DINA for the issue of September 20, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 20, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 24, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

New ISI chief ā€” time for the PM to pick and choose

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Barely in his second year in office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is faced with the difficult choice of picking a new Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief ā€” a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for the already strained civil-military relations.
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Karachi Stocks down 76.68 points:
KARACHI, September 19 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 30017.
Forex Update :
KARACHI, September 19: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.65 the US Dollar in the open market.

Sit-ins can’t force resignation, says PM

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: Though looking chastened by more than five weeks of protests for his ouster, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ruled out in parliament on Friday being “sent home” by besieging crowds, but he gave no solution to the worst political challenge to his government.

Contrary to speculations about a possible hard line against what he called continuing provocations from the two protesting parties, he recommitted his government in a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate “not to give up the path of patience and restraint”.

Polls rigged from Karachi to Khyber, says Bilawal

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

LAHORE: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says he will inform the nation how last year’s general elections were rigged to deprive his party of its share of votes.

“You and I will complete the mission of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. At the Oct 18 gathering in Karachi (to commemorate the Karsaz tragedy) I will tell you how the elections were rigged from Karachi to Khyber,” he told his party workers and supporters in Multan on Friday.

Resolution was moved after Zardari approval

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The opposition PPP supported on Friday the resolution condemning the sit-ins of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek and calling for upholding supremacy of parliament only after it got its draft approved from the top leadership in Karachi.

According to sources privy to a meeting of the leaders of all parliamentary parties with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which discussed the resolution before it was tabled in a joint session of parliament, the PPP refused to give a free pass to the government, ensuring that the resolution wasn’t more than a run-of-the-mill kind.

Scots reject independence in historic referendum

AFP

EDINBURGH: Scots have rejected independence in a referendum that has left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but headed for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to both Scotland and England.

Despite a surge in nationalist support in the final fortnight of the campaign, the “No” secured 55.3 per cent of the vote against 44.7 per cent for the pro-independence “Yes” camp.

Indian, Chinese troops in new standoff

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Hours after withdrawing from the disputed Chumar region in Ladakh, Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers were on Friday reported to have crossed into Indian-controlled territory again and stationed on a hillock.

Press Trust of India quoted official sources as saying about 35 PLA men returned to Chumar in northeast Ladakh and perched on a hillock claiming the area to be part of China while another 300 soldiers were maintaining presence close to Line of Actual Control.

ECP, PCSIR trade charges over ink quality

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: A controversy over the failure of a plan to obviate vote fraud through introduction of biometric system in last year’s general elections took a new twist on Friday when the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) traded charges over what is being termed the magnetised ink fiasco.

During a meeting of the parliamentary committee on electoral reforms held here to consider a set of reforms to ensure free, fair and transparent elections, the ECP criticised the quality of ink supplied by the PCSIR. But a representative of the council insisted that it had manufactured the ink in accordance with the specifications given by the commission.

Sharif cleared in two corruption references

Malik Asad

RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, facing calls for resignation from protesters in Islamabad for more than a month now, must have heaved a sigh of relief on Friday when he learnt that an accountability court in Rawalpindi had cleared him in two corruption references.

Accountability court judge Anwar Ahmed rejected an application filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for reopening of Hudaibiya Paper Mills and Raiwind Assets references.

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