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

Published: January 20, 2016
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

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

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan central spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani on Wednesday denied any involvement in an attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, contradicting an earlier admission by the group claiming the attack.

Refuting TTP commander Umar Mansoor’s claims that the militant group was behind the attack, Khorasani in an email sent to media men said, “The TTP and its amir Maulana Fazaulllah have nothing to do with the attack.”

“We consider these youth studying in non-military educational institutes as our future, they are Muslims and their protection is our responsibility,” he stated.

21 killed, over 30 injured as gunmen attack Bacha Khan University in Charsadda

“Those people who used the name of the Taliban in the attack will be tried in sharia courts,” the email added.

Earlier, senior TTP commander and the mastermind of the Army School Attack in December 2014, Umar Mansoor, claimed responsibility for the assault and said it involved four of his men. He also warned, “Universities, cadet colleges and army schools will be targeted in Pakistan.”

At least 21 people were killed and over 30 others injured as a group of militants stormed Bacha Khan University in Charsadda on Wednesday morning. Firing and blasts were heard from inside the campus as the army carried out a clearance operation.

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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 recital on Wednesday afternoon 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.

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  • Muhammad Kashif
    Jan 20, 2016 - 4:11PM

    @ All,

    When TTP clearly refused, then why Pakistani foreign office and defence minister not blaming india sponsored militants who come from Afghanistan. It’s a clear act of war what India has done.Recommend

  • Point
    Jan 20, 2016 - 4:46PM

    this was the plan for which india did a stage drama few weeks back. It’s easy for indian backed terrorists to come through open Afghan route. indian defence minister is fully involved and must be arrestedRecommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Now we know who is Mullah Umar Mansoor. A cold-blooded killer living in a distortion of Islam aka ISIS. A horrible distortion! What answers does he have for all this wanton killing? Salams Recommend

  • Malik
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:29PM

    As usual the Pakistanis would start blaming India, instead of taking actions against Lal masjid type molvis ruling the streets of its capital.

    Obama was right when he said that Pakistan would remain in turmoil for decades.

    Our establishment needs to take a clear line with all the Islamists.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:56PM

    This is nothing but TTP propaganda. They murder hundreds of Shias, is that in Sharia?Recommend

  • AD
    Jan 20, 2016 - 5:59PM

    Sad day for humanity.Rakshas are killing innocents.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Jan 20, 2016 - 6:15PM

    He can deny all he wants, these men are all the same. Bringing death and destruction on innocent people. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 20, 2016 - 6:41PM

    Why don’t these attacks happen in Punjab?Recommend

  • Zaida
    Jan 20, 2016 - 6:42PM

    After Hamid Gul’s demise these terrorists have gotten out of hand.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 20, 2016 - 7:05PM

    @Muhammad Kashif:

    Right, because TTP are such truthful and trustworthy people. Get your head out of the sand, this anti-India/anti-foreign obsession will only sink us deeper in this mess – instead of looking inward, answering touch questions and facing bitter truths we prefer to conveniently lay the blame on some mysterious ‘foreign hand’.

    The blood of innocent Pakistanis killed in such massacres is primarily on its leaders – both civilian and military – whose past policies have created or nurtured these monsters. Oh, and Abdul Aziz and his Lal Masjid hooligans are still free to preach hate in the heart of Islamabad while this all happens.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 20, 2016 - 8:10PM

    @Muhammad Kashif:
    We still havs appologists who are always in a hurry to creat confusion by shifting blames.untill we have elements who support terrorists by creating diversions like this we can not eliminate this menace. The real problem is the mindset not the actorsRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 20, 2016 - 8:12PM

    Hamid Gul was one the main sources of terrorism in Pakistan. Strange that we lament him not being there to control the demons he createdRecommend

  • np
    Jan 20, 2016 - 8:56PM

    @Muhammad Kashif: Excuse me? How did you leap to the conclusion that this was an India sponsored attack?Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 9:03PM

    @Zubair: If you have some personal grudge with that guy then that’s another thing. But in military scenarios, any acceptance and rejections of claims do have weight and that determines the course of strategic actions needed to be taken by counter-attacking forcesRecommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jan 20, 2016 - 9:04PM

    @Hameed: Where is Manawa Police training center located ?Recommend

  • Rajagopal
    Jan 20, 2016 - 9:12PM

    You can believe what you want. But, the entire planet knows the motivations and beliefs of those attackers. Good luck pushing the blame on India, Israel, USA etc.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 20, 2016 - 9:46PM

    @Farhan Khan:

    Where is Manawa Police training center located ?

    That was a very long time ago. After that Punjab CM did publicly tell Taliban to go attack other provinces.Recommend

  • Grafello
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:20PM

    get some tutorials in International politics and you’ll get to know from where the motivation is coming and keeps on coming, ignorant Indian. War is a big Industry and Pakistan is not a partner in it. Got the clue?Recommend

  • abdullah
    Jan 20, 2016 - 10:29PM

    @hameed.because we never hosted such people as our guests .dont forget the KPK and fata citizens were so generous to do so.though they learned a lesson.
    Secondly in punjab lots of encounters happen .KPK should start this too.this helps in reducing such elements.Courts are good for nothing.
    Third.Ask your dear imran khan to ask Jamat islami take a stand against talibans dont be so soft.And start an operation same as n karachi

    Rangers should start it in pubjab prevent such attacks.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 21, 2016 - 12:48AM

    It matters not whether Taliban A or B or C did this…….what matters is that the breeding grounds that produce ALL of them are still intact and not not acted against. The question to ask is WHY are these hatcheries still allowed to flourish ?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:59AM


    because we never hosted such people as our guests .

    You hosted them. Its just that you hosted them in kpk and Baluchistan for obvious reasons so these areas can remain destabilised and you can remain happy in your homes with resources from both KPK and Baluchistan.Recommend

  • John B
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:07AM

    As usual PAK is trying to justify the incident by blaming it on others. Obama was correct in his assessment: instability in some parts of pak will continue for some time. PAK will be blaming others because addressing the root of the problem is anathema. The rest of the world will move on and the problems will persist in muslim countries in various flavors for decades to come.

    This is an ideological conflict and PAK cannot extricate herself from it. Bangladesh has been trying for decades. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:40AM

    Time to drop a nuke on Kabul so these Indian dogs learn pakistan will not put up with them for long Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 21, 2016 - 8:30AM

    @Ali: Time to drop a nuke on Kabul so these Indian dogs learn pakistan will not put up with them for long

    Yeah good luck with that buddy. That will not only incur the wrath of Indians but also Afghans and Taliban upon Pakistan. I dare your government to go ahead and do it.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:25AM

    Khorasani says that Mulla Fazal Ullah is to behind Bach Khan University massacre then who is responsible. Khorasani to point out the culprits because they all are affiliatedRecommend

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