DINA for the issue of September 22, 2014



September 22, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 26, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Imran calls upon ethnic communities to unite


KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has reiterated that he will continue his movement till the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
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Power-sharing deal signed by Afghan rivals


KABUL: Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan’s next president on Sunday, hours after signing a power-sharing deal with his rival Abdullah Abdullah that ended a prolonged standoff over the disputed result.

Allegations of massive fraud in the June 14 vote sparked a political crisis as both candidates claimed victory, paralysing the country at a key moment, with US-led troops winding down their 13-year war against the Taliban.

PIA crew accused of smuggling iPhones

Khalid Hasnain

LAHORE: The customs authorities detained at the airport here on Sunday most of the cabin crew members of a London-Lahore PIA flight, including its captain, for allegedly carrying unlawfully 24 iPhones worth about Rs2.5 million and also foreign currency.

The situation caused panic at the airport, besides delaying a Manchester-bound PIA flight for a couple of hours, after the crew staged a sit-in against the detention of their colleagues.

Electoral reforms committee sees problems in 2013 polls

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, which met on Friday for the first time since the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) descended on the capital, observed that there were “complications, confusions, and an absence of coordination” in the 2013 general elections, sources privy to what was discussed in the meeting told Dawn on Sunday.

The committee, chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and consisting of nearly all the parties represented in parliament ā€“ with the exception of the boycotting PTI ā€“ examined a host of issues in its last meeting.

Peace deal signed in Yemen after rebels seize govt HQ


SANAA: Rival groups in Yemen signed a UN-brokered peace deal on Sunday after Shia rebels seized the government headquarters and the prime minister resigned in the face of raging violence.

“A national peace and partnership agreement based on the outcomes of the national dialogue conference was signed this evening at the presidential palace” in Sanaa, state news agency Saba reported.

IS fighters close in on Syrian town as thousands flee


MURSITPINAR: Fighters of Islamic State (IS) group closed in on Syria’s third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had poured into Turkey since Friday, and solidarity protests by Turkish Kurds on the border prompted clashes with security forces.

Envoy says US will not be alone in anti-IS campaign


WASHINGTON: The United States has indications other countries are willing to launch air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, its UN ambassador said on Sunday, predicting “we will not do the air strikes alone”.

Washington is trying to build an international military, political and financial coalition to defeat the militant Sunni group that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria and proclaimed a ‘caliphate’ in the heart of the Middle East.

US-Russia standoff looms at UN

Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS: A diplomatic standoff between the United States and Russia seems inevitable as Washington seeks to expand its military action against IS (formerly known as ISIS) in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told his US counterpart John Kerry on Sunday that Washington should respect Syrian sovereignty in its fight against Islamic State militants, the ministry said in a statement, released in Moscow.

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