Pakistani Taliban

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pakistani Taliban deputy chief Haqqani to head operations: Sources 14-11-2013 05:39 PM

    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...
  • Pakistani Taliban names Mullha Fazlullah as its new leader 08-11-2013 06:23 PM

    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,...
  • Man who ordered attack on Malala elected new chief of Pakistani Taliban 07-11-2013 07:39 PM

    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...
  • Pakistan: Photo of slain Taliban chief posted on jihadi websites 04-11-2013 07:57 PM

    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....
  • Pakistan Taliban secretly bury Hakimullah, vow bombs in revenge 02-11-2013 06:37 PM

    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...
  • US drone kills head of the Pakistani Taliban, say sources 01-11-2013 10:38 PM

    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...
  • Suicide car bombing kills 15 people in northwest Pakistan 03-10-2013 10:55 AM

    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...
  • Nawaz Sharif admits challenge of terrorism along Pak-Afghan border 27-09-2013 12:48 PM

    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...
  • Pakistani Taliban split over Nawaz Sharif's peace offer 24-08-2013 11:37 PM

    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...
  • Ready for peace or war, says Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan 15-08-2013 06:20 PM

    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...
  • Pakistani Taliban ban tight and thin clothes during Ramazan 13-07-2013 07:49 PM

    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...
  • Malala Yousafzai, who dared Taliban, says Mahatma Gandhi inspires her 12-07-2013 09:01 PM

    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 12-05-2013 12:21 AM

    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...
  • Pak polls live: Sharif's PML-N leads, followed by Imran's PTI 11-05-2013 07:13 PM

    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...
  • Pak elections live: Counting of votes underway, Nawaz Sharif leading in Sargodha, Punjab 11-05-2013 04:56 PM

    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....
  • Pak: 75,000 soldiers deployed to guard millions of voters 11-05-2013 10:59 AM

    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...
  • Pak elections live: 30 per cent polling recorded till 2 pm 11-05-2013 10:54 AM

    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...
  • Gilani's son got threats from LeJ, Sipah-e-Sahaba 10-05-2013 12:13 PM

    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...
  • Pakistan: Musharraf to appeal against his arrest 18-04-2013 02:50 PM

    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 16-04-2013 01:23 PM

    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...
  • Pakistani Taliban willing to back polio vaccination 13-04-2013 11:59 AM

    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...
  • At least 37 killed in Pakistan terror attacks 23-11-2012 12:25 AM

    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...
  • Terror outfits are real cancer in Pakistan: US 30-06-2011 09:22 AM

    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...
  • Blast in Pakistan targets US consulate convoy 20-05-2011 12:01 PM

    Peshawar: A car bomb in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday targeted a US consulate convoy but caused no American deaths or serious injuries, said US embassy spokesman Alberto Rodriguez. One passerby was killed and 10 Pakistanis were wounded, said a hospital official. One American was slightly wounded in...
  • Pakistan questions US teen linked to militants 17-05-2011 09:01 AM

    Mingora: Pakistani authorities interrogated a teenager on Monday wanted in the United States on charges of financing and supporting the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, local intelligence officials said. Alam Zeb, 19, was charged in Florida along with his mother and a family friend. He is the grandson of the imam...
  • Florida imams arrested for aiding Pak Taliban 15-05-2011 08:36 AM

    Miami: The imam of a Florida mosque and his two sons, one also a Muslim spiritual leader, were arrested on Saturday on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban, US officials said. The three Pakistan-born US citizens were among six charged in a US indictment that accused them of...