Rockets hit Pakistan Military Academy

By AFP
Published: January 27, 2012

Nine rockets fired at academy near bin Laden home, outer wall damaged. PHOTO: AFP

Nine rockets fired at academy near bin Laden home, outer wall damaged. PHOTO: AFP Nine rockets fired at academy near bin Laden home, outer wall damaged. PHOTO: AFP Nine rockets fired at academy near bin Laden home, outer wall damaged. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: Attackers on Friday fired rockets at Pakistan’s top military academy, damaging its outer wall in a major security breach near the home where Osama bin Laden lived for years, officials said.

No one was hurt in the pre-dawn attack and it was unclear who fired the nine rockets from behind a mosque in mountains overlooking the Kakul academy.

The garrison city of Abbottabad was considered one of the safest parts of nuclear-armed Pakistan until American special forces on May 2 found and killed the al Qaeda founder in a compound where he apparently lived for five years.

Three rockets on Friday damaged the outer wall of the academy, which is just 500 metres (yards) from the site of the US Navy SEALs raid that seriously damaged already turbulent relations between Pakistan and the United States.

“Nine rockets were fired. Three rockets hit the boundary wall of the military academy and damaged it. No one was hurt in the attack,” Imtiaz Hussain Shah, a top local government official in Abbottabad told AFP.

“We have launched a search operation,” Shah added.

Mohammad Karim Khan, Abbottabad police chief, confirmed the attack.

“Three rockets hit the boundary wall. Three others landed in an open area and three others landed in a field,” he said.

Officials blamed terrorists for the attack.

Shah told TV channel Geo that police had recovered nine rocket-launching pads behind a mosque, about 500 metres from the academy.

“We have a security system and checkpoints on the roads, but the place they used as a launch pad is accessible from all sides and there are mountains at the back of this place,” he said.

“At this stage we cannot say who was involved, but they are terrorists and we are investigating how they managed to reach this place.”

Taliban and other militants are fighting an insurgency against the army, although there has been a marked decline in violence in recent months.

Considered one of the quietest towns in the northwest, nestled in pine-dotted hills and popular with day-trippers from the capital, Abbottabad is listed on Pakistan’s official tourism website as a “popular summer resort”.

But although it is mainly tranquil, it is close to more troubled areas.

A judicial commission is investigating how bin Laden managed to live undetected in Pakistan for so long, and whether there was any government or military collusion.

Pakistani-US ties have since reached a new low over US air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November, leading Pakistan to shut its Afghan border to Nato supplies and conduct a review of its alliance with Washington.

Reader Comments (44)

  • Amjad
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:36AM

    So a few miscreants have fired some rockets in a mountainous area around Abbottabad. We all know that anti state criminals are active in many parts of the nation and they gain ready access through the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan needs to close the border to Afghanistan completely with a fence or wall.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:39AM

    No doubt the terrorism is growing and spreading in Pakistan by some miscreants/enemies of Pakistan and the reasons behind it may be the extreme killings and slaughters of innocent people on the name of fake terrorism.

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  • omer
    Jan 27, 2012 - 11:50AM

    Such security breaches are bound to happen when top generals are busy pursuing extensions and memo’s

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  • Jan 27, 2012 - 11:50AM

    That’s Not Good !! Not Good At All !!!

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  • Beatle
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:06PM

    They are busy in all sorts of matter, except those relating to security. What a joke. Isn’t it?

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  • Jan 27, 2012 - 12:07PM

    Wake up wake uppppppp…………. Pakistanis!!!

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  • Azqar Khan
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:16PM

    They cant protect themselves and they cant protect our sovereignty and they cant protect us…. They are just usurping our money in the form of taxes!
    Either become Japan like economy with no military expenditure OR become Iran like sovereign state!

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  • ashok sai
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:38PM

    When you meddle with other countries internal affairs, sure they will backfire. Terrorism is a double edged sword and by keeping it as a state policy to gain strategic depth has began to show its ill effects.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:47PM

    National security is way down on army’s priority list.
    Politics, businesses and constructions etc are the main interests in Pakistan Army Corporation Limited.

    Is this a joke? Seriously, they attacked PMA???

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  • Ahsan
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:57PM

    Abbotabad used to be a open minded, welcoming society tll the mid 90s. The Jihad project of the generals resulted in setting up of a network of madrassas in the area and politically/socially strong mullah brigade. With state support the mullahs changed the dynamics of the society which is far more narrow minded and hostile now. Many of us infact do not even remember what Abbotabad,Mansehra,Thandiani used to be like in those days. The frankenstein that the generals created had is out of control now.

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  • ashok sai
    Jan 27, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Irony is that, until OBL was living there, Abbotabad used to be a safest and peaceful place !!!

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  • mind control
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Did the attackers again come riding Stealth Helicopters under cover of Radar Failure? Or was this friendly fire from strategic assets?

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  • Ashraf P
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:15PM

    Wake up wake uppppppp…………. Pakistani Military!!!

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  • Indian muslim
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Decades of religious/sectarian conditioning, which was adopted as a state policy under general Zia, has been so pervasive over the past three decades that it has led to a stage where most Pakistanis have become fundamentalists by default.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar Haider
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Militancy was never a workable solution for the Kashmir issue. Our country as a whole is obsessed with Kashmir issue and India. There are other problems in our country for instance the use of IEDs by militants. Instead of focusing on others non-issues, we should devise a plan to check the free movement of fertilizers that are used in the preparation of IEDs.

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  • Aley
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:26PM

    As you sow, so shall you reap……..

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  • Sagar
    Jan 27, 2012 - 1:56PM

    @Azqar Khan:

    Its better for Pakistan & Pakistanis to try and save themselves now instead of thinking about Kashmir…

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  • dude
    Jan 27, 2012 - 2:20PM

    I am wondering how easy it is Pakistan to obtain, store, set up and fire the rockets and that too near Military academy. I there anything called secure?

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  • w
    Jan 27, 2012 - 2:49PM

    @omer:
    who is seeking extensions?

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  • Qamar Farid
    Jan 27, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Oh my God. What a sad news. May Allah Almighty bless upon us. (ameen)

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  • Amir
    Jan 27, 2012 - 3:28PM

    @Azqar Khan:
    This is what our enemy wants i.e to create wedge between public and army. This is exactly the emeny has been telling us. Please look the other side of events. Why our army only, why ? Becuase this is the only institution left in country. My dear undersatnd the game !

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  • Palvasha von Hassell
    Jan 27, 2012 - 4:12PM

    @Ahsan:

    Your comment is so spot on…so much damage has been done by patronage of jihadi elements. Don’t forget, though, why their fostering and encouragement began in the first place…to get dollars from the Americans, who couldn’t care less what happened to Pakistani society, as long as they could humiliate the Soviets in Afghanistan. We should not have enabled that project, instead of getting hired.

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  • Sajjad Qamar
    Jan 27, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Now THIS is something to be really worried about.

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  • JSM
    Jan 27, 2012 - 5:57PM

    What is wrong with mighty Pakistan army? There was Abottabad attack, Mehran raid, Salala incident, soldiers are kidnapped from their forts and fortifications and assasinated and now this incident. In their response to Supreme Court of Pakistan, MOD stated that civilian government of Pakistan does not control the Military. Who is the in-charge for handling this mess?

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  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 27, 2012 - 6:14PM

    @ashok sai:
    Just keep that out please. dont tell me india doesn’t meddle in Pakistan’s affairs or Afghanistan affairs even in Bangladesh affairs. Recommend

  • Madiha R.
    Jan 27, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Is this a bad dream or what? Seriously, PMA got attacked? shudders

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  • Reddy
    Jan 27, 2012 - 9:36PM

    @BS.Detecter: Somebody said you are talking to TTP for peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

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  • Jan 27, 2012 - 11:04PM

    It seems nothing is safe from these ruthless terrorists, not even a military academy. We are glad that no one was hurt in this attack but all the same it shows the true face of the terrorists who are bent on the destruction of Pakistan. Attacks like these are all the more reason for us to get together and resolve our differences. Together we have achieved much in defeating terrorism. That has always been our common goal, so it is time to get back to the basics and go full force after these enemies of peace. Till we do that, attacks like these will not cease. Therefore, the focus needs to remain on eliminating the threat that continues to plague the region. Our combined efforts will only help us defeat terrorism sooner rather than later.

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

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  • Cautious
    Jan 28, 2012 - 12:18AM

    This is an attempt to publicly humiliate the military — seems to be working.

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  • nnk
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:17AM

    Terrorism had not been a problem in this country until the US/NATO forces attacked and occupied Afghanistan ten years ago. Pakistan became a front-line state in this war against terrorism and was also accepted as a non-NATO Ally. Our civilian population and security forces suffered huge number of casualties through suicide attacks and acts of terrorism. An unknown group called TTP (Tahriq e Talaban Pakistan) accepted responsibilities for most of these attacks. Initially, we were made to believe that this was our war which was generally believed by our people at large.It is now well known and acknowledged by all and sundry that, most of these attacks have been planned, funded and monitored by RAW, Mosad and CIA through the TTP, to mold public opinion. Pakistan media and our public opinion has now come of age. The sacrifices and huge financial costs borne by this country have been acknowledged by more attacks and violation of even our national sovereignty and pride. We are prepared to cooperate in this war with any country, but only as an equal partner and on certain terms and conditions and not otherwise. Pressure has been brought upon our Armed Forces and ISI all along to do things not in our national interest. Enough is enough. US must realize, that they have lost whatever little public support the had from our people. We feel badly let down and hurt by our ally.

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  • S Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:41AM

    @ US Centcom
    As long as these ‘ruthless terrorists’ are being funded by ‘God alone knows whom’, such attacks will go on!

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  • hammad
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:54AM

    So they want to talk to the Taliban. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? Call me Pakistan Army.

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  • Grace
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:01AM

    Cowars trying to defame the Pak military to please their masters in Afghanistan and India.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:20AM

    @ahmed:
    Your stating the obvious. Just surprised it took them so long to actually have such a PR program. Wonder what their presence is in Urdu or other Pak dialect medium newspapers.

    The Taliban have the upper hand in propaganda in the region, where it matters. They’re tech savvy and creative, producing even catchy militant songs on CD’s in remote areas. Of course no one seems to register they would hypocritically and brutally ban such stuff and freedoms once they come to power. You would hope their DVD recordings of sadistic torture and butchery of kidnap victims would generate mass disgust as well. Sadly no. They have their extremist sympathizers, defenders and supporters even on these comment forums.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:48AM

    @S Khan:

    being funded by ‘God alone knows whom’

    They’re partly funded by stealing from us Pakistanis…extortion and protection money from drivers and suppliers, kidnapping ransoms, bank robberies in urban cities, lootings (mobiles, car jacking etc), smuggling (illegal gems and minerals mining, counterfeit, little drug money, etc).

    There’s funding from corrupt or scared contractors in Afghanistan (from the same US and international aid). Also foreign funding from Gulf Arab states (in Jundullah’s case, Israel for some time).

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  • Vikram
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:33AM

    @Palvasha von Hassell:
    Well Pakistan could have stopped after Soviest were defeated, but Pakistan chose to play talibans in Afghanistan to get stretegic depth. Pakistan treats Afghanistan like its own backyard.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:57AM

    @nnk:
    So you say that “It is now well known and acknowledged by all and sundry that, most of these attacks have been planned, funded and monitored by RAW, Mosad and CIA through the TTP, to mold public opinion.”
    WOW, and here I thought it was the EASTER BUNNY that “planned, funded and monitored” these attacks”, couldn’t be the TALIBAN, Not in a million years!!!
    SO, now PLEASE show us where it is “WELL KNOW AND ACKNOWLEDGED BY ALL AND SUNDRY” or we will have to believe that you are just another “conspiracy theory” Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:05AM

    This should not be happening.
    Security forces governed by Civilian government is the key for peaceful environment.
    Support your government. Don’t support the extremists.

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  • Vigilant
    Jan 28, 2012 - 1:13PM

    @Azqar Khan:
    What???……….Japan has no military budget??? New info……then it was probably some other country who has highest defence expenses as per Capita income…..

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Only when we start following true Islam all these thing will stop. Allah, the merciful will be Muslims when all of us follow sharia’t, the law laid by HIM. We take orders from kuffa’r & these things will remain. Inshallah, we realize the true path soon!

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  • RAW IS WAR
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:07PM

    RAW?

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  • Vikram
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:50PM

    @Akhtar: “1Only when we start following true Islam all these thing will stop. Allah, the merciful will be Muslims when all of us follow sharia’t, the law laid by HIM. We take orders from kuffa’r” May I ask what is “TRUE ISLAM”? Out of 1.6 billion Muslims how many you think are following “TRUE ISLAM”? Do you think Muslims are not following “TURE ISLAM” because so called Kuffar is putting pressure on Muslims not to follow “TRUE ISLAM”. You forgot to mention “We take billions of free AID from kufar”. Your country chose its best friend (China) who are communist. If you read taliban history, you will see MUSLIMS all over the world were happy/gloated to see talibans and thought finally some one has took a step to bring “true Islam”?

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  • s m ejaz
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @US CENTCOM: It is important to understand that these so called Islamist in Pakistan want territory for them like the clergy in Iran.Army is the only hindrance in their way.All banned outfits got together under religious political parties in recent gatherings in Karachi and Lahore under the pretext of Defence of Pakistan which is the responsibility of the Army.America must understand that and get out of Afghanistan to save the people of Pakistan from this threat.

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