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Pakistan Claims Advances in Swat Offensive

TalibanPakistan says its security forces have made further advances in the militant-dominated Swat valley and neighboring districts, killing 55 Taliban militants. The fighting, which began late last month, has now forced nearly one million people to flee to safer areas. Full Story : VOANews.com…..

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Pakistan Refugees Say Army Assault Made Them Homeless

pakistan-refugeesPakistanis fleeing the Swat Valley say the army shelled their villages, killing civilians in its offensive this week against Taliban militants. As a United Nations-estimated half-million people fled the battle, refugees reaching Mardan, a town 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of Swat, said army artillery barrages killed an unknown number of non-combatant residents.Full Story : Bloomberg.com…..

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Thousands Flee Swat Ahead of Expected Fighting

swat-valleyThousands of panicked civilians began fleeing the conflict-ridden Swat Valley region Tuesday, fearing a full-fledged confrontation between government forces and Taliban fighters after the insurgents declared an end to their peace accord with the government. Full Story : WashingtonPost.com…..

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Taliban: Pakistan pact under threat

swat-valleyPakistan’s peace pact with the Taliban is close to collapse, a Taliban spokesman has warned, accusing the government and the army of being stooges for the US. The warning came as Pakistani troops continued their offensive against Taliban fighters in Buner in the country’s northwest on Monday, killing seven fighters. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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Osama Bin Laden Believed Dead By Pak Intel

osama-binladenPakistan’s president said Monday his intelligence agencies believe Osama bin Laden may be dead, but he added there is no proof. Other Pakistani officials and a U.S. counterterrorism official said they thought the al-Qaida chief is alive. Full Story : Huffingtonpost…….

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Nuclear fears prompt Pakistan to prepare attack on Taleban

TalibanThousands of Pakistani troops were massing for an assault on Taleban positions 65 miles from the country‚Äôs capital last night after giving the insurgents 24 hours to withdraw from their advanced positions or face attack. A recent deal between Mr Zardari and the Taleban in the Swat Valley, allowing them to establish a fundamentalist enclave in the region. Full Story : Timesonline.co.uk…..

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Taliban in Swat expands control

swat-valleyThe Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat valley has moved into a neighbouring district in an apparent move to expand its control of the region, officials have said. The move comes despite a deal between the Pakistan government and the pro-Taliban forces designed to end months of fighting in Swat. Full Story : Aljazeera.net….

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Fears over Swat sharia deal

The decision of Pakistan’s government to allow a stricter implementation of Sharia law in part of the country’s northwest, in an effort to end a long-running conflict, has sparked fears the deal could lead to the “Talibanisation” of large areas. Full Story : Aljazeera.net…..

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Video: radicals beat girl, 17, in Islamic stronghold of Swat, Pakistan

This grainy footage appears to show a 17-year-old girl being beaten by Islamic radicals in Pakistan’s northwestern region of Swat, where Sharia law was introduced after the government reached a truce with the Taleban in February. Full Story : Timesonline..

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Pentagon seeks $3B for Pakistan military

dollar-stack cashThe Obama administration plans to seek as much as $3 billion over the next five years to train and equip Pakistan’s military, and is considering sending 10,000 more troops to battle the Taliban in Afghanistan, defense officials said Wednesday. The $3 billion for Pakistan would complement a plan for $7.5 billion in civilian aid. Full Story : YahooNews……

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Pakistan army ends bloody siege of Lahore police academy

pakistan flagPakistani troops and paramilitaries overpowered a group of militants who took over the police training academy in Lahore and killed at least 20 people during a seven-hour siege today. Pakistani officials say it is too early to say who is responsible for Monday’s assault in Lahore. The Lahore academy has been named by local media as the Manawan police training school. It is on the outskirts of the city, on a road to the border with India. Full Story : Timesonline…..

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Mumbai terror attacks suspect says he is from Pakistan

mohammedajmalkasab,mumbaiThe sole surviving alleged gunman who bought terror to Mumbai admitted today that he was from Pakistan. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab faces the death penalty if convicted over the attack in which 166 people were killed after terrorists bombed and shot their way across India’s biggest city. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk……

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Militants shoot down drone in Pakistan

droneTaliban militants Saturday shot down a suspected drone aircraft in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Residents and a local police official said two drones were flying low over a village in the South Waziristan tribal district when one of them was hit by militant fire. In 2008 alone more than 200 people had been killed in drone attacks in the area. Full Story : AFP.com…..

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Swat cleric sets sharia deadline

TalibanSufi Muhammad, the Muslim cleric acting as a peacemaker in northwestern Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, has threatened to launch fresh protests unless Islamic courts are established in the region within two weeks. Full Story : Aljazeera.net

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Drone Attacks Inside Pakistan Will Continue, CIA Chief Says

droneCIA Director Leon Panetta said yesterday that U.S. aerial attacks against al-Qaeda and other extremist strongholds inside Pakistan would continue, despite concerns about a popular Pakistani backlash. Full Story : Washingtonpost.com…

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Doubts cast over Swat ceasefire

pakistan swat valleyTaliban fighters in Pakistan have said they will review a 10-day truce in Pakistan’s Swat valley when it runs out next week, disputing a government claim that a permanent ceasefire had been agreed. Swat is a North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan located 160 km/100 miles from Islamabad. In December 2008 most of the area was captured by the Taliban.

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NATO cautions Pakistan over talks with Taliban

afghanistan flagNATO warned Tuesday that Pakistan risked creating a safe haven for Islamist extremists after it struck a deal to impose Islamic law and suspend a military offensive in the former tourist haven of Swat. Taliban governed Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, until it was removed from power by Northern Alliance and NATO forces. While in power, the Taliban implemented the strictest interpretation of Sharia law ever seen in the Muslim world. Full Story : AP…..

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Pakistan Announces Arrests for Mumbai Attacks

pakistan flagPakistan acknowledged for the first time in public on Thursday that parts of the murderous Mumbai terror attacks were planned on its soil and said six new suspects were being held, including ‚Äúthe main operator.‚Äù Full Story : NYTimes…..

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US envoy explores new approach on Pakistan

pakistan flagA top American envoy making his first visit to the region Tuesday sought new ways to battle al-Qaida in nuclear-armed Pakistan and stem violence in neighboring Afghanistan. Full Story : AP….

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A site older than Mohenjodaro, found in Pakistan

mohenjodaroAn archaeological site dating back about 5,500 years and believed to be older than Mohenjodaro has been found in Sindh province. Mohenjo Daro, or “Mound of the Dead” is an ancient Indus Valley Civilization city that flourished between 2600 and 1900 BCE. It was one of the first world and ancient Indian cities. The site was discovered in the 1920s and lies in Pakistan’s Sindh province. It was the most developed and advanced city in South Asia, and perhaps the world, during its peak.

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