Pakistan Taliban claim bid to kill Hamid Mir

Published: November 27, 2012

Hamid Mir talks with media representatives outside his home in Islamabad on November 26, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility on Tuesday for planting a bomb under the car of a prominent journalist and TV anchorman and threatened a second assassination bid.

Hamid Mir, who hosts a prime-time show on Geo television, was criticised by the Taliban last month in the wake of the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.

“Life and death is in the hands of Allah. Allah saved his life but we will make a similar attempt again,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

“Hamid Mir earlier shot into prominence for working in the interest of Islam and Muslims. We targeted him because now he is working against Islam and Muslims,” he said.

Police said the device – half a kilogram of explosives fitted with a detonator – was found stuck under his car in Islamabad on Monday.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik offered a cash reward of Rs50 million for anyone with information about who was responsible for the powerful bomb.

Malala calls Mir

Mir sent out a tweet on Monday saying that 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban, called him to express solidarity.

The tweet read:

Malala Yousafzai and her father just called me from UK and expressed their solidarity. Malala said that Insha Allah we will defeat terrorists.

Taliban hitmen shot Malala on her school bus in Swat Valley because she had campaigned for girls’ rights to education. The 15-year-old survived and is currently under treatment at a hospital in Birmingham.

Reader Comments (65)

  • Rehman
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:31PM

    So TTP is not using suicide bombers?Recommend

  • Muhammad Ali Jinnah
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:37PM

    In Pakistan everything are now mixed-up and hard to find real motive except money is involved.

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  • TahirPaniala
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:40PM

    The most narrow minded people ever in the history of Muslims. Who is giving them the right to Taliban to snatch the lives of liberals, if they say that the Hamid Mir is a liberal journalist! A true professional journalist must be liberal.

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  • Z.Khan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Name of TTP spokes person is taken with reference to AFP and of undisclosed location. What is the authencity of such claims and confimity who intimated the news. Without such evidence all look like fishy fishy.

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  • Nov 27, 2012 - 4:00PM

    How Talaban claim that they want to kill Hamid Mir

    Any Call
    Any SMS
    Any email

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  • Ali Asghar
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:00PM

    Malala attack was a clear objective achieved by America to legalize and gain support for their deadly drone attack on innocent people. In Each deadly attack so many girls like malala lose their race for life. This second attack really seems to be the second for that cause. First they use TTP to shot their own agent Malala and then they have attacked Hamid mir. I would not say that he is also an agent. but he is used for the same cause. As far as we understand talibaan, they never miss soft targets like Mir. And the scenerio in which he was missed was exceptional. Maybe they just want to warn him against his Last interview of President of IRAN.

    Well that’s all possibilities which could arise.

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  • burner
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:06PM

    If Life and Death is in the hands of Allah doesn’t that mean the death is also in the hands of Allah?

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  • Shehryar
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:07PM

    @Z.Khan…fully agreed to you…all newz related to Taliban are linked to AFP and come from undisclosed locations….anybody from an unregistered sim can make a call to any news agency and make any tall claims with the names of Taliban.,…and we are even not sure wheth AFP or any other news agency actually receive such calls or they have been told to just publish every such news in the name of Taliban…..such myths will never resolve unless we have a ture leader who can make decisions in the best interests of Pakistan and wind-up this so called War-on-Terror with least interference from the west.

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  • Ahmad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:17PM

    @Safi, OK, Pls ask your so called (Good) Taliban to showed up and denied Involvement in this or any other (Malala) terrorist incident!!

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  • Faran
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:19PM

    I wonder, a cell phone or a satellite phone is the least secure mean to take such responsibilities. You can be tracked before you end your call if you are using such insecure means. I wonder why they are not targeted, despite being very easy to be tracked.

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  • Yousafzai
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:24PM

    This is really ridiculous that Rehman Malik “offered cash reward of Rs50 million for anyone with information about who was responsible for the powerful bomb.” while in the second paragraph of these news already mentioned ““Life and death is in the hands of Allah. Allah saved his life but we will make a similar attempt again,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an unknown location” :D

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  • Tanzeel
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:25PM

    Life and death is in the hands of Allah. Allah saved his life but we will make a similar attempt again,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an unknown location

    Try killing yourself once, and see if Allah saves you then. This is blasphemy! for once he says Allah saved him, and then he says, oh we will try again against the will of Allah?

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  • Buttler
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:27PM

    UNKNOWN location…UNKNOWN dehshatgard…UNKNOWN law condition…Why not REHMAN MALIK switch off the movile services of that town from where this guy calls…

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  • Nov 27, 2012 - 4:29PM
  • Naveed Javed
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:30PM

    So for the very first time in the history, TTP has taken the responsibility of explosive material, that didn’t even explode, isn’t that funny?Recommend

  • Born Political
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:36PM

    @Z.Khan and Sheryar, Thats problem of this country. After losing 35,000 human lives against these beasts, we are still confused if these holy creatures exist or not. We do not have courage to face reality and put every blame on Amrika-India-Israel trio. Today, Pakistan is among worst places to be born only because of these handful morons who have hijacked whole society.Recommend

  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:38PM

    @Shehryar:
    It is almost impossible to wind up the war against terrlrism as it the resolve of not only America but entire world community including majority of muslims even in Pakistan and else where .Therfore the end game is not in near future but it is certain that the wishes of UN will ultimatly prevail .

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  • Banday
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:40PM

    In case the Taliban are not behind the bomb bid against Mr. Hamid Mir, then they can issue the denial of this AFP news. After all there are so many news agencies in Pakistan. We know that they are very media savvy, if they can upload the movies of their atrocities on the jihadi websites, then just a phone call will not be a much of a deal for them.

    Unfortunately for our Taliban apologists, Taliban have never refuted their responsibility in killing the Tribal Maliks or slitting the throats of our soldiers or shooting Malala & so on… And mark my words, they will never refute this claim of making a bomb bid on Hamid Mir…

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  • Adi
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:46PM

    Big Surprise :p

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Corruption is so much in our blood that we cant say what is real. There is a huge possibility that this is all a set up. Smells fishy!

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  • Rana
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:50PM

    TTP pretending to be rogue child of ISI, definitely that was warning!! Hamid needs to be careful!

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  • Nadir
    Nov 27, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Must be CIA-Mossad-RAW agents sponsoring TTP in Pakistan. TTP would not do such thing.

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  • Ozymandias
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Ali Asghar:
    Except of course for the possibility that the Taliban are actually evil?

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  • Kaashaan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:13PM

    “Life and death is in the hands of Allah. Allah saved his life but we will make a similar attempt again,” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

    If Allah saved him once (as taliban say), does that not mean that Allah doesn’t want him dead? Is that not a sign? Dumb taliban.

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  • Tony
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:19PM

    How did the bomb get attached to his car? Inside job?

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  • pervaiz memon
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @safi:@Z.Khan:@Shehryar:
    Here are the link of bbc they calle directly to bbc
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2012/11/121127talibanhamidmirrh.shtml

    If TTP think they did not do this act it simple for them that they issue statement of denial . Why u people dieing to clear the position of TTP . Typical Pakistani always living in the state of denial .

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  • Khan of Cape Town
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:25PM

    Taliban want to kill, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Malala, Hamid Mir, Rehman Malik, Ghamidi, Veena Malik. Kiya ye khula tizaad nahi?.

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  • Khan Jr
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Of course it can’t be the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

    After all the TTP is made up of only good, kind, caring God fearing people who send suicide bombers into the urban areas simply to convert people to Islam. The 1000′s of Pakistanis who have died by these ‘conversions’ are just happen to be minor collateral damage.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:31PM

    @Ali Asghar

    So US used TTP to attack Hamid Mir and Malala in order to justify drones on TTP? Genius.Recommend

  • Nov 27, 2012 - 5:35PM

    @Ali Asghar: Height of imagination and effective fabrication of Pakistani conspiracy theory

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  • XCriminal
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:37PM

    TTP is bunch of funded fanatics, who claim to be ‘thaikaidar’ of Islam and can put to death anyone they want in the name of Islam.

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  • Arshad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Hamid Mir knows his enemies best. May God give him a long life and guide him on the right path.

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  • jahandad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:39PM

    HAMID mir is a reasonably good person ,,,,,and true pakistani,,,,,,,HOWEVER in pakistan survival is very tough for those who stand upto or infront of ,or resists the blackvipers ,,,,,,ANYHOW its our collective duty to be brave and resistant against wild snakes ,,,,,BUT IN THIS SITUATION I STILL CANNOT UNDERSTAND ,WHY HAMID MIR WAS ATTACKED,,,,,,,,,,,THERE ARE PEOPLE ,WHO ARE FAR MORE OPEN CRITICS AND ANTI TALIBAN BOTH IN MEDIA AND IN POLITICIANS,,,,,, THAN HAMID MIR ,,,,BUT THEY ARE NOT TOUCHED BY TALIBAN ,,,,,THEN WHY HAMID MIR ??????//,,,,,,,,,,,,ITS SEEMINGLY SOMETHING FISHY ,,,,,,,,

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  • ASQ
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:40PM

    whole of ours country is in bloodshed while we are debating taliban are real or not pretty pathetic!!!

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  • jahandad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:42PM

    WHY ONLY HAMID MIR,,,,,,,ITS FISHY

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  • Haider Shah
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:45PM

    //@Z.Khan…fully agreed to you…all newz related to Taliban are linked to AFP and come from undisclosed locations….anybody from an unregistered sim can make a call to any news agency and make any tall claims with the names of Taliban.//

    Z Khan/Sheheryar,

    When did you EXACTLY start doubting that these Taliban can’t be your Taliban but are the agents of Jooze?

    When they started target-killing shias in 1982? Oh wait, that was India. No, actually let’s put the Shia list of hundreds of attack against them aside because they are Kaafir and Waajib-ul-Qatl anyway so whoever kills them, whether India or Taliban, earns sawaab-e-fi-sabeel-illah.

    So when did you start doubting that these Taliban can’t be your Taliban and they are bunch of fakies?

    When they attacked and took over Kabul with the help of our military in 1995?

    When they attacked twin-towers and claimed 9/11?

    When they attacked the birthday of Hazrat Mohammad held by Barelvi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat in Nishtar Park, Karachi and claimed responsibility for it in 2006?

    When they attacked London subway system and claimed it in 2007?

    When they started kidnapping people and holding them hostage in Lal Masjid, Islamabad in 2007?

    When they attacked and killed Americans in Marriott Hotel, Islamabad in 2008?

    When they attacked and killed Pakistani soldiers in GHQ, Rawalpindi and claimed responsibility for it in 2009?

    When they attacked Daata Darbaar, Lahore in 2010 and claimed responsibility for it?

    When they attacked Kamra airbase in 2012 and claimed responsibility for it?

    When they recently attacked an innocent school girl and claimed responsibility for it?

    Or when they attacked Amir-ul-Momineen Hazrat Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Amir-e-Talibani-Media Hamid Al-Mir?

    I would like understand when you really started doubting that these can’t be your Taliban and started thinking that they must be the evil agents of Jooze?

    I am putting the same question to Al-Hamid Mir and Al-Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

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  • XCriminal
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Ooye ET, mere comments v publish kr Mama

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  • samir
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Any journalist who sincerely tries to sell water powered cars to Pakistanis deserves to be treated as NON-SERIOUS persons with limited science education

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  • mussarat ahmedzeb(swat)
    Nov 27, 2012 - 5:59PM

    first an attempt on Malala at two feet distance and missing target making the news into Masala now at attempt on Godfather, Malala and again a very poor attempt.
    does this mean TTP have no more suicidal human bombs- TTP is loosing its name n fame.

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  • Enlightened
    Nov 27, 2012 - 6:27PM

    @Shehryar:
    @safi:
    @Z.Khan:
    It has been clearly mentioned by AFP that it had received a call from TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan which is a household name in Pakistan. Why you all are coming in defence of TTP and not letting TTP refute itself that this call was a hoax and it had nothing to do with this assassination attempt ?? One good reason for TTP to contact the foreign news agency is that it does not want to give its location as any call made in Pakistan can be traced immediately and he can be arrested or location destroyed by aerial bombardment. As such, Mir was targeted due to his support for Malala and condemnation of cowardly attack on her by TTP warriors.

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  • mussarat ahmedzeb(swat)
    Nov 27, 2012 - 6:27PM

    yesterday was the day of Salala incident and no one remembered the day of our Shaheed Pak Watan cause the day started with Hamid Mir failed suicide attack can this be coincidence or

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  • Nov 27, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Not least bit surprised.

    Taliban in Afghanistan were this cruel too. But, Pakistan supported them. Now, its all Karma. You get what you do onto others.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Hamid Mir, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan must decide which side they are on. Taliban don’t like their position, we also don’t like it.

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  • Ali
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:06PM

    Pakistan and US army should destroy and kill each n every taliban with iron hand. They are human killing machines and black spot on humanity

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  • bilafond
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:06PM

    So Mr Hamid Mir – State Actor or Non State Actor. It is all about acting isn’t it?

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:09PM

    @Faran:
    Because despite Rehman Malik’s entertainment show style announcements, a fool like Ehsan is quite convenient to watch since he’s just a running mouth who also requires interacting with most, if not all attackers in some way.

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:18PM

    @Muhammad Ali Jinnah:
    There are Pakistani Taliban, Taliban, Punjabi Taliban, Urdu Speaking Taliban, British Taliban, US Taliban, Uzbek Taliban. Good luck figuring out who is who.

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:24PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    TTP is not Taliban. It is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pentagon. When you understand this everything will be much clear.

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  • Raj - USA
    Nov 27, 2012 - 7:36PM

    JEWS – RAW – USA conspiracy is an old theory. If anyone is watching the comments in various sections of ET, they would clearly see that in the last 6 – 12 months, KSA has also joined this trio of conspirators. Afghan Secret Service is slowly creeping to join this group of conspirators.

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  • Trippy Lucifer
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Raj – USA:
    Raymond Davis was not a tooth fairy.

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  • Raza Khan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:05PM

    TTP-You should be ashamed of your actions! First Malala now Hamid Mir. You guys cannot supress freedom of expression in 21st Century. Come out from the caves & smell the roses instead of revenge, hatred & blood.

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  • AS
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:13PM

    PML N is responsible,
    from PTI

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  • why......
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:22PM

    “TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an unknown location”.
    why such people are left as it is….why their location is not found and why dont the authorities just capture them…….
    if u r not with us then you are with them…this is the US doctorin and by this it means AFP and others are with “them” rather than being with state of Pakistan……

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  • Javelin
    Nov 27, 2012 - 8:49PM

    @Born Political:
    Firstly they are not a handful. Dont forget they were created by Pakistan during the Bhutto era. They were and are true fanatics. Reasoning with them is pointless. They need to be destroyed. The Spanish American philosopher George Santayana said it best…”Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim”

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:02PM

    I am joining PTI and following Imran khan with my entire extended family 24/7, where ever he goes in pakistan, This will guarantee that I and my entire family is safe from taliban attacks. This is a powerful reason to join PTI!. Vote for Imran T. Khan in next election!

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  • BILL
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:06PM

    @Ali Asghar:
    No more bowles of crazy for you.Recommend

  • Sultan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Are you sure it was a bomb and not Agha Maqar’s water kit installed under the seat?

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  • Sultan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:

    Hamid Mir, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan must decide which side they are on. Taliban don’t like their position, we also don’t like it.

    Hmmmmm, I did suspect PML-N was behind it. Arrest Ch. Allah Daad!

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  • Sultan
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:20PM

    @LionOfPunjab:

    I am joining PTI and following Imran khan with my entire extended family 24/7, where ever he goes in pakistan, This will guarantee that I and my entire family is safe from taliban attacks. This is a powerful reason to join PTI!. Vote for Imran T. Khan in next election!

    And I and my extended clan has joined the eunuch brigade called the PML-N. We all huddle day and night at Raiwind palace, drinking badami milk and enjoying mutton biryani 24/7. The extended clan has usurped 1200 policemen paid for by the Pakistani tax payers to protect us from this aafat. However, to make sure our election rallies are not bombed, we have our Law Minister cultivate deep ties with the Punjabi Taliban–after all they are our Punjabi brothers, not unruly Pathans like Imran! I need to break of now–halva, puri is being served!

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  • Enlightened
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:29PM

    @Trippy Lucifer:
    Why drag Pentagon, RAW or Mossad into your desi or local products who were initially trained by your military but they are now teaching some good lessons in fighting to their mentors.

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  • Uza Syed
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:20PM

    @Sultan: Good for you—–you should have been in that “enuch brigade” right from the beginning, for that’s a place most natural for you anyways, by the way an enuch can also vote for PTI as that is also suitable for the enuchs.

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:40PM

    As usual, either Taliban are blamed or they accept the blame !

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  • numbersnumbers
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:52AM

    @Trippy Lucifer:
    Please provide some credible references for your above comment that “It is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pentagon”!

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 28, 2012 - 1:26AM

    Most of the people on facebook are saying it is all a drama without any solid evidence. I dont understand why people like to spread misinformation

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