DINA for the issue of September 26, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 26, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 30, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Blast hits Karachi police convoy

Shazia Hasan

KARACHI: Two passers-by were killed and seven people, including a senior police officer, were injured in a bomb blast here on Thursday.
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Karachi Stocks down 155.53 points :
KARACHI, September 25 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29940.2
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KARACHI, September 25: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.65 the US Dollar in the open market.

Prison guard shoots blasphemy accused inside Adiala Jail

Aamir Yasin

ISLAMABAD/RAWAL­PINDI: A prison guard at the Adiala Jail shot and injured on Thursday a 71-year-old British-Pakistani man impri­soned over blasphemy charges.

The injured man, who is said to have a history of mental illness, is being treated at a hospital in the garrison city and is reportedly out of danger. However, he has been moved to a separate ward to ensure his safety.

PTI leaders ‘miss appointment’ with NA speaker

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq was ‘stood up’ on Thursday by members of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) who were supposed to verify their resignations in person.

PTI’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Alvi and spokesperson Shireen Mazari had been invited by the speaker.

Pakistan, India make peace gestures at UN

Anwar Iqbal

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan and India had two exploratory meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Thursday but discussed issues which did not focus on bilateral relations.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz came face to face at the Saarc and Commonwealth foreign ministers’ meetings, raising hopes that the two seasoned politicians could use these opportunities for reducing tensions between their nations.

Eid on Oct 6

APP

KARACHI: Zilhaj moon was not sighted in any part of the country on Thursday evening. Therefore, Eidul Azha will be celebrated on Oct 6 (Monday), the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee announced on Thursday.

A meeting of the committee held here was presided over by its chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman and attended by its members and experts of the Met Office.

Footprints: Norway in Pakistan

Mirza Khurram Shahzad

IT’S just a leisurely drive from Islamabad, some 140 kilometres on the Grand Trunk road.

Leave the GT road in the middle of Kharian town in Gujrat district and pass through a narrow road that winds through a busy bazaar and eventually comes out in a welcoming landscape of acres and acres of lush green wilderness. Pass behind a military base as the road takes you deeper into the rural area. Here, tractors and trailers run with noisy engines and Attaullah Essakhelvi’s Punjabi and Seraiki songs blare from their speakers.

Hamas and Fatah agree on unity govt for Gaza

AFP

CAIRO: Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah said they reached an agreement on Thursday for the return of their unity government to Gaza ahead of crucial negotiations with Israel next month.

The Palestinian rivals had set up a ‘unity government of independents’ in June but it never took hold, with Pales­tinian president Mahmud Abbas accusing Hamas of running a “parallel” administration as de facto ruler in the Gaza Strip.

Coalition hits oil sites operated by IS in Syria

AFP

DAMASCUS: The United States and its Arab allies bombed oil facilities operated by militants in Syria to choke off their funding, killing more than a dozen militants and several civilians.

France meanwhile launched new air strikes on Thursday in neighbouring Iraq and pledged more support for Syrian opposition forces, upping its fight against extremists following the beheading of a French hostage.

Pakistan wants to build more N-power plants, IAEA told

The Newspaper’s Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it needs to build more nuclear power plants to ease its severe energy crisis.

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Chairman Dr Ansar Parvez told the annual general conference of the IAEA in Vienna on Thursday that Pakistan was committed to synergising its efforts with those of the agency to harness the vast potential of nuclear technology.

IS plotting to attack US metro: Iraqi PM

Dawn Report

UNITED NATIONS: Iraqi Prime Minis­ter Haider al-Abadi warned the United States on Thursday that his intelligence agencies had uncovered a plot to target an underground railways system in America.

Talking to reporters at the United Nations, Mr Abadi said the Islamic State group was behind the plot.

British preacher arrested

AFP

LONDON: British police on Thursday arrested nine men including leading radical preacher Anjem Choudary in London on suspicion of links to the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun.

The arrests “are part of an ongoing investigation into Islamist-related terrorism and are not in response to any immediate public safety risk,” the Scotland Yard said. Police said they were also searching 18 residential and commercial properties in London and one in Stoke-on-Trent, central England.

FO declines to comment on Karzai’s allegations

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office avoided on Thursday giving its reaction to allegations levelled by outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai against Pakistan and said the government looked forward to working with new President Ashraf Ghani.

“There will be a new government in Afghanistan shortly and we look forward to working with them closely,” spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at FO’s weekly news briefing.

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