DINA for the issue of July 19th , 2014



July 19, 2014 | Ramazan 20, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

12 security men killed in Khyber, Peshawar

Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR/LANDI KOTAL: Twelve security personnel, a civilian and four militants were killed when gunmen ambushed security forces and police patrol squads in Khyber Agency and Peshawar on Friday.
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Four of a family shot dead

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Four members of a family were gunned down and a fifth was injured here on Friday.

Those killed have been identified as Haji Moham­mad Ibrahim Achakzai, his son Mohammad Ayub, grandson Faiz Mohammad and their close relative Mir Ahmed.

Israel sends ground forces into Gaza; 35 Palestinians killed


GAZA: Israel intensified its land offensive in Gaza with artillery, tanks and gunboats on Friday and warned it could “significantly widen” an operation Palestinian officials said was killing ever greater numbers of civilians.

Palestinian health officials said 35 Palestinians, including a baby, four children and a 70-year-old woman, had been killed since Israel sent ground forces late on Thursday night into the densely-populated enclave of 1.8 million Palestinians.

Rapid assessment of IDPs’ needs to be completed today


ISLAMABAD: The government will formally launch a relief initiative for people displaced from North Waziristan after a rapid assessment of their needs, which will be completed on Saturday (today).

This was stated by the additional secretary of the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions (Safron) and focal person for the internally displaced persons, Mr Tariq Hayat, at a press conference here on Friday. The assessment would enable the government to establish exact requirements of the IDPs, he added.

Gadani infrastructure, Karachi water projects approved

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The Executive Commit­tee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) formally approved on Friday two major projects — the Gadani Power Park infrastructure development project and Rs25.5 billion for the first phase of the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme.

The two projects were cleared by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Thursday and recommended for approval.

Seven die in coach-truck collision

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

DERA MURAD JAMALI: At least seven people, among them two women and an army man, were killed and eight others injured when a truck and a coach collided near a village in Bolan district on Friday night.

According to Levies officials, the Quetta-bound wagon coming from Jacobabad collided with the truck coming from the opposite side near Limji village in tehsil Balanari.

Investigators face tough task in Ukraine plane inquiry


BERLIN: As international investigators head to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to piece together what — and who — caused a Malaysian airliner to plunge into the steppe, securing evidence in the middle of a war zone is a major challenge.

Proving what happened beyond doubt and to the satisfaction of the warring parties may already be all but impossible, after local people and rebel fighters have spent 24 hours sifting and moving debris and bodies and Ukraine and Russia make detailed allegations against each other and argue over the black boxes.

Kashmir root of all disputes with India, says Basit

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Pakistan pressed on Friday for progress in talks with India after a ‘good beginning’ made by their prime ministers, but its envoy in Delhi also underscored the importance of addressing the Kashmir issue, saying it was at the root of all their bilateral disputes.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit also told a news conference at the Press Club of India that the two countries needed to work together to promote peace and prosperity.

Al Qaeda may return, warns US general

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: If Afghanistan and Pakistan fail to keep pressure on extremists within their borders, Al Qaeda could return to the region to plan 9/11 like terrorist attacks, warns a top US general.

Gen Joseph Dunford, who commands all US and allied forces in Afghanistan, also told Congress on Thursday that those in uniform did not necessarily support President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by 2017.

China appoints special envoy for Afghanistan


BEIJING: China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had appointed a special envoy for Afghanistan, underscoring Beijing’s concerns that the withdrawal of Nato troops would leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep.

Sun Yuxi, a former ambassador to both Afghanistan and India, has been named to the new position and will have “close communication” with Afghanistan and other relevant parties, the ministry said in a statement.

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