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Mar 12, 2015

Exclusive: Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Days after word leaked that the Afghan Taliban had signaled willingness to enter talks to end Afghanistan’s long war, senior representatives of the militant group visited Islamabad for secret discussions on the next step forward.

They left with a blunt message from Pakistan: the Taliban must end a rift between two top leaders, or talks might never get off the ground.

Mar 12, 2015

Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Days after word leaked that the Afghan Taliban had signalled willingness to enter talks to end Afghanistan’s long war, senior representatives of the militant group visited Islamabad for secret discussions on the next step forward.

    They left with a blunt message from Pakistan: the Taliban must end a rift between two top leaders, or talks might never get off the ground.

Mar 9, 2015

Death sentence upheld for killer of Pakistani governor over blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani court upheld the death sentence on Monday for the killer of the governor of Pakistan’s largest province after he had called for reform of a law against blasphemy, media said.

The ruling was a surprise to many who had expected the killer’s sentence might be reduced amid growing threats to lawyers and judges hearing blasphemy-related cases.

Mar 5, 2015

Pakistan’s ruling party looks for gains in upper house election

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani lawmakers voted for new senators in parliament’s upper house on Thursday in an election that could strengthen Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s grip on power and increase his ability to pass important legislation.

The main opposition party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), currently holds a majority in the Senate.

Feb 19, 2015

Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Senior Pakistani army and diplomatic officials said on Thursday the leadership of the Afghan Taliban has signalled through the Pakistani military that they are willing to open peace talks, which could be held later in the day.

Sources within the Afghan Taliban said their negotiators would hold the first round of peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar later on Thursday, although no comment was immediately available from U.S. or Qatari officials.

Jan 16, 2015

Pakistan bans Haqqani network after security talks with Kerry

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has outlawed the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, officials said on Friday, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government to fight groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and U.S. interests.

American officials blame high-profile attacks in Afghanistan on the powerful Haqqani network, which mainly operates out of Pakistan’s border areas, and say it has ties to the Pakistani state.

Dec 18, 2014

Anger and grief as Pakistan buries students massacred at school

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan on Wednesday began burying 132 students killed in a grisly attack on their school by Taliban militants that has heaped pressure on the government to do more to tackle an increasingly aggressive Taliban insurgency.

The authorities, long accused of not being tough enough on extremists, quickly pointed the finger at Afghanistan, suggesting the neighboring nation was not doing enough to catch Pakistani Taliban commanders hiding on its territory.

Dec 17, 2014

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pakistan reels from massacre

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Mehran Khan, a mild-mannered 14-year-old survivor of this week’s massacre at a Pakistani school, says he will not rest until the meaningless deaths of his classmates have been avenged.

Shot with three bullets – in the hand, leg and back – Khan said from his bed at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital that cricket used to be his main passion before the attack. His life has changed forever.

Dec 17, 2014

Pakistan in mourning as parents bury children after school attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan woke up to a day of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 132 students at a school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the nation and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

People around the country lit candles and staged overnight vigils as parents prepared to bury their children during mass funerals in and around Peshawar – a big, volatile city on the edge of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt.

Dec 17, 2014

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

More than eight hours after militants slipped into the heavily guarded compound through a back entrance, the army declared the operation to flush them out over, and said that all nine insurgents had been killed.