MINGORA: A militant died of illness in the custody of security forces in Kabal Tehsil of Swat valley, official sources said on Sunday. The sources said Sadbar died due to cardiac arrest in the custody of security forces. The body was handed over to the family and he was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Tangolai in Kabal Tehsil. With the death of Sadbar, the number of militants who died in the forces custody reached 150.http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-178597-Militant-dies-in-custody..... Read More
Syed Ali Shah in Dawn, MAy 22
QUETTA: The Nato and US troops have started withdrawal of their equipments from Afghanistan after more than ten years of war.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan to oust Taliban government in the aftermath of tragic incident of September 11, 2001. They are set to withdraw all their forces by the end of 2014.
Pakistan is a key transit route for the Nato mission in landlocked Afghanistan, from where it is driven to the border from the Arabian Sea port of Karachi.
First convoy carrying weapons, armoured vehicles and trucks reached Quetta, the capital of Balochistan amid tight security on Tuesday evening.
Sources in frontier corps told Dawn.com that 50 trucks and armoured vehicles reached Quetta from Kandahar, the Taliban’s previous spiritual headquarter amid strict security measures.
They said levies and FC personnel guard the Nato convoy from Pak-Afghan border to Quetta. The convoy would leave for Port Qasim ..... Read More
KOHAT/KHAR, May 21: Militants on Tuesday attacked a polio team and destroyed vaccines during an immunisation campaign in Darra Adamkhel area of Frontier Region, Kohat.
Local officials said armed men thrashed health workers at Manikhel village of Darra Adamkhel and warned them against vaccinating children against polio in the area.
They said the incident led to the suspension of the immunisation campaign. Local elders escorted polio team out of the area without administering polio drops to children.
Senior local official Farooq said such incidents had happened in some no-go areas of Darra Adamkhel, including Tor Chapper, Bostikhel, Mazidkhel and adjoining villages.
He said Manikhel was among no-go areas but the administration with the support of local tribal elders ran the immunisation campaign in the area.
The campaign was launched in Darra Adamkhel in Sept 2012 after a gap of four years. It was stopped in the area due to clashes between militants and..... Read More
DI KHAN: Two security personnel were killed and seven others, including a civilian, were injured on Tuesday when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the Dargai area of Wana, South Waziristan.
According to an official of the political administration, unidentified men bombed the main electricity pylon supplying power to Wana around 11pm on Monday night. On Tuesday morning, Frontier Constabulary personnel reached the site to investigate the incident and repair the damaged pylon when suspected militants remotely detonated a second bomb, killing two and injuring seven others.
The official added the injured were shifted to the military hospital in Wana Scouts Camp. Electricity supply to Wana, which was suspended following the blast, could not be restored till the filing of this report.http://tribune.com.pk/story/552662/double-attack-two-fc-personnel-killed-in-blast/..... Read More
PESHAWAR: Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has sought the help of an elderly pro-Taliban cleric to initiate peace talks with the militants, party officials said Tuesday.
PTI approached Samiul Haq, nicknamed the “Father of the Taliban”, after emerging from elections as the largest party in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Former cricket star Imran has called for an end to military operations and peace talks with the Taliban, making his party’s victory in the northwest a significant development. Imran has vowed to put together a provincial coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and turn it into a “role model” for the rest of the country.
“We will talk to all stakeholders for establishment of peace in our province, meeting with Maulana Samiul Haq was a part of that,” Shaukat Yousafzai, a party leader who won a seat for the party in the provincial assembly told AFP. Samiul Haq is chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) and..... Read More
LAHORE: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairperson Zohra Yusuf has said blame for the ongoing killing does not lie with those alone, who pulled the trigger of guns but with all those who promoted hatred, violence and ‘terrorism in politics.’
Zohra Yusuf, in a statement issued on Monday, expressed her fear over escalating confrontation and violence in Karachi and appealed to all sides to act in a rational manner and focus on resolving the litany of challenges facing the country.
“The HRCP is appalled by the spike in tensions in Karachi and the murder of a senior politician belonging to Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI),” she said.
Vice-President of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s Sindh chapter, Zahra Shahid Hussain, was killed late on Saturday night.
“We reiterate the hope that many matters that emerge out of elections will be resolved rationally and in a non-violent manner and without flaring up emotions,” she added.
Zohra urged all s..... Read More
TANK/LANDI KOTAL, May 20: Unidentified people gunned down a worker of peace committee Saifur Rehman here on Monday.
Relative Muntazir told police here that he was walking with Saifur Rehman near Tableeghi mosque when two gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire on him.
He said Rehman suffered serious bullet injuries and died at a local hospital.
According to him, Mr Rehman was an active member of the peace committee formed by pro-government tribal elder Malik Turkistan Bhittani against militant commander Baitullah Mehsud. Police registered murder case against unidentified gunmen and began investigation.
BOMB DISPOSAL SQUAD MAN INJURED: A member of the bomb disposal squad was injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Manzai area of South Waziristan Agency on Monday.
The explosion took place when a bomb disposal squad team was combing the area ahead of the movement of a military convoy.
MILITANTS TORCH HOUSES: Dozens of Lashkar-i-Islam militants torc..... Read More
KHAAR, May 20: A member of the Levies force was killed in an armed attack on a polio vaccination team in the Bajaur tribal region on Monday.
According to a local official, the team was administrating anti-polio drops in Kalan village of Mamood area along the border with Afghanistan when militants opened fire on them from a nearby field.
This was the first such attack in the area.
“A Bajaur Levy soldier escorting the polio team was killed on the spot,” the official said, adding that eight suspected tribesmen had been taken into custody. An official at the tribal secretariat in Peshawar said the anti-polio campaign in the region would continue. “We are taking stock of the situation and will take further security measures to protect the polio teams,” he said.
A total of 682 teams – mobile, transit and fixed – were involved in administering anti-polio drops among over 223,500 children in Bajaur, the official said.
No woman is participating in ..... Read More
By Kevin Sieff in The Washington Post, May 20
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — As soon as the Taliban bullet struck 24-year-old Afghan Sgt. Nazir Moradi’s leg, the men in his unit began brainstorming a way to get him off the battlefield.
The roads were too dangerous for an army ambulance. The Afghan soldiers, in several calls to their commanders, repeated one plea: They needed a helicopter.
The Afghan air force didn’t have any working aircraft available. The U.S. military, in the midst of drawing down its air support, denied a request for help. Instead, Moradi was carried for miles and eventually put in an unarmored ambulance impeded by rough terrain and the threat of roadside bombs.
By the time Moradi arrived at the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital, more than three hours away, he had bled to death from a minor wound. Hospital workers carried him to the morgue in a flag-draped coffin, the ritual they perform each time a soldier arrives too late.
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KABUL — Amid the scattered but steadily mounting carnage of the Taliban’s annual spring offensive, including a suicide bombing Monday that killed a provincial council head, hopes of stirring life into peace talks with the Islamist insurgents seem to be dying here with each new suicide attack, kidnapping and roadside bombing.
Even as this fragile nation of about 30 million holds its breath, fearing catastrophe could follow the presidential election and NATO troop pullout next year, both the Afghan government and its armed opponents seem to think that time is on their side. A once-acute feeling of urgency to end the war seems to have been overtaken by uneasy, tenuous maneuvering in a vast political fog.
“Everything in Afghanistan seems very ambiguous now,” said Abdul Hakim Mujahid, a former Taliban diplomat and a member of the government-appointed peace council. “There are a hundred questions to be answered, but nothing is clear, and we have no magic formula.”Read More