DINA for the issue of August 24, 2014

24 August, 2014 / Shawwal 27, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Zardari advises PM to handle crisis ‘politically’

By Zulqernain Tahir & Khalid Hasnain

LAHORE: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to handle the crisis politically as democracy should not be derailed under any circumstances.
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Customer 32 � who used FinFisher to spy in Pakistan?

By Jahanzaib Haque

KARACHI: Someone inside Pakistan purchased an estimated 300,000-euro toolset of highly controversial surveillance software, and digital human rights activists are concerned about the serious threats this poses to the security and privacy of users operating in local cyberspace.

Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan (DRFP), a local NGO focused on digital rights, released its investigation into a 40GB leak of data from the servers of FinFisher, an online mass surveillance software that has been criticised by human rights organisations for its high potential for abuse, as in its use to target protesters in Bahrain (2012) and its purchase by Egyptian secret services during the revolution of 2011.

Pessimistic PTI terms dialogue dead

By Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD: As the third round of negotiations between the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wound up on Saturday afternoon, the PTI team declared the talks “dead” as their main demand remained unacceptable to the other side.

The PTI had ratcheted down its primary objective, from demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his relinquishing charge of the top slot for one month so that a fact-finding judicial commission may have time to present its findings on electoral rigging during this period.

Imran believes this is his moment

By Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Notwith�stan�ding mounting pressure both from within the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and outside, its chairman believes ‘this is his moment’ and his party must carry on with its Azadi march until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns.

According to party insiders and analysts, PTI leaders have had a heated debate over the past couple of days on whether to stick to their main demand of the prime minister’s resignation or show some flexibility and try to find a middle ground in talks with the government.

Three killed in firing by Indian forces

By Our Correspondent

SIALKOT: Three Pakistanis, a woman among them, were killed and 11 others injured in unprovoked shelling by Indian forces on villages along the Sialkot Wor�king Boundary on Saturday.

The villages which were fired upon were Bajrah Garhi, Khadraal, Anula, Beeni, Sucheetgarh and Charwah.

Delhi orders scrutiny of govt hospitals’ activities

NEW DELHI: The Indian government ordered on Saturday a review of activities at all state-owned hospitals to end what the health minister called systemic corruption, as part of the Modi administration’s crackdown on malpractice in the healthcare sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has vowed to eradicate graft in India’s $74 billion healthcare industry, where doctors receiving extra payments for referring patients to a particular clinic or receiving gifts from companies for prescribing their drugs are common.

Israel kills 10 more in Gaza

GAZA CITY: Israel pounded Gaza on Saturday with scores of air strikes, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-storey apartment building as Egypt called for new truce talks.

Since a round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed last Tuesday, shattering nine days of calm, 86 Palestinians and an Israeli boy have been killed in the violence.

ISIS begins push to seize Syrian air base

BEIRUT: At least 24 militants have been killed and 150 wounded in clashes with Syrian troops defending an air base in Raqa province, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The clashes came as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) group launched a new bid to capture the Tabqa base, the government’s last bastion in the northern province, the rest of which is in the hands of militants.

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