DINA for the issue of September 13, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 13, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 17, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Army not meddling in politics, says ISPR

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: The army has once again denied that it is backing the anti-government protests in the federal capital that have crippled the administration’s functioning for a month now.
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Karachi Stocks up 167.06 points:
KARACHI, September 13 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29858
Forex Update :
KARACHI, September 13 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.15 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Battle to save Multan is on

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE/MULTAN/MUZAFFARGARH: Southern Punjab started bearing the brunt of flood on Friday when a vast area of Multan region was inundated after the authorities blew up parts of embankments of River Chenab to save two vital bridges and Multan city.

Initially the embankment ahead of Muhammadwala bridge was blown up near Muhammadwala Road, causing a 150-food wide breach. Later, the other dyke was breached near Shershah bridge.

Ecnec approves Rs33bn polio plan

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Amid increasing international pressure because of failure of successive governments to make the country polio free, a meeting of Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved on Friday Rs33 billion for an emergency plan to eradicate the crippling disease.

The meeting which was presided over by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also approved Rs27.8 billion for a hydropower project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Unconstitutional demands not acceptable, insists PM

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: After a gap of over 100 days, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thought it appropriate on Friday to preside over a cabinet meeting and finish the pending official business which required its mandatory sanction. Last time, the cabinet met on June 3.

Obviously, the devastating floods which continue to wreak havoc in the country and the protest movement by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek against the government topped the meeting’s agenda.

Imran, Qadri end talks with govt following crackdown

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Both Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri announced an end to negotiations with the government, following a crackdown that saw nearly 300 activists from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Pakistan Awami Tehreek and allied parties picked up from across the capital on Friday.

“I suggest to you, Mr Shah Mehmood Qureshi, to halt the ongoing dialogue with the government,” the PTI chief thundered from atop his container at D-Chowk.

Dockyard attackers planned to hijack Navy frigate

Fahim Zaman

KARACHI: While the Navy continues to remain tight-lipped about the attack on its dockyard in West Wharf on Sept 6, having issued a bare-bones statement 48 hours after the incident, further details have been obtained by Dawn that reveal the extent of radicalisation within the Navy.

According to informed sources, the attack was carried out entirely by serving Navy personnel, along with Owais Jakharani, a former Navy cadet who could have been given access inside without too much trouble.

Israeli reservists refuse to spy on Palestinians in held areas

Agencies

JERUSALEM: Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel’s top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an unprecedented rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security policies.

A protest letter signed by 43 veterans of Unit 8200, sent to Netanyahu and armed forces chiefs, was excerpted and published by Israel’s biggest-selling newspaper on Friday.

Three Chinese condemned to death for mass stabbing

AFP

BEIJING: Three men were condemned to death on Friday and a pregnant woman given life in prison for a mass stabbing that killed 31 people in China, a court said, an attack authorities blamed on separatists from Xinjiang.

The three men were convicted of “leading a terrorist group” which planned and carried out the attack, the Intermediate People’s Court in Kunming said in a statement.

Srinagar in ruins after floods: official

Agencies

SRINAGAR: The main city in India-held Kashmir has “drowned completely” under floodwaters, a senior official said on Friday.

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the floods were the worst to hit the disputed mountainous territory in over a century.

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