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Jan 26, 2015

CSI Lahore: US forensics big shot comes home to help Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – As one of America’s top forensic scientists, Mohammad Tahir uncovered evidence that helped jail boxer Mike Tyson for rape, convict serial killer John Wayne Gacy and clear doctor Sam Sheppard of murdering his wife.

Then Tahir took on his toughest assignment yet – applying his skills in Pakistan, a poor nation of 180 million people beset by crime and militancy.

Jan 6, 2015

Pakistan’s parliament votes for military courts to try insurgents

ISLAMABAD, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament on
Tuesday passed legislation allowing military courts to try
insurgents, one of a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on
increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134
children last month.

With the unanimous vote of all lawmakers present in the
lower house and the senate, the bill secured a two-thirds
majority it required. Lawmakers from religious parties and an
opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan stayed away.

Jan 6, 2015

Pakistan lawmakers vote for military courts to try insurgents

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday passed legislation for military courts to try insurgents, one of a raft of measures aimed at clamping down on increasingly brutal attacks after Taliban gunmen massacred 134 children last month.

The bill secured the unanimous vote of the 242 lawmakers present, 14 more than the two-thirds majority it required. Lawmakers from religious parties and an opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan abstained.

Dec 18, 2014

Pakistan military signs death warrants for six

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani military said on Thursday its Chief of Army Staff had signed death warrants for six “hard core terrorists” following a deadly Taliban attack on a school that killed 132 children earlier this week.

It was unclear if the men had been accused of involvement in the school attack or of other crimes. It was also unclear whether they were in custody or had been convicted in absentia.

Dec 18, 2014

Some Pakistan militants denounce school attack, amid national outrage

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – As Pakistanis unite in grief over the killings of 132 schoolchildren by the Pakistani Taliban, several other militant groups have been quick to condemn the carnage too.

Most such groups have slaughtered civilians themselves, but the wave of outrage following the school attack is threatening the relative freedom they enjoy in Pakistan.

Dec 17, 2014

After Pakistan school massacre, watch for the gloves to come off

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad in 2011 that “you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors”.

Now, as Pakistan reels in horror at the bloodshed in a military-run high school in Peshawar city on Tuesday, pressure will mount on politicians and generals who have long been tolerant of militants they counted as strategic assets in their rivalry with India and jostle for influence in Afghanistan.

Dec 17, 2014

Analysis – After Pakistan school massacre, watch for the gloves to come off

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The massacre of more than 130 Pakistani school children by Taliban gunmen was a chilling reminder of Hillary Clinton’s warning to Islamabad in 2011 that “you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbours”.

Now, as Pakistan reels in horror at the bloodshed in a military-run high school in Peshawar city on Tuesday, pressure will mount on politicians and generals who have long been tolerant of militants they counted as strategic assets in their rivalry with India and jostle for influence in Afghanistan.

Dec 17, 2014

Pakistan PM lifts moratorium on death penalty after school attack

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The Pakistani prime minister lifted a moratorium on the death penalty on Wednesday, a day after Taliban gunmen attacked a school, killing 132 students and nine teachers, a government spokesman said.

Pakistan began three days of mourning on Wednesday for the 141 people killed in the attack on the school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Dec 10, 2014

U.S., Pakistan increase cooperation in faint hope of Afghan peace

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Recent battlefield successes point to renewed willingness by the United States to work with Pakistan on curbing Islamist militancy, but a promise Islamabad made in return – to bring insurgents to the negotiating table – looks a distant prospect.

Closer ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are key to defeating the Taliban and al-Qaeda holed up on the Afghan-Pakistan border, especially as most foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the month.

Dec 6, 2014

Pakistan military kills al-Qaeda leader wanted in U.S.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani soldiers stormed a militant hideout on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative who was wanted in the United States for planning to bomb the New York subway system, the military said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Saudi national Adnan el Shukrijuma, 39, who it said was believed to be al-Qaeda’s external operations chief at one time.

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      "Katharine Houreld has lived in Liberia, Nigeria and Kenya and spent nine years reporting from Africa before joining Reuters as the Afghanistan/Pakistan correspondent in 2012."
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