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 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.
Pakistan protested the latest U.S. missile strike on targets near its border with Afghanistan, saying the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of drone aircraft has become “a core irritant” in the war against militants.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, once ousted in a coup, named a U.K.-educated general seen as apolitical as head of the nuclear-armed country’s army in a move to further civilian control over the military.
U.S. missiles struck near a Pakistani village on the border with Afghanistan, days after Pakistan’s army leadership reportedly pressed the Obama administration to reduce attacks by remotely piloted aircraft.
Engineer Liu Zhangteng says he feels “very comfortable” when he walks to work at his construction site in the mountains of northwest Pakistan. It takes the presence of 1,500 local soldiers to sustain his tranquility.
Pakistan’s destructive floods will raise the cost of the U.S. effort to keep the country from sliding further under the influence of Islamic militants allied to al-Qaeda who oppose America’s presence in the region.
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.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are pursuing a new peace initiative that would permit members of the Taliban to be removed from the United Nations terrorist list to join negotiations and hold Afghan government posts.