At least 29 killed, including army captain, as militants attack PAF base in Peshawar

Published: September 18, 2015
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At least 29 people, including an army captain, were killed as militants attacked a heavily-guarded Pakistan Air Force base in Badhaber area on the outskirts of Peshawar early Friday morning, senior security officials said.

Confirming the attack, ISPR said 13 militants had been killed so far and a clearance operation was underway.

Of the 29 dead, 16 PAF soldiers were killed in a mosque as they offered morning prayers. Seven other PAF soldiers were killed in a barrack near the mosque. “A captain died leading the counter-attack against raiders and two soldiers were also killed,” DG ISPR said.

Security officials said the attackers split into three groups after entering the camp, with two moving to a residential area.

The third group approached the mosque and sprayed worshippers with bullets as they prayed, killing at least 16 of them. It was not clear how many were civilians and how many were military personnel.

It was unclear if the 16 killed in the mosque at the Badaber air base were civilians or military, he added. “Terrorists entered camp at two points. Encounter began immediately,” Bajwa tweeted. The attackers “were contained within a close area. Meanwhile a group rushed to mosque, martyred 16 offering prayers.”

“Captain Asfandyar embraced shahadat while fighting valiantly and leading his troops from the front,” Bajwa said.

Following the attack, Army chief General Raheel Sharif reached Peshawar. Further, Air Chief Sohail Aman also left for the city, a PAF spokesperson said.

“Army chief visited CMH, met injured army and PAF personnel,” Bajwa said, adding the chief of air staff accompanied him. “Injured in high morale and spirits,” he added.

Army chief and air chief visited the Badaber base. “Met PAF, army and police troops who defeated the attackers and killed all terrorists,” DG ISPR added.

PM Nawaz and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif also visited Peshawar and attended funeral prayers of the deceased.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (C) and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif inquiring about the health if an injured personnel.

Further, PM Nawaz met the father of Captain Asfandyar at Headquarters 11 Corps in Peshawar. The premier condoled with his father and paid tributes to the captain for showing courage and bravery in fight against terrorists.

The attack on the Badaber base, 10 kilometres south of Peshawar, triggered fierce gunbattles between insurgents and the military in which at least 10 soldiers were wounded. Further, security officials told The Express Tribune, “Two security force personnel belonging to the PAF and FC have been killed in the attack.”

Bajwa said operations were continuing to flush out any remaining gunmen and hailed the defenders’ reaction to the attack. He said Peshawar’s Brigade Commander led the operation along with specialist “quick response” forces, army commandos and air force personnel.

Read: FATA terror purge: Army won’t go back until job is done, says Gen Raheel

Rescue 1122 officials said at least 22 people, including 10 soldiers, were also injured during the attack.

“As per initial information, seven to 10 terrorists tried to break deep in the base” but troops managed to contain them, military spokesperson Major General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet. He said that operations were still ongoing.

“Clearance operation is in progress. Major Haseeb of QRF injured, received a bullet in his thigh and has been taken to CMH,” Bajwa added.

“Terrorists attacked a guard room early morning. Quick reaction force reached, surrounded, isolated them. Exchange of fire continues,” he further said.

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“Terrorists came in constabulary uniform,” DG ISPR added.

“Three helicopters participated in clearance operation and a helicopter made an emergency landing due a technical fault,” Bajwa further said.

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“Entire response mechanism reacted quickly. Effectively surrounded, confined terrorists in small area. Three terrorists killed so far,” DG ISPR said.

Following the attack, Army chief General Raheel Sharif left for Peshawar.

Read: Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Army gearing up for final push in Shawal Valley

A senior PAF official said that the area attacked was an operational radar station at the base. “The attackers first went to the guard room. The quick response force had condoned the area while the situation remained unclear,” he said. However, additional security officials had been called in along with police officials.

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“There are no air assets including combat aircraft deployed at the base,” he said, requesting anonymity.

“Security forces have entered the base and are searching for attackers,” an official said, while speaking to The Express Tribune.

A Pakistan Army helicopter patrols over the Pakistan Air Force base after an attack by militants. PHOTO: AFP

In an email to the media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Khorasani group claimed responsibility for the attack. “We sent 14 men to attack the base and eight of them entered the base from one side and six from the other side,” the spokesperson said.

Read: 15 killed as Pakistan Army jets pound terrorist hideouts in Shawal

“The attack was planned by Qari Saifullah group and a threat alert had been issued a week ago,” a senior security official told The Express Tribune on the condition of anonymity.

“It was a result of security measures that a major catastrophe was restricted to minimum,” he added.

The security official said initial investigations showed the attackers had travelled in a vehicle from Bara Tehsil, Khyber Agency to Ghundi area of Jamrud Tehsil. “A search operation had been launched in Jamrud since last night.”

“All terrorists killed inside the base were suicide bombers,” he added.

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A member of FC’s Quick Response Force team, Rafiullah, while speaking to The Express Tribune said, “One of the attackers was a trained sharp shooter armed with a sniper gun.” Rafiullah sustained bullet wounds during the attack. “I saw four militants and managed to injure two.”

According to residents, at least a dozen small and large explosions were heard from inside the base. “We have been hearing firing for the past one hour and nothing is clear what is going on,” a local resident, Mukamal Shah, said.

Television pictures showed helicopters hovering above the base while police and ambulances gathered outside.

Read: Will eliminate terrorists from remotest places at all costs: Army chief

“All the terrorists were wearing explosives-laden jackets and were armed with hand-propelled grenades, mortars, AK-47 rifles,” the official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Military officials were searching villages near the base, which is about 10 km south of Peshawar, he added.

The area of Badhaber is located close to the the semi autonomous Frontier Region (FR) Peshawar and Kohat. Both FRs have been a point of contention as they are buffer zones between the tribal and settled area.

President, PM condemn attack

Condemning the attack, President Mamnoon Hussain said the nation is committed to eliminating terrorism from the country.

“Terrorists cannot undermine our resolve by carrying out coward acts of terrorism,” the president said.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated the resolve to continue with full zeal the mission of eliminating terrorism for which the nation has rendered so many sacrifices.  “Terrorists will be rooted out from the country,” PM Nawaz said following the attack which took place early Friday morning.

PM Nawaz cancelled his scheduled visit to Lowari Tunnel in the wake of the terrorist attack on PAF airbase in Peshawar.

PM Nawaz will reach Peshawar to attend the funeral prayers of the deceased and will also inquire about the health of the injured patients at Combined Military Hospital.

Eariler, the prime minister directed Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to meet the injured who are undergoing medical treatment at hospitals in Peshawar.

“Nation will always remember the martyrdom of Captain Asfandyar,” PM Nawaz said. Further, the prime minister sympathised with the bereaved families, reiterating his resolve to eliminate terrorism for which he said the nation has rendered countless sacrifices.

K-P Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser also condemned the ‘cowardly attack.’ “We will continue to fight against militants until peace is restored,” the provincial assembly speaker said, while visiting the injured at Lady Reading Hospital.

“The sacrifices of the nation will not go in vain and war against militancy will continue until the last militant is eliminated,” Qaiser added.

Eyewitness account

“We were offering prayers at a mosque when we heard firing in the distance,” Muhammad Rizwan and Ikram Rizwan both employees at the airbase in Badhaber told The Express Tribune.

“We were waiting for the imam to begin prayers one of the attackers barged into the mosque and started firing indiscriminately,” Muhammad Rizwan added.

Ikram recalled there was a lull in firing and the attacker then lobbed a hand grenade. “When one of the attackers left, people rushed towards the injured but then another attacker entered the mosque and repeated the same.”

“We are very lucky we survived,” they added.

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Sabitullah Khan, a labourer who lives nearby, said a wall of his house collapsed under the force of grenade blasts during the attack.

“It was horrifying to hear the blasts and intense firing,” he said.

Kifayatullah, who runs a grocery store near the camp, told AFP he was praying at a mosque outside the compound when the attack began with “a grenade explosion and intense gunfire”.

“It was next to impossible to come out of the mosque. We jumped from the window of the mosque and escaped,” he said.

Names of victims at Lady Reading Hospital can be viewed here:

Nisar briefs PM on attack

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar briefed the premier on the attack. “The quick response force foiled attempt of 14 terrorists who want to destroy main operatives of airbase,” officials quoted Nisar as telling the premier.

“All attackers gunned down. Militants’ attempt to attack the base foiled by forces,” Nisar was further quoted as saying.

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Nisar commended security forces on foiling the terrorist attack. The success is manifestation of professionalism and preparedness of our security forces to deal with militants, he said. “The cowardly attack reflects defeated mindset of the militants,” he added.

Further, Nisar said the fight against war on terror will continue till its logical conclusion.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

Reader Comments (74)

  • Humza
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:05AM

    It appears that the terrorist cowards are fighting a losing battle. They have been surrounded and contained quickly now that the quick reaction force is able to engage them so quickly. Good work and keep restoring order!Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:13AM

    So Pakistan has not really defeated the terrorists. What Hillary Clinton said years ago in Pakistan has come true. The snakes raised in Pakistan to bite neighbours are biting the owners. Confront these terrorists seriously and eliminate them asap. Recommend

  • mansoon
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:30AM

    india at work.Recommend

  • Jahan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:33AM

    Keep cleaning Pakistan from these terrorists my beloved Army. We’re with you. The more they do this the more green light you get from civilians who lose their life from these attacks. Death penalty must not stop at any cost. Zarb e azb if required should extend to all provinces. Nadra officials are the reason why they made it through. Peshawar is filled with so many refugees so it’s time to speed up the process of the afghans.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:38AM

    Were they good Taliban or bad Taliban?Recommend

  • SEAsian
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:39AM

    RAW? Has to be since terrorism has been rooted out of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Sep 18, 2015 - 8:40AM

    Security of military bases has to be outsourced to China.Recommend

  • Sep 18, 2015 - 9:29AM

    All strategic assets safe in Peshawar. Terrorists came with a big plan but failed once again. Well done Pakistan Armed forces for an effective response. Nation is Proud of our soldiers standing firm against the terrorists at the Badaber Base,Peshawar.Dua for the injured Major Haseeb,& all others fighting.
    ‪#‎Peshawar‬ ‪#‎HCP‬# Recommend

  • Wow
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:03AM

    I hope Sirtaj Mian is including this story in his dossier that he will some day share with UN. We know that there is no terrorism in the peaceful nation of Pakistan. This must be the work of India.Recommend

  • Haider
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:07AM

    @Ashraf
    R u crazy this attack was failed attempt while all militants being killed and no casuality from air force side….Recommend

  • Imran Kand
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:09AM

    Our airforce planes are very expensive and should somehow be protected as we do not have money to replenish them.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:39AM

    Kolsat unfortunately the snakes crawl into Pakistan from neighboring countries that includes your country too. Recommend

  • Kickass
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:44AM

    Whenever such incidents happen there is a race between PM and his ministers that includes his younger brother to issue a condemnation statement and Perv Rashid too joins the race. That’s all they do.Recommend

  • Mir Muhammad Nawaz
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:53AM

    Don’t ever dare to mess with our Military forces, they will crush you MORONS till the last ! Raheel Sharif Zindabad ! Pakistan Army paindaabaad!Recommend

  • Brar
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:58AM

    Those Pakistani brothers who are saying RAW is doing all this I will ask them if RAW is doing every thing bad in Pakistan where is ISI and other law enforcing agencies of Pakistan are all of them sleeping. And I will request LEAs of Pakistan to kill all maroons at the earliest in stead of blaming RAW.Recommend

  • Pakistani Dude
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:02AM

    @Wow:
    RAW is now resorting to cheap tactics. Good that our security forces successfully foiled the attack and major casualties have been avoided.Recommend

  • Travis
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:03AM

    That’s why nukes are not safe in Pakistan.Recommend

  • pk
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:06AM

    We all know that what will be the next news, that Pakistan Airforce bombarded terrorist hideout in Waziristan killing 50 people. And mind you, they all will be terrorists without any doubt.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:57AM

    @Kolsat:
    These are Indian backed terror groups operating out of Afghanistan.
    They will be neutralised. They do not have local support.Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam (retd)
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:06PM

    Once again they have gone through our Security net. Must find out the lapse. Recommend

  • Brig R Waheed Uz Zaman Tariq
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:06PM

    Still they retain a base, setup, logistics and a number of suicidal youth. Still it needs to be done more in terms of intelligence, vigilance and quick action. Badabher has been repeated attacked, from Darra Adamkhel side. Kohat tunnel was on e taken by the terrorists. This area needs a majore intelligence gathering and targetted operation. A situation may be created when timely information is confidentially provided by the residents of the troubled zones. There are pto government tribal elders, who are wiped out one by one. They have to be supported so that thry may defend themselves. This attack comes, immediately after a rody pucture being painted by the Police IG of the KPK. There is no need to reveal tge details of actions, which should speak of themselves. One good thing observed lately, was the quick resoonse by the security forces, which was not there when the GHQ was attacked, few years ago. It must ben prepared to react quickly anf effectively, without any loss of life of the security personnel. When such an operation is being carties out, the people should leave the places of congregation and lock their places; offices and residences. They should fortify themsleves. The massacre of the poeple praying in the miosque could have been avoided, if the gates of the mosque might have been closed from inside. The nation must remain comitted and the the operation should continue, till the end of the menace of terrorism. They must not be allowed to regroup themselves.Recommend

  • illpopo
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:26PM

    Quote:
    “We sent 14 men to attack the base and eight of them entered the base from one side and six from the other side,”

    Unquote:

    The security arrangements defiantly are not up to the mark, all the terrorists managed to enter the base! There should be several security layers place at strategic installations. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:30PM

    @Pakistani
    How can TTP when their leader Hakimullah Mehsud was declared a Martyr by Pakistani leaders and Imran khan blocked the NATO route for droning himRecommend

  • Brutus..
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:33PM

    But Pakistan has nukes and drones???Recommend

  • Shahid Pirzada
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:44PM

    Each and every damn terrorist must be eliminated from Pakistan. Keep up the good work Pak Army.Recommend

  • Saif
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:54PM

    Hillary clinton famously said Pakistan raised snakes thinking it will only bite its neighbours but not now getting stung by them..Recommend

  • SB
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:58PM

    Pakistan making the same mistake as the US. You can’t win this civil war war until you start a parallel political process to integrate them into the mainstream. You are fighting with your own people and not with a foreign country. They are part of your own country. Using only military force will aggravate the situation. Ask your leaders (both civil and military) to learn from the experiences of past civil wars and conflicts. Recommend

  • P C Dash
    Sep 18, 2015 - 12:59PM

    The terrorists engage security personals separately on both sides of boarder. they also manage to bring the security forces face to face on boarder. It is high time for leaders of both India and Pakistan to recognize the common enemy i.e. terrorism and mobilize joint force to weed out the root of terrorism from this region.Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:04PM

    It is a travesty that we cannot openly blame India for such incidents when its clear where they got their pathetic training from. The next UN assembly session should be interesting.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:13PM

    If you are defending from well protected and prepared positions meant for such attacks, you dont suffer this number of casualties. There is a weakness somewhere. The trail if this attacking party must be followed and all those even remotely connected must not be spared. If you don’t then be prepared for another APS.Recommend

  • Bless you Asfandyar.
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:18PM

    Young Captain Asfandyar is a Sword of Honour winner from Pakistan Military Academy. May Allah SWT grant him the promised Jannah. Ameen.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:36PM

    National Action Plan…….this incident is PROOF that half measures are good enough.Recommend

  • Point
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:43PM

    @Brutus..:
    Why you goes are still obsessed with our drone. Get a life!!!Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:43PM

    But Pakistan has done a atomic dhamaka. Recommend

  • samir ranjan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:49PM

    pakistan should check whether any of their loose nukes have been carried away by the militantsRecommend

  • Point
    Sep 18, 2015 - 1:51PM

    @Brutus..:
    Why you guys are still obsessed with our drone. Get a life!!!Recommend

  • baloch
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:23PM

    @Pakistani Dude:
    here also RAW is involve then Raw is leading ur control what are doing then.Recommend

  • Al fidayi
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:42PM

    Pakistan the deviant boy has become the whipping boy, the erstwhile strategic assets hitting from inside and the superpower who funds free lunch hitting with drones.Recommend

  • Agha Syed
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:47PM

    Express Tribune… It wasn’t PAF Base Peshawar… It was Badaber PAF Base Camp Peshawar. Stop Misguiding the readers through irresponsible reporting.Recommend

  • shafi
    Sep 18, 2015 - 2:48PM

    how they entered, questionable? common citizen cannot cross any of check postRecommend

  • Ammar
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:02PM

    @Kolsat:
    Snakes are snakes they will work the whom will feed them. When Pakistan was feeding them they were fighting for Kashmeer cause, Afghanistan cause against russia and even we can say against NATO as well. Pakistan always kept balance of itself in order to keep poors safe. They are being financed by India now so thats why they are being defeated now.Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:41PM

    @ Ammar,

    @ Kolsat,

    We will keep killing indian financed ttp terrorists. As far as hillary is concerned, she is fighting own war of patriotism in USA. All TTP was initially trained by Black Water and now by RAW. It’s clear with facts. Thanks we rooted many segments of Black Water.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:45PM

    When guys his age are watching movies in cinemas, or making movies, or dancing in weddings etc, Captain Asfanyar Shaheed fought for his country, he very bravely led his team in the operation in the airforce base, and embraced Shahadat. We need men like him.Recommend

  • Proud Pakistani!
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:47PM

    May Allah’s wrath be on these terrorists, AmeenRecommend

  • Junzz
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:49PM

    what ever Hillary says is true,then she said this too,

    US created Mujahideens ,funded and equipped them in Afghanistan to defeat Soviets,and then when the work was done, we cleaned our hands and told Pakistanis that this is your mess now deal with it.

    if you dont agree you can find the clipping of Hillary`s speech on youtube or dailymotion.Recommend

  • Jamal
    Sep 18, 2015 - 3:52PM

    @shafi:
    Absolutely right! But we would love to start our blame game immediately after something similar happens rather than investigating anything seriously. What is the point of a single retaliation? Retaliate till we have a complete solution. What are we scared of, we have the military might, support from the US and China, and why don’t we use it to create peace in our country? I don’t think anyone will say NO to us if we ask for help to create peace in our country. It is an open fact that the terrorism is originating from our country so why can’t we act and finish this? We need only WILL. Hope someone who has spine will come one day to do this for the generations to come.Recommend

  • Curious
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:00PM

    Things are becoming clearer as time passes. Whatever resistance came it was from The Rapid Response Force led by Capt Asfandyar.The entire or most of the resident Staff were in the Mosque offering prayers and obviously enemy timed it that way. For a terrorist body to approach undetected at the most vulnerable time of dawn is unforgivable. Possibility of a fifth columnist is also there. I find this incident an example of the casual attitude of PAF security staff. Recommend

  • A soldier
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:24PM

    Firstly I feel sad about the death of serving soldiers, who gave away thr lives fighting for thr country. Shaeed , Martyrs are just words…the fact is, some of the families have lost thr loved ones today. RAW/ Black water..TTP..what ever…the soldiers and terrorist are like leaves they keep falling..because they have no other option ..every one doing his duty….we humans need to address the root of this tree, the vested interest of some politicians and countries..eliminate them..so that ..south east asia lives like they had lived for centuries before…work for humanity…so that lives are not lost.Recommend

  • Muhammad Saleem Munshi
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:50PM

    A tragic incident indeed but someone ever wondered what made the terrorists so desperate knowing from the start that death awaits them when they do their cowardly act. I do not accept the brainwash theory there is more to it. The only reason that comes to mind is the complete demolition of social justice starting from the Ayub era horrendeously continuing in the Zia era, subjugation of foreign policy entirely to US whims and total dependency on foreign aid handouts.Mysterious killing of any politician able to be challange the status quo. Verily if you sow the wind you would reap the whirlwind thats whats happening to this poor blighted nation. Salute to the Shaheeds but why they have to get martyered in their own country and on their own soil.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Sep 18, 2015 - 4:59PM

    While our children are laying their lives for the country. Where are nawaz sharifs, zardaris, Imran khans and other politicians children. May god almighty give our brave shaheed a special place in jannah Ameen. Recommend

  • Hamid boom
    Sep 18, 2015 - 5:57PM

    We fully condemn about peshawar attacked . We tribute to Pak army .I think the political parties should participate .Recommend

  • Last Word
    Sep 18, 2015 - 5:58PM

    Pakistan has long way to go to contain terrorism as it has to fight both Islamists and sectarians who have deep roots and sleeper cells all over the country. This Franks tine created against India and Afghanistan has spilled over to Pakistan. However, the state agencies unable to control this menace started blaming neighbours which appears to be a face saving exercise. TTP who have been carrying out several attacks continuously for the past five years killing thousands of innocent civilians were declared as Indian agents this year. If Pakistan seriously wants to win war against terrorism, it must stop blaming others and commence winding up its entire terror machinery including the ones considered as assets against India and Afghanistan. Recommend

  • muhammad akram
    Sep 18, 2015 - 6:31PM

    Insha Allah terrorists will meet their jahanjum soon.well done pak army .I selute pak armyRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Sep 18, 2015 - 6:40PM

    “Imran also paid rich tribute to the martyred Captain Asfandyar who led the troops to defeat terrorists’ plan.”

    Issuing a generic tribute is NOT enough, Taliban Khan. This is exactly what you did when 150 APS children and staff was brutally murdered by your Taliban supporters.

    You must name Taliban terrorists by name if you have the guts which I don’t think you do. Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 18, 2015 - 6:48PM

    Praising the bravery of our LEAs is good in this case, but again there was Intel failure when warning was issued last week, so how come the terrorists could enter the base camp ? because there were only 2 way to enter, 1 from front gate and another 1 from back gate.

    2) why guard room was being manned by junior technicians ? It is not their responsibility. They are technical assets and are important people who take care of our aircraft.

    3) this base is surrounded from 4 sides by villages, which need to be cleared, why was it not cleared, these are dens for such criminals. Recommend

  • Rana
    Sep 18, 2015 - 6:49PM

    Again a full fledged successful attack killing dozens of soldiers, huge security & intelligence lapse!! Enemies are successfully executing their plans and we are tweeting stupid justifications.Recommend

  • Ali Turab
    Sep 18, 2015 - 9:31PM

    LOVE U PAK ARMY :’)Recommend

  • UAShahzad
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:08PM

    It is a very sad event. We are all with the affected families.
    Point to ponder is that, it is a security failure. LEAs have to take stock of their own men, as soft entry points remained unguarded or not properly fortified. This is a base developed by Americans and sure they had made fool proof architecture and security outlays of this base.
    A huge public exchequer is spent on the LEA fiscal needs but the nation expects reciprocation.
    One cannot offload his responsibility by blaming neighboring agencies.If they are so organized and putting such damage to us then what our LEAs are doing. We have never heard such organized events that our enemy has tagged to our LEAs.
    Media should highlight the name of those PAF personnel who are martyred in this brutal act.

    Lastly i must say that the army captain who laid his life and his accompanying technicians should be decorated with the highest military award. Our young soldiers and officers have always proved their mettle be it 1965 or 1971, whereas the effectiveness of upper strata is always a question mark. Recommend

  • ahmed
    Sep 18, 2015 - 10:19PM

    @Jamal:

    No chance of peace in Pakistan until India , Pakistan and Afghanistan have will to create the right environment in the region. India and Pakistan with 60% poverty are always war mongering and showing off their new weapons, firing on LOC and talking up the war. Europe learned after the Second World War to live peacefully together but our nations have not. There are vested interests by many players internal and external but we do not want to face these and want to live in self denial. Recommend

  • Rizvi
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:04PM

    SALAAM to brave soldiers ! May Allsh protect chief and give him taufeeqat to safe the country, still root cause should remove and bad Madarsa should closed who are preparing such type of animals with the name of Jehad..
    All institutions must be under strict observation and the main Molvies (every body know them) should hanged without considering any sect or school of thought.
    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:37PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the brave military personnel who lost their lives in this act of terror. Once again the terrorists have shown that they will stop at nothing to push their terrorist agenda forward. We take our hat off to the brave Pakistani security forces that refuse to let these terrorists succeed and continue to lay their lives down for the country. We stand with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism. We are hopeful that day is not far when peace will prevail throughout the country.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • Abdul Majeed
    Sep 18, 2015 - 11:40PM

    Why is Express Tribune publishing images of dead bodies? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.Recommend

  • gothmog
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:19AM

    Hit back, hit hard. Let those sheltering the perpetrators suffer quick and unyielding retribution. The time for weakness is past. The enemy will face a resurgent Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:22AM

    The failure of zarb e zarb? Pakistan appears to be now fully engaged in a civil war, the kind which is forcing civilians syrians and Iraqis heading for Europe to seek refuge. The European Union have reportedly classified Pakistan, a war zone area as well entitling its citizens for asylum…

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • someone
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:28AM

    So terrorists can still hit pretty much everywhere they wish despite tall claims by Pakistani army of the clean up.Recommend

  • BCCI
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:28AM

    The photo of Capt. Captain Asfandyar broke my heart…Martyred at such a young age..RIP brave soldier.

    What is the use of Aetmi Bum and Chinese drones? They can’t stop the Bad Taliban. The day Pakistan declares all Taliban as BAD Taliban and declares peace with India, everything will change..Inshallah

    Peace!!Recommend

  • Adnan Shaheen
    Sep 19, 2015 - 12:38AM

    @Ashraf:
    If so, some day you will say security of Pakistan too should be outsourced! That’s not a solution dear. We have to fight ourselves.Recommend

  • Afshan
    Sep 19, 2015 - 1:23AM

    It is unbelievable that at this moment of our national tragedy, our Indian neighbours just cannot resist from making their usual “holier than thou” comments! Please grow up, show some respect and let Pakistanis vent in peace. Your inane comments are not helpful and are totally unnecessary. Thanks :)Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Sep 19, 2015 - 3:04AM

    @Saif US asked for the snakes and left them to bite Pakistanis. What US is doing in Afghanistan. Why can they not arrest Fazullah and Khorasani and all other Pakistani terrorists living safe in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees must go back to their country and eradicate terrorism and do not allow terrorism to grow. : Recommend

  • Sep 19, 2015 - 3:14AM

    Salute for Pakistan army always. They have been fighting and they will fight against terrorism. May Allah bless you and love you pak armyRecommend

  • Ravian
    Sep 19, 2015 - 4:21AM

    This attack should cause a lot of soul searching. Population at large , significant minority provides financial and physical support ,otherwise they could not travel with arms and ammunition . Who are those elements ? Is it Madrassas mosques or average person on the street? Local government including provincial government is obviously not doing its job. Giving statement of denunciation will not cure it. Ik still wants to negotiate , no responsible statesman will think of doing it. federal government has been most incompetent in fighting these criminal with war going on more overpasses and computer distribution will not cure it. Are the security agencies and armed forces taking adequate precautions for protection of vital installations ? Do they need need a large buffer zone around the bases clear the unfriendly population. What about Afghans ? Are they the fifth element? Leadership needs to ponder over it. Slogans of democracy will not solve it. Need an all out effort from everybody to solve it. Country must be placed first. Remember this is your identity and the only country you have.Recommend

  • Javed
    Sep 19, 2015 - 7:56AM

    Afghanistan border is as danger as Indian border, we are facing Indian and also afghanis, there must have operation against afghanistan and Indian through clear statement. Why our politicians fear because they need only chair and there is no killed from their own family members. That’s why may be they are silent. Recommend

  • Dallas Ali
    Sep 19, 2015 - 8:47AM

    As a ethnic Pakistani it is a shame to see time and time again that these terrorist are attacking the very foundation of Pakistani institutions with impunity. It is high time that they take security seriously. I am retired from a US defense contractor and have seen how security is enforced be it an ordinary worker to an executive if they are not cleared for access they just can’t enter. Maybe Pakistan needs to hire a US private contractor for help them with basics of security. I am saying this after my own first hand expedience of lax security that I encountered during my many visits to Pakistan for FMS (foreign military sales).Recommend

  • Pukudengutha
    Sep 20, 2015 - 3:38PM

    Asfandyar; braveheart, I am an Indian ex-Army officer.I salute you. You are my grand son’s age, I fought your Army in 1971, but, if I were to face you on Indo Pak border today, I would still salute your bravery. May your soul rest in peace. Your parents are honoured because of you.Recommend

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