The escape of a notorious militant and the strong-arming of the state by a radical cleric has brought Pakistan's fight against militancy into question.
Questions are being raised on social media about the whereabouts of Ehsanullah Ehsan following reports of the former TTP spokesman's claims that he had escaped from the Pakistani custody. Authorities have remained silent so far.
Powerful blast claimed by Daesh also kills senior police officer, wounds 20 others in southwest Quetta city, officials say.
An escalated conflict between the US and Iran will reverberate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pakistan's military says the army men, including a captain, were killed in attacks near the north-western border with Afghanistan and south-western Balochistan province.
"New Pakistan" has been Khan's catchphrase since he re-entered politics, promising to change the status quo. His new interior minister Ijaz Shah is a retired brigadier and ex-spy chief whom slain former PM Benazir Bhutto regarded as a deadly enemy.
Pushed into the shadows, the armed group largely operates from the bordering provinces of Afghanistan, mostly targeting Pakistan's impoverished Balochistan province.
The war in Afghanistan is drawing closer to a political settlement as the Americans, Afghans and other powers find their way to the negotiating table. Viewed by some as a destabilising force in Afghanistan, is Pakistan now getting what it wants?
Official estimates of the Afghan Taliban's manpower are wildly off the mark and the Taliban is likely as strong now as it was at the start of the Afghan war in 2001.
Officials say Ikramullah Gandapur, a local candidate from Imran Khan's party, and his driver were killed by a suicide bomber in the northern city of Dera Ismail Khan, three days before the country's general election.
Pakistan currently has the youngest population it has ever had. Many from this demographic have been deeply affected by the issues surrounding Pakistan's 'War on Terror', especially those in the northwest of the country. What do they want?
All signs pointed towards violence ahead of elections in Pakistan, but little had been done to protect election candidates. On the contrary, many were stripped of protection.
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