DINA for the issue of September 09, 2014



September 9, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 13, 1435
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Swollen Chenab continues rampage in Punjab

Dawn Report

SARGODHA/JHANG/CHINIOT: The swollen river Chenab continued to wreak havoc along its path and inundated over 400 villages in Sargodha, Chiniot, Khushab and Jhang districts on Monday.
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India urged to make disaster relief part of bilateral agenda

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked his Indian counterpart Naren­d­ra Modi on Monday to make disaster management cooperation part of their bilateral agenda.

“I believe closer collaboration in disaster management should be part of our agenda of peace and development in the region,” Prime Minister Sharif said in a letter to Mr Modi. However, he stayed clear of any hint of a thaw in the stalled peace process.

Militant attack on Navy facilities foiled

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy claimed on Monday to have foiled a militant attack on one of its facilities in Karachi over the weekend.

Two militants were killed in the raid while four of the attackers were captured leading to more arrests in other parts of the country.

Emergency imposed on ‘Shaukat’s advice’

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: As the special court resumes the treason trial of former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday, his legal team has finally got hold of a document to prove what they have been agitating for a long time that the civilian leadership abetted in the proclamation of Nov 3, 2007, emergency.

Led by Senator Farogh Naseem, the defence had twice filed applications in the special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab implicating a number of high-profile civilians and armed personnel in the treason trial for their alleged role in imposition of the emergency.

Zardari’s spokesman proposes secret civil-military dialogue

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: As parliament completed the first week of its joint sitting on Monday under the shadow of a protest siege, a senator who usually speaks for Pakistan People’s Party leader Asif Ali Zardari proposed a secret dialogue between parliamentary political and military leadership to find a permanent solution to what he called their “perennial tussle”.

The idea from Senator Farhatullah Babar for the dialogue through standing committees on defence of the two houses of parliament was one of six points he advanced as a “way forward” to resolve the present standoff threatening Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government since the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek began their sit-ins, in Islamabad 25 days ago.

At the mercy of the water

Nasir Jamal

Women hugged one another as if they hadn’t met in ages; men kissed children like they had returned home from war.

A decrepit boat had just brought in 16 women and children who had been trapped in the floodwaters in Boon Fazil, a village in the floodplain along the Chenab River some five kilometres from Jalalpur Bhattian in Hafizabad since midnight on Saturday.

Al Qaeda man killed in drone strike

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: An Al Qaeda leader, listed by Saudi Arabia among the most wanted suspected terrorists, is believed to have been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan two months ago, private intelligence group SITE said.

The Search for Internatio­nal Terrorist Entities, a US-based terrorist tracking organisation, said militant sources had reported the death of an individual in a US air strike.

Khalilzad, wife facing money laundering probe

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Auth­ori­ties in Austria are investigating a former American ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, for suspected money laundering through his wife’s bank account, the US media reported on Monday.

On Monday, an Austrian State prosecutor, Thomas Vecsey, confirmed the investigation — first revealed by an Austrian magazine Profil — but declined to give details.

Govt-PTI talks: decision left to leaders of both sides

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the government held yet another round of talks on Monday, precisely the 12th sitting in which both sides concluded their arguments and now the decision lies with leaders of the two sides.

Just before midnight, Senator Ishaq Dar, who led the government team, and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, chief negotiator of the PTI, appeared before the media and made brief statements.

PTI wins KP by-poll

Muhammad Irfan Mughal

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate Ehtisham Javed Akbar won the by-election held for Khyber Pakhtun­khwa Assemb­ly’s PK-68, Dera Ismail Khan-V, constituency on Monday.

According to unofficial results from all the 108 polling stations, Mr Akbar bagged 37,178 votes against 32,640 polled by Syed Murid Kazim Shah. Mr Shah contested the poll as an independent candidate but he enjoyed the backing of PPP, Awami National Party and JUI-Fazl.

No full stop in diplomacy: Swaraj

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: India on Monday blamed Pakistan for derailing the dialogue process by holding talks with Kashmir’s Hurriyat Conference leaders but said there was “no full stop” in diplomatic relations and people always moved forward after short pauses.

Press Trust of India quoted Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj as suggesting at a public function that there may be a window for resumption of talks in the near future. Ms Swaraj was releasing her ministry’s report on the completion of 100 days of the Modi government.

Abdullah rejects Afghan election outcome


KABUL: Abdullah Abdullah, one of two contenders for Afghanistan’s presidency, said on Monday that he would not accept the expected outcome of the election’s second round and that talks with his opponent to form a national unity government are deadlocked.

Abdullah said he believed he won both times that Afghans voted this year — in April and again in a June runoff — and he accused election authorities of giving the win to his opponent, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The country’s election commission is expected to announce the second-round results later this week following a weeklong audit process carried out to weed out the many fraudulent ballots cast.

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