Attacker’s demonic tattoo draws fresh TTP conclusions

Published: December 17, 2012

The tattoo shows a demonic image inspired by a Peruvian painter. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: 

One of the 10 terrorists involved in Saturday night’s brazen attack on Peshawar airport had Western-style “tattoos” on his body, raising questions about the identities of those behind the assault.

Security officials said at least five of the 10 attackers involved appeared to be Uzbek nationals. But counter-terrorism officials are perplexed by the discovery of a demonic “tattoo” on the back of one of the terrorists.

“It’s the first time I have seen tattoos on the bodies of terrorists,” added the official, who has been part of several counter-terrorism operations in the tribal regions.

What does the tattoo show?

The image, though incomplete, appears to be a rendition  of a Boris Vallejo sorcery-fantasy character.

In the militant’s case, the tattoo on his back is unfinished. One entire limb, strands of flowing hair and a smaller-headed sorcery-monster appear to be missing.

Vallejo, a Peruvian-born American painter, works almost exclusively in the fantasy and erotica genres. Swords and sorcery gods and monsters are some of his recurrent themes.

Tattoo experts say the image on the militant’s body symbolises evil. “Skulls, in my opinion, are demonic representations, but only in visualisation. They represent strength, rebelliousness and serious drawbacks,” said a Lahore-based tattoo artist.

“Mostly people who get such tattoos want to give out a message that they defy death, those who have seen death very closely, including criminals, gangsters and even rock stars,” he said on condition of anonymity.

About the tattoo on the militant’s body, he said, “It looks 10 to 12 years old. The outlines, curves and shading clearly tell that it has not been made by an expert.”

A Karachi-based tattoo artist concurred. “Mostly, criminals and gangsters get such tattoos made on their bodies,” said the artist who works at a tattoo parlour. He also spoke on condition of anonymity.

He pointed out that he had not seen a single religious person in his 10-year career with tattoos on his body. “It’s unlikely for a religious person to get such tattoos made on his body,” he said.

Religious scholars reaction

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which claims that it is fighting for the enforcement of Islamic shariah, has already claimed responsibility for the attack.

That is why this aspect has now added significance because according to religious scholars having tattoos on the human body is against the spirit and teachings of Islam.

“You cannot perform religious duties if you have tattoos on your body,” said Prof Khursheed Ahmed, who has written several books on Islam.

Associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, Khursheed maintained that the Peshawar airport attack confirmed “our fears that some foreign hands are carrying out these terrorist attacks in the name of Islam.”

“A practicing Muslim cannot have such images on his body,” he argued.

Mufti Naeem of Karachi’s Jamia Binoria seminary told The Express Tribune that there was no exception to drawing tattoos in Islam as shariah has clearly imposed restrictions on it.

“Yes, you can offer prayers but Islam does not permit drawing tattoos on bodies and has banned it,” he said.

The head of Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Ashrafi also endorsed the view. “It was astonishing to see the body with a horrible face tattooed on his body. Islam does not allow drawing tattoos,” he added. “This cannot be the body of a Muslim.”

‘True face of TTP’

But a security official pointed out that tattoos on the bodies of terrorists exposed the TTP claims that they were fighting for Islam.

“We know their (TTP) true face. We have raided their dens and even found pornographic films and male potency drugs from there,” he said.

When approached, the director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations, Maj-Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, said the authorities investigating the airport attack would certainly look into all possibilities.

“But it is premature to draw any conclusion at this point,” Maj- Gen Bajwa told The Express Tribune. (With additional reporting by Umer Farooq in Peshawar, Ayesha Hasan in Lahore and Farhan Sharif in Karachi)

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2012.

Reader Comments (126)

  • Satan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:49AM

    This has become a DAMN serious scenario now. Must not ignore it. Who are these people?. What do they really want?
    Its about time we know the answers. We cant stay dumb anymore.

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  • cautious
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:49AM

    Classic Pakistan — ignore the actions of a bad guy and demonize him because he has a “western tattoo”. Sounds like another Malik conspiracy theory in the making.

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  • fus
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:50AM

    TTP is actually group of thugs and foreign extremists who just want to cause pain. This is not about Islam. The religious organizations has to come out and condemn TTP in clear words.

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  • The Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:50AM

    though i am a liberal and i like drinking but even i know having Tattoos is strictly forbidden in Islam and Pushtun culture.
    This raises a lot of suspicions

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  • FJ
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:51AM

    There is a possibility that this terrorist might got this tattoo before he converted to Islam?

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:53AM

    I have heard that any body art is not permitted in Islam and that those who have body arts cannot even have burial rights of a muslim.

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  • aq.inqalabi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:02AM

    Will u still think that TTP is not a Fitna ????

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  • imran
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:06AM

    reality has come out these terrorists are kharijites who are considered to be out of islam and attacks muslims but claim to b muslims…

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  • doom
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:07AM

    Is the tattoo-ed man, Uzbek? Former Uzbek mafia member maybe?

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  • Sheryar Farooqui
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:13AM

    Does it really take a tattoo to prove that they are not doing it for the sake of Islam, isn’t it obvious from their whole approach of spreading chaos, destruction and murdering people…..we should be looking into where do they get their financing, training, someone powerful has to be behind them, dig out if its internal or external help they receive, stop worrying about tattoos, where and why he got it, they are criminals and it’s high time we catch them before they cause lasting damage to the nation, IK solution on terrorism seems to be the only real solution of singling out these criminals by first parting with america’s conflict, uniting the nation and then through the support of the masses unhooking them. As long as we are supporting US, the country will be divided…….it’s high time we unite and sort out this and many other issues plaguing pak, we can’t bleed forever and not die…..

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  • Calypso
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:22AM

    So, the so-called custodians of Islam are hiring non-Muslims to ‘fight for Islam’? How ironic. TTP is nothing but a group of double-faced hypocrite fanatics n that’s all. No matter how hard their sympathizers try to justify them the truth HAS to see the day light n it will!

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  • J
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:30AM

    FJ – Islam does not tell us to kill people and do stuff that creates unrest in a society. These people are not Muslims! I don’t think they even believe in God because if they did, they wouldn’t have been doing such things.
    Killing in the name of Islam is just crazy! Insane! Religion has nothing to do with it. It’s the pathetic screwed up mind! So many innocent lives have been lost just because of few psychos who think they’re actually fighting for the enforcement of Islam Shariah. It’s just pathetic! Shame on them! Shame on the government! Shame on us!

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  • Tipu
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:36AM

    Its no secret that TTP is the militant wing of CIA which has waged its Proxy war against Pakistan and its people .People are wandering now whereas it was obvious from day one since they started activities. Where are they hiding? where are they getting funding from? Who sponsors them in terms of weapons, ammunition, training and high-tech, extremely sophisticated gadgets and who gives them precise information about attacks and sophisticated installations. It is extremely important to alienate these terrorists from local innocents in the tribal belt and then deal with these CIA funded terrorists.

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:39AM

    @Sheryar Farooqui:
    As to their source of financing they are probably getting it from the Steel and Sugar Mills set up in KSA in the last 10-15 years.

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  • something true
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:46AM

    thats mean that everytime ttp have done harm to muslims in reality it has been these foreigners who have done it. i suggest that you kill all the foreigners once and for all and close all the foreigners embassies. thats mean the real TTP are ok guys because they only kill and defend themselves from these foreigners which in real is the governments and armys job. get hand in hand with real TTP and throw the foreigners out. enough is enough.

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  • Tch tch
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:46AM

    @doom: Ofcourse. Uzebek prison system (GUIN) are basically same as the USSR GULAG.
    Prisoners and criminals in USSR gulags developed an extensive subculture with intricate tatooes that have significant meanings. For example the “skull” means criminal accomplishment. “Cat” means thief. Points on a star, years in jail. etc etc.
    A russian prison guard by the name of Danzik Baldev. Documented thousands of these. They are published in the Encyclopaedia of russian criminal tatooes in three volumes.

    These CAS prisons are terrible places with torture, deaths the works.its dictator Islam Karimov (in power since 2001, Former Communist party secretary, current close US ALLY) routinely boils his opponents. WIKILEAK cables from tashkent note that these prisons have become breeding grounds for Islamic radicals. IMU was such a group that fought with the taliban against the Uzbek warlord Gen Dostum. Post 2001 they came to Uzbek communities settled in SWA fearing persecution from GEN dostum Jumbash militia that has now been incorporated into ANA.
    They are a determined and desperate lot and were ejected from Wazir areas and then joined TTP HM and are its shock troops. Right now they are active in the dawar areas in NWA.

    All of this is common knowledge.

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  • AbulKalam Azad
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:59AM

    How about a Russian connection to this whole TTP affair ? I mean, a sort of, a payback for the key role Pakistan played in the collapse of Soviet Union ?

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  • curious
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:59AM

    Who are these people? And how did they come into Pakistan. Are they funded by the CIA?

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  • Conspiracy theorist
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:00AM

    Well where are those liberals who go on about how the enemy is within and religious extremists. As some claim that Pak army provide shelter to these terrorists, can they explain why TTP is always working against the interest of Pakistan.
    This goes beyond saying its not as simple as calling them home grown extremists as they are serving foreign interests.

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  • Mango aadmi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:09AM

    My knowledge in any religion is limited. But does seriously Islam or for that matter any religion speaks in such absoluteness ?? Most of the religion tends to suggest not imply as hard and fast rule book. Religious angle to every thing happening in life is a bigger diversion than solving real problems staring at us. Religion is like dual technology, it can be used for betterment of humanity or can be used to justify far more inhuman acts.
    So Tattoo or no Tattoo, the guys deed is gross and inhuman, those who brainwashed him are far more evil.

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  • PakPower
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:10AM

    This tattoo is very similar to the one abundant in the US Army, especially, the Marine Corp.

    Do a Google image search and you will know.

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  • Ata
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:13AM

    Couldn’t it be that tattoo-ing a person going on a suicide mission is an attempt to throw the investigations off track: cause clearly its working.

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  • sabi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:17AM

    Ye khbar kisi treeqay se Imran Khan tak bi poonchay
    Imran khan and his allied religious are being exposed on daily basis.Now he should tell or these crimminal our own people? (Apnay hi logo per bombari kar rahay hain).
    If army take action with full might the whole nation will stay behind it.But then there will be no place left for fake politicians doing dirty politics on war on terror.

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  • Asad
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:18AM

    it does look nice though…

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  • Satan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:42AM

    Even, us wannabe westernized people watching every single Hollywood movie, tv series, reading novels or whatever that comes out of it, dont know about this Boris Vallejo painter. Hard to believe that the painter is suddenly famous in Pekhawar, so famous that people have opened the shops of making tattoos of it.

    And this is such a low quality Tattoo. More like some formality or compulsion. A hobbyist would never get such an unrefined tattoo.

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  • shakrullak
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:42AM

    Circumcised or not ? The answer to this question should go some way in settling the militant’s identity . A number of eminent Islamist militants( Allama Bakri of Britian, for example ) had criminal records/background . The tatoo therefore may not be a significant
    factor .

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  • Falcon
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:55AM

    @Tch tch:
    Your knowledge of the issue is very impressive. Do you have a blog?

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  • Ghani
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:55AM

    So this ‘discovery’ of tattoos is what it takes in our country to realise that these are ‘bad’ guys. My dear countrymen, they are still demons even if they do not wear tattoos.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:58AM

    Surprising and disappointing that Jamaat-e-Islami is still trying to defend the animals that are taliban, and keep harping the foreign element excuse. Question is why are the groups here are inviting foreign element? And why are we under the illusion that taliban ‘practicing’ ‘muslim’! their basis is Jehel and nothing else.Recommend

  • Truth detector
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:19AM

    @Raj – USA so, your conclusion is?

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  • Ghani
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:27AM

    Does tattoing make any difference to the inhuman acts this organization of thugs called TTP is committing in the name of Islam? What if this guy was wearing a tattoo of the holy Kaaba? Would that make him look good?

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:31AM

    Bring thousands of proofs that these terrorists are not Muslims and are our worst enemies but Taliban Khan and JI will not condemn them.

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  • Dec 17, 2012 - 5:35AM

    I am amazed that these mullahs would call the attacker non-Muslim based on a tattoo. The obvious explanation is that he’s a convert. Lots of ordinary people in the west have tattoos. People need to broaden their horizons.

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  • Aviator
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:41AM

    “A practicing Muslim cannot have such images on his body,”

    A practicing Muslim is also not allowed to kill innocent people and destroy their property. When will these religious leaders condemn this violence once and for all?

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  • Nadeem S
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:46AM

    They are evil with or without their tattoos….

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  • Bill Maher(SFO)
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:07AM

    @Most commentators:

    We are missing something.

    Our observation: One of terrorists is not Muslim because he has tattoos.
    Corollary: Other terrorist were Muslims.

    Wrong! None of these were Muslims or even religious in the true sense.

    They were killers and terrorists. Let us not bring religion into this.

    Yes, we should focus on the tattoo to find the origin of the terrorists.
    ..some thoughts

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  • naeem khan Manhattan Ks
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:12AM

    Could it be possible that this man has been to US and has these tattoos done there, it seems to me that mostly criminals will have these sort of tattoos on them. Well, Pakistanis has been wondering aloud that some foreign hands are involved in these terrorist attacks and killing innocent civilian in order to destabilize Pakistan. It is time for the citizens of Pakistan to be vigilant and if they see any suspicious character or movement in their neighborhood, it should be reported to authorities immediately and let them investigate. it is mind boggling that a Muslim will have these kind of tattoos. Hopefully some one somewhere will come forward and confirm his identity.

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  • Humdard
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:25AM

    Russia at the back of TTP?

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  • vasan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:45AM

    Oh : I am disappointed very much, None blaming RAW, yet. The pride of place is given to CIA,Marines, Russia etc.

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  • Falcon
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:47AM

    @sabi:
    Come on man. Does it take just one tattoo to throw the whole discussion off track? Unless, you are pedaling a conspiracy theory, shifting whole debate on anti-terrorism policy by looking at one exception will be too dramatic.

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  • T Shah
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:49AM

    just because someone calls themselves a Muslim, does not make them one….its very difficult to be a real Muslim, you have to act, not just pray 5 times and do roza, yes that is important too, but when you dont condemn muslims who kill, when you are quiet when so called devils calling themselves muslims destroy schools, kill people, they are also not Muslim.

    A true Muslim would take action and fight this evil, not make excuses, that they are not Muslim, that they are foreign hands, no its our own hands, its our own people.

    Baitullah Mehsud is not Indian or Israeli.

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  • sabi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:49AM

    @Conspiracy theorist:
    Well where are those liberals who go on about how the enemy is within and religious extremists. As some claim that Pak army provide shelter to these terrorists, can they explain why TTP is always working against the interest of Pakistan.
    Army has created this monster for strategic purposes.Now this monster, and its supportes,the hypocrits in third degree politics,media,thinks it has grown enough to grab power from military.
    This they can do only through fighting against state.They know that they have absolutly no chance of coming into power through accepted democratic norms.In mountains they are fighting with weapons.On public front, they are doing fighting with malicious propaganda,thereby misleading innocent pakistani people.They are worst hypocrites using religion as a weapon.Pakistan military still thinks it can chase these criminals whenever it wants so.But overconfidance costs always dear.It is going to be a big war.which is going to be fought in the streets of Pakistan.Get ready to defend your homeland against these hypocrites.

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  • T Shah
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:51AM

    @Raj – USA:
    thats rubbish, you can do any body art, that has nothing to do with Islam, i challenge anyone to find me where in Koran it says… women put kajal and dots on faces since time of our prophet, men used kohl, so whats different here?

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:10AM

    @PakPower:
    So you have seen the tattoo? Please tell us how you arranged that?

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:16AM

    @Tipu:
    WOW, you say that “TTP is the militant wing of the CIA”! Any chance that you could provide some credible references to support that comment? NOT!

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:18AM

    From the above comments, I believe that this article should be retitled “Attacker’s demonic tattoo draws fresh TTP DELUSIONS”!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:31AM

    The investigators must locate and find out as who has made this tatto on the body of terrorist and then it will become easier for the investigators to determine the name and nationality of the terrorist.

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:52AM

    People are acting like this is the first one killed. They’ve been attacking for years. In jail they’re strip searched and plenty enough have died to say that this man is an exception, not someone you can use to make a blanket judgment.

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:01AM

    …and what exactly are the rules for a Muslim convert who previously had tattoos? Don’t tell me they’d be turned away. You guys recruit everyone you can get with no questions asked.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:06AM

    This proves once again unequivocally that TTP terrorists are funded by RAW and CIA. And in fact some of them are Indians and Americans.

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  • Faizullah Jan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:22AM

    Some more fodder for conspiracy theory machines! It all seems a drama? There is no foreign hand, they are ‘our own’ boys who have returned to haunt the country for its very own sins.

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  • JB
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:30AM

    What kind of Islamic Shariah is being tried to be enforced by the TTP by targeting airports and military? There is definitely something else going on here!

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  • Ash Kanazi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:38AM

    No no, it is a conspiracy theory. TTP are Talibans cause media says so.

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  • Pashtun voice
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:38AM

    “Foreign hand involved….” —- FATA has lots of foreigners my friend! Uzbeks, chechens, Afghans, Arabs…..

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  • Suresh
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:25AM

    A case of judging a book by its cover!

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  • Feroz
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:31AM

    Hey, this article is ridiculous. Imagination and kite flying are no substitute for forensic investigation. Trying to guess the intent, origin and identity of criminals and terrorists based on Tatoos shows the lack of scientific capabilities in investigation methods and is nothing but another attempt at misleading people with conspiracy theories. My daughter has a Tatoo with some Tibetian inscription as she loves Tibet. My son has a Tatoo of some native Red Indian good luck symbol popular with Navajo Indians. To draw conclusions on their religiosity or lack of it shows a desperate bankruptcy of Intellect.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Classic but stupid diversionary tactic…………ignore the elephant but question its colour.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:46AM

    Taliban never use such these types of tattoos and this is first person on which back tattoo is printed and how many Taliban have been captured with tattoos before now?He doesn’t belong to Taliban and I am not saying so on the basis of Taliban didn’t accept this attack’s responsibility…….

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  • Yahweh
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:59AM

    Not a good day for “TTP is Taliban” enthusiasts.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:02AM

    People change and brain washed. Remember Ajmal Kasab was wearing modern clothing? Iron Mike Tyson had also become Muslim with tattos not just on the body but on the face also. This issue is a diversion from the attack by the terrorists.

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  • Foolitics
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:19AM

    Why? Does god hate tattoos? All this foolishness is tragic and shows that many societies have not evolved at all.

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  • Ali Hasan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Hilarious. Now we have a new excuse for our denial. “They have tattoos, hence they aren’t muslims, hence they’re not our fault.”

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  • Realist
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Why does TTP leadership enjoy Military patronage then?

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  • Ali Yousafzai
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:03PM

    May be a new Muslim. Tattoos can’t be removed!

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  • M Ali Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:08PM

    ‘The army said all the five miscreants killed in cleanup operation were foreign nationals, apparently Uzbeks. The SSP operations said “ they were all Uzbeks having identical Tattoos inscribed on their back and such kind of Tattoos were usually made by the people with Russian backward.”’

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=187376

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  • Arifq
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:08PM

    TTP diversifying their recruitment policy, showing their capacity to be inclusive rather than xenophobic, matured, progressive and moderately enlightened! People of Pakistan need to learn from TTP, tattoos do not define a person, their actions do!

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Tattoos don’t magically disappear once someone converts to Islam, either, by the way.

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  • Fahad
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:23PM

    TTP was made by CIA/RAW/MOSSAD axis to malign the respect and sympathy that Pakistanis had for Afghan Taliban which in a way has been successful so far but Pakistanis know who their real enemies are i.e. US, Isreal, India and their sponsored TTP.
    We still respect and support Afghan Talibans!
    These FreeMasons/Illuminaties are a menace for this world!

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  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:34PM

    TTP is TEHRIK-E-TALIBAN PENTAGON!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sal
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:37PM

    Please I know hundreds of people who have tattoos on their bodies and are Muslims . Muslims drink and party and get tattoos. This has nothing to do with religion it is a hateful act and should be condemned. Stop over thinking the Tattoo many people get them including Muslims. Everyone knows its not allowed in Islam but how many care?

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:46PM

    @T Shah:
    Sorry. What I heard was about permanent body art and not temporary make-up’s.

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  • yusuf
    Dec 17, 2012 - 12:51PM

    Alhamdulillah people of poor Pakistan are now waking up… Only a tattoo could do that, but I’m happy this is on the front of TRIBUNE!! Good job, please keep it up in trying to clear the image media has made about Pakistan..
    AND FOR GOD’S SAKE PLEASE MAKE PROPER AUTHENTICATION BEFORE MENTIONING THAT TTP HAS CLAIMED THE RESPONSIBILITY.. IT COULD BE ANYONE CALLING, MAYBE ME???

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  • Dec 17, 2012 - 1:02PM

    @Realist:
    NATO military want to neuter Pakistani nukes and breakup Pakistan.

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  • arrest them alive
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:06PM

    arrest them alive

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  • A_H_Ahsan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:07PM

    This clearly confirms presence of a foreign hand in the garb of extremists outfits in our tribal areas. A gentleman above has pointed his finger towards CIA, I think CIA has a smaller share and in the background, the front player is RAW. During the USSR era Indians presence in now Central Asian Republics can not be ignored and I am sure they have knotted a deep rooted network in the area all around Caspian.
    Though CIA apparently is involved in the war against terrorism in fact they are giving a free hand to Indian intelligence under US umbrella to neutralize Pakistani support not only in Afghanistan but also in adjacent Pakistani tribal areas.
    Having said all this I would add that the main problem is our own US inclined establishment.Recommend

  • Mr. Honest
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:12PM

    What is so mysterious about the tatoo? In his earlier life he must have got it, then later at some stage he must have changed and become religious fundamentalist…. re-born muslim.

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  • Anon
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Ummm..what??? The tattoo shows that the attack was un-Islamic?!

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  • imti
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:33PM

    I persume many are paid Killers working for big money for the Orgnizations like Black Water, and were also invovled through these kind of Firms in Iraq , Bosnia etc, most of them are from pour inveirments from east Europe non muslims, and they will do every thing for money.

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  • AS
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:45PM

    we should talk with them as PTI suggests?

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  • saad rehman
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:46PM

    @FJ: but he could have gotten it removed also.

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  • kHaN
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:12PM

    Why’s this so surprising to Pakistanis. Afghan officials arrested British Muslim youngsters fighting in Helmand years ago. They are part of the global Jihad to “salvage their Muslims brethren”

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  • shocked (former) pakistani
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Oh you foolish people and investigators…its clearly written that the tattoo was 10 to 12 years old. 10 to 12 years is long enough a time for an ordinary criminal to become a terrorist…

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  • I don't give a damn
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:37PM

    Seriously?! Is this tattoo seriously going to give rise to conspiracy theories. First of all, the Taliban are ignorant sociopaths who know little of Islam. Their version of Islam is closer to the what the Kharijiites propagated hundreds of years ago. Secondly, we all know of young people who subscribed to a very modern or even debauched lifestyle and suddenly became religious to the point of being fanatical. This tattoo is evidently quite old. That explains it all.

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  • poleturtle
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:58PM

    They are all mercenaries. Have we not seen who destroyed Libya, and now Syria? In thousands of mercenaries there will always be room and opportunity for anyone ready to kill irrespective of which religion he belongs to.
    However, it is sad that the majority of these killers call themselves Muslims and have been trained by you know who!

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  • Aslam Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi also had many tattoos on his torso. Those tattoos were among the distinguishing marks that American soldiers initially used to identify Al Zarqawi after he was killed in a Air Strike. He had so many tattoos that friends in the neighborhood called him “The Green Man.”

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  • Dec 17, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @fus

    Not mere condemnation but education and mobilizations of the people against the sponsors of
    terrorism.

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  • Hamaad Haider
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:41PM

    It is ridiculous to conclude that the reason why this attacker is being labelled non-Muslim is because he has a tattoo – implying that the 9 others without a tattoo might be muslim. No human, let alone a Muslim, would do what these barbarians do. Their acts, not their tattoos, make them non-Muslim. These are Taliban, they want to destroy pakistan and there is no second argument to that, Mr Imran Khan.

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:53PM

    The Mehran Base attack in Karachi in 2011 had similarity. One of the attackers had full Tattoo on his left arm, starting from his shoulder to his hand. This kind of art is unfamiliar to the culture or tradition to this region. Why wasn’t then this information shared with the media or public. This time it has come into limelight because of the pictures by the journalists.

    Such information is well known by the government. One must question the motive behind hiding the facts.

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  • Aarvey,india
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:10PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui: Please call Rehman Malik . He is the Interior Minister of a mighty nation. He knows everything about interiors.

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  • Umer
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:12PM

    So much for Muslim Terrorist. Clearly it involves a foreign hand ( as doubted by many). Imran khan has also pointed out that many terrorist organization under the label of Talibans are operating for their ulterior motives. ISI & IB has failed beyond any doubt.

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  • terrorist
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:16PM

    @cautious:
    so what do you suppose we should do? give him a honorary funeral and send him back to the US? light vigils in his memory?

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  • khuzdar Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @ curious

    Oh bhai curious, Pakistan doe not have effective government, what speak of border controls/ immigration or law enforcement.

    Are you kidding us? do you know how many Afghan, Burmese, illegal Indian immigrants and Bengali’s live in Karachi?

    These illegals enter Pakistan after paying rishwat to our rangers from both the Indian and Afghan borders and never leave.

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  • ishrat salim
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Ahmed:
    Thnks…it was also shown that some of them were not circumcised… & in 2008 also media exposed some terrorists killed in Swat operation were also not circumcised….turn this guys over & see if he is circumcised or not ?

    my last such comment was not printed by ET, hope this time they will do so…

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  • SAK
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:06PM

    The world is united to disintegrate Pakistan once again.

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  • Ali S
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Hipster dehshatgerd?

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  • Zeeshan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:23PM

    This proves US army is involved in terrorism, they are definitely US sponsored terrorists.

    Few Days back I was playing black ops 2 where only 2 US soldiers were killing the entire ISI army in lahore. But in reality these US soldiers killed like the rats.

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  • Khurram
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Every time we read that TTP has claimed responsibility of attack, source BBC,, why do TTP always approaches a Jewish channel only? After this incidence one cannot stop but believe that TTP does not exist, its just a name used by Anti- Islam and Anti-Pakistan forces to blame Islam and de-stabilize Pakistan for their own interests..

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  • Irfan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:45PM

    I wonder if Imran Khan still wants to talk to TTP? Pakistan Army needs to go in and annihilate TTP, whoever they may be.

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  • Waseem
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:50PM

    A “practicing Muslim” does not kill innocent people. They are just ‘personator Muslims’ and have nothing to do with Islam. Their ‘Paradise button’ will surely land them straight into the deepest and the hottest district of Hell.

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  • Waseem
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Why their faces are hidden? Why not they expose them all? Let all Pakistanis know how they look like, what are their names, nationalities etc.Recommend

  • O B Server
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Why the terrorist face is not shown? Someone may be able to recognize him then. Why do they always protect the terrorists identity in the media?

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  • Hasnain
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:22PM

    American Taliban !!!!
    These tattoos are hallmark of US marines… There should be DNA test of all these Terrorists to determine their real identity.
    Lets not forget that Raymond Davis, the notorious spy who killed people in Lahore, had also spent time in Peshawar and spoke Pashto very well.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:29PM

    in 2008 also media exposed some
    terrorists killed in Swat operation
    were also not circumcised

    Based on such news, people like Zaid Hamid jumped to the conclusion that they are “Hindus in disguise”. The ultimate shock came when some Pak soldiers/paramilitary personnel who were hospitalized were also found to be uncircumcised.
    It turns out that quite a few poor peole in the tribal regions don’t bother circumcising.

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  • Zalmai
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Afghan authorities killed British militants with roots in the sub continent that had tattoos of their favorite EPL team years ago. Muslim youth in the west get all sorts of tattoos and some tend to get ink that says Mohammad and Allah to identify with Islam only to regret their actions once they become mature adults. I personally know practicing Muslim men with tattoos, it is just a part of life in the post modern world we live in and it does not take anything away from someone aspiring to be a pious Muslim.

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  • IceSoul
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:38PM

    My grand father had a small tatoo that looked like this on his arm. He was a simple man who fought in the British Army in WWII and settled down in Lahore after he retired. Or was he? Maybe he worked for the CIA against the Land of the Pure!Recommend

  • Gha
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:14PM

    ,I am not saying killer are muslim or non muslim. As TTP declare they did that and they said we are muslim too. But it doest not matter if they are muslim or not. For me they are just enemy. If I were solider and were in war with TTP, defiantly I will kill the enemy before they kill me. but I am sure, Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it just be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. In Chicago I have seen people are doing Xmas shopping and late night parties on week end. But in Pak we are just trying to survive.if we Know our enemy and know ourrself and we can fight a hundred battles without disaster. But I am doubt we even dont know the enemy but we dont bother to investigate, We are happy as we dont need to spend time for interrogation as what will TTP says we will accept as it is. I am totally upset by seeing all that and pithiness of it make me more sad that we even not sure who is our enemy??????.The enemy is never more unnerving than when he’s invisible.
    95% says these are Talban, OK If these are Talban than kill them all. But it would be hard to kill them all as they are not living in other country where your plans go for bombarment. They hide them with civilian population. Only way to make our army separate from civilians just get off from US war on terror. This is the only way to win the war. \
    Just alienate them from civilian by saying good bye to US war on terror. I am 100% agree with Imran Kahn policy on war on terror to win. Any one has other solution???? share here

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  • Karachiwalay
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Please get me the thougts of IMRAN KHAN…as soon as possible.

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  • lucifer
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:12PM

    sigh, sobs, my son died

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  • Iqtedar
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:34PM

    At least the tattoos served a purpose. The insignia shows the people who have been orchestrating all the suicide bombings are pure evil; satanic worshippers; dajjalic agents. Being caught red handed has exposed them to the world although the truth about their identity and links was already known before.

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  • junaid
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:18PM

    TTP = Tehreek e Taliban Pentagon

    I salute Syed Zaid Hamid for telling the true identity of TTP a YEAR back.
    Every word of yours is coming true : )

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  • Dec 17, 2012 - 11:25PM

    : The blatant attack on Peshawar Airport followed by the Taliban claiming responsibility is not new. We have seen this scene play many times before; the GHQ in Rawalpindi, Mehran Base in Karachi, Kamra Complex near Taxila and now the airport in Peshawar. We congratulate the Pakistani security forces who successfully repelled the attack and killed the attackers. It is unfortunate that some are implying that because of a bizarre tattoo on one of the dead terrorist, he may be an implant from the West or a U.S Marine. Why would the Taliban allow someone like him to join their organization? How would this person keep such a large body tattoo hidden? We all know that the Pakistani authorities have identified some of the attackers as Uzbeks. So there is a strong possibility that he could be one of them. Why couldn’t he get his tattoo in Russia where they are very popular? Is it not easy for a person who lives in the Central Republics to travel to Russia?
    Conspiracy theories do not have a beginning or an ending; we can keep them going as long as we want. The fact is that the Taliban are our common enemy. They have attacked and killed many of our soldiers and civilians on both sides of the border. We have said this before and we say this again, that a strong and stable Pakistan is in everyone’s interest. It is a very important country in the region, and its prosperity and stability affects the regional partners as well. The region has suffered enough due to the terrorists who have made Pakistan their base. They need to be eliminated, and we fully stand by Pakistan and its security forces when they defend their people and their nation against these evil forces.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:58PM

    @imti:
    Wow, so how much do these “paid killers” get for blowing themselves up as a suicide bombers? Does the job come with medical and pension benefits?
    On the other hand, which religious extreme strain promises a ticket to paradise for performing such “good deeds” against the “infidels/kafirs”??? From the some of the comments posted above, Pakistani schools should offer advanced degrees in Denial and Conspiracy!

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  • Domlurian
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:01AM

    “The tattoo shows a demonic image inspired by a Peruvian painter”.
    This is a conspiracy by the Latin Americans to disgrace Islam and Pakistan!!!

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:24AM

    What a bizzare logic that Muslims do not have tattoo. In good old days parents used to tattoo childrens name on their arm or wrist just in case they were lost in the crowd or whatever. Check with your grandparents and they will confirm this. Have you guys heard of DNA? Yes I know there is no relegion specific DNA but at least it will tell you the ethnicity of the person. Wow! People making judgment based on circumcision! Are we there (stone age) yet?

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  • qzj00
    Dec 18, 2012 - 1:22AM

    @Khurram:
    You are correct. These are all jews who have nothing better to do than to strap dynamite to their bodies and blow themselves up to hurt the Islamic Republic of Pakistan . . . . the citadel of Islam.

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  • inara
    Dec 18, 2012 - 2:24AM

    every Pakistani must listen to video about Fitna Khawarij by Dr Tahiur ul Qadri
    please search youtube

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  • Dec 18, 2012 - 4:12AM

    Just the doubt i had in mind, Appears to be cleared by now. The tattoo on his body seems to me to be the zionist symbolism, like you know on the us dollars? the eye, pyramid, devil worshipping etc… this is what they zionist do, group of “christians and jews” who believe to be god’s chosen (clearly they are not) and want one world government, one religion ruling the world, freemason, and all the rest of retarded and false stuff. they would want to get rid of anything that gets in the way and Islam is their target. This is what they to do the innocent people of tribes, villages who have no knowledge about neither of Islam and worldly education. they represent zionism to them as “Islam” as this is what they would have heard from their elders “Islam is your religion” (they would never tell them to become zionist as they will never) they provide false knowledge of Islam to them and actually lead them to zionism to fight their own people and destroy each other. wonder why a terrorist who claims to be Mujahid, Muslim, Shariah Follower bomb blast in Masjid full of Friday prayer? how would a village guy acquire the true knowledge of Islam when they can only speak pushto? taliban and al-qaeda are just left wings working for zionists. I know I’m going to be called mullah and receive lots of bad comments in return for speaking out the truth. but i would like to suggest you all that please do some research before you start bashing on me. all of the stuff i said is highly researched and correct. People of Pakistan need to recognise the true and real Islam, the religion of Peace, and the only one and true religion. and know their true enemies taliban, alqaeda And Usa. Pakistan should stang against their enemies.

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  • Dec 18, 2012 - 4:13AM

    test

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  • Dec 18, 2012 - 4:24AM

    Yaar ye Zaid Hamid Bechara kehta sae e ha,Really ma to maan gya hn
    According to him:Those wondering whose Tattoo was that on the back of that killed terrorist? That is United States Marine Corp!!! The Tattoo is visibly inspired by Skull and Bones Society – a Free masonic cult of devil worshipers.. It cannot get more sinister, devilish and satanic than this. The TTP are an arm of CIA/Black waters and devil worshipers!! Hakeem Ullah Mehsud, Mullah EhsanUllah and Mullah Fadlullah are all agnets of devil worshipers, attacking Pakistan on thei agenda of global Zionists. If anyone still call this a conspiracy theory, then he has to be insane. Now you know the seriousness of the 4thGW imposed on Pakistan??

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Dec 18, 2012 - 7:36AM

    May be CIA has infiltrated its own men among Taliban to make sure that they keep Pakistan engaged in “war on terror”

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  • Rodney
    Dec 18, 2012 - 8:02AM

    Why dont Indians commenting in this post mind their own business. Dont they have anything else to do?

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  • I Shake
    Dec 18, 2012 - 3:50PM

    Its clearly stated that the tattoo is 10 to 12 years old. Maybe he got this tattoo before he joined TTP or when he decided to work for so called Jihaadis……..now its just with him and he couldnt get it removed.

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  • critic
    Dec 18, 2012 - 4:42PM

    u all hv first made an assumption dat its a taliban and den a narrative z built on dat dese people r not even muslims and funded agents of CIA.where z de proof dat dey r taliban.like always jst a claim by ahsan ullah ahsan.y cant u think dey r actually CIA real agents n doing things by using name of taliban.wat makes u believe dat amercans wont try to give a bad name to taliban by doing terrorist activities by using taliban banner.after all dey r real enemies in battle field

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  • critic
    Dec 18, 2012 - 4:48PM

    how it z proved dat dis person belong to taliban.jst a claim by ahsan ullah ahsan

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  • Sher khan
    Dec 19, 2012 - 3:24AM

    Associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, Khursheed maintained that the Peshawar airport attack confirmed “our fears that some foreign hands are carrying out these terrorist attacks in the name of Islam. Well Mr Khursheed, you are right that foreign hands are involved. But what about those local hands, groups, people in North Waziristan who are keeping, protecting, training and using against us, these foreign elements? please share your point of view about them also.

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  • Salman
    Feb 6, 2013 - 11:21AM

    “It is essential that we strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans,” – David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of the Zionist entity.

    Pakistan is supposed to be West’s foremost ally to fight against Islamic militancy, so Israel cannot attack Pakistan directly, and, if Israel did, she certainly would be defeated. So what to do? Well, two stages come to mind; one use America to attack Pakistan for you; and two, train and send into the border regions of Pakistan gangs of thugs willing to commit atrocities that then will be blamed on ‘barbaric Muslim militants’ – suggesting that Pakistan has lost control of its territory to dangerous extremists and so may lose control of its nuclear weapons.”

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