DINA for the issue of August 26, 2014



August 26, 2014 | Shawwal 29, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Waving burial shroud, Qadri issues ultimatum

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Talks between the government and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) could not resume on Monday, a day after the government appeared to be attempting to mollify the protesting party’s chief, Dr Tahirul Qadri. This prompted the firebrand cleric to issue ‘an ultimate’ 48-hour ultimatum to the government for meeting his demands.
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Karachi Stocks down 352.41 points:
KARACHI, August 25 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 28519.34,down 352.41 points.
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KARACHI, August 25 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.25 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Justice Kayani terms ex-ECP official’s allegations pack of lies

Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE: Retired Justice Riaz Kayani has refuted the vote-rigging allegations levelled by a former additional secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan and termed them a pack of lies.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, the ECP member from Punjab urged the Supreme Court to take suo motu notice of the accusations which also targeted against two former chi­ef justices of the apex court.

Derailment of democracy may threaten federation: PPP

Habib Khan Ghori

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party believes that the prevailing political situation has the potential of derailing democratic process and eventually posing a threat to the federation.

Resolutions adopted at a meeting of the party’s central executive committee held at Bilawal House here on Monday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Pakistan Awami Tehrik and the PML-N would be held responsible if something untoward happened to democratic system.

PTI seeks support for ‘in-house change’

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: As the stalemate between the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf continued, the latter held discussions with the heads of opposition parties in the National Assembly on Monday to get their support for its ‘in-house change formula’.

The PTI camp believes that it has offered the best possible way out, allowing the PML-N to stay in power while the proposed Supreme Court judicial commission carries out the investigation into allegations about election rigging.

Opposition, speaker discuss PTI resignation

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The opposition parliamentarians were back in the news on Monday as they held a meeting with the National Assembly Speaker at night to discuss the current political situation and specifically the resignations submitted by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNAs.

The meeting which went on for a couple of hours ended around one at night. It was attended by Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F), Aftab Ahmad Sherpao (QWP), Mehmood Khan Achakzai (PkMAP), Ghulam Ahmad Bilour (ANP), G.G. Jamal (Independent), Khursheed Ahmed Shah (PPP) and Kalsoom Parveen (BNP-Awami). The government was represented by federal ministers Khawaja Asif, retired Lt Gen Abdul Qadir Baloch and Akram Durrani.

SC wants Constitution Avenue cleared

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Amid the beat of national songs punctuated with announcements which were quite discernable inside the Courtroom No 1, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the parties holding sit-ins on the Constitution Avenue to clear the road.

“The test will be when we come to the Supreme Court from the Judges Enclave through the Constitution Avenue on Tuesday,” observed Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk who heads a five-judge bench hearing a set of petitions against the sit-ins.

Footprints:Abandoning Displaced Persons

Aurangzaib Khan

UP north kadoo, pumpkin and squash in English, isn’t much favoured as a vegetable. Hosts take care not to serve it on a feast, just like they won’t have saag or dal.

‘Kadoo’ used as an epithet denotes hollowness. When used for a person, the term connotes a lack of grey matter. It is not uncommon for Pakhtuns to employ the term, earnestly or by way of jest, for someone who is witless.

Afghan poll dispute in crucial phase


KABUL: Afghanistan’s 10-week election crisis entered a risky new stage on Monday when officials started invalidating fraudulent votes in a process likely to bring to a head the bitter dispute between the presidential candidates.

The country has been in paralysis since the June 14 election to choose the successor to President Hamid Karzai, who will step down as US-led Nato troops prepare to end their 13-year war against Taliban.

Water row with India may be taken to ICJ

Khalid Hasnain

LAHORE: Pakistan may approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration if India continues with its stance of constructing the Kishanganga Dam on River Jhelum and four other dams on the Chenab in violation of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), Dawn learnt on Monday.

A 10-member Indian delegation is here on a three-day visit to discuss the issue but so far no headway has been made in the talks.

Modi magic suffers jolt

Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI: The Modi wave that gave the Bharatiya Janata Party its first absolute majority in parliament in May suffered a jolt in key by-polls for which results were announced on Monday.

Perhaps the most crucial of the adverse outcomes for Prime Minister Narendra Modi came in the populous state of Bihar where the BJP had done unexpectedly well. In three other races in Congress-ruled southern state of Karnataka, the Congress took two seats against the BJP’s 1.

Villager killed, two troops injured by Indian shelling

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

SIALKOT: A villager was killed and at least eight people, among them two soldiers of the Chenab Rangers, were injured in heavy Indian shelling on villages along the Sialkot Working Boundary on Monday.

According to CR officials, Mohammad Latif, a 65-year-old resident of village Bajrah Garhi, was going to a mosque early in the morning when a mortar shell hit him. He was taken to the Combine Mili­tary Hospital, Sialkot, where he succumbed to injuries. Latif’s house was destroyed in shelling by the Indian Border Security forces two days ago.

Director Attenborough dies


LONDON: British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, the BBC reported, citing his son.

One of Mr Attenborough’s greatest achievements was making the cinematic tribute to Mahatma Gandhi for which he won an Oscar for best director.

Boko Haram attack forces thousands of Nigerians to flee to Cameroon


KANO: A Boko Haram militants’ attack on a border town in northeast Nigeria forced thousands of people to flee on Monday to Cameroon, in a fresh assault indicating militants’ growing ability to strike at will.

The attack on Gamboru Ngala comes after the town was almost entirely destroyed in May in a devastating assault that also left more than 300 people killed and prompted outrage at the lack of military response.

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