DINA for the issue of September 3, 2014



September 3, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 7, 1435
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Bouquets and brickbats for PM in parliament

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received both cheer and brickbats on Tuesday as parliament began a discussion over what Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan called a “rebellion against the state” by two protesting parties besieging the parliament building to force out the prime minister.
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Opposition takes initiative for resumption of talks

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: It was just before midnight on Tuesday that Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq revealed that both the government and the two protesting leaders had agreed to resume negotiations to end the prevailing political crisis.

But this initiative came separately, outside the joint session of parliament, where parliamentary leaders pou­red scorn on both Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan; some even going as far as to call them “mutineers”.

Imran, Qadri join hands against govt

Irfan Haider

ISLAMABAD: Responding to political parties’ declarations in the joint session of parliament, both Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri vowed to persevere with the sit-ins until their demands were met and both Sharif brothers resigned from their positions.

Mr Khan also revealed that he had asked party vice chairman Shah Meh­mood Qureshi to attend Wednesday’s session and, after laying the party’s stance before the house, hand in their party’s resignations.

Chief justice clarifies his position

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court may have expressed its intention of determining the limits of some of the fundamental rights like freedom of speech and assembly, but the bigger event of the day was the clearing up of his position by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk.

“I want to clarify certain statements appeared in the media that I have some kind of understanding with the leadership (of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf),” the chief justice said, referring to the allegations levelled by Javed Hashmi who quoted Imran Khan as saying that the new chief justice would be a PTI sympathiser and help throw the PML-N government out of power to form a government of technocrats.

Putin says Russia ‘can conquer Kiev in a fortnight’

Ian Traynor

BRUSSELS: Vladimir Putin has said Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in a fortnight if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed.

Moscow declined to deny that the president had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation on Friday with Jose Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European Commission.

Militants claim beheading another US journalist


DUBAI: The Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said on Tuesday, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over US air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.

A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage, a man the group named as David Haines, and warned governments to back off “this evil alliance of America against the IS”, the SITE monitoring service said.

Relatives of missing Iraqi soldiers storm parliament


AMERLI (Iraq): Iraqi forces made more progress on Tuesday in their campaign against militants, even as anger boiled over in Baghdad where protesters stormed parliament over the fate of missing soldiers who surrendered in June.

After breaking a months-long siege of the Shia Turkmen-majority town of Amerli by fighters of the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS), troops also regained control of part of a key highway linking Baghdad to the north.

S. Arabia arrests 88 suspected members of Al Qaeda cell


RIYADH: A top Saudi security official said on Tuesday that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an Al Qaeda cell that was plotting attacks both inside and outside the kingdom.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki did not give details about the alleged plots, but said 59 of the men arrested had previously served prison sentences for similar offenses.

Sri Lankan Muslim Council calls for protection of Buddhist sites threatened by IS

Frances Bulathsinghala

COLOMBO: In the wake of a call given by the radical Sri Lankan Buddhist clergy organisation, the Bodu Bala Sena, that Muslim organisations should clarify their stand on the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the ISIS, the Sri Lankan Muslim Council has issued a statement denouncing the militant group as a terrorist organisation.

Calling for the protection of the ancient and historical Buddhist wonder of Borobudur in Indonesia after IS extremists threatened to attack it, the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that IS and a number of other terrorist groups had been funded and armed by vested interests to destabilise the Arab and Muslim regions.

3 Kashmiri militants killed


SRINAGAR: Government forces killed three suspected militants during a lengthy gunfight in India-held Kashmir on Tuesday, police said, in the latest flare-up ahead of tense local elections later this year.

Soldiers cordoned off a house in Hanjan village, some 40km south of Srinagar, on Monday evening after receiving a tip-off that militants were inside, a police officer said.

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