toward the stone age

2-15-14  KARACHI:     Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party, on Saturday slammed the Taliban for trying to drag the country back to the “stone-age.”
Addressing a gathering during the closing ceremony of a two-week cultural festival in his home province of Sindh, Bhutto also urged the country to rise up against the threats.
“The Taliban want to impose the law of terror in the country, but I want to tell them, if you have to live in Pakistan you will have to follow its constitution,” he said.
“We don’t accept the law of terrorists,” he added. “Some people are trying to bring back the stone-age era in the country in the name of Islam.”
“The terrorists should think of the time when the whole nation will stand against them,” he said in Makli, around 100 kilometres north of Karachi.
“We are Muslims and the terrorist groups should not try to teach us Islam.”  http://www.dawn.com/news/ 1087225/bilawal-lashes-out-at- stone-age-taliban
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2-17-14   PESHAWAR:
Taliban militants in Mohmand Agency on late Sunday night claimed to have killed 23 FC soldiers who were kidnapped in 2010 from Shongari checkpost in Mohmand Agency.
The Mohmand Agency Taliban chief Umar Khalid Khurrasani, in a letter issued on social media, claimed that they have killed the FC soldiers to avenge what he said was the custodial killing of Taliban fighters in various parts of Pakistan.  http://www.dawn.com/news/1087438/taliban-claim-killing-23-fc-soldiers-in-custody
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2-9-14 

As China will host the fourth ministerial meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, Beijing is ready to closely cooperate with Kabul to guarantee the event’s success, he said, adding that China is also ready to push the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to play a bigger role in Afghanistan.   http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-02/09/content_17273110.htm

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BEIJING, January 17, 2014   India, China and Russia on Thursday held trilateral consultations to coordinate their views on the situation in Afghanistan, amid heightened regional diplomacy in the lead-up to the withdrawal of NATO forces….

China also initiated a similar three-way consultation mechanism, involving Russia and Pakistan, highlighting Beijing attempt at a careful balancing act — and the sensitive regional dynamics — in the face of often competing interests of India and Pakistan.  http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/india-china-russia-hold-talks-on-afghan-issue/article5583356.ece

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