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Mar23

Karachi: Mufi Taqi Usmani and family survive assassination attempt

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD —  A prominent Islamic scholar in Pakistan survived an assassination attempt Friday that killed his two security guards and critically injured two other people, police said. Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and his fellow cleric, Maulana Aamir Shahab, were traveling in two cars in the southern city of Karachi when unknown gunmen on motorbikes ambushed them and opened fire, senior police official Amir Farooqi told reporters. The assailants managed to flee, he said. Farooqi added that Usmani’s wife also was traveling with him in the car, but both escaped uninjured. In Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, incidents of political, ethnic, militant...

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Mar12

Doha: US-Taliban peace talks end without agreement

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL The longest round of peace talks between the United States and the Taliban has ended with “real strides” being made but without an agreement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said on March 12. “The conditions for peace have improved. It’s clear all sides want to end the war. Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides,” Khalilzad said on Twitter, adding that another round is possible later this month after the 16 days of negotiations in Qatar’s capital, Doha. But Khalilzad said “there is no final agreement until everything is agreed.” U.S. and Taliban negotiators...

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Mar10

Iran urges Pakistan to act after border attack

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for what he called “decisive” action by Pakistan in the wake of a deadly suicide attack in a border area. During a telephone call on March 9, Rohani told Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan that inaction by Islamabad could jeopardize relations between the countries, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. Twenty-seven members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in in a suicide car bombing near the border with Pakistan on February 13. The Sunni Muslim extremist group Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack in southeastern Iran. The group claims it is seeking...

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