A blast at a vegetable market in Pakistan’s capital killed at least 23 people in one of the nation’s deadliest attacks in six months, as peace talks between the government and Taliban militants stagnate.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government and Taliban militants failed to agree on extending a cease-fire in the first-ever direct negotiations between the two sides to end a decade-long insurgency.
Pakistan’s Taliban wants the government to withdraw troops from one of two areas in the country’s tribal northwest to create a venue for the first face- to-face talks aimed at ending a decade of violence.
Pakistan peace talks with Taliban militants will probably fail and an ensuing military operation would lead to more terrorism, according to Imran Khan, head of the party that runs a province bordering Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif was headed for a record third term as prime minister of Pakistan as unofficial results from a landmark election gave him the convincing win he sought to tackle a slumping economy and growing militancy.
The Pakistani Taliban distanced itself from the capital’s most lethal attack in more than five years, underscoring the difficulty of enforcing a cease-fire it declared three days ago to revive flagging peace talks.
Pakistan’s government is bracing for criticism when it sells a planned record amount of state assets as Mian Mohammad Mansha, a tycoon linked by the opposition to the ruling party, warns he may be a bidder.