Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks

Published: September 22, 2013

Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan expressed sorrow over the deadly suicide bombing at the All Saints Church that claimed the lives of at least 61 people.

“These terrorists cannot be termed humans” Imran said.

Speaking at a press conference in Peshawar, Imran condemned those who “were painting the attack in a political light.”

The PTI-led K-P government has come under heavy criticism for its inability to deliver on its election slogan of change in the province. Today’s attack on the Christian community was cited as a failure of the PTI by some members of civil society and political parties on both social media and traditional media.

The PTI Chairman said the agreement to proceed with dialogue rather than operations against the militants was agreed upon by all parties at the All Parties Conference.

Pointing towards a possible conspiracy, he questioned why attacks like the one on the church occur whenever talk of dialogue progresses. He also pointed out that a US drone attack was carried out today, yet did not highlight how this was connected to the Peshawar attack.

The K-P government announced Rs500,000 in compensation to the families of victims in the attack.

Reader Comments (138)

  • Jibran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:08PM

    How naive are you Immi. Yours and Nawaz’s hands are stained with the blood of the innocents as well. You can’t absolve yourself.

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  • Aalu Laylo
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:09PM

    Now all PTi bashers and keyboard warriors will come to attack PTI. Ik said never be demoralized and we will still support PTI and KPK government for a better tomorrow no matter what you say.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:10PM

    We have been telling you not to be an advocate of the criminals and terrorists. Didn’t we? Still you don’t understand?

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  • PakPower
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:10PM

    A very valid point. Why do these ‘terrorists’ and drones always attack when Pakistan is going for dialogue? Seems like some covert powers don’t want Pakistan to get out of this mire.Recommend

  • Arjun
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:10PM

    So let me get this straight…He sees a link between the church bombing and the drone strike….but he sees on link between the church bombing and decades of Pakistani state support to jihadi groups….

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  • Rambo
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:10PM

    ET don’t give your biased view. We want to know what IK said not what you said.Recommend

  • Sep 22, 2013 - 6:12PM

    The Terrorists ARE HUMAN

    The Terrorists if they claim they are MUSLIM cannot be considered NON-MUSLIM as that tantamount to Takfir (Which is a great sin in Islam)

    And the reason WHY? Maybe Khansahib can ask the assorted Maulanas who tacitly support these talibans?

    The whole thing comes back to – where is Pakistan going to be in 10-15 years time and how and what are we going to do NOW to help Pakistan?

    Maybe its time to move away from using Islam as a political and social control tool and as a tool to empower and educate the nation and its people to move forward?

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  • Mj
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Always looking for a conspiracy. Please make your thoughts and stance clear.

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  • Lal hawaili
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Rightly pointed out that why is there always attacks when peace talks are about to start. Many foreign agendas are behind this. ANP is playing politics on Dead bodies. Shame shame shame on them.Recommend

  • Green Tiger
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:13PM

    IK is really great. He has already pointed to out to the possible conspiracy to break the peace talks. Its time to pull out the army and put them at the barracks. The Problem is Army should stop meddling and give IK a negotiate and bring peace to the region.

    Today`s drone attacks is not condemned while the attack on church is condemned. How is this valid?

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  • antiterrorist
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:13PM

    because they are islamic terrorists, no brain, no compromise, only hatred and terrorism in the name of religion

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  • Tayeb
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:14PM

    Thank you Imran Khan for coming from Islamabad to attend to the people in the hospitals. Who said that PTI people did not visit those vistims of bomb blasts???? I don’t see their faces.Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Nawaz shareef must have cancelled or atleast delayed his visit to UN and come to KPK.Recommend

  • Zafar
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:15PM

    ”Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks????”

    When these kind of suicidal attacks are ‘Justified Jehad’ in the eyes of likes of Imran Khan, Munawwar Hasan, Hmid Gul when they happen in Afghnaistan, Kashmir, India, Israel or else where in the world..and when bearers of political Islam, and Shariat are given respect and even craved by Imran itslef, then why Imran khan is surprized when his beloved Taliban go all the way in the line of their duty to implement ‘Islami Falahi Mumlikat’ which is also ironically the agenda of Imran Khan and his backers in khaki establishment.Recommend

  • ironMan!
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Stay Strong Khan, your questions are valid and we are aware of elements who desire use of force. 11 years of force gave us nothing; let peace prevail through dialogue! Stay Focused!

    God bless souls of all who lost lives in the process to win back peace in Pakistan!

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  • Imtiaz
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:16PM

    …because they are terrorists, by lamenting let’s talk to them all we are doing is giving them more time to kill more innocent people, whether they are senior army personnel or now this Christian community. Despite all this not once has IK expressly condemned TTP for such actions – is he with them or against them?

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  • Mustafa
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:17PM

    How can you blame the government when Army is not able to stop them for last 10 years?Recommend

  • saeed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:18PM

    “The PTI-led K-P government has come under heavy criticism for its inability to deliver on its election slogan of change in the province.”

    Every one is united against this PTI led government of KPK…media…maulanaa..so called secular ANP…and the rest of status co…news is again getting twisted..parties using this for politics.

    what change you want in 100 days..you did not bother to ask any one in 67 years for any change then just at least wait for 5 years..conspiracy against PTI in full throttle..

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:20PM

    TTP has already siad that it will keep on carrying the attacks, then the question does not arise as when the dailouge is on the table why terrorist attack has taken place.

    People of Pakistan have to determine as who is the ultimately authority in Pakistan? Whether it is Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister, Mr. Zardari in Sindh, Mr. Imran Khan in KPK, or the TTP who wants to dictate its terms?Recommend

  • Adbawany
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Ironically, at the APC, let alone the apologists, the NON-Taliban-Apologists too, unanimously agreed on dialogue with these animals. So much to answer.

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  • Anti-ANP
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:21PM

    ANP people have some self respect. Please do not use this reason for point scoring. People will never accept you after your 5 years of mess. This is your mess which has brought KPK to this point. don’t forget.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:22PM

    Pls ask your brothers ‘why do attacks occur when the dialogue is on the table’. Perhaps they knew a drone attack was coming so they wanted to take the lead by killing a century of christians. I regret voting for such a confused and coward man.Recommend

  • OrionDarkRed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:24PM

    When will this man get some maturity ? Terrorists are not even humans but still want to have a dialogue with them ? Too quick to term this as a conspiracy and still can’t take name of Taliban ? You have disappointed me greatly Khan Sahib , I’m very angry and sad today

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  • Justice
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:25PM

    Why? Ask to your dear TTP criminals mr. Khan!!!

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  • Muhammad Saim
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:26PM

    wow…bravo

    75 innocent lives lost and all this guy had to do is call a press conference and ask question, rather than be answerable for security failure under his nose.

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  • ivehadit
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Imran Khan seeks to explain this away with a conspiracy theory. The sad truth his that his appeasement talk has emboldened the terrorists, who feel they can now “win” this war.

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  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:28PM

    You can ask Hakimullah Mehsud while you two will be sharing a drink on the “talks table”

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  • Arzoo
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:30PM

    When you aspire to be a leader; and that too as a leader for change, you do not have the luxury or the latitude to be asking questions of this nature. I support Imran Khan for his devotion to bring in change in the lives of people of Pakistan and his vendetta against corruption. But the job he has undertaken does not afford the indulgence of on-the-job training. Instead of looking like a fool for his naiveté, it’s incumbent upon him now to grab the bull by its’ horns and tackle the menace. He should have known the nature of the beasts Pakistan is confronted with and should have been prepared for this calamity. Regardless, since the blood of poor Pakistanis, specially of the religious minorities, is cheaper than dirt, Imran Khan and his ruling party in KPK has the luxury of yet another chance to deal with the evil with open guns instead of ‘talks.’

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  • Jibran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:32PM

    Total failure of the Pukhtoonkhwa and the federal government. We need help from the US government to increase the drone strikes. Only it can bring some justice to the murderers of 50000+ martyrs and 1 million injured.

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  • Twister
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Why do terrorist attacks occur when
    dialogue is on the table, Imran asks

    “These terrorists cannot be termed
    humans” Imran said.

    Because you and your fellow apologists don’t let us handle them for what they are worth!

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  • Vishnu Dutta
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:34PM

    Are you saying that Talibans attack this time because they want to talk? Or do you mean its done by establishment who is not in the favor of talks? or do you mean it is done by the mighty “bahruni haath”?

    Any which ways, there were no talks when other bigger attacks happened. May be its just what taliban does. they just kill people. Mr Khan did you consider the possibility that Talibans may be just bad people.

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  • Jibran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @Mustafa:
    How can you blame the government when Army is not able to stop them for last 10 years?

    Welcome to the “naya” and “changed” Pakistan. Always hide behind excuses instead of taking the initiative.

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  • Kiran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Talk Starts with India suddenly there is a fight in the borders. Talk with the Terrorists suddenly there are blast in the cities. Talk Starts with Afghanistan and suddenly the shelling happens on the borders. Yes, I hope you all agree that this all happen cos the politicians and media is corrupt and only patriots of this country are running the show.

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  • LSE
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:35PM

    :( My heart goes out to the families of deceased and injured!

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  • ADEEL
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:35PM

    Sir, it shows their intentions that they dont care for our people and that TTP are not serious when it comes to dialogue, else they wouldnt have done this or slaughtered our army men at dir.

    I know that you want good for this nation, if TTP dont want peace, then please take military action against them, they should be dealt with in the language they understand.

    A SINCERE DIE HARD PTI SUPPORTER.

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  • Candid1
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Is Imran really so naive to beleive that the terrorists will negotiate in good faith? If they had an iota of good faith they would never have resorted to terrorism in the first place. They are fighting to impose their dictates on the rest of the country, no right of theirs has been violated, no freedom of theirs has been restricted, they are simply murderous rebels without a cause.

    There should be no negotiations with these criminals, and not only should theybe attacked wherever they are found, but their sympathisers, facilitators, and apologists should also be targetetted if we want to see an end to bloodbaths like today’s.

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  • Bhatti
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:38PM

    One of the biggest threats facing Pak is this Imran Khan. So long as his conspiracy theories and appeasement to terrorists will not end, there is very little chance for peace.
    Any Imran Khan supporter should be ashamed of himself if even after this terrible tragedy they continue to blindly worship Khan. Honestly, people like Khan are his fanboys disgust me because of their refusal to admit that its their fellow “brothers” who are killing us and killing other people and not some drone or some external conspiracy.

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  • Jammers
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Two Possible Reasons.(It Could be one of these)

    CIA does not like Peace in PAK for to create a Situation in the Syria alike Situation.. Then Plan to Seize PAK Weapons Making Grounds. (Why Secret Funds are given in Afghan to Individual reference Wikileaks/Snowdon).
    Indian to Highlight PAK on Map as the most Distabalise land and Prepare ground for International Forces to Attack and Seize PAK Weapons.

    We have to see Who is doing it. Indian Aided Attack chances are Strong.
    . .

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  • Mj
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Terrorists don’t want peace because they’ll be out of business and charity which they receive from Gulf states, and from sympathizers within Pakistan.

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  • Salem
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:43PM

    Why Imran Khan because they are cold blooded and barbarians .. They have nothing to gain from dialogue ..TTP / Taliban benefit from power and terror (extortion, mafia, drug trade, smuggling)! .. Imran khan you are doing worse for Pakistanis by misleading and giving false hope …

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  • bangash
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:45PM

    Because hatred and killing is the business of the Taliban and they are not going to stop their business because of any dialogue offers.

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  • Mj
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:47PM

    When have the terror attacks ever stopped? So to say that such event happen before peace talks is silly.

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  • R.A
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:48PM

    Please Imran Khan
    Give us the answer yourself.
    We are waiting
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  • Professor
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:51PM

    Why indeed.
    Imran Khan has a lot of learning to do. His intentions are noble but he has no idea about the kind of adversary he is up against.

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  • Peter Pan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Because you cannot see the obvious! The Taliban and fellow sympathizers are terrorists and Pakistan should not negotiate with them.

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  • R.A
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:56PM

    Khan Saab you should know
    It is a BIG THANK YOU
    for freeing Mulla Brader
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  • Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:56PM

    These attacks happen ALL THE TIME in Pakistan!! Dialogue or not! What is Imran Khan talking about?! A true taliban apologist. We really don’t need anymore Taliban apologists.

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  • Umer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:57PM

    Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks

    Because they are terrorists. That’s what they do. They don’;t have any morals or regard for anything except use of force.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Sep 22, 2013 - 6:59PM

    I think IK and NS will only understand Talibans when either they or their dear ones will suffer the way others are suffering. I hope international community will take strong notice against blind, deaf and dumb leaders of our country.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:00PM

    We talk, discuss and negotiate with terrorists everyday. They are on TV all the time, they hold press conferences, they address in public gatherings and they attend meetings with army and government. I don’t see any difference between terrorists and their supporters I mentioned before.

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Imran Khan sounds more and more delusional everyday. A true apologist and conspiracy theorist. No substance, no admittance of responsibility… just conspiracy theories galore. These PTI kids (supporters) need to get their head out of sand and shun this new apologist out of Pakistani politics.

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  • Umer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:06PM

    This guy with soft heart for Taliban is getting us all killed in his stupidity. Why did Pakhtoons vote for PTI and JI?

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  • Imran
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:12PM

    All these so called “commanders” were either bus drivers, daily wagers, cart pushers, before realizing their powers. Do you really think they are willing to let go their control, power, and wealth that comes from ransom, target killing, donations, and extortion, and become law abiding bus drivers, and cart pushers again. Think again.

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  • hiba
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:13PM

    I just want to ask a simple question we have been fighting Talibans for the last 10 years, what did we achieve?

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  • Ali S
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:20PM

    To answer IK’s question “Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table”: To show who’s in control and has the leverage during the ‘talks’

    IK should be completely ashamed that he even brought up the issue of a drone attack (completely unrelated, and in light of this issue, probably justified) during his press conference while condemning other parties for trying to politicize this tragedy – this is the height of hypocrisy.

    I voted for PTI in the May elections – and I’ll admit that it’s a decision that I’ve now come to regret.

    Good to see that PTI sheep are still busy blindly bleating the praises of their dear leader here (I doubt they even bothered to read the entire article) – keep your heads buried in the sand, folks, it’s much more comfortable down there.

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  • Dr. Bill
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:22PM

    Atleast i know that’s why ET censoring my comments…

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  • Samina hayat
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Its very naive statement from IK… What does he mean… did not terrorists attack during peace time or when no negotiation are taking place. Terrorists are Terrorists. Khan is saying because this attack dent into Khans argument that if you treat Terrorists as your own then they would become peaceful.

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  • Thoughtful
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:24PM

    Help me understand the logic
    Terrorist attacks during times when talks are imminent is driven by vested interests.
    However the TTP claims responsibility for these attacks.
    Ergo the TTP is controlled/ managed by these vested interests
    However the TTP are “our own people”
    Hence the vested interest is “our own people”?

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  • Arifq
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:26PM

    “These terrorists cannot be termed humans” Imran said. Please complete the statement Mr. Khan, not human but “Taliban the terrorists” Its not that very difficult, be a “man” and accept your mistake Mr. Khan.

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  • Sep 22, 2013 - 7:34PM

    NS and IK have been brought into the selected provinces and Islamabad through the mother of all rigged elections. The sole purpose is that to bring the Taliban on the table because army has already fed up fighting with them and almost surrendered. They all do not know that they are dealing with those people who do not abide any law. They are worst than Halaku and Genghis khan. It is just waste of time talking them. Just drone them and finish them in their hide outs. JI and Fazlur Rehman with all mullahs are taking Pakistan to the edge of biggest disaster. Get rid of them. The top army brass should think positively and get rid of this sham democracy and bring in the government of technocrats who solve the economic problems and army should take all Taliban and their supporters with iron hands without mercy. They can do this successfully. They nation is behind them. Do not give another five years now to NS like you made biggest mistake for Zardari.

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  • Umer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:45PM

    Terrorists are not losing anything by these attacks so why should the stop? It’s not like any action would be taken against them.

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  • Rex Minor
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:46PM

    To talk about talks is not good enough! Almost 100 days have passed and both Provincial and central Govts. came into power on the slogan of ‘PEACE’, a dialogue with the resistance and end of Droning children and women! Has there been a change in this? The answer is ‘NONE’.
    The mini civil war is turning into all out civil war and covering the entire country and those who are now in power are for one or other reason impotent and powerless to change. The innocents, the weak ones and the minority are suffering!! For how long this carnae will go on is in the hands of the Government?

    Rex Minor

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  • Muhammad
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:47PM

    @Umer:
    Because they are stupid like IK

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  • Akbar
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:47PM

    How can you expect them in a few months to get rid of a menace plaguing Pakistan for eleven years?!! Pakistan army has tried to sort it out and still to no avail. ANP ruled for five years and KPK saw many terrorist attacks. I am from KPK and I fully support negotiation. Imran Khan is saying to hold a ceasefire and pull out of the war on terror and stop drone attacks. If this helps stop the problem, then good but if elements of terrorism still exist then use force. I am all for killing Taliban and sometimes I feel like going out myself and killing the monsters but if you kill them, they kill us. IK’s approach is the only solution. This war on terror has only got us more terror! I think IK should find this continue harassment as a sign of expectations.. That people expect a lot from them because they have the capability and are the only ones. IK is only honest and has been open for years prior to being in politics about him being against the war. He was right several years ago that only more bombings will happen. Pakistan’s security system is weak and so is its government. We are a doomed state.

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  • Saleem
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:51PM

    Mr tsunami khan why do you never condemn these terrorist attacks and give twisted explanations.

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:52PM

    The Church bomb blast, Ziarat Attack, Killing of Iqba grand son, Shahzeb or 100+ Shia Hazara, is highly condemnable, but no less condemnable is the death of innocents (in thousands) in Waziristan.

    The media, NGOs, academics and so called civil society unwillingness on Waziristan Genocide is even more palpable.

    How many times have you heard any mainstream condemn the killing of Wazirs, Dawars and Mehsuds due to road blocks, food shortages and other inhumane treatment ?

    Why Waziristan victims are not shown on media just like Peshawar Church Bomb Blast, Shia Hazara Carnage ?

    How many times has the need of a crackdown on the outfits based in Peshawar/Pindi/Islamabad who create justification for Waziristan genocide been publicly discussed?

    There is no way of knowing how Waziristan have been ravaged in our name, in name of peace, in name of Pakistan.

    Media during past 10 years have not shown fraction of killing of civilian innocents, Govt (Pesh & Islamabad) brutalities, secret assassination in Waziristan due to media black out/cover-ups.

    The Waziristan Genocide whether by Taliban, mercenaries, militias, insurgents, or by soldiers of a nation, NATO, ISAF, Drones is terrorism.

    Since 9/11 to fire up the war machine, corrupt ruling elite, foreign aid and war profiteers mafia composed of Generals, NGOs, Civil Society, Politicians and Bureaucrats (based in Greater Mardan, Peshawar, Islamabad, Pindi, Lahore and Karachi) need public support. In order to create justification for Military operation, killing masses and Waziristan genocide, they plan and execute a whole range of interesting provocations, such as daily terrorist attacks, attack on military/air bases, starting fires/church burnings, swat flogging video, Hazara Killing, and Malala etc.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xz7u4w_drone-attack-in-pakistan_news#.UbN6VZzm4wgRecommend

  • AK
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:54PM

    We should all be intelligent enough to understand what international players are doing and frankly developing countries like PK do not have the capability and capacity to confront such heinous attacks. Talks must proceed and attacks must be curtailed as much as possible

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  • Afnan Zarif
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:56PM

    @Faisal: TTP does not claim the responsibility of today’s blast.

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  • Harkol
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:56PM

    Terrorists don’t have ‘logic’. They just have one purpose – strike terror in anyone who they think are opposed to their ideology.

    So, talking with them is such a waste of time. Their indoctrination is such that unless you accept their prescription in toto, they will strike back.

    So, Imran Khan was and is Naive to think you could talk and convert these murderers.

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  • fappy
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:57PM

    How about resignation? lets set some example!

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  • Dajjal
    Sep 22, 2013 - 7:57PM

    If Imran Khan, was to pay attention, he will notice that terrorist attacks happen all the time, and not just when its inconvenient for him…

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  • tareen
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:15PM

    now its the time to understand the real change , the ruling parties of the day were not meant to bring change rather to delay the real change which the previous govt of ANP was on the way. The pashtoons should think and think deep that who are their real saviors. Subtracting the corruption of ANP govt, which is really not tolerable for me too, they deserve salute for their bravery and clear stance against Taliban and companies. the present government of PTI and JI in Khyber Pashtoonkhwa and of PML.N in the federal cannot deter these terrorists because may be they have soft corner for them in their subconscious Both these govts voice that they have plan to for ending terrorism,so then the question is where is that plan? Why don’t you implement then? The reality is that they are hypocrites the deceive emotional people, they don’t want end to terrorism they want to stop drones who are killing these terrorists and let these beasts vendor freely. At last those who voted for these parties and are still supporting them for their policies should give a thought to their decision and question their leaders for such policies.

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  • irfan husain
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Actually, these attacks have occurred with deadly frequency irrespective of any peace talks on the horizon. So IK need not conjure up conspiracy theories to explain these killings by terrorists.

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  • Khan
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:47PM

    please consider this is a valid question that why blast when you are on talks table, something fishy

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  • Morons
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:48PM

    IK is so naive or wants to be!! Since the Ahmadi episode he realized he is so coward and greedy for power that he will bend himself and close his eyes to injustice to make the Mullah lobby happy. He realized that he cannot dream of prime minister-ship if he condemns the heinous acts of TTP or other Mullah terrorism. So, what he does is what all other traditional Pakistani politicians are doing!! He closes his eyes to injustice and he acts surprised by these attacks and blame some conspiracy against peace like all other politicians. Shame on him and shame on me to support him!!

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  • ali ahmed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:50PM

    once again conspiracy theory…

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  • Sandip
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:55PM

    @mohammed abbasi: :) (This is a wry smile). Friend – Don’t you think that given the conditions today and the speed at which they are deteriorating, 10-15 years is too far a time to think of Pakistan. Can anyone say for sure that Pakistan will even survive for that long (unless someone with the capacity and intellect decides to change course)?

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  • Afrooz
    Sep 22, 2013 - 8:55PM

    My prayer is that next time something like this happens, IK and his ilk are personally impacted by it. I want to see them mouth their empty statements after that. Truly shocking how divested from ground reality, this so-called leader is.

    The only reason the TTP is silent is because they want Mullah Baradar to be released and in safe back in FATA. There is no doubt whose hand is behind this horrific incident.

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  • ahmer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:09PM

    IK and all the taliban lovers answer this? you talk of pathan culture of revenge for the drone attacks…so what happens to that culture when taliban attack and you say talk to them…you are nothing but hypocrites..may Allah not have mercy on your souls that you defend murderers.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:15PM

    @mohammed abbasi: “And the reason WHY? Maybe Khansahib can ask the assorted Maulanas who tacitly support these talibans?” So are you suggesting a solution to terrorism in Pakistan is to have equivalent of french revolution with Guillotine for few select to set an example?

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  • Saz
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:16PM

    I mean how many kinds of fools can this guy…..i mean have these attacks ever stopped regardless of what ever is on the table. They attack when we do nothin , they attack when a drone attacks, they attack when we try to talk from a position of weakness.
    Has any one tried to talk to them from a position of strength I ask Mr Khan.

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  • B
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:19PM

    It is good PTI supporters are asking why these attacks when talks were to begin. There is a hint why Army is not withdrawning. India has been telling you all along the same happens when talks between India-Pakistan, LOC will flare, Hope you can all comprehand this.

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  • Hayat
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:20PM

    Terrorist attacks occur – talks or no talks. They do not only occur when talks are on the table. They occur otherwise too, Imran Khan. Stop trying to mislead people. Enough is enough.

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  • PS
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:23PM

    Shame on the perpetrators, supporters, sympathizers and apologists of these barbaric acts.

    PS

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  • Naseer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Who do the terrorists attack even where there is no dialogue on the table? Imran Khan is about time you should change sides and feel the pain of innocent victims of terrorism.

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  • noman1234
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:37PM

    @Arjun:
    Pakistan did support these people during Russian war that is a known fact. They were our border protection patrol and our people. Fed Govt has treaty with FATA since independence. You mind your business we mind ours. You scratch my back and i scratch yours. They were the buffer that stopped any foreign intervention. However, After 9/11 just for US Dollars Musharraf send his troops in FATA and started killing his own people. Yes they would kill Al-Qaeda members hidden among the locals but they killed more innocent FATA people. This led to rebellion and blood for blood and for last 13 years it has caused instability and bloodshed.

    All this could have been avoided if Musharraf refused to help US in war on terror like Turkey did at that time. This all would have been avoided with ease even after Musharraf left but no one listened to Imran at that time and continued getting Dollars to look the other way and keep using our troops to kill our own people. Now the situation is very complicated and there is no easy solution.

    We have tried using force and now its time to have peace talks with people who are willing and accept Pak constitution. This will help us in isolating the criminals and getting rid of them once and for all. The timings of drone strikes and these type of attacks have always been suspicious because whenever Political parties are serious in negotiations such incidents happen to derail the process. This time all Pak political parties are in agreement and even Nawaz Sharif is going to UN to appeal for end of Drone strikes and all of a sudden this happens very fishy.

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  • Sep 22, 2013 - 9:40PM

    The comments from IK are just pathetic and shameful.

    He won’t name the inhuman culprits and can only muster a condemnation against his critics. Is his party officials going to tell the media that they are ‘concerned’ but not ‘condemning’ the attack by the TTP like they did after the prison break, which included butchering our officers and beheading of minority prisoners?

    Imagine if you’re a minority whose been under threat and attack for years by religious extremists, with no nonsense of talks then and before any drone attacks in the middle of the 2000′s, and hear one of your majority Pakistani leaders, like IK, throw in a drone deflection (disgustingly trying to rationalize the atrocious acts committed) and a conspiracy about talks being sabotaged (talks with criminals he considers fondly as ‘his people’ and refuses to enforce any law or order against). He comes off as a hypocritical extremist sympathizer and clearly is no Sunni moderate, let alone anything close to a Sufi.

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  • Real Talk
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Sad Everytime something like this happens the immature ‘lets go kill everyone’ rant along with Taliban apologists starts. What do you think is been going on for the last 10 years hasnt America and Nato already gone after them with full guns blazing and now want peace talks and eliminate as many groups it can with talks and filter the genuine terrorists from civilians who all carry and use weapons.

    Victims R.I.P God bless their loved ones

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  • Ahmad
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:48PM

    Army wants Action.PTI wants Talk with taliban. To embarrass PTI and those who have been yearning for Peace terrorist acts are being “Planted” by Army. Army is right in their assertion of fight with Taliban but innocent people should not be killed and maimed. Action should be taken against Taliban. Taliban agenda is very regressive one. Taliban will never go for Peace. Their agenda is to Conquer the whole world and enforce their version of Islam. Just Imagine Taliban with nukes. I like Imran Khan. He is the best one. Sooner or later we will be fighting against Talibans.

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  • Observer
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:49PM

    “Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks”

    Why? The terrorists are trying to establish and Islamic caliphate. Imran should read (8:39) and (9:29).Recommend

  • Saima
    Sep 22, 2013 - 9:51PM

    PTI has failed ! Imran Khan is a perfect example of a leader with no vision.

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  • blackship
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:00PM

    Even a kid can also understand that they have killed even when dialog is on the table. Because they are terrorists. Why is it so hard for Imran to understand.

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  • Last Word
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:08PM

    How very pathetic of PTI chief to rake up a conspiracy theory and mention drone attack rather than condemn and promise of action against those who carried out this barbaric act. On the other hand, NS has called these savages as enemies of the nation which are words of statesmanship and of a brave leader. Shame on IK and PTI for their abject surrender in front of a terrorists and sectarian forces as well as their utter failure to protect the people of the state who brought them to power.

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  • zayeph
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:22PM

    Some people call Imran as supporter of Taliban or terrorists while he says that they are not even humans.
    Just because his policy is to make peace with them to stop doing this what happened today then educate and facilitate them which will put end to their revenge seeking nature without considering law and make them as we are condemning such events. Then enforcing law over educated people. You cannot expect animals to follow rules and laws.
    Should do Dialogues, those groups who cease fires and come to respect the identity and law of Pakistan separate them from others who don’t come to negotiation (Divide them) and then it will be alot easy to eliminate the rest of terrorists.

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  • Parvez
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:23PM

    Imran Khan…………..you cut a very sorry figure today and sadly its mostly your own doing.

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  • zayeph
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:24PM

    Mocking Imran khan’s policy that we were saying to kill them all is just frustration, you are killing them from 9 years, results??? they just increased…. :S nice policy Musharaf.

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  • Raj - USA
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:26PM

    Can IK be any more dishonest than this?

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  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:28PM

    @Jibran:

    Let us not forget all the past govt including Gen M and PPP led coalition govt also have blood on their hands too…..

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  • Talha Rizvi
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:43PM

    @Sandip:
    Thank you for you concern for Pakistan now please take care of your own country which will end like Hitler’s Germany under the great Modi. Remember the similarity he also delivered economic growth at the cost of victimizing an innocent part of population and delivering hate filled comments against neighboring countries. Pakistan will survive because people here can realize their faults unlike you who proudly defend your mistakes.
    @Faqir ipi: Words cannot describe the contempt I feel towards your jingoistic comments. If you can’t accept the country’s law then please get out of this country and take all Taliban lovers with you.
    @ ET: Dear Mod, Sir or Madam please allow this comment under freedom of speech. If Indians have the freedom to post multiple comments then I atleast should get one comment per day.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:46PM

    Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue…..dialogue..with which TTP govt ? there are more than 40 group under TTP umbrella, the govt’s and all members of APC first must identify that particular group who is ready to talk peace..sideline others and take action with the rest……that will be first step….and the govt must put forward the road map for initiating such ” dialogue “….till then we should be prepared for such madness…..
    Let us face facts…..we have become no less than a flock of ostrich….only talking of dialogue, dialogue, dialogue….with whom..! first let our political leadership identify that TTP group and TTP leader who is ready to talk and expose the rest TTP group members and take nation after taking the nation into confidence and launch action against them….only then the people will support the govt…today only people are talking of dialogue ! dialogue ! dialogue with which TTP unit, group….

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  • csmann
    Sep 22, 2013 - 10:49PM

    Even after this brutality by terrorists,he is still trying to legitimize them by relying on his usual conspiracy theories..Shameful!!

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  • Saz
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:03PM

    So you say we are fighting 10 years and have no choice, well we have been fighting for Kashmir for longer to no avail, never heard any right wing leader or mullah telling us to talk there.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:12PM

    “All these so called “commanders” were either bus drivers, daily wagers, cart pushers, before realizing their powers. Do you really think they are willing to let go their control, power, and wealth that comes from ransom, target killing, donations, and extortion, and become law abiding bus drivers, and cart pushers again. Think again.”
    @ Imran,
    You are right brother. Its stupid to think that those who can murder our generals will work as chowkidars in posh localities.

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  • mind control
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:20PM

    Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks

    A. October 19,2007, 138 people killed in a procession to welcome Benazir.

    B. May 28,2010, 94 Ahmadis killed during Friday prayers in Lahore.

    C. January 10,2013, 130 Shia Hazras killed in Quetta blast.

    D. February 16,2013, 84 Shia Hazras killed in Quetta attack.

    E. August 8, 2013, 30 policemen killed during Namaz-e-Janaza in Quetta.

    F. March 3, 2013, 45 Shias killed in Abbas Town Karachi.

    Mr Khan, What ‘Dialogues’ were being held on these days?
    And how many Drone strikes took place on the above dates?

    PLEASE.

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  • Sep 22, 2013 - 11:22PM

    Total failure of KP Government. 9/11 and 7/7 only happened once. The Government of USA and UK enforced anti-terrorism laws but in Pakistan we have failed to implement any such law. How many more innocent lives have to be taken by TTP before you change your mind Imran Khan. You need to put an end to conspiracy theories.Recommend

  • Ghazain Mazari
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:24PM

    Imran Khan is one naive person. Did he seriously expect the negotiations to bear fruit? They bombed the Church because that’s what terrorists do, and negotiating with them is pointless because after all, how can one negotiate with them when they aren’t even human?

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  • Saqibtahir
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:26PM

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  • Ahmed
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:43PM

    Pakistanis will keep getting killed as long as the taliban are given the royal treatment every Pakistani government has given them, and treated like the common criminals that they are. Go after them seriously, and as in all such cases these good-for-nothing criminals will realize the game is up and stop lording it over Pakistan.Recommend

  • Oliver Smith.
    Sep 22, 2013 - 11:59PM

    Stage is set and there will be a full fledged operation. No one is listening to Imran Khan. It is the boots that will be deciding “when and where”.

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  • Waseem
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:10AM

    you are not in a position to ask questions, now. instead explain and satisfy nation.

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  • Fiz
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:23AM

    Jandallah has claimed the responsibility. Why don’t you ask them Ik? Stop giving lame excuse on their behalf.

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  • Pakistani
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:33AM

    “These terrorists cannot be termed humans” Imran said.
    So basically you are calling for a negotiation with animals then?

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  • Aamir
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:47AM

    @PakPower and IK both:
    Terrorists attacks keep taking place all the time. This is only you and your like minded people who notice them when dialogue is on the table. You are ones who have misread the reality of terrorism.

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  • Gingo
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:01AM

    Jemima left this clown for another clown (Russel Brand)

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  • Umer
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:27AM

    Why do terrorist attacks occur when dialogue is on the table, Imran asks

    He is in government; he needs to provide answers, not ask questions. Why is he not doing his job and wasting time in rhetoric?

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  • Salman
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:42AM

    Funny to see people comments criticising imran khan while I bet 99% of them are corrupt and cheated their own country sometime.

    ET job was to malign IK which they successfully did. How many times they took shots at MQM or PPP

    The whole society is garbage

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  • Shahid Pirzada
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:44AM

    Please don’t be so naive. Imran’s question, who did this, is quite ridiculous. PTI is ruling the province. Take two weeks, find out who did it and let the whole world know the answer and your response. Up to that please refrain from issuing such non-sense statements.

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  • Sohaib
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:46AM

    Are you an idiot how come imrans hands are stained kn blood? @Jibran:

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  • ahsan
    Sep 23, 2013 - 3:26AM

    i was and am a PTi spporter not just a voter, but this is insanity. Looks like Nawaz shareef and IK are begging TTP for negociations and TTP answers in the form of recent two incidents. How pathetic. IK we will never vote for you ever if you dont stop this insanity. What more do you want to understand these are drone victoms, they have ther motives and they are clear in them. I am a PTI supporter but recent events have shown that IK is a premature leader. He should learnRecommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:02AM

    @ironMan!:
    Dialogue with whom..? this is a very important question, which many have not been able to answer….there are more than 40 terrorist groups under TTP umbrella….whom to talk to ? pls answer this, before pleading for dialogue with TTP….commenting and talking on talk shows very easy, but first tell the nation which group from TTP has agreed to sit and talk…..and what is the road map….I am hearing and reading this sentence all the time, but nobody has been able to answer…with whom the govt is contemplating dialogue….no wonder we have become intellectually bankrupt.

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  • Gp65
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:49AM

    @bigsaf:
    By minority prisoners you mean Shia prisoners isn’t it? What an irony that Shias are now considered minority in a country created for Muslims.Recommend

  • Omer
    Sep 23, 2013 - 5:18AM

    If Malala incident was not a good enough reasone for launching a full scale operation, then i think the events of last two weeks are.

    We as a nation have to make a stand, and beat these barbarians into submission.
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  • Sandip Khanna
    Sep 23, 2013 - 6:18AM

    @Talha Rizvi: Thanks for cautioning us against Mr. Modi. We welcome such cautions. Even the best democracy needs such cautions. We are, but still a work in progress. We shall indeed be on our guard so that a hitler doesn’t destroy our country. And for me, Sonia Gandhi is worse than Mr. Modi. So I am not sure either of them fit the bill for me.
    As regards my comment, it was one of genuine pain at the loss of so many innocent lives. There are a lot many of us in India who are concerned at the path that Pakistan is sliding on. It has become a veritable killing field with no end in sight. May God give strength to its people to stop this mayhem and recover from these scars.

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  • vasan
    Sep 23, 2013 - 8:40AM

    I think Imran should go back to cricket. When innocent people died, he is spinning conspiracy theories. The least he could offer is to keep quiet instead of uttering nonsense

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  • MAK
    Sep 23, 2013 - 9:34AM

    In his statement yesterday, Imran Khan in one sentence asked why terrorist attacks happened when negotiations were on the table; then in the next sentence said that it was the 210th terrorist attack since 211 attacks (he actually meant 209 attacks) were carried out during ANP’s government. So my question for himis; did ANP hold talks 209 times with TTP/terrorists in the last 5 years that attacks happened? As far as I know, ANP were always against holding talks with terrorists. Clearly either Imran is too naive to know that he doesn’t know, or he is simply lying and playing politics on the dead bodies our our Christian brothers and sisters.

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  • Anticorruption
    Sep 23, 2013 - 10:04AM

    did all the previous 209 attacks (SIC) take placewhen ‘dialog was on the table’

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  • Junaid
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:48PM

    I lived in KP during the ten years of chaos. The five years of MMA and the five years of ANP. The first three months of PTI have been at least a thousand times better than those ten years combined. The measure of seriousness of the ANP government towards terrorism could be sort by the 7 billion Ammunition scam being investigated by the NAB – KPK. You can’t find suicide bombers and night vision goggles with fake ammunition and life vests.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Who thinks that Taliban want peace?
    In fact Taliban want to regain their lost monopoly,supremacy and hold in the tribal areas most especially importantly in KPK like before Swat operation and want to release their jailed prisoners in different jails of Pakistan this is why Taliban are playing a false drama to hold peace talks with Pakistan’s civil and military leadership on their own terms and conditions……

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  • Sep 23, 2013 - 3:22PM

    This was the change in KPK, PTI had been telling.People must review their decision to support PTIRecommend

  • cyrus
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:29PM

    IK is matured now as he now knows how to twist facts! Conspiracy Theorist!

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  • James
    Sep 23, 2013 - 5:30PM

    @Afrooz:
    I did see a TV report stating that Jundullah has claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts

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  • Rex Minor
    Sep 23, 2013 - 8:31PM

    @noman1234:

    Well said.

    Rex Minor

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  • mind control
    Sep 23, 2013 - 10:52PM

    @noman1234:

    This time all Pak political parties are in agreement and even Nawaz Sharif is going to UN to appeal for end of Drone strikes and all of a sudden this happens very fishy.

    A. October 19,2007, 138 people killed in a procession to welcome Benazir.

    B. May 28,2010, 94 Ahmadis killed during Friday prayers in Lahore.

    C. January 10,2013, 130 Shia Hazras killed in Quetta blast.

    D. February 16,2013, 84 Shia Hazras killed in Quetta attack.

    E. August 8, 2013, 30 policemen killed during Namaz-e-Janaza in Quetta.

    F. March 3, 2013, 45 Shias killed in Abbas Town Karachi.

    All of a sudden????

    REALLY?

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  • moeed
    Sep 24, 2013 - 1:06AM

    @ADEEL:
    what good 10 years of operation has done

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  • Sexton Blake
    Sep 24, 2013 - 4:40AM

    Most of the contributors do not seem to have noticed that in the days before the peace talks the Americans, with Pakistan Government assistance, invariably usually use a few drone strikes to upset the apple cart.

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  • Pankaj
    Sep 24, 2013 - 12:56PM

    Well because you have excelled in creating powerful and deadly enemies of all seasons. There are few that attack you on their will if you want to talk to them there are others who don’t want you to do that.
    And if you are trying to say that the ones whom you are engaging to talk keep attacking you they you are either unfortunate or being bullied ! My smpathies for those who lose lives and pity for your intelligence.
    so by saying this i think you want to say that Taliban is punishing you because you are helping america and they are enemy of america. and America wants Taliban to punish you even if you are friend of America.In fact america goes to the extent of attacking you when taliban stops doing so ! what sort of weird reasoning is this ? if you are saying that America and Taliban are friends and both want to punish you then why america kills taliban in Dron attacks ?

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  • ayesha
    Sep 24, 2013 - 2:44PM

    Why imran khan is so tilted towards Taliban?

    Is it due to fear or some sort of understanding with Taliban?
    They are openly challenging the writ of the state but our newly elected rulers are so anxious to start dialogue process?Recommend

  • asmat
    Sep 24, 2013 - 5:56PM

    when ANP workers were slain in such kind of attacks none said that the other parties, agencies and state are playing with pashtoon bloods. irony alert. @Lal hawaili:

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