The Beheading of Pakistan's Peace Negotiations

23 Beheaded After Being Held Hostage for 3 YearsWell over 100 Pakistani troops have died since September 2013. Monday afternoon's suicide bombing (February 24, 2014) of the Pakistani Frontier Constabulary (FC) near the Iranian Consulate in Peshawar, followed on the heels of the beheading of 23 FC personnel (on February 16, 2014) who were kidnapped three years prior. These two acts of terror has compounded the matrix of violence in Waristan and made it all the more mysterious. The decapitation of personnel by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) weaves a 3 year narrative of relentless radicalization and fragmented alliances, culminating in unprecedented use of violence. The impetus for the recent escalation occured after an overture by the Pakistani government was initiated with tribal leaders in North Waristan for peace negotiations, which factions of the TTP oppos. If the peace initiative fails, it throws the future of both Pakistan and Afghanistan into question, which…

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Veryan Khan

Veryan Khan is associate publisher at The Beacham Group, LLC., and Editorial Director of its Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium (TRAC). An expert in the philosophy and ethics of political...