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26/11 mastermind not released: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad: Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani prime minister's advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, said Saturday that Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has not been released and that India should also show progress over the trial into the Samjhauta Express blast.

Aziz said in a statement that Lakhvi has not been released and the government is reviewing a petition regarding his case.

He also expressed hope that India would show significant progress regarding the Samjhauta Express trial.

UN, Afghan Taliban dialogue to reduce civilian casualties

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: The top UN official in Afghanistan said the world body has been in touch with the Taliban in an effort to reduce civilian casualties and to make them aware of their obligations under international human rights laws.

"We think it is really important to engage all parties to the conflict on the question of civilian casualties," Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said at a news conference here Friday.

US drone kills four militants in Pakistan

Islamabad: At least four militants were killed Saturday in a US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

Intelligence sources said the drone fired a missile on a compound in Datta Khel area which killed the militants, Dawn online reported.

The identity of the militants is yet to be ascertained. Drones were said to be hovering in the area.

The Pakistani military in mid-June had launched an all-out 'Zarb-i-Azb' operation against Taliban militants in North Waziristan that is still under way.

Christians in Pakistan's Chakwal not to celebrate X'mas

Islamabad: Christians in Pakistan's Chakwal district have decided not to celebrate Christmas this year to pay homage to the 148 people, including 132 children, who were massacred by terrorists in Peshawar on Tuesday.

They also held a reference for the victims of the deadly attack.

District Coordination Officer Asif Bilal Lodhi was the chief guest at the reference, Dawn online reported.

"Today we are gathered here to pay tribute to those who were ruthlessly killed by the terrorists," said Samina Sofia one of the organisers of the reference.

Two Pakistani militants to be hanged Dec 23

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court ordered the execution of two terrorists who had been sentenced to death in 2004 on charges of sectarian murder, Dawn online reported Saturday.

The court Friday directed authorities at Sindh province's Sukkur central jail to carry out the execution of Attaullah and Mohammad Azam, terrorists belonging to the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi terror group, Dec 23 at 6.30 a.m.

In a targeted attack, the convicts had killed Ali Raza Peerani when he came out of his clinic in Karachi.

Peshawar school massacre mastermind warns of more attacks

Islamabad: The terrorist who supervised the Peshawar school massacre has threatened more attacks, if the military and the intelligence agencies do not stop anti-terror operations, media reported Saturday.

In a video with English subtitles posted on Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan's (TTP) website, Umar Mansoor said that Tuesday's attack on the Army Public School which killed 148 people, including 132 children, was in retaliation to army operations, Dawn online reported.

Progress made during talks between Pakistani government, PTI

Islamabad: The Pakistan government and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), has made progress in their resumed dialogue process, a media report said Saturday.

Speaking to the media after the talks, PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday said that two sides had made progress in the meeting, which was aimed at resolving the issue of alleged rigging in the 2013 general election, Dawn online reported Saturday.

"The talks have continued from where they last ended," he said.

Wagah border suicide bomber identified

Islamabad: Pakistani security forces claimed to have identified the man who had carried out last month's suicide bombing at the Wagah border crossing with India and have taken his family into custody, a media report said Saturday.

The suicide attack Nov 2 killed 61 people, including security personnel, and left scores injured, Dawn online reported.

According to a police officer, the suicide bomber was identified as 23-year-old Hanif Ullah, a resident of Bajaur agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Pakistan to set up military courts for terror trials

Islamabad: Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif Friday said that military courts were being established for trials of terrorism related cases, media reported.

Asif said carrying out of death penalty against terrorists would begin soon, adding that the government had consciously decided to lift moratorium on capital punishment, Dawn online reported.

He said that the process of establishing military courts was already underway.

Asif added that there would be no discrimination in the carrying out executions of terrorists who have been sentenced to death.

FIR registered against Lal Masjid chief cleric

Islamabad: A case was registered against Lal Masjid's chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz Friday following his statement in which he refused to condemn the Peshawar school massacre, media reports said.

Civil society had exerted pressure on police to register a case against the cleric in response to his statement. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2) of Pakistan Penal Code at Aabpara police station in Islamabad, Dawn online reported.

A huge contingent of police personnel has been deployed outside the Lal Masjid to deal with situation.

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