DINA for the issue of September 1, 2014



September 1, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 5, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Army edict calms explosive situation

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: After a tense Saturday night, Sunday brought a flurry of activity from the government and the military which analysts agreed was intended to signal each other – two leading protagonists in this crisis which has drawn in many a player from the political spectrum.
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Hungry protesters determined to fight it out

Aamir Yasin

ISLAMABAD: There was no reprieve on Sunday for the red zone, which had turned into a veritable war zone on Saturday night.

On Sunday, ground zero witnessed not only continuing clashes and use of teargas but also saw the suffering of the injured and wounded.

Imran parts ways with Hashmi

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: Fissures in the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf over its decision to march on the Prime Minister House came out in the open on Sunday when PTI Chairman Imran Khan parted ways with the party’s elected President Javed Hashmi.

“We have different paths to tread on,” Mr Khan said in a speech from atop his container in the red zone. He also said Mr Hashmi had disappointed him.

12 suspects, FC man killed in Kech operation

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: At least 12 suspected militants and a soldier of the Frontier Corps (FC) were killed and four others injured in a clash which took place during a search operation in Kech district on Sunday.

Helicopters and armoured personnel carriers were used and about 600 FC troops took part in the operation.

Israel appropriates West Bank land for ‘settlement use’


JERUSALEM: Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war.

Some 988 acres in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration.

Study says new heart drug reduces deaths by 20pc


WASHINGTON: An experimental drug from a Swiss pharma giant reduced deaths from chronic heart failure by 20 per cent when compared to an existing treatment, according to the results of a vast new study.

The new drug, called LCZ696, has been labelled a potential “blockbuster” with sales in the billions of dollars, say analysts.

Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine ‘statehood’


MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on “statehood” for southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said it did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory seized by them.

The Kremlin leader’s remarks, which followed a feisty public appearance in which he compared the Kiev government to Nazis and warned the West not to “mess with us”, came with Europe and the United States preparing new sanctions to halt what they said was direct Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine.

Jamaat convenes multi-party conference today

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has decided to hold a national consultation conference of political parties in Islamabad on Monday in a bid to find a negotiated settlement of the ongoing political crisis in the country.

The conference will be presided over by JI emir Sirajul Haq, Participants of the conference will be requested to play their role in bringing the government, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) back to the negotiating table.

‘Great escape’ for UN troops trapped on Golan Heights


UNITED NATIONS: All the Philippine peacekeepers trapped by Islamist militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights have been moved to a secure place, according to the United Nations and the Philippines.

The United Nations said on Sunday the 40 peacekeepers left during a ceasefire agreed with “armed elements” in the area shortly after midnight local time and were moved to a safe place.

It’s time to end enforced disappearances: UN chief

Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that enforced disappearances of people by states constitute an unacceptable violation of human rights and the time has come for the end to this abhorrent practice.

“Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the 21st century,” Mr Ban said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

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