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The Pakistani Taliban Test Ties between Islamabad and Kabul

Two large attacks on police installations have rocked Pakistan, compelling the authorities to rethink their approach to countering militancy.

Their dilemma is that the insurgents’ main supporters – the new authorities in Afghanistan – are also their long-time allies.

Security agencies in Pakistan are on high alert following two major insurgent attacks on heavily fortified police compounds.

On 30 January, the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP) hit police headquarters in Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the north-western province bordering Afghanistan, claiming the lives of more than…

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