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Pakistan's former tribal regions vote in first provincial election

Jul 20 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Voters in the turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan went to the polls on Saturday in the first provincial elections since the region lost the semi-autonomous status it had held since the British colonial era.

Fake polio markers highlight risks to Pakistan vaccination drive

Jul 15 2019

ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistan's polio eradication campaign has hit serious problems with an alarming spike in reported cases that has raised doubts over the quality of vaccination reporting and prompted officials to review their approach to stopping the crippling disease.

Pakistan army says lawmakers critical of military involved in attack on checkpoint

May 26 2019

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan's army on Sunday accused two lawmakers critical of the military of playing a key role in a clash with troops at a security checkpost in which three people were killed, setting up a potential confrontation with a vast rights movement the two lawmakers helped to found.

Pakistan PM suspends police amid outrage over child's murder

May 23 2019

PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has suspended police accused of being slow to investigate the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl in a case that has sparked national outrage, a minister said on Thursday.

New Taliban political chief to miss upcoming peace talks with U.S. envoys

Feb 21 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/KABUL Afghan Taliban leaders said on Thursday that their new political chief will not be attending peace talks with U.S. envoys due to take place in Qatar next week.

Afghan Taliban likely to meet Saudi crown prince in Pakistan: sources

Feb 16 2019

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely to meet Afghan Taliban representatives during his visit to Pakistan starting on Sunday, Pakistani government sources said, part of efforts to broker an end to Afghanistan's 17-year-old civil war.

Exclusive: Long a spoiler, Pakistan starts behind-scenes aid to U.S.-Taliban talks

Feb 08 2019

WASHINGTON/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Pakistan, long at odds with the United States over the war in Afghanistan, has begun to play a behind-the-scenes but central role in supporting U.S. peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, including by facilitating travel to negotiations, U.S. officials and Taliban sources told Reuters. | Video

Foreign troops to quit Afghanistan in 18 months under draft deal: Taliban sources

Jan 26 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taliban officials said U.S. negotiators on Saturday agreed on a draft peace pact setting out the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan within 18 months, potentially ending the United States' longest war. | Video

Senior Taliban leader expected to join talks with U.S. in Qatar shortly

Jan 26 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Taliban's new political leader is expected to join meetings with U.S. officials in Qatar imminently, Taliban sources said on Saturday as the latest round of talks to find ways to end the 17-year Afghan war entered a sixth day.

Taliban appoints new political leader to join U.S.-Taliban peace talks

Jan 24 2019

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan A co-founder of the Taliban was appointed as the leader of its political office in Qatar on Thursday to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the United States as they try to establish a mechanism to end the 17-year Afghan war.

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