DINA for the issue of September 24, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 24, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 28, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Five killed in Peshawar suicide attack on FC convoy

Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR: A suicide attack targeting a senior military official killed at least five people in a Peshawar Cantonment area on Tuesday.
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NA speaker to ask PTI members to ‘confirm’ resignations

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq will invite Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers in groups of three to verify their resignations and confirm that they are willing to quit the lower house of their own free will.

The speaker is expected to begin meeting PTI MNAs from Thursday. He is scheduled to meet the party chief, Imran Khan, on Oct 13 to verify his intent to resign.

Ordinance planned for recovery of Rs100bn gas cess

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The government decided on Tuesday to promulgate an ordinance which would legalise recovery of over Rs100 billion in gas development infrastructure cess (GIDC) from consumers after the Supreme Court had held illegal its recovery through the finance bill.

Speaking at a press conference, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said a review petition had been filed against the judgement.

US, allies open new front against IS, bomb Syria

From the Newspaper

WASHINGTON: The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State (IS) fighters and members of a separate Al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria’s three-year-old civil war.

In a remarkable sign of shifting Middle East alliances, the attacks encountered no objection from President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, which said Washington had notified it in advance.

Chinese and Indian troops in Himalayan standoff

Reuters

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of Indian and Chinese troops have dug into positions on a high Himalayan plateau, leading India’s army chief to cancel a foreign trip and monitor a standoff that underscores deep differences between the Asian giants as they seek closer ties.

Military officials in New Delhi and India-held Kashmir alleged on Tuesday that Chinese troops had set up a camp about 3km into territory claimed by India in the Chumar region of the Ladakh plateau more than a week ago.

Rouhani says ties with Saudi Arabia deserve to be warmer

Reuters

NEW YORK: The relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia deserves to be better, though differences between the two oil-producing countries appear to be narrowing, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are enmeshed in a struggle for influence across the Middle East and have supported opposing sides in wars and political disputes in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen.

ECP report: lessons learned or a damning indictment?

Hassan Belal Zaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Post-Election Review Report of the General Elections 2013, recently published by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on its website, has caused an uproar in political circles.

But those involved with the preparation of the report maintain that it should be viewed as a typical ‘lessons learnt’ exercise and should not be considered a systematic analysis of the entire electoral process.

Five more polio cases detected

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health’s Polio Virology Laboratory confirmed another five polio cases on Tuesday night, taking the number of cases reported this year to 171.

Two cases have been reported in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and one each in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan.

India says no plans for Modi-Sharif meeting in New York

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: There are “no plans” for a meeting between Indian and Pakistani prime ministers on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York this week, India’s foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

As part of “neighbours first” policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet the leaders of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, Press Trust of India quoted the spokesman, Mr Syed Akbaruddin, as saying.

Karzai criticises US and Pakistan in farewell speech

Reuters

KABUL: Outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for Afghanistan’s long war, in a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter.

His farewell speech came days ahead of the swearing in of a new president, Ashraf Ghani, after months of turmoil over a disputed election that ended in a power-sharing deal, yet to be tested, with rival Abdullah Abdullah who will fill the role of chief executive.

Australian counter-terrorism officer shoots man dead

AP

CANBERRA: A man was shot dead and two counter-terrorism police were stabbed in a confrontation in Australia’s second largest city on Tuesday, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether the violence was related to a recent call from the Islamic State (IS) group to supporters to kill in their home countries. But police said the man appeared to be acting alone.

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