DINA for the issue of August 31, 2014



August 31, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 4, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.


Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: On Saturday night, Constitution Avenue — the seat of power in the nation’s capital — became a battlefield as droves of charged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek supporters marched towards the Prime Minister House.
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No anti-democracy move to be tolerated, says PM

The Zulqernain Tahir

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that the sit-ins staged by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek were part of a “conspiracy” against democracy and warned that no move against democracy would be tolerated.

He was talking to reporters during a visit to the residence of senior journalist Mujibur Rehman Shami, where he had gone to offer condolences to him on his sister’s death.


Saher Baloch

SITTING beside the dirt road leading out of Chhachhro taluka, Tharparkar, 28-year-old Sukho is ready to migrate for eight months. Surrounded by his family, he says: “Migration was earlier a way for men to sell newly cut crops and wait for the cotton-picking months of June and July. Now, it’s our only option to stay alive.” As a result, men are now shifting their entire families to various talukas and villages across Sindh. “My biggest fear when I’m out making a living is, what if my family dies while I’m gone,” he says. “Because I know for a fact that there’s nothing to eat in my village any more.”

Sukho and his family walked for two days from Naharo Bheel village to get to Chhachhro and are now on their way out of here, too. His mother speaks up: “I’ve seen three droughts in the past 50 years but this is the worst.” Sukho’s wife has already been shifted to a village in Sanghar district named Bhairani. “Only 50 people are left in my village,” he says. “So far, 450 families have left.”

13 killed in Taliban assault on Afghan intelligence agency’s office


JALALABAD: Taliban suicide bombers hit an office of the Afghan intelligence agency in an eastern city on Saturday, killing six people, and militants shot dead another 11 in the west.

Seven militants were also killed during several hours of heavy fighting with Afghan security forces at the Jalalabad headquarters of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

Militants kill Indian soldier in Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Suspected militants clashed with Indian soldiers on Saturday near the Line of Control in India-held Kashmir, killing one soldier and wounding another, an Indian army officer said.

Following the clash, Indian troops mounted a search for holed-up militants, said the officer.

Omar defends resolution about resumption of Pak-India talks

From the Newspaper

SRINAGAR: Under attack for a resolution passed by the Jammu and Kashmir legislative council on resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue, chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday legislators voice the sentiment of the people who elect them.

“We don’t talk here of our own (will). We talk for the people who we represent here,” Mr Abdullah said in the state assembly.

British MP Galloway injured in London attack


LONDON: An outspoken lawmaker who declared an “Israel-free zone” in a northern English city suffered a broken jaw in an attack believed to be linked to his support for the Palestinians, his party said on Saturday.

George Galloway, who criticised the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, was attacked in west London on Friday night.

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