Pakistan's military says the army men, including a captain, were killed in attacks near the north-western border with Afghanistan and south-western Balochistan province.
"New Pakistan" has been Khan's catchphrase since he re-entered politics, promising to change the status quo. His new interior minister Ijaz Shah is a retired brigadier and ex-spy chief whom slain former PM Benazir Bhutto regarded as a deadly enemy.
Pushed into the shadows, the armed group largely operates from the bordering provinces of Afghanistan, mostly targeting Pakistan's impoverished Balochistan province.
The war in Afghanistan is drawing closer to a political settlement as the Americans, Afghans and other powers find their way to the negotiating table. Viewed by some as a destabilising force in Afghanistan, is Pakistan now getting what it wants?
Official estimates of the Afghan Taliban's manpower are wildly off the mark and the Taliban is likely as strong now as it was at the start of the Afghan war in 2001.
Officials say Ikramullah Gandapur, a local candidate from Imran Khan's party, and his driver were killed by a suicide bomber in the northern city of Dera Ismail Khan, three days before the country's general election.
Pakistan currently has the youngest population it has ever had. Many from this demographic have been deeply affected by the issues surrounding Pakistan's 'War on Terror', especially those in the northwest of the country. What do they want?
All signs pointed towards violence ahead of elections in Pakistan, but little had been done to protect election candidates. On the contrary, many were stripped of protection.
Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for targeting an election rally in Peshawar city that killed a prominent politician Haroon Bilour and wounded 65 others.
Fourteen more were injured in the attack that targeted a crowd of Afghan Taliban, security forces, and civilians who were celebrating Eid in an unprecedented ceasefire in the war-torn country.
Afghan defence ministry and US officials confirm Mullah Fazlullah, who was Pakistan's most wanted militant, is killed in a joint US-Afghan air strike.
Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has insinuated that the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him is a consequence of challenging the military on cross-border terrorism. Nawaz Sharif’s politics are cynical, but does he have a point?
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