Taliban group mars peace deal in Pakistan

Mar 07, 2014, 4:53 AM EST
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) committee member Maulana Sami-ul-Haq (R) looks on as special assistant to Pakistan's prime minister Irfan Siddiqui (L) speaks during a press conference in Islamabad on February 6, 2014.
AFP/File, Aamir Qureshi

Pakistan's cities are unsafe from Islamist militant attacks due to their porous security, the country's defense minister said after suicide bombers and gunmen killed 11 people in an assault on a court in the capital earlier this week. Carried out by a splinter group of the Paksitani Taliban, the attack will complicate the government's efforts to open peace talks as it destroyed trust on all sides, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told Reuters. "It is scary," Asif said in the wake of the worst attack in Islamabad since the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in 2008.
Background:
Violent splinter group mars peace deal with Pakistan Taliban [Reuters]
Pakistan resumes Taliban talks despite deadly blast [South China Morning Post]

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