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Friday, July 20, 2012

DINA for the issue of July 20, 2012

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D A W N I n t e r n e t N e w s A l e r t
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July 20, 2012 Friday Sha'aban 29, 1433
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complete story on DAWN - the Internet Edition.


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Qadir Gilani scrapes through in neck 'n' neck fight
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By Shakeel Ahmad
MULTAN, July 19: A contest which the PPP expected to be a walkover turned out to be a neck 'n' neck fight in Multan on Thursday.

The voters of the NA-151 constituency gave their mandate to Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, but it was only a marginal victory for the PPP...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/qadir-gilani-scrapes-through-in-neck-n-neck-fight/


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Trilateral summit in Kabul: Pakistan's role in Afghan peace talks stressed
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KABUL, July 19: Afghan efforts to negotiate with the Taliban need Islamabad's help to be successful, the leaders of Afghanistan, Britain and Pakistan emphasised on Thursday, following three-way talks in Kabul.

British leader David Cameron and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for the first time, as British and Nato combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 18 months' time...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/trilateral-summit-in-kabul-pakistans-role-in-afghan-peace-talks-stressed/


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Parliament has right to legislate on all issues: Zardari
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KARACHI, July 19: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that parliament being the supreme institution in the country's democratic set-up and having been elected by the people of the country has every right to continue legislating on all issues of public concern and welfare of the masses.

Addressing ministers, PPP legislators and divisional and district office-bearers at the Chief Minister's House, he said it was everyone's duty to accord parliament the respect it was entitled to...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/parliament-has-right-to-legislate-on-all-issues-zardari/


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Nawaz moves ahead to forge alliance with Sindh nationalists
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By Habib Khan Ghori
KARACHI, July 19: Pakistan Muslim League-N president Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the chief of Sindh United Party, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah, formally announced here on Thursday that their parties would jointly contest the coming general elections and support each other's candidates under a seat adjustment formula.

They pledged to strive for maximum provincial autonomy within the ambit of the Constitution, to protect the territorial and geographical boundaries of Sindh and implement the 1991 Indus water accord in letter and spirit...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/nawaz-moves-ahead-to-forge-alliance-with-sindh-nationalists/


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SC drops proceedings against Moonis Elahi
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By Nasir Iqbal
ISLAMABAD, July 19: The Supreme Court dropped on Thursday proceedings against Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, son of PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi, ensnared in the multi-billion-rupee NICL scam after the FIA said it was difficult to prove that the money parked in his accounts was dirty. "In view of the (FIA) report no further action is called for at this stage," Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said.

A three-judge bench comprising the chief justice, Justice Jawwad S. Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had taken up the National Insurance Company Limited case which attracted a lot of attention when big names like Moonis Elahi and Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim were said to be entangled in the scam...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/sc-drops-proceedings-against-moonis-elahi/


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Special report on power crisis
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HAVING paid a whopping Rs2.1 trillion in subsidies and almost doubled the tariff, the PPP-led government seems no closer to easing the electricity crisis than it did in 2008 when it came to power and promised to solve the problem quickly.

What's more worrying, the gap between demand and supply has been growing, in great part due to the government's failure to reform the sector and to reduce technical losses and theft. In a special report on power crisis, Dawn looks at the issues involved. The first part of the report appears on Page 2 today, to be followed tomorrow by the second part...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/special-report-on-power-crisis/


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US House reduces Pakistan military aid by $650m
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By Anwar Iqbal
WASHINGTON, July 19: The US House of Representatives has cut $650 million from its military aid to Pakistan amid warnings that the move will send a wrong message to the Pakistani people.

And senior Republican lawmakers claimed that they were trying to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions because of conservative anger at Pakistan's policies...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/us-house-reduces-pakistan-military-aid-by-650m/


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Ramazan in most Gulf states begins today
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KARACHI, July 19: The Ramazan moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Kuwait on Thursday and the month of fasting begins in these countries today.

But the moon was not sighted in Oman and Ramazan will begin in the country on Saturday...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/ramazan-in-most-gulf-states-begins-today/


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Pakistan, Iran fail to reach wheat deal
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ISLAMABAD, July 19: Pakistan and Iran have failed to reach an agreement on price for one million tons of Pakistani wheat under a barter deal as Tehran, according to officials, is offering too little for the commodity.

The high-level talks held recently in Tehran to finalise the price largely remained inconclusive, an official told Dawn after the Pakistani delegation returned home on Thursday...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/pakistan-iran-fail-to-reach-wheat-deal/


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Afridi had no role in polio campaign: WHO
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ISLAMABAD, July 19: The World Health Organisation said on Thursday that Dr Shakil Afridi was never part of any genuine or fake polio vaccination programme and noted that baseless reports linking him to anti-polio efforts had served to damage the ongoing immunisation campaign in the country.

The WHO said it was wrongly claimed that Dr Afridi had used polio vaccine to track down Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad...

http://dawn.com/2012/07/20/afridi-had-no-role-in-polio-campaign-who/


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Karachi Stocks Down 48.57 Points:
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KARACHI, July 19: At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was at 14548.02, down 48.57 points.
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Forex Update:
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KARACHI, July 19: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 95 to the US Dollar in the open market.
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