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FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
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Pakistan Taliban suspend month-long ceasefire but still want talks
April 02, 2014 08:41 PM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban have not extended a month-long ceasefire but are still open to pursuing peace talks with the Islamabad government, a spokesman for the insurgent movement said Wednesday. Shahidullah Shahid said some Taliban leaders had objected to extending the ceasefire,...
20 Pakistani soldiers killed in attack on army convoy
January 19, 2014 08:59 AM
DERA ISMAIL KHAN/PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least 20 Pakistani soldiers were killed on Sunday when an explosion hit an army convoy in the northwestern town Bannu, intelligence and military sources said.More than 30 others were wounded in the attack on the convoy as it prepared to leave the town at the...
Pakistan militants kidnap 11 teachers in polio vaccination campaign
November 23, 2013 10:04 AM
KABUL: Militants kidnapped 11 Pakistani teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign for school children on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks on health workers trying to eradicate the deadly disease. The teachers were taken from the private Hira Public School in the...
Pakistan to assess U.S. ties after strike on Taliban
November 04, 2013 12:09 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Pakistan is to review its relationship with the United States, the prime minister’s office said Sunday, following the killing of the Pakistani Taliban leader in a U.S. drone strike. But a top-level meeting to examine relations was postponed at the last minute Sunday without...
Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources
November 01, 2013 07:14 PM
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: The chief of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Friday, security sources and a senior Taliban commander said, in a major blow to the country's most feared militant group.  Hakimullah Mehsud was one of Pakistan's most wanted men with a $5...
U.S. drone, Pakistan air force strikes kill 19 militants
July 14, 2013 07:43 PM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least 19 suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan's lawless tribal region overnight in a Pakistani military operation and a separate U.S. drone strike, security officials said on Sunday.Pakistan has seen a spate of militant attacks since Prime...
Pakistan Taliban set up camps in Syria, join anti-Assad war
July 14, 2013 01:06 PM
ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban have set up camps and sent hundreds of men to Syria to fight alongside rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, militants said on Sunday, in a strategy aimed at cementing ties with Al-Qaeda's central leadership. More than two years since the start...
Nine militants killed in U.S. drone, Pakistan air force strikes
July 14, 2013 11:01 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan's lawless tribal region in a U.S. drone strike and a separate Pakistan military operation, security officials said on Sunday.Pakistan has seen a spate of militant attacks since Prime Minister...
Eight dead in Pakistan bombing, including son of Afghan cleric
April 29, 2013 09:44 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A bomb killed eight people in Pakistan on Monday, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, and wounded about 45 in the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said. Bombings and attacks have increased across the country in the run-up to a May 11 general election. The...
Suspected militants attack Pakistan power station, 7 dead
April 02, 2013 09:30 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Dozens of suspected militants attacked a major power station in northwest Pakistan with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades and killed seven people, police said on Tuesday. The assault, in the run-up to May 11 general elections, destroyed the biggest power station in Khyber...
Blast kills 17 at Pakistani camp for displaced people
March 21, 2013 11:11 PM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: At least seventeen people were killed by a car bomb as they waited for food at a camp in northwest Pakistan for those displaced by fighting between government forces and Islamist militants, police said. The bomb exploded on Thursday in the Jalozai camp in Nowshera in Khyber...
Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shiites
December 30, 2012 09:48 PM
PESHWAR, Pakistan: Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hardline Islamist groups. The United States has long...
Pakistan doctor in bin Laden case starts hunger strike
November 29, 2012 09:54 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hunt down Osama bin Laden started a hunger strike in his jail cell this week to protest against his living conditions, prison officials said on Thursday.Shakil Afridi was sentenced in May to 33 years in...
Afghan Haqqani faction would consider talks under Taliban
November 13, 2012 09:34 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The Haqqani network, seen as the most lethal insurgent faction in Afghanistan, would take part in peace talks with the United States but only under the direction of their Afghan Taliban leaders, a top faction commander said on Tuesday. The rare flexibility exhibited by an...
Taliban sent hit squad after Pakistani schoolgirl
October 13, 2012 12:49 AM
PESHAWAR, Pakistan: One of the Taliban’s most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah, carefully briefed two killers from his special hit squad on their next target. The gunmen weren’t going after any army officer, politician or Western diplomat. Their target was a 14-year-old Pakistani...

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