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Members of a committee announced by banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to hold peace talks with the Pakistani government:  professor Ibrahim of Islamic political party Jamat-e-Islami (second left), Maulana Sami-ul-Haq of Islamic political party Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (centre) and chief cleric of Islamabad’s Red Mosque, Maulana Abdul Aziz (second right), attend a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Photograph: T Mughal/EPA

Pakistan’s last-ditch effort to hold peace talks with the Taliban suffered a setback today when the first meeting in an already bizarre process was ca(...)

Haroon Sherzad (right), a volunteer with the Mobile Mini Circus for Children, oversees practice in Jalalabad. Photographs: John D McHugh

Jalalabad sits next to the Kyber Pass and Pakistan, and has a largely Pashtun population. It used be said that although not every Catholic was in the (...)

Pakistani Police and Army secure the road that leads to the scene of a bomb blast that targeted a paramilitary convoy in Bannu, Pakistan. Photograph: Saqib Sikandar/EPA.

At least 20 Pakistani soldiers were killed today when an explosion hit an army convoy in the northwestern town Bannu, intelligence and military sourc(...)

A file photograph of former Taliban fighters sitting in their cells in the prison in northern Afghan town of Shibirgan. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters.

Pakistani officials have reportedly released their highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner in a bid to kick-start Afghanistan’s struggling peace proce(...)

Talking to the Taliban

There was an inevitability about the announcement that the US will open talks with the Taliban from the time back in 2009 when US generals began openl(...)

A supporter of the political and religious party Jamaat-e-Islami holds a party flag while listening to the speeches of leaders during an election campaign rally in Karachi yesterday. Elections will be held in Pakistan on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters/Akhtar Soomro.

A blast at an election rally organised by a religious party in Pakistan killed 25 people today, officials said. (...)

A woman in a burqa walks along a road on a windy day on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul. Photograph: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

A bus in southern Afghanistan has collided with the burning wreckage of a truck that was attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 30 passengers,(...)

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