Bacha Khan University attackers vow to target schools in new video

Published: January 22, 2016
This still image taken from a video released by a faction within the Pakistani Taliban on January 22, 2016 shows their leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor (C) with militants delivering a statement from an undisclosed location.

This still image taken from a video released by a faction within the Pakistani Taliban on January 22, 2016 shows their leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor (C) with militants delivering a statement from an undisclosed location.

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban faction behind the Bacha Khan University massacre in Charsadda this week issued a video message Friday vowing to target schools throughout the country, calling them “nurseries” for people who challenge Allah’s law.

The video, which spread rapidly on Facebook but was not released on official media accounts for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP), shows Khalifa Umar Mansoor, whose faction claimed responsibility for the attack on the university Wednesday.

Taliban send message of impunity with Bacha Khan university massacre

Heavily armed gunmen stormed the campus in Charsadda, killing 21 people in an attack that had chilling echoes of a 2014 assault on the Army Public School in nearby Peshawar, also claimed by Mansoor’s faction.

The rampage threatened to shatter the sense of security growing in the troubled region a year after the Peshawar attack, which left more than 150 people dead — mostly children.

In the video issued Friday, Mansoor said his faction had attacked the university “because this is the place where lawyers are made, this is the place that produces military officers, this is the place that produces members of the parliament, all of whom challenge Allah’s sovereignty”.

Instead of targeting armed soldiers, he said, “we will target the nurseries that produce these people”.

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“We will continue to attack schools, colleges and universities across Pakistan as these are the foundations that produce apostates. We will target and demolish the foundations,” he said.

Mansoor issued a similar video in the wake of the Peshawar attack on December 16, 2014, Pakistan’s deadliest ever extremist assault.

He said schools like the one in Peshawar, which is some 50 kilometres from Charsadda, were “preparing those generals, brigadiers and majors who killed and arrested so many fighters”.

“If our women and children died as martyrs your children will not escape. If you attack us we will take revenge for the innocents,” he said in the video message, also posted online.

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Bacha Khan University attack

Analysts have said the Taliban sent a message of impunity with Wednesday’s attack, that a national crackdown on extremism has failed and they can hit targets at will.

The TTP, an umbrella group, has officially disavowed the Bacha Khan attack, branding it “un-Islamic” and vowing to hunt down those behind it.

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  • NY
    Jan 22, 2016 - 1:31PM

    These animals need to be put down as soon as possible. Recommend

  • rex minor
    Jan 22, 2016 - 1:55PM

    Who is bluffing is the question which will be shown in the next act.

    Rex minorRecommend

  • Aafaq
    Jan 22, 2016 - 1:57PM

    And yet you call these attackers MUSLIMS??? Think about it!!Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:14PM

    @NY: These animals need to be put down as soon as possible.

    That’s probably what you must’ve said after the APS attack but here they are attacking schools again and here you are calling for their heads. Unfortunately as far as things look right now, this won’t end for a long time. Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:20PM

    What a bunch of novices. Which terror group will reveal their targets so easily ?Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:22PM

    Then should it not be fair to do the same with the nurseries that produce people like them ?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:31PM

    Just look at them. It’s like evolution went into reverse gear.Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2016 - 2:43PM

    carpet bombing required. finish this menace once and for allRecommend

  • Rahim
    Jan 22, 2016 - 2:57PM

    I don’t get this, so we know who authorized this barbaric act but we are doing nothing. Really, shame on our intelligence agencies and Government. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jan 22, 2016 - 3:10PM

    They have a point. Islamic Invaders destroyed all universities in the subcontinent. University, secularism, liberalism, democracy are non-Muslim invention. Islamic state cannot have universities.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 22, 2016 - 3:20PM

    They are the same people who are behind many attacks for the past 2 years. So i have a question. Where is the best intelligence agency of the world?. Why they are not been traced so far?. Our intel agencies credentials are at stake now if they will not be apprehended.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jan 22, 2016 - 3:42PM

    @Malik Saab:
    Precisely my point – they can get messaages from these guys but cant trace them down.Recommend

  • Human
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:04PM
  • Ashfaq11
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:10PM

    I think it will be a massive challenge to seek and destroy the command and capability across the border. Is NDS doing this to get leverage against ISI in negotiations with Afghan Taliban.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:33PM

    And my thinking about the success of “Zarb-e-Azb” goes on.Recommend

  • raj
    Jan 22, 2016 - 4:45PM

    oky now, why blame India for this,stop gud and bad terrorism for gods sake.Recommend

  • Point
    Jan 22, 2016 - 6:29PM

    why are the faces almost same of the above people ?? It is scary . why always the guys with masks have no visibility of any beard or beard like looks. And why always those with beards have exactly one type beard ?Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Jan 22, 2016 - 6:52PM

    So its good business Mullah Mansoor, how much you get paid for these terrorist attacks?
    your excuse to target our children is purely against Islam, so you cant be a Muslim but only a proxy asset who gets the money from our enemies and carry out attacks.

    Every wonder if you and your sons sent to these attacks? NO, none, zilch! you use poor people children as suicide attacker to earn money! Recommend

  • Ibs
    Jan 22, 2016 - 6:54PM

    This is the proxy war India wants to fight on Pakistani soil. Indian extremists don’t want India and Pakistan to sit at the same table.Recommend

  • feedback
    Jan 22, 2016 - 7:43PM

    We as a nation should realize that it is all done to beef up the security. Most of our retired generals are running these private security agencies. Soon they will demand the security to be hired for each school and hotel from the agency being approved by the GHQ. Just imagine the amount they will make out of it. Recommend

  • Jan 22, 2016 - 8:36PM

    Shame on you. InshaAllah You will go stright to Jahanum including your masters. Recommend

  • maz3tt
    Jan 22, 2016 - 8:50PM

    i wonder which religion is there behind people in this picture. they are not Muslims. they are playing with us by having kalima behind themRecommend

  • Ali S
    Jan 22, 2016 - 10:35PM


    Easier said then done – the problem is that a large number of the ‘nurseries’ producing monsters like these are in the midst of our major cities (headline example: Lal Masjid) and have had decades of state and establishment patronage.

    The first step would be for the deep state and establishment to admit that its disastrous past policies led us in this mess, stop hiding the truth from the public and openly disengage any connection with religious militants for any objective (including Afghanistan and Kashmir, until then we will keep going around in circles).Recommend

  • Shahid Pirzada
    Jan 22, 2016 - 10:51PM

    A task should be assigned to the investigative agencies such as FIA/ISI to get a similar picture of these six monsters behind bars in jail uniform in three months or so. If that task is not achieved, gentlemen leading those agencies should be relieved from their duties.Recommend

  • commentor
    Jan 23, 2016 - 12:19AM

    University name was discovered by muslims. Go and read about how much muslims have given to education, science, astronomy etc. Even the algorithm which is the core of modern computers was discovered by muslim alkhawarzimi. This all seems to be a propoganda and because of muslims and so called fake scholars not giving the correct message of what religion teaches.
    These murderes must be hanged soon.Recommend

  • noshin
    Jan 23, 2016 - 12:39AM

    What about the sim cards used by terrorists?? The interior ministry spoke earlier to take against the cellular companies in case of unregistered sims. The cellular companies clarified that Afghan’s sim card is not workable in those areas where attack did happen.Recommend

  • sterry
    Jan 23, 2016 - 12:55AM

    @Rahul: Think about how desperate these cowards must be when all they can boast about is killing students, children and women. They don’t dare attack Pakistani military. This alone tells me that the terrorists are losing. They can cry all they want to their handlers in Afghanistan and no matter how much money they are being paid by foreign agencies, they are being defeated.Recommend

  • Marl Brando
    Jan 23, 2016 - 1:04AM

    There’s no reasoning with these people… The sooner we realise that, the better.Recommend

  • Jan 23, 2016 - 3:23AM

    Why cannot we enter in to border area of Afghanistan and neutralise this mess in surgical strike and make buffer zone on Afghanistan side mind by Pakistan troops. Make it clear to Afghan that we are not invader. Other wise get ready for more massacre. Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 4:50AM

    To be honest, The Taliban threats may come out true, rather than our Govt’s statement that they will kill these terrorists, before attacking us.Recommend

  • Sher
    Jan 23, 2016 - 6:05AM

    General raheel should take charge and force the US general in afghanistan to carpet bomb or drone the locations where these dogs have camped. If they don’t do it then US is complicit in these attacks. The west and India wants our nukes. Today they mentioned our nukes in US congress. What a pathetic and hypocritic world are we living in.Recommend

  • Frustration;
    Jan 23, 2016 - 11:39AM

    Whatever is going on in Pakistan exposes the incompetency and failure of this system. This entire situation is not the birth of months or year; it has long history behind. Army, security agencies and all political and Govt. institutions are responsible for such situation. For decades all these institutions were busy in race for power and enjoyed exploitation, corruption, insecurity, injustices, lack of fairness, gambling and worst corrupt institutional setup without any concern about Nation interest and its values development. If one reviews the entire history of Pakistan it’s full of such bloodshed either between its institutions or politicians and army or with neighbour countries. The present situation is the output of yesterday ignorance and failure of such institutions that lead this frustration. Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 23, 2016 - 2:31PM

    My friend you have no right to blame india when our own country is going no where. After aps attack what was done. I study in a govt institution n security is zero since day one. The ladies who check bags are useless there is no electricity for metal detector. Pehle apne andar dekho phir kisiko boloRecommend

  • Shery awan
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:21PM

    @vinsin: Yes but they can use their weapons like AK 47 RPGsIED none of them were made by Muslims Recommend

  • Asif
    Jan 23, 2016 - 3:22PM

    Something is wrong here, a Nuclear Armed State with sixth largest Army on the planet is taken hostage by a terrorists perhaps numbering in few dozen (for this faction).Recommend

  • asif
    Jan 23, 2016 - 8:54PM

    We must see the root causes of these happeningsRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 24, 2016 - 7:28AM

    Time to start hanging ALL the TTP militants now in jail, and time to start cutting up bodies of dead terrorist attackers and feed their body chunks to starving pigs!Recommend

  • observer
    Jan 24, 2016 - 8:59AM

    These terrorists all look like Hindus. They must be RAW agents.Recommend

  • asmat
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:55AM

    just fence and mine the border, and enhance intelligence agencies competenceRecommend

  • tunre
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:00PM

    I always wonder, who dont these bulky buffaloes fight army themselves? I bet these cowards cant run 200 metre and strike even a truck in their front.Recommend

  • tunre
    Jan 24, 2016 - 2:02PM

    We need to secure our cities first, and concentrate to far flung areas then. Our attacks cant be brutal until we stop worrying about blowback in cities.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:42PM

    Those who have mask are future suciside killing satansRecommend

  • Vivek
    Jan 24, 2016 - 4:56PM

    Great thing you have you have observed,you are a genius and sure I will recomond your name to agencies as a proffesional consultantRecommend

  • Asian
    Jan 24, 2016 - 5:17PM

    Looks like the World’s Greatest Spy agency is building houses in DHA and doing little else.Recommend

  • Yusuf
    Jan 24, 2016 - 8:52PM

    It all revolves around CIA,Mossad and RAW.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 24, 2016 - 9:34PM

    @Ibs: ”proxy war India wants to fight …” Even if you were right, who started this proxy war? Where do you see banned terrorist organizations operating openly? Recommend

  • Bik
    Jan 24, 2016 - 10:46PM

    @Observer: Habibi, they are devils, they kill people, innocent people, students, teacher… they don’t belong to any religion. All religions preach one thing in common – peace.Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Jan 25, 2016 - 12:16AM

    So people like you would not stop spinning conspiracy theories till the last of Pakistani vanishes from this earth. Whats wrong with you guys, your kids are being butcherd right under your nose and yet all you can do is blame India and not act upon terrorists hiding in plain sight in Pakistan. When pakistanis have prople like you then they do not need enemies to destroy it.Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:23AM

    @SKN: grow or hush up Recommend

  • Qadar khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:42PM

    Oh wow great….dear terrorists u consider your self too smart huh… will target educational institutions. …We will target madrasas because this is the place where terrorists are made….Recommend

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