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India-Pakistan
Security forces kill TTP terrorist in South Waziristan
2021-04-14
[DAILYTIMES.PK] Security forces during an operation on Tuesday killed a Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain (TTP) terrorist in Ladha, South Wazoo, Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement.TTP terrorist Pir, alias Asad, was killed after security forces conducted an operation in the Ladha region of South Waziristan after the reports of snuffies in the region emerged.

After an intense exchange of fire, the terrorist named Pir alias Asad was rubbed out.

Terrorist, Asad was an active member of TTP’s Baitullah Mehsud group in Ladha since 2006, said the military’s media wing. The TTP terrorist remained actively involved in terror activities

Earlier during another exchange of fire, one terrorist named Zahid ud Din resident of Dewagar, North Waziristan was killed.

Terrorist Zahid ud Din was an active member of TTP in the Dewagar and Kharseen areas, said the ISPR, adding that the TTP terrorist remained actively involved in murders, terrorist activities against security forces, extortion and planting IEDs.
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India-Pakistan
Military kills 6 TTP commanders among 12 in back-to-back days
2021-03-09
[DailyTimes.pk] The security forces killed four terrorists, including three Tehrik-e-Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
(TTP) commanders, in two separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Wazoo districts, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday.

According to details, the security forces conducted two separate IBOs on terrorist hideouts in Datta Khel, North Waziristan, and Zoida, South Waziristan, said the ISPR in a blurb.

During the intense exchange of fire, four forces of Evil including terrorist commanders Abdul Adam Zeb alias Dung (TTP Bismillah group), terrorist commander Molvi Mehboob alias Molvi (TTP Sajna group) and terrorist commander Mir Salam alias Anas (TTP Sajna group) were killed, said the ISPR.

Terrorist commander Abdul Adam Zeb had remained involved in more than 20 terrorist activities against security forces, law enforcement agencies and local population since 2014 including IED attacks, firing, attacks on government buildings, murder, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and recruiting & organising forces of Evil in Muhammad Khel, Boya and Datakhel areas of North Waziristan and Zoida areas of South Waziristan, said the ISPR.

Terrorist commanders Molvi Mehboob and Mir Salam were close associates of Baitullah Mehsud and other TTP’s terrorist commanders.

They remained involved in the attacks on security forces and LEAs’ check posts, military convoys, attack on Ladha Fort in 2007, IED attacks and other sabotage activities in South Waziristan, said the ISPR.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Four terrorists killed in two operations, says ISPR
2021-03-08
[Dawn] Four bad boyz were potted when security forces conducted two intelligence-based operations at Data­khel in North Wazoo tribal district and at Zoida in South Waziristan tribal district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday.

According to the ISPR, during an intense exchange of fire, terrorist commander Abdul Adam Zeb alias Dung, who belonged to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain’s Bismillah group, and terrorist commanders Molvi Mehboob alias Molvi and Mir Salam alias Anas, who were associated with the TTP Sajna group, were killed.

Abdul Adam Zeb had been involved in more than 20 terrorist activities against security forces, law enforcement agencies and local population since 2014. He was involved in IED attacks, firing, attacks on government buildings, assassinations, kidnapping for ransom, extortion and recruiting and organising bandidos bandidos bad boys in Mohammad Khel, Boya and Datakhel areas of North Waziristan and Zoida area of South Waziristan.

Molvi Mehboob and Mir Salam were close associates of Baitullah Mehsud and TTP’s other terrorist commanders. They were involved in attacks on security forces and law enforcement agencies’ check-posts, military convoys, attack on Ladha Fort in 2007, IED attacks and other sabotage activities in South Waziristan.
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Mohammad Khel: 2010-10-09 Two dronezaps wax 9 terrorists in N Wazoo
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India-Pakistan
Security forces kill most-wanted TTP militant in South Waziristan
2021-02-28
[DailyTimes.pk] The security forces on Friday killed a Tehrik-e-Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
Pakistain (TTP) krazed killer, who was involved in the murder of more than 50 security personnel since 2007.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), security forces carried out an intelligence-based operation (IBO) on a terrorist hideout in Sharmangi, Tiarza area of South Wazoo upon receiving a confirmation related to the presence of faceless myrmidons there. As per the statement, the TTP commander — identified as Nuristan alias Hasan Baba — was bumped off during an intense exchange of fire. "The most sought and wanted terrorist was [an] IED expert and master trainer," the blurb said further.

Nuristan joined the TTP Baitullah Mehsud group in 2007 and has been involved in several terrorist attacks. He, along with other krazed killers, carried out an attack on a checkpost in Manra Shawal Dargai in 2008, which resulted in the martyrdom of three Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and anti-smuggling operations....
personnel.

In 2009, more than five security personnel were martyred in an IED attack in Punch Goonay village. The bomb was planted by Nuristan. In the same year, Nuristan along with his other associates carried out a rocket attack on Shakai camp, resulting in the martyrdom of seven personnel as well as the destruction of an oil tanker. He also resisted the forces during a clearance operation in Khaisura area in 2009 and about 12 soldiers were martyred.

In 2010, Nuristan was behind water poisoning near an army post in Khaisura. He also planted an IED on Inzar-Shakai-Wana road the same year. At least two soldiers were martyred in the attack. The same year, he attacked an army quick reaction force convoy on Khaisura-Taiarza-Wana road in which six personnel were martyred. Three FC soldiers were martyred in 2011 when Nuristan planted an IED and attacked an FC convoy near Nanokhel school in Khaisura. He was appointed as commander of the Khaisura area in 2016.
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Baitullah Mehsud: 2019-07-14 Fazl demands Nawaz’s release after video leak
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Baitullah Mehsud: 2019-04-10 Fazlur Rehman, Nawaz discuss 'shared concern' on inflation, economy
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Shakai: 2014-07-16 Key TTP commander Adnan Rashid arrested in S Waziristan
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India-Pakistan
Fazl demands Nawaz’s release after video leak
2019-07-14
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
on Friday called for the immediate release of the tossed in the clink
You have the right to remain silent...
former premier, Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
, after the emergence of videos involving an accountability court judge.

Talking to news hounds here at his party’s provincial headquarters, the JUI-F chief said following the release of a string of judge’s videos, Nawaz Sharif’s sentence and cases against PPP leader Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

had lost meaning, so they should be scrapped.

He said the removal of accountability judge Arshad Malik was an admission of the judge’s weakness on part of the judiciary.

Mr Fazl said the recent events had exposed accountability courts’ judgments and therefore, no one would call the NAB a fair accountability body.

He said those detained by the NAB were political prisoners.

"The state apparatus, including NAB, has lost its moral standing," he said.

Regarding the opposition’s bid to remove the Senate chairman, the JUI-F chief said the opposition had majority in the Upper House of Parliament, so it had the right to move a no- confidence motion against the chairman.

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India-Pakistan
Bill against child marriage divides parties in NA
2019-05-01
[DAWN] A day after the passage of a bill seeking to set minimum age for marriage at 18 in the Senate, a similar legislation was introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday, but only after an intense discussion which exposed cracks within various parties on the issue.

Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri referred the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to the committee concerned after the house allowed its mover Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani of the ruling Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) to table it with a majority 72-50 vote.

The National Assembly also witnessed introduction of 10 other bills, including two constitutional amendment bills seeking creation of a new Hazara
...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets...
province, on the private member’s day.

Former president Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

, who came to the house after the Asr prayer break, was seen conversing with the PML-N’s Khawaja Saad Rafique, who is currently under custody of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in connection with a housing society scam and attending the session after issuance of his production order by the speaker. The two arch-rivals of the past remained busy discussing some important matter for some time without caring for the proceedings.

Earlier, a heated discussion took place on the child marriage bill which exposed a division even within the federal cabinet. Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan strongly opposed the bill and termed it un-Islamic, whereas Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari argued in support of it and asked the deputy speaker to refer it to the committee.

The opposition Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) was the only party whose members voted in support of the bill in unison as the members of the Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz (PML-N) also gave a divided vote.

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India-Pakistan
Fazlur Rehman, Nawaz discuss 'shared concern' on inflation, economy
2019-04-10
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
on Tuesday called on former prime minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
at his residence to inquire about the latter's health and discuss the political situation in the country.

Rehman, while talking to journalists after the meeting, said he had been in touch with other politicians, including Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

. He added that he will also call on Zardari in the next few days as believes that "internal connections [among opposition parties] should remain intact".

"The agenda of the meeting was limited to inquiring about his [Nawaz Sharif's] health, but we also discussed our shared concerns about towering inflation, which is affecting the common man, and the troubled economy," he said while responding to a question.

Calling Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
a "fake and khala'i [extra-terrestrial]" premier, Rehman described the current regime as an "installed" one. He added that the ruling regime has no knowledge of the ideology of Pakistain, the ground realities of the country and the economy.

He repeated that the JUI-F has completed 10 'million marches' against the government and that they are ready for a decisive one.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella went down under the weight of the custard...
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry ‐ who is already not in the good books of the JUI-F ‐ took to Twitter to criticise the meeting and asked the judiciary to take notice.

"The Supreme Court had been informed that Nawaz Sharif was ill at a extant that it would be life threatening if he is denied bail. Lied, as always. And now instead of an ambulance, Fazalur Rehman has reached there and is providing political oxygen to Mian Nawaz Sharif. Courts should take a notice of it."


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India-Pakistan
Fazl musters support for Islamabad sit-in
2019-04-02
[DAWN] SARGODHA: Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman has launched a campaign to motivate his supporters for the `million march’ he has planned against the government.

"The present regime is a product of rigging. It is following the agenda of foreign lobby and destroying cultural heritage and religious assets of the nation. Therefore, we have decided to launch a million march to get rid of this fascist
...anybody not a leftist...
government," he told a news conference on Sunday.

He said the JUI-F was motivating all opposition parties to join its proposed sit-in in Islamabad. He said PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

will support the move.

He said that those who had been abusing the parliament in the past were fooling the nation by their false statements and had not given up the style of abusing opposition. "Therefore, people have realised the fact that this party will rather ruin the entire set-up through its foul play."

Fazl said that his party’s move against the present regime was to make it to enforce Islamic Shariah in the country and frustrate the evil agenda of Jewish lobby. He said present regime was promoting nepotism and obscenity beside fooling the nation on oil and gas reserves. .

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
was misusing his authority by doing the politics of Dire Revenge. He regretted that he planned to unite all parties against rigging and malpractices in general elections but none bothered to join hands but now those who brought Imran Khan into power had realised their mistake.

"I will convince all political parties to unite and join him at the Islamabad sit-in to save the country from collapse and for revival of true democracy."

After his presser, Fazl addressed a gathering at Fatima Jinnah Road and sounded optimism for a considerable support for the sit-in which he said would remain peaceful.He said the 18th Amendment was introduced for the best interest of provinces and all political parties would resist government move to scrap it.

He said the JUI-F would gather at Bab-e-Khyber on April 21 and in Mansehra
...a city and an eponymous district in eastern Khyber-Pakthunwa, nestled snug up against Pak Kashmir, with Kohistan and Diamir to the north and Abbottabad to the south...
on April 28 before moving to Islamabad for a "historic million march."

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India-Pakistan
Memogate anti-climax
2019-02-16
[Dawn] WHAT started out as a political firestorm has ended, eight years later, with a whimper as the Supreme Court on Thursday finally wrapped up the so-called Memogate affair. The case ‐ which was built on the claim that elements in the Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

-led government sought Washington’s help against the Pakistain Army ‐ was concluded by Supreme Court Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa who poignantly wondered if the state, the Constitution, democracy and the armed forces were so fragile as to be shaken by a mere ’memo’. That none of the overzealous petitioners who pursued this case were present when the apex court delivered the order is ironic, as a recap of the events is dominated by flashbacks of a national frenzy around the allegedly treasonous memo which was exploited to deepen the civil-military divide. The court has rightly left it to the government to decide if it wants to proceed against Mr Husain Haqqani, who was accused of writing the memo to the then US military chief Adm Mike Mullen in which he allegedly sought US help to avert a possible overthrow of the civilian government by the military following the killing of the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now neither a strong horse nor a weak horse, but a dead horse...
in May 2011. But the conclusion of this case presents an opportunity for self-reflection on several fronts: should the judiciary under Iftikhar Chaudhry have jumped to act as referee in the Memogate matter, when the government at the time had already announced a probe? Was it appropriate for Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
, who has since acknowledged his mistake, to use the memo as an opportunity to lead the charge and allege treason against the PPP government? After the passage of many years, was it the responsibility of then chief justice Saqib Nisar to revive the Memogate controversy using his powers of suo motu
...a legal term, from the Latin. Roughly translated it means I saw what you did, you bastard...
?

Despite the formation of a commission, court summons for civilian and military leaders, and breathless reporting by the media, the scandal did not achieve anything other than the sacking of an ambassador. At the heart of the issue lies the notion of the separation of powers, which divides the responsibility of the state between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary ‐ a framework which continues to be murky for the state today. As Chief Justice Khosa noted at the conclusion of the hearing, nothing needs to be done by the court at this juncture. It is now ‐ as it always was ‐ a matter for the government to deliberate on.
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India-Pakistan
Have stopped trying to resolve differences between Nawaz, Zardari: JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman
2019-02-07
[DAWN] JUI-F Chairman Fazlur Rehman announced on Wednesday that he would no longer attempt to mediate between PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
and Pakistain Peoples' Party Co-Chairman Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

All three lead parties that currently make up the joint opposition in parliament.

"I am no longer trying to end the differences between Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif," Rehman said during an informal conversation with journalists. "I did try to end their differences, but their complaints with each other remain," he explained.

"Instead, I am now wishing for the differences between them to end," Rehman said, adding: "In the current circumstances, it is vital for the opposition to be united."

"Differences [of opinion] are common in politics. However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
these differences should be resolved in order for the opposition to present a united front," the JUI-F chief said.

Rehman is known for playing the role of mediator between members of the opposition, and has adopted a similar role numerous times over the course of his political career.

Last month, the opposition parties had decided to form a joint committee to devise a joint opposition strategy on various issues, including a second extension in the tenure of military courts.

The decision was taken at a meeting of opposition leaders on Jan 15 hosted by Leader of Opposition in the NA Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
over lunch in his chamber at Parliament House.

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Pakistan buries 'Father of Taliban' as PM orders probe of killing
2018-11-04
[Al Ahram] A key Pak holy man with close ties to the Afghan Taliban
...Arabic for students...
who was killed in the garrison city of Rawalpindi was buried Saturday as Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
called for an investigation into the murder.

Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, dubbed the "Father of the Taliban", was stabbed to death by unknown intruders at his residence Friday night.

The holy man, who is in his 80s was buried in his hometown Akoda Khattak, around 115 kilometres (70 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Thousands of people gathered for the funeral prayers guarded by dozens of police personnel while a bomb disposal squad cleared the graveyard before the holy man's body was brought for burial, an AFP news hound at the site said.

His seminary had produced some of the key leaders of the Afghan and Pak Taliban, something that the holy man and his associates would proudly tell visiting journalists.

The list of graduates written on the walls of the seminary includes the names of leaders of the Pak Taliban.

An investigation into the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
in 2007 revealed that the assassins had stayed at his seminary before travelling to Rawalpindi where Bhutto was killed.

The Afghan Taliban issued a statement terming his death "a great loss for the entire Islamic Ummah" (nation).

"He rendered unforgettable services and assistance to the oppressed Afghan nation against the Soviet and American invasions," the statement said.

Afghan envoys in Pakistain had reached out to him seeking his help in starting negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.

But analysts doubted if he had any sway with them.

"He did not had any influence on the Afghan Taliban but he supported their cause," analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai told AFP.

"Many of the leaders and fighters of the Afghan Taliban had studied at his madrassa," he said.

Pak media termed his death a blow to the Afghan grinding of the peace processor but Yusufzai doubted it, saying his death would have no impact on the talks as he was never part of any negotiations.

Social media users in Afghanistan termed him a "troublemaker".

"The Taliban have lost their father, now they are orphan," Bilal Noori, an Afghan, posted on Facebook.

His death was widely condemned in Pakistain by politicians and religious leaders, with the prime minister calling for an investigation into the murder.

In 2014, the holy man was a member of the negotiating committee from the homegrown Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) -- who brokered a ceasefire with the government, although the talks later failed.

He twice held roles as a member of Pakistain's Senate.

His JUI-S party was an ally of the ruling Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) party headed by Prime Minister Khan.

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India-Pakistan
'We are ready for presidential battle': Mullah Diesel
2018-09-03
[DAWN] Joint opposition's presidential candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
on Sunday declared that he is "ready for presidential battle" even if his attempts to convince PPP to withdraw their candidate Aitzaz Ahsan in his favour made little headway.

Rehman, following a meeting with PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
in Lahore, delivered a media talk and made a last-ditch effort to convince PPP supremo Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...

to back him in the presidential election, set to be held in less than 48 hours on Tuesday.

"For my withdrawal, I will have to take into confidence five parties," said the JUI chief, whose party is one-fifth of the Muttahida Majlis‐e‐Amal (MMA) ‐ a religiopolitical alliance.

"For PPP it is easier to withdraw its candidate," he added in response to PPP leader Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira's call for Rehman to withdraw his candidacy earlier in the day.

While there have been little signs that the impasse between the joint opposition and PPP could be thawed prior to Tuesday's poll, Rehman is not giving up on the challenge. "We are trying to have the PPP accept the joint opposition's decision and back a single candidate; Asif Ali Zardari and Aitzaz Ahsan are good friends of mine."

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