DINA for the issue of July 17,2014

17 July, 2014 / Ramazan 18, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan�s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

JI challenges anti-terror act in SC

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-i-Islami fired its first salvo against the newly passed Protection of Pakistan Act (PPA) 2014 on Wednesday as it challenged the law as �ultra vires� before the Supreme Court.

JI chief Sirajul Haq submitted a petition challenging the law through his counsel Taufiq Asif and Sheikh Ahsanuddin.

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Karachi Stocks up 131.73 points :
KARACHI, July 16 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29815.70,up 131.73 points.
Forex Update :
KARACHI, July 16 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 98.95 to the US Dollar in the open market.

PTI to seek other parties� support for march

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to seek the support of other parties in the opposition for its proposed Aug 14 march.

The PTI�s core committee held an extensive session at the residence of party chief Imran Khan in Banigala late on Tuesday night.

Military operation in Bajaur put on hold

Anwarullah Khan

KHAR: Security forces and the Bajaur political administration agreed on Wednesday to postpone a planned military operation in border areas of Mamond tehsil in Bajaur tribal agency after tribal elders from Mamond announced formation of a grand quami lashkar (militia) to combat militants and prevent cross-border attacks.

The accord was reached at a meeting between a delegation of tribal elders from Mamond led by National Assembly member Haji Bismillah Khan and Fata chapter�s chief of Jamaat-i-Islami Sahibzada Haroon Rasheed and senior security officials, including northern sector commander Brigadier Ghulam Haider, and members of the local administration, including Bajaur Agency�s Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabar Shah.

Rains bring down loadshedding by 2-3 hours

Ahmad Fraz Khan | Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: The much-awaited rains brought temperatures down by five to seven degrees Celsius in some parts of the country on Wednesday and electricity demand by almost 2,500MW, reducing nationwide loadshedding by two to three hours.

The planners at the National Power Control Centre said the demand had come down to 20,500MW by the evening from 24,000MW a day before at the same time. Although the situation was still not fully under control, it improved a bit.

Air strikes in Shawal kill 35 suspects

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: War planes bombed suspected militant hideouts in Shawal mountains and eliminated 35 terrorists early on Wednesday morning, hours after local people said a US drone strike killed 20, mostly foreigners, in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan.

A senior security official said the jets targeted militants in the forested Shawal Valley.

Israeli naval shelling kills four boys on Gaza beach

Reuters

GAZA: Israeli shelling killed four boys on a Gaza beach on Wednesday, a local health official said, and Palestinian militants fired a further 70 rockets into Israel after a failed Egyptian attempt to halt more than a week of warfare.

Israel urged the evacuation of several districts in the Gaza Strip where more than 100,000 people live, threatening ground operations to try to stem the rocket attacks.

2 Pakistanis injured in Indian firing

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Indian Border Security Forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistan Rangers� posts in Charwah sector near Sialkot on Wednesday, Pakistan�s military sources said.

The Pakistani forces responded to Indian firing and intermittent exchange of fire along the Working Boundary continued till late evening.

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