US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman to visit Islamabad; Incensed by the attack on Malala Yousafzai, a local jirga declares war on Taliban
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  • According to reports, US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman will arrive in Pakistan later this week to review ongoing efforts to end the conflict in the war-torn region by reaching out to the Taliban. Grossman will visit Islamabad during the weekend in a bid to gradually mend the otherwise troubled ties between the two countries. He is scheduled to meet civil and military authorities to discuss Pak-US relations as well as the current situation in Afghanistan.1

    In another development, reports noted that incensed by the attack on teenage child activist Malal Yousafzai, a local jirga has declared war on Taliban until the elimination of militancy from the picturesque valley. “The attack on Malala Yousafzai and other girls was a cowardly act which should be condemned on every platform,” Saifullah Khan, the chairperson of the Nepkikhel Aman Jirga, told a news conference at Swat Press Club on October 13, 2012.2