12 militants surrender to troops: ISPR

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Thirteen suspected militants were killed when military planes shelled their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency on Wednesday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the air strikes were carried out in the suburbs of Mirali town. It claimed that 13 terrorists had been killed and five hideouts destroyed.

Nigeria move into last 16

From the Newspaper

PORTO ALEGRE: A double from Lionel Messi a day after his 27th birthday inspired Argentina to a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and assured them of finishing top of Group F at the World Cup on Wednesday.

Nigeria’s defeat — their fourth in four meetings at the finals against Argentina — came with the considerable consolation that they still progressed to the second round as Iran lost 3-1 to Bosnia in the other group game.

Work on 4,320MW hydel project launched

Nisar Ahmad Khan

MANSEHRA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif launched the construction work on 4,320 megawatts Dasu hydroelectric power project in Kohistan on Wednesday.

“We are sincerely working for prosperity of the nation but some people are on streets not only against development but also against such mega projects which would change the fate of our country,” he said while addressing a group of local people on the occasion.

Two army pilots killed

The Newspaper’s Staff Correspondent

MULTAN: An army helicopter crashed near here on Wednesday night and its two pilots were killed.

Major Yasin and Captain Murtaza of 404 Aviation 33 Squadron were on a routine mission when their Cobra chopper lost contact with Multan air traffic control.

Musharraf’s counsel grills top official for leaving out coup charge

Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD: During cross-examination by the legal team of former president retired General Pervez Musharraf, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan admitted that he had not incorporated the issue of military coup of October 1999 in the charges levelled in the treason case because of a ‘time constraint’.

Khan has already testified before the special court, headed by Sindh High Court Justice Faisal Arab, that after assuming charge of his post in October 2013, he received the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and filed the complaint against Gen Musharraf on five charges.

‘Fasting Buddha’ damaged further during cleaning

Shoaib Ahmed

LAHORE: The jewel of Lahore Museum — ‘The Fasting Buddha’ sculpture — carries a fresh scar, the legacy of an amateur attempt at ‘repairing’ one of its arms after an accident during cleaning.

The Buddha had two fingers on its right hand missing and a crack on its left arm since long. The crack was opened up a couple of years back while the staff was cleaning it, Dawn was tipped off by an art lover and conservationist on Wednesday.

Asma nominated to UN team on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS: Asma Jahangir, the former president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), has been nominated to a three-member panel to advise UN on alleged human rights violations committed during final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

Former president of Finland Maarti Ahtassari and former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright are other members of the distinguished panel of experts UN High Commissioner for Human Rights announced on Wednesday.

100 Taliban killed in battle for Helmand districts: officials

AFP

KANDAHAR: More than 800 Taliban militants have launched a major offensive in southern Afghanistan to try to gain territory recently vacated by US troops, officials said on Wednesday, with 40 civilians killed in five days of fighting.

About 100 Taliban have been killed, according to the interior ministry, in clashes that erupted as Afghanistan wrestled with a political crisis over alleged fraud in the June 14 election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

‘No distinction between good, bad Taliban’

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said security forces were conducting operation in North Waziristan Agency against militants without discrimination.

Speaking at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs the adviser presented the ‘Strategic Vision of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ and said: “There is no distinction between good Taliban and bad Taliban and the military operation was being conducted across the board.”

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