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Abandoning peace bid, Pakistan opens offensive against insurgents
Abandoning peace bid, Pakistan opens offensive against insurgents

Pakistani armed forces began “a comprehensive operation” against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region on Sunday as fighter jets and ground forces pummeled insurgent hideouts, killing 80 people, officials said. The Pakistani military said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government ordered the long-awaited offensive, which came one week after a major terrorist attack on the country’s busiest airport left 36 people dead including 10 attackers. The announcement officially brought an end to a failed, months-long bid by Sharif to open peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban, the main insurgent organization based in the tribal areas that is seeking to overthrow...

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