DINA for the issue of September 17, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 17, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 21, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

FIR against Nawaz Sharif

Munawer Azeem

ISLAMABAD: The capital police registered on late Tuesday night a criminal case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, some federal ministers and police officials under an order issued by a district and sessions court.
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Chenab peak ebbs; threat to Sindh eases

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE/MUZAFFAR­GARH/BAHAWALPUR: The weakened peak in Chenab River crossed Panjnad on Tuesday without harming it, but wreaked havoc deep into the heart of southern Punjab.

The discharge in the river at Panjnad was about 450,000 cusecs because of breaches made at several points upstream and downstream Trimu, diverting the floodwater to human settlements to reduce the fury of the river. The discharge was earlier estimated at 700,000 cusecs.

FO allays Afghan fears, calls for end to terrorists’ havens

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office sought on Tuesday to allay Kabul’s concerns over Punjabi Taliban’s statement about stepping up their activities in Afghanistan with the assurance that no-one would be allowed to hurt ties with neighbours.

At the same time, it reminded Afghan authorities of the need to take complimentary counter-terrorism measures on its side of the border to ensure viable peace.

Govt mulling legal action against protesters

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the government is mulling legal action against protesting PTI and PAT leaders, indicating that the ruling party wants to end the current political impasse through courts.

Replying to a question at a news conference on Tuesday about the government’s plan to deal with the protesters holding sit-ins in Islamabad, he said the responsibility to protect the constitution and the democratic system lay with the parliament as well as courts.

PM likely to attend UN assembly session

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to visit the United States from Sept 24 to 26 for attending the United Nations General Assembly session.

A formal announcement is yet to be made, but sources at the Foreign Office confirm that the prime minister is travelling to the US for the UN summit.

PTI ‘still open to talks’

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: While Imran Khan continues his posturing, other leaders of the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are still hoping for resumption of meaningful talks with the government to address the party’s concerns regarding electoral rigging.

Briefing mediapersons on Tuesday, PTI leaders said they wanted an honestly negotiated end to the current political impasse, but the government, instead of taking confidence-building measures, had resorted to a brutal crackdown against their workers.

Passengers force ‘VIPs’ to leave plane for causing flight delay

Bhagwandas

KARACHI: That people can assert their rights and refuse to be bullied by VIPs was witnessed on a PIA aircraft on Monday night when two late-arriving politicians were asked by angry passengers to get off because they had caused a flight delay of an hour and 45 minutes.

According to sources, the politicians were former interior minister and now Senator Rehman Malik of the PPP and MNA Dr Ramesh Vankwani of the PML-N.

Cross-border attack repulsed; 11 militants, 3 soldiers killed

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Eleven militants and three soldiers were killed in a clash which followed a cross-border attack in North Waziristan Agency on Tuesday. And in Kyber Agency, at least 23 suspected militants were killed in air strikes on their hideouts in Tirah Valley.

According to the military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), terrorists from Afghanistan attacked the Dandy Kuch checkpost in Spinwam area in North Waziristan where a military operation against local and foreign militants is under way.

Ground troops may be needed in anti-IS fight: US military chief

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

WASHINGTON: The US military chief said on Tuesday that he would recommend deploying Ame­rican combat troops against militants of the Islamic State (IS) if air strikes failed to eliminate the extremists.

In a nationally televised address last week, US President Barack Obama had pledged not to send ground troops to Iraq or Syria to combat the militants, assuring his nation that air strikes were enough for defeating them.

Focus on IS not to affect fight in South Asia, says US

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The US focus on militants of the Islamic State (IS) group will not cause a rise in extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, says the State Department.

At a news briefing in Washington, the department’s deputy spokesperson Marie Harf disagreed with a suggestion that by focusing its attention on the IS group, the United States was ignoring equally important fights in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

13 polio cases detected in a day

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: As many as 13 new cases of polio were confirmed on Tuesday by the Polio Virology Laboratory of the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases detected this year to 158.

An official of the Prime Minister’s Monitoring and Coordination Cell for Polio said that seven of the cases were reported from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), three from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and one case each from Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan.

BJP suffers big setback in key by-polls

Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a major setback on Tuesday in key state polls seen as a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, the most damaging being the results for the politically vital Uttar Pradesh assembly.

The party together with a local ally had fielded 11 candidates in the most populous state but it could win only three seats. The state’s ruling Samajwadi Party wrested seven seats held by the BJP and retained one of its own. The tactical absence of the pro-Dalit Bahujan Samaj Party from the fray contributed to the results going against the BJP.

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