‘Operation revenge’: 15 abducted FC soldiers brutally tortured, slain

Published: January 5, 2012

Frontier Constabulary soldiers prepare for funeral prayers of their comrades during a ceremony in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: Mockingly terming it “a new year gift” and “avenging” a military operation in the Khyber Agency, the Pakistani Taliban brutally murdered 15 kidnapped Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel on Thursday — vowing further such violence.

The bodies – sustaining 40 bullet holes each and signs of torture – were recovered from North Waziristan and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killings terming it a “consequence” of the January 1 military operation in Khyber Agency. The security personnel had been in the custody of the militants for over a year – kidnapped on December 22, 2010, when several militants attacked the Mullazai Fort in the Tank district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) bordering South Waziristan.

Officials from North Waziristan told The Express Tribune that the bodies of the security personnel were recovered from Shawa tehsil of North Waziristan. Locals, who wished not to be named, revealed that the bodies were recovered close to a ravine and were horrifically mutilated. The bodies were later shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Thall and flown by helicopter to the  FC Headquarter in Peshawar.

The TTP, in a statement issued to the media, said that the killings were in retaliation of the January 1 military operation in which Qari Kamran, a top TTP commander, was killed along with 11 other militants. Two women and three children were also recovered in the operation.

“This is revenge for the killing of our comrades in Khyber by Pakistani forces,” Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the TTP, told Reuters. “We will soon take revenge for other operations too.”

The Taliban’s statement alleged that there was one woman killed in the operation and others were arrested. “There is no room for such actions in Islam and tribal traditions,” read the statement which called the incident ‘a new year gift’.

“Such actions are unimaginable in a Pakhtun society. Release them or such violence will continue,” said the statement.

The deceased men were identified as Lance Naik Nisar Gul, Ali Ameer Naib Subaidar, Shakeel Gul, Rajid Khan, Muhammad Arif, Khan Talab, Ajeem Khan, Amjid Ali, Tayyab, Riwayat, Uzair Ali, Sabit Khan, Shafiur Rehman, Bacha Khan and Bawar Khan. Eleven of the deceased men belonged to the Mallagori area of Khyber Agency while three were from Shabqadar and one from DI Khan.

While the funeral prayers for 14 of the deceased men were offered at the FC Headquarters in Hayatabad, Peshawar, the body of one of the men was shifted to Dera Ismail Khan.

Senior Minister K-P Bashir Bilour, while speaking to the media, said that the incident came at a time when negotiations were under way

“It’s a reaction to the death of Qari Kamran,” he said. “The government was negotiating terms for the release of these men,” he confirmed.

“These men were brutally shot dead, with 40 bullets each.”

Haji Abdul Manan, the tribal elder of the Mallagori tribe, announced a three-day mourning period in the area. “Our village has not seen so many deaths on a single day,” he told The Express Tribune.

(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM REUTERS)

Published in The Express Tribune, January 6th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (60)

  • Amjad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 11:29AM

    That’s all the ant state cowards can do. Kill innocent people such as children in schools and women in bazaars. It does not surprise me that they would kill helpless paramilitary prisoners. Pakistanis have long learned that these anti state criminals are trying to weaken Pakistan for their foreign masters but now that the Pakistani population is against them, they have become desperate. I am sure the army will give these anti state cowards exemplary justice soon enough. At least all military personal know what these anti state cowards will do to them when they surrender to them. I doubt if the criminals will be kidnapping many more Pak military people.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Jan 5, 2012 - 11:54AM

    This is really a sad news, RIP. Can Pakistan still trust these barbarians and sign a peace agreement with them ?

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  • Jpy
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Is this the same TTP with whom the military leadership is trying to make peace deal? What a hype of hipocracy?

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  • Sani Bhagwan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:05PM

    “Strategic assets” at work i guess!!!! For the past couple of years it has become a “Strategic liability” for pakistani people.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:12PM

    Imran khan’s advise to negotiate with TTP must be adhered by the army instead of attacking Taliban for future peace!

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  • Azmat
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:14PM

    And this is why you should not deal with terrorists.

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  • Jan 5, 2012 - 12:34PM

    The worth of our soldiers blood is only pondered upon when attacked by US. No body cares about the daemon within. Poor us.

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  • Feroz
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:34PM

    Does the Establishment really have a Soul that they want to negotiate with TTP and sacrifice the lives of armed forces personnel ? Incredible, but I do hope the news of the slaughter is false.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:56PM

    @Akhtar: Negotiate with animals? I don’t think so.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Very Sad, really. FC should vanish all of them

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  • Parvez
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:29PM

    …..and we still want to talk with them ??? Is it because we are incapable of dealing with them, despite all the resources of the state that is channeled for this purpose ????

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  • Mj
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Where is the hue and cry from anchors, politicians, and ordinary citizens? Do the lives of our soldiers only matter if they are killed by NATO/US forces? My sympathies to the families of victims of Taliban’s barbarity, and anger at blatant hypocrisy of this nation.

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  • Sajjad Hussain
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:26PM

    Crush these barbarians.

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  • Javed
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:48PM

    My God! So sad. Is this the SURPRISE we were told we shall soon be hearing.

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  • Usman
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:48PM

    Militants are following instructions from anti-Pakistan secrete agencies which are operating via Afghanistan… Afghanistan is safe heaven for terrorists and their masters CIA and RAW…

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  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Creating an immediate demand of drones.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:03PM

    TTP must be wiped out from the face of the earth. mindless maniacs

    Calling TTP Pakistan’s strategic assets is absolutely rubbish and you guys should know fully well that’s this group was particularly created by the enemies of this country. Its still very much being funded by the same entities

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  • MarkH
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:04PM

    Not intended to gloss over the deaths as I saw that video quite some time back of their style of killing prisoners and it’s pretty messed up… But, several militants attacked and 15 were captured? Did they have orders to surrender on sight or something?

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  • Waqas Butt
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:10PM

    This act from some groups who claim themselves to be representatives of taliban could be a move to disrupt the peace talks with those groups of Taliban who are not anti-Pakistan. I can see the Timming. Nevertheless such groups should be exterminated with harsh response so they never dare to show up again on the face of the planet. There timei is limited now.

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  • Usman
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Terrorism started in Pakistan since US has came to Afghanistan… This brutal act shows militants are following instructions of their external masters…Occupied Afghanistan has become safe heaven for anti-Pakistan terrorists and secrete agencies CIA and RAW…

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  • Syed Imran
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Allah Almighty curse be on these barbarians and their abode be eternal hell-Ameen.

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  • abulhasn
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:40PM

    All the flag bearers of peace talk with TTP , should now go and talk with these barbarians. Can the reclaim the lives of soldiers or other 35000 Pakstanis killed by them?

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  • Malatesh
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:43PM

    This is the result of secrete talk.

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  • zayeph
    Jan 5, 2012 - 3:54PM

    Unfortunately Pakistan have only choice that is dialogue Imran khan is right our army will be killing them and more of them will be generated, they just take revenges. Pak govt. should deal with the tribe leaders and ask them to solve this ttp issue. Hopefully that will be less messy.

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  • Ali Hamza Khan
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:05PM

    And these are the same barbaric animals with whom certain people are offering peace as a solution!They are answerable to none except their own messed minds.Who will they answer to after a ‘proposed’ deal-none,not even Imran Khan.They will maintain their own law whereby people(locals) will suffer-ask Swat locals and the little girl kid who got some award for being vocal for Girl Education,and we will get the answer if they want the Taliban or not.If the natives of the land where these thugs have a hold because of terror don’t want the Taliban,who are we to be suggesting otherwise?

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  • Asif
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:22PM

    If it were Americans they would have sent B52, B! and B2 and burnt the region down to ashes including any living organism. Did Pakistani Army did anything to stop this from happening when TTP said they would kill these victims?
    Pakistani Army need to learn to protect its soldier – military or para – to live to fight another battle.
    My sympathy for the loved ones left behind – RIP.

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  • Malatesh
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:30PM

    When 24 soldiers called killed by ISAF forces on the Afghan border, the Pakistanis reacted with great anger. Where is that anger and bluster now?

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  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Don’t bring Pashtoons in this. The last I checked pashtoon traditions, killing was against Pakhtunwali. Get rid of these criminals!

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  • mind control
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Is this the ;Big Surprise’ promised by those talking to the TTP?

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  • It's (still) the economy, stupid
    Jan 5, 2012 - 5:50PM

    I do not see anyone saying that Pakistan should (a) stop the supply routes of TTP (b) torch their fuel tankers (c) ask TTP to vaccate their base within 15 days in Pakistan or (d)stop the payments to the state actors. Opps! I forgot that it was reserved for sworn enemy like US and India. Also, I noticed there are no conspiracy theory takers. No one is blaming CIA/ RAW /MOSSAD / MI5or 6. Does it mean that the readers are getting sophisticated?

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  • What?!
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:20PM

    …and PTI wants us to negotiate with these guys….wait!!! Isn’t the intelligence guys already doing that and what….making progress!! some progress!!! a lot of developed countries have the stated policy of “no negotiations with terrorists” (well, they may not stick to it always) and now one can understand why…

    make an alliance with a serpent and it will bite you back at tis own convenience..Recommend

  • Jat
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:26PM

    The silence of Imran Khan is deafening ! No dharnas, protests or talk of sovereignty when Taliban kill your army jawans?

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  • Shahid
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:31PM

    @zayeph: You do not negotiate fro the position of weakness. Army has to defeat them completly and then negociations can be done. Recommend

  • Javed
    Jan 5, 2012 - 6:49PM

    @zayeph:
    My dear sympathiser for your kind information the TTP has killed most of the tribal elders. They are not seeking revenge….. Remember Swat. When they had full control, they were as brutal. Instead of being a Taliban apologist you should be out protesting just like you and your likes protested when 24 soldiers died due to NATO fire.

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  • Sadia
    Jan 5, 2012 - 7:08PM

    OK if these people are fighting for Islam as they claim. Islam does not allow to kill the prisoners of war. they are truly strayed people.

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  • DB
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Desperate action of a TTP that is isolated by defectors who are willing to talk peace. We should talk peace with those willing for peace.

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  • Aceleaf
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:29PM

    When Americans kill we show Ghairat, when Talibans kill a silence a huge pause……

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  • Jan 5, 2012 - 8:46PM

    This is fake paid news…the mujahideen will never kill their brothers…may be its Afghans or worse, Indians

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  • Jan 5, 2012 - 9:50PM

    The cowardly terrorists have struck again, ruthlessly murdering 15 abducted FC soldiers in cold blood and then proudly claiming credit for their heinous crime. Our condolences go out to the families of the 15 Frontier Constabulary personnel murdered. We share the rage of Pakistani people over these planned and targeted abduction and killings. We have always supported the people of Pakistan in their quest for a terror free region. Today, once again, we stand by them. Prosperity and peace will only return with the elimination of the threat of terror in the region.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • Anonymous
    Jan 5, 2012 - 10:22PM

    “Qari Kamran, a top TTP commander, was reportedly killed along with 12 other militants, while some women and children were also taken into custody by the security forces during the operation in the Karmana area of Landi Kotal.”

    You mess with the bulls; you get the horns. The military struck first, the taliban were always going to take revenge. The war was never ours in the first place.. we should dedicate our full efforts in trying to make peace with the people whose lives we interfered with. Live and let live and they’ll do the same.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:20AM

    @Zaid Hamid:
    Stop being a cheap imposter, indian

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  • Arian
    Jan 6, 2012 - 12:50AM

    There is an old Afghan saying: “there is no pain or treatment to self inflicted wound.” You awaken a sleeping giant (Pashtoons/Balochs) who love to fight and they are impossible to be defeated. Good luck my fellow muslim brothren, I do feel sorry for what happening in their… We’ve been there and We feel you… It gets worse before it gets better, Time will fix everything.

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  • Jawad U Rehman
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:06AM

    Very sad. My heart weeps for these and the other 35000 Pakistanis killed by the Taliban butchers. None of their atrocities will rise to a level to make people hate them or our military and political leadership act as decisively against them as they did against NATO and the US. Compare the two incidents (and the one in June/July 2011 when 18 FC soldiers were executed with their arms tied behind their backs, and the barbarian video was released): In one our soldiers get killed, the perpetrators immediately offer regret, investigate the incident, and ensure it will never happen again. Our leadership, especially the militarty strategists, decide to use the opportunity to further isolate Pakistan internationally and put Pakistan’s future on a collision course with the west, the whole nation erupts in protests for the brave soldiers for weeks, the media prepares the nation for an actual war with NATO/US/West. The whole future of the nation is diverted while the ‘adversary’ is constantly saying they did not intend it, and want to continue to work together in dealing with our problems. Contrast this with the other incidents: The soldiers are brutally executed, their dead bodies are desecrated, their massacre videos are released, the perpetrators proudly announce that they did it, and will do it again – and what is the reaction of the nation? Complete silence on media (minor headline number 4 on Tribune, no mention on day 2 on major satellite news channels), no rallies/dharnas or even statements from any of the leading parties, deafening silence by our military/ISI, and total apathy by the general public. Our military planners almost took us to war with a major power over the death of 26 soldiers. What about these 15 soldiers, whose shameless murderers have poked the military in the eye – where is the resolve to defend the nation from its enemies, where is the sanctity of our soldier’s blood? What have these Tailiban done that no matter what they do, we will not rise as one and eliminate them once and for all from every corner of Pakistan? The mothers, sisters, and daughters of these 15 soldiers are asking what did our sons/brothers/fathers do to deserve this that our killers are still not treated as enemies. WHO WILL CRY FOR THESE 15 SOLDIERS?

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  • American Desi
    Jan 6, 2012 - 2:03AM

    FC has been discriminated and their sacrifices are not being recognized. The armed forces conveniently place these ill equipped people recruited from tribal areas to face the wrath of killers as the pasthun blood is cheap. I don’t hear any outrage from general public either compared to Shalala incident! Looks like ISI psyops have a strong hold on the man on the street. Sad and disgusting.

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  • Jat
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:18AM

    @Jawad U Rehman: Your next generation will cry; certainly not the present crop of Hamid Guls, Zaid Hamids, Imran Khans and Hafeez Saeeds.

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  • KH Mian
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:34AM

    These are CIA-MI6-MOSSAD-RAW operatives that have been infiltered into Pakistan thanks to indiscriminate issuance of visas, and are being infiltered from Afghanistan thanks to Pakistan’s unholy alliance with USA.

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  • Stenson
    Jan 6, 2012 - 4:51AM

    I am sure the Pakistani military will taech these foreign paid agents a lesson they won’t forget. They think the lives of Pakistanis are cheap but I am sure they will regret every FC personnel they shameless killed.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:07AM

    @Usman:
    WOW, here we go again! SO, you say that ” Militants are following instructions from anti-Pakistan secrete agencies which are operating via Afghanistan… Afghanistan is safe heaven for terrorists and their masters CIA and RAW”
    Listening to tapes of intercepted conversations between Taliban fighters in Afghanistan and THEIR MASTERS in the QUETTA SHURA (inside Pakistan), I really wonder why you think Afghanistan is a “safe haven” (with the US Marines hunting down Militants who flee back across the border into SAFE HAVENS IN PAKISTAN)! You should expand your mind and consider that other entities such as KFC, the girl scouts, Walt Disney studios, the Bolivian secret service, the Fuji Islands Glee Club, and the Ever Ready Pink Bunny are all running operations inside Pakistan, disguised as Panda Bears from China!

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  • A
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:12AM

    Pakistan should launch a full blown operation against them. This is our country and there are insurgents acting against the govt and army. Our army should mobilize from eastern frontier and launch a full blown attack even extending across the border into afghan if deem necessary and to neutralize anti pk targets there. Thumbs up if you agree

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  • Gabriel
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:17AM

    @US CENTCOM:
    With all due respect Major David do you know who sponsors TTP to spread violence and terror in Pakistan?? Do you know why Pakistani Government is talking to TTP for peace and not the Haqqani network? do you know why Americans want an operation in north waziristan and destroyed our border check posts, killing 24 soldiers, which was to stop talibans from infiltrating into pakistan, lets not pretend we dont know whats going on and extend false sympathies to each other. we know how much Americans are pinched over the deaths of pakistani armed or civilian deaths, how about apologising for the deaths of 24 soldiers on border posts??

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  • Gabriel
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:25AM

    @It’s (still) the economy, stupid:
    Its a well known and proven fact that the international secret service agencies you mentioned are really eager to jump to any opportunity to damage the military effort of pakistan to eleminate these unwanted anti state elements from our soil. These elements are sponsored, trained and then used as proxies to launch attacks on security forces and civilians of pakistan. They are not real talibans, the real talibans are those with whom americans are really interested in talking to, and requesting them to agree to some sort of deal to stop fighting the war America has already lost. Please dont confuse the two types as the people of pakistan know the difference very well by now.

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  • HollyCow
    Jan 6, 2012 - 5:41AM

    We need a militia, raised from amongst the people, that ruthlessly hunts down these people, kill them,, their women and children, burn down their houses and crops, impose a siege that causes famine and death on a wide scale. I’d be the first volunteer for this effort.

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  • Jan 6, 2012 - 6:25AM

    In Islam killing anyone in cold blood and then linking it to Islamic rules of war – is an attack on the teachings of our last prophet pbuh. Our prayers are for the families of those who have been killed. The people of Pakistan should be supported by all sides to defeat this JahillyatRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 6, 2012 - 10:08AM

    @KH Mian:
    So you say that “These are CIA-MI6-MOSSAD-RAW operatives that have been infiltered into Pakistan thanks to indiscriminate issuance of visas, and are being infiltered from Afghanistan thanks to Pakistan’s unholy alliance with USA.”
    WOW, and you know that how, since the TTP has taken full credit for the 15 deaths, and threatened more operations again Pakistan!

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  • Bilal
    Jan 6, 2012 - 11:01AM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:
    the only way to defeat jahillyat is by education. As the saying goes;

    You give a man a fish, he eats for the day.
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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jan 6, 2012 - 11:48AM

    @HollyCow:

    We need a militia, raised from amongst
    the people, that ruthlessly hunts down
    these people, kill them,, their women
    and children, burn down their houses
    and crops, impose a siege that causes
    famine and death on a wide scale. I’d
    be the first volunteer for this
    effort.

    You do that and you will end up with something worse than TTP.

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  • Ashraf P
    Jan 6, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Is this the “good news” that ISI was promising in the secret negotiations with Taliban??

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jan 7, 2012 - 12:03AM

    We must CRUSH the anti Pakistan forces with brute force and with whatever power required. We must crush them by hook or crook. By any means possible. They should be wiped out.

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  • Radial
    Jan 7, 2012 - 11:40AM

    The lives of Pakistani soldiers are only valuable if they are killed in NATO friendly fire incidents. Military Brass, PCO SC Judges, and Politicians, not to mention the News Media, have no problems with their friends the Taliban butchering our soldiers and civilians on a daily basis.

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  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:13AM

    @HollyCow: Those are very strange thoughts. Hate never solves anything, patience and love does.

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