Pakistan to form group to talk directly with Taliban

Mar 7, 2014

Pakistan to form group to talk directly with Taliban

Pakistan on Thursday announced it was setting up a state committee to hold direct talks with the Taliban in a bid to accelerate the peace process. Dialogue aimed at ending the Islamists’ seven-year insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives, resumed on Wednesday following ...

Mar 3, 2014

Pakistan suspends airstrikes against the Taliban

Pakistan said Sunday it was halting airstrikes against Taliban militants in response to a monthlong cease-fire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks. The government entered into peace talks with the Taliban last month, aimed ...

Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire

Mar 2, 2014

Pakistani Taliban announces one-month cease-fire

The Pakistani Taliban announced Saturday that the group will observe a one-month cease-fire as part of efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the government, throwing new life into a foundering peace process. Spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said in a statement emailed to reporters that ...

Energy-starved Pakistan sets sights on coal

Feb 24, 2014

Energy-starved Pakistan sets sights on coal

After years of rolling blackouts that have wreaked havoc on industry and fueled political unrest, energy-starved Pakistan has set its sights on a coal-fired future. Regarded as the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, recent discoveries of untapped coal fields in southern Pakistan have convinced ...

Feb 24, 2014

Pakistani planes pound Taliban hideouts, killing 38

Pakistani fighter jets launched airstrikes Sunday on militant hideouts in the northwest, killing at least 38 people, according to officials, in the latest retaliation for attacks by insurgents that have derailed peace talks. The early morning strikes, made on militant hideouts in the Tirah ...

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Feb 23, 2014

Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers in pre-dawn attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai slammed Pakistan for failing to eliminate “terror nests” after the Taliban killed 21 soldiers and kidnapped seven in a raid on a border outpost early Sunday. The attack in the eastern province of Kunar was the single deadliest strike on ...

Grenade attack kills 13 moviegoers in Pakistan

Feb 12, 2014

Grenade attack kills 13 moviegoers in Pakistan

Assailants threw grenades into a crowded movie theater in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 13 people, officials said, in an attack that shows the challenges as negotiators face off in talks between the Taliban and the government. One of the grenades blew up the ...

Feb 12, 2014

Grenade attack kills 13 moviegoers in Pakistan

Assailants threw grenades into a crowded movie theater in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 13 people, officials said, in an attack that shows the challenges as negotiators face off in talks between the Taliban and the government. One of the grenades blew up the ...