DINA for the issue of September 04, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 4, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 8, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Govt, PTI in fresh bid to end deadlock

Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD: Hectic efforts by the six-member peace Jirga bore some fruit on Wednesday night but without “a major breakthrough”.
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Countrywide actions avert Zarb-i-Azb backlash: ISPR

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD / PESHA­WAR: The army carried out over 2,200 counter-terrorism actions across the country to prevent retaliatory action by the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants groups after the launching of the Zarb-i-Azb military operation in North Waziristan.

A total of 910 suspected militants have been killed since the operation was launched in June for eliminating their sanctuaries in the tribal region, while the military’s death toll stands at 82.

MQM comes up with threat of resignation

Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

KARACHI: Federal and provincial lawmakers belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) submitted their resignations to the party on Wednesday after their leader Altaf Hussain instructed them to do so.

According to party sources, Mr Hussain had serious reservations over the ongoing joint session of both houses of parliament, which he thought was being used to malign state institutions and those agitating in Islamabad against the government.

Hope in parliament, but peace afar

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: Some hope for peace arose in a tumultuous joint session of parliament on Wednesday as the parliamentary leader of the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said his party wanted to settle its crisis with the government through talks.

The development, in which he also announced his party’s plan to discuss an unexplained working paper, already shared with government negotiators, with a team of opposition peace-seekers later in the day, was immediately hailed by Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, as a victory for both parliament and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

SC asks parties to suggest way out of impasse

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf ally Sheikh Rashid Ahmed may have come to the Supreme Court on Wednesday to advise the honourable judges to steer clear of the prevailing political quagmire, but he left the court with orders to find a way to end this impasse, after consulting with the leaders of the protesting parties so that key premises such as parliament and the secretariat could be vacated.

Similar directions were issued to the political parties represented in the parliament, whose representatives appeared following notices issued to them on Tuesday.

Australia hopes to sign civil nuclear deal with India

Reuters

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he hoped to sign a deal this week to sell uranium to India for power generation, but halted uranium exports to Russia over Moscow’s role in Ukraine.

Work on an India-Australia agreement has been underway since Australia, which has 40 per cent of the world’s known uranium reserves, lifted a longstanding ban on selling uranium to energy-starved India in 2012.

Obama calls for international coalition against IS as France, UK weigh strikes

AFP

BAGHDAD: US President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for an international front against militants in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American reporter, as Britain and France weighed military action.

“We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities,” said Mr Obama, referring to the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham.

PAT-govt talks resume

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The government and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Wednesday resumed their dialogue after days of impasse through an initiative brokered by the opposition parliamentary parties.

Both sides at the conclusion of the first round at the residence of a PPP senator agreed to continue the talks.

Airlines warned against violating ‘male guardian’ rule

Syed Rashid Husain

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation has warned airlines against transporting female pilgrims under the age of 45 without a legal guardian (mahram), daily Saudi Gazette reported.

According to a report in the daily, women violating the rule will be sent back and the airlines concerned will be fined SR50,000 ($13,331).

Somali govt offers amnesty to extremists

AP

MOGADISHU: Somalia’s government on Wednesday offered an amnesty to fighters with al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group whose leader was targeted on Monday night in a US air strike.

Following a cabinet-level security meeting, Somali authorities were giving al-Shabab militants 45 days to take up the offer, Security Minister Khalif Ahmed Ereg told reporters in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Turkish policeman jailed for seven years over protester’s killing

AFP

ANKARA: A Turkish policeman was jailed for seven years and nine months on Wednesday after being convicted of shooting dead a protester during anti-government protests last year, in a verdict denounced as lenient by relatives of the victim.

With several similar cases pending, the trial of Ahmet Sahbaz was seen as a crucial test of the authorities’ willingness to prosecute police brutality under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ukrainian premier rejects Putin ceasefire plan

AFP

KIEV: Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Wednesday rejected a ceasefire plan unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin as an attempt to deceive the West about Moscow’s real intentions.

“This latest plan is another attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community ahead of the Nato summit and an attempt to avert the EU’s inevitable decision to unleash a new wave of sanctions against Russia,” he said in a statement.

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