Tehreek-i-Taliban claim 'revenge' attack on Kamra airbase

Published: August 16, 2012

Paramilitary soldiers guard near the main entrance of the Minhas in the town of Kamra on August 16, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

Police vehicles enter the Air Force base following a militant attack in Kamra, about 60 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, on August 16, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Air Force personnel cordon the main entrance of the air force base following an attack in Kamra on August 16, 2012. PHOTO: AFP Paramilitary soldiers guard near the main entrance of the Minhas in the town of Kamra on August 16, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Police commandos guard near the main entrance of the Minhas base in the town of Kamra on August 16, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS PAF spokesperson says all six militants who attacked the base have been killed. PHOTO: EXPRESS PAF spokesperson says all six militants who attacked the base have been killed. PHOTO: EXPRESS PAF spokesperson says all six militants who attacked the base have been killed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KAMRA / DI KHAN: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Kamra during the early hours of Thursday. At least eight militants and one security official were killed in the attack and the operation which lasted for over five hours.

TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan has said that four suicide bombers had carried out the attack to take revenge for the killings of Baitullah Mehsud and Osama bin Laden. He claimed that the attackers had succeeded in achieving their targets and had given a “lethal blow”.

Claiming that dozens of personnel had been killed in the attack, Ihsan said that the Taliban can attack at will and will also target other locations.

A five-member inquiry committee, headed by Air Marshall Akhtar Hussain Bukhari, was constituted to investigate the attack.

Sepoy Muhammad Asif was killed during the operation. Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who was leading the operation, was injured.

A statement from the air force said that the attack began at 2am and that the militants were equipped with RPGs and automatic weapons. It says that seven to eight militants had attacked the base.

Militants present outside the base had also fired RPGs, damaging one aircraft.

The PAF said that six militants were wearing suicide jackets. One of the militants had blown himself up while in hiding.

Search operations were also carried out in the nearby residential areas.

Eight suspects were arrested during the search operation.

The mobile phone of one of the militants was also recovered from the attack site.

Two blasts were also heard from the base during and after the operation. The first one early morning and the second one around 12:30pm.

A PAF statement said that a number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) had been found during the search operation and those that could not be safely removed were being detonated in a controlled environment.

The base is home to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex that assembles Mirage and, with Chinese support, JF-17 fighter jets. It has previously come under attack twice, once in 2007 and then in 2009.

A suicide bomber had killed eight people in an attack on a check post outside the base on October 23, 2009. In December 2007, a suicide bomber had targeted a school bus and injured at least five children of employees at the base.

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8:50am

Pakistan Army personnel and police officials are still conducting a search operation. The search operation is reported to be in its final stages.

Bomb Disposal Squad personnel are also present in the area.

8:45am

Chinese officials, who were giving training to local personnel, were also reported to be present at the base.

8:20am

Express News reports that the shifts at the base change at 2am and firing had begun during that time. Personnel present at the base had managed to hold the militants.

8:15am 

Express News correspondent Imran Asghar reports that the militants had entered the base from Pind Makhan.

The correspondent traveled to the location, showing an area with no proper roads and very little population. Video shots on Express News clearly showed a plane parked on the runway.

7:35am

Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who had earlier been injured, rejoined the operation after receiving treatment.

7:30am

PAF authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident.      

7:25am

Express News reports that two blasts have been heard from the airbase. There is no confirmation on the nature of the blasts as yet.

The bodies of four militants have been shifted to an unknown location.

7:00am

Express News reports that the operation at the base has come to an end. A search operation in nearby areas is still under way.

According to Reuters, two soldiers and six militants were killed in the attack and operation that followed.

6:50am

A search operation of the residential area is currently under way.

A spokesperson of the PAF has said all six militants who attacked the base have been killed. There were earlier reports that the number of attackers could have been between nine to ten.

6:35am

Irfan Ghauri reports that the entire area is considered to be sensitive. Besides the airbase and Kamra Aeronautical Complex, other installations in the area are the AK Regiment camp in Mansar, the SSG base and Artillery headquarters in Attock. All of these are located within a few kilometres from each other.

Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles have also arrived at the base.

6:20am

The Express Tribune correspondent Irfan Ghauri reports that sources have said one senior PAF officer injured in the attack is in critical condition. One plane was damaged in the attack.

The security of the base is handled by the Defence Services Guard.

Express News reports that seven militants have been killed and a number of officials have been injured. An air commodore who was supervising the operation was injured in the attack.

6:15am

A search operation has also been launched in the Pind Makhan area. The terrorists had reportedly entered the base from that side.

6:10am

A search operation is currently underway at the base and there are reports that three militants are possibly in hiding.

There are reports that aircraft present at the base were not damaged during the attack.

5:50am

Reports from the area state that firing has stopped for now and no blasts have been heard.

No vehicles, including fire brigades and ambulances, are being allowed to enter the base.

Reports state that firing had earlier been going on from nine different points.

5:45am

Express News reports that sources claim up to six militants have been killed so far.

One official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity from within the base said he could hear gun and rocket fire, and the sound of hand grenades.

5:35am

A statement from the PAF says that the body of a suicide bomber strapped with explosives was found close to the “impact area”.

5:25am

Express News reports that five militants have been killed so far. There were reports that nine militants had attacked the airbase.

An operation is still under way at the airbase.

No ambulance has exited the airbase so far.

A senior officer who was reported to have been injured in the attack has been shifted to the hospital.

5:20am

Intelligence reports from the Punjab Home Department had earlier warned that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning attacks on a Pakistan Air Force Base and other military and security establishments in Lahore before Eid.

5:15am

There are reports that the AWAC could have been the target of the attack.

Sources have also stated that the number of militants is between nine to eleven.

A team of SSG commandos has reached the airbase.

There are also reports of PAF officials being killed in the attack.

5:05am

AFP reports that witnesses have said they could hear gun and rocket fire coming from the facility, which contains a number of aircraft factories.

5:00am

Express News reports that nine militants wearing suicide vets had attacked the airbase around 2am. The militants had crossed three check posts and were also reported to be wearing army uniforms.

Three squadrons present at the airbase were targeted.

Aircraft present at the base are being shifted to the hangers.

4:55am

A Pakistan Army squad has arrived at the base to take part in the operation.

4:45am

The army has been called in to control the situation. The militants also hurled hand grenades, sources added.

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Reader Comments (252)

  • CK
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:50AM

    Everyday their aircraft’s are either crashing due to non-maintenance or incompetence or being destroyed by these thugs.Recommend

  • Salman
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:51AM

    There was a clear intelligence report over the possible attack. Was it taken seriously ? 5 days old link. http://tribune.com.pk/story/419897/threat-alerts-terrorists-planning-attack-on-paf-base/

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  • Blithe
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:53AM

    Let’s hope for the best .
    Can’t help feel that the NATO supply opening
    is inviting all this ..,

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  • rz
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:54AM

    there was a news on ET…few days ago………!! the details were remarkable………!! TTP you are going down !!

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  • Maria
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:54AM

    Great that the military thwarted the attempts of the anti state criminals to please their foreign masters by killing Pakistanis.

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  • malik hamza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:57AM

    chief justice freed 1,200 terrorists that Isi caught now watch our army kill them and they will lose their precious lives.

    Sick of these system , politicans and more imporatantly cheif justice. He will be sleeping peacefully in his bed – whereas army is fighting back.

    Just by sending pm home doesnt make pakistan better.
    These terrorists know tht they will be freed as there’s no law.

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  • Awans
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:57AM

    Let us see Our Armed forces in how many minutes will be able to gun down these terrorists. Our Army is good in making housing schemes and grabbing lands in a commando action manner but we really want to see how much they are good in defending which is their original task by the way and also as usual another intelligence failure on the way.Recommend

  • ulta pulta
    Aug 16, 2012 - 4:58AM

    Nothing has been learned from previous attacks by the armed forces!

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  • YP Toronto
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:00AM

    Come what may, Pakistan has to get rid of these militants once and for all.

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  • Mj
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:02AM

    No mercy for the terrorists.

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  • Aug 16, 2012 - 5:02AM

    sad news! If army is unable to secure its bases, what further can be expected from them!

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  • waqas
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:07AM

    Allah meray mulk ki hifazat farma!!!

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  • S_M
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:07AM

    Allah bless Pakistan..Ameen!!

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  • Avatar
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:08AM

    Nice job on the early warning systems ISI

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  • True Blue Lahori
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:09AM

    what a shame….they are enemy of their own country! Before India used to be a threat,now home grown enemy has born! what a progress we have done in 65 years of Independence!

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  • Abdul Jabbar PTI
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:10AM

    May Allah help the army crush these barbarians

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  • Baloch
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:11AM

    Blame it on India

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  • Aug 16, 2012 - 5:13AM

    So Kayani hints at North Waziristan operation on 14th & “They” respond with preemptive strike on 15th. Is this gonna be North Waziristan’s 9/11?

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:15AM

    All militants need to be killed, all religious philosophies driving this menace must be put in Arabian sea too, also if all religious leaders of Pakistan have to accompny these people to the sea it should be immediately done. I need to see if Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ulema Islam and Hafiz Saeed will condemn this! If not I consider them all part of this. They are all chopping off the tree whose fruit they have enjoyed for 65 years. Mullahism and General Zia’s legacy of Islamisation is the greatest threat to the future of Pakistan. Army must act agressively to treat these people with what they deserve.

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  • Awans
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:16AM

    Breaching in and then being known is a very serious security failure. How come these people were able to simply creep in without being noticed and when they infact launched the attack then someone woke up?? Imagine 9 were today and if hundred will come then where will be our Army then.?. I am pretty sure no Air force officials will resign on this failure and investigation will be launched as usual whose results will never be known like PNS Mehran investigative report.Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:17AM

    Ya Allah Madad!!!!

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  • Ash
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:18AM

    This is disgusting! We as a nation must decide now that these are our enemies within and we must fight against them. I pity Imran Khan and PTI who still believe this is not our war!

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  • Wajahat Afaq
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:19AM

    So sad, patriotic Pakistanis strictly condemns this coward attack, all nation with PAF and our brave soldiers, Please respect the month of Ramazan. Last but not least PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

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  • Arslan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:22AM

    First of all they should place electric fences, laser guided alarms on outer perimeter and have the base’s own anti terrorism response team. This should be in place after the incident in Karachi.
    Secondly, I believe the militants might have launched this attack after the announcement from Panetta about Joint operations.
    These militants should be dealt with the full force of law but the real solution lies in not doing army operations on its own people in KP and doing political settlements. Otherwise you go the way of what is going on in Afghanistan and Taliban. The more you feed, the more this crisis will grow!

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  • Waseem
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:23AM

    Don’t kill them. Just use heavy tranquilizer bullets and catch them alive. Once they are caught alive, expose them, and expose their belongings, their relations and every single information about them.

    Second, intelligence chiefs should resign.

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  • Raj
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:25AM

    Chickens have come home to roost. Blame India, Israel, USA, CIA, RAW and Mossad.

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  • speaker
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:26AM

    May ALLAH save Pakistan. but as we see, general kiyani and zardari have agreed to join hands with US forces, it will be difficult day by day for Pakistan to hunt these hired culprits. JF-17 Thunder has been a thorn in USAF eyes. No doubt, to what extent they can go to deteriorate Pak forces technology, atomic power and self esteem by targeting them using anyone throwing some dollars in front of him. TTP can do such favours for them for any kindness!!

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  • Ali
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:26AM

    Kiyani said this is inevitable! He said it!

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  • SaqibTahir
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:32AM

    Imran khan should march to Kamra to support “innocent” attackers.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:33AM

    How can this happen even Punjab government had foretold this as per tribune report on 10 Aug. How incompetent they can be.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:33AM

    @Maria:
    And who are their “foreign masters” that you talk about?

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  • blaaah
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:35AM

    I just hope and pray all the soldiers and the guards are safe. They and their families are the ones who have to pay the biggest price due to such attacks.

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  • Yasir Mehmood
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:35AM

    @avatar punjab govt home dept is not isi

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  • waleed khan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:36AM

    Pakistan air force will Inshallah kill those infidels but the point is, Is this the security of a military base? It has become a norm of untrained scumbags attacking the most seemingly secure places of this country. And definitely you are not telling how many died at our side

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  • Zia Pasha
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:37AM

    Animal Talibans. We need to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. WHY DO THEY ATTACK OUR FORCES?

    This is funny. The US attacks these barbarians with drones and they get up and pop themselves in some local public gathering or on some military base.

    The thought that we’ll get rid of such ridiculous religious lunatics in the next few decades makes me happy.

    Long Live Pakistan
    Long Live our Defence Forces.

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  • Ali
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:37AM

    This is part of war!
    We ‘chose’ to fight these guys and now when they react we get all sad about why they are retaliating.
    Let’s face it like men and see if we have what it takes to win this.
    Otherwise, let’s get ready to go back to the stone age which we feared from the US but is now being practically done by the Taliban!

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  • Saad Zuberi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:39AM

    Hey i feel sorry for this country every day our army is becoming weak and lol pls Pakistan army or airforce is not the strongest forces in world lol India is more better pls they don’t get attacked every day like our fool forces .i hate our stupid forces

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  • Sadaf
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:40AM

    This is indians hand and the front name is talabeen.bcoz now there is no chance of face to face war. India is killing the roots of Pakistan by doing these thing. India is using so called talabeen against Pakistan.

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  • Usman Chaudhry
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:42AM

    May Allah help all the soldiers fighting to defend the pride of our country against these militants.
    To all the naysayers, who commented about incompetence of our forces, its easier to sit in front of computer and type in ease than to actually fight like they’re doing. So shut up if you dont have anything good to say.

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  • Not in denial
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:43AM

    Dear Maria, what exactly do you propose as a solution? Are you naive enough to think that ending the operation against these militants will stop them from carrying out these terror attacks? It’s time we stopped being in denial and took a united stand against these militants. There is no conspiracy here. Muslims have been killing Muslims for years. I don’t like foreign intervention but if drones are what it takes to put an end to this, so be it. Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:45AM

    Pakistan has one ambassador-negotiator to defuse this escalating situation. His name is Imran Khan and though I am not a fan of his, I am sure the TTP will listen to him and reach some sort of understanding to de-escalate the situation in N. Waziristan, before the army is sent in.

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  • javeria
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:45AM

    its realy sad that this event is taking place in holy month of ramdan. ….
    the query is they were age from 9 to 11 does not seems to be right because how they can cross sercurity check point … Well my best army is doing their best. May Allah help them and bless pakistan, Ameen

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  • Fahad Raza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:45AM

    Militant dressed in military Uniform… Why cant we learn from the Past attacks …

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  • catfish
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:46AM

    So history keeps repeating itself and innocents keep losing their lives. Still waiting for us to hit rock bottom, I guess this isn’t it.

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  • Awans
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:48AM

    @Salman: Well that report was made by Punjab government and in other words Dumb Civilians made that report that have no importance at all of any sort at all in any manner.Recommend

  • LionOfPunjab
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:48AM

    Gen Kayani has been saying for years: ” we will conduct operation against the militant at our time and place of choosing”
    Is it time yet? I should have happened after PNS Mehran attack. Damn incompetent golf players!
    Now the haqqanis and TTP have cross-germinated, they are working togerher.Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:48AM

    Wait till Rehman Malik comes up with some photos…The militants wore dresses like movies star trek..

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  • Ali azim
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:49AM

    If 10 fully trained SSGs attack a place they can easily cause such a damage even if u r informed before hand…. Point is simple they were prepared and are fighting for U(pakistaniz)

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  • Overseas Observer
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:51AM

    I was just having a good late night read of whats been going on In Pakistan these past few years, Started with target killings in karachi (wiki), then had a good laugh at the leader of the MQM, and id managed somehow to get to Ilyas Kashmiri (wiki)… check on the news, and see this has happened. Only one solution guys, Bring in Imran Khan. Vote for the Great Khan. All the other politicians will run away, with the stolen loot. Imran Khan coming to power will be the beginning of the end for corruption and bloodshed. Forget about what the naysayers, pmln trolls (who’ve had their go, with Nawaz) and what the elites and “unbiased” (lol) media say. Get behind the great Khan and this time next year, you will be in a better Pakistan. Inshallah

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  • Muhammad Qamar
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:51AM

    Pakistan Zindabad. May ALLAH bless Pakistan. Inshallah we will withstand the problem with sheer determination. Pakistan should revisit her internal and external alignments and beef up its security forces.Alongwith proactive, rapid, responsive and liquid deployment of response forces.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Waiting of an attack was more painful.

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  • muhammad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Reap what u sow

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  • adil
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:54AM

    it is the time we stay united and count on ALLAH.we are in a state of war with forces from and outside the region.let us all be clear that theSE are’nt thugs we fighting.they are highly trained guerilla warrior and likely dangerously capable.we should fight for our soveriegnty

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:55AM

    Innocents of tribal area could not wait for Imran’s peace march. They have come to greet Imran and his supporters.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:57AM

    @Sadaf:
    And of course you can prove that India was involved in this attack! NOT!

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  • Anon
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:57AM

    @Sadaf: Indian govt is in no state to handle issues inside their own country & you really think they’ll try to pull something like this inside Pak? You really overestimate the ability of the current Indian govt. And i think the same goes for the Taliban.

    It is about time everybody realized that all your countries are just being played against each other. Who benefits from all this? Global arms / surveillance / defense contractors do. They run the entire war game internationally playing upon people’s nationalism & patriotism. The US for instance has increased domestic spending on security by over 1 TRILLION since 9/11.. Yet actual risk of dying in an attack is 1 in 3.5 million.. People & Govts are not benefiting. Only these weapons & security companies are profiting.

    Time for the entire world to wake up…

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  • PakArmySoldier
    Aug 16, 2012 - 5:59AM

    Shame on people who say we should negotiate with the enemies of Pakistan. Do not let go the blood of martyrs in vain.

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  • Manto
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:05AM

    The self-created monsters have turned on their masters.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:09AM

    There is only one way to deal with these terrorists. Crush them and their supporters.

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  • sherry
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:09AM

    ya Allah rahem ker

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  • Azlan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:11AM

    Cold war warming up.
    Every Army man on night duty must have night vision.
    Info. alone will not help when all of Pakistan army goes blind in dark.

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  • manish rohera
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:11AM

    it’s a sincere wish that there is no casualty and all the soldier’s are safe and stop ranting and carping india in your each and every problem this ignorance will cast a doom for your country

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:12AM

    Our brave soldiers should not rest after killing these handful terrorists. The war should not stop now.

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  • Sceptic
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:13AM

    Fireworks to celebrate Independence/Foundation Day. So what else is new?

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  • sherry
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:14AM

    @CK:
    their aircrafts????
    how could you disown your country men like this,
    do you know anything about the recent crashes ,
    the reasons for “non maintenance” ???
    how stupid n selfish

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  • Waqar
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:17AM

    Intelligence and Army Chief should resign.

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  • Dr.S.Hassan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:17AM

    These militants must die and we must get rid of them.But until now, our security institutions seem to be unsuccessful in doing so.Huge amounts are being spent on these institutions but there is a mere upgradation of their Luxurious Vehicles and offices and increasing Road Blockades in front of their offices making the life of people miserable.And every attack by militants is launched and is successful.And then a statement is issued that the attack by the militants was thwarted/foiled etc etc despite life and financial losses.No lesson is learnt.And the behaviour of these Law Enforcement Agencies Personnels while on road is especially very bad with a person holding a stick in the back of Land Cruiser Pick Up or Double Seater and he hits the vehicles if any vehicle passes nearby in his range.And all the traffic coming from opposite side is compelled to go off the road and the traffic behind is compelled to maintain a distance and this happens in NWFP on regular basis and if one has to enter the cantonment area then it seems as if we are sinners and are questioned as if we are crossing border of the country…..May Allah help us.

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  • Asad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:27AM

    Where was the quick response force? Why did they not make arrangements where the barriers could not be crossed without proper checking? Why automatic weapons were not installed on the main entrance in a manner whereby the violator could be stopped through a secure position in a bunker? Why were the planes not placed in the covered sheds? When will be learn to distinguish between a friend and a foe?

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  • Jibran
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:29AM

    @Sadaf:
    This is indians hand and the front name is talabeen.bcoz now there is no chance of face to face war. India is killing the roots of Pakistan by doing these thing. India is using so called talabeen against Pakistan.

    Lets first wipe off the indigenous terrorists. Worry about their “Indian Masters” later.

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  • Faraz
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:34AM

    Keep supporting the likes of Taliban (TTP), Mullahs, Saeeds with religious patriotism and blame everything on India, CIA, Israel et cetera until the enemy within eats us alive.

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  • Maeedah
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:34AM

    This is so depressing and so embarrassing. A security breach of such enormity is something that must not be neglected. The GHQ attack, attack on the naval base etc… they make the common man feel naked.If the airbase is not safe..what is?
    Why don’t we ever get to hear the results of investigations.. whether it is India, US, some other military group or whatsoever. The nation has the right to know what went wrong? how did the attackers managed to enter the base? who were the people involved? was there any inside involvement, if yes then were those responsible brought to justice.
    Who will see to it that such incidents do not happen again? Our president? our leadership?
    what is the ordinary citizen supposed to do? will these issues get solved if i pray and offer nafals all night? I, and i am sure millions of Pakistani citizens feel so..lost. What do we do? sit infront of the tv, update facebook statuses and comment here and there..
    ..
    God bless Pakistan. God bless us. Allah reham karay.

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:35AM

    @ Saad who says “Ya Allah Madad!!!!”

    don’t u think k it should u “Ya Amreeka Madad!!!!” instead of “Ya Allah Madad” after all this mess has been created by none other than US…Recommend

  • Danish
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:41AM

    @Salman: You cant foil such attacks. All you can do is kill them after they are there. Because you can just open at people coming towards yourself wearing the same uniform as you

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  • Uzair
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:45AM

    @Awans: If there’s a robbery at your home, would you resign without giving the fact a second thought that the same place has spent millions on you, to develop you. They managed to crush them and killed them all. Such attacks cant be stopped. they come in with the same uniforms so naturally it would make things difficult

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  • Azi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:50AM

    If suicide attacks is the only effective way for taliban, I wonder how long it would take them to be extinct. Oh God please rid us of this plague, these murderers who call themselves your followers and use religion as an excuse for spilling innocent blood.

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  • Aug 16, 2012 - 6:50AM

    Is Mian Shahbaz Sharif still asking Taliban to spare Punjab as accorsing to him punjab government and taliban share the same ideology?

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  • cow
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:51AM

    Our forces can’t defeat militants and we dream of defeating far superior indians lol!

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  • Basit
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:55AM

    @Salman:
    There is NO fool proof way of preventing attacks such as these. Even the Americans with their money and sophistication cannot prevent such attacks on their bases.

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  • GB
    Aug 16, 2012 - 6:57AM

    ISI bred and raised these barbarians. Time to kill off the children of our own making. WE must cleanse our lands. Long Live OUR Pakistan!

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  • atifraja19
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:04AM

    As far as my opinion there were 4000 visas granted to american’s recently by our government. So i think US again hired a black water to attack on such military installation, as they found a way or convince our people or military that there are terrorist inside our tribal areas. So US want to launch a military operation by Pakistani army.

    So it’s a plan drama by US to derail Pakistan and implement their own agenda of destroying US.
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  • GB
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:06AM

    This is all Irans fault! Iran causes trouble in all countries around. They want out nuke and will do anything to gt them. They want power over everyone and every country! The will not be happy until everyone is begging at their feet. Then they will wipe their shoes on our heads!

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  • jimmy
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:08AM

    and people like Javed Miandand, Ijaz Butt and the Pakistan Cricket Board still feels Pakistan is safe for International cricket. When the Pakistan army ,Pak govt and state ministers itself isnt safe , then i really wonder how PCB can claim Pakistan’s security has improved…this is the perfect example of Living in a glass house …

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  • Asif MF Bhutto
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:11AM

    Understand the following:

    The base was supposedly under high alert. This means that the intelligence agencies did their job, since there was ample early warning that the terrorists were planning to target the Base.

    The Base Commander also got hurt (apparently a bullet wound). Once the intelligence information is available, then the security failure lies with the Base Commander and his Head of Base Security (Provost).

    The fact that they were able to breach, shows that the security protocols were not sufficient. That is a failure on the part of the base commander. Who, now injured, will be declared a hero and avoid all or any serious inquisition.

    Note that just as in case of PNS Mehran, the terrorist were targeting the surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft there too. The Swedish AWACS were based here at Kamra. So there is some cause of concern. Yes, someone can say that the terrorists may be part of a psych-op executed by RAW, to target Pakistan’s surveillance and reconnaissance capability, just like PNS Mehran.

    Regardless of who is behind the attack. The primary job of any base commander is the security of the military and strategic assets within. The failure (breach) is inexcusable.

    6.This “Allah Twakkal” and “Sub Acha Hai” attitude that pervades the Pakistani culture and society leads to much apathy is also a significant part of the problem. Actual work cannot be substituted for by prayers. Otherwise, Prophet (SAW) would have (Nauzubillah) stayed home and prayed instead of physically participating in all the ghazwas himself.

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  • zaif
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:11AM

    PAF was well awake. they did a great job in repelling the attackers.

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  • HoneyBee
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:12AM

    I curse 100 & 1000 times on Zia ul Haq for creating these MONSTERS!!!!Recommend

  • Amitabh Bachchan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Great work RAW – Picked the right night.
    But arent Indians repeating the same mistake by feeding these terrorists in Afghanistan?

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  • Rizvi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Bravo Jawans

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  • Concerned
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:21AM
  • mr. righty rightist
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:27AM

    @Amitabh Bachan who writes “Great work RAW – Picked the right night.”

    I’m sorry to say but you are an ignoramus. Just read the books written by Malor Dhar, V K Mallik, B. Raman to understand what is RAW.

    RAW is basically a bunch of bureaucrats, buried in pages and pages of intelligence reports.

    They are basically over exaggerated clerks.

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  • Ijaz Mir
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:33AM

    time to go and finish the TTP no half hart ed operation. If you can’t beat them, than handover the government to TTP. This is end of the rope do or die. you can’t live in fear all your life.. Handle the situation now other wise it will be too late. God Bless Pakistan.

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  • American Desi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:34AM

    It looks like there is a civil war within the Arab financed power players of Pakistan, Mullahs of various regressive ideologies and an Establishment with mercenary tendencies.
    This attack seems to be a well coordinated just like the one on Mehran Base and this is a very dangerous situation to the whole world, Pakistan having a huge stockpile of Nuclear weapons.

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  • Karamjit
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:38AM

    Why are Muslims attacking and killing other Muslims in Muslim nations like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria…? It surely can not be for Babri Masjid of Kashmir?

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  • mogamboo
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:39AM

    @Amitabh Bachchan:
    excuse me, what?

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  • Prakash
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:42AM

    Snakes in the backyard.

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:45AM

    @MyHeartSpeaks:
    I wish you would one day speak with your brain. You make your whole country look dumb with comments like that.

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  • Rashid Khan, Lahore
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:49AM

    Whom to Blame?

    So now have we learned what it is like to be attacked by terrorists? Or do we need to be reminded by India and America? Perhaps in an attempt to feel-good it is convenient to blame them for this attack, as many of the posters on this comment board have done so, but it will not solve the problem.

    I doubt if the corrupt, incompetent military has the wherewithal to get Pak out of this mess. And what has happened to the billions of dollars the U.S. has given in aid to strengthen the military? I wonder how may foreign bank accounts have swelled with the skimmed off money. In the final analysis, it is fair to ask: how culpable are the Pak’s themselves in this attack.

    You think finally it is time to have an honest discussion on this mattaer, rather than continuing with the chest-thumping?

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:49AM

    If the Army won’t do something after things like these maybe you should setup cheap decoys like the skeleton of a building that looks like a child daycare center with realistic looking dolls of children near by. They’d suicide bomb themselves into extinction.

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  • Imran Con
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:52AM

    @atifraja19:
    You’re not a big enough challenge to require such roundabout tactics.

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  • asim
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:57AM

    Its a failure of interior minister- But he will not resign.
    Rehman Malik is responsible for ensuring he security

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  • MA76
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:58AM

    Lets see if CJ takes sou moto action of this event!

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  • Awans
    Aug 16, 2012 - 7:59AM

    @Uzair: I completely disagree with you. Dont compare me with someone whose job is to avert attacks and to defend themselves and the country. My Grandfather has served Airforce as a senior Instructor and Commodore and i know that this attack show us more loopholes and nothing else. Near every base there is one Intelligence unit Stationed known as Field Intelligence units. Their task is to monitor any activity and inform if they see anything suspicious and they always remained there for 24/7 for surveillance and preemptive measures. 9 terrorists obviously did not come alone. Some one did provided these terrorists with Logistics and also I am sure they have an inside info about the base and about all aircrafts. Who is leaking this info?? Where is FIU right now.? There are some bad apples within our forces who are providing this info to terrorists and we are failing to local them.
    Just see news channels right now and none of the guards even have Sniper rifles and even Bullet and Blast proof vests. Also the soldiers shown on TV are not wearing any Night vision devices and why this is so for night operations they were operating blindly?? Also on outer base parameters why so far no Thermal Imaging devices are not installed despite so many warnings??.When you are spending Billions on an Army then you have the right to ask that why Professionalism is missing seriously in our Forces. Unfortunately many people have no idea about forces but they want to comment with expertise.Recommend

  • Prius
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:10AM

    Withdraw from pakhtunistan

    Leave Pakhtuns alone and find halal way to make money instead of by NATO supplies

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  • Ghassan Khan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:18AM

    first our ships, than our planes. What’s next ? The nukes ?

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:27AM

    @Sadaf:

    This is indians hand and the front
    name is talabeen.bcoz now there is no
    chance of face to face war. India is
    killing the roots of Pakistan by doing
    these thing. India is using so called
    talabeen against Pakistan.

    And you managed to figure this out all by yourself? WOW!

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  • TightBanian
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:41AM

    @Maria: “Thwarted” is hardly the word to use. The militants got into the complex and managed to shoot down personnel and caused serious damage to air assets. ‘Thwart’ is when you prevent the terrorists from entering the complex.

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  • agnostic
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:45AM

    @waleed khan:
    And you claim that massive nuclear stockpile you have is absolutely in safe hands!

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  • Gen zia ul Haq ka baba
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:48AM

    We created this Frankenstein monstor but we have now lost all control. All mullahs in Pakistan including the good looking one should be rounded up and relocated to Kabul where they belong and can eat halwa all day Recommend

  • whatta whatta
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:50AM

    Well done SSG commandos; pride of the nation
    The enemy is very organised and effective, bent on targeting our surveillance planes—’yeh haath baray lamby hain aur humara dushman buhat bara’ but kudos to the base commander who performed his duty to the best of his abilities—prayers for the martyrs
    its a war we are in and there will be an eye for an eye—Jeeay Pakistan Army!

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  • jhootha
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:52AM

    get rid of religious fanatics. pakistans approach is not correct. get the leaders and ground troops for taliban will just vanish. focus on leaders.

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  • Dr. Fauzan Hashmi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:56AM

    Attack on Pak Air base on 15th August!!! Who is going to benefit from destabilizing pakistan??? The powers who dont want to see us with the NUKE!!! Are these TTP and waziristan ppl so intellegent and have so much money that they can launch such a sophisticated attack???? ts quite obvious from where does the funding coming from…. I have no doubt in saying that INDIA IS INVOLVED!!!

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  • TightBanian
    Aug 16, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Were there any nukes inside the complex?

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  • san
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:00AM

    As long as the government/aka army are not serious to make this as own war, you would see such act of terrorism every single day. Time to flush out stupid beard turbans and kill them once it for all. Whoever supports their agenda should be wiped out from the map.

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  • aviator_boy
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:01AM

    @Salman:
    it was taken seriously. thats why they stopped it otherwise a mehran base type attack was planned and the adjacent population is ours own people we can not take them out of home as indians do in occupied kashmir

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  • AWK
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:03AM

    Pakistan Zindabad and we are proud of our Armed Forces who give thier lives for this country. Salam to all you guys.

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  • Maher
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:08AM

    Investigation, investigation,where is Rehman Malik,only he can order an investigation.

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  • Indian
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:09AM

    I won’t say anything other than, please quickly come to the realization that ‘Strategic assets’ are now ‘Strategic hornets of terror’ for Pakistanis themselves… May God help Pakistan out of this…

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  • truth
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:13AM

    @Raj:
    Thats what OBL said to Pentagon after 9 eleven!

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  • Ahsan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Mr Ck and all other who feel that PAF and Army is letting you people down. Think again. No one is secure. Your statement after such a tragic incident has hurt many people. If you do not what you have to deal in Armed Forces then do not go about blabbering things about which you do not have even a single idea. So just pray about those who are martyred and for prosperity of our country instead of laying blame on each other and letting morale of our country down.

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  • Ansari
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Sp the plan is in place now. I can’t wait to see some TTP guy accepting the responsibility of incident giving Kiyani an opportunity and reason to start operation in North Wazeristan. Well played USA !

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  • truth
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:17AM

    @American Desi:
    We are glad you left Pak . When you did!
    Btw the terrorists lost eventually.

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  • Danish Akhundzada
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:17AM

    @Blithe:

    As was the Lal Masjid arming, the 5000 or so people killed in bombings and suicide bombings over the last 2-3 years, the Karachi Naval base and the Pindi GHQ attacks.

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  • Asjad Zulfiqar
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:21AM

    Pakistan Army is doing its best. But read the news that the millitants were fully trained and have all sort of ammo required for such operation. Thank To Almighty Allah that there has been no damage to our aircrafts and air base like that at PNS MEHRAN. MAy Allah bless Army personnels and help them. Ameen!

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  • Kamra
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Let Zaid Hamid comes on TV and explain who was behind.. lol

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  • Logic Europe
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Mr kayani on 14th August talked about corruption etc in the country ,He obviously is watching civil matters and politicians
    So it seems he has no time for securing his army bases ,,HE HAS PROVED TO BE MOST INCOMPETENT GENRAL ZARDARI must sack him

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  • ZUBAIR
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:26AM

    Proud of Pak Army…

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  • syed
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:36AM

    We did not uprooted the weed when it was small, instead we nurtured it, now it ihas turned into out of control bushes full of poison and spikes. We never bothered b/c initially they were only targeting a small community now nobody is safe from them. You cannot talk to such people, you should only talk from position of strength after they are completely nailed. …. so much barbarity and still you see that nobody gets punished and known criminals are released by our courts. Everywhere state institution strengthen each other but in our country they weaken each other. Law enforcement cannot work b/c they know that courts will release the criminal even if they arrest him and will come back to take the revenge……

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  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:37AM

    Taliban = Animals !

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  • FAHEEM BELHARVI
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:45AM

    Basically, this attack seems organized one, that might be carried out by RAW and CIA sponsored who are actively working against the stability of Pakistan these notorious organizations trains terrorists and infiltrate them into Pakistan in order to weekend its strong defence that is eye-sore for India and Israel.

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  • Jamshed
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:45AM

    Salaam to all Pakistanis,

    These so called terrorists are just a figment of the imagination…… There are no terrorists, just paid mercenaries who do the dirty work…. And blame terrorists, in other words muslims…. This is the propaganda foriegn elements are trying to promote.

    May Allah guide us with his knowledge

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  • ABKhan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:46AM

    @Raj:
    No one is blaming India ……… unlike you guys who say if there is an epidemic in India, disease is sent by ISI!!!

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  • Fahad
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Pak SSG is a cryptonite virus for militants. The last thing they want in there foreign sponsored Ops are Pak SSGs.

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  • Adeel
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:49AM

    @Saad, do some factual research about Pakistan Air Force and Army then you’ll find out how strong and brave our Armed Forces are!

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  • Salim
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:50AM

    Have you ever considered how a rag tag group of Taliban “tribals” can enter the most powerful sophisticated airbase with ease? That is the power in the belief in Allah. It is time for Pakistani nation to surrender to Islam and Sharia and give up the infidel thinking that has become our society.

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  • Arindom
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:55AM

    @Maria:

    “foreign masters” – as those in ISI – as they are always involved in ‘strategic depth’ in foreign countries! LOL!

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  • Saquib
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:56AM

    owow what a security man, this is Pakistani forces ?

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  • farhan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 9:57AM

    Cannt they handle the such situation when one such incident had already happened in Karachi.Recommend

  • ishtiaer hussain
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:00AM

    @CK:

    At least we can’t break Indian Air Force’s record of highest number of crashed MIGs in the world. It seems that before flying aircrafts, the Indian pilots have some drink.

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  • Dr Vikas
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:02AM

    @Salman:
    Sir, this is what I was also wondering. Actually the cause of all the problems in Pakistan is the growing extremism in the masses of Pakistan.
    This is sure shot case of attack by terrorists in collaboration with 1 or 2 extremists in army/airforce. Only with collaboration with army/airforce can such attack be planned as their was direct & specific intelligence lead.

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  • Frantic
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:02AM

    wooh…. Aircraft damaged again???
    what sort of sick perverted armed professionals do we have in here?

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  • hassan
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:03AM

    definitely the work of raw, cia or any international intelligence agency. How these terrorists get so advance weapons. this usa war in Afghanistan is destroying our country. There they opened nato supply and planning attack on south waziristan and here international supported terrorists are killing our innocent citizens. why there was no such attacks in pakistan before 2001. American started all the destruction by imposing their’s war on us. its sad to see all the innocent Pakistani citizens dies……

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  • Aug 16, 2012 - 10:14AM

    @Zia Pasha: “Animal Talibans. We need to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. WHY DO THEY ATTACK OUR FORCES?” Sir, Please do not say so. Talibans are the strategic assets of the nation.

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  • Lalai
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:16AM

    And you still think it is not our war????

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  • nomi
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:17AM

    It is interesting to see many of our eastern neighbours gloating by virtue of their comments on their own news sites.

    Anyway, Pakistan armed forces must eliminate this mentality of radical islam.Stop blaming others and do what the srilankans did.

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  • Aurangzeb Chowdhry
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:23AM

    We must realize that we are in state of war. Pakistan has been attacked many times at border and many Soldiers/Officers have been martyred.These attacks were not from Afghan Forces but the forces occupying the Afghanistan. This is absolutely cleared that the attacked were manipulated by NATO Forces with the help of Raw.
    The attack was duly repulsed by the Pakistan forces. I appreciate this. But at the same time I forewarn that Pakistan should be ready for any possible more attacks till such time Afghanistan is free from occupying forces.

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  • upkar gill
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:27AM

    pakistan forces should retaliate with every thing they got against terrorists now or it will loose the the ground they hold.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:28AM

    All that they want is implementation of sharia in the country. This is what PTI also wants! Why can’t as a islamic country we implement & solve the problems by negotiation. IK is the only capable person to bring peace.

    Allah madad!

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  • Asjad Khattak
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:45AM

    Pakistan was almost on a verge of losing all its Awacs. It is in open secret that who wanted them to out of their way. These terrorist are playing in the hands of the enemies of our motherland. May God bless our valiant soldiers who foiled this cowardly attempt of the enemies of Pakistan and Inshah’Allah will always be ready in future. We are proud of our Elite forces. Pakistan Army Zindabaad; Pakistan Paendabaad…

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  • VK
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:50AM

    @ABKhan:
    Can you justify those 10 terrorists who attacked mumbai ? Your ministers have already accepted that these terrorist belonged to Pak!

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  • moeed
    Aug 16, 2012 - 10:54AM

    long live pak army

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  • haseeb
    Aug 16, 2012 - 11:04AM

    AOA…
    Once again Army proved to gun down the terrorist within a small time period and with minimum loss……still amazed to see few comments saying lets see how army responds…………Guys first of all it was an air force base and army has to nothing with its security….air force is self sufficient to guard themselves but even then army was called to help them…….do this nation has got any other option except army and still few black sheep’s sitting and saying that army is only good in making housing schemes……make it very clear in your minds that army is not taking a single penny from the govt of pakistan to build all these things so y these thinks always pinch you ….i can give you thousand of reasons y these things are imp…but more imp here is what Army is really providing….more than 5 sldrs a day to keep u all safe in ur beds and still one plot given to that shaeed family makes you feel Army is corrupt..sometimes i seriously feel that all what is happening to this nation is what they deserve….it nothing but a ”Azzab for Almighty” side.Recommend

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