December 22, 2012 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least eight people, including a senior provincial official on a Taliban hit list, were killed Saturday when a powerful bomb ripped through a narrow street where a political meeting was being held. Bashir Ahmad Bilour, the minister for local government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was attending the meeting of the ruling Awami National Party inside a school in Peshawar's Qissa Qhwani Bazaar neighborhood when the explosion occurred. The blast wounded at least 22 people, gutted nearby shops and destroyed vehicles.
December 17, 2012 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Militants detonated a car bomb at a bustling market in Pakistan's volatile tribal belt Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring more than 70 others just two days after Pakistani Taliban fighters launched a coordinated assault on an airport in the nearby city of Peshawar. The powerful explosion tore through several shops and severely damaged more than a dozen vehicles in the town of Jamrud, the administrative headquarters of the Khyber tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, local officials said.
December 15, 2012 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Militants launched a coordinated assault on the main airport in the northwest city of Peshawar late Saturday, killing at least five people and injuring 45 others in an attack likely to renew questions about the government's ability to combat Pakistan's five-year insurgency. [Updated 11:57 a.m. Dec. 15: Authorities later raised the death toll to nine -- four civilians and five militants. ] Militants fired a volley of rocket-propelled grenades at Bacha Khan International Airport, damaging a section of the boundary wall, said Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain.
December 9, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Recent U.S. drone missile strikes in northwest Pakistan have killed two Al Qaeda commanders, according to Pakistani intelligence sources, including a militant leader who had replaced Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Abu Yahya al Libi, killed by a drone missile this summer. The sources said Sunday that Abu Zaid al Kuwaiti, a senior Al Qaeda leader who had replaced Al Libi, was killed in a drone strike Thursday near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, the tribal region along the Afghan border that has long served as a stronghold for an array of militant groups, including Al Qaeda commanders, the Afghan Taliban wing known as the Haqqani network, and the Pakistani Taliban.
December 7, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - It's a world of likes, apps and status updates, so it was bound to happen: The Pakistani Taliban now has its own Facebook page. The Pakistani insurgent group's spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed that it had put a page called Umar Media TTP on the social media website. TTP is the acronym for Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the group's name in Urdu. Formed in 2007, the Pakistani Taliban is an amalgam of factions united by the goal of toppling the current government and imposing sharia, or Islamic law. The Pakistani Taliban maintains links with Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and other Pakistani militant groups entrenched in their country's tribal belt.
November 14, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan on Wednesday agreed to free several Afghan Taliban detainees, a gesture that suggested Islamabad may be willing to help Washington and Kabul reconcile with Afghan insurgents. The exact number of militants to be released was not known, though Pakistani media reported that it was not more than 10. It was also unclear whether any of the detainees were major figures within the Taliban hierarchy. Pakistani officials announced the planned release as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's top peace negotiator, Salahuddin Rabbani, prepared to wrap up a four-day visit to Islamabad aimed at enlisting Pakistan's help in revving up momentum for peace talks.
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October 13, 2012 |
Malala Yousafzai did not trade in her modest head scarf for a pair of skinny jeans. She wanted to go to school. For that, the Taliban tried to kill her. When her attackers learned that the freckled 14-year-old Pakistani might survive, they promised to finish the job. Malala, they explained, had been "promoting Western culture. " The Taliban has committed all manner of atrocities over the years, many of them aimed at women. This time, the militants created an icon for a global movement - for the notion that the most efficient way to propel developing countries is to educate their girls.
October 10, 2012 |
I'm not sure if there's a Pakistani version of Pogo, but there should be, because after what happened there this week, his famous line -- "We have met the enemy, and he is us" -- certainly seems to apply. Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl in Pakistan's Swat Valley, was shot in the head Tuesday while riding on her school bus. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility. Yousafzai's crime? She had spoken out against the group and its attempts to ban education for girls.
August 24, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A barrage of missiles fired by U.S. drones killed at least 18 people in northwest Pakistan on Friday, the latest in a flurry of attacks in a tribal region along the Afghan border that soon may become the site of the new Pakistani offensive against Taliban militants. Local intelligence sources said the drone strikes hit militant compounds and vehicles in North Waziristan. The area is home to militants from the Haqqani network, an affiliate of the Afghan Taliban that targets U.S., NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, as well as the Pakistani Taliban, pockets of Al Qaeda fighters and other militant groups.
June 29, 2012
Re "Polio may win this battle," June 27 Members of America's anti-vaccine movement now have like-minded allies in Pakistan's hard-line Taliban militants. But the conspiracy theory that members of the Pakistani Taliban based their decision on to end polio vaccines - that the CIA used a phony immunization program for spying - has some basis in fact. No one can say the same about the conspiracy theories offered in our country. Linda Williamson Granada Hills ALSO: Letters: A fair deal for online poker Letters: Historical ruling on healthcare Letters: Holder in contempt -- an attack by the NRA?