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Key Taliban leader arrested in Pak

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Islamabad: A key Taliban leader has been arrested by authorities in Pakistan, Xinhua reported Sunday.

The arrest was made during an overnight raid Saturday in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. However, there is uncertainity over the exact identity of the Taliban leader.

Conflicting reports in Pakistan’s local media suggested the arrested leader is

Zia-ur-Rahman, who was in-charge of the intelligence network of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

He is being questioned for his activities, said one report while adding there is no official word on the arrest.

The name of the arrested leader has created confusion as there is another senior Taliban leader with the name of Qari Zia-ur-Rahman.

Qari, who had been living for years in northwest Pakistan, is now leading his fighters in Afghanistan’s Kunar province. He had moved to Afghanistan in the wake of major military operation in Bajaur in 2008-2009.

Qari was wanted both by the US and Pakistani sides for attacks in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal region and attacks on US security forces in Afghanistan. (IANS)

Sister of former Tunisian prez arrested

TUNIS: A sister of former Tunisian President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been arrested, authorities said, making her the latest of several of his relatives to be detained since a revolt overthrew him in January.

Najet ben Ali, detained in the region of Sousse, 150 km south of Tunis, was the subject of an arrest warrant, the Interior Ministry said today without elaborating.

Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 24 years until he was ousted by a popular movement which sparked copycat protests across the Arab world. He has since been sheltering in Saudi Arabia. (PTI)

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