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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...

Next target Pak politicians' kids

After the gruesome killing of children in Peshawar this week, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has warned the Nawaz Sharif government that it will start eliminating children of politicians, including Sharif's family, and army officers if the Pakistan government keeps its commitment to hang militants owing allegiance to the terror outfit. The warning came in the form of a letter, written apparently by Mohammed Kharasani, believed to be a top commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah. It was received by Pakistan authorities on...

KARACHI AIRPORT ATTACK

Arrest warrant against Taliban chief

Arrest warrant against Taliban chief

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Saturday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid and nine others even as Pakistan assured India that Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has not been released. The arrest warrants were issued against Fazlullah and the others for storming the...

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48-hr: Pak army chief to Sharif

Hang 3,000 terrorists in 48-hr: Pak army chief to Sharif

Army chief general Raheel Sharif, arguably the most powerful man in Pakistan, tweeted on Wednesday, "Asked PM Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours." A day later, Lashkar-e-Taiba's commander Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi was out on bail. General Sharif, who has frontally taken on the...

Pakistan army kills 57 Taliban

Pakistan army kills 57 Taliban

Pakistan's military says it has killed 57 militants in ground assaults and air strikes on Taliban units in areas near the border with Afghanistan. The operations come days after the Taliban killed 141 people at a school in Peshawar, mostly children. The military has stepped up its offensive against the insurgents in the provinces of...

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