Sufi Mohammad tenders olive branch to Pak government, offers to hold peace talks

Sufi Mohammad tenders olive branch to Pak government, offers to hold peace talksPeshawar, Apr. 30 : The Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Mohammad has offered to hold talks with the government to establish peace in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Addressing a jirga in Maidan region of Lower Dir, Mohammad asked the government to suspend the military offensive being carried out in the region by the Pakistan Army immediately.

Cleric says anti-Taliban raids to spread insurgency in Pakistan

Cleric says anti-Taliban raids to spread insurgency in PakistanIslamabad - A hardline cleric who negotiated a peace deal between the government and Islamist militants said Thursday that anti-Taliban military operations in Pakistan's north-west would spread insurgency in the region.

Sufi Mohammad issued the warning in the restive Lower Dir district of North-West Frontier Province, where he had gone into hiding after paramilitary troops launched an offensive against the rebels there at the weekend.

Pakistan now more critical to US national security than Afghanistan: US official

 Pakistan now more critical to US national security than Afghanistan: US officialLahore, Apr. 30 : Of late, the United States has been expressing serious concerns about the expanding writ of the Taliban and fears about Islamabad falling into the hands of the extremists, which is the reason why the Obama Administration's focus has now shifted from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

US State Department officials have now openly admitted that Pakistan was ultimately more important for America security than the Taliban-Qaeda infested areas in the east of Afghanistan.

Karachi aflame as five more killed in continued orgy of violence

PakistanKarachi, Apr. 30 : Five more persons were reportedly killed in the continuous spate of violence on Thursday here, taking the death toll to 24 besides 30 others injured.

According to the reports filtering-in, the violence which erupted on Wednesday took a more violent turn today as several hotels, restaurants and vehicles were torched in different parts of the city.

The process of unending firing had erupted in North Karachi where two activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) were found shot dead.

Pak government trying to pacify US through Buner military operation: Taliban

TalibanIslamabad, Apr. 30 : The Taliban has said that the military operation in Buner is an attempt by the Pakistan government to pacify the United States.

Spokesman of the Taliban’s Swat chapter Muslim Khan said the Taliban would not retaliate to the ongoing military offensive, and it would abide by the peace accord it has inked with the provincial government.

“The Buner operation is just to please America and nobody should fear of any reaction to this operation. We are peaceful people and are abiding by our peace agreement with the Frontier government,” The News quoted Khan, as saying.

Under pressure Pak to shift 6,000 troops from border with India to Afghan side

 Lal Masjid chief defiantly calls for imposition of Islamic law in PakNew York, Apr. 30 : Under immense pressure from the United States and the international community, Pakistan has decided to shift around 6000 troops from its eastern border with India to the western Afghan border, The New York Times reports.

The newspaper, quoted a Pakistani official as confirming the movement of forces to a pre-Mumbai attack position.