Pakistan's secular Pashtun party defiant after Taliban bomber kills 20 activists

By REUTERS
July 11, 2018 16:13
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Pakistan's Awami National Party vowed on Wednesday not to be swayed from its resolve to face down terrorists, a day after a Taliban suicide bombing killed a score of its activists, including the son of a party leader assassinated in 2012.

The secular party, drawn chiefly from the Pashtun ethnic group that also provides the Taliban with many recruits, has long competed with it and other Islamist groups in Pakistan's northwestern region bordering Afghanistan.

"We want peace on our soil and will stand with our ‎people," said senior party leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain, who lost his only son in a militant attack eight years ago.

"One thing is clear: We will stand in the field against the terrorists," he told Reuters.

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