Pakistani Taliban

  • Pakistani Taliban attacks Karachi airport, 30 dead June 9, 2014

    Karachi: After a 13-hour intense gun battle, the brazen attack on Karachi international airport by Taliban militants disguised as security forces ended today, leaving 30 people dead, including all the 10 terrorists who were planning for a lengthy siege of the key facility. The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility...
  • Pakistani Taliban attack airport in Karachi, 27 dead June 9, 2014

    Islamabad: Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday and at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country's most high-profile targets. The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys...
  • Drop war, play cricket: Pakistani minister to Taliban February 24, 2014

    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 have...
  • Pakistani Taliban say government must embrace Islamic law February 22, 2014

    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 broke...
  • Pakistani Taliban deputy chief Haqqani to head operations: Sources November 14, 2013

    Pakistani Taliban deputy leader Sheikh Khalid Haqqani is expected to lead the group's operations despite Mullah Fazlullah's appointment as the new chief of the banned organisation, a media report said on Thursday. Haqqani, who hails from Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, will act as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) functional head and call...
  • Pakistani Taliban names Mullha Fazlullah as its new leader November 8, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban announced on Friday they would orchestrate a wave of revenge attacks against the government after naming hardline commander Mullah Fazlullah as their new leader. The rise of Fazlullah, known for his fierce Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, by the Taliban shura, or leadership council, a...
  • Man who ordered attack on Malala elected new chief of Pakistani Taliban November 7, 2013

    The Pakistani Taliban elected Mullah Fazlullah, the commander whose men shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as their new leader on Wednesday, dampening expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the government. The election of Fazlullah, known for his hardline Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, follows the...
  • Pakistan: Photo of slain Taliban chief posted on jihadi websites November 4, 2013

    A photograph purportedly released, on Monday, by the Pakistani Taliban shows its slain chief Hakimullah Mehsud after he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan region. The photo, whose authenticity could not be independently confirmed, shows Mehsud lying on a white sheet with bloodstains on his face. It...
  • Pakistan Taliban secretly bury Hakimullah, vow bombs in revenge November 2, 2013

    Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader early on Saturday after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of suicide bombs in revenge. The Pakistani government denounced the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud as a US bid to derail planned peace...
  • US drone kills head of the Pakistani Taliban, say sources November 1, 2013

    Islamabad: A US drone strike in Pakistan killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban on Friday, security sources told Reuters, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan's most feared militant group. Hakimullah Mehsud has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant...
  • Suicide car bombing kills 15 people in northwest Pakistan October 3, 2013

    A suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into the compound of a rival militant commander in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing 15 people, a government official said. The commander, Nabi Hanfi, was not present at the time of the attack, said Wajid Khan, a local government administrator. Hanfi has...
  • Nawaz Sharif admits challenge of terrorism along Pak-Afghan border September 27, 2013

    Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, acknowledged that the issue of cross-border terrorism poses a challenge to his country as well as Afghanistan. Sharif's acknowledgement on this issue came during his meeting with Kerry in New York on Thursday on the...
  • Pakistani Taliban split over Nawaz Sharif's peace offer August 24, 2013

    Islamabad: Differences emerged on Saturday among Taliban factions over talks with the government after the main militant group expelled a top commander for welcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's offer to end violence through dialogue. Punjabi Taliban chief Asmatullah Muawiya, who had on Thursday said Sharif had shown maturity by asking rebels...
  • Ready for peace or war, says Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan August 15, 2013

    The Pakistani Taliban are ready for dialogue with the new PML-N government but will launch a "full scale war" if an operation is started against them, a top commander has said. "If they (government) want dialogue we are ready to talk and if they want to go for war, they will...
  • Pakistani Taliban ban tight and thin clothes during Ramazan July 13, 2013

    Peshawar: A Pakistani Taliban group on Saturday banned the use of "tight or thin" clothes both for men and women in the holy month of Ramazan and warned of one month imprisonment for not fasting. The Ramazan code of conduct guidelines was issued in a pamphlet after the Mullah Nazir Taliban...
  • Malala Yousafzai, who dared Taliban, says Mahatma Gandhi inspires her July 12, 2013

    United Nations: Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban for advocating education for girls in Pakistan, said that she is inspired by Mahatama Gandhi's path of non-violence at Youth Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. Wearing a pink head scarf, Malala told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and...
  • Pak polls live: Sharif's PML-N leads, Imran's PTI 2nd May 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Party-wise National Assembly results: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) - 32 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) - 126 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) - 34 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI) - 10 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) - Awaited Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) - Awaited National Party (NP) - Awaited Balochistan National...
  • Pak polls live: Sharif's PML-N leads, followed by Imran's PTI May 11, 2013

    Islamabad: Party-wise National Assembly results: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) - 31 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) - 110 (Unofficial, Geo News) Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) - 32 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI) - 10 (Unofficial, Geo News) Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) - Awaited Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) - Awaited National Party (NP) - Awaited Balochistan National...
  • Pak elections live: Counting of votes underway, Nawaz Sharif leading in Sargodha, Punjab May 11, 2013

    Islamabad: 6.50 pm: Counting underway in Pakistan; Nawaz Sharif is said to be leading from Sargodha in Punjab. 6.38 pm: Dawn reports: Unofficial results start pouring in: Karachi: MQM's Khushbakht Shujaat ahead with 270 votes in NA-250 polling booth No 12, whereas PTI candidate Arif Alvi second with 54 votes. Lahore: PTI's...
  • Pak: 75,000 soldiers deployed to guard millions of voters May 11, 2013

    Islamabad: As many as 75,000 soldiers stood guard across Pakistan as polling began on Saturday. Security cameras had been installed where necessary, a military official told Dawn. Armoured personnel carriers will be used in most sensitive areas and aerial surveillance of these areas will also be conducted. Army is not taking...
  • Pak elections live: 30 per cent polling recorded till 2 pm May 11, 2013

    Islamabad: 2.05 pm: Thirty per cent polling recorded till 2.00 pm. 2:00 pm: The number of people injured in twin blasts in Pakistan on election day rises to 50. At least ten people were killed and 50 others injured in twin explosions outside the Awami National Party office in Karachi's Quaidabad...
  • Gilani's son got threats from LeJ, Sipah-e-Sahaba May 10, 2013

    Islamabad: Former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Haider, kidnapped by gunmen while campaigning for Pakistan's landmark elections, had received threats from the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Sipah-e-Sahaba. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the abduction, Gilani and other members of his family told The Express Tribune that Ali Haider had...
  • Pakistan: Musharraf to appeal against his arrest April 18, 2013

    Islamabad: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will approach the Supreme Court on Thursday to appeal an order issued by the Islamabad High Court for his immediate arrest, a leader of his party said. Musharraf had consulted his aides and legal experts and decided to approach the apex court for relief,...
  • Boston Marathon blasts: Pakistani Taliban deny role April 17, 2013

    Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured more than 140. The group's spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call with The Associated Press on Tuesday. He spoke from an undisclosed location. The main...
  • Pakistani Taliban willing to back polio vaccination April 13, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has said they will back the government's polio vaccination program if they are guaranteed it will not be used to mask a US espionage campaign. "We're not opposed to any vaccination if we are convinced that the dose for polio is allowed by Islam and that espionage...
  • Musharraf to announce future plans on Wednesday March 26, 2013

    Islamabad: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will announce the future plans of his All Pakistan Muslim League party at a news conference in Karachi on Wednesday. Musharraf will speak about the current political situation in Pakistan and announce his party's future plans at the news conference in Karachi at 4...
  • Musharraf lands in Karachi amidst death threats from Taliban March 24, 2013

    Karachi: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf ended four years of self-exile and landed at Karachi Airport on Sunday amidst threats from Pakistani Taliban. Musharraf is back in Pakistan to lead the All Party Muslim League in the upcoming general elections in May 2013. Musharraf is expected to address a public...
  • At least 37 killed in Pakistan terror attacks November 23, 2012

    Islamabad: At least 37 people have been killed in Pakistan as Taliban terrorists including suicide bombers targeted security forces and Shia processions in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi and Karachi during the Islamic month of Muharram. In the Rawalpindi incident, the bomber blew himself up when people tried to prevent...
  • Pakistani Taliban offers protection to Imran Khan October 2, 2012

    London: The Pakistani Taliban has offered protection to Imran Khan who is scheduled to hold a peace march in the violence-prone tribal areas on Sunday, it was reported in London. Imran Khan, a former cricketer, now heads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. His rallies have witnessed a massive participation. The Pakistani Taliban's senior commanders...
  • Terror outfits are real cancer in Pakistan: US June 30, 2011

    Washington: Militant organisations are 'real cancer' within Pakistan and the nation has a challenge to eradicate terror forces within its borders, a top White House official said. "My view is that there is a real cancer within Pakistan, from the standpoint of militant organisations," John Brennan, Assistant to the US...