Pakistan frees hardline Islamist leader Saad Hussain Rizvi under peace deal

Pakistan freed a hardline Islamist leader on Thursday, a week after removing his name from a terrorism watch list under a deal to end weeks of deadly protests by his followers, the government and his lawyer said. Saad Hussain Rizvi, the chief of a Sunni militant group – Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) – was released from… Read More Pakistan frees hardline Islamist leader Saad Hussain Rizvi under peace deal

Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Pakistan and local Taliban militants have agreed a one-month ceasefire which may be extended if both sides agree, spokesmen said on Monday, opening the possibility of a fuller peace accord to help end years of bloodshed. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), are a separate movement from the Afghan Taliban and have fought for… Read More Pakistan reaches one-month ceasefire agreement with local Taliban militants

Pakistan Army intervenes as Islamist activists clash with police

Pakistan’s government on Saturday called on the army to help clear a sit-in by Islamist hard-liners blockading the capital after police clashed with activists and religious protests spread to other cities. More than 100 people were wounded in Saturday’s clashes, including at least 65 members of the security forces, according to reports from hospitals. Protesters… Read More Pakistan Army intervenes as Islamist activists clash with police