Breakthrough achieved in identifying Charsadda attackers: DG ISPR

DG ISPR addresses media. SCREEN GRAB

DG ISPR addresses media. SCREEN GRAB

DG ISPR addresses media. SCREEN GRAB PHOTO: IRFAN GHAURI Army personnel walk outside the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on January 20, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS PHOTO: MUREEB MOHMAND An Express News screen grab as Army personnel enter the university premises

CHARSADDA / PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: At least 21 people died when gunmen armed with grenades and Kalashnikovs attacked a university in Charsadda Wednesday, as security forces moved in under thick fog to halt the bloodshed.

The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels, police said.

The gunmen attacked as the university prepared to host a poetry to commemorate the death anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, a popular ethnic Pashtun independence activist after whom the university is named.

The attack comes a little over a year after Taliban gunmen stormed Army Public School in December 2014 and slaughtered more than 150 people, most of them children, in an hours-long siege.

What we know so far:

– 21 killed, over 30 injured

– Four militants killed during operation

– TTP claims responsibility for attack

Turkish President expresses grief over Charsadda attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and expressed condolences over the attack.

According to a statement, the two leaders agreed terrorism was the common enemy and joint efforts were needed to eliminate the menace.

Breakthrough achieved in identifying attackers: DG ISPR

DG ISPR Lt Gen Asim Bajwa says security forces have gathered satisfactory information about the attackers on Bacha Khan University.

“We have gathered all relevant data about where these terrorists came from and who sent them,” he said while addressing the media.

Asim Bajwa addresses media. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB

“The terrorists were continuously conversing on their mobile phones, two of which we have recovered and collected data from,” he added.

Bajwa said it was a major success of the forces that within 45 minutes, the terrorists were contained inside the varsity.

“There were 52 guards of the Bacha Khan University who responded to the attackers, whereas within a short span of time LEAs also reached the site,” he said.

Prime minister appreciates sentiment expressed by Modi

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated the sentiment expressed by the prime minister of India with regards to the terrorist attack in Charsadda, said a Foreign Office statement.

“This incident is yet another reminder that terrorism is our common enemy and a cooperative approach is essential to eliminate it from the region.”

Afghanistan condemns university attack

Condemning the terrorist attack in Charsadda, Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar termed it an attack on the peaceful ideology of BachaKhan.

He extended condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the recovery of the injured.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai also condemned the attack.

Eye witness’ account

An official at the Bacha Khan University says when she and her colleagues realised they were under attack, they locked the door of their office, turned off the lights and lay on the floor, reports The New York Times.

“The university has its own security staff, but it’s not adequate enough to face the well-armed and -trained Taliban,” says the official, Salma Khan. She says many of the students were killed in their dormitories.

“Our resolve of educating our children cannot be shaken by such cowardly acts,” she adds.

Sajjad Ahmed, a professor of sociology and gender studies, says he saw the attackers shoot a dozen students.

“I will not forget this terrible scene for rest of my life,” he says, adding “Students were falling like someone was cutting down newly blossomed flowers.”

“They were firing all around,” Kasib Jan, a student, says. “University security guards first engaged them, but it was beyond their capacities. We hid behind the benches in the classrooms. We heard them walking around, but they moved away. We came out and ran away to safety,” he adds.

PM, COAS discuss Charsadda attack

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif speak by phone to discuss the terrorist attack at the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, our correspondent Kamran Yousaf reports.

Army chief arrives at Peshawar Corps Headquarters

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrives at the Pakistan Army’s Corps Headquarters in Peshawar to chair a special security conference, DG ISPR says.

“The special security conference is being attended by all concerned officials including intelligence men,” his Twitter message reads.

K-P govt releases names of those injured in attack

Operation ends with four gunmen dead: army

Authorities conclude the operation to clear Bacha Khan University, DG ISPR Asim Bajwa confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

“The operation is over and the university has been cleared,” Bajwa told Reuters, adding that “Four gunmen have been killed.”

The militants, using the cover of thick, wintry fog, scaled the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, before entering buildings and opening fire on students and teachers in classrooms and hostels.

TTP, Mullah Fazlullah not behind Bacha Khan University attack: Khorasani

Army chief arrives at Bacha Khan University

Army chief General Raheel Sharif arrives in Charsadda in wake of the attack at Bacha Khan University, Express News reports.


Timeline of deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan


Injured being shifted away from university premises


Weapons used in the attack recovered 

The security forces have recovered arms and ammunition carried by the attackers, including suicide vests and AK-47 rifles.



TTP sends warning of further attacks

Universities, cadet colleges and army schools will be targeted in Pakistan, the TTP warns while claiming the attack, our correspondent Riaz Ahmed reports.

I could be next

Meanwhile, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman questions the lack of security despite threats to schools in the province.

Modi condemns attack

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack in Charsadda.

Schools to remain closed for 10 days

The Education Department Charsadda has announced the closure of all schools for 10 days, our correspondent Mureeb Mohmand reports.

Relatives and friends surround a man, injured in a militant attack at the Bacha Khan University, at a hospital in Charsadda in this still image taken from a video on January 20, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

PM summons federal ministers

The premier has directed federal ministers Pervaiz Rashid, Abdul Qadir Baloch and Baleeghur Rehman to reach Charsadda.

‘Two suicide vests found’

DIG Charsadda Police claims at least two suicide jackets were found at the scene, that failed to be blown up by militants, before they were gunned down by army personnel.

Although, stringent security arrangements were in place at the university, the attackers still manage to get inside the premises.

Eyewitness recalls moment gunmen stormed university


Students speak of hero teacher, Hamid Hussain

Students spoke of one hero teacher — named by media as Syed Hamid Hussain — fighting back against the intruders, shooting his weapon in a bid to protect his charges.

Geology student Zahoor Ahmed said his chemistry lecturer had warned him not to leave the building after the first shots were fired.
“He was holding a pistol in his hand,” he said.

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Bacha Khan University attack

“Then I saw a bullet hit him. I saw two militants were firing. I ran inside and then managed to flee by jumping over the back wall.”

Another student told television reporters he was in class when he heard gunshots. “We saw three terrorists shouting, ‘Allah is great!’ and rushing towards the stairs of our department,” he said.

“One student jumped out of the classroom through the window. We never saw him get up.”

He also described seeing the chemistry professor holding a pistol and firing at the attackers.

In mourning: ‘We cannot think of losing more children’

“Then we saw him fall down and as the terrorists entered the (registrar) office we ran away.”

President Mamnoon Hussain confirmed the lecturer, Dr Hamid, had died.

PTI chairman departs for Charsadda from Bani Gala, condemns attack

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has strongly condemned the terror attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda.

“I have been monitoring this attack since the morning and I am constantly in contact with K-P’s chief secretary,” the PTI chief tells newsmen outside his residence in Bani Gala before departing for Charsadda.

K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, who is currently in Scotland, has been asked to cut his trip short and return to Pakistan as soon as possible, Imran says.

“The whole nation is united against terrorism and all the institutions are on one page,” the PTI leader says, adding he will personally visit the place to identify any loopholes in the security arrangements of the university.

Students safely evacuated

“Around 200 students have been safely evacuated from an examination hall in the university,” K-P Public Health Engineering Minister Shah Farman says.

A teacher (L) walks with a pair of crutches following her rescue after the attack on Bacha Khan University. PHOTO: REUTERS

Soldiers gather outside Bacha Khan University


Condemnations pour in

Eye witness’ account

A university office assistant, Atique Rehman says he was in his office while the terrorists entered the university premises from the back.

Students from the arts and social sciences department were gathering in the Ghani Khan Hall when the attack took place. The university canteen and a boys hostel were also targeted, he adds.

Further, he says that one student took shelter in the bathroom as his room-mates came under attack.

Death toll continues to rise

As the operation commences within the university, the death toll has risen to 21.

“21 people have been killed and over 30 have been injured,” DIG Mardan said, our correspondent Irfan Ghauri reports.


“We fear some of the militants have fled into the nearby fields. Army troops have been sent to search for them,” he adds.

Pakistan Army’s elite commandos enter premises

A team of SSG commandos enters the university as the operation continues, our correspondent, Irfan Ghauri reports.


Conflicting reports

A rescue source says 15 have been killed while 20 remain injured. However, only eight bodies have been pulled out so far.


Meanwhile, PTI MPA Shaukat Yousufzai said over 20 people have been killed. “The situation inside is bad and we expect the death toll to rise,” he adds.

Rescue efforts underway

Photos: Mureeb Mohmand 

Four militants killed

DG ISPR Asim Bajwa confirms four militants have been killed in the ongoing operation in the university.

Seven killed, 12 injured

Seven people have been killed in the attack so far, while casualties are feared to rise.

“Seven people have been killed so far and casualties are feared to rise,” Rescue 1122 spokesperson says, adding that “90% of the university has been cleared.”

University professor, Hamid Hussain, among dead

University professor, Hamid Hussain, was killed in the attack. Identities of others killed are yet to be ascertained.

President Mamnoon Hussain condemns attack 

Meanwhile, PPP Senator, Sherry Rehman also condemns the attack.

PM condemns attack 

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives as a result of the terror attack on Bacha Khan University, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said on Wednesday.

The premier, who is currently in Switzerland to attend the 46th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, is said to be personally monitoring the situation as he is being continuously informed on the measures taken to tackle the terrorists.

PM directs provinces to ensure safe environment for children

Meanwhile, condemning the attack of the terrorists, PM Nawaz said those killing innocent students and citizens have no faith and religion. “We are determined and resolved in our commitment to wipe out the menace of terrorism from our homeland. The countless sacrifices made by our countrymen will not go in vain,” said the prime minister.

TTP claim responsibility

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the attack on Bacha Khan University, our correspondent Riaz Ahmed reports.

TTP commander, Omar Mansoor, said that the attack was carried out by four attackers.

Terrorists contained

As the operation continues in the university premises ISPR statement confirms the terrorists have been contained.

Students rescued

Police say most of the students have been rescued, but gunmen are still believed to be on second and third floors of the campus.

This photograph taken from a mobile phone shows security personnel taking position outside the Bacha Khan University following an attack by gunmen in Charsadda on January 20, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Army troops arrive at the scene

Army troops arrive at the scene and cordoned off the area around Bacha Khan University, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations, Asim Bajwa tweets.

University guards injured

Officials say two guards have been injured at the university gate. Meanwhile, extensive firing continues in the area and heavy contingents of elite force have been deployed. All schools have been closed in Charsadda following the attack.

Operation launched inside university

Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir told Reuters that the number of gunmen was unclear but police had moved into the university and a gunfight with the attackers was under way.

“We launched an operation inside the university and are trying to rescue the students and staff of the institution,” Wazir said.

The vice chancellor has said more than 3,000 students are present at the premises, while several girls are inside hostels. Members of staff also remain within the building. More than 50 students have been evacuated.

Further, “Gunmen were holed up in the Palwasha campus of Bacha Khan University,” eyewitnesses say.

Gunmen enter university premises, open fire

Gunmen entered the premises of Bacha Khan University in Charsadda early this morning and opened fire.

“The gunmen entered from the back gate of the university where the guest house is located, and began firing indiscriminately,” an eyewitness said.

Shabir Khan, a lecturer in the English department, said he was about to leave the hostel for the department when firing began.

“Most of the students and staff were in classes when the firing began,” Khan said. “I have no idea about what’s going on but I heard one security official talking on the phone to someone and said many people had been killed and injured.”

Right now, the gunmen are holed up behind a wall of the boy’s hostel,” a student, Abid Ali, who was evacuated from the university told The Express Tribune.

“Armed men stormed into the university premises early this morning,” Sardheri police officials told The Express Tribune, adding that six explosions were heard inside the building.

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Reader Comments (93)

  • shayan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:31AM

    its been more than a year since APS but we can still see Lal Masjid, other Madarsas, pl, politicians and our army defending Good or Bad Taliban and not shutting down these suicide bombing institutions…… these incidents are bound to happen and will keep on happening….. my sympathies are with all these students and their familiesRecommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 10:33AM

    Catch the terrorists, hammer them, and SHOW NO MERCY TILL THE END! SalamsRecommend

  • ZF
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:43AM

    God bless us !Recommend

    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:46AM

    This should end!Recommend

  • jojo
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:00AM

    Another APS like attack by cowards, they know they can not attack Pak Army from the front so these cowards attack from the back, targeting our schools and universities shows that these impotent have no courage to fight with our law enforcement and they feel pride in attacking our kids in schools and universities, there is no doubt that some of our neighbors are truly behind there back, no matter what you do this nation is resilient and will INSHALLAH rise from every set back.. Recommend

  • S!D
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:17AM

    Is this the response from India that its minister was talking about?Recommend

  • Gurion
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:24AM

    Right now, I’d like to see the faces of all those Pakistanis who gloated over Mumbai or the Pathankot attacks, since “a handful of people held-off one of the world’s largest armies for three days”. Not to derive pleasure out of it but just to see how they like taste of their own medicine.Recommend

  • Raja
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:33AM

    Oh lord Help …Recommend

  • asif
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:46AM

    Only solution is genocide. we have to genocide these Taliban. Nuke them Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 11:47AM

    For God’s sake ban all these madressahs till a proper curriculum is devised and implemented.Recommend

  • citizen
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:47AM

    mortified !Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:49AM

    This action is despicable as it is done despite Pakistans best effort to appease India after Pathankot attacks. If India thinks that TTP can be used as an effective tool then they are greatly mistaken as its a force with no loyalties.Recommend

  • kkamal
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:49AM

    Its false flag.Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Our Prime Minister is visiting Saudi Arab and Iran to bring peace in the world. He is doing it because He wants the world to be like Pakistan, very peaceful . . . . Recommend

  • Kabuli
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:54AM

    Looks like some rouge elements are sabotaging peace efforts between Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Recommend

  • rohit950723
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:01PM

    Please attack the root cause. Make Pakistan secular.. Make your people learn Science & technology..Recommend

  • Mehmood
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:02PM

    Get a life.Recommend

  • Indian Prince
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:03PM

    May God save the innocent and punish the culprits. Jai Hind.Recommend

  • ammar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:04PM

    This is what the indian defense minister was talking about Recommend

  • Dharam
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:17PM

    Brother.. India hates every form of terrorism. TTP is not associated with India in any form, India wants stable relations with Pakistan.
    May god provide strength to the families of the victims.Recommend

  • Shah
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:24PM

    Commandoes Went In At Quarter Past 11 and Completed At 12.20 pm.Great Job Pak ArmyRecommend

  • Thomas
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:26PM


    Capture or show us one Indian citizen involved in this ?? Why do you blame others for the actions committed by your home grown terrorists ???Recommend

  • Ayati
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:31PM

    Your people are dying and you can only think of blaming India and so far 18 likes for your stupid comment! Shame! How abt blaming people like Mullah who incited the boy who cut off his hand and his parents who were proud of his stupidity?

    Sad for the victims of this attack. We all deserve to live a full life before leaving this world.Recommend

  • Ahzal
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:32PM

    I thought year 2016 will be end of terrorism as announced by General Reheel Sharif what a joke Pakistan should cease to exist cannot give basic things like electricity, gas, fake medicines etc give land back to India or give it to China you cannot run a countryRecommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:39PM

    I will use two ‘Cs’ to start with. First C stands for my heartfelt condolences I am offering to all those innocent souls who lost their lives for none of their fault today in Charsaada when some terrorists have very cowardly managed to scale over the boundary walls of Bacha Khan University and started indiscriminate firing on anyone they could see. Second C stands for my utter condemnation and I simply cannot find suitable words to condemn the attack which is even greater than barbaric in nature to be honest and gives birth to the only question as to who can control this hooliganism where almost each day people are attacked and killed in my beloved Pakistan for one reason or the other but hardly anyone from the terrorists is arrested and punished. I have read condolence and condemnation message from PM Nawaz for which I very profusely thank him from the core of my heartbme but at the same time I want an assurance from PM that it was the last terrorist attack and Pakistan will be terrorist free country as of Thursday 21st Jan 2016. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / [email protected]Recommend

  • Mazo
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:39PM

    Is that what your Masood Azhar told you or Hafeez Saeed ? Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:46PM

    There are no good and bad terrorists, please wake up Pakistan, citizens cannot be used as cannon fodder for strategic madness. The number of innocents losing lives to terror attacks in Pakistan is in thousands yet Band Aid therapy is being tried for cancerous growth, when surgery is required. Recommend

  • Saad
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:47PM

    Looks like the terrorists are back.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 12:48PM

    If India thinks that TTP can be used as an effective tool then they are greatly mistaken as its a force with no loyalties.

    If TTP is controlled by India then how was it that Hakimullah Mehsud was declared a Pakistani martyr by Pakistani leaders. Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 12:49PM

    Great job would have been prevention of this attack ! Lets not praise the failures.Recommend

  • waqas
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:00PM

    oly way out is secularism …. we beg for it Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:07PM

    Make India secular first. Indian has not implemented any secular laws till now.Recommend

  • Che
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:07PM

    Dude, get a life.Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 1:10PM

    Army killing 100 terrorists,, various terror promoting madrsas produce 1000 terrorists,, ISPR release another song for sympathy,, carroupt useless nawaz govt announced condolences and metro train project for kpk,, imran khan condemned and announce billion tree project,, asif zardari in dubai luxury life release statement, democracy is only solution to clean terrorist and poverity from Pakistan,Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:18PM

    @S!D: A usual stupid response from an illiterate person. For decades Pakistan supported attack dogs and these dogs are now biting the hand that feeds and shelters them. The so called Zarb-e-Abz is a failure. The army has killed unimportant networks but not the real evil ones. More work needs to be done. Pakistan should join the western nations who want to kill of the evil Daesh. Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 1:23PM

    very cowardice act of terrorism from the way lost criminals on the innocent intellectuals of KPK university.these terrorist should be punished merciless.Recommend

  • Libra
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:32PM

    Let our PM be on foreign and pleasure trip and let him to keep India appeased. Rome Jal Raha tha aur Nero bansri baja raha tha.Recommend

  • Bravo
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:48PM

    Tragic incident but sad to to hear that our security forces had not done too much for the sake of people.Recommend

  • Liberal
    Jan 20, 2016 - 1:51PM

    @Gurion: Still gloating buddy. Few hours and the university is already being cleared. Unlike your bases which couldn’t be cleared for over three days despite being such highly guarded places.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:11PM

    Doesn’t look like Pakistan can win this war against terrorism.Recommend

  • Javid Ahmad Dar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:21PM

    I wonder which Islam they are representing
    May Almighty Allah give them hidayat Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:24PM

    Let no one in Pakistan claim that it was a surprisettack or was orchestrated by foreign elements. It is a home grown Monster which has come to life because of the military occupation of the entire Pashtun territory. Pakistan needs a conscripted National army and not a private army which has a limited affiliation with locals and citizenry at large. May God bless those who resisted this carnage and lost their lives.

    Rex Minor .Recommend

  • M.S.
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:36PM

    Would sombody Inform Mian Sahib that his vacation home is on fire? If Saudi and Iranian leaders had been not that stupid, they would have kicked him out of their country with the advice to fix his own vacation home first.Recommend

  • Nadir
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:38PM

    Hypocrisy on the part of Government and agencies will never ensure permanent peace in our homeland. The sympathizers of these terrorists are still sitting in our assemblies.Therefore, the menace of terrorism is far from over. May God bless this country with an honest and just leadership that could think about the people of Pakistan not about their own vested interests. Amin Recommend

  • Manoj
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:38PM

    Sad to see the blood bath happening in a university which is named after great nationalist, and secular freedom fighter of our independence movement. A person who always believed in Nonviolence and universal brotherhood of all communities.

    My condolence to all the family of deceased.Recommend

  • Asad
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:50PM

    You should see what your defense minister said. Recommend

  • bkl
    Jan 20, 2016 - 2:57PM

    why all this violence ? That’s not islam! I offer my condolences ..i’m very sad.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 20, 2016 - 3:11PM

    You’re comparing apples and oranges. You cannot compare a tiny university building with a huge air base. Recommend

    Jan 20, 2016 - 3:30PM

    @Tyggar: No Leader in Pakistan brands him Martyred Nawaz Sharif , Zaradari or Imran khan no one Recommend

  • Mamu
    Jan 20, 2016 - 3:45PM

    People commenting here dont seem to be sane…..Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 4:17PM

    for all those …… demanding to ban the madarsas ……. pointing fingers is easy … accepting your own weaknesses requires goddamn bravery ……. accept that we have failed to protect our children and ponder how you can stop that …… My “Wanna be” Liberal friends …..Recommend

  • Point
    Jan 20, 2016 - 4:49PM

    why you always have to measure things in size and quantity!!
    I guess pathankot was also well secured and much fortified compared to this vilage University where army isnt readily available as 24/7 forced and rapid response forces available with pathankot. Stop fooling yourself and stop your obsession with blaming a staged drama on Pakistan all the time. Please either question your govt. on why they created such drama or if you are blind to realities then question your forces for being so incompetent in saving its people,. How on earth will it protect the whole indian nation!!Recommend

  • M
    Jan 20, 2016 - 4:55PM

    Seriously? Despite religious differences, you applaude slaughtering of students? Quite a humaity India has I suppose. Leave the children out of the petty wars. Recommend

  • Usman
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:05PM

    When Obama said there would be no stability in Pakistan in the next 10 years he meant it. God help us!Recommend

  • Pukar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:11PM

    A wave of terrorism hitting Pakistan after pathankot. The cowards always target the unarmed people. This is how brave they are! Recommend

  • Puppet
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:14PM

    These terrorists are hiding in Afghanistan, what is their gov doing to tackle them? If can’t do anything then pak army is ready to help them . They just need to ask or one day we’ll do it ourself.Recommend

  • ashok
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:21PM

    So sad to see another terrorist attack on a place of learning. Condolences to the families of the deceased and wish a rapid recovery to the injured. But what is the solution to these repeated acts of terror? Does anyone in Pakistan have an answer?Recommend

  • z
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:39PM

    Pervaiz Khattack should resign immediately. He is a failed administrator.Recommend

  • brar
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:44PM

    @jojo: and those who are attacking your neighbor who is behind then when will u come out from this always blaming others shame on you. I condemn the attack and pray for the injured.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Jan 20, 2016 - 6:34PM

    @liberal,Do you have any common sense to compare these two areas.Pathankot airbase is huge and risk of collateral damage is high.7 dead there.Here 25 hapless souls perished.There are reasons for that delay.Recommend

  • zaifi
    Jan 20, 2016 - 7:30PM

    I condemn the bloodshed in charsada with the core of my heart and I am deadly sure that behind these attacks are our enemy and v know who is our enemy they will InshaAllah pay for it very soon we are pathan and v know how to take revenge Allah bless our country Pakistan zinda bad and long live Islam and PakistanRecommend

  • GI Joe
    Jan 20, 2016 - 7:46PM

    What is India’s role in all of this? This is the question Pakistanis should be asking.Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Jan 20, 2016 - 7:48PM

    So for you guys time is more valuable than the lives lost? 21 innocents killed and yet you have no regret. For you this is like a video game and all you care is how soon can you finish the game, isn’t it? How do you live with such feelings inside you?Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jan 20, 2016 - 8:23PM

    I thought that Dr. Aasim hussain was the master mind of APS ATTACK. the way he has been portrayed and paraded and discussed by media. I so it was some one else who is ordering attacks and paying Aasim.Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 8:37PM

    13 months after the APS, the coward enemy has struck again this time targeting students and teachers of Bacha Khan University. Let me share Ambassador David Hale’s statement on this tragic event. “I strongly condemn today’s appalling attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. The blatant disregard for human life displayed by these attackers is intolerable. It is especially reprehensible that the attackers targeted an educational institution where students and educators are seeking to better themselves and the nation of Pakistan. This attack stands in stark opposition to the desires of the Pakistani people to create a secure, stable, and prosperous country, based on respect for all. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims and their families during this time of grief.

    The United States stands with the government and people of Pakistan and is committed to supporting their efforts to fight terrorism. We support Pakistan’s efforts to bring to justice those behind the attackRecommend

  • Global-Citizen
    Jan 20, 2016 - 9:34PM

    A hate-mongering Indian trolls talk. Unbelievably inhuman.
    The expected result of living in jealousy since the “great division” in 1947!Recommend

  • Zain
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:00PM

    Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan Website shows that they condemn this attack. Not only this attack but the previous few attacks including two in Baluchistan, one in Peshawar, have been carried out by the same master planner. Barrack Obama says Pakistan will remain unstable for decades, and Indian Defense Minister Indirectly threatens Pakistan.
    So now decide yourself who is doing all this.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:03PM

    It is hateful comments, no one that I know of gloated over the loss of lives in terror attacks in India. You are displaying your own mentality. Recommend

    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:07PM

    @Rex Minor: 100% agreed with you we need an army that has local people in it…..Recommend

  • Lion King
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:20PM

    This terrorist attack comes within 5 days of indian defence minister’s open threat

    to Pakistan.

    But Shhhhhhhh…

    Government of Pakistan will not utter a single word against india and for Pakistan


    Sharif family has business ties with indians.Recommend

  • Zif
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:37PM

    @Gurion I pity your ‘hate for Pakistan’ filled soul. May Allah give you shanti.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:16PM

    @NKAli: Totally agree with you. Our hearts go out to the families of those innocent souls who are paying for the acts of powers that be. In fact the addresses of the terrorists who do all these activities in Pakistan are well known – Muridke, Bahawalpur, Nowshera, parts of Pakistan occupied areas of Jammu and Kashmir. And we also know the organizations that operate out of these – JuD (aka LeT aka FeI), JeM, UJC etc etc. Pak army needs to go after these terrorists else such reprehensible incidents will keep happening again and again – The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 11:28PM

    A very tragic incident happened today that made me cry as I remembered the similar attack on Army Public School, Peshawar. May Almighty Allah keep Pakistan and its people safe and unite all of us against terrorists. Aameen!Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 11:31PM

    Very sad… !!!Recommend

  • np
    Jan 21, 2016 - 12:03AM

    @USMAN: Both Imran Khan and Chaudhry Nissar were furious when Hakeemullah was killed by a drone. This is a fact. The former JI chief called him a martyr. Prior to that the late Hamid Gul had called former TTP chief Baitullah Masood as a patriot.
    There were multiple APC which called for tallks with TTP and they were called as stakeholders and misguided brothers by top Pakistani politicians as late as 2013.Recommend

  • mo
    Jan 21, 2016 - 12:56AM

    @Gurion: well u cant cause this operation was over in 45 minutes guy and not to mention this was in a remote area not on a military installation. Recommend

  • Murphy
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:09AM

    It reminded what Hillary Clinton once said – “You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbor”. Pakistan needs to introspect, and rid the society off terrorism. Hope good sense will prevail.Recommend

  • Clockboy Ahmed
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:34AM

    Looks like staged drama. Just like Pathankot.Recommend

  • Murphy
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:48AM

    It reminded what Hillary Clinton once warned Pakistan – “You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them to only bite your neighbor”. Obama rightly said, in SOTU, that parts of Pakistan have/will become safe haven for terrorists. Pakistan needs to get out of denial, introspect, realize there is no good or bad Taliban, shed terrorism as state policy, and cleanse it’s society off terrorism. Stop blaming West and/or Afghanistan for it’s own mistakes. Hope good sense will prevail!. Recommend

  • Sandip
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:53AM

    @Lion King: I am quite surprised that you have taken those so called “threats” of our defence minister seriously when you have ignored his threats to stop exporting terrorism seriously. On a lighter note on this gloomy day, even we Indians do not take such threats from our ministers seriously, neither should you.Recommend

  • Karachian
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:27AM

    So in other words you are confirming it was done by India. Recommend

  • Karachian
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:35AM

    Sad to see the so called secular, peace loving, terror affected Indians rejoicing the killing of innocent people. That’s all these coward Indians can do. Pay the criminals of TTP in the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad to conduct this operation. They do not even have the courage to do it themselves. Pak army took them out within an hour. Indian Army tool 3 days to neutralize the terrorists in Pathankot. Indian army is a joke. We will not forget this cowardly act. Our army will hit back. Recommend

  • asit guin
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:06AM


  • asif
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:27AM

    @kamran Ahmad Kami: people who hurt us will feel the painRecommend

  • Khalid Bugti
    Jan 21, 2016 - 5:05AM


    I condemn this attack and the attack on IAF base. But you have stooped low and deserve an appropriate answer.
    The attack in this case was on a University where unarmed students who have no military training go to study. In any case, it was cleared within a few hours.
    The attack on IAF base was on a military base where soldiers are militarily trained and have no shortage of weapons. It took 3-4 days to clear the base.
    Hope I answered your question.Recommend

  • nadeem ansari
    Jan 21, 2016 - 6:26AM

    Dear brother you forgot Pathankot. It was something Pakistan never knew anything about.Recommend

  • Gurion
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:05PM


    The expected result of living in
    jealousy since the “great division” in

    What exactly would make an Indian jealous of Pakistan again?Recommend

  • Gurion
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:48PM

    @Khalid Bugti:

    I condemn this attack and the attack
    on IAF base. But you have stooped low
    and deserve an appropriate answer.

    Your appropriate answer consists of comparing two terrorist attacks and feeling good about yours. My idea of an appropriate answer would recognize where these groups originate from, where they find shelter and their source of funds followed by a denunciation.

    I hope you realize the irony of the surname you carry.


  • Global-Citizen
    Jan 21, 2016 - 10:39PM

    “What exactly would make an Indian jealous of Pakistan..?”

    That would be the sad breakup of Akhand Bharat Maata- As if your VHP, RSS and Shiv Senas try and hide their grief over it..!

    Mr Parikar, Doval and co are sadly mistaken if they think cowardly attacks can break our will. In fact two can pay this game!Recommend

  • Saeed
    Jan 22, 2016 - 12:31AM

    What does this mean. Who will get benefited from this, obviously our enemies, enemies of Pakistan. Let weigh it with a recent hot issue “Controversy over route of CPEC”. With this incident govt logic to develop eastern route first became stronger. Now China will also prefer and advise Pakistan to go for eastern route. This decision will be strongly opposed by Govt of KPK and Baluchistan, which will increase the intensity of existed rift among the provinces. Finally, God forbade we will land up with mega project of CPEC like Kala Bagh Dam. Media and all wel wishers of Pakistan should analyse this aspects of the incident and educat the public. Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2016 - 10:05PM

    “The whole nation is united against terrorism and all the institutions are on one page,” the PTI leader says” – except ISI, LET, good TTP, JM, Lal Masjid cleric, Khattak, Musharraf and lot of terrorist friends and relatives.Recommend

  • Dr. aly khan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:50PM

    Have a little shame parvez khattak and resign innocent students are being killed and your sons study abroad.Recommend

  • Dr. aly khan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 10:53PM

    Kindly resign Mr.parvez khattak.Recommend

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