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Pakistan tightens cellphone control after Taliban massacre

Pakistan tightens cellphone control after Taliban massacre

Almost every Pakistani citizen has a cellphone, but from now on, Big Brother is checking to make sure their name, number and fingerprints are on record. The measures are meant to tighten control of cellphones and avert their use for militant attacks after the Taliban massacre two months ago at a school in...

Taliban storm Pak mosque, kill 19

At least 19 people were killed yesterday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on a Shia mosque, the latest sectarian violence to hit the South Asian nation. The Pakistani Taliban, who are fighting against the state to set up a hardline Sunni theocracy, claimed responsibility and said the attack was revenge for Pakistan's crackdown on militants following a December school massacre. Police said armed men broke into the mosque, where people were attending Friday prayers,...

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Taliban and ISIS -- The difference

Taliban and ISIS -- The difference

RECENTLY, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the Taliban was an “armed insurgency” rather than a terrorist group.  The press secretary realised that given the record of the Taliban, especially Pakistani-based Taliban, which committed the heinous attack on the elementary school in Peshawar and carried out another attack on an Ahmadaya...

Drone 'kills Afghan IS commander'

Drone 'kills Afghan IS commander'

A drone strike in Afghanistan has killed a militant commander who recently swore allegiance to Islamic State (IS), officials say. The police chief of Helmand said former Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rauf had died in the strike. It emerged last month that Rauf had sworn allegiance to IS after falling out with the Taliban. Tribal elders...

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

Rocket kills 26 at Afghan wedding party

A rocket fired amid fighting between Taliban insurgents and Afghan soldiers killed at least 26 people at a nearby wedding party Thursday, authorities said, a grim end to a year that saw the end of the 13-year US-led combat mission there. The rocket struck a house in southern Helman province's Sangin District, where Afghan...

A good Taliban is a dead Taliban

WATCHING BBC after the Peshawar carnage on December 16 would have made any human being sick and angry. The Frankenstein that USA and Pakistan's ISI jointly created at the height of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban (madrassa students), massacred 145 people in an Army School in Peshawar, of which 132 were students aged between 7 and 15. Peshawar has seen quite a few carnages in the last few years, but this one was perhaps the bloodiest since the...

Pope condemns religious violence

Pope condemns religious violence

Pope Francis has denounced the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities, in his traditional Christmas Day address. In his second "Urbi et Orbi" - to the city and the world - Christmas message, the pontiff highlighted the plight of victims of conflict in Syria and Iraq. "Too many people are being held hostage or...

Peshawar School Massacre

The limits of Pakistan's counterinsurgency strategy

The limits of Pakistan's counterinsurgency strategy

IN the Peshwar school massacre,  the facts that 132 children were killed, and another 120 injured while the school Principal Tahira Kazi was burnt alive in front of the children, reveal the terrorists' intention to combine physical assaults with psychological trauma. The Pakistan Government has responded to the attacks with a two-pronged strategy. First,...

50 Pakistan death row inmates face imminent execution

50 Pakistan death row inmates face imminent execution

  More than 50 people convicted of terrorist offences in Pakistan are facing imminent execution after President Mamnoon Hussain rejected their mercy petitions, officials say. The president's move means that some executions can take place across the country at any time. Six people have been executed since a moratorium was lifted in the wake of a...

Pakistan Intelligence indicates another attack

Pakistan Intelligence indicates another attack

Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week's Peshawar school massacre. Pakistan's interior minister said the men were "facilitators" in the attack, which left 141 people dead, including 132 children. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan added that intelligence indicated another attack was in the planning. The Pakistani Taliban says it...

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