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Pakistan has confirmed Taliban militants have taken control of new areas in the country's north-west.
The militants are contolling parts of a region where sharia law was recently introduced in an effort to placate the Taliban.
Head of the interior ministry Rehman Malik confirmed the Taliban is now in control of pockets of Buner - a district, which is only 100 kilometres from Islamabad.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistani paramilitary forces have been deployed to protect government buildings and bridges in a district near the capital that has come under the Taliban's sway, an official said Thursday.
The six Frontier Constabulary platoons arrived in northwestern Buner on Wednesday, days after militants from the neighboring Swat Valley began infiltrating the area in large numbers, establishing checkpoints, patrolling roads and spreading fear.
Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is currently safe, but Washington has "concerns" over what could happen if the advancing Taliban topples the government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with Fox News on Saturday.