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Pakistan's ties to militant groups complicate its terrorism fight
Pakistan's ties to militant groups complicate its terrorism fight

Pakistani authorities have banned, imprisoned and killed Islamist militants who attack the state. At the same time, the nation's powerful security establishment has tolerated and often nurtured what it considers "good" insurgent groups who help Pakistan's strategic interests by targeting archrival India, its eastern neighbor, and sowing chaos in Afghanistan, which sits to its west. Picking and choosing among heavily armed ideologues has always been a dangerous game, but the risks for Pakistan were never more devastatingly clear than on Tuesday, when Pakistani Taliban militants killed 132 children and 16 staff members at an army-run school in Peshawar. The...

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