Three children aged between four and 11 years were killed in the "suicide blast" alongside three soldiers in the country's northwestern region bordering Afghanistan.
Little is known about the ongoing talks between Islamabad and the militant group, which is behind some of the deadliest attacks in the country's history.
The terrorist organisation that changed the trajectory of global politics through its spectacular attack on September 11, 2001 has survived, but just.
The escape of a notorious militant and the strong-arming of the state by a radical cleric has brought Pakistan's fight against militancy into question.
Manzoor Pashteen, head of the Pashtun Protection Movement, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar on charges of making anti-government speeches at rallies and inciting violence, a local police official says.
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.
Voters in turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan vote in first provincial elections after the region lost semi-autonomous status it had held since British colonial era.
Pushed into the shadows, the armed group largely operates from the bordering provinces of Afghanistan, mostly targeting Pakistan's impoverished Balochistan province.
Pakistan's army launched an operation in mid-2014 to wipe out militant bases in the tribal region that borders Afghanistan and to end the near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives.
Improvised explosive devise was set off to target a military vehicle with recruits in Mir Ali town in North Waziristan, one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal districts, where the army is battling the Taliban.
Afghan president and NATO back new US approach while Pakistan, China and Russia view the latest policy as counterproductive to resolving the conflict.
Raids by security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province triggered gunfights with militants.
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