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Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

The Pakistani Taliban Wednesday said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help peace negotiations with the government, but insisted they were still committed to the talks process. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced a one-month ceasefire at the start of March as the government sought a negotiated end to their bloody seven-year insurgency. The TTP extended the ceasefire to April 10, but complained there had been "complete silence" from the government since then and hinted that the military was trying to thwart talks.

Pakistani Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire, will continue talks

The Pakistani Taliban Wednesday said they would not extend a ceasefire called to help negotiations with the government but said they were still committed to the peace talks process. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced a ceasefire at the start of March as the government sought a negotiated end to their bloody seven-year insurgency. hk-mas-ks/pdw/pj

Afghan deputy minister kidnapped

An senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, an interior ministry official said. Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works, was taken by gunmen at around 7:00 am (0230 GMT) from the Khairkhana neighbourhood of the capital, said the official who declined to be named. He did not elaborate, saying more information could harm efforts to recover the men.

19 Pakistan militants die in fresh infighting

At least 19 militants were killed in two separate incidents of bombing and gunfight in Pakistan's restive tribal areas Friday, local security officials said, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions. A total of 62 people have been killed in the violence which erupted on Sunday between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group in troubled North Waziristan.

19 Pakistan militants die in fresh infighting

At least 19 militants were killed in two separate incidents of bombing and gunfight in Pakistan's restive tribal areas Friday, local security officials said, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions. A total of 62 people have been killed in the violence which erupted on Sunday between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group in troubled North Waziristan.

Rivalry between Pakistani Taliban factions erupts in violence

By Jibran Ahmad and Katharine Houreld PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A struggle for power between Pakistani Taliban commanders divided over whether to talk to the government has erupted in violence with dozens of fighters killed along the Afghan border over recent weeks, Pakistani security officials said. It is unclear if the fighting will weaken an insurgency aimed at bringing down the nuclear-armed Pakistani state but the security agencies will be hoping to turn the bloodshed to their advantage.

13 Pakistan militants die in fresh infighting

At least 13 militants were killed in a bombing and a gunfight in Pakistan's restive tribal areas Friday, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions. A total of 56 people have been killed in the violence which erupted on Sunday between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group in troubled North Waziristan. Both factions are part of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the state.

Bombing in Pakistan fruit market kills 22

A bomb tore through a bustling fruit and vegetable market in the Pakistani capital Islamabad Wednesday, killing at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit government peace talks with the Taliban. The blast took place around 8:00 am (0300 GMT) at the wholesale market near the capital's twin city Rawalpindi, as hundreds of grocers and sellers gathered to trade.

Afghan commander: cross-border Taliban alliance growing stronger

By Maria Golovnina CAMP THUNDER, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants in Pakistan have established an increasingly close relationship with insurgents from across the border in Afghanistan, supplying them with explosives and well-trained fighters, a senior Afghan army commander said on Wednesday.

Bomb kills 20 in market on edge of Pakistani capital

By Syed Raza Hassan and Eissa Saeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A bomb exploded at a vegetable market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, killing 20 people and injuring about 70, police and hospital officials said. The deadliest attack in Islamabad in several years followed weeks of preliminary talks with the main Islamist militant grouping battling the state, the Pakistani Taliban, who last week extended a ceasefire until April 10.
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