Pakistan

Pak Army says over 50 Taliban killed in Buner

Pak Army says over 50 Taliban killed in BunerIslamabad, Apr. 29: Pakistan military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas on Wednesday told a press conference here that over 50 Taliban militants have been killed in the ongoing military operation in Buner.

Major General Abbas also confirmed the death of one security official and the rescue of 18 Frontier Corps personnel.

He said that the army, which has launched both ground and aerial offensives, is facing stiff resistance in Ambela as the militants have taken people hostage and are using them as human shields.

Pakistani troops secure key town in Buner Valley

PakistanIslamabad - Special forces on Wednesday secured a key town in an area of restive north-west Pakistan that was captured last week by militants as helicopters dropped troops to expand the push against the Taliban there, the military said. The rapid-deployment tactic came a day after ground forces, backed by helicopter gunships and jet aircraft, launched an offensive in the Buner Valley to flush out the rebels.

At least 50 Taliban fighters have been killed in the first two days of the operation, army spokesman Athar Abbas said.

TNSM refuses to resume talks with government without Sufi Mohammad

TNSM refuses to resume talks with government without Sufi MohammadIslamabad, Apr. 29: The Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Mohammadi (TNSM) has refused to resume talks with the government over the issue of the Swat peace deal in the absence of its chief Sufi Mohammad.

Sufi Mohammad has been missing since Sunday and there is no report about his whereabouts.

The TNSM’s deputy chief, Mohammad Alam, said he has no idea about where Mohammad was.

HRCP says Musharraf’s claim on missing persons ‘absolutely untenable’

Pervez MusharrafLahore, Apr. 29 (ANI): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has termed claims of former President General Pervez Musharraf that almost all persons who have ‘disappeared’ in the past from the country have gone missing of their own will, is ‘absolutely untenable’.

A commission statement said General Musharraf’s claims that state agencies did not have any hand in the disappearance of people was far from the truth.

Pakistani troops secure key town in Buner Valley

Pakistani troops secure key town in Buner Valley Islamabad - Special forces on Wednesday secured a key town in an area of restive north-west Pakistan that was captured last week by militants as helicopters dropped troops to expand the push against the Taliban there, the military said. The rapid-deployment tactic came a day after ground forces, backed by helicopter gunships and jet aircraft, launched an offensive in the Buner Valley to flush out the rebels.

RSF concerned about safety of media persons in Swat after Taliban threat

RSF concerned about safety of media persons in Swat after Taliban threatPeshawar, Apr. 29 : Following the Taliban's threat to the media to not to promote `anti-Taliban coverage' in the Swat Valley, the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has expressed concerns about the safety of media professionals in the region.

In a statement issued by the RSF, the organization said that Taliban threats were unacceptable, and seriously endangered the safety of the journalists working in the region.

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