Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government is in talks with some groups of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the aim of having the militants lay down their arms.
The existing terrorist threat is likely to evolve in a far different way from the one witnessed after the 9/11 attacks.
At least seven soldiers and five militants were killed in South Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan, says the Pakistani army. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claims they ambushed the troops in the raid.
Suicide bomber on a motorbike blows himself up in southwestern Quetta city, killing at least three paramilitary guards and wounding dozens others, police say. Banned terror group TTP claims responsibility.
Islamabad's recent outreach to Baloch separatist groups is part of its policy to subdue the national security threat emanating from another side--the Afghan border.
Pakistan cannot afford another conflict with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and has to devise a domestic political narrative that can justify a divorce from its previous policies.
Pakistan seems to be making a holistic policy shift from geopolitics to geoconomics.
"China opposes all forms of terrorism ... we believe that Pakistan will continue to take effective measures to ensure CPEC's security," China's Foreign Ministry says as Pakistan shares evidence of India's purported role in terrorism with P5 envoys.
Police did not immediately identify which militant group was involved in the firefight that ensued after a raid on a suspected militant hideout near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Two militants were also killed in the fight.
More than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents, most belonging to the banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, are present in Afghanistan, UN says in report, adding some of them have joined Daesh there.
The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani is not operationally significant, but the man's life contains within it the story of the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.
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?
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