Taliban

  • Gunmen kidnap 100 villagers in northwest Pakistan: government 13-04-2014 09:01 AM

    Peshawar: Gunmen stormed a village gathering in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday and kidnapped around 100 men, Pakistani government officials said. Officials said they suspected that the gunmen are Taliban who attacked because the villagers supported the government. Three local government officials told Reuters that the gunmen had initially taken around...
  • Pakistan: 16 terrorists killed in fresh infighting 12-04-2014 07:09 AM

    Peshawar: At least 16 militants were on Friday killed in Pakistan's restive northwest in the latest bout of violence in nearly a week of infighting between rival factions of the banned Taliban that has claimed 40 lives so far. The clash started between two rival Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) factions a few...
  • Relief in Afghanistan after largely peaceful landmark election 06-04-2014 09:19 AM

    Kabul: Afghanistan's presidential election closed on Saturday amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades. It will take six weeks for results to come in from across...
  • Afghans see hope in chance to choose new leader 05-04-2014 08:16 AM

    Kabul: Two Afghan women shrouded in black emerged from a campaign rally carrying bundles of sticks with pieces of torn posters still attached. The women weren't intending to knit back together what pictures remained of the presidential hopeful. They simply needed firewood to heat their home. Afghanistan's enduring poverty -...
  • Two foreign journalists shot in Afghanistan, one dead 04-04-2014 02:04 PM

    A man dressed as a policeman shot two foreign journalists in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, killing one and critically wounding the other, police, a doctor and a local official said. The attack took place on the eve of a presidential election that Taliban insurgents have pledged to disrupt through a...
  • Pakistan government negotiators meet Taliban; ceasefire to continue 26-03-2014 08:46 PM

    The banned Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday agreed to continue its ceasefire after holding first-ever direct talks with government negotiators at an secret location in the restive tribal region of North Waziristan. Continuation of ceasefire was one of the primary demands of the government. The month-long ceasefire announced by the Tehrik-e-...
  • Serial killer Charles Sobhraj worked as arms dealer for Taliban 23-03-2014 01:46 PM

    Serial killer Charles Sobhraj, a Frenchman of Indian and Vietnamese parentage, who has served long jail terms in India and other countries, claimed that he worked as an arms dealer for Taliban after befriending JeM chief Masood Azhar in Tihar prison and was even associated with American spy agency CIA....
  • No Indian among those killed in Kabul Taliban attack: MEA 21-03-2014 09:31 PM

    No Indian is among the fatalities in a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel, the Indian external affairs ministry said on Friday. "No Indian has been killed. We have confirmed this," a ministry official said. Earlier, reports had said that an Indian was among the nine people killed in a...
  • Indian among nine killed in Taliban attack in Kabul 21-03-2014 02:35 PM

    Kabul: An Indian was among the nine people killed in a deadly Taliban attack in a popular hotel in Kabul, sources said on Friday. Four of the attackers were also killed. Two women from Canada and New Zealand and two men from India and Pakistan were among four foreigners killed...
  • Nine killed in Taliban attack in Kabul hotel 21-03-2014 11:18 AM

    Kabul: Nine people, including four women, were killed in a deadly Taliban attack in a popular hotel in Kabul, sources said on Friday morning. Four attackers too were killed. "Nine people were also killed in last night's (Thursday) Taliban attack in Serena Hotel besides four gunmen," an Afghan security source...
  • Missing Malaysian jet may have been flown to Taliban controlled areas 18-03-2014 07:48 AM

    Kuala Lumpur: The most baffling mystery in aviation history continues as search for the missing Malaysian Airliner moves into the 11th day on Tuesday. This even as a report in 'The Independent' has said that the plane was flown towards Taliban controlled areas deliberately. This report comes a day after...
  • Pakistani Punjab worried about infiltration by Taliban 02-03-2014 10:20 PM

    Reports of the Taliban penetrating Punjab, Pakistan's most populous province of 90 million people, have alarmed the government led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The provincial government has been warned by intelligence agencies that militants are moving towards Punjab in the wake of air strikes in the restive tribal areas....
  • Taliban not serious about talks: Sartaj Aziz 27-02-2014 05:18 PM

    Pakistan's targeted military action against militants in Waziristan will be beneficial in the long run as the Taliban are not serious about peace talks, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said on Thursday. His remarks came amid speculation that the government is on the...
  • Drop war, play cricket: Pakistani minister to Taliban 24-02-2014 08:30 PM

    Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday invited the Pakistani Taliban to play cricket, adding members of the militant group were avid viewers of cricket matches. Khan told reporters while attending an event that the approach of militants playing cricket would bear positive results, reported Dawn online. The...
  • Taliban attack kills 19 Afghan soldiers in eastern Afghanistan 23-02-2014 05:13 PM

    The Afghan Taliban attacked an army outpost in eastern Kunar province early on Sunday, the Afghan government said, killing 19 soldiers in what appeared to be the most deadly assault on security forces in months. Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi, in a posting on his Twitter feed, said 19 soldiers...
  • Pakistani Taliban say government must embrace Islamic law 22-02-2014 11:35 PM

    The Pakistani Taliban told the government there was no chance of peace in the country unless Pakistan changed its political and legal system and officially embraced Islamic law. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to find a negotiated settlement to years of fighting with the militants but talks...
  • Taliban fighter arrested near PM Sharif's home in Lahore 20-02-2014 04:42 PM

    Police have arrested an alleged Taliban fighter near the private residence of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the capital of central Punjab province, officials said on Thursday. Acting on a tip-off, police yesterday raided a house at Raiwind, where Sharif's sprawling residence is located, and arrested the terror suspect....
  • Pakistani activist Malala sympathises with Syrians 19-02-2014 08:15 AM

    A teenage Pakistani activist who came to the international limelight when she was shot by the Taliban said on Tuesday that the plight of Syrian refugee children deprived of proper education was a stark reminder of the "dark days" Pakistani children under their hard-line rulers. The 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai rose...
  • Young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai sympathises with Syrians 19-02-2014 07:07 AM

    Zaatari Camp (Jordan): A teenage Pakistani activist who came to the international limelight when she was shot by the Taliban said on Tuesday that the plight of Syrian refugee children deprived of proper education was a stark reminder of the "dark days" Pakistani children under their hard-line rulers. The 16-year-old...
  • Peace talks between Pakistan and Taliban collapse after killings 17-02-2014 10:13 PM

    Islamabad: Peace talks between the Pakistani government and Taliban insurgents broke down on Monday after insurgents said they executed 23 soldiers in revenge for army operations in the volatile tribal regions on the Afghan border. Pakistan watchers have always been skeptical that negotiations with the outlawed militant group could ever...
  • Pakistani Taliban claims beheading 23 soldiers 17-02-2014 02:21 PM

    A faction of Pakistani Taliban has claimed that they have beheaded 23 soldiers kidnapped by them in 2010, an incident that could affect the fledgling peace talks with the government. In a statement sent to media outlets late Sunday night, the Mohmand Agency Taliban chief Umar Khalid Khurasani said that...
  • Attacks would make peace talks with Taliban difficult: Pak Minister 14-02-2014 12:05 AM

    Karachi: The wave of terrorist attacks throughout Pakistan would make peace talks with the Taliban difficult to continue, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday. "Yes, restoration of peace in Karachi and throughout the country was the top priority of our government. That is why we have encouraged...
  • Pakistan's Internal Security Policy to be presented before Cabinet 19-01-2014 07:12 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Internal Security Policy, drafted by the PML-N government to effectively combat militancy and eradicating extremism, is ready and will be presented before the special cabinet committee meeting on Monday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said. He said the timeframe for the policy will be one year and...
  • US shifting to clean, surgical action for rooting out terror: American author 18-01-2014 05:16 PM

    The US has under President Barack Obama shifted from its policy of invading countries to root out terrorism to a "clean, surgical" action to take out terrorists, thus transforming the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from an espionage organisation to a paramilitary force for lethal targeting of terror masterminds, says American...
  • Up to 15, mostly foreigners, killed in Kabul suicide attack 18-01-2014 09:45 AM

    Kabul: Up to 15 people, mostly foreigners, were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a popular Lebanese restaurant in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul, police said. Islamist Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack in the upscale Wazir Akbar Khan district, which hosts many embassies...
  • India, China, Russia to hold trilateral meet on Afghanistan 16-01-2014 10:36 AM

    Beijing: Senior officials from India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meet on Friday to discuss the emerging situation in Afghanistan in the backdrop of the US troops withdrawal that have sparked concern over the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the region. The meeting of the three...
  • Pakistani boy to be honoured for foiling suicide attack 10-01-2014 12:08 PM

    Islamabad: People in Pakistan are praising a teenage boy who residents and police say died this week while trying to stop a suicide bomber who was targeting his school in the country's violence-prone northwest. Local police official Raheem Khan said Thursday that 17-year-old Aitzaz Hasan died on Monday in a...
  • Four suspected SIMI members held 01-01-2014 02:04 PM

    Close on the heels of arrest of five SIMI activists in the state last week, four suspected operatives of the banned organisation were apprehended by the Madhya Pradesh ATS and Counter Terrorist Group in Ujjain. Huge amount of explosives were also seized from the suspected Students Islamic Movement of India...
  • No new probe into Benazir's assassination: Pak government 27-12-2013 10:30 PM

    The Pakistan government will not order a new probe into former premier Benazir Bhutto's assassination and await a court's decision on the issue, according to a media report on Friday. "We will wait for the court decision and then evolve a future line of action," Information Minister Pervez Rashid said....
  • Bilawal says no talks with militants till they disarm 27-12-2013 09:03 PM

    The only way to save Pakistan is to battle terrorism, PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Friday as he lashed out at politicians like Imran Khan whom he accused of backing militants. In a hard-hitting speech at an event held at Garhi Khuda Baksh in Sindh province to mark...