On the morning of February 1, 2017, a group of men from the West Pakistan-based Pakistani Taliban group, known as the Peshawar-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), broke into the house of a Pakistani woman named Shantha.
They then forced their way inside the house and sexually assaulted her.
They held her in the basement for about an hour, she told the Washington Post at the time.
After that, they took turns raping her.
She later told the Guardian she was raped for about two hours in the same basement.
In a Facebook post on March 14, 2017 about her ordeal, Shantha said that she was taken to a hospital in Peshawar.
She described a horrific scene: The attackers entered the house, took me to the basement and raped me for hours.
I was not able to scream or fight back as I was too afraid of being raped.
The attackers then tied me up and took me back to the house.
They took my mobile phone, a computer, my clothes and then threw them in the garbage bin.
After the assault, they drove me to a nearby village, where I was raped again.
I tried to flee but they chased me.
After raping me again for two hours, they tied me to my bed and sexually abused me for about five more hours.
They kept me for three days.
When they finally brought me home, they raped me again.
The rapists forced me to marry one of them.
I told him that I would marry him.
They did not marry me.
I fled to India.
According to Shantha, she was forced into marriage to a man from the same family, and she says the man raped her again and again.
After her marriage, she fled to Pakistan.
“I was very scared of going back to my parents and I wanted to hide,” she said.
“The Taliban used to be able to kill people like me but now they are afraid to kill anyone.
They would only kill the ones they consider a threat.”
A family of Pakistani Taliban militants hold Shantha’s husband in a prison in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Source AP/File Pakistani Taliban source The Taliban’s propaganda department issued a video in 2014, featuring the “martyrdom of Shaya” — one of the group’s leaders — telling Pakistani militants to kill the wife of a rival, and to attack her in retaliation.
“Shaya was in a relationship with a member of the [Pakistani] intelligence agency who was the target of an assassination attempt by [Pakistans] [Taliban],” the video said.
In 2015, the Pakistani Taliban issued a manifesto that was translated by Human Rights Watch as calling on Pakistani militants not to target “anyone who is a member or sympathizer of the Pakistani intelligence agency.”
It also warned, “If you want to kill a member, then you have to kill his father, his brother or his son, or his uncle or nephew, or anyone in his family.”
In another video, a militant identified as “Taliban Commander” said that women are “infidels” and should be killed, as the family of Shayein, who was married to a Pakistani officer, had been targeted by Pakistani forces for years.
In 2016, Pakistani officials announced the arrest of two Pakistani Taliban commanders — Wali Khan and Wali Khurasani — and the prosecution of another commander, Haji Ali Qaiser.
Pakistani authorities had previously identified a third person in the Pakistani militant network, and it was believed to be Qaizer.
In March 2017, the U.S. State Department designated Qaider and Khurasan as the masterminds behind the 2016 attacks on the U!
Consulate in Lahore, and said the two were considered senior commanders in the Haqqani network, which has carried out at least eight attacks on U.N. buildings in Pakistan since 2009.
At the time, U.s. officials said Qaizers arrest was “the culmination of a series of arrests in recent months.”
“The U.K. and the United States have made significant progress in bringing these three men to justice, but more must be done to secure their extradition to the U