Pakistani officials fear attempt to free jailed militants

Pakistani officials fear attempt to free jailed militants

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb. 28 (UPI Next) --Pakistani officials worry there may be an attempt to free militants from Central Prison Peshawar after jailbreaks elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.
Sumeera Riaz
Sit-ins staged along NATO supply roads in Pakistan

Sit-ins staged along NATO supply roads in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Members of a Pakistani political party said they staged sit-in protests Sunday along roads used to haul NATO supplies into Afghanistan.

Pakistani law minister killed in suicide bomber attack

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- At least 10 people, including a provincial law minister, were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber struck a gathering in northwest Pakistan, police said.

Gunmen stage prison breakout in Pakistan; at least 11 deaths

ISLAMABAD, July 30 (UPI) -- Gunmen disguised as police attacked a jail in Pakistan, killing 11 people and freeing nearly 250 inmates, including high-profile militants, officials said.

Afghan minister: Give NATO the boot

HERAT, Afghanistan, March 23 (UPI) -- A former Afghan warlord turned government minister said the country should not agree to further U.S.-led military operations there.

Afghan warlord issues call to arms

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A powerful Afghan mujahedin commander said he is mobilizing forces to defend his country against the Taliban as Western nations withdraw their troops.

Ten soldiers, civilians die in Afghanistan

HERAT CITY, Afghanistan, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Six soldiers, including a British soldier and four civilians, were killed during the weekend in Afghanistan, military officials said Sunday.

2 killed, 18 hurt in Pakistan explosion

KOHAT, Pakistan, June 1 (UPI) -- Two people were killed and 18 others wounded Monday when an explosion ripped through a bus station in Pakistan's northwest, officials said.

30 killed in Pakistan funeral blast

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A powerful explosion at a Shiite funeral procession in Pakistan killed more than 30 people Friday, authorities said.

Six killed in N.W. Pakistan suicide blast

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A suicide bomber killed six people in northwestern Pakistan Sunday after luring police to the scene with a smaller initial explosion, officials said.

Pakistan mosque bomb attack kills 4

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 17 (UPI) -- A bomb explosion tore through a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's northwest region, killing four worshipers and injuring two others, police said.

Violence, death toll rising in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 15 (UPI) -- Two attacks in Pakistan Sunday increased the regional death toll to 61 during the last two days and came as militant groups ended a peace treaty.

Pakistan journalist shot dead

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Pakistani journalist was killed by masked gunmen in the northwest part of the country and police were looking for two suspects.

Afghan governor ouster sparks protests

HERAT, Afghanistan, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. and Afghan troops used tear gas Sunday to control crowds after supporters of the fired governor of the city of Herat set U.N. offices on fire.

Cease-fire in western Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The Afghan government Tuesday announced a cease-fire in the western Herat province where dozens have been killed in clashes among rival militias.
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Ismail Khan (born 1946), an ethnic Tajik from Herat, Afghanistan, was a powerful Mujahedeen commander in the Soviet War in Afghanistan, and then a key member of the Northern Alliance, later the Governor of Herat Province and is now the Minister of Energy for the country. He is a key member of the political party Jamiat-e Islami and the new party United National Front.

In early 1979 Ismail Khan was a Captain in the Afghan National Army based in the western city of Herat. In early March, there was a protest in front of the Communist governor's palace against the arrests and assasinations being carried out in the countryside. The governor's troops opened fire on the demonstrators, who proceeded to storm the palace and hunt down Soviet advisers. The Herat garrison mutinied and joined the revolt, with Ismail Khan and other officers distributing all available weapons to the insurgents. The communist government led by Nur Mohammed Taraki responded, pulverizing the city using Soviet supplied bombers and killing an estimated 24,000 citizens in less than a week. This event marked the opening salvo of the rebellion which led to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. Ismail Khan escaped to the countryside where he started to assemble a local mujahideen army, which was widely supported by the population of Herat.

During the ensuing war, he became the leader of the western command of Burhanuddin Rabbani's Jamiat-e-Islami. With Ahmad Shah Massoud, he was one of the most respected mujahideen leaders. In 1992, two years after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the mujahideen captured Herat, and Ismail Khan became Governor.

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