6 Uzbek militants killed in North Waziristan drone strike: Official

Published: July 29, 2012

Militants were visiting a spring for leisure when they came under attack and were killed. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: At least six Uzbek militants were killed on Sunday when a US drone fired six missiles at a car and a small compound in the Khushhali Turikhel village in North Waziristan, a security official confirmed.

According to the official, the six Uzbek militants were visiting a spring for leisure when they came under attack and were killed.

The village is 35km towards east of Miranshah bazaar.

Earlier, around 12 suspected militants were killed in Shawal Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency when a drone fired at least six missiles at a compound used as a training centre by militants.

The strike was the first recorded one in the month of Ramazan.

The area of Shawal is considered to be a stronghold of militant warlord Hafiz Gulbahadur.

Reader Comments (40)

  • Sheharyar
    Jul 29, 2012 - 5:56PM

    You and your suspected Militants!!

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  • Talha
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:04PM

    I would rather have the Pak army remove these miscreants but when they can’t, the drijes come in.

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  • abc
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:06PM

    This must be condemned irrespective of whoever got killed.

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  • Faisal Khan
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Well the truth is majority of Pakistanis support drone strikes… so its really pointless to argue against it for the govt. The government should totally embrace drone strikes as we all know it secretly supports them

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  • Imran Haider
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Khas Kam Jahan Paak (Good Riddance!)

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  • Naseer Qureshi
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Another blatant violation of sovereignty of a sovereign nation.

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  • Ninja
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @Faisal Khan, “Well the truth is majority of Pakistanis support drone strikes” you should not post comments while muddled.Recommend

  • LuvPak
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:43PM

    Don’t stop drone strikes!
    If these blood thirsty militants don’t care for innocents, women, children, Sunni, Shia, Muslim, Hindu, Eid, Ramazan, Jumma, Funerals, School or Shrines then they should not get a break for rest or lunch. As soon as they get their rest they go back on killing rampage again. As a matter of fact they have recently killed and boldly claimed the be-headings of more Pak Muslims than drones have killed theirs.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Majority of the people in FATA and K & P who are not associated with the miilitants, sectarian lashkars or taliban both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, support drones.
    It is only people outside of this areas such as punjab, karachi, TTP wallahs make too much noise about the drone strikes.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:48PM

    ‘Another blatant violation of sovereignty of a sovereign nation’
    Naseer Qureshi,
    Please clear, who did the violation? Uzbek militants or Drones.

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  • sashayub
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:56PM

    what were they even doing there in the first place? definitely not tourists….the silent majority is sick of afghans, uzbeks, tajiks, arabs, sudanese, somalis making pakistan a haven for their illegal criminal activities….[of course my comments will again be purged by ET, but i will still write on]

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  • Truth bites
    Jul 29, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @Imran Haider:
    Allah knows better who is pak and who is khas.

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  • Uza Syed
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:06PM

    “……six Uzbek militants were killed on Sunday when a US drone fired six missiles….” —– I’m happy, very happy to hear this good news about “six Uzbek millitants” being killed, I’d be happier if the number of these terrorists killed was 60 or 600 or 6000 and I don’t care if it takes six or sixty or six hundred ‘drones’ to do this job to rid us of these enemies of Pakistan and its people and the rest of the world.

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:08PM

    My question is this: Would these Uzbek militants have ever been captured or killed if the drones didnt wipe them out? I dont think our intelligence agencies even knew of these militants’ existence. Or maybe just Rehman Malik knew that they were star wars actors.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:11PM

    Great job in protecting Pakistanis from these terrorists. Let us get them before they get us. Sad to say but Pakistan is still a magnet for global jihadists. No wonder many want to bring in Afia in Pakistan from the US. The rightwing thinks that with her history she belongs here!
    It is ironic that the rightwing makes the powerless elected govt responsible for everything that is wrong with the country and take each of its decision to the court, why have they not taken these attacks to the SC?

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  • Cautious
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:20PM

    According to the official, the six
    Uzbek militants were visiting a spring
    for leisure when they came under
    attack and were killed.

    Does that mean that Uzbeks consider terrorism as “leisure” or are you seriously saying that N Waziristan is a vacation destination?

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  • Raj - USA
    Jul 29, 2012 - 7:38PM

    “According to the official, the six Uzbek militants were visiting a spring for leisure when they came under attack and were killed.”

    This is atrocious. These Uzbeks were tourists visiting the land or pure and US is destroying Pakistan’s tourism industry.

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  • SomeoneFromSomewhere
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:14PM

    they were here on tourist visa and this is an attempt to kill a flourishing tourist industry in Pakistan.

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  • Zaikam
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:24PM

    @ Mirza: What did Raymond Davis deserve? Fly back home?

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:44PM

    “The area of Shawal is considered to be a stronghold of militant warlord Hafiz Gulbahadur.”

    Is there any area in NW that is under Pak Army’s stronghold or control ?

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  • Imran Haider
    Jul 29, 2012 - 8:48PM

    @Truth bites:
    Allah knows better who is pak and who is khas
    Sorry to offend. However, please do not use Allah’s name to create a pro-terrorist uncertainty. It is evident that Taliban and AlQaeda are ripping Pakistan and its citizens apart. As a proud Muslim, I strongly believe that Allah is against Taliban and AlQaeda.

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  • Jul 29, 2012 - 9:02PM

    As someone who has spent all his life in print and broadcast journalism in North America, and then left out of disgust and disappointment, I am sure all of your readers would appreciate reading who your information sources are when you use words like “militants”, “compounds used for militant training,” and so on andd so forth. All you have is “a security official.” Is this an American security official? A Pakistani security official? From which agency or department? This will I believe help readers filter the information to decide how accurate the news is or whether this was just another White House sanctioned drone murder in Pakistan.

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  • NO JOY
    Jul 29, 2012 - 9:09PM

    this is a ploy ,employed by foreign powers to destroy terrorists err….tourists visiting the land of pure.

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  • munna
    Jul 29, 2012 - 9:22PM

    And people complain when people refer Pakistan to “Terroristan”. Why are militants from all countries found in Pakistan? Even Americans are coming.

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  • Voice of Pashtun Tribes
    Jul 29, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Who confirmed that the killed people were “Uzbek” and “militants? Any Pics shared by “anonymous” security officials with ET?
    Tribesmen will wait for the day when drones hit your Parliament House & GHQ and American-funded media tells us “342 Uzbek MNAs killed”. Shame on Pakistani govt and military.
    Since all those dying are Pashtun tribesmen, the whole Punjabi media & so-called liberals are silent.
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  • g
    Jul 29, 2012 - 10:13PM

    I agree with abc. We can’t allow militant training camps, no matter who gets killed inside them by drones.

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  • gp65
    Jul 29, 2012 - 10:15PM

    @Naseer Qureshi: “Another blatant violation of sovereignty of a sovereign nation.”

    I would agree it is a violation of sovereignty if Pakistan government had sovereign control over its territory. But when TTP can prevent polio campaign in Nothe and SOuth Waziristan, can you calim that Pakistan is sovereign? When Pakistan claimed in case of 26/11 that it had no control over non-state actors in Pakistan, can it claim to be sovereign? When CM of Balochistan claims that he has no contro over what’s going on in Balochistan, can Pakistan claim to be sovereign?

    Pakistan has a right to be treated as a sovereign nation but it is important that it reclaim its sovereignty and establish its writ all over the country and rooting out terrorists whether directed towards Pakistanis or foreigners..

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  • Ashna musafer
    Jul 29, 2012 - 11:27PM

    It is pakistan made Taliban,Pakistan invited Alqaeda and Pakistan approved drones.that is why it does mot surpris me.

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  • HAZRAT WALI KAKAR
    Jul 29, 2012 - 11:28PM

    @Naseer Qureshi:
    i am really worried that you are speaking about the violation of sovereignty by Drone Strike who killed these alleged militant and get free the land from these terrorists. how can say it is violation of Sovereignty ? Is the presence of these terrorists in our land without passport and identity are not the violation of our sovereignty?we are far in favor of Drone to killed to these terrorists and get ride from them and provide the free and fair society which are having peace ,progress and educations which could ensure the stable and peaceful life.

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 29, 2012 - 11:31PM

    Did these Uzbeks have valid Visas ? Who issued them? Must form another Committee to investigate this matter !

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  • aafat
    Jul 29, 2012 - 11:54PM

    I like what Voice of Pashtun Tribes has just said,
    though I wouldn’t say “the whole Punjabi media” – it’s non-Punjabi media as well.

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  • Raja
    Jul 30, 2012 - 12:57AM

    Why not do your “Jihad” In Uzbekistan? Real Pakistanis have no sympathy for these illegal aliens/terrorists.

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  • ali
    Jul 30, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Shame on Kiyani, zardari and the whole nation…Slaves of USA..

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  • Hegdefunder
    Jul 30, 2012 - 1:31AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    “Another blatant violation of sovereignty of a sovereign nation’”

    I suggest that word “Sovereign” be removed, when refering to NW and rest of the areas that Pakistan’s Army is simply not capable of controling !
    Let the Firangis do your dirty work, as that’s what they have come for , to clean up your mess !!!

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  • Musilman
    Jul 30, 2012 - 3:54AM

    Who ever is in favour of drones is in fact, in favour of Taliban doctrine. same doctrine followed by US and Taliban. They both want their policies to be accepted on basis of force and ultimate authority. Point is who will win this war which is going on, with no responsibility for civilians life which they both think is a collateral damage. Americans use drones and Taliban use suicide bombers, America is considered as lesser evil because of its drones which is a machine but Taliban on other hand use people.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jul 30, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Pakistan government is full of contradiction. It asks for apology for the killing of Pakistani soldiers by NATO. When the same NATO kills the militants that had beheaded, Pakistani Army Soldiers than Pakistani government instead of saying thank you to NATO for helping in getting revenge, it protests.

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  • Azim
    Jul 30, 2012 - 5:00PM

    US and Taliban have one thing in common, they both want Mr. President and his respected team to stay un hurt and in power ! And then they claim them self to be friends of Pakistan – Jhootey!

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Imran Con
    Jul 30, 2012 - 5:28PM

    @Musilman:
    What a waste of time. I stopped reading the moment I saw the US and Taliban comparison. You see, I thought after talking about killing militants I had to go flog someone, cut off a girl’s nose, kill someone for clapping and make a girl stop crying about being raped because she was one witness short. Busy day, busy day.

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  • Mirza
    Jul 30, 2012 - 7:43PM

    @Zaikam:
    Dear Sir, Ray Davis got the justice from Pakistani courts according to Pakistani laws. All the parties were happy and got what they wanted. You would not see this swift justice ever from “independent” judiciary! There were too many characters from Punjab govt to the courts that did a perfect job for the justice. I am sure the deep state and fed govt was also involved. However, the main reason was the infamous laws that allow rich and powerful to pay the blood money and get out easily. Rich and honor killers have been using this law for a long time to kill and get away, I am sorry to say.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • g
    Jul 31, 2012 - 4:50AM

    @musilman

    You state: ” They both want their policies to be accepted on basis of force and ultimate authority. “

    The US does not coerce Pakistani lawmakers to accept the use of drones by killing them. If they did, you would have a better corollary. The US wants to eradicate terrorists that abide by NO policies. The US would be happy to not use drones if Pakistan would eradicate the terrorists hiding in their sovereign but ungovernable “terror-tories”.

    It’s unbelievable that anyone could condone the rights of these foreigners that violate your sovereignty a whole lot more than the US by setting up their own government in addition to killing your civilians.

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