DINA for the issue of September 28, 2014

28 September, 2014 / Zilhaj 2, 1435
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Live-fire demo of torpedo, anti-ship missiles by PN

Dawn Report

ISLAMABAD / KARACHI: The Pakistan Navy on Saturday successfully performed a live-fire demonstration of torpedo and anti-ship guided missiles during testing operations in the northern Arabian Sea.
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Modi asks Pak to show ‘seriousness’ for talks

By Masood Haider and Anwar Iqbal

UNITED NATIONS: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Pakistan on Saturday to engage with India in a ‘serious dialogue’ but asked his Pakistani counterpart not to use the UN General Assembly for raising the Kashmir issue.

He also seemed to attach a precondition for the resumption of bilateral talks — that it should be held in an atmosphere “without the shadow of terrorism”.

Two killed in Sibi bomb blast

By Our Staff Correspondent

QUETTA: At least two people were killed and 23 others injured in a bomb explosion in Sibi on Saturday.

“A motorcycle bomb was detonated in front of a tea stall on Chakar Khan Road in the heart of town,” a police officer said. The blast was so powerful that it rocked the entire town.

Administrative units: Altaf for talks with Sindhi scholars

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has called upon Sindhi intellectuals to resolve the issue of administrative units through dialogue.

“I believe in dialogue and peace. I request Sindhi intellectuals to come forward and resolve this issue peacefully as we don’t want war,” he said while speaking to a workers’ convention of his party from London via video link on Saturday.

Imran, Qadri looking for a way out of Islamabad?

By Irfan Haider

ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri appear to be looking for a way out of the capital. At least that is the impression conveyed by their separate speeches on Saturday night.

Mr Khan told the capacity crowd at D-Chowk that he wanted the sit-in in front of parliament to continue, but that he would go around the country to rally further support for his cause. “We’ll see on Sunday whether Lahore belongs to the Sharifs or the PTI,” he said.

SEASON’S END

By Aurangzaib Khan in Naran

THEY are setting out, the shepherds. To the cities they go, trudging the winding road along the Kunhar River, its frothy torrent contained between sombre peaks. The flocks shift shape like amoeba as errant sheep and goats break with the herd, curiously nosing the grassy edges of the road.

It is only days before Eidul Azha and the road is long. As they make slow progress to the lowlands, shepherds plod past men packing potatoes in dusty sacks. Others are making green piles of corncobs, freshly culled from the terraced fields.

US, allies widen air strikes against IS in Syria

DAMASCUS: The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria on Saturday as British warplanes took off on anti-militant missions over neighbouring Iraq.

Seven targets were hit in Syria, the Pentagon said, including an IS building and two armed vehicles at the border crossing in the besieged Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobane.

Afghan villagers hang four Taliban

KABUL: Afghan villagers hanged four Taliban fighters from a tree after hundreds of militants launched a major offensive, officials said on Saturday, as security forces fought to recapture ground in the eastern province of Ghazni.

About 100 policemen, soldiers and civilians have been killed in clashes over the past week, with the Taliban beheading 12 of the victims, according to provincial officials.

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