These are the leading stories in Pakistan's newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
-- Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed on Wednesday to revive the joint Loya Jirga or grand assembly of elders for evolving a common strategy on furthering Kabul's "reintegration and reconciliation plan".
-- Six aid workers, two of them women, of a U.S.-based charity organisation were killed and eight wounded in an attack in a remote village of the northwestern Mansehra town on Wednesday.
-- Fourteen people were killed in U.S. drone strikes at Ziarat village of North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday.
-- An anti-terrorism court here again failed Wednesday to frame charges against five Americans accused of plotting attacks with al Qaeda-linked groups, lawyers said.
-- The government has shut all doors on talks with the Taliban and militancy will be uprooted from South Waziristan at all costs, a senior official told a grand jirga of the Mehsud tribes on Wednesday.
-- A furious mob robbed and later burnt houses of five Christian families in Narang Mandi in central Punjab province in which copies of bible were also allegedly burnt.
-- The United States is validating claims of $2.1 billion submitted by Pakistan for year 2009 under Coalition Support Fund and assured to release the funds at the earliest. (Islamabad newsroom +92 51 281 0016/7, Fax +92 51 281 0018)
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