Taliban

  • Pakistan militant group renounces violence 6 days ago

    Islamabad: A Pakistan Taliban militant group renounced violence to pursue implementation of Sharia in the country through peaceful means. The Punjabi Taliban militant group would now pursue the implementation of Islamic law through peaceful means, it said in a statement. The decision to end violence was taken after consultation with...
  • Taliban attack on key Pakistan naval dockyard foiled September 9, 2014

    Karachi A major Taliban attack on the strategic navy dockyard here has been foiled by Pakistani security forces after a fierce gun-battle that left a naval officer and two militants dead, the fourth terror strike on sensitive military facilities in the country this year. The attack on the high security facility...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and...
  • Afghan elections: Abdullah Abdullah warns of unrest amid vote dispute September 6, 2014

    Kabul: A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says powerful factional supporters are pressuring the candidate to not cede any power in an upcoming meeting with his rival that could cap a five-month standoff over a disputed election. Mujib Rahman Rahimi said on Saturday that an equitable power-sharing deal could...
  • Al-Qaeda announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief September 4, 2014

    Dubai: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent. In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of loyalty to Afghan Taliban...
  • Pakistan Taliban splits over method of functioning August 26, 2014

    Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday suffered a major split as leading commanders of the banned outfit formed a splinter group, accusing its leadership of promoting personal and narrow objectives. Leaders of the new faction 'TTP Jamatul Ahrar' said that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leadership was promoting personal and narrow objectives, resulting in lack...
  • Pakistan forces kill three militants including top Taliban leader August 11, 2014

    Peshawar: At least three militants including a top Pakistani-Taliban commander were killed in a joint operation carried out by the security forces and peace militia in northwestern Pakistan, security forces said on Monday. Qair Usman, a top Taliban commander was killed during an operation in Sonai Darra, a border village in...
  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal July 31, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • US weapons for Afghans may end up with Taliban: audit July 28, 2014

    Washington: Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said on Monday. The United States also had delivered more weapons than Afghan forces now needed, partly...
  • Three foreign advisers killed in suicide attack near Kabul airport July 22, 2014

    Kabul: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated himself on Tuesday outside Kabul International Airport, killing three foreign advisers and an Afghan interpreter, police said. The nationalities of the foreign advisers were not immediately clear. The explosion comes days after one of the most audacious militant attacks in a year on the airport, which...
  • US lawmakers still questioning Afghanistan drawdown July 19, 2014

    Washington: The Afghan election crisis and unravelling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking US President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all US troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016. The White House says Afghanistan is a different situation from Iraq, mired in sectarian violence...
  • Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 14, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, Malala met parents of the more than 200 girls who...
  • Taliban survivor Malala in Nigeria, pledges to help free girls July 13, 2014

    Abuja: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help free a group of school girls abducted by Islamist militants. On Sunday, 16-year-old Malala met with parents of the more...
  • 11 Afghan security force members killed in attacks July 13, 2014

    Kabul: Insurgent attacks across Afghanistan have killed 11 Afghan security force members, authorities said on Sunday, as a suicide car bomb attack wounded three NATO troops. The deadliest attacks happened overnight in Afghanistan's eastern Laghman province, when insurgents raided Afghan police and army checkpoints in Aliangar district, said Sarhadi Zwak spokesman...
  • EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll July 9, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election. "We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further audits,"...
  • Abdullah claims victory as Afghan election crisis deepens July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest. Abdullah told a rally of thousands of rowdy supporters in Kabul that he would fight on to win the presidency, but...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani...
  • On eve of election results, Afghan candidate sends warning to rival July 7, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned his rival on Sunday that he will refuse to accept the outcome of the country's troubled election unless he saw firm evidence that the vote was completely free of fraud. His warning, on the eve of the preliminary election results due out on Monday,...
  • Oil tankers destroyed as rockets hit Kabul July 5, 2014

    Kabul: Several oil tankers caught fire and were reduced to ashes as three rockets fired by militants slammed into a parking lot in Kabul, drivers at the site said. "It was 11 p.m. Friday night when three rockets hit the parking lot in Arghandi area on the outskirts of Kabul city...
  • Death toll rises in southern Afghanistan battle June 27, 2014

    Kandahar: The death toll from a week of fighting between Afghan forces and hundreds of Taliban militants in a southern province rose above 100, officials said today, while the United Nations (UN) called on all parties to protect civilians who are increasingly caught in the crossfire. The battle is shaping up...
  • 'Pak's strategy of supporting terror groups unsustainable' June 20, 2014

    Washington: The growth of an indigenous militant threat to Pakistan has made its strategy of supporting terror groups in the past an increasingly costly and ultimately unsustainable strategy, a top Obama Administration official has said. "In the past, Pakistan has projected influence in Afghanistan by its toleration of and even support...
  • Pak Taliban warns foreigners to leave country or face violence June 16, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban on Monday warned all international organisations and individuals to leave the country or face violence as it was in a "state of war". Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that Pakistan had buried the desire of its people for peace in the North Waziristan tribal region and...
  • Afghans vote again in final test as Taliban threats loom June 14, 2014

    Kabul: Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. As most foreign troops leave by the end of...
  • Afghans tighten security as Taliban threaten vote June 13, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan police and soldiers manned checkpoints at almost every intersection on Thursday, searching vehicles and frisking drivers in a massive security operation ahead of elections to choose a new president to guide the country after international combat forces withdraw. Insurgents fighting the Western-backed government have intensified attacks ahead of...
  • Pakistan afflicted with blowback effects of nurturing terrorism: Professor TV Paul June 13, 2014

    After the Karachi attack, Pakistan grapples with the issue of whether to continue talks with the Taliban, Professor TV Paul weighs in on the bigger picture, and what he calls the country's "geo-strategic curse". ...
  • Modi writes to Jaya, promises safe release of Prem Kumar from Afghan abductors June 14, 2014

    Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on the abduction of a Christian missionary Alexis Prem Kumar by Taliban at Herat in Afghanistan. In a letter dated June 5, he said, "I thank you for your letter of June 4. I too...
  • Panel formed to investigate Karachi airport attacks June 12, 2014

    Islamabad: The police have constituted an inquiry committee to investigate the terror attacks at the Karachi international airport, media reported on Thursday. The inquiry committee would be headed by Karachi Police's Deputy Inspector General Munir Ahmed Shaikh, Dawn online reported. On Sunday night, an audacious terror attack was mounted at Karachi's Jinnah...
  • Feared Uzbek jihadists behind deadly Pakistan airport attack June 12, 2014

    Islamabad: In a commando-style attack carried out with military precision, terrorists wearing Pakistani uniforms burst into the country's busiest airport under cover of darkness in one of the most audacious attacks in Pakistan in years. Pakistani military officials said the attackers were ethnic Uzbeks who operate under the wings of the...
  • Pakistan Military presents options to PM Nawaz Sharif to deal with Taliban June 11, 2014

    Islamabad: The military and national security aides to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have submitted a "range of options" to crush terrorism with an iron hand in the aftermath of the brazen assault on Karachi airport by the Taliban apparently using Uzbek fighters. Sharif presided a high-level meeting on Tuesday...
  • A look at the history of terrorism in Pakistan June 11, 2014

    Islamabad: The attack on Karachi's airport - Pakistan's busiest - killed 19 security personnel and civilians, along with the 10 assailants. The group that claimed responsibility on Monday vowed even more violence. Here are the issues related to the history of terrorism in Pakistan: Who are the Pakistani Taliban and what...