DINA for the issue of August 20, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

August 20, 2014 | Shawwal 23, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Marchers breach red zone, hold sit-in outside parliament

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD: The ante has been upped in the standoff between the ruling PML-N and anti-government protesters, who, having brea­ched the red zone, have marched on to parliament to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
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48 dead in air strikes on Taliban hideouts

AFP

KHAR: Air strikes targeting Taliban hideouts in Khyber and North Waziristan killed 48 suspected militants on Tuesday, the military said.

The armed forces have since June been waging an assault to wipe out strongholds of Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and other tribal areas, killing at least 600 insurgents, according to the military.

Opposition’s efforts get nowhere

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The helplessness of the politicians painted a dismal picture on Tuesday as the opposition parties failed in their efforts to reach out to the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek and rumours went back and forth in the capital.

It was an early start at Parliament House where both the meetings and the parliamentary session were held together.

Army asks both sides to exercise restraint

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: As the protesters marched on to the Constitution Avenue on Tuesday, the army urged both the government and the protesting political parties to exercise restraint and find a way out of the crisis through dialogue.

“Situation requires patience, wisdom and sagacity from all stakeholders to resolve prevailing impasse through meaningful dialogue in larger national and public interest,” military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Bajwa said in a late night statement.

Marchers call Nisar’s bluff

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Hours before charged demonstrators from both the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) surged towards the red zone, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan warned that no-one would be allowed to compromise the security of the high-security area.

But as the evening progressed, it became clear that the press conference was merely so much posturing, as policemen stepped aside and allowed marchers to head towards Constitution Avenue without much incident.

India’s ‘self-goal’ on Kashmir triggers debate

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Unless the Modi government’s objective was to revive the sagging image of Pakistan in the Kashmir Valley or to give the jobless group known as the All Parties Hurriyat Conference a fresh lease of life, India’s cancellation of foreign secretaries’ talks with Islamabad could prove to be what the Indian Express described on Tuesday as a “self-goal”.

“Frankly, I can’t see much sense in making a meeting with the Hurriyat a touchstone for India-Pakistan relations,” analyst Ajai Sahni of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi told the Express.

Cancellation of Pak-India talks unfortunate, says US

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The United States has described the cancellation of talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan as ‘unfortunate’ and urged both countries to take steps to improve their ties.

The foreign secretaries were to meet in Islamabad on Aug 25 for exploring various options for improving their strained relations. But on Monday, India cancelled the talks following a meeting in New Delhi between Pakistan High Commission­`er Abdul Basit and Kashmiri leaders.

Turkey detains 25 police personnel in eavesdropping probe raids

AFP

ANKARA: Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested at least 25 police officers in the latest nationwide swoop to detain suspects alleged to have illegally wiretapped key government figures, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Police conducted raids in 12 cities across Turkey, including Istanbul as well as the western province of Izmir, as part of the investigation into the allegations of espionage and illegal wiretapping, the private Dogan news agency reported.

US urges all sides to show restraint

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

WASHINGTON: The US urged the government and the protesters in Pakistan on Tuesday to show restraint and resolve their differences through dialogue.

“We believe that all parties should work together to resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in a way that strengthens Pakistan’s democracy,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said at a briefing.

Three women teachers, two children killed in Bajaur bomb blast

Anwarullah Khan

KHAR: At least six people, three of them women and two children, were killed when a roadside bomb detonated by remote control struck a van taking them to a school in Salarzai tehsil of Bajaur tribal agency on Tuesday.

The women were schoolteachers.

Lanka appoints Pakistani to panel of advisers

Frances Bulathsinghala

COLOMBO: President Ma­­hi­n­da Rajapaksa has annou­n­ced the appointment of Ahmer Bilal Soofi of Pakis­tan and Avdash Kaushal of India to the panel of advisers to the Commis­sion on Missing Per­sons and War Crimes set up by the Sri Lankan government.

The government has repo­r­tedly made the appointments to counter a UN panel on war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Israel hits Gaza, suspends ceasefire talks in Cairo

AFP

GAZA CITY: Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave where residents fled for cover as Israeli aircraft struck.

A military spokeswoman said that two rockets hit southern Israel during the late afternoon and early evening — several hours before a 24-hour truce was to expire — and two more were intercepted by missile defences.

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