DINA for the issue of October 13, 2014



October 13, 2014 | Zilhaj 17, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

UN urged to boost role of observers

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: Drawing attention of the United Nations to the deteriorating security situation along the Kashmir Line of Control and Working Boundary due to “deliberate and unprovoked” cross-border firing by Indian forces over the past weeks, Pakistan has asked the world body to strengthen the role of its observers in the region.
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Qadri seeks financial and political support for revolution

Mohammad Saleem

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has sought people’s financial and political support and votes to bring about a revolution in the country.

He said he would soon give a call for countrywide sit-ins while the dharna in Islamabad would continue.

PM likely to visit China next month

Zaheer Mahmood Siddiqui

LAHORE: Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to visit China next month to urge Chinese businessmen to make investment in infrastructure development projects in the country.

“Ministries concerned are busy in homework for the visit,” Mr Rafique said at a news conference here on Sunday. The prime minister will ask Chinese businessmen to help Pakistan develop infrastructure in sectors of ports and shipping, energy, railways and highways.

Imran calls for judicial probe into Multan incident

Shakeel Ahmad

MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan says he wants to come to power with the support of people and not of the establishment.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday after offering condolences to families of five people who had lost their lives during a stampede at the end of the PTI public meeting on Friday, he said: “There are two ways to come to power – either with the support of the establishment or with the support of the public. I prefer people’s support.”

Indian shelling continues

Abid Hussain Mehdi

SIALKOT: Eleven head of cattle were killed and a number of houses were damaged in heavy shelling by Indian forces on Pakistan’s villages along Sialkot border on Sunday.

According to senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, India’s Border Security Forces started shelling on villages Dhamaala-Charwah, Tulsipur, Rangor, Gandiyal, Sapwaal, Baghiyaari, Joiyaan, Bajra Garhi, Harpal, Anula, Khokhar, Nandpur, Jangura, Sakhiyaal, Kothey Raja, Salaankey, Beeni Sulehriyaan, Nandpur, Sakhiyaal , Kothey Raja, Tongar, Raja Harpal, Sukmaal, Daallowali, Thathi, Thathi Khurd, Meendarwal and adjoining areas on Saturday night.

21 killed in Fata air strikes

Dawn Report

PESHAWAR: Twenty-one suspected militants were killed and several others injured on Sunday when military planes pounded hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations, two hideouts were destroyed in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan. The ISPR statement said 11 suspects were killed in the attack.

Govt may go for deal rather than wait for verdict on Reko Diq

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Arbitration proceedings between Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) over Balochistan’s multi-billion dollar Reko Diq Copper and Gold reserves before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) — now in their final stages — are expected to conclude this weekend.

Sources told Dawn that the TCC has indicated its willingness to reach a negotiated settlement before the ICSID issues its verdict. Normally, the ICSID panel takes four to six weeks after the conclusion of the proceedings to issue a decision, which is then binding on both sides. In the interim, however, both sides have the option of reaching a mutually-negotiated settlement.

Modi ups the ante in border fighting


NEW DELHI: To judge from the shrill outrage of India’s television news channels, the bloody clashes along the Line of Control and Working Boundary are all Pakistan’s fault.

However, military officers in both countries and officials in New Delhi say the violence that has killed nearly 20 civilians escalated because of a more assertive Indian posture under the government of nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Donors pledge aid for Gaza, call for peace talks


CAIRO: International donors pledged hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to rebuild the battered Gaza Strip on Sunday and urged Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace efforts.

Gas-rich Qatar led the way at a donors’ conference in Cairo with a promise of $1 billion in aid to the coastal enclave, devastated by its 50-day summer conflict with Israel.

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