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 called on Taliban fighters to immediately halt terrorist attacks for peace talks to continue, a day after reports of the killing of 23 soldiers threatened to scuttle efforts to end the decade-long insurgency.
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.
Pakistan is bracing for a worst-case scenario that may unfold as early as July in which about three million refugees from Afghanistan cross the border in a 20-day span, according to a person familiar with government plans.
The Pakistani Taliban has as many as 500 female suicide bombers ready to act, a representative of the group involved in peace negotiations said, underscoring the risk of further violence if talks fail.
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.
A suicide bomber killed 13 people near Pakistan’s army headquarters a day after Taliban militants said they’d join talks with the government to end more than a decade of violence in the nuclear-armed country.