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Nov 21, 2011

Exclusive – Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The United States, the source of billions of dollars of aid vital for Pakistan’s military and feeble economy, is unlikely to look kindly on peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which it has labelled a terrorist group.

Nov 21, 2011

Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks – Taliban commander

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The discussions are focused on the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border and could be expanded to try to reach a comprehensive deal.

Nov 21, 2011

Exclusive: Taliban, Pakistan in peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told Reuters on Monday.

The discussions are focused on the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border and could be expanded to try to reach a comprehensive deal.

Nov 16, 2011

Pakistani girls defy Taliban school bombings

SWABI, Pakistan (Reuters) – Seven-year-old Marwa cried and shook uncontrollably at the sight of the rubble and shattered glass remnants of her classroom. The Taliban had bombed yet another girls’ school in Pakistan.

“I had to pick her up and hold her close to my chest. My worry is that we will spend our time helping the girls deal with fear instead of teaching them math and science,” said head teacher Razia Begum.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. drone strikes must stop, says American lawyer

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Prominent international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith was impressed by the 16-year-old boy who wanted to draw attention to civilian deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

Tariq Aziz had volunteered to take pictures of people killed by the remotely piloted aircraft to help Stafford Smith highlight what he calls illegal killings.

Nov 8, 2011

U.S. drone strikes must stop-American lawyer

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Prominent international human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith was impressed by the 16-year-old boy who wanted to draw attention to civilian deaths caused by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.

Tariq Aziz had volunteered to take pictures of people killed by the remotely piloted aircraft to help Stafford Smith highlight what he calls illegal killings.

Oct 27, 2011

Bus driver-turned-militant takes on Pakistan again

NOWSHERA, Pakistan, Oct 27 (Reuters) – When Pakistan’s
military launched an offensive in the Khyber tribal region in
2008, it promised residents they would soon be free of a reign
of terror imposed by Islamist militants.

But many of the thousands who fled are still too scared to
return, and new refugees have been escaping in large numbers as
the military again cracks down on those same militants after
repeated attacks on security forces and pro-government tribes.

Oct 13, 2011

Pakistanis wonder what more they can do in war on militancy

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) – When Pakistan Army Sergeant Abdur Rehman hears America’s oft-repeated demand that Pakistan do more to fight militants, he glances down at the stumps of his legs and wonders what more it wants from him.

A mortar bomb shredded him from the waist down as he led an advance against Taliban fighters in 2007 in Pakistan’s unruly northwestern tribal areas on the Afghan border.

Oct 2, 2011

Dreaded militant hit squad goes rogue in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A blindfolded man stands on explosives, trembling as he confesses to spying for the CIA in Pakistan. Armed men in black balaclavas slowly back away. Then he is blown up.

One of his executioners — members of an elite militant hit squad — zooms a camera in on his severed head and body parts for a video later distributed in street markets as a warning.

Sep 26, 2011

U.S. pressure fuels anti-Americanism in Pakistan

(Reuters) – Mounting pressure on Pakistan to go after a militant group blamed for attacks on U.S. targets in Afghanistan is deepening anti-American sentiment, highlighting how difficult it will be for Washington to win more support for its war on militancy.

The rising antipathy to the United States also makes it tougher for the government, already unpopular because of widespread allegations of corruption and its failure to tackle poverty, to do anything that will be seen as caving into U.S. demands to crack down harder on militancy.