DINA for the issue of September 2, 2014

02 September, 2014 / Ziqaad 6, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

PM again seeks support of parliamentary parties

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yet again sought on Monday refuge in the unconditional support of parliamentary parties against the twin-marches camped on the Constitution Avenue, but dropped no hint how the government planned to end the political stalemate which has entered third week.
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SC seeks suggestions from PTI and PAT

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court asked the two protesting parties — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) — on Monday what proposals they had in their mind about the role the court should play in ending the current political impasse.

But when reporters misconstrued it as an offer on part of the court to arbitrate, Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk himself dispelled the impression and explained that the court was not going to mediate or arbitrate in the standoff.

Hashmi opens Pandora’s box

By Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: Hours after PTI’s estranged President Javed Hashmi made explosive claims about a scripted plan to overthrow the government by using violent protests as a pretext, the military rejected assertions that the army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were backing the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and were behind the current political standoff.

“Army is an apolitical institution and has expressed its unequivocal support for democracy at numerous occasions,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement issued here on Monday.

Riot zone mob storms PTV

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: A mob of protesters from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) sit-ins stormed the headquarters of Pakistan Television (PTV) and forced its staff to take two of the state broadcaster’s flagship channels — PTV News and PTV World — off the air, on Monday morning.

According to eyewitnesses, nearly 400 PTI and PAT workers stormed the PTV building, across the road from the main entrance to the Pakistan Secretariat. The attack came soon after demonstrators were repulsed from the secretariat compound.

Move likely to break deadlock

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Shortly after Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the besieged PM House, the government ordered inclusion of an anti-terrorism clause in the charges levelled against the prime minister and 20 other accused in the FIR related to the June 17 Lahore Model Town incident.

The government also took steps towards resumption of dialogue with protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek.

Footprints: Living In Fear

Nasir Jamal

THE guns have fallen silent across the working boundary along Sialkot after over two weeks of the nightly exchange of heavy artillery fire and mortar shelling between the border guards of India and Pakistan. Yet the fear of re-escalation remains and residents of the border areas, who had evacuated their villages for safe places, are still reluctant to return home.

“You never know when they [Indians] will resume firing and shelling. No one is ready to risk their life even if it means spending their nights in the fields, away from the comfort of their homes,” Ali Shan, a 20-year-old college student, told Dawn. “There has been no firing and shelling for the past three days, but people are scared.”

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