Taliban fighters will withdraw from the Buner district, just 96 kilometers (60 miles) from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, a spokesman says. The move came soon after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani told the national assembly that the military could stop the Taliban and that the country’s nuclear weapons were safe.
A radical cleric imprisoned for his role in a deadly Pakistan mosque siege has vowed to continue his campaign to impose hardline Islamic law in his first sermon since being released. Maulana Abdul Aziz was freed on Thursday — nearly two years after siege at Islamabad’s Red Mosque that left 90 people dead, including Aziz’s son and brother. Addressing Friday prayers in the battle-scarred mosque, Aziz said he was willing to see more blood spilled for his cause