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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.

Dec 5, 2014

Pakistani blood transfusions spreading hepatitis, HIV – official

ISLAMABAD, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Lax oversight of blood banks
means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular
transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government
health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.

Pakistan’s dangerously unregulated blood banks are in the
spotlight after a charitable federation said 10 children getting
transfusions for a blood disease contracted HIV.

Dec 4, 2014

Pakistani children test positive for HIV after blood transfusions

ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (Reuters) – At least 10 Pakistani children
who received blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV,
officials said Thursday, with a leading medic predicting the
discovery could be just the “tip of the iceberg”.

The children were receiving regular transfusions for the
blood disease thalassaemia, said Professor Yasmin Rashid, the
secretary general of the Thalassaemia Federation of Pakistan, a
consortium of charities that offer transfusions to 22,000
children.

Nov 25, 2014

Pakistan centre to help traumatized journalists, but stigma attached

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Nov 25 (Reuters) – Death threats,
bombings and getting attacked is part of the job for many
Pakistani journalists but they say one of the biggest barriers
to seeking counselling to help cope is the stigma that they need
it – and others in the business talking about it.

The nuclear-armed nation is plagued by a Taliban insurgency,
deadly criminal gangs, extrajudicial executions and rising
sectarian killings.

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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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