DINA for the issue of August 25, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

August 25, 2014 | Shawwal 28, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Polls massively rigged, alleges former ECP official

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The prevailing stalemate between the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf was jolted on Sunday night when a former official of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) – who was directly involved in the preparations for and execution of the general elections of 2013 – came out in support of Imran Khan’s allegations of electoral rigging.
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Imran preparing for next big push?

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: From inside his container on D-Chowk, Imran Khan cuts a confident, if haggard figure. Days of living on the road may have taken its toll on the cricketer-turned-politician, but they don’t seem to have dented his resolve.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman insists that by proposing an in-house change, he has offered the ruling PML-N “the ultimate compromise” and believes that the ball is now squarely in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s court.

Speaker says won’t hurry through processing PTI resignations

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Speaker of the National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, assured Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq on Sunday that he would not hurry through the processing of the resignations submitted to his office by MNAs of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.

The JI emir, who had called on the speaker at the latter’s residence here, urged him to delay a decision on the resignations in order to give some more time to the conciliation process.

India accused of violating Indus Water Treaty

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan expressed serious concerns on Sunday over construction of Kishanganga Dam and termed it a clear violation by India of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT).

It also said that four other proposed dams on the Chenab would be in violation of the treaty.

Govt focusing on appeasing PAT

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: The government didn’t get much rest on Sunday. It continued working on pacifying the protesting parties, which have laid siege to Constitution Avenue, by sending federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique to talk to Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s Dr Tahirul Qadri.

However, the minister proved unsuccessful in convincing the cleric to soften his attitude. The latter insisted that negotiations would not move forward till an FIR was registered against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, for their alleged involvement in the deaths of PAT workers in the Model Town incident in June.

Israeli spy drone heading for N-facility shot down: Iran

Reuters

DUBAI: Iran said on Sunday it had shot down an Israeli spy drone that was heading for its Natanz nuclear enrichment site, Iranian media reported.

“The downed aircraft was of the stealth, radar-evasive type and it intended to penetrate the off-limits nuclear area in Natanz… but was targeted by a ground-to-air missile before it managed to enter the area,” state news agency ISNA said, citing a statement by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Boko Haram says seized town is part of ‘caliphate’

AFP

KANO (Nigeria): Boko Haram’s leader said a northeast town seized by the militants earlier this month had been placed under an ‘Islamic caliphate’, in a video obtained on Sunday.

“Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Abubakar Shekau said in the 52-minute video.

Two soldiers, four militants killed in Kashmir: India

Agencies

SRINAGAR: Two soldiers and at least four militants were killed in two separate gunfights in India-held Kashmir over the weekend, an army spokesman said on Sunday.

A daylong battle with a group of militants on Sunday left one soldier and four militants dead in Kupwara district, said Col N.N. Joshi, the spokesman.

Militant group releases US journalist

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: An Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group has released an American journalist held captive in Syria for nearly two years, senior US officials said on Sunday.

“We are all relieved and grateful knowing that Peter Theo Curtis is coming home after so much time held in the clutches of Jabhat al-Nusrah,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry.

BD gang held for trying to sell fake uranium

AFP

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested 11 people suspected of trying to sell fake uranium as part of an elaborate scam.

In a series of raids in Dhaka on Saturday, police swooped on the gang and recovered a leather box marked “USSR” and containing what some members of the group described as uranium, a senior officer said.

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