DINA for the issue of August 29, 2014

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August 29, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 2, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Enter the chief

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: The long siege of the red zone by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek neared its end because the ‘umpire’ finally looked up and called time out.
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Politicians decry army’s role in politics

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: As Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri left their containers for separate meetings with the army chief on Thursday night, leaders from across the political spectrum regretted that things had to come to this juncture, where the military would get involved in a political issue.

The most significant reaction came from a PTI leader.

Two journalists shot dead in Quetta

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Two journalists and an accountant of a news agency were shot dead here on Thursday.

Armed men barged into the bureau office of Online news agency at about 7.45pm and opened fire with automatic weapons, killing its bureau chief Irshad Mastoi, reporter Abdul Rasool Khajak and accountant Mohammad Younis on the spot. The killers escaped.

India says it is willing to discuss Kashmir

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Days after calling off talks with Pakistan, and two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan, India on Thursday signalled its willingness to discuss the Kashmir issue with Islamabad in a bilateral format.

India’s disruption of this month’s proposed foreign secretaries’ talks had set off strong disapproval of Mr Modi’s decision across world capitals, including in Washington where the Indian prime minister is due to meet President Barack Obama next month.

NA little enthused by belated Lahore FIR

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: Though it would be the second such case in Pakistan, the National Assembly was hardly enthused to hear from the government on Thursday that the Lahore police would, after a lag of more than two months, register an agitating party’s complaint implicating Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a police shooting that left at least 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists dead.

Both friends and foes had been urging the government during a debate in the house over the past 11 days not to delay the matter any more, and it was expected to happen overnight before talks failed to make a breakthrough with the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), whose followers, along with those of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been besieging parliament for a week, also seeking the prime minister’s ouster and fresh elections.

Kidnapped VC of Peshawar varsity freed

From the Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Security forces got freed Prof Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor of the Islamia University, four years after his abduction by the Taliban militants, Dawn.com reported on Thursday night.

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Rela­tions said that security forces and intelligence agencies had been trying to locate Prof Ajmal since Sept 8, 2010, when he was kidnapped from Peshawar while going to the university.

Model Town case registered against PM, Shahbaz

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: The Minhajul Quran’s FIR on June 17 killings in the Model Town was finally registered on Thursday in accordance with court orders, but without any reference to the Anti-Terrorism Act, reportedly in deference to the government’s desire.

Police had earlier registered a case against Minhajul Quran activists on behalf of the state but refused to entertain a similar request by the latter.

Footprints: Legions of the unknown

Imran Ayub

WITH thick clouds above and the winds blowing wild and free, Khair Muhammad Baloch puts in maximum effort to keep the 16 wooden pieces he is handling in order. Each piece carries a number and is set to be placed over 16 new graves in Edhi Foundation’s Mowachh Goth graveyard — home to some 250,000 unclaimed bodies.

“People are survived by families, loved ones, friends and even assets, but here there are only numbers by which they are remembered,” he says, pointing to hundreds of graves around. “I don’t know who is inside. Man or a woman, Muslim, Hindu or Christian, I don’t know anything. For me, it’s just a number.”

Afghan poll result delayed again despite US pressure

AFP

KABUL: Afghanistan will not have a new president in time for a key Nato summit next week, officials said on Thursday, as the country’s prolonged election crisis lurched towards another damaging delay.

The latest deadline of September 2 was abandoned as a UN-supervised audit of all eight million ballots has fallen behind schedule, with both candidates still claiming victory in the fraud-tainted vote.

Rebels seize 43 UN peacekeepers at Golan Heights

AFP

UNITED NATIONS: Syrian armed groups, some of whom are linked to Al Qaeda, captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and surrounded 81 others, the UN said.

The 43 peacekeepers from Fiji were forced to surrender their weapons and taken hostage near the Quneitra crossing, but 81 Filipino blue helmets “held their ground” and refused to disarm, the Filipino defence department said.

Erdogan sworn in as Turkish president

Agencies

ANKARA: Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey’s president on Thursday, cementing his position as its most powerful leader of recent times.

Reading the oath of office in a ceremony in parliament, Mr Erdogan vowed to protect Turkey’s independence and integrity, to abide by the constitution and by the principles of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern secular republic.

Russian troops directly involved in Ukraine war: West

AFP

KIEV: Ukraine and the West alleged on Thursday that Russian troops were actively involved in the fighting tearing apart the east of the country, raising fears of a military confrontation between Kiev and its former Soviet master.

The UN Security Council geared up for an emergency meeting on the crisis as the latest rapid-fire developments sent alarm bells ringing in the United States and Europe.

Modi pledges 75m bank accounts by January

AFP

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Thursday to provide bank accounts to 75 million people by January in an ambitious bid to end “financial untouchability” in the nation of 1.2 billion people.

Mr Modi, who pledged this month to provide accounts for all, said 68 per cent of India’s population did not have access to banks, leaving millions of poor vulnerable to unscrupulous money lenders.

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