DINA for the issue of August 23, 2014



August 23, 2014 | Shawwal 26, 1435
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All sides brace themselves for war of nerves

Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD: The only agreement so far is to continue talking, say the government and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
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Sharif, Zardari to discuss ways of ending crisis

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zar­dari plan to meet in Raiwind on Saturday to discuss the political crisis created by two sit-ins in Islamabad and ways of finding a way out.

The prime minister called Mr Zardari and invited him to lunch. The PPP chief, who arrived in Karachi on Thursday, accepted the invitation.

PM cautioned against ‘betrayal from within’

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: The opposition Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), which is trying to mediate between the government and the protesting parties seeking to oust it through a siege of parliament, warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly on Friday against a possible betrayal “from within”.

JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah gave the warning in the presence of the prime minister, who, as on all his three previous appearances in the house during a five-day debate on the prevailing political situation in the country, kept his silence, to the frustration of many who wanted to hear from him. Meanwhile, leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) continued demanding his resignation as the main condition to end their now eight-day-old sit-ins.

New round of PAT-govt talks held

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) agreed on Friday to resume talks with a government committee to try and find a solution to the prevailing political impasse.

Sources in the party told Dawn that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar had played a key role in convincing both parties to return to the negotiating table.

FC soldier, civilian die during border intrusion

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: A soldier and a driver were killed in a clash between the Frontier Corps and terrorists in Qila Saifullah district’s Murgha Faqirzai area on the Afghan border on Friday.

According to Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hus­sain Durrani, the exchange of heavy fire lasted two hours.

A possible exit strategy for PTI?

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: While Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) continues to stick to its resignation obsession, the opposition political parties and the government appear to be tweaking the former’s proposals into a more palatable form.

It seems as if the political parties as well as some government elements are now suggesting that the resignation of the prime minister should be made conditional to the findings of the judicial commission which the government has asked the Supreme Court to set up to investigate the allegations of rigging during the May 2013 general elections.

Minister warns marchers, again

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: Warning protesters against trying to ‘capture’ any state institutions on Constitution Avenue, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan categorically said that “nobody should be under any illusions”.

“Your liberty to swing your arms ends where my nose begins,” he said, paraphrasing American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr, as he addressed the protesters during a press conference at Punjab House on Friday.

Senate rejects demand for dissolution of assemblies

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Senate unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution dismissing the demand for dissolution of assemblies and resignation of parliamentarians as unconstitutional. The National Assembly had adopted a similar resolution the previous day.

The house, through the resolution moved by Senator Saeed Ghani of the PPP, resolved to uphold the supremacy of parliament and expressed support for continuation of the democratic system. It also condemned the ‘objectionable’ language used by the heads of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) against parliament and lawmakers.

Ministers challenge court order on Model Town FIR

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Three federal ministers of the PML-N filed a petition in the Lahore High Court on Friday against a lower court’s order for registration of an FIR against them and some other people, including the prime minister and the Punjab chief minister, over the Model Town incident of June 17.

The petition was filed by Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, Railways Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq and Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali through Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar.

Ukraine accuses Russia of invading its region


IZVARYNE: Kiev accused Moscow of invading as Russia unilaterally drove a mammoth aid convoy across war-torn east Ukraine on Friday.

The European Union said it “deplored” Russia’s decision to order in the convoy without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks.

US says IS most dangerous group it has faced recently


WASHINGTON: The US said on Thursday the Islamic State (IS) was the most dangerous group it had faced in recent years, and warned that Middle East faced a long-term battle to defeat it.

Pentagon chiefs said the militant group could be eradicated if local Sunni communities rejected it and regional powers united to fight it, but only if the battle was taken into Syria and not just Iraq.

PM briefed on displaced people, Lowari Tunnel project


PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sha­rif has lauded the sacrifices rendered by tribal people because of the military operation going on in their areas for elimination of terrorism and said that everything possible will be done for their dignified return to home.

The prime minister expressed these views during a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan here on Friday. Problems being faced by the internally displaced people came up for discussion during the meeting.

Gaza gunmen kill 18 ‘traitors’


GAZA CITY: Gunmen executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel in the heart of Gaza City on Friday, as the deadly war between the Islamist movement and Israel reached day 46.

The Palestinian emergency services say 76 people have died in Gaza since hostilities resumed on Tuesday following a nine-day truce. In Israel, four civilians have been wounded by rocket attacks.

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