DINA for the issue of October 03, 2014



October 3, 2014 | Zilhaj 7, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Seven killed in Peshawar coach blast

Ali Hazrat Bacha

PESHAWAR: At least seven people were killed and six injured when a powerful blast hit a passenger coach here on Thursday.
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KARACHI, October 02 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 3007
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Three die in Gilgit as bomb destroys vehicle

Jamil Ahmed Nagri

GILGIT: A bomb hit a passenger van on Gilgit-Skardu road on Thursday, leaving at least three people dead and 10 others injured.

Police sources said the van was heading for Haramosh valley, a predominantly Shia area some 40km from Gilgit city, when it was hit by the bomb near Alam bridge.

Commission finds irregularities in NA-125 election

Wajih Ahmad Sheikh

LAHORE: A commission appointed to examine polling bags and other records in NA-125, Lahore, has found several irregularities in the election, which was won by Khwaja Saad Rafiq of the PML-N.

Lawyer Hamid Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, who was the runner-up in the constituency, had challenged the result before an election tribunal and sought to inspect the polling record.

Evidence needed for decision in PM case, says SC judge

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: A petitioner seeking disqualification of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was puzzled when the Supreme Court asked him on Thursday if he would be willing to produce Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif as his witness to help the court reach a right conclusion.

“The crucial point in the controversy at hand is a closed door meeting between the prime minister and the army chief,” observed Justice Dost Mohammad Khan, a member of a three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja.

Pakistan may break own record on polio cases


ISLAMABAD: Health officials said the country was set to break its record for the highest number of polio cases in a year as seven more cases were confirmed on Thursday, raising the tally to 194.

“If it [number of cases] reaches 200, we will cross our own record of 199 in year 2000,” said Rana Mohammad Safdar, a senior official at the Pakistan National Institute of Health.

Imran says farmers neglected by all govts

Khursheed Anwar Khan

MIANWALI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Thursday that his party had exposed what he called election rigging by the PML-N and he would ensure that its leadership did not go unpunished.

He said there was nothing wrong in raising slogans. “Even children are chanting slogans of ‘Go Nawaz go’ which is legally not punishable in a democratic society.”

Pakistan hails US-Afghan agreement

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday cautiously welcomed the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) by Afghanistan and the United States after the latter clarified that counter-terrorism operations under the agreement would be restricted to within Afghan borders.

“As regards BSA, Afghanistan is a sovereign country. It is their right to conclude agreements with any country,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at the weekly media briefing.

Footprints: Imprisoned in Afghanistan

Imran Ayub

THERE’S hardly any connection between Malala Yousufzai, Sirajul Haq and Saleem Safi.

The teenage activist is recognised for her global campaigning for education, the chief of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) is striving for an Islamic system in the country and the renowned broadcaster is known for a series of scoops.

Pilgrims start congregating in Mina for Haj


MAKKAH: Hundreds of thousands of Muslims began a mass movement on Thursday out of the holy city of Makkah towards nearby Mina in western Saudi Arabia, at the beginning of the Haj pilgrimage.

This year’s Haj comes with Saudi authorities striving to protect pilgrims from two deadly viruses, Ebola and the MERS coronavirus.

Atrocities committed by IS could amount to war crimes, says UN

Masood Haider

UNITED NATIONS: A UN human rights report has said that Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, kidnapped women and girls and recruited child soldiers in what could amount to systematic war crimes.

The report based on 500 interviews with witnesses and released on Thursday also said that air strikes carried out by Iraqi government against IS militants had caused “significant civilian deaths” by hitting villages and hospitals in violation of international law.

Ebola fear grips United States

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Fears of an Ebola epidemic gripped the United States on Thursday as health officials warned that more than 100 people were exposed to a confirmed patient in Dallas, Texas.

Dallas County Public Health Department said 12 to 18 people came into direct contact with the patient while others came into contact with this group.

Nine killed in bus crash

Dawn Report

LAHORE: Nine people were killed and 21 others injured when a bus going to Mansehra by the National Highway overturned near Uch Sharif in Bahawalpur district on Thursday night.

According to TV reports, most passengers on the bus coming from Karachi were heading home for Eidul Azha.

US legislators press Kerry on talks with Iran


WASHINGTON: Hundreds of US lawmakers pressed Secretary of State John Kerry to lean harder on Iran in talks over its nuclear programme in a letter released on Thursday after Israel warned Washington not to go easy on Tehran.

Three hundred and fifty-four members — four-fifths — of the US House of Representatives signed the letter sent to Kerry on Wednesday night, expressing concerns that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme might not require sufficiently strict inspections of its nuclear facilities.

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