Gunmen kill five ethnic Hazara in sectarian attack in SW Pakistan

By Gul Yousafzai QUETTA, Pakistan, Oct 9 : Gunmen killed five Shia Muslims from the ethnic Hazara minority in southwest Pakistan on Monday, a police official said, giving details of the second shooting targeting Hazaras in a month. The attack took place in Quetta, where nearly half a million Hazaras have settled since fleeing Afghanistan […]

Pakistan army says plan in place to integrate militant-linked groups

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, Oct 5 : The Pakistani army on Thursday confirmed that a plan was in place to try to integrate militant-linked groups into the mainstream of the country’s politics. Milli Muslim League (MML), a new militant party controlled by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, backed a candidate in the September by-election for a seat […]

Pakistani activist targeted by blast vows to maintain effort to rein in Taliban

By Saud Mehsud DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Oct 3 : – A Pakistani activist hunted by the Taliban vowed on Tuesday to keep up his struggle against militancy in the northern Swat Valley, just a day after he narrowly escaped a car blast that killed his father and a passenger. Pakistani Taliban insurgents took partial […]

Pakistan army pushed political role for militant-linked groups

By Asif Shahzad LAHORE, Pakistan, Sept 16 : A new Pakistani political party controlled by an Islamist with a 10 million US dollars bounty on his head is backing a candidate in a by-election on Sunday, in what a former senior army officer says is a key step in a military-proposed plan to mainstream militant […]

Philippine army says taking fire from women, children in Marawi battle

By Manuel Mogato MARAWI CITY, Philippines, Sept 4 : Philippine troops fighting Islamic State-linked rebels in a southern city have encountered armed resistance from women and children, the military said on Monday, as troops make a final push to end a conflict that has raged for more than 100 days. Ground forces were braced for […]

Four Pakistani army personnel killed in suicide attack

By Jibran Ahmed ISLAMABAD, Aug 9 : A suicide bomber killed four Pakistani military personnel in the troubled northwest, near the border with Afghanistan, the army said today. Pakistan began a military offensive against Islamic State-affiliated fighters along the northern part of the border last month, saying the region was fast becoming a safe haven […]