#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR – April 13 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved release of 12 people from detention as part of the so-called confidence-building measures to resume peace talks with the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), credible sources told Dawn.
They said the 12 “low profile suspected militants” held by security agencies could be released in next couple of days to meet a key demand of the Taliban.
The TTP leadership had handed over a list of combatants to the government negotiating team.
“None of those to be released are important,” the sources said.
They said the talks could resume soon after the prime minister’s return from China. Fawad Hassan, additional secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, who is accompanying the premier during his visit to China, is part of the government’s team holding dialogue with the Taliban.
The government, however, has not agreed to the TTP’s demand of declaring a peace zone in South Waziristan to facilitate their movement.
#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD, April 09 – At least 23 have been killed and more than 30 injured in an explosion at the market in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, the media reported on Wednesday.
An explosive device could have been operated remotely.
The police have arrested a suspect in on the scene.
No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack. The authorities suspect extremist groups of trying to jeopardize negotiations between Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and the Taliban.
Earlier, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) organization announced ceasefire for the period of negotiations with Islamabad. The ceasefire ends on April 10.
#AceWorldNews – ISLAMABAD, March 22 – At least 40 people were killed and many others injured when two passenger vans rammed into an oil tanker in south-western Pakistan on Saturday morning, local media reported.
Capital TV said that the accident happened when two passenger vans with over 100 people on board collided with an oil tanker near Gadani checkpost in Hub district in Balochistan province.
Eyewitnesses said that a passenger van hit the oil tanker coming from opposite direction on RCD highway, while another bus that was following the tanker also hit it due to over-speeding.
The oil tanker exploded sparking huge fire that engulfed both vans.
Police said that one of the buses was on its way to the southern port city of Karachi while the other was heading to Quetta city.
The injured people were admitted to Jam Ghulam Qadir hospital where several of them were said to be in critical condition.
Hospital sources said that the bodies were completely burnt and could not be identified.
Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain expressed sorrow over the loss of lives.
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#AceWorldNews Attacks in the volatile Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta killed a total of 19 people on Friday, Reuters reported.
In Peshawar, a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police vehicle, killing at least nine bystanders.
In Quetta, at least 10 people were killed when a motorcycle laden with explosives blew up near a college in the city center.
The attacks came as the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tries to engage Pakistani Taliban militants in talks to hammer out a permanent ceasefire agreement.
#AceWorldNews says that `Peace Talks’ between the Pakistani government and Taliban insurgents broke down on Monday after militants executed 23 paramilitary soldiers, Reuters reported.
The Taliban’s arm operating in the tribal Mohmand agency said the Pakistani soldiers had been executed in revenge for the killing of their fighters by army forces.
It was not immediately clear if the Mohmand Taliban actions had been endorsed by the movement’s central command. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that “such incidents are affecting the peace talks negatively,” adding that Pakistan “cannot afford such bloodshed.”