Pakistani Taliban cancels ceasefire

Pakistani Taliban cancels ceasefire

ISLAMABAD, April 16 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that it was cancelling the month-long ceasefire that was agreed to on March 1 and extended to April 10.
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Pakistani court demands government produce 35 missing persons

Pakistani court demands government produce 35 missing persons

ISLAMABAD, March 18 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court gave the government one more day to produce 35 missing persons, warning the prime minister will be summoned if they are not produced.

Five militants killed in response to attack on polio team in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, March 2 (UPI) -- Security forces in Pakistan carried out a massive anti-militant operation Sunday in response to a deadly attack on a polio vaccination team.

Pakistani official: Major military operation possible 'any day'

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A senior Pakistani official said a major military campaign in North Waziristan could happen "any day."

Reports say key Pakistani Taliban commander killed

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Gunmen shot and killed Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, a top Pakistani Taliban commander, and three others Monday, security sources told Dawn.

Pakistan air force attacks Taliban in Khyber region

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Pakistani warplanes Sunday struck suspected Taliban positions in the Khyber tribal region near Afghanistan, security officials said.

15 militants killed in airstrikes by Pakistan's military

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistani military said airstrikes in North Waziristan Thursday killed 15 militants as peace talks with the Taliban were halted over rising militant violence.

Pakistan government-Taliban peace talks remain suspended

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Pakistani government negotiators say their peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban can progress only if the banned group stops its violence immediately.
Commentary: Pakistan showdown

Commentary: Pakistan showdown

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Far more dangerous than the Syrian civil war to the West is the upheaval in nuclear-armed Pakistan and its effect on the Afghan war.

Pakistani PM condemns reported terrorist killing of security personnel

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister warned the executions of 23 paramilitary soldiers claimed by a militant group could impact the current peace talks with the Taliban.

TTP faction says it killed 23 kidnapped security personnel

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A Pakistani Taliban faction says it killed 23 security forces it had abducted earlier even as the main militant group holds peace talks with the government.

Pakistan, Taliban negotiators meet for peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Pakistani government and Taliban negotiators held their first peace talks Thursday, promising to keep the process moving despite the ongoing insurgency.

Pakistan peace talks with Taliban delayed

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government and the Taliban seemed ready to start their peace talks Wednesday after failing to do so the previous day over procedural questions.
Pakistan delays Taliban peace talks

Pakistan delays Taliban peace talks

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Peace talks between the Pakistani government and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have been delayed, the government revealed Tuesday.
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Pakistani PM optimistic about peace talks with the Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has offered to hold peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, said he will personally supervise the dialogue.
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Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, (Punjabi, Urdu: میاں محمد نواز شریف) (born 25 December 1949) is a Pakistani politician who was Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1 November 1990 to 18 July 1993 and again from 17 February 1997 to 12 October 1999. He leads the Pakistan Muslim League (N) (Nawaz group), a political party. A wealthy businessman and a conservative politician, Sharif was Chief Minister of Punjab from 1985 to 1990 and was subsequently elected as Prime Minister. He notably ordered Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests in response to India's nuclear tests and was ousted by Pervez Musharraf in an October 1999 military coup.

Mian Nawaz Sharif was born in Lahore, Pakistan on December 25, 1949, one year after the new nation's founding. He came from a family of scrap traders. His father and uncles had a small steel business named as 'Ittefaq' in Landa Bazar Lahore before the creation of Pakistan. Sharif attended St. Anthony's School Lahore. However, he along with his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif later on attended Pakistan Railway High School, Moghalpura, Lahore and both of them passed Matric from this school in 1964 and 1965 respectively. Nawaz Sharif got addmission in the Government College of Lahore. He obtained his B.A. degree after appearing in the supplementary examination. He claimed that he passed his Bachelor of Law degree from the Punjab University Law College, also in Lahore. He, however session he attended is unknown. Nawaz Sharif is a joint owner of Ittefaq Group. Ittefaq Group is one of the largest business conglomerates in Pakistan. He helped establish the Ittefaq Islamic Academy in Lahore, where students receive religious instruction in addition to their secular training. A practicing Moslem, Sharif comes from a religious family and has said he would make the teaching of the Quraan, the Muslim Holy Book, a compulsory subject up to the secondary level. Like studies, Sharif was also interested in cricket as well. He did appear in one 1st class match from Pakistan Railway against Karachi in 1974 where he scored a 'duck'.

Sharif and his male cousins expanded their family iron foundry only to lose it to a 1972 nationalization policy launched by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It was re-established in 1977 as Ittefaq Industries in Lahore. The business was returned after Sharif developed political links with President Mohammad Zia ul-Haq. It was General Zia who brought down Bhutto in 1977, executing him two years later on charges of conspiracy. By 1990, Ittefaq Industries was one of Pakistan's most affluent conglomerates, with more than $450 million in annual revenues, up from about $16 million in 1981. It included the country's largest private steel mill, Ittefaq Foundries (Pvt) Ltd, eight sugar mills, and four textile factories. Sharif's net worth is around US$ 4 billion, considered as one of the wealthiest individual. With upwards of hundred thousand employees, Ittefaq has played a significant role in the development and growth of industry in Pakistan. It has likely influenced Sharif's political career and pro-business stance as well.

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