DINA for the issue of September 05, 2014



September 5, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 9, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Rain wreaks havoc in Punjab and Kashmir

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: Fifty-two people, three soldiers among them, were killed and over 90 others injured on Thursday as torrential rain wreaked havoc in north-eastern Punjab and Kashmir, causing a very high flood in river Chenab.
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Chinese president’s visit cancelled?

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Confusion reigned in the capital on Thursday after senior ruling party member Ahsan Iqbal announced that Chinese president Xi Jinping had ‘cancelled’ his upcoming visit to Pakistan, even before Beijing had made its plans regarding the visit public.

In a message on his twitter account @betterpakistan, the planning and development minister said: “Congrats! IK (Imran Khan) & TUQ (Tahirul Qadri) visit of China President is cancelled. Biggest diplomatic blow to Pakistan thanks to them. They have caused shame to us.”

Fazlullah has joined hands with killers of Taliban, says splinter group

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and its splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar (JA) are on a collision course as the latter has accused TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah of joining hands with people involved in the killing of militant commanders.

In a statement on Thursday, JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said those who were involved in the killing of TTP commanders Nadeem Abbas, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, Tariq Mansoor and 200 fighters of the Mehsud tribe were now sitting beside Fazlullah.

Govt, PTI trade proposals for electoral reforms

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The dreaded ‘D’ word was back on Thursday evening when a key member of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) negotiating team dispelled an impression that the party was about to seal a deal with the government and end the political stalemate.

“The two sides have only agreed broadly to our proposal of electoral reforms and establishing a judicial commission. There is no further progress on the rest of our demands,” Dr Arif Alvi told Dawn.

PM, Shahbaz apologise over Nisar’s tirade against Aitzaz

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: In a surprising development, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stirred up a controversy on Thursday with a frontal attack on PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan, accusing him of using the name of the late Benazir Bhutto for business interests and personal gains and being a facilitator of the biggest land mafia in the country.

The charges levelled at Senator Ahsan at what appears to be an inopportune time for the government immediately prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take damage control measures. They separately called Mr Ahsan and the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah, to apologise over the remarks.

Footprints: Years in the wilderness

Aurangzaib Khan

HE saw the two kids every morning, shepherding goats and sheep. They went past the house in the valley where he was detained. One day, he asked the children why they didn’t go to school.

“We used to,” answered one of the boys. “But the schools have been closed since the fighting.”

Altaf speaks of widespread wrongdoing in his party


KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain acknowledged on Thursday widespread corruption and wrongdoing in his party and gave one week to members of its top decision-making forum, the coordination committee, to mend their ways.

Within a period of less than 16 months, Mr Hussain was ‘charge-sheeting’ his own party for a second time, as his speech made it clear that the ‘cleansing’ exercise’ carried out in May last year to purge the party of ‘corrupt elements’ did not go smoothly.

India sounds alert over Zawahiri video

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

Reports said the government was taking the Al Qaeda announcement with “all requisite seriousness”. Senior officials in the Home Ministry said a high-level meeting was convened by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and attended by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and the Director of the Intelligence Bureau.

Also read: Al Qaeda announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

Rains kill 65 in India-held Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Sixty-five people were killed after heavy rains caused flash floods in India-held Kashmir, including a wedding party on a bus that was swept away, officials said on Thursday.

Authorities declared a disaster alert in the disputed region after two days of heavy rains hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades.

Taliban attack offices of police, spy agency; 18 killed


GHAZNI: Taliban militants detonated truck bombs and fired rocket-propelled grenades outside the office of Afghanistan’s spy agency and a police compound in the central town of Ghazni on Thursday, killing 18 people, the provincial governor said.

More than 150 people were wounded in the attack, the biggest in recent weeks, as Afghanistan’s leadership grapples with a political crisis and a security vacuum as most foreign troops prepare to leave the country.

One person commits suicide every 40 seconds, says WHO


GENEVA: One person commits suicide every 40 seconds — more than all the yearly victims of wars and natural disasters — with the highest toll among the elderly, the United Nations said on Thursday.

In its first report on suicide, the UN’s World Health Organisation blamed intense media coverage when celebrities kill themselves, for fuelling the problem.

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