DINA for the issue of October 04, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

October 4, 2014 | Zilhaj 8, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Extremists are enemies of Islam: Grand Mufti

Agencies

MOUNT ARAFAT: Muslim leaders must strike the enemies of Islam with “an iron hand”, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti said in his Haj sermon on Friday, in apparent condemnation of the Islamic State (IS) group.
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Polio cases ‘record’ broken

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The country has broken its 13-year-old record of polio cases with the confirmation of eight more cases on Friday, raising this year’s count to 202. In 2000, 199 cases were recorded.

An official of the ministry of national health services said four cases had been reported from Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa, two from the Fede­rally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and one each from Sindh and Balochistan.

International help sought for displaced people

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The government sought help from the international community on Friday to rehabilitate around a million people displaced by floods and the military operation in North Waziristan.

The appeal was made by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at a preliminary donor’s conference attended by representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, aid agencies, development partners and United Nation’s agencies.

Provinces’ lack of interest in local govt polls irks SC

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court’s Friday’s proceedings clearly exposed reluctance of the governments of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to hold local bodies elections after their law officers came up with excuses for not completing the ground work for the polls.

The apparent foot dragging by the three provinces left a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk with no option but to ask Attorney General Salman Butt and the provincial law officers to inform the court by Oct 14 about measures taken to implement its March 20 order to hold the polls by Nov 15.

Govt, PTI in no hurry to end stalemate

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Despite public pronouncements of their willingness to hold talks to end the political gridlock, the government and protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) are making little headway towards this end.

Instead, both sides appear to have taken extreme positions, resorting to their mainstays for show of strength.

Zardari sees bid to cash in on crisis

Amjad Mahmood

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari has said that some people are trying to cash in on the current political crisis.

“Some people are holding large public meetings to diminish their pain (on failure of sit-ins) …and some others are trying to take advantage of the political crisis,” he told reporters after a meeting with Jamaat-i-Islami Emir Sirajul Haq at Mansoora, the JI’s headquarters, here on Friday.

Nine UN troops die in Mali ambush

Reuters

BAMAKO: Nine United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed when heavily armed gunmen on motorbikes ambushed their convoy on Friday, the deadliest attack yet on UN troops in the country.

The attack on the peacekeepers from Niger took place in the region of Gao and highlighted a sharp increase in strikes on foreign troops based in Mali to prevent the return of Al Qaeda-linked Islamists who seized the desert north in 2012.

US seeks robust counter-terrorism relations with both Pakistan and India

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The United States wants a robust counter-terrorism relationship with both India and Pakistan, say senior US officials while refusing to discuss the possibility of joint military actions against Pakistan-based terror groups.

Briefing a select group of journalists on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington earlier this week, the officials made it clear that Kashmir never came up for discussion in Mr Modi’s meeting with US President Barack Obama.

Sweden to recognise Palestinian state

AFP

STOCKHOLM: Sweden would recognise a new Palestinian state, the Nordic country’s new Prime Minister Stefan Loefven said on Fri­day, underlining his support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and the will to co-exist peacefully,” Mr Loefven said in his inaugural address to parliament.

10 killed in accident

A Correspondent

GHALANAI: Ten people were killed and 17 others inju­red on Friday when a mini-truck plunged into a deep ravine in Pandyalai teh­sil of Mohmand tribal region.

Local people said the truck was going to Dawezai area from Shabqadar when it fell into the ravine in Shati Kandao area, leaving 10 passengers dead and 17 injured.

Snowden, Pope, Malala tipped for peace Nobel

Agencies

STOCKHOLM: Nobel prize season starts on Monday with speculation rife that the peace prize could go to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai or perhaps Pope Francis.

This year saw a record 278 peace prize nominations and, while the list is secret, some names have been revealed by their sponsors, including that of Mr Snowden, who was nominated by two Norwegian members of parliament.

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