DINA for the issue of September 15, 2014



September 15, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 19, 1435
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Bridegroom, 16 others drown near Multan

Shakeel Ahmad

MULTAN: At least 17 people, including a bridegroom, drowned when a boat carrying a wedding party capsized in the flooded Chenab near the Sher Shah Bridge on Sunday.
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Chenab now torments south Punjab

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: As the furious Chenab River extended its rampage to south Punjab on Sunday, more rain over the badly bruised north-eastern parts of the province claimed another seven lives.

The seven people belonging to two families were killed in Hafizabad’s Abdullahpur village as the soaked roofs of their houses could not endure the burden of the wall of an adjacent rice mill collapsed during a severe rainstorm.

JI may have to choose sides

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: As the prevailing political crisis deepens, it appears that the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), which has so far been playing the role of mediator between the protesting parties and the government, may now finally have to choose sides.

The JI – which is also a coalition partner of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – has convened a meeting of its central shura to deliberate a future course of action.

Three FC troops killed in militant attack

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Three soldiers were killed and five others suffered injuries when militants fired mortar shells on a base of Frontier Corps in Spinwam area of North Waz­iristan Agency on Sunday.

Official sources said that during the pre-dawn attack around 20 mortar shells were fired at the base set up in a fort, some 20km north of Mirali town. One shell landed inside the fort which caused casualties.

North Waziristan operation — daunting challenge ahead

Ismail Khan

FLYING at an altitude of 25,000 feet, the images taken from a C-130 aircraft are not as good as those from CIA-operated pilotless drones.

But these indigenously modified transport planes equipped with the day/night Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) system provide F-16s with reasonably good images and the correct coordinates to spot and strike a target with laser-guided precision bombs and eliminate it.

Qadri announces hunger strike, Imran declares revolt

Irfan Haider

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to ramp up pressure on the government, Dr Tahirul Qadri announced on Sunday that his supporters would go on hunger strike, while the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief declared a revolt against the ruling party.

Dr Qadri also appealed to the public at large to express their anti-government sentiment by writing ‘Go Nawaz Go’ on currency notes, so that word of their cause reached those who might not yet be aware of its significance.

Fresh rain hampers rescue efforts in Kashmir


SRINAGAR: Fresh rain hampered rescue operations in India-held Kashmir on Sunday a week after deadly floods swamped the Himalayan region, with medics and survivors describing nightmarish conditions in the devastated city of Srinagar.

After a few clear days, more rainfall accompanied by thunder and lightning hit relief operations in the worst-affected areas of Srinagar.

Chinese president likely to sign major deals in India


NEW DELHI: China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India’s rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than diplomatic nicety to the neighbours’ first summit since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May.

The leaders of Asia’s three major economies — China, India and Japan — have crisscrossed the region this month, lobbying for strategic influence, building defence ties, and seeking new business opportunities.

Despite Briton’s murder, UK resists calls for anti-IS strikes


LONDON: Britain on Sunday resisted pressure to join the United States in announcing air strikes against Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, after the militant group beheaded David Haines, a British hostage.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee in London, Prime Minister David Cameron said his government was battling IS on numerous fronts but was not, for now, launching air strikes.

‘Islam should not be blamed’


LONDON: The brother of David Haines issued on Sunday a tearful video statement about growing religious radicalisation in which he quoted a verse from the holy Quran.

“We are seeing more and more radicalisation in every walk of life. It is not a race, religion or political issue, it is a human issue,” Mike Haines told British media.

47pc Americans believe they are less secure since 9/11: survey

Masood Haider

NEW YORK: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows that nearly half of all Americans (47 per cent) believe the country is less safe now than any time since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 — substantially more than the 28pc figure the same poll found last year.

However, after years of costly conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans are not eager to give up the fight against what they see as a new threat to national security.

Court ruling paves way for graft trial of Khaleda Zia


DHAKA: Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life.

Ms Zia, a two-time former prime minister and leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), went to the Supreme Court to seek a suspension of the proceedings, saying the lower court judge who had been hearing her cases was appointed illegally.

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