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Jul 14, 2015

Pakistan helped secure Taliban talks, but Afghan mistrust lingers

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military, long accused of harboring insurgents who fight its cause in Afghanistan and beyond, says its role in brokering landmark Taliban peace talks last week proves it is serious about tackling Islamist militancy in the region.

The heads of the army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency were personally involved in bringing about talks between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul government on July 8 near Islamabad, said two senior officials close to the process.

Jul 8, 2015

Taliban, Afghan officials hold peace talks, agree to meet again

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The first official peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul concluded with an agreement to meet again after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistan hosted the meeting in a tentative step towards ending more than 13 years of war in neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban have been trying to re-establish their hard-line Islamist regime after it was toppled by U.S.-led military intervention in 2001.

Jul 2, 2015

Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal, killing 12

LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Reuters) – A train
carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their
families plunged into a canal on Thursday, killing 12 soldiers,
when a bridge collapsed in what the army suspects was sabotage,
officials said.

The military’s media wing confirmed that four carriages fell
into the canal. It said the commander of one unit was among the
casualties.

Jul 2, 2015

Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal

LAHORE, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Reuters) – A train
carrying hundreds of Pakistan soldiers and their families
plunged several feet into a canal on Thursday when a bridge
collapsed in the country’s east in what the army suspects was
sabotage, officials said.

At least six people were missing, but officials at the
ministry of railways and the military had not confirmed any
deaths. An army spokesman confirmed that four carriages plunged
into the canal.

Jun 18, 2015

Pakistani military, politicians swap jibes over corruption

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s main opposition party on Thursday accused the powerful army of trying to usurp the powers of a provincial government, intensifying a showdown between the military and politicians in Pakistan’s biggest and richest city.

For the past week, politicians and the military have traded barbs over corruption in the southern port city of Karachi, home to 20 million people and the country’s financial heart.

Jun 12, 2015

Pakistan clamps down on aid groups, orders Save the Children to leave

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan will tighten oversight of aid groups and activists “working without any rules”, the interior minister said Friday, as officials gave Save the Children 15 days to leave the country.

Police locked the gate of Save the Children’s office in Islamabad late on Thursday and posted a notice saying the building was sealed.

May 27, 2015

Pakistan seeks FBI help to investigate firm accused of faking diplomas

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan has asked U.S. authorities to help it investigate Axact, a software firm accused of earning millions of dollars from the international sale of bogus university degrees online, officials said on Wednesday.

Pakistani police also arrested the head of Axact in the early hours of Wednesday following a raid on the company’s diploma printing operations, and registered a criminal case against him, investigators said.

May 8, 2015

Pakistan helicopter crashes killing Norwegian, Philippine ambassadors

ISLAMABAD, May 8 (Reuters) – A Pakistan military helicopter
carrying diplomats to the launch of projects in northern
Pakistan crashed on Friday killing six people, including the
ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines and the wives of the
ambassadors of Malaysia and Indonesia, the army said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was travelling to the
mountainous northern region of Gilgit on a separate aircraft to
launch two projects when the accident happened. He returned to
Islamabad, his office said.

May 6, 2015

Pakistan army accuses India of backing terrorism in rare rebuke

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s military has accused India’s main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in Pakistan in rare public criticism that could increase tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

The accusation came after a meeting of the army’s top commanders at the military’s headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi on Tuesday to review an offensive against militants in the northwest and other security issues.

May 5, 2015

Execution of Pakistan death row convict stayed in dispute over age

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani judge on Tuesday stayed the execution of a man whose lawyers say was 14 when he was charged with murder, a case that has angered rights groups and prompted mercy appeals from his family.

Shafqat Hussain was due to be executed on Wednesday. His lawyers say he was 14 in 2004 when he was burnt with cigarettes and had fingernails removed until he confessed to the killing of a child.