Bashir Bilour killed in Peshawar suicide blast

Published: December 22, 2012

Blast in Qissa Khawani Bazaar kills nine people and injures 17. Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility. PHOTO: FILE

Blast in Qissa Khawani Bazaar kills nine people and injures 17. Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility. PHOTO: FILE Blast in Qissa Khawani Bazaar kills SHO Sattar Khan.

PESHAWAR: A suicide blast in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar area of Peshawar killed KP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour along with eight others and injured at least 17 people on Saturday, reported Express News.

Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The country will observe a day of mourning on Sunday, December 23. The national flag will fly at half mast.

Bilour’s funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon at Sher Khan Stadium.

Live updates have ended.

9:40pm

PM Raja Pervez Ashraf has announced one-day mourning on Sunday across the country over the death Bilour, reported Radio Pakistan.

KP government has announced three days of mourning with the flag standing on half mast in remembrance of Bashir Bilour.

Funeral prayers for Bilour will be offered at 2:00 pm, December 23 at Sher Khan Stadium.

9:30pm

Bomb squad experts said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives when the ANP meeting was at its peak.

“The suicide bomber walked into the house where the meeting was taking place and detonated his vest,” Shafqat Malik, chief of the Bomb Disposal Squad, told AFP.

Four policemen were among the wounded.

9:10pm

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, according to a spokesperson.

ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan mourned Bilour’s death and said it was a great loss for the country.

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira spoke of Bilour’s bravery and commended his efforts in the war against terrorism, as reported by Radio Pakistan.

PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, MQM leader Altaf Hussain, and PTI leader Imran Khan offered their condolences and condemned the attack.

8:50pm

Doctors said Bashir Bilour had severe injuries on his chest and stomach and was on the ventilator as doctors tried their best to save him.

Bilour was brought in to Lady Reading Hospital in serious condition as he did not have a pulse and was not even breathing, a hospital official told Express News.

The official added that when he was brought in he was in a state of shock and doctors and specialists tried for 1.5 hours to resuscitate him, but he succumbed to his injuries.

Haji Noor, his personal secretary, also died in the blast.

8:30pm

Federal Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Bashir Bilour’s elder brother, spoke to Express News and said, “We live in a Pakistan where Maulana Maududi, Maulana Abdul Haq Haqqani had signed on the constitution. We don’t know who is a sinner and who is on the right. Were those who signed on the constitution were they Muslims or are these [terrorists] muslims? We just don’t know!”

He added that Bashir never fussed much about security, but he was always accompanied by one or two guards. Ghulam commended Bashir for his bravery.

Bashir Bilour’s funeral arrangements will be finalised after his sons return, according to Ghulam.

8:05pm

KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain, while talking to Express News, said that he salutes Bashir Bilour. “He sacrificed himself for the country and he fought against militants,” Hussain added.

Hussain reports that he and Bilour used to get 3-4 threats every day.

The KP minister demands a tripartite commission between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan to solve this crisis.

7:40pm

Bashir Bilour died from his injuries while being treated at Lady Reading Hospital.

Two motorcycles and a car were also destroyed in the attack.

This was the third time Bilour had been targeted by terrorists and was on their hit list.

7:30pm

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain confirmed that Bashir Bilour’s condition is critical.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf and Interior Minster Rehman Malik have condemned the attack while Malik also demanded a report from IG Police, KP, reported Radio Pakistan.

7:17pm

Provinicial MPA Bashir Bilour is in critical condition after being injured. Doctors are currently operating on him at Lady Reading Hospital.

Three of the injured are in critical condition and are in the ICU.

Bomb Disposal Squad has determined that this was a suicide blast.

6:40pm

Kabli police station SHO Sattar Khan was killed in the blast, along with four others.

Police officials reported that the blast went off during an Awami National Party (ANP) rally.

Bomb Disposal Squad and more police officials are en route to the scene of the blast.

The injured have been moved to Lady Reading Hospital.

Correction: An earlier version of the story listed an incorrect date for the funeral. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (112)

  • ahmad
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Why this never happens in pti or pml-n rally?

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  • faraz
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:33PM

    This happens when you take a principled stand; not like other Taliban apologists who fear Taliban and concoct nonsense to justify their acts

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Once again eight Muslims got Shahadat by a non Muslim suicide Bomber., as Terrorists are not Muslims and Pakistani.
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  • Jibran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:38PM

    @ahmad:
    Because they are the political wings of TTP. It just scares me how these two parties will sell Pakistani people to these butchers if they come into power. Last time when the Amir-ul-Momineen was in power, he imposed the Blasphemy law upon us. He can go to any extreme to please the terrorists and their rightwing hatemongers.

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  • JeenayDo
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Get well soooon! Bashir bilour is our hero.

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 7:44PM

    The Taliban has certified that no children were traumatized in this blast.

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 7:45PM

    Rest in peace brave man !

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  • Logic Europe
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:46PM

    all responsibility goes to MULLAS and Mulla politicians, Get them and put them in prison

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  • Pashtun Tribal Insafian
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @ahmad:
    While condemning this gruesome act of terror attack on ANP rally, I would also condemn your extremely insensitive comment “Why not in PMLN or PTI rally”.
    May Mr Bilour recover soon but to wish for terror attacks on any party’s rally is extremely unbecoming of an educated person like you (assuming that you are one, since you commented on an English language news).
    We need to see humanity as humanity, without any shade of political, religious or ethnic relation.
    Again praying for the innocent victims.

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:48PM

    Oh man God bless his soul very soft spoken and very decent guy.

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  • Qaisrani
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:48PM

    RIP Bashir Bilour. Your bravery against barbarians will always be remembered. People in Pakistan have generally negative image about ANP. But believe me, they are they bulwark against the barbarians.

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  • adil
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:50PM

    @ahmad: Why this never happens at your home?

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @Logic Europe: They have cell phones in prisons. And they leave the prison once their R&R leave is over, as happened in Bannu jail where over 400 terrorists reported back to active duty.

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  • Jibran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 7:54PM

    Extremely shocking. There is no doubt in my mind that these terrorists will annihilate one by one all their opponents. The future of Pakistan is bleak. It will soon become a Somalia style lawless land. Soon their sympathizers and conspiracy theorists themselves will also start getting the taste.

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  • Faiz
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @Jibran:

    Do you have any proof regarding PTI being a wing of TTP. Your approach is also of an extremist. PPP, MQM, ANP, JI, and MLN have terrorists wings in Karachi, which have made of mess in the beautiful city of Karachi.

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  • Asad Behzad
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:16PM

    So who is next after Bashir Ahmad Bilour? Terrorists don’t have any nationality or religion! A very sad and dark day in the history of Pakistan.

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  • Faiz
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @Jibran:

    PPP, MQM, MLN, ANP, etc already destroyed this country. What else remaining in the country, that you are pointing your extremists views over PTI. A party which never comes in power and is not responsible for the mess which the parties in parliament done it with the country. And remember, Mr. 10 percent is not in PTI.

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  • gujranwala789
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:21PM

    I cannot understand what kind of madness in going on in this country, dignity of human life is virtually non-existent these days in pakistan. Religious radicalism is a curse in all its manifestation in any part of the world.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:21PM

    PML(N) has never supported Taliban whereas PTI is a political wing of Taliban. Don’t mix them.

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  • Blithe
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:26PM

    @afzaalkhan:
    Don’t know what a person like him was doing in ethnic party like ANP!?!!!

    May he rest in peace.

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  • gujranwala789
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:27PM

    The only way to solve this problem of religious radicalism is to ban the political activities of all the parties which do their politics in the name of religion, they should not be allowed to contest next elections. Strong message should be sent to terrorist sympathisers such as Fazlur rehman and munawwar hassan, their narrative about religious radicals is the main cause of desensitization of the masses about the gruesome acts perpetrated by terrorist religious radical elements.

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  • Imran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:28PM

    @Pashtun Tribal Insafian:
    Because ordinary Pakistanis are outraged with this continued slaughter. And still PML-N and PTI continue with their support to these barbarians, providing ammo for furthering their agenda of hate. Their workers as well as leaders (who also claim to be more Muslim then the others) blame every incident on USA, Israel, and India. Yet all the bomb attacks target secular forces, and none against the Jihadi and pro-Taliban parties. After the Peshawar Airport attack, the shameless Information Secretary of PML-N was shifting the blame too. That ignorant person didn’t know that the Butcher of Baghdad, Zarqawi, also had tattoos.

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  • Kosher Nostra
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:35PM

    @faraz:
    I think you are confusing Bahomet tatto wearing TTP with Allah fearing Taliban.

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  • A2Z
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:36PM

    Another high profile Shaheed in Pakistan, may Allah keep such Shaheeds away and save us from these goons

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Lanat on Terrorists Dogs...Live Long Pakistan...
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  • Anonymus
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:42PM

    @Faiz:
    These parties have terrorist wings but pti is wing of terrorist organization!

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 8:47PM

    President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari & Commander Fareedullah [Winning is our Luck]BakhtawarBZFareed

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  • Anonymus
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:49PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    @Faiz:
    These parties have terrorist wings but pti is wing of terrorist organization!
    Ch sahib,
    Did you forget Mr show sharif made a passionate appeal to Taliban why you are attacking us in Punjab, when we have same ideology as you;go and attack other provinces.

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  • vikram
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Dont get bothered with such news..Just concentrate on Cricket series with India..Bomb blasts happen every alternate day in pakistan,,cricket series once in 5 yrs

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  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:55PM

    @Blithe

    I have serious ideological differences with ANP, still they are pakistani and believe in electoral democracy. Mr. Bilours was very soft spoken and a very decent guy, even if he wasn’t he was pakistani and him along with others who got martyred have my prayers and condoloscence. This being and english daily I assume lot of commentators are well educated, which is sorry state of affairs that even in tragedy our 1st response is to score political points. Then we wonder why most pakistanis can’t be united against terrorism. How about educated class first get united and teach the rest of masses why we must fight against terrorism. Political point scoring will only get you ET comments, which seems to be enough for our educated class.

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  • Logic Europe
    Dec 22, 2012 - 8:58PM

    A simple solution !,,,,, the victims of all these atrocities should lodge FIR against supporters of Taliban , mullas providing justification and all apologisers as they are the real culprits
    soon this movement will be over
    please someone try

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  • Skin Taj
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:00PM

    It might be difficult for a LION to enter a house but a RAT can enter the house from any place as they are used to living in sewage !!!!! and they can damage the property !!!!!!!!!!
    Same is the case with TTP as they can easily send on e single brainwashed underage person, to among thousands of innocent people to detonate a bomb….they are the cowards themselves sitting in the laps of anti Pakistan elements !!!!!!!!

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:02PM

    “Sad sad news. Have just heard about tragedy of Bashir Bilours death. TTP has claimed responsibility. Strongly condemn its naked terrorism”- Imran Khan Chairman PTI Today after Bashir Bilour’s demise

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Jibran who writes “The future of Pakistan is bleak. It will soon become a Somalia style lawless land.”

    That’s extreme optimism. Are you sure that Pakistan is already not worse than Somalia?

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  • True Indian
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:
    Oh thats a good excuse….when something good happens then a person becomes a muslim but when something bad happens a muslim becomes a non-muslim….do u think the world is blind….No sir….the world is not blind…but now muslims are naked….

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  • Khurram Khalid
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Another victim of Taliban the monsters.

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:04PM

    “Terrible tragedy the sad demise of Bashir Bilour Sb. Condemn TTP for this terrorism. My heartfelt condolonces with the family” -Shaqat Mahmood- PTI

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:07PM

    “Taliban, and others like them… Let this be know: we will not be bogged down.” – Sikandar Fayyaz- PTI

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  • Yo!!
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @ahmad: why are mosques bombed in pakistan and not churches or temples. your argument is invalid!

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:16PM

    @Imran- Imran Khan does condemn the Taliban and he doesn’t blame it all on US, India or Israel or Mossad. On the other hand i hav never heard Nawaz sharif or Shahbaz sharif condemn the Taliban. Imran Khan hs condemned them many a time and by name several times after Malala ws attacked (and yet again today he condemned them by name). Yes he is not as outspoken as Bilour sb, bt why do u want him to be tht outspoken and be attacked as a result?? when he is nt in power. We dont want to lose IK too.

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  • Mr. Honest
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:23PM

    When will the PAKISTAN ARMY take notice???

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  • Real pakistani
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Everybody is clueless till how long will it continue? Allah humare gunnahh maaf farnaa aur Pakistan ke hefazat farma Aameen.

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 9:27PM

    @ Imran

    Correct.It is high time that all political parties get united and immediately work out a comprehensive strategy against the menace of terror. The policy of appeasing the bigotry forces will not benefit the mainstream parties in the next electionRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:29PM

    I am ver sad on the very unfortunate incident which has not happened for the first time in Pakistan. How long the innocent people will keep on suffering at the hands of terrorists?

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  • Abbas Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Where is the President of Pakistan. Why hasn’t he come on TV yet (all channels at the same time). Is he even feeling sorry for this act? President Obama is on ALL american tv channels the moment some mishap like this happens. Why are our top leaders quiet?

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:32PM

    Imran Khan said today:

    “Sad sad news. Have just heard about
    tragedy of Bashir Bilours death. TTP
    has claimed responsibility. Strongly
    condemn its naked terrorism

    -Imran Khan PTI

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  • imran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:
    my bro hamid they are just not terrorists but also they are kharijis of 21st century and they should be taught a good lesson

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  • FJ
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:36PM

    ITS OUR WAR!

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  • Imran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:37PM

    @unmet46:
    This is lip service only. They are hypocrites, and are never serious about countering this menace. They will never say that we must go after these killers, and bring them to justice.

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  • EHM
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:39PM

    @Anonymus:

    Thank God, at last PPP accepted that they have a terrorists wings. Then face the music,

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 9:39PM

    So Federal Railway Minister Bounty Bilour’s $100,000 reward, and his attempts at appeasing the Taliban could not save his own brother.

    May be he will come to his senses now…

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  • John
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:43PM

    A very sad day indeed. May His Soul Rest In Peace. Amin

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  • Hafeez
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:55PM

    I can’t stop my tears. We are running short of brave men. A couple of years ago when a suicider tried to get near to Bashir Bilour and the guy was identified as a suicider, Bashir Bilour tried to talk him out of it but he still detonated his vest and miraculously Bashir Bilour survived. KPK has made too many sacrifices. It is time for other political parties to squarely denounce Taliban and not that” WE condemn the acts of terror”. Remember this fire is gonna reach every Pakistani’s home, so please lets get together and force the political parties to come clear and no more mincing of words.

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  • Farukh Ali
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:59PM

    Quoting, Funeral prayers for Bilour will be offered at 2:00 pm, December 22 at Sher Khan Stadium. Editor, make the necessary correction of ‘date’ please. It’s Saturday 22nd December today and he was alive at 2:00 pm. Jazak Allah!

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  • Tribal Manto
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:02PM

    IIn The Line of Fire. Bashir Ahmed Balour shaheed sacrificed his life in the defense of his country & for the emancipation of children and women of his country. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and may his memory be eternal.
    Ameen

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  • Lone Star
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:03PM

    Probably some insider’s help was available to the bomber, authorities should investigate Ghulam Ahmad Bilour.

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  • G.A.
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @True Indian:
    why are you getting angry if your hands are clear…? They know well to whom we are referring to as terrorists… Terrorism do not need religion, so its clear that terrorists are not Muslims.

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 10:08PM

    well s0rry pakhtuenes & ANP…
    It is n0t humanity standards but iam n0t sad after listning the news…..

    Iam happy that the killer of our 10 hazarywalz who martryed by kpk p0lice in the proveince hazara protest are n0 m0re…..

    On that tym where is media….only 1 fm channal that is local chennel c0vered the news and announces the 3 days mourning….

    Iam happy that one of that are g0ne….who planned that plan and opens fire on innocent citizens….

    ANP this is result…..
    Expsess media u are d0ing great w0rk….specially on twitter….salute yew….
    Bashir balore go to _ _ _ _……
    Proveince hazara…..zindabad….

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  • Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:08PM

    @Pashtun Tribal Insafian:
    He didn’t wish for this to happen at PTI or PML’s gatherings but simply asked why are two parties the only target of these savages .. and the answer is simple .. because those two parties just like the right wing so called religious parties, do not condemn these anti state barbarians not because they believe in their ideology but because they’re cowards and afraid of speaking against these evils.
    @afzaalkhan:
    Educated class or pseudo educated degree holders?.. as I see it majority of these so called English speaking and writing degree holders have got their degrees only through learning their text books by heart instead of using their brain .. and that is the exact reason they buy any conspiracy theory and would believe any thing even if that is simply anti Pakistan and against their own way of life.
    Bottom line to all discussions is that we have an open border where people from around the world are hiding and creating havoc inside our cities because we want them to stop going to another country illegally to harm innocent civilians and their infrastructure.
    We must close that border, expel refugees and remove all enemies of our country from Tribal belt if they do not respect our laws as evident from their actions but unfortunately this will not happen since they are at war with our country, our way of life and our political leaders along with security forces but our politicians on national level along with our Military leadership prefers an ostrich like behavior thinking this problem will go away despite the fact this will increase to a level in near future where we will be totally destroyed by this when these people have a huge country to hide in and attack us.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:10PM

    @True Indian:
    Dear,….after the attack on Peshawar airport it was exposed that terrorists were non Muslims.Security Forced killed all the attacker and there were Tattoos on the Dead Bodies, Muslims avoids this type of Tattoos.

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:16PM

    May his soul rest in peace and may PPP-ANP-MQM led coalition should take action against all organisations supporting Taliban particularly PMLN and PTI.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:17PM

    @imran:
    Really..Kharijis of 21st century should be dealt with severely.

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  • Fida Hassan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Not killed but martyred.

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  • Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:23PM

    @Abbas Khan:
    And what exactly will he do on TV .. comparing him with President Obama is totally illogical because Mr Obama is supreme commander in chief in the United States .. He can remove any Army chief at will where as Zardari has no power over Army and its leadership .. He cannot dare to order them for taking action against these barbarians even if it is in the interest of Pakistan and its future. Otherwise He would have done it the day he because President of Pakistan for namesake since his Mrs and Party workers & colleagues are constantly being attacked by these people.
    Let me clarify my political stance before people start bashing my post that I am not fan of Zardari or any other corrupt politician or Officer.

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  • Truth
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:30PM

    “Pakistan Railway took responsibility of this attack ” cannot be denied …..

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  • not required
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:35PM

    Shamefull Taliban,,, Go and fight in Afghanistan, Please dont destroy our country

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  • Dr afzal
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:37PM

    This is the time for Pakistani establishment to have a meaningful dialogue with TTP otherwise Taliban will kill or at least try to kill every opposing voice.pakistanis now need to come out of a state of denial.

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:40PM

    @Imran but people always say/said that Imran Khan never offered this Direct “lip service” against the Taliban and when he is offering this “lip service” you are not satisfied or atleast not appreciating him for doing it?? Stop acting childish and criticise the Government-whose responsibility it is to protect the citizens against the terrorist acts. Its not Imran Khan’s fault that Bilour sb has died-the Government is responsible.

    Imran Khan is the only one Actually Serious abt terrorism (and evry other issue) in Pakistan. Your government is Not Serious because it has done nothing to counter terrorism. Imran Khan has the most intelligent strategy against the Taliban and their alikes. Unlike emotionally charged statements of “killing everyone” he has given better solutions to tackle the enemy and reduce our war. We must not think emotionally all the time. The terrorists must be tackled with intelligently through Imran Khan’s solution.

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  • Leila
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Policy of “strategic depth” and incubating “terror” to fight future wars against neighbors has backfired. The designer of that policy are now living in their ultra secured colonies and cantts, roaming Pakistan in armored tanks and trucks in addition to high flying helicopters. The consequences of that policy has remained for civvies and politicians to control. Such a shame. The guardians and the immunity system that was supposed to protect this body against dangerous bacteria and viruses actually brought them in from Saudis Arabia. Pakistan is going to be in it for a long time but people are going to always wonder “hama qossor kia tha?”. The answer is simple: “blindly supporting the khakis and their policies of Saudis appeasement”.

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Pakistanis are being slaughtered like goat and sheep. Till now PMLN and PTI want to talk to these animals. They want to recognize who are good terrorist and bad terrorist. Its time to establish national consensus and wage a JIHAD against these terrorist.

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  • Zeux
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:48PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    Nice Joke

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  • Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:50PM

    @Wish Zalmiyan:
    You should be thankful to these dalkhors because if it was not for them you will be still living under Russian empire but alas you come from a breed who will never appreciate the good gesture and hospitality given to you by us. If it was not for these people we Pukhtuns would have thrown out every single afghan refugee from KPK .. We never wanted to keep these snakes near us if it was not for Zia. Its high time we close that border and send back all 2.6 million afghan refugees back to where they belong and then close the border.

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  • a&a
    Dec 22, 2012 - 10:56PM

    said day…..

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 11:01PM

    You would ban late night calls, texting certain words, youtube/20,00 other sites, riding on motorcycles but you will not take stern measures against Terrorists killing your politicians, polio workers and the people of your land. Political forces and law enforcing agencies will have to STOP working in silos if we are to get rid of this plague. May Allah bless our nation.

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  • Nasir Khan
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:05PM

    @Blithe:
    you are the most stupid person as from ur comment.

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  • Dec 22, 2012 - 11:11PM

    We just lost the last of the most sincere and loyal politicians in kpk province.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Great Pashtun people – do not get involved in the Punjabis and Muhajirs tussle against India. They can not win and you will lose any way. Most of what is good and liberal in Pakistan is from and of the Pashtuns. All that stands to be destroyed.

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  • bilal
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:18PM

    sad. he was a brave man who raised his voice to stop the injustice of Talibans. May allah bless his soul.

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  • Imran
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:
    Total lie. Muslims do have tattoos. Butcher of Baghdad, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, is another example. Please educate yourself, and look outside your cocoon before making a sweeping statement.

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  • Thor
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:25PM

    The country will observe a day of mourning on Sunday, December 22. The national flag will fly at half mast.
    :P ET please!

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  • Enlightened
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:27PM

    Shame on Pak army who is taking no action against TTP who are killing innocent civilians including children and women, destroying schools,attacking military installations and has now killed a minister. Rs 600 billions were allotted to military during 2012-13 budget which was increased by Rs 200 billions to fight militancy effectively and the end results is in front of all Pakistanis to see. Gen Kayani is likely to get another extension for his excellent performance. Pakistan army zindabad.

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  • unmet46
    Dec 22, 2012 - 11:35PM

    BTW Imran Khan also called Bashir Balore “Shaheed” in a Youth Conference in Karachi today…also he himself gave Polio drops to children in Karachi directly challenging the terrorists.

    We need Imran Khan’s intelligent solutions to eliminate the TTP. He is not their supporter.

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  • kanwal
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:03AM

    The older brother still says “we just dont know”?
    I do condole about your brother Mr Minister but this statement and that bounty clearly show you still do not completely comprehend who is muslim and who is not. What a mess of an ideology of Islam is made today in our country. Even our federal ministers dont seem to understand the basic concepts and are supposedly running this country still. No wonder there.

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  • kHaN
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:06AM

    This is extremely sad news even for us, Afghans, as Mr. Bilor was one of the few persons in Pakistan who do not draw that illusional line between good Taliban and bad Taliban. Again, now there’s still time and room for Pakistani nation to stop supporting the good Taliban if they don’t want such “terrorism” in their country. May Mr. Bilor rest in peace.

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  • unmet46
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:19AM

    @Imran although I dont believe the “Tattoos” hav much to do with anything. Bt “exceptions prove the rule” if 1 terrorist who claimd to be following Islam had tattoos, it can be considrd as an exception. Zarqawi had tattoos on hs body prior to his radical journey-and every 1 around him considrd hs practices un Islamic and called him the “green man” because of the tattoos. He is also reported to hav used acid to remove some of the tattoos on his body post-radicalisation.

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  • Salman
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:31AM

    I fail to understand that why government/army isn’t taking full fledged action against these coward terrorists. What are they waiting for? These terrorists have killed innocents, they are killing in Karachi, Balochistan and KPK. Who knows when they’ll strike in Punjab also.

    It is my REQUEST to Government and Army to please do something and don’t do small operations rather finish off these ill minded people. There is nothing wrong in killing your enemies and note this down that they are not Muslims…A Muslim would never do such thing.

    And for all those who think Pakistan is going down. Please don’t lose hope. We only have one problem of this terrorism to deal with first and Inshallah after this Pakistan will do great :)

    KPK, Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab Zindabad- Pakistan Zindabad!!!

    Peace out!!!

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  • Parvez
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:43AM

    @Mr. Honest’s comment ‘ When will the Pakistan Army take notice ? ‘ is very relevant.

    It is indeed a shame that upto now they have proved completely ineffective and no one believes that this is because of a lack of ability.

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  • Zohaib
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:46AM

    I don’t like ANP but i will also never support suicide bombings in Pakistan and killing of any one. But comments over here are full of ignorance and show how media has brainwashed the people of Pakistan. Living out side of the country i realized people in Pakistan has lost their grasp on right and wrong. As i don’t support killing of any regular Pakistani i also don’t support killing of regular pakistani kid in waziristan. People bashing Imran should 1st hear what his stance is on all of it. But i guess ignorance is a bliss for people on this forum.

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  • Dec 23, 2012 - 12:58AM

    basheer bilour is one of the great man .whoes always fight against the miletants.taliban behavier like animal .we are condem like these atack .his sacrifieces never forgot.we are love to basheer bilour.may allah rest his soule.ameen

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 23, 2012 - 1:34AM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:
    Please give us credible references (conspiracy bloggers not accepted) to support your comment that “it was exposed that the (Peshwar attack) terrorists were non-Muslim”, otherwise we may all conclude that you are just blaming the ever convenient FOREIGN HAND for all the ills of Pakistan!

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  • Fahed Pervez
    Dec 23, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Now Its Our WAR

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  • I am confused
    Dec 23, 2012 - 2:52AM

    Bomb, Deads, TTP claims responsibility, Breaking News,Anchors rinse it for 2 to 3 day, More confusion and THEN business as usual until next blast .No vision, No strategy , No ownership, No Direction .Even if there is WE don’t know.We are confused and lost.

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  • sattar rind
    Dec 23, 2012 - 3:05AM

    we lost a great leader but not the war against the terriorst … his shahdat will give courage to fight with those who are aganist the Pakistan.

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  • Spud
    Dec 23, 2012 - 3:42AM

    Such tragedies occur when you allow religion take precedence over evrything else. Islam has time and again proved that it does not respect human lives. Read your histories and you will see the truth. In these killings no drones or westerners are involved it is purely inhuman Muslims. Comndemn them and their religion. It is time all Muslim nations to give less importance to religion more to good governance. Separate religion from the State and situation will begin to improve.

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  • Peer Sain
    Dec 23, 2012 - 3:49AM

    Having made their own area “Ilaqa ghair” ungovernable where no law and no order shall apply are now focusing on destroying Karachi our commercial capital with their tribal mindset. Now only Allah can save Pakistan. Our rulers have failed us in every single way. No body is able to rise above self and do any good for Pakistan. Taliban perhaps would have done us a favor had they taken care of that other Billor who has completely killed our railways and who can always see moon a day earlier than the rest. These people must be forced to go back from Karachi just as they are not allowed in Punjab and Lahore in particular. Why are they after Karachi? Asfandyar says Punjab Punjabi ka hai, Sindh Sindhi ka, KPK Pakhthun ka, Baluchistan Balochi ka hai laikin Karachi sabka hai. May I ask “kya Pakistan sabka nahee hai?” Ye bhed bhaw kyoon?

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  • Humdard
    Dec 23, 2012 - 3:52AM

    People! Vote for the liberal and secular parties in next elections. Give them a big majority. So they can single handedly remove all menaces. See for yourself, never any PTI or PMLN leader is killed.

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  • abc
    Dec 23, 2012 - 4:59AM

    THIS IS OUR WAR!!!!

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  • shafiq
    Dec 23, 2012 - 6:03AM

    its only non muslim.,.,.,.brave pakhtoon sacrified himsef ………………pakhtoons never die when they die for their nation…….. he was very great man……he reached in every blast place without fearing to share pain with others we r proud of u bilor khan zinda abad

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  • Javed Jehan
    Dec 23, 2012 - 6:46AM

    Please Army/ISI duffers – what will it take for you to take this seriously and use your resources to go after these maggots rather than wasting time and energy over India. Pakistan does not figure in India’s strategic equation other than a potential failed state situated to its west. Can the old farts who grew up to incessantly obsess over India please retire and hopefully a new cadre of folks who see the world as it is can make some sensible decisions. At this rate, Pakistan has a very short shelf life – the implosion is accelerating.

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  • sidrah
    Dec 23, 2012 - 6:58AM

    Sorry to say but Bashir Sahab’s brother called Taliban and Al-Qaeda his brothers during the speech on blasphemy. Now the same brothers have killed his only real brother and nephew. Wonder what Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has to say about that?

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  • Shahid
    Dec 23, 2012 - 7:31AM

    Surely, we belong to Allah & return to Him. May his soul rest in eternal peace and give his family the courage to bear this irreparable loss. Aameen.

    When the British ruled India, they followed the policy of Divide & Rule. When they decided to quit, they formulated a policy of Divide & Quit. The brief was given to a Barrister who had nothing to do with Islam in his personal life but pleaded in the name of Islam. A hypocrite who sowed seeds of discord in our society. Subsequently came the despicable character called Zia who turbo charged religous bigotry. Now, we stand where we are.

    Still, our politicians are not united to fight this menace of terrorism. If we look at the pattern of terrorist targets, individual loyalties become clear like daylight. Till such time that we have politicians in our country who are sympathetic to Talibans (proof being they are never targetted), we are doomed. Perhaps, in such a scenario, we lose the right to survive as a nation. Alas, a sad situation!

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  • ABC
    Dec 23, 2012 - 7:51AM

    @Arjit Sharma
    Great Pashtun people – do not get involved in the Punjabis and Muhajirs tussle against India. They can not win and you will lose any way. Most of what is good and liberal in Pakistan is from and of the Pashtuns. All that stands to be destroyed.

    I know this is not the kind of news to say this but BAHAHAHA. That comment made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that. Clearly you don’t know anything about Pashtuns? Hahahaha the silliest comment I ever read on ET.

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  • Raakhi Sharma
    Dec 23, 2012 - 9:30AM

    @Khan
    I don’t know what world you live in but The President of Pakistan doesn’t need obama like powers to speak out against the Taliban. Our top leaders aren’t even speaking out against the Taliban.
    Did you hear last night’s short speech of the Prime Minister regarding this incident? He praised the ANP and that was about it. No words about what they plan to do with the taliban, no words about the Taliban in general. It’s like, these guys don’t want any confrontation with the terrorists at all.

    How are we, as a nation, going to take care of this terrorirst threat, when every weak, dozens of us die in suicide bombings and half of the people don’t want to speak out against the threat?

    I seriously wish we had a government with guts. The ARMY/ISI chiefs have said several times that they feel they are without the govt approval in war on terror because most of top parliamentarians won’t speak a word against the Taliban (to keep themselves safe). How can such people be our lawmakers if they can’t do a small thing that shows they want to protect the people who voted for them.Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2012 - 10:32AM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:

    ” Lanat on Terrorists Dogs…Live Long Pakistan.”..

    Mere cursing is a clear sign of weakness. Extremists are sending suicide bombers and You are sending sending Lanat in reply. and also wish Pakistan to live long. .
    Actions like yours will not pump enough energy to live long for the country.

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  • Dec 23, 2012 - 10:49AM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:

    “Once again eight Muslims got Shahadat by a non Muslim suicide Bomber., as Terrorists are not Muslims and Pakistani.”

    A mind set like yours believe that Muslims can not be Terrorists ( and also be Pakistani).
    Up bringing in a particular environment, peers, and education with synergistic contents affect the thought process. Simple belief that whoever commits sins ( per your perception) can be a non Muslim only . If this simple definition is applied probably 25% of population sympathizing/ supporting / believing in extremists will stand Non Muslim( and Non Pakistani too). Please think on this aspect..

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Dec 23, 2012 - 11:01AM

    How many more and how long innocent and sinless people are going to be killed in the terrorists’ attacks in the future in Pakistan and now once again North Waziristan’s operation is being discussed but did we forget it that before Swat’s military operation Taliban were confined in Swat but during and after the operation Taliban spread out in the whole country especially in the main cities and put the whole Pakistan’s security at risk and terror activities started on large scale more and more than before,for instance,Lahore,Karachi,Islamabad,etc etc and by North Waziristan’s operation the left cities shall be enlisted in the terrorists’ web whereas Pakistani civil and military leaders has been saying so from a long time that military operations are not the solution of the problems then why Pakistani civil and military leadership doesn’t negotiate with the Taliban sincerely and honestly without the pressure and interference of USA in any forms and manifestations because whenever peace talks and negotiations between Taliban and Pakistani leadership started to show positive results always and as usual US interfered and failed the peace talks and negotiations?
    One thing is confirmed and sure.id est,controlling,removing and uprooting the Taliban with the weapons is impossible for Pakistan and only and only the way to pave the way of peace in Pakistan is peace talks and negotiations with Taliban without US’ interference.Because the more military operations the more innocent and sinless killings and security threats for Pakistan and its key departments and the less military operations and peace talks and negotiations the less killings of innocent and sinless people and security threats for Pakistan and its key departments….

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  • Huma Ali
    Dec 23, 2012 - 11:32AM

    ANP is the only party with the courage to stand up to Taliba@ahmad:

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  • TrueBlue43
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:28PM

    @Arijit Sharma: i think “baghal main churi, mun pay raam raam” was invented because of people like you ……. you think the hatred of India against Pak & Pak against India varies from province to province …… please allow me to say sir “it does not” ….. It should be curtiled / reduced gradually with the help of intelligencia as well as media (gradually because of people like you on either side of the border) ….. shame on you for trying even in the heat of blind hatred ……

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  • umer
    Dec 23, 2012 - 12:39PM

    It may be war of anybody but,a
    ctually pakistan is under attack under different illogical excuses

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  • Khalid Mehmood
    Jan 6, 2013 - 8:07PM

    Pakistan ISI stop blood-shed game, we all know, that this drama called TTP is a pakistan ISI Production, stop killing innocent people.
    Previously, when you wanted to attack and kill innocent people of waziristan in order to extract money from America & Isreal, this ISI committed and a so-called “Suicide Attack” in Meena Bazar peshawar in order to divert the focus of people from the issue of attacking waziristan.

    Speak the truth if you are muslims, Feear the Wrath of Allah, the mighty and Powerful...
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  • javaid bashir
    Jan 7, 2013 - 12:48PM

    Bashir Bilour the ANO leader and KO orovincialminister was killed in a suicde attack.This incident is not only highly inflamable, but condemnable too. The law and order situation has worsened in all parts of Pakistan. The KP situation has becme more vulnerable each oassing day.The life of he oeople hasparalyzed
    Ni dats go by when some terrorist activity takes place and innocent people are killedWhen will this acts of violence be stopped.
    Bashir Bilour was a brave, corageous and daring leaderTwo otherattacks were made on his life,and he narrowly escaptd deatg in tthose atacksHe was an experienced and dedicated political leader He lived a fearless life. He never ceased to speak out against these errorist acors and groups.
    We salute Bashir Bilour for his leadership and services to the naion;m

    MAY allah rest his soulin eternal peaceand ranqui;ity, and paience to his family and friends

    Sincerely,

    Javaid Bashir

    Attorney at law
    Nashua, NH , USA

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  • javaid bashir
    Jan 11, 2013 - 4:13AM

    I condemn the brutal killing of Bashir Ahmas Bilour. He was not only a snior Minister , but also Nationalist leader He was a brave, couraggeous and decent man. He was against the terrorists and their nefarious activities. These days it is dangeous to talk against thes evil doers
    Bashir Bilor has been target and at risk ,but he did not care for any security and went on with his business in a daunting manner
    We have lost aa sober leader. May Allah rest his soul in peace and give patience to the family of martyr Bilour.

    Sincerely
    JAVAID BASHIR
    Attorney at law

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