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Benazir Bhutto's son urges action against Pakistani Taleban

Published on Jan 28, 2014 3:48 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of Pakistan's assassinated premier Benazir Bhutto, has urged military action against the Taleban as the country debates how to respond to a surge in militant attacks.

Mr Zardari, the patron-in-chief of the main opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), told the BBC that Pakistan must "wake up" to the threat posed by militancy.

Pakistan, battling a homegrown Taleban insurgency since 2007, has endured a bloody start to the year with 110 people killed in attacks in January, according to an AFP tally.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government has been under fire for failing to make a strong response to the upsurge in violence.

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