ISLAMABAD: The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has made only two demands for a ceasefire including the release of innocent non-combatant women, children and old men mostly belonging to Swat by the security agencies and the withdrawal of the military (and not the FC) from South Waziristan, so that the Taliban could directly hold talks with the government and military authorities there. The News, Dawn, The Frontier Post.
ANKARA: The trilateral dialogue among Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan concluded with an understanding that security issues would be addressed on an urgent basis since regional peace and development hinged upon the eradication of terror activities. The three countries would enhance their cooperation for regional security, stability and development. The News, Dawn, The Frontier Post.
KARACHI: Thirteen police commandos were killed and over 57 sustained injuries, some of them serious, when a bus carrying them to their security duties was targeted by a car bomb outside the Police Training Centre Razzaqabad on the National Highway. The News.
ANKARA: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has assured Pakistan that action would be taken to oust the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader and his associates from Afghanistan since the presence of Taliban on Afghan soil is defiance of sovereignty of the country. The News.
LAHORE: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) should refrain from attacks on innocent people while peace talks are in progress, said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan. The Express Tribune.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Two members of the Sikh community were among the four persons kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the limits of Draban Police Station. The News.
PESHAWAR: The two arrested accomplices of a suicide bomber confessed to the crime in which four women died and three others suffered injuries in a suburban village near the Ring Road about three days ago. The News.
BARA: Militants publicly executed a person allegedly involved in the killing of their associate in Akakhel area of the Bara tehsil in the Khyber Agency, official and local sources said.The sources that militants of banned Lashkar-e-Islam had picked up Mula Jan belonging to Zakhakhel tribe from Merikhel area of Bara few days back. The News.
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah directed the relevant authorities to remove the bottlenecks and speed up procedural formalities for setting up the planned investment bank in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Dawn.
KHAR: The Bajaur Development Network, a grouping of local non-governmental organizations, complained about denial of funds by international donors for development projects. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Last of the series of workshops on “Public Expenditure & Financial Accountability Assessment and FATA Public Financial Management Strategy Development” being organized by The World Bank Pakistan for financial officers of FATA. The Frontier Post.