DINA for the issue of September 30, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 30, 2014 | Zilhaj 4, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Rangers come under fire over Karachi operation

Kalbe Ali

ISLAMABAD: A Senate committee was informed on Monday that Rangers had conducted 3,696 raids during the ongoing operation in Karachi and arrested 6,835 suspects and seized 5,214 weapons.
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Parliament helped strengthen democracy, says PM

APP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday his government was serving people relentlessly despite disturbances caused by the sit-ins.

Talking to reporters in London before returning to Pakistan, the prime minister said he did not want to talk about those who were engaged in negative politics.

Blast leaves 7 dead in militants’ compound

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

LANDI KOTAL: A bomb went off in a compound of suspected militants in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Monday, killing seven people.

Officials in Jamrud said it was not clear what had actually caused the explosion, adding that there was an ammunition depot in the compound located in Rajgal area of the valley.

Pressure on PML-N to hold CWC meeting

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Following the successful show of power by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) over the weekend in Lahore, the ruling PML-N has come under pressure from its own ranks to convene a meeting of its Central Working Committee (CWC) to construct its own response to the opponents.

The CWC last time met well before last year’s general elections to sanction allotment of tickets to the party candidates.

Analysis: Our enemy, their enemy

Ismail Khan

At least in tactical terms, the US and Pakistan appear to be on the same page — both are hunting their enemies in our north-western border region and that’s where there is convergence. There is divergence though when it comes to making a distinction between ‘our enemy’ and ‘their enemy’.

Pakistan’s F-16s pound targets in the remote corners of North Waziristan to take out local and foreign militants just when American drones sharing the same airspace target local and foreign militants around the same area.

Footprints: Hindus in no man’s land

Hasan Mansoor

“I WILL never go back to India, but sooner or later I’ll also leave this place,” says Mahesh Kumar, who is in his mid-40s, as he spares me a moment while attending to customers at his bustling general store in the Hindu mohalla. This is in Thul, a small town in Jacobabad district that takes its name from the Sindhi word for ‘stupa’.

Present-day Thul bears the remnants of a decaying European township. Residents here tell me stirring stories of the resilience of Hindus and Muslims who came to each other’s rescue during the devastating floods of 2010 that inundated every village in the area.

IS militants in Syria attacked

Reuters

BEIRUT: US warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in an area controlled by Islamic State, killing at least two civilian workers.

New Afghan president sworn in

Reuters

KABUL: Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test.

The first democratic handover of power in Afghan history has been far from smooth: the deal for a unity government was cobbled together after months of deadlock over a vote in which both Mr Ghani and opponent Mr Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory.

Legality of ballot paper can’t be questioned: ECP

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asserted that the validity of a ballot paper issued in accordance with procedures prescribed in the law and the votes polled cannot be questioned.

“The legality of all ballot papers issued and votes cast remains protected unless established otherwise at a competent forum,” said a fact-sheet prepared by the commission in response to controversies relating to the 2013 elections.

Modi meets Netanyahu

Masood Haider

NEW YORK: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a New York hotel and pledged to “boost cooperation in the most substantive interaction between the two countries’ leaders in 11 years”.

Mr Netanyahu said that he was ‘delighted’ to meet Mr Modi and invited him to visit Israel, in what would be a first for an Indian prime minister.

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