TTP claims attack on ASF hostel in Karachi

Published: June 8, 2014

Express News screengrab of ASF personnel taking position after the fresh attack near Karachi airport.

Express News screengrab of ASF personnel taking position after the fresh attack near Karachi airport. Family members trying to read a burned piece of identity card retrieved from a body, killed on Sunday's attack on Jinnah International Airport, at a hospital morgue in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS Cold storage where seven trapped workers were found dead after the attack on Karachi airport. PHOTO: EXPRESS A bulldozer clears debris at Karachi airport. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD NOMAN / EXPRESS Relatives of the people who are trapped inside a cold storage facility at the Karachi airport are protesting. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN Express News screengrab of Rangers personnel moving the body of one of the victims before burial. Express News screengrab of the weapons recovered from the airport. Express News screengrab of the weapons recovered from the airport. Smoke rises after militants launched an  assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Smoke rises after militants launched an assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Smoke rises after militants launched an early morning assault at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: EXPRESS SCREENGRAB Fire and smoke can be seen rising from a part of the airport. PHOTO: Express Screengrab PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN Smoke can be seen rising form the Airport in the background. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN A view of the airport. Smoke can be seen rising from the airport. PHOTO: EXPRESS SCREENGRAB Security forces have cordoned off the area. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS SCREENGRAB

KARACHI: Around three to four gunmen mounted a fresh attack on a security check post outside the airport a day after 37 people were killed after an all-night battle on Monday with militants who besieged Karachi airport’s old terminal, Express News reported.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for both attacks.

No casualties were reported in the latest incident.

In the earlier attack, at least 37 people, including 10 terrorists, were reported dead in what is the first large-scale terrorist attack at the country’s largest airport in years.

According to reports, 12 ASF personnel, one each of the police, Rangers and Shaheen Air International are among the deceased. The dead also include eight people who were trapped inside a private company’s cargo office and found dead 28 hours after rescue operations had started. Twenty-six others were also injured in the first assault.

June 10, 4:08pm

The search operation is now complete and security forces have ended the cordon around Pehlwan Goth, Express News reports.………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

June 10, 2:50pm

Senior police and Rangers officials say that the media has created panic. The police also say that there are reports of firing but no one has been injured – not members of the ASF or the police.

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June 10, 2:43pm

Khorasani has now confirmed that the TTP have claimed responsibility.

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June 10, 2:34pm

Speaking about the attackers from the assault on Sunday night, the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar says that their features were not Pakistani nor that of a neighboring country. They were fair, tall and had thin facial hair.

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June 10, 2:30pm

After his initial tweets claiming that a TTP faction had carried out the attacks, Khorasani backtracked on Twitter.

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June 10, 2:17pm

It was not a major incident, terrorists only opened aerial fire: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon.

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June 10, 2:05pm

According to ASF spokesperson Colonel Tahir Ali, the attackers that managed to flee were on motorcycles.

He adds that they started firing at an ASF ladies hostel first, after which they proceeded to the ASF camp.

The spokesperson also says that police and Rangers reached the site soon after they were informed.

Ali also reveals that the attackers were carrying small weapons but the exact kind could not be ascertained as yet.

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June 10, 1:57pm

There have been contradictory reports coming in about the number of attackers.

According to ASF spokesperson Colonel Tahir Ali, there were two attackers who managed to get away.

Earlier reports had suggested that the total number of attackers is nine.

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June 10, 1:55pm

No casualties were reported in the attack, CAA spokesperson says.

Security has been beefed up at Islamabad and Peshawar airport. and a shoot-on-sight order has been issued at Islamabad airport against suspicious individuals.

Chaudhry Nisar contacts DG Rangers to inquire about the situation.

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June 10, 1:50pm

According to Express News, DG Rangers says the terrorists have managed to flee. The area has been surrounded by security forces and a search operation is underway.

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June 10, 1:46pm

DG Rangers says situation is under control and the operation is complete.

ASF personnel take position on runway, say CAA sources.

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June 10, 1:41pm

Express News now reports that flight operations have resumed.

Because of the security situation, routes to the airport have also been sealed.

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June 10, 1:38pm

There are nine attackers, according to military sources.

DG Rangers is leading to the operation.

Anti-terrorism commandoes are participating in the operation as well, according to IG Sindh.

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June 10, 1:32pm

According to ISPR, security forces have surrounded the attackers.

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June 10, 1:30pm

The Rawalpindi airport has been put on red alert following the attack on the ASF camp.

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June 10, 1:28pm

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction claim they have launched another attack on the Airport Security Force Academy in Karachi.

“We again came to the Karachi ASF’s academy. God is Great. God is Great. God is Great.” spokeperson for a TTP faction, Omar Khorasani writes on his Twitter page.

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June 10, 1:24pm

CAA has asked people to remain calm, assuring that the airport is not under attack.

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June 10, 1:23pm

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June 10, 1:18pm

Three police officers have been injured, Express News reports.

A search operation has started as police officers and Rangers personnel enter Pehlwan Goth. A helicopters is also being used for surveillance.

Flights to Karachi have been diverted to Nawabshah according to Express News.

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June 10, 1:15pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is being constantly updated about the situation in Karachi and the fresh attack near the airport.

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June 10, 1:10pm

Express News now reports that the attackers have fled the scene.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered that they be eliminated.

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June 10, 1:08pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar was informed about the incident while he was briefing the National Assembly about the previous attack.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi rose from his seat in the middle of the interior minister’s briefing, as did some other parliamentarians, to point out that there was an attack going on.

The interior minister was a little taken aback about the new attack – after hesitating a little, he says that the country was faced with an extremely difficult situation over the last 13 years.

The security forces are trying to find the place where the militants are hiding, they are reportedly hiding in the houses near the camp.

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June 10, 1:01pm

There were earlier reports that ASF personnel brought the situation under control, however, firing is still going on.

The security forces are trying to find the place where the militants are hiding.

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June 10, 12:56pm

ASF personnel have brought the situation under control.

The attackers reportedly tried to destroy planes and flee towards Gulistan-e-Johar.

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June 10, 12:54pm

An exchange of fire is going on between the assailants and the ASF personnel. Gunshots could be heard as Express News correspondent reported the encounter between the attackers and the security forces.

There are at least five militants, according to ASF sources.

Security has been enhanced at the airport as well as nearby areas and flights were diverted to other cities, according to sources in the CAA.

A high contingent of Rangers personnel has also reached the site of the attack.

IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood says that 1000 police officers have been sent to the site.

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June 10, 12:52pm

An exchange of fire is going on between the assailants and the ASF personnel.

Security has been enhanced at the airport as well as nearby areas.

The number of militants is five, according to ASF sources.

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June 10, 12:44pm

The militants attacked the camp from the Pehlwan Goth side. An exchange of fire is going on between the assailants and the ASF personnel.

Express News screengrab of the side from where the militants mounted a fresh attack near Karachi airport.

According to sources, the flight schedule has been suspended.

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June 10, 12:41pm

Rangers and the police have been summoned to the location.

ASF sources say the attackers arrived at the scene in a car.

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June 10, 12:36pm

Express News is now reporting that militants have attacked the ASF camp, which is located half a kilometer away from the first attack site.

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June 10, 12:24pm

Director General of Civil Aviation Authority tells Express News that eight bodies were found from the cargo office of a private company.

He confirms that they were not found from the cold storage.

He also states that seven of them were workers of the company while one of them was an ASF official.

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June 10, 12:21pm

Speaking to Express News about the seven people who suffocated to death, PTI leader Dr Shireen Mazari demands that those responsible for the negligence be removed from their posts and cases should be registered against them.

Mazari refers to the incident as “criminal neglect and murder” and says that CM Sindh and DG CAA should resign and a second degree murder case should be registered against them.

“The government does not value the life of the common man,” she states, adding that if the media had not covered the incident, the CAA would not have known about this.

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June 10, 11:04am

PPP Senator Rehman Malik, while speaking to the media in Karachi, remarks that the Karachi airport attack could have been avoided, adding that it was a total failure of the federal government.

Express News screengrab of PPP Senator Rehman Malik.

He further says that TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid claimed responsibility of the attack shamelessly.

Malik states that everyone needed to work together to take action against terrorists.

The senator adds that Pakistan Peoples Party will take every step to eliminate terrorism.

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June 10, 11:02am

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the attack at Karachi airport.

“Afghan government believes that continuation of such attacks has proved that our region faces many challenges of insecurity and that we all should understand that using extremism and acts of violence are not in favour of any country,” Karzai’s office says.

“We believe that our region cannot see peace and stability without fighting terrorism,” states the Afghan president.

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June 10, 10:56am

Washington has offered “assistance to the relevant authorities investigating this crime,” adds State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf, although she was not aware if the offer had been taken up.

Harf would not comment on the use of air-strikes to quell the insurgency, but says the US and Pakistan both had concerns about counter-terrorism.

“Broadly speaking, we have supported the Pakistani government as they’ve undertaken counterterrorism efforts because it’s a fight we certainly share,” she tells reporters.

“The Pakistani government has a responsibility and an obligation to protect its citizens and to take appropriate counterterrorism measures.”

Washington had advised the Pakistani authorities to “take civilian life into account,” Harf says.

“But… the onus here is on these terrorist groups to lay down their arms, to stop attacking innocent Pakistani and other civilians,” Harf adds.

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June 10, 10:31am

The United States offers to aid Pakistan in investigating the deadly seige on Karachi airport.

“The United States condemns the attack on the Karachi airport. And our hearts go out… to the families of the victim,” says White House spokesperson Josh Earnest.

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June 10, 10:02am

Sub-Inspector Muhammad Sarwar’s funeral prayers were held in Lahore. His friends and family were in attendance.

Express News screengrab of the sub-inspector’s funeral prayers.

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June 10, 6:15am

Provincial health minister says the bodies are beyond recognition and will be identified with the help of DNA tests.

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The deceased workers were not in cold storage as was reported previously but were in an adjacent room, reports Express News reporter Nasir Butt.

One dead body is of ASF personnel.

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June 10, 5:03am

Dead bodies of seven people trapped inside cold storage have been pulled out after 28 hours,Express News reported.

According to Express News correspondent Zohaib Jiye Ja, all the dead bodies were found in one place. The workers died due to suffocation.

Bodies have been shifted to Jinnah hospital.

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June 10, 3:15am

Pakistan army and rangers rescue teams are also taking part in the operation equipped with heavy machinery.

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June 10, 2:45am

United Nations has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Jinnah international airport in Karachi that killed 29 people and Shia pilgrims that killed 25 people in a hotel in Taftan, Balochistan.

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June 10, 12:40am

Fire brigade have taken down one of the wall of the cold storage in an effort to rescue the people trapped inside there, Express News reported.

Earlier, the relatives of the people trapped inside the cargo centre had blamed that the administration was reluctant to take any action because of the medicines worth of billions of rupees stored in there. They preferred saving the expensive medicines stores there over the people trapped inside there, said protesters.

June 9, 11:25pm

Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad Khan has arrived at the Karachi airport to monitor the efforts to rescue seven employees of a private cargo company who are trapped inside a cold storage facility, Express News reported.

Sindh Governor Ishrat ul Ebad (in suit) is pictured along with security officials at Jinnah International Airport. PHOTO: REUTERS

Talking to media and relatives of the missing people, the governor assured that the government is investigate into the alleged negligence in the rescue efforts by the authorities and those found of negligence will be punished accordingly.

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June 9, 9:48pm

The prime minister has called for the immediate rescue of those trapped in a cold storage in the cargo area, after watching Express News‘ coverage of the victims’ families, who have been protesting at the site of the attack.

Express News screengrab of one of the relatives of those trapped inside a cold storage

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June 9, 8:38pm

According to our correspondent, the audacious terrorist attack at Karachi’s old airport has dampened the chances of foreign players’ appearance in a local Twenty20 tournament in Karachi  next month.

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June 9, 7:39pm

Express News screengrabs of the funeral held earlier.

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June 9, 7:34pm

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has arrived in Karachi.

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June 9, 7:03pm

Relatives of those stuck in the cold storage are protesting at the airport, demanding their immediate rescue, Express News reports.

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June 9, 6:51pm

A worker is trapped under the debris of the roof that collapsed due to a hand grenade attack last night, Express News reports.

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June 9, 6:44pm

Two dead bodies have been found in the cold storage at the cargo area of a private company,Express News reports.

Express News screengrab of the cargo area.

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June 9, 5:44pm

According to Express News, seven cargo workers, who work for a private cargo company, are still missing after the attack on Karachi airport.

The brother of one of the missing workers’ said he last spoke with his sibling between 12 and 12:30 pm and that him and other cargo workers hid in the cold storage during the time of the attack.

Four of them are believed to be cargo assistants while the other three are believed to be loaders.

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June 9, 3:54pm

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has announced that each of the injured will receive Rs0.1 million. The families of the Rangers personal who were killed in the attack will be given Rs2 million and the families of the deceased ASF personnel will receive Rs1 million.

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June 9, 3:46pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directs Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to reach Karachi.

The premier tells the interior minister to meet the high ups of Rangers, police, ASF as well as CAA.

Nawaz also asked Nisar to submit a report on how to stop terrorist attacks.

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June 9, 3:27pm

Quoting DG ASF Azam Tiwana Express News reports that the attackers were foreign nationals.

He adds that security has been enhanced at airports.

Funeral of the martyred ASF personnel has been held.

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June 9, 2:35pm

Flights to Lahore and Dubai are ready for departure.

Flights from other cities can land in Karachi Airport.

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June 9, 2:3opm

The airport has been reopened for operations, passengers are receiving their boarding passes,Express News reports.

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June 9, 2:14pm

Two PIA planes were damaged in the attack, Express News reports.

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June 9, 1:53pm

According to the initial report presented to the premier, terrorists entered the airport from two sides and intended to destroy all the planes.

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June 9, 1:42pm

The report of the attack on Jinnah International Airport has been presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) Asim Saleem Bajwa said that the airport has been handed over to the CAA and the Airport Security Force (ASF).

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June 9, 1:10pm

According to Dr Seemi Jamali of Jinnah hospital, two of the injured are in critical condition.

Express News reports that people who were stranded at the airport are now able to leave the area.

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June 9, 12:30pm

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that the airport will be made operational at 4pm.

CAA advises passengers to contact the relevant airlines two hours prior to their flight time.

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June 9, 12:17pm

Rangers spokesperson says that the search operation is complete. The airport has been cleared and declared as safe.

“The attack is over and we have cleared the area of all militants,” a spokesman for the paramilitary Rangers, Sibtain Rizvi, told reporters.

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June 9, 12:07pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the Karachi airport will be made operational soon. Necessary arrangements will be made to facilitate the passengers, he adds.

No flight has arrived at the airport for the last 13 hours.

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June 9, 12:03pm

Express News reports that the terrorists entered the airport in two groups wearing ASF uniforms.

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June 9, 11:59am

The attack, which started over 12 hours ago, has claimed around 28 lives but the exact death toll has not been confirmed.

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June 9, 11:45am

A senior intelligence official says it appears militants had aimed to hijack a plane that passengers were boarding at the main terminal, but that when they were repelled they went on the rampage.

“The passenger plane at Jinnah terminal was their target and when they failed to reach there they destroyed two private terminals in frustration,” he says.

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June 9, 11:38am

The attackers used factor VIII injections, which aid blood clotting and reduce bleeding,Express News reports.

These injections are a medication used in hospitals to control bleeding in people with low levels of factor VIII (hemophilia A).

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June 9, 11:29am

TTP spokesperson evades comments when asked about Sindh Rangers DG Major General Rizwan Akhtar claim that the attackers looked like Uzbek militants.

“We do not make a distinction in Muslims whether they are Pakistanis, Uzbeks, Arabs or Chechans. They all are Mujahideen,” Shahidullah Shahid told The Express Tribune by phone.

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June 9, 11:21am

Umar Media, the official media wing of the TTP, claims on their Facebook page that just six militants had attacked the airport.

“The biggest reason for attacking Karachi airport is because it serves as the biggest air logistics centre supplying goods for the Crusaders’ war in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” a statement on their Facebook page claims.

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June 9, 11:18am

Security forces continue to sweep the airport as a security measure while sources say that all attackers have been killed.

The airport is expected to be cleared and handed back to the Civil Aviation Authority by 12pm today.

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June 9, 11:07am

TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid promises more attacks in the future.

“It’s just the beginning, we have taken revenge for one (Hakimullah Mehsud), we have to take revenge for hundreds,” he says.

“We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes,” the spokesperson states.

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June 9, 10:56am

Rangers spokesperson says Karachi airport has been cleared of militants.

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June 9, 10:49am

Exchange of fire comes to a stop at the airport, Express News reports. Meanwhile, aerial firing from security forces still continues.

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June 9, 10:44am

TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid says “this attack was the revenge of martyrdom our leader Shaheed Hakimullah Mehsud and brutal killings of the TTP’s prisoners in jails.”

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June 9, 10:35am

Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, while speaking to Express News, says attacks like the one at Karachi airport are carried out to destroy the image of the country.

“This country is facing an internal threat and we need to save this country,” he adds.

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June 9, 10:18am

Politicians on twitter express their viewpoints on the airport attack:

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June 9, 10:14am

TTP claims responsibility for the Karachi airport attack, reports AFP.

“We carried out the attack on Karachi airport to avenge the death of Hakimullah Mehsud,” TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid tells AFP, while dismissing the government’s recent offer of peace talks as a “tool of war”.

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June 9, 10:10am

Sources say that the militants who blew themselves up this morning were between 18 and 19 years of age.

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June 9, 10:07am

Search operation by security forces continues.

The two militants that blew themselves up earlier this morning detonated the explosives when they were cornered by the security officials at the Isphani Hanger.

Sources tell Express News that more suicide jackets, petrol bombs and other ammunition were recovered from the airport this morning.

Policemen show seized weapons after militants attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP 

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June 9, 9:45am

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked for a report on the attack.

Employees leave the Jinnah International Airport after militants attack in Karachi on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

An airport official tells Express News that militants had entered the airport from the ICG gate and killed four ASF officials at the spot.

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June 9, 9:36am

Three blasts heard at Karachi airport at the old terminal.

According to sources, two of the militants blew themselves up.

Politician Ijazul Haq tweeted:

Express News screengrab of the explosions.

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June 9, 9:25am

Blasts also heard at the airport, Express News reports.

Express News screengrab.

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June 9, 9:16am

At least 28 people have been killed so far in the attack. Ten militants, eight ASF personnel, two Rangers officials, one police officer and three PIA officials are among the deceased.

It is reported that 24 people have been injured in the attack so far.

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June 9, 9:13am

6 to 7 tanks have proceeded to Isphani Hangar after the firing.

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June 9, 8:49am

Sources say three militants are present at Karachi airport.

A high contingent of the Pak Army has reached the site of the firing.

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June 9, 8:40am

Express News reports that some militants are still present at the airport. The number of militants is not known as of yet.

Express News screengrab of security officials at Karachi airport.

Emergency has been declared once again.

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June 9, 8:28am

Firing heard at Karachi airport near Isphani Hangar, which is the aircraft overhaul facility of the airport, Express News reports.

One person injured in the firing.

The injured, identified as a technician, is taken to a local hospital for medical treatment.

Express News screengrab of Karachi airport.

“We have relaunched the operation and called in additional troops,” says Sibtain Rizvi, spokesperson for the Rangers paramilitary force.

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June 9, 8:20am

Islamabad and Lahore airports have been put on high alert.

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June 9, 4:35am

ISPR claims that all terrorist have been killed.

DG ISPR claimed that remaining 4 terrorists have also been killed, bringing the total number of terrorists killed to 10.

He further claimed that terrorists were confined to two areas. Weapons including rockets and RPGs were recovered from the terrorists.

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June 9, 4:20am

SSG commandos have reached Karachi to take part in the ongoing operation.

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June 9, 3:55am

Six terrorists have been killed so far during the army operation at the airport, said ISPR. The death toll has now risen to 18.

Nine ASF men, one Rangers official and two PIA officials were also killed in the incident.

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June 9, 3:30am

Security forces have cleared the cargo terminal, Express News is reporting.

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June 9, 3:25am

According to Express News the bomb disposal squad has defused two suicide vests and 20 bombs recovered from slain terrorists thus far.

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June 9, 3:10am

Express News is reporting that two more loud blasts were heard.

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June 9, 2:52am

There’s another update on the death toll – which has gone up drastically.

Now being reported: Some 7 ASF, 2 Rangers personnel as well as 1 policeman and one airline employee have lost their lives.

Three terrorists are reported dead.

Four hours have lapsed since the attack, and about half a dozen terrorists remain active, but contained.

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June 9, 2:42am

Express News is reporting that the death toll has increased to nine now.

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June 9, 2:33am

ISPR says that all passengers in the airport have been successfully evacuated.

Says that the operation is in its “final stages” and Jinnah Terminal has been completely secured.

The terrorists are still active, but contained to a specific area.

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June 9, 2:20am

Firing erupts once again following more loud explosions around the Airport.

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June 9, 2:15am

Express News is reporting that terrorists are holed up in one place.

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June 9, 2:10am

The flames inside the airport premises have increased in magnitude.

People are also still stuck inside Jinnah Terminal.

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June 9, 2:06am

Express News is now reporting that three terrorists have been killed.

Seven terrorists are still alive and at the airport and surrounded by security forces. 

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June 9, 1:28am

More shots heard.

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June 9, 1:21am

Rangers’ officials are claiming that four terrorists have been surrounded. Two have already been killed.

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June 9, 1:10am

Express News is reporting that DG Rangers has arrived at the site to monitor the operation.

The chief minister of Sindh is also reported to be in the vicinity.

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June 9, 12:54am

The spokesperson of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that the Army has taken over the operation.

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June 9, 12:52am

The chief minister of Sindh is in touch with the Karachi Corps Commander and the Director-General of Sindh Rangers over the operation to clear the airport.

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June 9, 12:50am

Express News is reporting that two terrorists have been reported killed along with five security officials.

Some of the injured and dead have been taken to Jinnah Hospital.

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June 9, 12:45am

Officials are telling The Express Tribune that the terrorists entered the  airport from the Isphani Hangar, the aircraft overhaul facility of the airport.

The hangar is located right in front of the PIA head office. It is improbable that there were too many employees there when attack occurred.

The intensity of the gunfight and bomb explosions shook the entire neighbourhood around the old terminal. The terminal is considered as high security zone as VIPs including the prime minister and president frequently use it.

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June 9, 12:35am

CAA spokesperson Abid Qaimkhani has said he is not able to confirm the extent of the damage to the airport facilities or how many people have been injured or killed in the attack.

“All I can say is that a few ASF and CAA officials have been injured.”

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June 9, 12:25am

The Sindh government has declared red alert in the city and emergency has also been imposed in the hospitals of the city.

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June 9, 12:20am

Flights to Karachi have been diverted to other airports of the country.

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June 9, 12:10am

The Army has been called in to back up security officials.

June 8, 11:45pm

According to details at least four ASF personnel were killed when terrorist hurled crackers and opened firing near Haj Terminal of Karachi Airport.

Terrorists were trying to enter the runway area.

Back-up contingents of security forces have been called in.

Police and Rangers have cordoned off the area and flight schedule have also been put on hold.

 

Reader Comments (266)

  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:00AM

    And here Mr. Sethi was inviting the Sri Lankan cricket team again?! What will become of this country! The few airlines that do come to Karachi will also potentially stop after this! Horrifying to even think about this.

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  • Parvez
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:07AM

    …….good governance in action…….thank you PPP-Z.

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  • Hitler
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:09AM

    The result of almost a year long Operation in Karachi. Kudos to never CM Sind and PPP led govt.

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  • Guddu
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:25AM

    Where is security?????

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  • Maher
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:32AM

    My mom is in the flight , which was about to take off…Still now flight is on hold

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  • Waseem Sarwar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:32AM

    We are seriously running out of time. For lord’s sake, kill them in their hideouts before they kill us. RIP ASF jawans and stay safe everyone else over there. I hope army kills all of these attackers.

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  • waar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:32AM

    The attackers cannot be Muslims

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  • Tayyab
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:33AM

    they might try to hijack a plane.. YA ALLAH MADAD..

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  • Khanani
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:35AM

    The worst that could happen ! May Allah help us !

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  • Ahmad
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:35AM

    Ya Allah, Khair..

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  • salman
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:35AM

    Another huge security lapse. How these militants able to enter the old terminal at first place?

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  • Taimoor
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:37AM

    Here we go again. We never learn from our past and keep repeating our mistakes..A mere four terrorists can do so much damage!

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  • salman
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:38AM

    Best of luck to the security forces fighting against these dogs now. Hopefully damage should be as minimum as it can be although one plane is already damaged.

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  • Ghostrider
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:40AM

    IK…what do you say…lets negotiate with these grenade hurling angry terrorists

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  • immortal_soloist
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:41AM

    Truly tragic.

    May the almighty protect everyone.

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  • Karachi Guy
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:43AM

    @Maher:
    May Allah’s peace be with Her. May Allah keep her safe and sound.

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  • lol
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:43AM

    @Maher: i pray for ur mother… dont worry she will be fine……. this is pakistan suffering coz of its backing of terror………….

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 12:47AM

    in all my conversations with american marines and officials i find one thing common and that is their hate towards islam and muslims, from praising crusaders and calling muslim warriors such as salahuddin terrorists. there is no way we can win the war on terror without killing ourselves and make americans happy. its time pakistan should chose its battle, stop being abused by foreign powers like america, iran

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  • Zog
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:47AM

    This is the result of the PPP (Benazir) and PML (Nawaz) recruiting police on the basis of political loyalties than professional merit

    We can get through this Pakistan – we need to vote for honest people and become honest ourselves.

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  • Saleem
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:48AM

    Many is Pakistan still think that they have a cause and we need to talk to our “brotherns”. They are attacking our institutions one after the other and destroying fabric of Pakistan. They all need to be killed, period.

    Any one who supports them, materially or otherwise, is equally responsible for these actions. It is time that we enforce Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) in its toughest form and let these as well as their supporter be tried. It is not the time to talk about “rights of people” when innocent people are being killed. It is a shame that many of our politicians are still playing politics when many innocent people are being killed and still harping that government should talk to these terrorists. It is time for these politics to shut up!

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  • usuf
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:49AM

    @Maher:
    We will pray for her and the others safety.

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 12:50AM

    @Waseem Sarwar:
    Atleast wait for the confirmation of the identities of these men before shouting the “Do more” mantra.
    Reactionary aggression is a very naive move, if only you understand.

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  • stevenson
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:52AM

    @salman: I think it’s far too early to point fingers but the reality is that committed criminals supported by outside agencies will always be able to cause a nuisance. Overall they are being routed so they can only muster the odd attack.I am sure that security personnel will mop up these cowards in short order but our hearts to go out to the families of those who gave their lives fighting these criminals.

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  • No more guns
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:52AM

    Only the Army and Police should be allowed to have guns.

    There has to be ruthless deweaponisation in Pakistan

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:53AM

    The security forces which havent been able to clean Lyari, cant be expected to secure airport and other places. We are at mercy of Allah and then the mood of the terrorists.

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  • Alizeh
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:53AM

    I was stunned to find out the airport (of all the places) is under attack especially since my family had flight later in the night tonight. What is happening here? This is unheard of! Is there no safety in our country? We are living in an environment of utter fear and uncertainty and may God help us!

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 12:54AM

    @Khanani: just because it is happening in karachi it is worst?, what about other parts of pakistan where drones and our own fighterjets are killings dozens of pakistanis every week. remember MLK’s words ‘injustice is enemy of justice …’

    fighting an american war is injustice, america was created on genocide of native americans (the worst attrocity ever committed on humans by humans), mentality of americans and other such power is sick and very inhumane, for them killing is just a tool, the side effect is what we see in killing of innocent by those who are mistreated in the form of 911 and whats happening in karachi.

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  • Raza
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:55AM

    Call Sir Imran Khan immediately to negotiate with them ….

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  • Zog
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:56AM

    We will get through this Pakistan

    Stand firm and have faith

    We will overcome this – we will prevail

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • a_writer
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:57AM

    @waar:
    You forgot to add “and Islam is a religion of peace”

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  • Saleem
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Airport security can’t be ensured until there is security in the city, and heaven that supports these terrorists are shut down.. Sindh government (PPP as well as MQM) been playing politics by installing their favorite police office in Karachi. When Shahid Hayat stated making progress in cleaning the city he was removed on MQM insistence as heat was getting too close. This man must be restored so that he can clean the city from criminals wipe out their hideouts so that attacks like this don’t happen.

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  • shahbaz
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Got to love the comnents the terrorists ot being Muslims Please wake up to the fact the it is their religion, however warped their vuew might be, thst has driven these people to become terrorists. They almost certainly feel that most of this paper’s readers are not Muslims. That is why they want Sharia. Stop being delusional. A terrorist is a terrorist.

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  • kamran ahmad kami
    Jun 9, 2014 - 12:59AM

    Airport Police
    Karachi Police
    Rangers
    and now Army took over the Airport

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  • Umar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:04AM

    @Zog: Now IK desperately looking to recruit its persons regardless of merit. For God sake at this time dont do cheap politics.

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  • INDIAN
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:04AM

    Clearly Major security lapse. I think They meant to hijack an airplane.Recommend

  • Blunt
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:04AM

    May God bless Pakistan and make it a safe place.

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  • Beck
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:04AM

    I have a very bad feeling. After cricket, international flights to Pakistan might be suspended or at least to Karachi. Waallah help us. Please help us in getting rid of this sick mentality. This is worst than Ethiopia.

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  • Umar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:04AM

    @Zog: And now vote for IK – who is desperately looking to recruit its persons regardless of merit. For God sake at this time dont do cheap politics.

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  • Zog
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:07AM

    @Maher:
    May God keep her safe

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  • Ali
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:07AM

    I drove past the Airport at 10:30 PM with my family from the Stargate road towards Ramada, on to the road that runs right by the Airport… I had been in that area for an extended period of time, i.e since 7:00 PM, I even thought of going to the Airport for McDonald’s.. Alhamdulillah, I had a change of heart… May those at the airport be safe and the ones affected get out of the turmoil soon.

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  • Midas
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:08AM

    I am not sure if ET will publish my comments, moderator has sometimes sided with political correctness at times with my comments, when they claim that these comments are not ET’s responsibility.
    Nevertheless, this is the direct result of negotiating with terrorists and militants. All this hoax of talks lead by PML(N), PTI and religious parties was the front to provide them with time to relocate and reorganize, which they have. Innocent people have died before, and they will continue to suffer. Army has the sworn duty to protect the country, if they sit idle this time history will judge them as complicit in this conspiracy against Pakistan. If it was a civilized country the interior minister and the defence minister would have resigned by now (if it was Japan – they would have committed suicide), but the question is are these people civilized? do they feel for a poor man and/or the nation they represent.

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  • Maher
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:10AM

    Just checked, my mother and other passengers in the flight are f9.

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  • Giri
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:10AM

    Retaliatory attack???

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  • Adnan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:11AM

    Ye sab drones ka nateeja hai!!!!!!

    Illogical and immature leaders like IK will lead to such confidence …..

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  • Enough
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:13AM

    I hope Nawaz Sharif gives a stern warning to India and Afghanistan we will not tolerate any more cross border terror by their proxy the TTP

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  • BM
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:14AM

    This isn’t an important issue. Lets keep protesting on our lost election and try to get power instead. Terrorist of any kind are our unhappy ‘brothers’

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  • bcci
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:14AM

    and still you want international cricket in pakistan???

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  • Question
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:16AM

    Why are there 5 million aliens in Pakistan running around at will?

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  • Zog
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:17AM

    @Urban Legend:
    We will prevail. Do not lose heart.
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Junaid
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:17AM

    @waar ..is it your wish you was just a joke ?

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  • Junaid
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:18AM

    @S stop spreading this kind of hate. We have to wait until we get any proof. What will be difference between us and India if we speak like this ?

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:31AM

    @The Failed Rebel:
    For God sake, open your eyes, people are dying, country is burning.

    Do more for us, the Pakistanis, and do all it takes, take your conspiracy theories out of this.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:32AM

    Please do not come up with outlandish theories that this attack is payback for the Herat attack.

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  • Mujtaba
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:36AM

    The terrorists cannot be Muslims. The arrested terrorists must be from RSS or Shiv Sena. The world community should take note.

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  • Jay
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:41AM

    Nawaz Sharif, please call an APC, decide what you want to do, but make a decision for God’s sake.

    We need to roll back the blow back from the Zia era.

    Why cant we secure our borders?

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  • Rizwan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:42AM

    stop ur stupid coverage express. let the forces conduct the operation without u ppl showing their every movement and hence compromising the planning. stop helping the terrorists!!

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  • qbc
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:42AM

    @ali:
    In every forum you spout your hatred and lies about iran.yet every sane pakistani and muslim knows what you and the saudis have done too are beloved pakistan.

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  • PMLN
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:48AM

    Cleanup operation in Karachi needed immediately

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  • pakistani bloach
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:49AM

    So this is why fbi agent was in karachi who was arrested nd then released. Was he here to help plan attack?

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  • Urban Legend
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:52AM

    Please get us rid of these Moinjodaro age CM and corrupt to the core PPP leaders. Karachi is to be a separate province for administrative reasons.

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  • qbc
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:53AM

    Brothers and sisters this what we get from the donation what are brothers gave us.There is alot we can do to fight terrorism but we do nothing we continue voting for the same people.

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  • Sam@ABE
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:55AM

    Hope there are no more law enforcement and traveller fatalities. Please don’t make the mistake of sparing the lives of the terrorists no matter what the human rights activists say.

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  • ali khan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 1:56AM

    The attackers must be caught alive, so has to reach the evidence
    Ali khan

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  • hawk
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:00AM

    This is sooo stupid. Pakistan has too many haters living inside Pakistan. Nobody could have stopped armed men with gernades. Government can not place army men every where.
    This disease to terrorist needs to be killed from its root in Pakistan. May Allah Bless Pakistan.

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  • Faraz
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:02AM

    @ali:
    What in the blazes does a TERRORIST attack have to do with American Marines and their supposed tete a tete with mighty you.
    Ridiculous.

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  • mir
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:03AM

    good progress kill them all no need to arrest them

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:03AM

    @stevenson:
    keep your eyes closed, keep blaming the outside agencies, keep taking to the militants. and there will be more attacks.

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  • Rudra
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:05AM

    @s shame on you to blame modi. It’s not even been a week since he joined centre, is yet to appoint a defence minister and other key portfolios to people, grasping and learning how to manage centre issues and 30states because he has only been leader of state. And you have to blame him based on conspiracy and hate? Such attacks need months and months of training we have learnt that from Mumbai attack caught terrorist. Look within who was frustrated with your estab to carry such ordeal instead of speculating nonsense.

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  • qbc
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:06AM

    @ali:
    Allah ka shukar hai every pakistani knows what you and the extremists have done to our country.

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  • Shujaat
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:07AM

    I fail to understand why the security forces are conducting the operation…
    They should be doing “Muzaakraat”…right?

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  • water bottle
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:08AM

    @S:
    “First gift to Pakistan…from Narendar Modi”

    This is why you are a failed state. Never willing to see within and always blaming others without any logic, forget proof.

    But if this is indeed Modi’s gift, then I congratulate MOdi and beseech him to continue sending such gifts.Recommend

  • ModiFied
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:08AM

    Really sad. Its being shown live on large number of international TV channels. Reminds me of similar Mumbai attacks. Poor passengers taking the hit… Can see a lady crying on TV..

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  • Jibran
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:16AM

    @ali:
    What. About the influx of wahabism from the Kingdom of Saudi Arab, and it’s sympathizing terrorist from all over the world? They are welcome?

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  • Faisal
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:22AM

    So PM Shareef, When are you going to gather some guts to start hanging them instead of feeding the terrorists in Prisons with the tax payers money.

    P.S Start with Qadri and make a difference.Recommend

  • waseem
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:24AM

    Modi believe in practical and before election he blamed congress for not taking Pakistan on hard.

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  • Arindom
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:28AM

    Hillary’s words come to my mind – “….if you rear snakes in the backyard to bite your neighbours…..”

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  • Bedlam
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:36AM

    Watching ARY news, Complete chaos. Police, Edhi, KKF, Rangers, News teams all running wild.

    Please can some one teach the police how to cordon areas, can there b SOP on how to handle such situations, can there be a command and control centre that gets established immediately.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:39AM

    This attack was long overdue and many more will follow. There is no end in sight.

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  • Jamal
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:40AM

    There is little doubt that these attackers are Muslims and devout enough to declare muslims from other sects as kafir and wajibul qatl. Till pakistan and its awaam stand up against such kind of muslims they will continue to suffer.

    Blaming it on Modi or America is not going to solve the problem, if Modi or India is responsible then how you will justify those Pakistanis who are involved in terror activities in syria or Iraq. You have to accept that you are living in society where at moment minority is violent but majority are extrimists and fundamentalist by nature, they may not be violent at this moment but are a ticking time bomb.

    Stand up against these extrimists now and do it in whatever manner you can, enough is enough…

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 2:41AM

    @Maher: what do you mean in the flight? did they not evacuate the planes. Your mother is more important than even God. I will pray that she comes back home!

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  • pakistani bloach
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:43AM

    Westeren media calling attackers “militants” not terrorsits. When they attack them they are terrorists when they attack us they are militants.

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 2:44AM

    @S: We are all in a state of shock, but I think you are carrying it too far! ABhi bhi waqt hai, sudhar jao!

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  • ravi
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:53AM

    Let us all, be indian or paki or otherwise, pray to god, that we be free of such people and the innocent civilians get saved, enough is enough . . . and please don’t pass irresponsible and sensitive news unless confirmed . . .

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  • Surya
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:54AM

    This was expected. Third world country, which is lawless. Pathetic.

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 9, 2014 - 2:55AM

    As long as politicians appease the murderers, this will keep happening. Nawaz stayed the execution of convicted terrorists, Imran spouts conspiracy theories and sympathizes with the Taliban, Sheikh Rasheed calls them ‘religious forces’. Idiots running the country.

    Severity and certainty of punishment is the answer. Not talking with them over tea and biscuits. Sri Lanka solved the Tamil problem, India suppressed the Sikh uprising, why can’t Pakistan learn from other countries.

    We are lazy and sitting ducks, always blaming others for own mess, always looking for sympathy and money from the super powers.

    Mumtaz Qadri like fanatics are idolized in Pakistan. If you die the wind, don’t he surprised when you reap the whirlwind.

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  • S. Nasir Mehdi
    Jun 9, 2014 - 3:03AM

    Please please tell the government not to allow private ambulances during this conflict. Like Mehran Air base the terrorists will escape in these ambulances. I hope you will try your best to inform high ups that one way of escape is these ambulances. It was also reported and was talk of the down that ambulances were used to transport injured/dead insurgents to escape. Please please it is time to act

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  • W
    Jun 9, 2014 - 3:09AM

    Allah khair karay! This is a very worrying and frightening situation! I hope everyone is safe and sound.. Karachi didn’t feel safe before this incident and now it’ll be even worse.. May Allah help Pakistan and make it flourish, happy and safe, Ameen! Please pray for Pakistan in your prayers!

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  • Any one
    Jun 9, 2014 - 3:18AM

    Modi

    Welcome to Office

    If true

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  • Kamal
    Jun 9, 2014 - 3:53AM

    Indian weapons have been seized. This was Modi’s Saree gift response to our pathetic PM.
    He must have sanctioned this. Time to release Musharraf and plan another Kargil. The Indians have to be taught another lesson. And just keep the nukes sharpened, just in case.

    Kamra, Navy Base attack, GHQ attack. Common element – Uzbeks and Chechens. The scum of the Earthj and mercenaries. The Army’s first goal should be to eliminate all Uzbeks, Chechens, Afghans from FATA. Then go after the TTP. No prisoners to be taken.

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  • PAKISTANI
    Jun 9, 2014 - 3:59AM

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

    We are with you Pak Army

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  • Aik_Paki
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:11AM

    @Umar:
    Zog is telling the truth. Our Police and ASF is full people hired on Safarishis. There is no merit in Pakistan except Armed Forces.

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  • Omer
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:16AM

    Nation running the story …. “Karachi Airport attacked; Indian weapons recovered from the terrorists”….. No surprises. Hope this time the govt will take a stand on this let the world know Delhi’s real face.

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  • Zeeshan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:17AM

    During this worse time, look at the kind of past our elite remembered:

    @Saim Saieed,
    “50 years ago today the Beatles were thronged by ecstatic fans at the Karachi airport. I’ll let the irony speak for itself”

    Welcoming Beatles became the high point of their culture.

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  • chamanjaan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:24AM

    I have read few days back that ajmal kasab’s teacher claimed that he ia still alive.

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  • ajeet
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:24AM

    Strategic asset vs strategic depth?

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  • Raza
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:33AM

    Ch. Nisar will appear tomorrow and will start begging TTP for dialogue. We are in complete mess and there is no light on the other side of the tunnel.

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  • A
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:53AM

    This is a big slap on face of those who speak of negotiations with terrorists and call them as our brothers. The treatment to these elements is keep killing them until they are finished. No matter if that take years and years.

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  • Farhan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:54AM

    Indian and Saudi funding in action.

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  • very sad
    Jun 9, 2014 - 4:56AM

    And now we will obviously place a lot of security in and around the airport. But, for a few months. Then we shall wait for the next attack. One airport in a big coastal city. JUST one. Neither provincial+federal govts. nor the ‘others’ bothered until now. I say, take away their security squads, bullet and bomb proof vehicles. Make them feel the ‘security’ they have given to * general public.

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  • Hamza
    Jun 9, 2014 - 5:14AM

    I am pretty sure the Talibans are not behind this. For years on they have fought to kept invaders out of Muslim Holy Lands. A Thorough investigation must take place along with DNA tests before we can make any judgement

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 5:19AM

    Nawaz is only worried about Punjab. He is not interested
    in Karachi or it’s problems. The Govt. does not have it’s writ
    anywhere. The money for training, equipment, and better
    weapons, bullet proof vests etc. is sitting in overseas accounts.
    Blatant in your face failure of the govt.

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  • Midas
    Jun 9, 2014 - 5:19AM

    @ali: the problem with people who bury their heads in sand perceiving the problem will go away actually expose another part of their body to violation. Wake up for the sake of Pakistan, we are the ones to blame for anyone dictating terms – because we do not have the moral courage to stand up against the files they have on people who make the decisions for this country.

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  • Syed Ahmad
    Jun 9, 2014 - 5:51AM

    Taliban are a pestilence; but bigger is the mental plague affecting Pakistan. Lament our mullah mindset :(

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  • Utkarsh Srivastava
    Jun 9, 2014 - 5:51AM

    Mumbai attack was painful…… do u realise now…… or will u keep calling them freedom fighters

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  • Lunacyassailam
    Jun 9, 2014 - 5:52AM

    @S: First gift to Pakistan…from Narendar Modi

    Hindus dont have a habit or history of fighting in the dark or fighting women and Children.Remember your birth, status and ancestry you simple Muslim.

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  • ULTERIOR
    Jun 9, 2014 - 6:00AM

    Well done true son’s of Pakistan, not like most of us who just sit and write negative aspect of every attack, if these 10 men have reached 10 planes or make it 5 and blew with passengers or crashed it 5 resident building in night or office building on Monday morning I think we all can do maths and Im sure their mission was atleast that and that would have been called Security lapse which the so called High Tech technology country was anable to stop.
    The men who lost their lives will always remain alive in our heart.
    Long Live Pakistan Forces
    Long Live Pakistan
    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Indian
    Jun 9, 2014 - 6:05AM

    @Farhan: You reap what you sow. Don’t blame it on other countries!

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  • amani
    Jun 9, 2014 - 6:18AM

    I feel for the pia employees, caa employee and the security forces men who died. One has to recognise the fact that they are the face of pakistan. The ground security forces are underpaid and yet over and over again they give their lives for the country and yet in all this we fail to recognise their efforts.

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  • IndianDude
    Jun 9, 2014 - 6:24AM

    @Hamza
    I am pretty sure the Talibans are not behind this. For years on they have fought to kept invaders out of Muslim Holy Lands. A Thorough investigation must take place along with DNA tests before we can make any judgement….

    ..I agree with you 100%, first find you should make sure if they are circumcised, because islam means peace and no muslim can do this.

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  • aalu
    Jun 9, 2014 - 6:56AM

    Go carpet bomb the north and south waziristan. Kill all the terrorists, tribemen, ladies, children, elders coz.u dont care. U just care about ur own damn security and cozy house. Ttp wanted to negotiate but pmln was playing around. I ask u why has the ttp not yet finished when thousands of opearations hav been done.against them??? Coz u create more enemies when.u kill the innocent along with terrorists. Eventually negotiations will b done. Fix the corrupt karachi police.

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  • raghu
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:04AM

    @Umar:
    Vote for P M nawaz shareef who also opted to negotiate with terrorists. In the All party conference everyone agreed to negotiate. Where u not listensing at that time.

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  • Gp65
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:08AM

    Condolences to yge families of the bereaved and wish a speedy recovery to those injured.

    @S:
    Why are you bringing Modi into this? A plan like takes months of planning. He has barely taken charge 2 weeks back.

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  • unprotected
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:12AM

    Years ago we had a new driver who didn’t know his way around the city. Trying to find our way across the city we passed through a lane that was at the rear of the Karachi airport. There was only a simple wire fence between us and the runway. It is not surprising that the terrorists got in. What is surprising is that it took them so long.

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  • Fareed
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:14AM

    Well that is what happens when you try to burn others home!

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  • Hozur
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:15AM

    @ali:
    Do you blame them if these is what people of the religion practice, Everybody around the world in the light of such report’s which are a little too often publicised is on guard and it is not their fault.

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  • Haroon Khan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:18AM

    With this my fellow countrymen, it proves Pakistan Army, from all the security institutions; were the only apparatus which was able to contain the situation. The million dollar question remains unanswered? Was Pakistan ready for transition to a democratic system! Are civilian governments even capable of handling the crises in the Country? It’s a bitter pill to swallow but something to ponder on!

    May Allah (SWT) protect Pakistan and its people! Ameen

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  • qml
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:24AM

    For me it looks like an insider job. Else, how would they go past security check with such heavy ammunition ?

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  • Rafique Khan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:32AM

    The so-called P.M. President, and other political parties have given safe passage to terrorists and banned parties in the country. They started talk with Taliban and various deadlock comes on their way but it was not resolved amicably.

    Anyhow this total security lapses because security at the airport area is for normal citizens and passengers. This incident has given a black mark to the country and now foreign visitors and passengers will afraid to travel in the country.

    This has opened the black face of weak federal and provincial government.

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 7:33AM

    @Kamal: Easier said than done. You know why.

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  • Zaida P
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:35AM

    There is no cure for this because Pakistan does not have a courage to make the correct diagnosis. Pakistanis want snakes that will spare them and only bite the neighbors.

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  • Alex
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:39AM

    Time to bring Israeli counter terrorist bootcamp to pakistan. They deal with this on daily basis.

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  • Asif
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:45AM

    There are many many patriotic people among our security forces, so don’t get me wrong.
    But we have to face the realities. THERE IS CIVIL WAR GOING ON. Terrorists get support, leaked information on sensitive matters from inside security establishment. No place, no one is safe.

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  • Shazia Bangash
    Jun 9, 2014 - 7:58AM

    Once Pakistan re-started the bombardment of North Waziristan villages last month, something like this was only a matter of time.

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  • Khan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:01AM

    @bcci
    Beware of the day when Pakistanis stop playing cricket.

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  • kulwant singh
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:04AM

    @S:
    Are u in senses.

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  • bajwa
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:13AM

    Where was the army when these terrorists came for Ahmadis.
    Where was the army when these terrorists came for Christians.
    Where was the army when these terrorists came for Hazaras.
    Then why do you cry when they come to yourself?

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  • Kamran
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:18AM

    Very Tregic, Its now oppurtunity for Imran Khan to go and protest in Karachi.

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  • Moiz Omar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:30AM

    Do we still want to do negotiations with terrorists?

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  • rohit950723
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:32AM

    Pakistan needs leader like Mustafa Kemal Atatürk who can move the country in right direction.

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  • ajeet
    Jun 9, 2014 - 8:42AM

    Chickens of the last 30 years of strategic depth policy are coming home to roost now.

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  • Dar
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:11AM

    and still we try to make friends with our neighbours …..Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2014 - 9:14AM

    @a_writer: Listen mischief maker and listen good. Get your hearing and thinking in GOOD ORDER.
    RIP departed soldiers. Thank you Narendar Modi and Karzai.
    This is total OPERATIONAL negligence on the part of ASF and the Charter of Democracy between PMLN and PPP. What have the PPP and the PMLN done for the country and in the Budget 2014, is there in front of us.
    Get rid of politicized police, the archaeological relic of Moen Jo Daro represented by Chief Minister Sindh, and disband the ASF. Salams to a peaceful Pakistan.

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  • PeaceMonger
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:21AM

    @ali: You had “conversations” with US Marines and officials?? Wow ! You must be a very important person for the following reasons:
    1). They even let you come near them.
    2). They talked to you and not only that, they even told you about what their opinion was about Islam.
    If anybody buys your story, he must either be a Pakistani or somebody who is in the market to buy a bridge. Lying is a pathological problem in Pakistan.

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  • Farhan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:32AM

    And so starts the Modi regime

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:33AM

    The terrorist was recently released on bail and Karachi continues to burn …

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  • Rocketter
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:33AM

    I live abroad and this news is all over the headlines. I feel ashamed. I myself am traveling to Karachi next week. I really don’t understand what to do. At such times many Pakistani’s abroad ask questions to me like should they abandon Pakistan? No one even wants to go back to Pakistan for a visit also.Recommend

  • Terrorist
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:37AM

    @waar:
    “All the Muslims are not terrorist but all the terrorists are Muslims”

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  • Rocketter
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:40AM

    @Alex:
    O yes…..they deal with situations. But the difference is that they fight against children and youngsters throwing stones at them. But here the Pak army fights with walking suicide bombers. Can they handle it? this is the real question!Recommend

  • Mamu
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:43AM

    The PM was not interested to extend the Ceasefire with ttp. Then why cry over what was bound to happen. During the ceasefire period no incidents took place. Can Nawaz Shareef be more serious with negotiations.Recommend

  • Insaaf
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:48AM

    You get the feeling that 2014 will be the climax for Pakistan’s plight. What the fallout might be will only be known when the smoke clears. But it will not be a victory for the hawks in the agencies who fuelled and nurtured extremism in the name of patriotism. It might have been a very expensive gamble.

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  • Qamber
    Jun 9, 2014 - 9:55AM

    Another gift from “Peace Loving Taliban” …..

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  • Ozair
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:02AM

    Can ET confirm if the weapons were of Indian Make

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  • hrsa
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:04AM

    My Karachi bleeds again !!

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  • Jun 9, 2014 - 10:15AM

    killings must stop!

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  • shariq
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:15AM

    @Ahmed:
    A metro bus service will soon started from Jinnah International terminal to Pakistan sorry punjab. thanks

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  • Hari Om
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:16AM

    The policy of supporting Islamic Terrorists with the intent of targeting India and other countries followed by the Pakistan Military and the Pakistani State, appears not to be a consequence free option for the Pakistan Military and the hapless citizens of Pakistan.

    As the old adage goes “You reap what you sow”. Alternatively spring boarding off the more contemporary comment by Hillary Clinton, “ the guy who keeps poisonous snakes in his backyard convinced they’ll only attack his neighbours, will eventually get bitten.”

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  • vasan
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:16AM

    This is called KARMA.

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  • Kolsat
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:19AM

    @waar: because Islam is the religion of peace right?

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  • True believer
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:22AM

    I am an islamic minded person but really hate TTP. They should be brutally punished to death. They projects bad image of islam. I am confused whether they are even muslims or not.

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  • someone
    Jun 9, 2014 - 10:23AM

    @Khan:
    yup, we’ll have less fixers, less ball chewers, less ball tamperers , less pitch diggers then.

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