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US kills Taleban leader – Potential successor likely hostile to negotiation

QUETTA, Pakistan, May 22, (Agencies): Taleban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor. Saturday’s bombing raid, the first known US assault on a top Afghan Taleban …

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Forces rescue son of Pakistan ex-PM

ISLAMABAD, May 10, (AFP): Afghan and international forces freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a raid on an al-Qaeda cell in Afghanistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan said Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets. Ali Haider Gilani, son of Yousaf Raza …

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‘Terror’ trial for 13 in teen girl killing

 ISLAMABAD, May 8, (AP): Thirteen members of a Pakistani tribal council who allegedly strangled a girl to death and set her body on fire as punishment for helping one of her friends elope will face trial under antiterrorism laws, police said Saturday. The body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found …

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Rights group slams woman’s brutal murder – Tribal councils in spotlight

MAKOL, Pakistan, May 7, (Agencies): Shock across Pakistan at the murder of a 16-year-old girl accused of helping a young couple run away and elope has turned to anger over the role played by a “jirga”, or tribal council, which police say ordered the punishment. Jirgas are often convened, particularly …

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Pak doctors treating ‘solar kids’ brothers

ISLAMABAD, May 6, (AP): The two brothers have come to be known as the “solar kids” and their case has mystified Pakistani doctors. Aged nine and 13, the boys are normal active children during the day. But once the sun goes down, they both lapse into a vegetative state — …

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Buddha ‘footprints’ returned to Pakistan

NEW YORK, April 28, (AP): An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday. The piece, called a Buddhapada, was taken from a Pakistani region …

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Pakistan holds 6 in Sikh assassination

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, April 25, (RTRS): Police in northwestern Pakistan on Monday arrested six people accused of gunning down a Sikh political figure, attributing the killing to rivalry rather than a Taleban attack, as the militants had claimed. Gunmen shot and killed Soran Singh, a prominent leader of Pakistan’s tiny Sikh …

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Afghan leader urges Pakistan to wipe out Taleban

KABUL, April 25, (Agencies): President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan faced a terrorist enemy led by Taleban “slaves” in Pakistan in a sombre speech to parliament on Monday that nonetheless left the door open to resuming peace talks with parts of the Taleban. Addressing a joint session of the two houses …

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7 Pakistani police guarding polio team shot down

 KARACHI, April 20, (AFP): Gunmen on motorcycles gunned down seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi on Wednesday, officials said. Feroz Shah, a senior police official told AFP that eight gunmen carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the city’s western Orangi …

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Skepticism remains over Pakistan’s ability to end militant violence – Tackling ‘terror’ is political minefield

ISLAMABAD, April 6, (AP): Tackling extremism is a political minefield in Pakistan, where politicians openly consort with leaders of banned militant groups and sympathy exists within the security forces and civil administration for perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of religion. As a result, many remain skeptical of the …

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