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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.

Dec 16, 2014

Pakistani pupils recall narrow escapes, carnage in Taliban slaughter

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – It began like any other morning in Pakistan’s Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures.

In an instant, the peace was shattered – gunfire, smoke and dead bodies strewn across the school’s halls and corridors, with crazed militants rushing from room to room shooting randomly at pupils and adults.

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 3, 2014

Pakistan police register blasphemy case against ‘disco mullah’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan police said on Wednesday they were investigating blasphemy allegations against a man dubbed the “disco mullah” who quit a career in pop music to become a preacher.

The case against Junaid Jamshed, a member of the deeply conservative Tableeghi Jamaat organization, was brought by Mobeen Qadri, a member of the religious political party Sunni Tehreek.

Nov 26, 2014

Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years’ jail for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s largest media group said on Wednesday it will appeal against a 26-year jail term for its owner for blasphemy, the latest twist in a long-running feud between the station and the military.

A court sentenced Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, owner of Geo News, on Tuesday over a broadcast showing people dancing to a song about the wedding of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad’s daughter.