ISLAMABAD: The peace talks between the government and the Taliban committees came to a halt on Monday over the martyrdom of Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in the Mohmand Agency. After the killing of the FC personnel on Monday night, the government committee cancelled its scheduled visit to Akora Khattak. The News, Dawn.
ISLAMABAD: The security authorities said on Monday that the Taliban were making lame excuses for carrying out terrorist activities in the country and the accusation levelled by the defunct Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) about the execution of its activists was baseless and unfounded. The News, Dawn, The Frontier Post.
NOWSHERA: The dialogue committee nominated by the Taliban on Monday expressed its dismay over the deadlock in the peace negotiations, saying if an operation was carried out against the Taliban, it would prove to be disastrous. The News.
ISLAMABAD: Spokesman for the defunct Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shahidullah Shahid on Monday said that the TTP and its allies could not develop a consensus on a ceasefire with the government. He said that the TTP had accepted the responsibility for the beheading of the FC personnel. He said the incident was a reaction to the execution of their activists. He alleged that their activists under custody were being killed in the name of operation and 23 of their missing activists had so far been killed during the government’s negotiation process. The News.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif on Monday condemned the killing of Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and called it a grave crime, Local TV reported. In a statement, the premier stated that Pakistan can not afford more loss of lives and said that incidents like the onein Mohmand Agency would hinder the peaceful resolution of issues. The Frontier Post.
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday strongly condemned the killing of personnel of Frontier Corps. The President expressed grief and sorrow over the incident. He also prayed for the eternal peace of the martyred. The Frontier Post.
WANA: Six members of an anti-polio team, including a doctor, were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen while it was doing its work in the Pang area of the Frontier Region (FR), Tank, on Monday, officials said. The News, The Express Tribune, The Frontier Post.
RAWALPINDI: Expressing grief over the martyrdom of FC personnel during the ongoing peace process, Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman and Mufti-e-Azam Pakistan Mufti Munibur Rehman has said that in the time when the nation is looking for peace, such an incident left a question mark over talks. The News.
PESHAWAR: A minister during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, Mulla Abdur Raqeeb, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Nasirbagh locality here on Monday. The former minister for Refugees Rehabilitation in the Taliban era during 1994-2001 was living under the name of Abdullah. He was a teacher at a local seminary located on the Nasirbagh Road. The News, Dawn, The Express tribune.
ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah has said the time had come for the government to think seriously and make a final decision after the recent attack of the Taliban on security forces. The News, The Frontier Post.
LAKKI MARWAT: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested a militant in Kurrum Par area bordering the Mianwali district of Punjab. `After being informed about the presence of a militant Jalat Khan in Wanda Fateh Khan village, a raiding party of police was tasked to arrestat all costs,` said an official. He said that the militant was absconding since 1988 after committing murder and other crimes. Dawn.
KOHAT: Local police on Monday recovered a kidnapped student of the Kohat University of Science and Technology and arrested two abductors. Atifullah, a student of the master`s degree of computer sciences at KUST, was kidnapped by armed men riding in a car when he was on the way to the hostel. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday summoned the political agent of Kurram Agency on February 27 to explain his alleged illegal detention of 19 jirga members. The order was issued by a division bench comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Ikramullah Khan after it was informed by petitioner Haji Shaber Hussain’s counsels Imad Anjum Durrani and Hasham Khan Mengal that the jirga members were arrested under Section 40 of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). The Express tribune.
PESHAWAR: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Monday vehemently decried the killing of FC soldiers claimed by a group of the proscribed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Mohmand Agency. The Frontier Post.
AKORA KHATTAK: The committee nominated by the Taliban met here on Monday to discuss the situation following the killing of 23 FC personnel by the Mohmand Agency Taliban. Speaking to the media, committee coordinator Mualana Yousaf Shah said a ceasefire had almost been reached. The frontier post.