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The Shura: ideological guardians of the Taliban movement

Islamabad - Through war and peace, the Taliban's Rahbari Shura has been at the heart of its decision-making process since the movement's inception, and is now tasked with finding a new leader to succeed Mullah Akthar Mansour.

Death of Taliban chief Mansour: what happens next?

Islamabad - President Barack Obama confirmed Monday that a US drone strike in southwest Pakistan had killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, heralding a new chapter in the Afghan insurgency which had grown fiercer under him.Who will succeed him?

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in U.S. attack

Quetta - Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP Sunday, adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor.

Pakistan denounces US drone strike on Afghan Taliban chief

Islamabad - Pakistan on Sunday denounced the US drone strike believed to have killed the Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour as a violation of its air space and said only negotiations could bring a lasting peace to Afghanistan.

US drone strike on Taliban leader — What happens next?

Islamabad - An American drone strike "likely killed" Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, US officials said.

Son of slain Pakistani governor narrates horrific kidnap ordeal

Islamabad - The son of a murdered Pakistani governor has described in chilling detail how he was flogged, shot and had his nails pulled out by Islamic militants during almost five years in captivity.

Afghan, international forces free ex-Pakistan PM's hostage son

Islamabad - Afghan and international forces freed the kidnapped son of a former Pakistani prime minister during a raid on an Al-Qaeda cell in Afghanistan, Kabul and Islamabad said Tuesday, three years after he was kidnapped in a hail of bullets.

Pakistan celebrates Sadiq Khan's London mayor win

Islamabad - The election of a Pakistani bus driver's son as the mayor of London was greeted with celebration on Saturday in Pakistan, from where Sadiq Khan's parents emigrated to Britain in the 1960s.

Pakistani shopkeeper killed dozens with 'revenge' sweets

Multan - A Pakistani sweetshop owner has confessed to fatally poisoning at least 30 people by lacing his goods with pesticide in an attempt to take revenge on his older brother, police told AFP Friday.

Pakistani woman 'strangled for helping friend elope'

Peshawar - A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said Thursday, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of "honour killings".

Pakistan army chief orders probe into party worker's custodial death

Karachi - Pakistan's powerful army chief Wednesday ordered a probe into the death of an activist from Karachi's main political party who was in the custody of the city's paramilitary Rangers.

Little Messi flees Afghanistan, appeals to UN after 'threats'

Quetta - The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan.

Where they are now? Key players in the bin Laden raid

Islamabad - Five years ago, United States special forces shot and killed Osama bin Laden, ending a manhunt that began in earnest after his Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked planes and flew them into buildings in New York and Washington in September 2001.

Five years on, bin Laden doctor languishes in Pakistan jail

Peshawar - Five years after his fake vaccination programme helped the CIA track and kill Osama bin Laden, Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi languishes in jail, abandoned by the US, say supporters, in its bid to smooth troubled relations with Islamabad.

Pakistan poisoned sweets death toll climbs to 33

Multan - Some 33 people including five children have now died in central Pakistan after eating sweets accidentally tainted with insecticide, officials said Sunday.The mass poisoning occurred in the Karor Lal Esan area of Punjab province last month.

23 dead in Pakistan after eating poisoned sweets

Lahore - At least 23 people have died and dozens of others fell ill in central Pakistan after eating sweets which police suspect were tainted with pesticides, officials said Monday.

Gunmen kill seven police guarding polio team in Pakistan: officials 

Karachi - Motorcycle gunmen on Wednesday shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi, officials said, a brazen attack in the country's economic hub.

Pakistan's Kalash fight for their identity with UNESCO bid

Chitral - Pakistan's smallest religious minority, the Kalash speak their own language and celebrate their gods through music, dance -- and alcohol, which they brew themselves in Chitral's plunging verdant valleys.

Grenade explodes during Pakistan court demonstration, injures two

Karachi - The detonator of a hand grenade exploded during a demonstration requested by a judge in a Pakistani anti-terror court on Monday, injuring two people and throwing the judge off his chair.

Pakistan ends search for 23 people trapped by landslide

Peshawar - Pakistan on Saturday ended the search for 23 people buried by a landslide in the north, after last week's heavy rains that authorities said killed 117 people.The 23 were buried in their homes by a landslide in Kohistan district on Monday.
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