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Taliban claim the execution of 23 Pakistani Frontier Corps troops

Omar Khalid [center], from a propaganda video released in 2012

An influential commander in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a statement claiming that the group executed 23 Frontier Corps troops in retaliation for the death of jihadists by security forces. The statement was sent to The Long War Journal (LWJ) yesterday by Omar Khurasani, the spokesman for the similarly named Omar Khalid al Khurasani, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s emir for the Mohmand tribal agency. The Mohmand Taliban leader signed the document. In the statement, Omar Khalid said the Pakistani government and security forces are continuing to target Taliban fighters and are also executing jihadists currently in custody. The Mohmand Taliban branch has not … Continue reading

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Indian minister’s wife who tweeted on his infidelity found dead

Sunanda Tharoor with husband she tweeted he was having an extramarital affair with a Pakistan journalist.

The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead, following reports that he was having an affair, Indian media have said. Sunanda Pushkar is reported to have been discovered at a hotel in Delhi.  The couple became embroiled in controversy over a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday that appeared to reveal he was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. They later insisted they were happily married, blaming “unauthorised tweets”. Mr Tharoor married Ms Pushkar, a former Dubai-based businesswoman, in 2010. A public row between the couple erupted on Wednesday when messages began to appear on Mr Tharoor’s Twitter account suggesting he was having an affair with … Continue reading

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Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN

UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon looks admiringly at the Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Malala who was being given a standing ovation for her speech at the UN headquarters in New York Friday.

M alala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all. Speaking on her 16th birthday, Malala said efforts to silence her had failed. She was shot in the head on a school bus by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for girls’ rights. The speech at the UN headquarters in New York was her first public address since last October’s incident in Pakistan’s north-western Swat valley. Malala has been credited with bringing the issue of women’s education to global attention. A quarter of young women around the world have not completed primary school. After … Continue reading

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Pakistan bomb ‘kills Zardari security chief’

Pakistan President Zardari said Bilal Sheikh was like a son to him.

The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say. Bilal Sheikh and two other aides died in the blast, which took place near an office of Mr Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Several more people are reported to have been wounded in the explosion. An active member of the PPP, Mr Sheikh was responsible for the safety of Mr Zardari’s son, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Mr Sheikh had survived an assassination attempt near his home in Karachi about a year ago. The president’s residence is also in the city, which has been plagued by violent … Continue reading

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Tourists killed at north Pakistan mountain camp

Gunmen have killed 11 people, including at least nine foreign tourists, after storming a hotel in northern Pakistan. The nationalities of the victims have not been fully confirmed, although they include a number of Ukrainians and Chinese. One Pakistani also died. The assault happened at the base camp of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth highest mountain, in Gilgit-Baltistan. It is the first such attack on tourists in the region. The Pakistani Taliban has told the BBC it was responsible. A spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban said the attack was in retaliation for the killing of its second-in-command, Waliur Rehman, who died in a suspected US drone strike in May. The group said … Continue reading

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Pakistan PM to take on foreign, defence portfolios himself

Pakistan Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif will oversee the sensitive foreign and defence portfolios as he seeks to forge a working partnership with the all-powerful military in the early days of his tenure, sources close to him said on Tuesday. Sharif, ousted in a bloodless military coup in 1999, has decided not to appoint defence and foreign ministers in the cabinet he is putting together. He led his party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), back to power in May 11 elections. Instead, he will select a retired civil servant as an adviser on foreign affairs – Tariq Fatemi, a former ambassador to the United States and the European Union, the sources said. … Continue reading

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Blast at election rally in north-west Pakistan leaves 15 dead

At least 15 people are reported to have died in an explosion at an election rally in north-west Pakistan. The blast is believed to have happened near the stage at a rally of Jamaat Ulema Islam – Fazl (JUI-F), a religious party, in the tribal Kurram region. Dozens of people were injured, according to local officials. This is the latest in a string of attacks on parties and candidates since campaigning began last month for the general election on 11 May. Many of the attacks, but not all, have been against secular parties. A JUI-F candidate from another constituency in the same region, Maulana Ainuddin Shakir, who was also present … Continue reading

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Gen Musharraf avoids treason charge by caretaker government

The caretaker government in Pakistan has said it will not put former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on trial for high treason. The government said such a move exceeded its mandate and a decision should be taken by the winner of next month’s polls. The former president, who led Pakistan for nine years, is currently under house arrest in Islamabad. He was held last week over the illegal detention of judges in 2007. Mr Musharraf has described all the cases against him as politically motivated. In a written reply at a court hearing, the interim government said that its mandate was limited to organising elections and tackling the security threats in … Continue reading

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Tension in Pakistan as Gen Musharraf is remanded in custody

Pakistan’s former leader Gen Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007. Mr Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan between 1999 and 2007, was arrested on Friday. The High Court ruled that the allegations amounted to an act of terrorism and ordered him to appear at Islamabad’s anti-terror court. His farmhouse, on the outskirts of the federal capital, has been declared a “sub-jail in view of threats to his life. In the morning, Gen. (retd.) Musharraf was taken to court from the Islamabad Police Headquarters where he had spent the night in the Inspector-General’s suite amid tight security. He was also … Continue reading

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ISAF captures senior Lashkar-e-Taiba leader in Ghazni

Coalition and Afghan special operations forces captured a senior leader from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba during a raid Monday in the south-eastern Afghan province of Ghazni. Additionally, special operations forces killed an “insurgent leader” who supported foreign fighters during an operation yesterday in the north-eastern province of Kunar. The “senior Lashkar-e-Taiba leader” and “a number of other insurgents” were captured in the district of Andar in Ghazni, the International Security Assistance Force stated in a press release. ISAF did not identify the nationality of the leader or the “other insurgents” captured during the raid. The Lashkar-e-Taiba leader “planned and participated in multiple attacks against Afghan and Coalition forces throughout Kunar, Kandahar … Continue reading

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