DINA for the issue of September 10, 2014



September 10, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 14, 1435
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Flood imperils five districts, headworks

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: The super flood tormenting central and north-eastern Punjab was rushing towards Trimu on Tuesday night after causing widespread devastation, inundating over 1,400 villages, endangering the headworks and posing severe threats to its five adjoining districts.
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20 die as Lahore mosque roof collapses

Faisal Ali Ghumman

LAHORE: At least 20 people were killed and seven injured when the structure of a double-story mosque-cum-seminary partially collapsed in the congested Daroghawala locality on Tuesday.

While rescue work continued till late night, volunteers and police feared that several people were trapped in debris.

Sana may move SJC over tribunal report

Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE: Punjab’s former law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan intends to move the Supreme Judicial Council with a ‘serious’ complaint over the report authored by Lahore High Court’s Justice Ali Baqar Najafi as the chairman of one-man inquiry tribunal on Model Town incident, and may seek permission of his party, the PML-N, for the purpose, it has been learnt.

Sources said Mr Khan is basing his case for sending a reference against Justice Najafi to the SJC under Article 209 (5). The complaint will be based on three main points:

Dockyard attack an inside job: minister

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Navy on Tuesday remained tight-lipped on the defence minister’s claim in parliament that the weekend Karachi dockyard attack was an inside job.

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, speaking on a point of order by PPP Senator Raza Rabbani, said “some of the navy staff of commissioned ranks and some outsiders” were involved in the terrorist strike.

Action against 58 officers recommended

Zulfiqar Ali

PESHAWAR: A high-level inquiry committee has recommended severe punishment and dismissal of 58 officers and officials of the civil and police administrations after holding them responsible for last year’s jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan.

In its nine-page report submitted to the administration department, the committee also recommended departmental inquiry against 97 policemen deployed inside the jail.

‘Overt ouster’ of Sharif may trigger sanctions: US report

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The anti-government protest in Pakistan has reversed the country’s struggle to establish a sustainable democratic system, says a report prepared for the US Congress.

The report ā€” “Pakistan Political Unrest” ā€” warns that “any overt military ouster” of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif “could trigger another round of democracy-related US sanctions on foreign assistance to Pakistan”.

Hundreds of thousands marooned by floods in India-held Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Emergency workers battled on Tuesday to reach hundreds of thousands of people marooned by floods in India-held Kashmir, as anger grew over the speed of the rescue effort.

The army said it was airlifting boats to the worst-hit areas of the disputed territory, where whole villages had been submerged and an estimated 400,000 people stranded in the worst flooding for half a century.

Minister urges Imran to shun ‘irresponsible politics’

Amin Ahmed

ISLAMABAD: Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal has urged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to avoid indulging in “irresponsible politics” and asked him to play a “positive role in parliament” instead.

Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr Iqbal said that Mr Khan had even “politicised” the floods which had caused “colossal damage” to the economy.

Govt, PAT accommodate each other, but agreement still not in sight

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The government replied in writing on Tuesday to Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s demands as both sides appeared to be accommodating each other on critical issues in negotiations.

However, an agreement remained elusive and the negotiators agreed to meet again on Wednesday.

Three Britons, 2 Americans and an Australian shortlisted for Booker


LONDON: Three British writers, two Americans and an Australian are finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction, open to US authors for the first time.

The shortlisted British books, announced on Tuesday, were Ali Smith’s dual-narrative story “How to Be Both”, Howard Jacobson’s futuristic dystopia “J” and Neel Mukherjee’s Calcutta-set “The Lives of Others”.

Muslim group asks Sri Lankan govt to guard against terrorists’ infiltration

Frances Bulathsinghala

COLOMBO: The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka which last week denounced the Islamic State (IS) as a terrorist outfit, has called upon Sri Lankan authorities to observe extreme vigilance in order to ensure that Sri Lanka is not infiltrated by any terror group.

Expressing concern over the recent announcement by Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on the formation of the Indian branch of his global armed group to spread Islamic rue and ‘raise the flag of jihad’ across the subcontinent, the Muslim Council Vice-President Hilmy Ahamed said in a statement the authorities should ensure that every step was taken to thwart any form of infiltration into Sri Lanka by any extremist, religious or ideological groups that spread terror.

Chinese president to visit India next week


BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping would make his first state visit to India next week, officials said on Tuesday, as Beijing sought to allay fears it was “encircling its neighbour”.

The announcement came just a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to take ties to a “new level” with Japan, a move seen as an attempt to shore up regional alliances to counter China’s increasing might.

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