Bringing Taliban to the table of talks is impossible: Aftab Sherpao

Aftab Sherpao

KABUL: A top Pakistani politician said that fetching the Taliban militant group to the table of talks is impossible, rejecting the Taliban’s offer for direct talks with the United States as unjustifiable. In an interview published on Sunday, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman, Aftab Sherpao believed bringing the Taliban insurgents to peace talks was impossible. In an interview with The ...

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U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist


ISLAMABAD: The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that ...

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SC grants Rao Anwar protective bail after former SSP pleads his innocence in ‘letter to CJP’


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday, during the Naqeebullah Mehsud extra-judicial killing case hearing, granted protective bail to Rao Anwar and directed the former Malir senior superintendent police (SSP) to appear in court on Friday. The case was being heard by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at the Islamabad registry. Earlier, the SC had given ...

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Young Pashtuns have shown the mirror to ‘mainstream’ Pakistan

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The taboo subject of missing persons is back in the national conversations. Muzzling information and punishing those who reported on it has not worked. This past fortnight Pakistan witnessed unprecedented mobilisation by the youth of tribal areas. Thousands protested seeking justice for Naqeebullah Mehsud brutally killed in a fake encounter by Karachi police — all in the name of counter ...

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Pakistan: Human rights icon Asma Jahangir passes away


Leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore ISLAMABAD: Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday due to a cardiac arrest. Jahangir, 66, was a human rights lawyer based in Pakistan and was Pakistan’s first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Family sources have confirmed that ...

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Mashal Khan lynching: Shooter Imran Ali sentenced to death, 5 given life imprisonment


PESHAWAR: A Haripur Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) announced its verdict in the Mashal Khan lynching case on Wednesday, handing one person two death sentences, five persons multiple terms of life imprisonment, and 25 others jail sentences, but acquitting 26 others for want of sufficient evidence. Mashal Khan, 23, a student of Mass Communications at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was beaten and ...

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Asma murder case: KP police ‘pressurising’ victim’s sister to withdraw statement

Asma Rani

LONDON: The family of Asma, an aspiring doctor who was shot dead in Kohat, has said that the Khyber Pakhtwnkha police is pressurising them to withdraw statement that the law enforcers were aware of the threats against her. Safia Rani, the sister of the deceased MBBS student spoke to Geo News in London regarding the pressure being put on her ...

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In Pakistan, long-suffering Pashtuns find their voice

Demonstrators in Islamabad, Pakistan, last week. The police shooting of Naqeebullah Mehsud, an aspiring model, was “the tipping point” for ethnic Pashtuns angry about years of mistreatment by the state, a Pakistani newspaper editor said. Credit B.K. Bangash/Associated Press

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — At first, the killing last month of Naqeebullah Mehsud — an aspiring model shot by the police in Karachi who claimed afterward that he was a Taliban militant — seemed merely the latest in a long series of abuses carried out by the authorities against ethnic Pashtuns in Pakistan. But Mr. Mehsud’s case has proved different. The 27-year-old’s killing, in ...

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Pashtun’s protesters torch Taliban office in Pakistan


D. I. KHAN: Protesters angry over the killing of a young man have set fire to a Taliban office in the northwestern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Tribal leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s southern city of Dera Ismail Khan say hundreds of Pashtun tribespeople torched the office of a pro-government Taliban commander on February 6. Zafar Wazir, a tribal leader, says ...

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Pashtuns’ whammy: When you are a victim and a terrorist simultaneously

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Dilawar Khan, my cousin, was standing in the door of his room at home. A stray bullet came and pierced his chest. He fell into the lap of his sister. Since curfew was imposed, therefore, he couldn’t be taken to hospital. Eventually he bled to death in the arms of his sister. My aunt has left smiling, and living, from ...

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