16 Nanga Parbat attackers identified

Published: June 27, 2013

“There are reports that the assailants received training in Fata and had links with some banned outfits,” says G-B Chief Secretary Munir Badini. PHOTO: facebook.com/hunzaguidespakistan

GILGIT: Sixteen terrorists involved in the cold-blooded murder of 10 foreign trekkers and their Pakistani guide at a Nanga Parbat base camp have been identified, Gilgit-Baltistan police chief Usman Zakaria claimed on Wednesday.

“They are all locals… 10 of them are residents of Diamer Valley, three belong to Mansehra and another three are from Kohistan,” IGP Zakaria told reporters at a hurriedly-called news conference at the G-B chief minister’s office.

The ten Diamer valley residents have been identified as Hidayat Ullah, Shafiqullah, Qari Rafaqat, Sana Ullah, Malik Nijad, Azizullah, Mahfoozul Haq, Mujeed, Shafi and Hazrat Oman.

Clad in the uniform of Gilgit Scouts, the armed men stormed a camp at Kutgali near Nanga Parbat, located in the Diamer valley, early Sunday morning and gunned down the 10 foreign climbers and a Pakistani guide.  “It is a major breakthrough …  it happened because of the rigorous day and night efforts of all the agencies working on the case,” said Zakaria, flanked by G-B Chief Secretary Munir Badini.

“There are reports that the assailants received training in Fata and had links with some banned outfits,” Badini added. When asked if the attackers had links with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, he said it would be established once they were caught and interrogated.

Zakaria did not rule out the possibility of the same group’s involvement in last year’s attacks targeting passengers in Lalusar and Kohistan. The police chief and chief secretary paid tribute to the Diamer jirga for extending all possible help in identifying the accused.

We want to give credit to the Diamer jirga which proved instrumental in identifying the accused in this case as well as last year’s cases,” Zakaria said, adding that the attackers were still hiding somewhere in the valley. The IG said that the members of the jirga have been divided into small groups of three or four men and are being flown into various valleys by army helicopters to seek local people’s cooperation in tracing the culprits.

“The men of the jirga were dropped in various valleys and later picked up for a debriefing back in Chilas town,” he said while describing the efforts underway. According to the chief secretary, the 33 suspects arrested earlier were mostly porters who divulged information which proved useful in identifying the perpetrators.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Jat
    Jun 27, 2013 - 3:06AM

    IGP Zakaria told reporters at a hurriedly-called news conference at the G-B chief minister’s office

    Hurriedly-called ? Hmm Chinese ultimatum…

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  • Jat
    Jun 27, 2013 - 3:26AM

    There are reports that the assailants received training in Fata and had links with some banned outfits,” Badini added

    Oh God, the location of foreign hand’s training camp has been revealed. And now, no one can save the foreign hand from the wrath of the Pakistan Army.

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  • Mullah man
    Jun 27, 2013 - 8:01AM

    Surely we knew who the extremist were in this area before this tragedy happened , yet nothing was done in a proactive manner to stop this. Pakistan is only a reactive country. We only act when it is too late

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  • jibran
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:00AM

    No need for efficiency. They would be released by the honorable judges on the first hearing.

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  • waseem sarwar
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Very well but when are we killing these terrorists? I thought they should have caught/killed few of them already.

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  • ahmer
    Jun 27, 2013 - 9:34AM

    so….where are those apologists that keep saying there is a foreign hand….hidden hands, etc etc…please expose these people for who they are….this is the enemy within. we are destroying ourselves…

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  • Jun 27, 2013 - 10:27AM

    We shouldn’t forget the Pakistani guide that was killed, only because of his Shia background, as realized when other Pakistani guides and porters of Sunni background were spared. The BBC did a piece on his family. He left behind a 5 year old son and 8 month old daughter. Not sure if the government will help them out.

    Family devastated by Taliban murder of Pakistani porter

    There was a Canadian mountaineer who luckily got called back to focus on his family, otherwise he would have been a victim, but unfortunately lost his friends who were killed in the expedition.
    Canadian mountain climber quits Pakistan expedition hours before Taliban attack kills rest of team

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  • Lala Gee
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:35AM

    No where in the world police discloses the names of the suspects under investigations, or the strategy and mechanism being employed to capture them, but hey this is Pakistani police, far superior than Scotland-yard and FBI. If I were in control, I would have investigated the IGP GB first for alerting the suspects.

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  • thenakedtruth
    Jun 27, 2013 - 12:41PM

    @Lala Gee:

    “No where in the world police discloses the names of the suspects under investigations, or the strategy and mechanism being employed to capture them, “

    Excellent observation. What is the point in announcing the names even before they are apprehended? The only reason for disclosing the name might be to please China that Pakistan is on the ball to catch the suspects.

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  • M. A. Changezi
    Jun 27, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Identified but not apprehended yet? You gotta be kidding me.

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  • 1947
    Jun 27, 2013 - 3:07PM

    @ jibran

    Yes, because police will be failed to provide sufficient evidences based on professional investigation since they are incompetent and are fruit of politician’s interference in establishment matters.

    @Lala Gee

    Lala Gee your are absolutely right.

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  • Sandip
    Jun 27, 2013 - 6:13PM

    @Mullah man: Pakistan doesn’t even react. Unless someone powerful wields a stick.

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  • ahmed
    Jun 27, 2013 - 10:11PM

    @lala …now it will be easy for TTP make those sixteen cross afghan border so they are never seen again on this side of the border for six months at least…it seems police it trying its best to help the culprits escape…our very proud tradition

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  • Ek Tha Kashmiri
    Jun 27, 2013 - 11:07PM

    only identified?what a joke.

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  • Jun 27, 2013 - 11:08PM

    Extremists everywhere, what had happened to Pakistan seriously unable to understand. Killing the locals, what is the sense in it?. Even a native cannot feel free in his own country. Peace has been snatched from Pakistan.

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  • expaki
    Jun 28, 2013 - 12:35AM

    @thenakedtruth: ” reason for disclosing the name to please China that Pakistan is holding”

    Truth Sahib, yes sir, that is BITTER reality.

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  • SK
    Jun 28, 2013 - 12:42AM

    We often hear about ban outfits being involved in maiming and killing of innocent souls Apart from TTP the media never identifies the so called other band outfits . Our Intelligence agencies have dismally failed to gather intelligence and pre-empt attacks.. A decade ago ISI used to be one of the world’s most effective and feared secret organization. It is failing to protect its border too.

    The only solution is a Sri Lankan style purge against these rouge elements.

    First Intelligence agencies must infiltrate the anti Pakistan organizations and bow the seeds of discontent and rivalry within there ranks by supporting and abetting one group and pitching them against the other . Then the army should move in on intelligence and eradicate militants of all demeanor and stature once and for all.

    A high amount of intelligence and astute diplomacy is required by ISI if it is able to infiltrate the band outfits and play its cards wisely.

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  • SK
    Jun 28, 2013 - 12:57AM

    I believe the demise of the band outfits and rouge elements is only possible with effective intelligence followed by precise attack to round up , maim the perpetuators before they unleash their wrath. Pakistan must revamp , retrain and reorganize its intelligence apparatus in line with the modern warfare. We like it or not America can help if we demonstrate genuine desire to tackle terror. American intelligence is still the best Recommend

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