Pakistan: Taliban and government begin peace talks

ntermediaries from the Pakistan Taliban met with government negotiators in the capital Islamabad on February 4 to sketch out a strategy for peace talks.

The previous week Nawaz Sharif, the country’s prime minister, had announced one last attempt at a negotiated settlement with the terrorists, who have killed tens of thousands of people during their seven-year insurgency.

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Raising a voice for the lost

The shocking discovery of a mass grave with anything up to 169 bodies in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan has galvanized a region already in head-long confrontation with the Pakistani government over the long march organised by the Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) organisation.

The march has met continuous obstruction by the authorities as it wends its way the 2,700 kilometres from Quetta, the provincial capital, to Islamabad.

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