Gunmen kill 9 foreign tourists, guide in Gilgit-Baltistan

Published: June 23, 2013

A file photo of the Killer Mountain Nanga Parbat. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD / GILGIT: Gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces killed nine foreign tourists in an unprecedented attack in the Himalayas of Gilgit-Baltistan, in a security failure bound to embarrass the new government just weeks after it took office.

The gunmen stormed into a base camp, killing Chinese and Ukrainian climbers in an area of the far-flung north not previously associated with violence or militancy.

The killings will jeopardise the only foreign tourism that remains in Pakistan – that of mountaineers – the few international tourists to still visit a country troubled by al Qaeda and Taliban violence.

Officials said five Ukrainians and a number of Chinese were killed. One Pakistani also died and one Chinese survivor has been recovered, the government said.

The climbers were staying at a first camp, around 4,200 feet from Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

“The number of causalities is 10 and this has happened in Buner Nallah near the base camp,” Ali Sher, deputy inspector general police G-B told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

“The area where the incident occurred is unmanned and at a distance of two days track from Chilas,” said Alif Khan, a police official based in Chilas, headquarter of Diamer valley where the peak is located.

“There were nine foreigners and one Pakistani. Gunmen came and opened fire on them. It is confirmed that they have been killed,” Diamer police official Mohammed Naveed told AFP.

Five Ukrainians were among the dead, Ukraine’s ambassador to Pakistan Vladimir Lakomov told AFP.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told parliament that one Chinese survivor had been rescued.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have claimed responsibility for the killings.

The Himalayas in northern Pakistan offer some of the most spectacular climbing in the world. Its peaks are a magnet for experienced mountaineers, often from Europe.

While Gilgit-Baltistan has seen deadly sectarian violence targeting Shia community, foreigners have never before been targeted in such a remote part of the region, which officials said was inaccessible by road.

Helicopters were dispatched to recover the bodies, and that police and paramilitary had been ordered into the area, officials said.

Nisar told parliament that the attackers were dressed as Gilgit Scouts, a paramilitary police unit, and accessed the camp with the help of two guides whom they kidnapped.

“They abducted two guides and through them reached the area. One guide was killed in the shoot-out. One is alive. He is now detained and being questioned,” he said.

The government condemned the attack, but the killings raise serious questions about security failures and embarrass a country already suffering from a poor image.

The interior minister conceded there was no police or security escort for foreigners up in that area of the mountains.

The top bureaucrat and top police official in Gilgit-Baltistan were on Sunday suspended, state TV said.

“The prime minister of Pakistan has condemned these inhuman and cruel acts, ordered to conduct thorough investigation, and apprehend the culprits to bring them to justice,” the government said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended his sympathies to the bereaved families, saying that “the people and government of Pakistan stand by you in this hour of huge distress”.

Officials also spoke to the Chinese and Ukrainian ambassadors on Sunday to express their condolences, the foreign ministry added.

“Those who have committed this heinous crime seem to be attempting to disrupt the growing relations of Pakistan with China and other friendly countries,” it said.

The government, which took office earlier this month after historic elections, faces a massive array of problems related to a moribund economy and militancy.

In the past Sharif has advocated peace talks with the Taliban and he publicly criticised a US drone strike that killed Taliban deputy Waliur Rehman in late May, echoing long-held Pakistani complaints that the US campaign violates national sovereignty.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was erroneously mentioned that the attack took place in Fairy Meadows. The error is regretted. 

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Reader Comments (127)

  • Jun 23, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Our moral standard is degraded so much that we now kill our guests visiting our homes. You killed helpless, unarmed innocent people shame on you.

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  • Osman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:16AM

    Not feeling like a proud Pakistani at this particular moment.

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  • Nabeel
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:16AM

    Now this news really makes my cry. Everyday we try to portrat a positive image of already crumbling society of Pakistan, but then such incidents happen and we are again plunged into hopelessness and desperation.
    I wonder why would anybody do this act. GB people have no other means of earning livelihood except tourism and sadly this incident will prove to be the final nail in the coffin of our alrealy dobliterating toursim industry.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 10:16AM

    “the people and government of Pakistan stand by you in this hour of huge distress.” How Funny

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  • sani
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:18AM

    it such a bad news. When will this turmoil end, whoever is responsible should be bought to justice soon pleaseeee…

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 10:25AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon.

    Pakistan is descending into the ‘deathly hallows of Harry Potter’ armed with a gun, beard, and an illogical understanding of religious tenets.

    The vortex of terrorism will soon bring us to the focal point of civic destruction with our ‘fat cat’ politicians rambling away their incoherent gibberish of blaming everybody but themselves. Salams

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  • Roni
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:25AM

    So when are we starting to talk to these Muslim brothers?

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:26AM

    This is a RAW conspiracy to malign Pakistan and Islam. Let’s not forget that Gilgit Baltistan was formerly a province of Kashmir. Also it’s very close to Indian oppressed Kashmir. This is a clear attempt to malign Pakistan based peaceful and charity organizations.

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  • faizan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Ok our people are being used, but we all know who is planning and funding all this. But nobody has courage to name them. Although it is so easy to promote and telecast IPL seasons and IIFA awards.

    Who would gain from loss of tourism in Pakistan? Taliban? Those who think the answer is yes need to go back to montessori again.

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  • rg
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:27AM

    Even innocent foreign tourists are not spared in the land of terrorists!!! Is it any wonder Pakistan’s economy has stagnated and there is no hope for it’s recovery???? And people of Pakistan want other countries to come and play cricket over there. What a dream!!!!

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  • Zog
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:29AM

    how very sad and disturbing. heartfelt sympathies to families of the victims.

    the country had to be ruthlessly deweaponised.

    hate preachers have to be prosecuted

    illegally residing aliens have to be repatriated

    borders have to be secured

    corruption and incompetence in the police force has to be addressed immediately

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  • Omar Rawi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:29AM

    Here we go…yet we are busy facilitating talks between Americans and Taliban without seeing our own worst than Afghanistan situation!!!

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  • The Paki!
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:31AM

    As a non resident Paki, now again I would have to get ashamed in front of my colleagues. Again I would need to give justifications to them that all of the Pakistanis are not the same. It is just a minute fraction of the total population which is being funded by other countries for their vested interests!
    How many times!!!

    Dear All non Pakistani readers! Please do not judge us by these people. We all are peace loving. Just going through the hard times …. :(

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  • hope
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Mr. Sharif, Its time to do something no more words game as previous govt. did (“You said it in past”),

    These kind of attacks bring shame to our nation if not on you.

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  • rajat
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Attack on Sri Lankan team bus stopped cricket in Pakistan.
    Now this attack on tourists will stop whatever is left of tourism.
    Imran Khan calls it America’s war. Pakistan must realize, though, this is the country’s own war against homegrown terrorism.
    Pakistan must go after all the terrorists LeJ, LeT, TTP etc. and not judge good or bad between them.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:33AM

    A very sad news

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  • Ammar Shafique
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:33AM

    This is indeed, Very very tragic. Those who did this are enemies of Pakistan

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  • alamgeerkhan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:37AM

    Naya pakistan? pyara pakistan ? peaceful as usual pakistan ?

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:40AM

    The Tourist Industry of Pakistan is completely finished once and for all with this unfortunate incident in which 10 tourists were killed inside the hotel where foreigners were staying.

    I remember the old days prior to 1985 period when lot of tourists use to come to Pakistan. In these days the tourists were seen traveling in the “Buggies” on the Victoria Road of Karachi.

    The occupancy rate to the hotels use to full by 100%. In the bazaar where marble handicrafts and leather garments were sold, tourists use to visit theses places and lot of purchases were made before the tourists were returninf back to home.

    The airline flights including PIA use to bring lot of loads of tourists and even the Taxi Drivers were happy to earn their bread and butter from the tourists in foreign exchange.

    But finally the bad luck of Pakistan came with the start of 1985 and killings started in Karachi which slowly and gradually spread over to entire Pakistan.

    Every sort of terrorism has broken the back bone of Pakistan’s Economy and several Governments that came and went could not control the terrorism in Pakistan.

    Gilgit-Baltistan was the last tourist spot left in the country which has now finished with this ugly incident.

    Unless, the Goverment of Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif will not take terrorism seriously and unless the iron hand will not be used against the terrorists across the board, Pakistan will not be able to stand on its own feet.

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  • bilal
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:43AM

    if you cant provide us the security. leave your jobs and do something else. yet another failure of the government

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  • Asad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Welcome to Pakistan

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 10:53AM

    how about less “standing by you in this moment” and more “we will find them and fry their brains out”

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  • ptr
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:56AM

    It is indeed a very very sad incident, one of the few places which attract a large number of foreign tourists. Don’t know why government doesn’t take any actions against these insurgents as few months ago a large number or sectarian killings took place in almost the same area’

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  • Randomstranger
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:57AM

    I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but who ever did this, their intention was to destroy the tourism industry completely and to damage the economy, and to bring a bad international reputation to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2013 - 10:57AM

    Sad and unfortunate :-(

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  • Hatf XX
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:59AM

    Will there be a single day without attacks? It boggles the mind how people are being targeted so easily across the nation.

    It is a failure at so many levels: 1. Someone has to be crazy enough to believe killing innocent people who are complete strangers to him and have done no personal harm to him is justified or somehow furthers his ’cause’. 2. Then this crazed someone has to have access to the means of carnage – guns, explosives, whatever and has to join a tanzeem that trains him to use them. 3. Even then for the attack to succeed he has to have access to the victims past any security precautions (OK this is easy actually) 4. Most shockingly after countless such deeds are done no one is held responsible, no one is prosecuted, no one is pronounced guilty – all the victims’ families hear is “CIA did it”, “RAW did it”, “nation is surrounded by enemies”, “your father / brother / husband is a martyr killed by enemies of Islam”. 5. All this brainwashing further radicalizes the victim’s relatives and some of them take it upon themselves to avenge their loss from these imagined enemies and actually join some or the other tanzeem becoming perpetrators of future terrorist attacks – the cycle thus self-perpetuates!

    I mean, c’mon people – is the irony completely lost on us.

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  • Bilal
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:01AM

    disgusting, these killers are disgusting. now all those, even if few, foreigners who visited pak, will stop. don’t know what to say

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  • imran
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:03AM

    A place where one could find some foriegn tourists in this miserable country. What a shame.

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  • Bercha
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:04AM

    This is the fifth terrorist incident in the same district of GB within one year,unfortunately law enforcement agencies have been totally failed.So far not a single culprit involved in the previous incidents has been arrested,this particular area (Diamer district) of GB is consider a safe haven for militants after north and south Waziristan.

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  • khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:09AM

    the militant have a very clear agenda, working very co ordinately attacking us where it hurts the most…
    yet we seek talks, its pretty foolish to seek talks with such an organised outfit which pure goal is to destroy us.
    if they accept peace there whole existence would become meaningless…

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 11:12AM

    The terrorists have the support of our Army and intelligence agencies or otherwise these kind of murders will not happen regularly from Karachi to GB.

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  • Um@ir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:13AM

    And every time this industry starts flourishing something bad happens :(

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  • Saqib
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Tragic killing of foreign tourists :( …. always, Government wakes up after a mishap, launches condemnation statement and goes silent – why, why?

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  • Kuki
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:15AM

    Shameless creatures! It’s disgusting, what else can one say! What a country where one can kill and easily get away with it! Wow!

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  • M.A.S
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:17AM

    What the……………..the most safest place on earth in this terrorism ramp country. Now the country is really getting insecure.
    Mr. Nawaz Sharif! Need action, not words.

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  • TahirF1
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Mr. PM, condemnation from you is way short of what is needed from your position. We Pakistanis are condemning this barbaric act but you have to DO something and catch the culprits and bring them to justice in few days time limit

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  • Sulayman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:24AM

    Darn is, what is wrong with these people? What do they hope to accomplish, aside from destroying their country and making it poorer?

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  • vishu
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:26AM

    Post Nawaz take over of the office, the killing / bombing / Unrest is extremely raising., and Nawaz is just condemning only where foreigner were the victims, even pakistanis are also human remember NS.,

    this is the case and government is clueless of the perpetrator, in some cases even though knowing the perpetrator especially in the case of Shias Killing government is silent, if the behavior of the govt., continues in similar fashion, god help the people of pakistan in near feature..

    Perpetrators are freely running across the country, they have been look like issued with license to kill, and these monsters guns are sucking the blood of innocent people….. Karachi is burning in ethnic violence.

    It is doomed situation, god should give courage to the common people and the law agency to contain these perpetrators once for all.

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  • M@ni
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:29AM

    Seems Raw is upto the dirty tricks!

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  • AK
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:30AM

    This is really very sad news. This is a fact that after election, Pakistanis didn’t get any good news in term of relief/safety/electricity. Everything seems usual what we have been facing before election and our image as a nation is deteriorating day by day.

    I request all concern to please take some ‘serious’ action .

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  • Hasan Ansari
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:30AM

    If someone tells me again that ISI is the best intelligence agency in the world I will scream so hard.

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  • Aysha M
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:37AM

    Whoever in Karachi, pls attend the vigil tonight at Quaid’s mazar to condemn these coldblooded ruthless killings, this is not us, this is not Pakistan.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 11:38AM

    This year tourists were showing up again after 9/11 . And they did it again and it will again shutdown local tourism business.

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  • YAN
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:38AM

    Unfortunate and v tragic incident.Hope the pakistan Govt deals firmly with all types of terrorist to eliminate them so that peace prevails in PakistanRecommend

  • Shaukat Naeem Ghumman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:39AM

    Gunmen attack on the innocent foreign tourists from different parts of the world is a monstrous act. I condemn this heinous crime of the coward fanatics. These callous terrorists have no religion, no brain and no sense of humanity. Government should chase these culprits and bring them to justice and make the tourists spot a real enjoyable and safe place.
    I express my pities and heartfelt condolences to the grieving families and share my emotions with them at these hours of grief and bereavement.

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:44AM

    “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the killing of foreign tourists and has demanded a report on the matter.”
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    Wow Nawaz Sharif has picked up Zardari style…..next he will be monitoring the situation via Video Conferencing. BTW What is Sharif’s policy on reconciliation with the militants ?.

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  • zarmeenahassan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:44AM

    Ha ha ha …… You used them against Russia, India and your own people like Shia, Ahmedi, Sindhi, Baloch, liberals and Leftist Punjabi and Pukhtoon.

    This is farce land of Pakistan.

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  • Pak
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:47AM

    What a Shame!!!

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  • Darjat
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:47AM

    Very bad and sad news! Learning from the past and devising a comprehensive security plan in those parts of the world is missing link.

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  • Mukhtar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:49AM

    Where we are heading? Our heads hung in shame on this brutal murder.I am sure like other industry our tourism industry shall also close down. After each incident right from president down to ministers take notice and condemn the terrorists only to ready to hear the next massacre

    Unless govt catches and give them exemplary punishment things shall go further bad.Govt should wake up and stop giving routine statements on such murders

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  • Mj
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:49AM

    It is time for action, not words.

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  • agshar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:53AM

    I didn’t know we still had tourists visiting us.

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  • JK
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:01PM

    The only aspect of kpk budget that haunted me was such less importance to tourism??though the places where militancy had strikes before were tourist attractions like swat, which direly needs tourism revival and of course security at first.
    p.s fairy meadows is not a part of kpk, but talking in general.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 12:01PM

    Its neither fairyeadows nor base camp. Even the picture is incorrect. ET pleade stop spreading false news.

    Actual location of the this tragic incident is banar nala diamir coming from mazeno pass. Please correct the news article.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:07PM

    What a sick and cursed society which intentionally produces mass killers and murderers and then host them as wall to wall neighbours.

    The everyday ritual of slaughtering innocent animals or humans underlies the very same death drive……the pleasure to kill !!!

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  • Adnan Ali
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:10PM

    Please correct the report. The murders didn’t take place at Fairy Meadows or even close to it. My friends, who were there last week, just confirmed with the locals at FM. Even reuters is reporting the location as ‘northern area’. How is express tribune claiming it is FM?

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  • ahmer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:10PM

    as long as sympathizers remain in the government that act as a front for the military which support these elements, there can never be peace. Root cause is to finish of these sympathizers and cut off the head of the snake which is the military mainly ISI and mullah party.

    The world will do everyone a favour by coming in and getting rid of such people as we are incapable of doing so

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  • Usman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:16PM

    10 tourists!! Did you hear that? 10!

    What a shame, I’m seriously getting out of words here now – its not only upsetting but extremely frustrating too – We have made a living joke of ourselves in today’s world. And no matter how patriotic one is – I’m sorry but Pakistan just isn’t the place to be at all!
    My heart goes out to all those who have lost their loved ones – I just don’t get it – there is simply no fear! Our government needs to realize that every time something as such things happen – not only it creates a bad image of our nation but because of all that has been happening before – Every other part of the world relates such acts to our religion as well.. seriously, this is so upsetting!

    We are a failed nation, as much as I hate to say this but this is true.

    Pakistan mein apnon k liye jaga nai – tourists ko kahan bakshein ge yeh log!

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:16PM

    Were these Tourists covered by a Pakistani Insurance Scheme?
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    Werent they supposed to be automatically covered?

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  • Yumna
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Great, while our ‘esteemed leaders’ sit comfortably and give out statements condemning attacks and LYING with no shame about plans of ‘taking an action’

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  • Has
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:18PM

    The hills are alive with the sound of gunfire…

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:22PM

    Nawaz Sharif the honeymoon period is swiftly coming to an end

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  • ahmed41
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:22PM

    Why kill totally innocent people to drive home a political-religious message ?

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  • Liaqat Yousufzai
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Every time gunman fled after committing crime. Here in Pakistan no body intercept/ chase criminals except poor thieves in a marketplace. Sad news for all of us.

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  • Kainat Afridi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:29PM

    No more talks,,,, prepare for the operation. They really need to be drill out. Working on foreign agenda… so let us show now our worst side to them. No mercy for them, every day in mosques, madrasas, markets etc thats enough.

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  • True Indian
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:39PM

    @agshar:
    Really yaar, I was thinking abt it too….forget the incident, tourist still come to pak is a bigger news….

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  • Observer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:46PM

    This attack appears to be specifically targeted against the Chinese tourists. There has been a lot of discontent against the increasing presence of Chinese in Gigit/Baltistan. A short while ago, a Chinese official was accused of committing blasphemy there.

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  • utkarsh srivastava
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:51PM

    These are the reasons why the world keeps telling Pakistan to do more. The word gunmen shud be replaced by terrorists and not by freedom fighters which Pakistani’s love to use when such things happen in India

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  • Reality Check
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:52PM

    Let us try and add two and two together..

    Who did these attacks hurt the most? (Pakistan)
    Whose purpose did the attack serve the most? ie who would take the pain of going there, armed to kill some tourists? (Those opposed to Pakistan)
    Was Islam served in ANY POSSIBLE way that could tell us that this attack was carried out by religious extremists? (No) You may think again.. and again.
    Does killing of foreign tourists in GB serve ANY KIND OF militants’ purpose? (NO!!)
    Which country was most opposed to GB being declared as a province by Pakistan? Which country is the only one laying a claim to GB? Which country is oozing with hate towards Pakistan? (hint: they are at the forefront of anti-Pakistan propaganda in the world)
    (YES!!)
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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:06PM

    No government can eradicate all these heinous crimes in Pakistan because the basic awareness totally lacks among the people.

    For example Pakistan is perhaps the number one country in the whole world where institutions function very efficiently. Here in Germany for instance if I apply for a business permit, it takes almost 10 days till it is granted. In Pakistan 1 day! The difference is, in Germany the institutions function from the front door whereas in Pakistan from the backdoor!
    This is what I mean the basic awareness of reciprocal fairness which totally lacks among the people who are focused merely on egoistic short-term goals and results. Just observe the chaotic traffic!

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  • Moved On
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:21PM

    the problem is that hardly any of these monsters of such crime are caught and punished in pakistan…all we hear from the administrators is, ‘we shall not tolerate or bow down in front of these terrorists’…these have to be caught…and made an example in public…

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  • modi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:21PM

    News like this is hard to swallow and it make me feel more horrible when the PM & the President can only just condemn it.. this truly a conspiracy.
    God I miss Musharraf.. we need you so badly sir.

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:23PM

    Pakistan has no control on terrorist activities. BLA, Lashkar Jhangvi and Lashkar Taiba are involved in many terrorist activities and even tourists are not safe in Pakistan. This will go on continue for indefinte period of time because there is no government to protect the peoples and arrest to those who are involved in killing and murders.

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  • Kulwant Singh
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:24PM

    Those who carry out such acts relate to no religion as no relgion teach killing innocent and unarmed people without any cause and they can not be the well wishers of Pakistan they are brainless people beasts whatever you may call but one thing is sure they are not humane.

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  • zargulab
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:25PM

    So sad and highly condemnable incident.

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  • Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:31PM

    @rajat:
    Cant be sad any better….

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  • Mkhan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:31PM

    There is definately hand of Foreign element. there are countries who do not want to see a progressive and stable Pakistan, this is true but first blame goes to our agencies, Are they sleeping?

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  • aristotle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:32PM

    So who would want to disrupt Chinese-pakistan relations? How come the gunmen got away?

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  • Muhammad Akram
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:33PM

    See the seriousness of our PM- he has been absent from NA for last 4-5 sessions and staying in Murree. Mr.PM we pay you for this job.

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  • SHAGY
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:44PM

    Picture this:

    I was siting in the UK embassy of Doha to apply for tourism visa and I see this news on BBC TV there…I cannot explain the feelings I went through…imagining same happening to us as tourists in other countries? everyone around me looking at the TV seeing news about PAKISTAN and me the only Pakistani sitting there feeling so guilty…how can we do this? our religion never taught us to kill our guests like this! Already no one is willing to come to Pakistan for tourism whereas we can make so much money if they do….and now with this kind of incident?!?!? sigh where are we heading?

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  • UsamaTK
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:05PM

    This country does not deserve to have such places. Ashamed to be a Pakistani.

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  • Masood Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Let’s do a confirmatory test — After this shamefull incident, let army declare it will launch operation in North Waziristan. If all the religio-political parties (including those who are now ruling — PMLN,PTI & JI) start protests and give lame excuses, that’s sure they act as mentor and protector for the terrorists roaming across the country.

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Well I’m too ashamed to hear this. Really a shame for Pakistani govt and the people. Killing innocent guests. I don’t understand what the security forces are doing when and after these ecents happen.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:19PM

    @Reality Check:

    “Which country was most opposed to GB being declared as a province by Pakistan? Which country is the only one laying a claim to GB? Which country is oozing with hate towards Pakistan? (hint: they are at the forefront of anti-Pakistan propaganda in the world)
    (YES!!)”

    You are an ordinary citizen and this is a public forum and you are using a pseudonym.

    Don’t be scared.

    Name the country.

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  • Havi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:25PM

    This is such an embarassment. Why aren’t foreign tourists being protected when we know the Taliban are rampaging across the country.

    We should utterly crush the Taliban for this brutal act. Why is there no action against these terrorists is beyond me but a huge military operation should take place to clear militants once and for all.

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  • Naveen
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:25PM

    @Reality Check:
    Why don’t you say it brother. It is us INDIA. happy? Problem solved!

    Now will you explain to me why then a good many Pakistanis would like to have talks with guys, who as per you are ‘Indian’ agents (since TTP has quite openly taken responsibility for such attacks). Why these ‘Indian’ agents threatened India of revenge attacks when Kasab was hanged? Why they are 24×7 ready to join Jihad against India, even if that means putting local operations in suspension for the time being (as was demonstrated at the flare up on LoC).

    Perhaps all of it is a gameplan of India to confuse Pakistanis. But then again, Why are Pakistanis more ready than Indians of holding negotiations with whom they see as their own misguided ‘bhailog’.

    To paraphrase Rousseau- Nature never deceives us, We deceive ourselves.

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  • Jerry
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:32PM

    I am a Pakistani and my husband is a foreigner. We are always scared to go there in Pakistan because the people around always try to kill the foreigners. Now after reading this he told me that he will never visit there. This is the impression that we (Pakistanis) have on the foreigners.

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 2:54PM

    It is unbelievable and shocking even after a great co -sunni and shia ijtama ended peacefuly and scholars from both of the sects decided to live inpeace and harmony.
    Though back in time the situation was terrible but this time the environment was peace full and things were quiet well in the city, again the area area is hit by a social calamity I must say a very wekk planned one .it has been years and years that people of gilgit baltistan never heard of killing a guest climber infact this is one of urs own kind od territorial extremism.

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  • Pops
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:02PM

    You guys love conspiricy theories, don’t you. The TTP say they did it and you still blame others. Has any one ever been convicted of any killing? You are your own worst enmy.
    No wonder Pakistanis abroad are ashamed to call themselves Pakistani.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:10PM

    USA today reports :

    “The attackers beat up the Pakistanis who were accompanying the tourists, took their money and tied them up, said a senior local government official. They checked the identities of the Pakistanis and shot to death one of them, possibly because he was a minority Shiite Muslim, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.”

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  • mind control
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:15PM

    @Reality Check:

    Let us try and add two and two together..
    Who did these attacks hurt the most? (Pakistan)
    Whose purpose did the attack serve the most? ie who would take the pain of going there, armed to kill some tourists? (Those opposed to Pakistan)
    Was Islam served in ANY POSSIBLE way that could tell us that this attack was carried out by religious extremists? (No)

    And yet, instead of launching a military strike against them PTI is calling for an APC, to talk to them.

    Ask yourself one question- WHY?

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  • Fawad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:16PM

    This is India trying to subbotage chinese investment and development projects in Pakistan. But over coward leaders wouldnt stand up to India and her proxies Afghanistan.

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  • mind control
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:17PM

    ET.

    What a biased news item.

    No mention of innocent Muslim being killed in NWA, Afghanistan, Iran, Chechnya, Timbaktoo?

    None at all?

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  • Negotiator
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Lets negotiate with these barbarians PTI and PMLN.

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  • Picture is Wrong
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:37PM

    Although you are regretting that you earlier mentioned it as fairy meadows but the picture you are showing in this article is the picture of fairy meadows. CHANGE IT!!

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  • ijaz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:47PM

    it is very shame news foe our country please something do or die nwazsharif

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  • Fundyar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Was just there with 20 visitors from outside Pakistan! They were set to come next year again and give te country a thumbs up!!! Now…. TTP needs to be thrown off the k2

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  • Haleema
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:11PM

    so sad…my heart is crying for Pakistan :(

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  • MA
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:14PM

    We gave birth to these groups and nursed they. We brainwashed them. Let us not forget there was support by the common people for their activities if they were acting against the Indians or Soviets.

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  • Shan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:30PM

    @Fawad:
    Put blame on India will not solve your problem,Recommend

  • Naveed Salman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:45PM

    And yet we have ignoramuses who think we should hold round table dialogue with these thugs known as TTP. The failure of Nizam-e-Adl deal in Swat was not enough to convince us that we simply cannot negotiate with terrorists; we have to bring them to justice.
    Will this recent embarrassment be enough for these right wing PML-N & PTI to change their sympathetic stance towards TTP?

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  • Insaan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:49PM

    @True Indian: These tourists may be Muslim jihadis from foreign countries.

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  • Insaan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:55PM

    @Osman: Not feeling like a proud Pakistani at this particular moment.
    I have a feeling these people were foreign Jihadis.

    Killings happen in Pakistan all the time. Recommend

  • Insaan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:59PM

    @ahmer: The world will do everyone a favour by coming in and getting rid of such people as we are incapable of doing so

    Well US and NATO just tried to do it, but Pakistanis cry drones are killing innocent Muslims. Recommend

  • Asra Siddiqui
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:15PM

    Those foreign tourists had done nothing wrong..shameful to see us treating our guests this way..dont know where this country is heading :(

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  • Asra Siddiqui
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:18PM

    Those foreign tourists had done nothing wrong..shameful to see us treating our guests in this way. Dont know where this country is heading.. :(

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  • Quantum
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:24PM

    @Fawad:

    Stop being delusional.

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @Asra Siddiqui:

    “Those foreign tourists had done nothing wrong..shameful to see us treating our guests in this way. Dont know where this country is heading.. :(“

    This is the problem with most Pakistanis I have come across.

    Even if these foriegn tourists have murdered a 1000 Pakistanis, it is upto your police to take action and not for some bearded lunatic with an A K 47.

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  • Anwar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:30PM

    This is not the work of any Pakistani. Look in the BIG picture. Polio vaccine is being used to spread aids. Who made the fake Malala photos. Why were the attacks done. Ask who wins from the attack and you know ho did it.

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  • TM
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Where is Nawaz and Imran who want to negotiate with these butchers. There is no way these Kafreen can be tackled except to eliminate them through drone. Let Govt. of Pakistan request to USA for assisting them to eliminate these butchers before they kill every peaceful person on earth.At the end I would say shame on Nawaz,Kiyani and Imran.

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  • Bilal akber
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:33PM

    RIP tourism in Pakistan !!! <3 :’(

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  • ABC
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:47PM

    @Anwar
    Polio vaccine is being used to spread aids.

    Wow you are privileged enough to own computer and internet so probably if your child gets polio you can get it treated. But you are busy spreading these misconceptions amongst poor people who mostly suffer from polio and con’t support their children when they get it. Shame on you and your mentality. You do have polio of the brain.

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  • Zargar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:57PM

    Dear fellows, Please note that this is Kohistan area which is already declared red zone for killing Shia people. This area falls under Diamar district way Far from Gilgit. FYI a passenger bus/van can not travel alone on KKH in this area because of terrorism, all the transporter are advised by the Govt to travel in a group with police security and this has been practicing since years now but unfortunately our press doesn’t highlight the facts of this and jump to the conclusion. Here is a link if you want to check. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KohistanDistrict,Pakistan .

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 8:01PM

    Such inhumane killings of the tourists are very devastating.
    Where does Pakistan go from here?

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  • Jun 23, 2013 - 8:29PM

    why not non Muslims, particularly in west, will be afraid of Islam and its followers ?

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  • ksn222
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @Water Bottle:

    Was Abbottabad also formerly a part of India. Was RAW also responsible for that. No you did that all by yourself. The world saw Pakistan get humiliated by the fabulous American Navy Seals.

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  • Leela
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:39PM

    The victims are always maloom afraad and the perpetrators namaloom afraad. The ISI claiming to be a leading intelligence (sic) agency must know who the perpetrators are or is complicit.

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  • Name.
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:50PM

    Gunman left to india…..

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  • John Christie
    Jun 24, 2013 - 6:38AM

    There are insane people in all countries, but Pakistan is like the US they have guns.

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  • unbeliever
    Jun 24, 2013 - 8:58AM

    islamic republic of pakistan!! explains all.

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  • Polpot
    Jun 24, 2013 - 12:00PM

    @Shan: Put blame on India will not solve your problem
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Why? We have been doing that for the last 65 years……!

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:09PM

    goggi (Lahore) said it well.
    “‘What a sick and cursed society
    which intentionally produces
    mass killers and murderers and
    then host them as wall to wall
    neighbours. The everyday ritual of
    slaughtering innocent animals
    or humans underlies the very
    same death drive……the
    pleasure to kill !!! “‘

    yes it is the distorted and stagnant Islam being followed and propagated by mullah brigade in Pakistan has created the present mess there . India is also suffering from them but developments in Pakistan will produce a Musarraf like leadership who will hit the root couse and tell the people like ” Reality cheak” that India is handling your ” freedom fighters ” and now the same are serving her interest by accepting the responsibility of such a heinous crime on their own . What is their real intention should be now clear to all .mr RC.

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  • Quantum
    Jun 25, 2013 - 3:33AM

    @Anwar:

    Please try to write coherent statement

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  • Reality Check
    Jun 25, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @Naveen

    Now will you explain to me why then a good many Pakistanis would like to have talks with guys, who as per you are ‘Indian’ agents (since TTP has quite openly taken responsibility for such attacks). Why these ‘Indian’ agents threatened India of revenge attacks when Kasab was hanged? Why they are 24×7 ready to join Jihad against India, even if that means putting local operations in suspension for the time being (as was demonstrated at the flare up on LoC).”

    sigh
    Brother, let me summarize that. You say TTP is not India-backed because:

    A) They ‘THEMSELVES’ claim responsibility for attacks
    Reply: What they do (terrorism) is half the job. The other half is to take the blame for it and say what they are programmed to say.

    B) They threatened India after kasab was hanged.
    Reply: Oh they did, right? How forgetful of me! So since 2008, exactly how many attacks did they launch in India? How many Indians have they hurt? Wait, RAW and Shive Sena prevented those, right?

    C) 24×7 ‘READY’ to join Jihad?
    Reply: Ready? LoL.. seriously L O L !! Scares you doesn’t it.. ready for 5 years.. READY!!? then what.. MORE READY??

    Once again.. What you are saying is.. The TTP attacked Chinese and other foreigners to punish Pakistan because USA killed Hakeemullah! WoW.. seriously WOW!!!

    Take a deep breath buddy. And look at the facts. 1. India says (openly, repeatedly) that it has got problems with Pakistan’s total control of GB. 2. Tourism in India is recently taking a nose-dive thanks to the new-found obsession – raping foreigners. Whereas tourism is just beginning to slowly improve in Pakistan 3. TTP says it hates USA and (as per you) India, BUT instead of hurting them, (eg NATO supplies pass through barren roads 24/7, and any Indian (while Indian artists/singers very frequently visit here and are often seen walkinh without fear), it is always Pakistan they hit.

    And TTP is not the only thing India is doing in Pakistan. You guys are in Baluchistan, and have a lot to do with the recent Sectarian violence. See, it took us some time to figure things out but remember what they say.. You cannot fool everyone all the time. Go on.. do your best while successive governments in Pakistan waste time. But do not be fooled by these remarks on ET and the like. We in Pakistan are getting more and more convinced and clear who the enemy is.. it is the same country which was against our very creation from day 1.

    Reality has a factual bias.. just saying!

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  • jssidhoo
    Jun 26, 2013 - 9:15AM

    @Reality Check: I do not agree with what you say however i would just like to point out that every country is its own best friend . Sort out your internal problems , become strong and external medling if any will stop . The solution to your problems is within .

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  • tiger mir
    Jul 25, 2013 - 9:38PM

    AM from the uk of Pakistani bg but when I herd this and read about it? i felt so so sorry for everyone who got killed. These people were innocent tourists and got killed in pak for what? being tourists?? this is disgusting and there is no honour in calling ourselves pakistanis or being proud of pakistan.

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  • 黎明
    Jul 30, 2013 - 6:53AM

    Outrageously!!!

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