Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks
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Pakistan renews commitment to facilitate Afghan peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says Islamabad is still ready to facilitate the revival of stalled peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The spokesman, Qazi Khalilullah, made his remarks at a news conference Friday shortly after Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on national security and foreign affairs, traveled … Continue reading

Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards
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Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Foreign Islamic militants have been able to secure Pakistani national identity cards for years in exchange for bribes as low as $100, giving them vastly greater freedom to operate, according to a report by Pakistan’s top intelligence agency obtained by The Associated Press. The issue of foreign jihadis operating so easily in … Continue reading

Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage
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Pakistan expresses shock over deaths of US, Italian hostage

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has expressed “shock and sorrow” over the inadvertent deaths of an American and an Italian hostage held by al-Qaida in a U.S. drone strike in January near the Afghan border. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extended Pakistan’s condolences in a statement Friday, saying the deaths of hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni … Continue reading

Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan
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Gunmen kill prominent female activist in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a prominent women’s rights activist in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country’s restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. While investigators declined to speculate on a motive for the killing of Sabeen Mahmud, friends and colleagues immediately … Continue reading

Pakistani teachers arming selves in wake of school massacre
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Pakistani teachers arming selves in wake of school massacre

  PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — When Pakistani Taliban militants stormed a Peshawar school and massacred 150 children and teachers, nobody could fight back. Shabnam Tabinda and some of her fellow teachers want to change that — and are practicing how to shoot terrorists. Government authorities in Pakistan’s northwest frontier have given permission for teachers to … Continue reading