PESHAWAR: The members of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are said to be divided over an extension in the one-month ceasefire that expired on Monday, Taliban sources said. The News.
PESHAWAR: US Ambassador in Pakistan Richard Olson called on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah at the Governor’s House here on Monday. The News.
ISLAMABAD: The government may set free during the current week around half a dozen Taliban prisoners against whom there is lack of strong evidence of having been involved in terrorism. The News.
AFGHANISTAN: Taliban gunmen abducted a provincial election candidate in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, five days ahead of national polls the militants have vowed to target. Afghanistan will vote on Saturday to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai and to decide the make-up of 34 provincial councils in elections seen as a benchmark of progress since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001. The News.
PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court on Monday convicted a police constable and sentenced him to life imprisonment with fine of Rs100,000 in a case of firing at a procession, last year, which had left nine persons injured. Dawn.
GHALANAI: A jirga comprising leaders of political parties, office-bearers of welfare organisations and ulema on Monday reviewed the situation arising out of the raids on houses of tribesmen and their arrest by the security forces. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: The government has claimed a modest increase in the boys and girls` literacy rate in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). `Literacy rate for girls stands at a modest 10.5 per cent compared to 36.66 per cent for boys despite considerable expenditure incurred by the Fata Secretariat to improve education statistics in the area,` said a handout while quoting an official document. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday said there were significant risks associated with peace and security for the provincial government during the current year due to developments in Afghanistan. Dawn.
BANNU: A female polio worker was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire in the Sukari area here on Monday. The worker was leaving her home to start her duties with the anti-polio team when the gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire. The women passed away on the spot and the gunmen fled the scene. The frontier Post, Daily Mashriq.