DINA for the issue of October 11, 2014



October 11, 2014 | Zilhaj 15, 1435
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Malala youngest ever Nobel laureate


OSLO: Education activist Malala Yousufzai and Indian campaigner against child trafficking and labour Kai­lash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
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A message to militaries of both countries

Jawed Naqvi

NEW DELHI: By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Pakistan’s Malala Yousufzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi on Friday, at a time when their militaries were locked in a volatile spiral on the borders, the Nobel Committee has shone the torch on a more real enemy the countries jointly confront — jeopardised future for millions of their children, analysts said.

Ms Yousufzai did not lose time to broach the idea of India-Pakistan peace, saying the award had emboldened her to invite the two prime ministers to the prize ceremony in Stockholm in December. Mr Satyarthi and Ms Yousufzai spoke on the phone and decided to persuade their leaders to come to Stockholm where the two would hopefully end their self-imposed aloofness with each other.

Govt allowed to proceed with sale of 10pc OGDCL shares

Nasir Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The Sup­re­me Court allowed the federal government on Friday to proceed with the sale of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) shares after overturning a Peshawar High Court (PHC) stay against the decision to sell off the government’s shares in the company.

A two-judge Supreme Court bench, consisting of Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Gulzar Ahmed, granted an appeal filed by the federal government on Thursday, challenging the high court’s Oct 3 interim order to staying the sale of 10 per cent of the government’s shares in the oil and gas exploration company.

Peace to be given another chance by continuing dialogue process: Nisar

Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested that observers from the United Nations be sent to investigate the cause of the border skirmishes with India.

Following a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) — which consists of the country’s top civil and military leadership — on Friday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters: “We would request the UN to send its observers to the Line of Control (LoC) to ascertain from which side firing and shelling was first initiated.”

PTI’s public meeting turns into tragedy

Shakeel Ahmad

MULTAN: An impressive public meeting by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf at Qasim Bagh stadium here on Friday evening turned into a tragedy the moment it ended as a stampede at one of the exits left seven people dead and 43 injured.

The stampede began when PTI Chairman Imran Khan left the venue after addressing the gathering.

Intelligence sharing sought with Iran

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants an intelligence-sharing mechanism with Iran to combat terrorism in areas along the border and remove mistrust between the two countries.

“It is in the interest of both the countries to share intelligence,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said at a press briefing here on Friday while answering a question about steps being taken by the government to secure the border in the wake of a reported allegation by the Iranian police chief that terrorists had safe havens in Pakistan.

Pause in shelling gives respite to civilians


SRINAGAR: Fighting between India and Pakistan paused on Friday after days of heavy shelling across their disputed border, the worst skirmishes between the two countries in more than a decade.

Relative calm returned to the region after a heated exchange of rhetoric, with New Delhi warning Pakistan it would pay an “unaffordable price” if shelling continued. Islamabad had said it was capable of responding “fittingly”.

UN warns of massacre if Kurdish town falls


MURSITPINAR: At least 500 civilians who remain trapped in the Syrian Kur­dish border town of Kobani are likely to be “massacred” if it falls to the Islamic State group, the UN envoy to Syria warned on Friday, calling on the world to help avert a catastrophe as the extremists pushed deeper into the embattled town.

Staffan de Mistura raised the spectre of some of the worst genocides of the 20th century during a news conference in Geneva, where he held up a map of the town along the Syria-Turkey border and said a UN analysis shows only a small corridor remains open for people to enter or flee Kobani.

Ministry takes notice of fake polio certificates

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has asked the four provinces, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Directorate of Central Health Establishment to take appropriate measures after the Indian High Commission complained that some Pakistanis had submitted fake polio certificates with their visa applications.

The NHS directive coincided with the confirmation of four new polio cases by the National Institute of Health’s Polio Virology Laboratory, raising the number reported this year to 206.

Australia seal one-day series


DUBAI: Australia continued their dominance over Pakistan with a five-wicket win in the second day-night international on Friday, taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Pakistan squandered an opening stand of 126 between openers Sarfraz Ahmed (65) and Ahmed Shahzad (61) and were bowled out for 215 in 49.3 overs.

Dar promises steady GDP growth

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has assured the international community that Pakistan will maintain a steady GDP growth rate despite the adverse affects of this year’s floods and the politics of sit-ins.

In his address to South Asian experts and students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the minister said that recent reforms had already led to “a remarkable turnaround” in almost all macro-economic indicators.

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