DINA for the issue of October 01, 2014



October 1, 2014 | Zilhaj 5, 1435
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Pact signed to keep US troops in Afghanistan


KABUL: Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, fulfilling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.
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India criticised for sabotaging efforts for Siachen peace

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Chairman of the Senate Defence Committee, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, has criticised the Indian military establishment for sabotaging all efforts for peace in Siachen.

India, he said, had consistently rejected all proposals made by Pakistan for peace in Siachen, even in the aftermath of the Giyari tragedy.

Petrol price reduced by Rs2.94

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The government reduced on Tuesday prices of the petroleum products.

According to an official statement, the prime minister approved the reduction on the recommendation of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority.

Threats can’t force mid-term polls: Shah

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah has said that threats cannot force mid-term elections in the country and the PPP does not support any such action.

“It will not be appropriate, if someone talks about mid-term polls in a threatening manner. I personally don’t approve of this. However, it will be a different issue, if a situation arises that (the Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif himself decides to go for mid-term polls,” Mr Shah said while talking to reporters here on Tuesday.

COAS inaugurates work on upgradation of counter-terror centre

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif performed on Tuesday the ground-breaking of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre being set up near Kharian.

“The centre will be a state-of-the-art facility with a large capacity to impart quality training to troops for combating terrorism, in all types of terrains,” a military spokesman said about the planned complex.

Three-day holiday for Eidul Azha


ISLAMABAD: The federal government announced on Tuesday a three-day public holiday for Eidul Azha.

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior, Oct 6, 7 and 8 (Monday, Tuesday and Wed­nesday) would be observed as public holiday.

Balochistan assembly seeks return of Khan of Kalat

Amanullah Kasi

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly adopted on Tuesday a unanimous resolution urging the Khan of Kalat to return home from abroad and play a role in normalising the situation in the province.

Agha Suleman Dawood Khan went into self-exile in London after the murder of veteran Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in 2006.

Obama, Modi vow to push relations to new levels

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday coined a Hindi phrase — “chalein saath saath” — as the central premise of a defining 21st century partnership between their countries.

On Monday evening, when Mr Modi arrived at the White House for dinner and his first meeting with the US leader, President Obama greeted him in Gujarati, — “Kem Chho?” (how are you?) — in the prime minister’s mother tongue.

Man who protested against ‘VIP culture’ sacked

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

KARACHI: A man who shot video clip of passengers preventing a former minister from boarding a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft and forcing another legislator to disembark for being late has been sacked from his job, according to a private television channel.

Arjumand Hussain shot the video clip last month when he and other passengers protested against what they called ‘VIP culture’ and prevented former interior minister Rehman Malik from boarding the aircraft and forced MPA Ramesh Kumar to disembark, for allegedly delaying PIA’s flight PK-370 for more than an hour.

ECP ready to introduce electronic voting

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: After facing criticism over the quality of magnetised ink used in last year’s general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to introduce electronic voting machines in two years and use them in next polls, due in 2018.

Briefing reporters after a demonstration of the machi­nes by about 10 vendors here on Tuesday, ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmad Khan said the commission would call for an immediate amendment to the Constitu­tion to remove legal barrier in the way of introducing the technology, after which the pilot project would be launched.

Kurds fight IS men on three fronts


ERBIL: Kurdish troops backed by warplanes battled the Islamic State (IS) group on three fronts in northern Iraq on Tuesday, clawing back land they lost to the militants in recent months.

The Kurdish peshmerga struck before dawn against the town of Rabia on the Syrian border, north of the militant-controlled second city Mosul, and south of key oil hub Kirkuk, officers said.

Online abuse of Pakistani women turns into real violence


ISLAMABAD: Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real-world violence against them, but major social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, according to internet rights group Bytes for All.

Women face online threats globally, but they run a unique risk in Pakistan, where there is a tradition of men killing women seen as having injured a family’s honour.

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