Taliban Attack on an Army-Run School Kills Dozens
Imran Khan, the cricket star who lost to Prime Minister Sharif in the 2013 election, and cleric Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri called on their supporters in Aug. 2014 to protest against Sharif and demand his resignation, saying the 2013 election was rigged. International observers had deemed the election largely fair. Protesters took to the streets of Islamabad, and after several days boldly entered the city's "red zone," which houses Parliament, the prime minister's house, and foreign embassies. Sharif restrained police, allowing protesters to proceed into the area. The protests turned violent on Aug. 31, when the demonstrators attempted to attack the prime minister's residence. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters, who attacked police with sticks and rocks. Three protesters died in the violence.
The Taliban attacked the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, in northwest Pakistan, in mid-December. About 145 people were killed in the seige, including more than 100 children. It was the most brazen and deadly attack by the Taliban in years. A Taliban spokesman said the attack was in retaliation for the military's offensive against militant hideouts in North Waziristan, which resulted in the death of about 1,800 militants.
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