DINA for the issue of September 25, 2014



September 25, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 29, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Corps commander calls for curbing terror in Punjab, Balochistan

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: A senior military commander called on Wednesday for action against terrorist groups in southern Punjab and Balochistan, saying the successful Zarb-i-Azb operation was not enough to end the terrorist threat in the country.
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KARACHI, September 24: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.45 the US Dollar in the open market.

US drones kill 10 in N. Waziristan attack

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: US drones struck a hideout in tehsil Dattakhel of North Waziristan Agency in the early hours of Wednesday, leaving 10 people dead.

Sources said four missiles were fired on the hideout in Lowara Mandi area of Dattakhel along the border with Afghanistan.

Several held in Rangers’ raid on MQM office

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Rangers raided the MQM office on Abul Hasan Isphahani Road on Wednesday night and picked up several workers, the MQM said.

The incident sparked protest in the area as shops were closed and traffic thinned.

PTI, NA speaker stick to their guns over resignations

Khawar Ghumman

But PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi maintains that all 30 members submitted their resignations en masse and, therefore, these should be accepted simultaneously.

Also read: NA speaker to ask PTI members to ‘confirm’ resignations

Govt calls for debate on poll issue in parliament

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The government has challenged the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to debate the poll-rigging allegations it has levelled against the ruling party, on the floor of the house.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz threw down the gauntlet at a press conference, addressed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed and Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman on Wednesday.

Terrorists understand only language of force, says Obama

Anwar Iqbal

UNITED NATIONS: US President Barack Obama told a gathering of world leaders on Wednesday that the terrorists only understood the language of force and that’s why he would work with the rest of the world to “dismantle this network of death”.

The US leader appeared before the UN General Assembly a day after ordering air strikes on the headquarters and bases of Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups in Syria, killing dozens of militants.

UNSC adopts anti-terror resolution

Dawn Report

WASHINGTON: The UN Security Council, at a meeting presided over by President Barack Obama, unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday, calling for a crackdown on the flow of foreign fighters to militant organisations such as ISIS.

The council voted 15-0 to compel countries to make it a crime for their citizens to travel abroad to fight with militants or recruit other people to do it.

India over the moon as its spacecraft enters Mars orbit


BANGALORE: India won Asia’s race to Mars on Wednesday when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the planet’s orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.

Scientists at mission control let out wild cheers and applause after the gold-coloured craft fired its main engine and slipped into the Red Planet’s orbit following a 660-million kilometre voyage.

Snowden, Asma bag ‘alternative Nobel’


STOCKHOLM: Edward Snowden was among the winners on Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel”, for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programmes.

The former National Security Agency contractor split the honorary portion of the 2014 Right Livelihood Award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Mr Snowden.

Moon sighted in S. Arabia

From the Newspaper

KARACHI: Saturday, October 4, will be the first day of Eidul Azha, as the Zilhaj moon was sighted on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, the website of Dubai-based newspaper Khaleej Times said.

It quoted the Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia as saying the lunar month would begin on Thursday in the kingdom.

No plan to increase power tariff, says finance minister

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the electricity tariff will not be increased in the near future and the government will expeditiously complete transactions to the tune of $2.4 billion, which have been put on hold because of the political crisis, and a review with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month.

Speaking to reporters, he said the government had no plan to make a seven per cent increase in the tariff, as required under the IMF programme.

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