Charsadda suicide attack: Death toll climbs to 89

Published: May 14, 2011
A policeman collects evidence at the site of a suicide and bomb attack outside the main training center of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Shabqadar town, about 30 kilometres  north of Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

A policeman collects evidence at the site of a suicide and bomb attack outside the main training center of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Shabqadar town, about 30 kilometres north of Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

A policeman collects evidence at the site of a suicide and bomb attack outside the main training center of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Shabqadar town, about 30 kilometres  north of Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP Security officials examine the damaged vehicles outside the Frontier Constabulary (FC) main training center following a suicide and bomb attack in Shabqadar town on May 13, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Paramedics help injured blast victim arrive at a hospital in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

The death toll from the Charsadda suicide attack rose to 89 on Saturday, police said.

“The death toll has risen to 89,” district police chief Nisar Khan Marwat told AFP.

“There are five civilians among the dead and four other bodies which had been torn into pieces could not be identified yet,” Marwat said.

Updated from print version (below)

Bin Laden revenge blasts kill 82

The Taliban claimed their first major attack to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death, killing 82 people and 140 others in twin suicide bombings on the biggest Frontier Constabulary training centre in the northwest on Friday.

The deadliest attacks this year occurred within moments at around 6:00 am when newly-trained paramilitary cadets, dressed in civilian clothes, were getting into buses for a 10-day leave after completing their six months training at the facility, witnesses and officials said.

The training facility is near the main Shabqadar bazaar and had the attack occurred later in the day the casualty figure would have been much higher.

A motorcycle rider first blew himself up near the gate, after which a bomber on foot detonated explosives amid panicked recruits running for safety. Frontier Constabulary (FC) Commandant Akbar Hoti confirmed the attacks.

“When FC personnel came to their colleagues’ rescue, the second bomber came on another motorcycle and blew himself up,” said police chief of the Charsadda district, Nisar Khan Marwat.

“This was the first revenge for Osama’s martyrdom. Wait for bigger attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Gul Momin, his leg in plaster, recalled the horror when the explosions turned a festive Friday morning into a bloodbath.

“We had been very happy,” he added. “I was loading my bag into the bus when the blast took place. I was seriously injured but wasn’t knocked out. I crawled towards a safe place and then heard another huge blast.

“Everybody was lying on the ground and crying. I saw people lying in blood and dying. There were dead bodies and body parts. I can’t put it into words.”

Witnesses and security officials said the first bomber hit from the northern side of the facility and when people started running towards the south, another bomber detonated his explosives.

Mohammad Zubair, a witness told The Express Tribune that he had come to the bazaar to purchase something for breakfast. “I started running after the first blast,” he said, adding that he had returned to help the injured, but in the meantime another blast occurred.

The site was a gruesome mess with pools of blood, caps, shoes and other remains littered around. At least a dozen coaches and around 17 shops were destroyed in this attack.

FC personnel Imtiaz said: “It was a scary scene and there were bodies scattered around as the injured cried for help.”

Doctors at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) said they were struggling to save the lives of people, mostly critically wounded paramilitary policemen, and had declared a state of emergency to cope with the scale of the casualties. Earlier in the day, LRH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdul Hamid Afridi said 40 people were in critical condition, but by night hospital staff said that only one person was in a serious condition.

Bashir Ahmed Bilour, senior minister for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said it was the deadliest attack in the country since July 9, 2010, when bombers killed 140 people in Mohmand. “Eighty people, including 69 security personnel and 11 civilians were killed and 140 others injured,” he said.

“All those who died were Muslim Pakhtuns,” he said, adding that “if they want to fight Americans, why don’t they go to Afghanistan instead of killing our youth in such a ruthless manner,” a visibly agitated Bilour told journalists.

Chief Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Ameer Haider Khan Hoti told journalists that 818 recruits had completed their training and were being sent in batches of 15. “The casualty figure was not as high as it could have been given the large number of people in the area due to security precautions,” Hoti said.

Bakht Jamal of the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) said the attackers were carrying about 18 kilogrammes of explosives and steel pellets and mortar shells used to increase the intensity of the blast. He said one of the bomber’s skin had been recovered.

The Taliban last week threatened to attack security forces to avenge Bin Laden’s killing. This was most deadly attack on security forces in the country during the ongoing insurgency. The attack occurred before the political and military leadership of the country was about to meet for a closed-door session of the parliament in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s killing in Abbottabad on May 2 in US Navy SEALs raid.

The US on Friday condemned the attack terming it “heinous”, and said that it shows the need to defeat Al-Qaeda. “This is a heinous attack,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said of the double suicide bombing. “It only highlights the existential threat that these kind of extremist organizations pose for Pakistan, and underscores why it’s so important that we continue to work together both on defeating and dismantling al Qaeda as well as its affiliates.”

With additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, May 14th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (111)

  • Mirza
    May 13, 2011 - 8:30AM

    This is what OBL has brought to Pakistan. Shame on the people who protected him for this long. That is how his organization and sympathizers are paying back to Pakistan. Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 8:31AM

    It is too sad and depressing to see. CIA playing havoc across Pakistan for its breakup on intelligence cooperation. Pakistan should hunt for the dogs trained and unleashed by CIA across the country and kill them all. Its high time we get out of the war that was never ours. Musharaf started this bloodshed by granting access to CIA’s mercenaries into the country.Recommend

  • Arif Ullah
    May 13, 2011 - 8:42AM

    Oh Allah whats going on in our country??? its all because of our deeds… Allah has never changed the situation of a country until the people of that country change the situation themselves. oh Allah give us power to get rid of this evil. ameen
    May Allah give rest to their souls. ameen.Recommend

  • Awais
    May 13, 2011 - 8:51AM

    Such a sad incident but whats even sad is the fact that our government will just make a statement condemning the incident and that’s it. I don’t know when will our leaders start taking actual measures to protect the people from such acts of brutality. This is completely inhumane on part of the terrorists as well as our Government. May Allah give them the insight and sense of responsibility to see what they have to do (Amen). Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Elaihe RajeoonRecommend

  • Guest
    May 13, 2011 - 8:54AM

    Oops . sorry!

    Must be a misfired strategic asset!Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 13, 2011 - 9:09AM

    so much for american dollars? what amount of money will ever bring these lives back? and what did they die for?Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    May 13, 2011 - 9:22AM

    Carnage. Absolute bloody carnage. My sympathies are with all those affected.

    This killing machine created by your I.S.I and Military with funding and help from the West and RSA has gone berserk.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 13, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Very sad news. Surely this is a security lapse. There is a news that donkey cart was also used in this attack. One wonders why this was not checked in such a sensitive area??? Most of those killed were young recruits and others. My heart really goes for those killed and their family members.Recommend

  • Ashok
    May 13, 2011 - 9:23AM

    That’s a lot of people. Pakistan is going through some really bad times. TTP is probably having revenge on Pakistani army for initially using them to hurt Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Dinesh Chetti
    May 13, 2011 - 9:27AM

    May the innocent souls rest in peace! Down with Taliban and their attrocities !Recommend

  • fiya
    May 13, 2011 - 9:28AM

    While Mr. Obama and his trigger-happy nation rejoices the demise of osama, we lament the loss of innocent pakistanis.. and will continue to do so in the years to come– unfortunately. My question is, if Osama was a threat to America, why do such blasts happen in pakistan alone? Post 9-11 nothing really has threatened america. It’s us paying the heavy price of the war against terrorism. Obama should stop paying visits to the 9-11 site and come here to meet tens of thousands of families who have lost their loved onesRecommend

  • KR
    May 13, 2011 - 9:32AM

    May GOD bless these innocent victims and I hope whoever is behind this may burn in hell, it’s time for us to set aside our religious differences and stand up against these crazy religious lunatics (this is obviously against teaching of Islam or any other religion for that matter). Shame on us and specially on your incompetent government to letting it go this far. Recommend

  • saher
    May 13, 2011 - 9:49AM

    :'( losing hope :SRecommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Very condmable, these barbarians are fighting the last war for their survival, yet our establisment and the intelligence agencies will still think of them as strategic assests !!! Eliminate them or they will keep on killing the innocent people.Recommend

  • Ibad ur Rehman
    May 13, 2011 - 9:59AM

    As much as I appreciate media’s instantaneous delivery of news of what is happening, but i will still want all the news agencies to tread carefully in these present sordid and tensed conditions. The trouble makers want that the city should be tightly gripped into fear and the only way the news reaches the common public is through these media channels. So to save a lot of people from heart attacks, media decision makers should filter out information they deem not necessary to be told to public….Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 13, 2011 - 10:03AM

    TTP is actually Tehreek-e-CIA. Time to shoot all CIA agents on sight and soon this TCIA will be vanished.Recommend

  • indian
    May 13, 2011 - 10:09AM

    rip the fallen….Recommend

  • Z. Akbar
    May 13, 2011 - 10:31AM

    Why is the army consistently asking for a budget increase when it can’t even protect its own people, let alone civilians?Recommend

  • Sami
    May 13, 2011 - 10:35AM

    May the innocent Souls be blessed…….. Raymond Davis and the likes showing their colors ….. its about time that we pull ourselves out of this american war which has caused the destruction of our army and civil structure and further weakening….

    the target of this blast could have been the inhouse camera briefing …..Recommend

  • Realist
    May 13, 2011 - 10:41AM

    @ Dinesh

    HAAHAH. We are supporting the Americans in their war in Afghanistan and are therefore, at war with the Taliban. What do you expect the Taliban to do? Send us roses?Recommend

  • kamran
    May 13, 2011 - 10:49AM

    And the “revenge” started…. May ALLAH help Pakistan and Its People…Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 13, 2011 - 10:56AM

    This is barbarous. Why should any innocent person die in any country? A loss is a loss. If Pakistani arm,y does not reign in on all the terrorists (without prejudice), it will not ba just a loss to Pakistan but to the whole world.

    Who’s going to wake them up?Recommend

  • Saman
    May 13, 2011 - 10:58AM

    These people are plain psychotic killers who use the name of Islam for their heinous purposes.
    May Allah bless the innocent souls…Ameen.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 11:08AM

    How are these people allowed to get near the military and police installations with bombs? we must tighten our security even more. all these bombs going off and our police cant even protect themselves, how will thye protect the ordinary persons?Recommend

  • Jamal Hassan
    May 13, 2011 - 11:11AM

    what HaPpened to us ?Recommend

  • Saman
    May 13, 2011 - 11:18AM

    May Allah bless the souls of the innocent…Ameen.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 13, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Knowing that there is an Army operation going on in the neighborhood ( Mohmand Area) and also the recent Osama incidence where was the security & once again a failure of intelligence agencies??? Both Military and Civilian.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 11:24AM

    It’s time to open up a full war-like operation against the TTP and other related organizations. Carpet bomb them until they are wiped out – they should not be shown any mercy and we should not sacrifice any more soldiers. These people are not warriors, but cowards. To attack innocent people as part of their jihad is un-Islamic. If they are so brave, why don’t they go into Afghanistan and fight the ISAF forces.

    The clear difference between these terrorists and the Mujhadeen of the 80s, the Mujhadeen only fought the invading force and didn’t kill any innocent persons. These terrorists kill the innocent and run in fear from the invading force. Cowards!

    May Allah bless the souls and families of those who were lost today – they are the true heroes of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hayat Mohammad
    May 13, 2011 - 11:33AM

    What is the difference between you and American drones?Both kill innocent citizens,sons of mothers,brother of sisters,fathers of children and you make them orphans,mutilated for life.Will Allah ever forgive you.Why do not you target the political agents of America who execute their agenda in region to teach them lessons.These people do speak against you nor give public statements like leaders of MQM from zero point,Karachi,Anp,Islamabad etc.But you must kill innocents because they are your easy victims.They are not agents of USA,UK,NATO.Recommend

  • Human
    May 13, 2011 - 12:02PM

    Do all pakistanis believe in GOD ? blame Devil’s schemes for the ongoing troubles ?

    Any rational thinkers ? any scientific minds ?

    Any one, who understands that our actions alone influence the outcome and we alone have the ability to bring about the change, in the world we live in.Recommend

  • fasiho-d33n Bukhari
    May 13, 2011 - 12:05PM

    American Allied Mercenaries killed in this Eshtehadi Bombing – {{{{Tit for Tat}}}}Recommend

  • Wanderer
    May 13, 2011 - 12:12PM

    One wonders where were all these bombings before 2007? It was, right at that time when CIA was establishing its network in Pakistan through killers and goons like Raymond Davis and now they are relishing the situation by sitting in Langley and creating havoc in Pakistan. One drone attacks, produces ten’s of victims, their hearts filled with revenge and agony, trained and directed by CIA cum TTP agents and here you go…The vicious circle continues. Anyone who thinks the US invaded Afghanistan solely for its soldiers to die in that hell and spending billions of dollars in that war that according to its own Army can never be won lives in fools paradise. It was for Pakistan. It had to be Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sonam Shyam
    May 13, 2011 - 12:13PM

    The terrorists back bone was supposed to be broken around a fortnight ago and with a broken back bone these terrorists can inflict such horrendous blood bath. Its shocking that Gen.Kayani, after the Osama fiasco, had the temerity to pull up the civilian government when the world knows that he himself runs the defense and foreign policy of Pakistan. Even the speech which Gilani read out in the parliament had clear stamp of GHQ Rawalpindi. Where do you hear civilian leaders giving 15 points to sum up their speech?. It is the style of the military to give sharp and concise summary. Its really unbelievable that Pakistani army has never ever been accounted for the various blunders it has committed in the name of supreme national interest. The innocent people of Pakistan are paying the price of the army nurturing strategic assets. Governance of a country is too precious and a sensitive job to be left to the myopic Generals.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 12:15PM

    How about some drone strikes on these TTP terrorists.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    May 13, 2011 - 12:21PM

    May God’s curse be upon you for killing innocent humans.Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 13, 2011 - 12:25PM

    Had this blast happened after India did something or say India won a match against Pakistan, this would have been the handiwork of RAW.

    But, this is happening after OBL’s death. So, this must be the handiwork of CIA.

    Pakistanis, wake up. Your enemies are your people who have guns and explosive belts.

    64 years of economic mismanagement…billions of dollars.

    64 years of extremism…priceless.Recommend

  • Saad H
    May 13, 2011 - 12:32PM

    All this is happening in our country because of OBL and yet some people still believe he is a “martyr”! what is wrong with us?!

    The government once again will not do anything, other than issuing a statement condemning the incident.

    No amount of increased defence budget will stop this. I hate to say this, but our army has proved to be a bit of a let down, especially in the recent past. Recommend

  • Umair Mallick
    May 13, 2011 - 12:34PM

    There are cold blooded beasts sitting behind in the US and Pakistani secret services who have no regard for the waste of precious innocent lives. First US made drama of OBL killing, made the country look fool, now further destabilise Pakistan internally. Pak army fails to give an explanation, government keeps quiet. Hundreds of thousands of US/NATO forces sitting in Afghanistan and just dancing on the tunes of their national anthems … If they cant get rid of Tliban there and Pakistani Army cant get rid of these beasts in Pakistan, it is so obvious they don’t want to. What are the reasons behind? Think about it….. Only power and wrath of people can destroy this terror, it is time to realise.Recommend

  • Mustafa Kamal
    May 13, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Deep RegretsRecommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 12:51PM

    ah…so the snake that they fed and protected is biting them back.

    it was bound to happen. unfortunately, cant sympathise.

    you reap what you sow.Recommend

  • saleem
    May 13, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Innocent always pays the price for “incompetence” of their “leaders”both civil/military.Recommend

  • Reader
    May 13, 2011 - 1:13PM

    Oh Allah, Why has you given such a blessed Religion to such shameless, ruthless and uneducated people. Recommend

  • Ali
    May 13, 2011 - 1:21PM

    you are right. where is Imran Khan and religious parties? Wo kis k saath hain? With ttp or army? Kaun shaheed? Suicide bomber or army personel?Recommend

  • Someone
    May 13, 2011 - 1:45PM

    80 people died because of something they had nothing to do with – Osama bin Laden. So if bin Laden dies, he’s a martyr and there is outrage over his death. But if 80 innocent men die in revenge, who are humans, they do not count. I say to hell with these militants and their ideology. Recommend

  • sumeet
    May 13, 2011 - 2:05PM

    may the souls rest in peace.the heinous and sub human act of militants happening again and again because of liberal apporach of pakistani govt and military.they need to serioulsy deal with religious fanatic and teach people the real islam.for this, pak need a strong and good leades,which sadly missing badly in pak.Recommend

  • Ishtiaq Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 2:15PM

    Hi every one,another tragic day for peace lovers.Why do we people blame CIA for every chaos in our region?why you people don’t focus on ISI?for all chaos in our country is due to ISI,which is supporting these terrorists for their own vested interests and for anti-American sentiments.It is a fact.Recommend

  • Adnan
    May 13, 2011 - 2:16PM

    To all those ignorant fools who were protesting bin laden’s death on the streets, if this doesnt open your eyes then youre no better than those inhuman terrorists !Recommend

  • .Srinath
    May 13, 2011 - 2:18PM

    Young cadets happily going home on short vacation to meet their dear ones.And then, this….. Life snuffed out from the innocent souls.Our hearts go out to the victims of this dance of death choreographed by dark forces. Recommend

  • Naureen
    May 13, 2011 - 2:25PM

    this is the third time osama got killed…. weird it is Recommend

  • Dinesh Chetti
    May 13, 2011 - 2:26PM

    I am feeling sad for the innocent pakistani civilians life lost in this attack. I m not feeling sad for talibans being killed by US or Pak.

  • May 13, 2011 - 2:41PM

    This is a sweet revenge for making irresponsible statement by our present leaders in the Government.

    While USA is continuisly telling the world that this mission was exclusively based on its (USA) intelligence and they have done this operation WITHOUT the help of Pakistan Government.

    But on the other hand Pakistan Government is regularly making irresponsible statements that they had this knowledge before hand for the long time and were sharing intelligence with USA which USA denies.

    So Pakistani people are suffering from only because of irresponsible statements by our Government of Pakistan. Al-Qaeda is attacking Pakistanis as “YOU ASKED FOR IT”.

    Totally incapable bunch of idiots in the Government and in oppositions.
    Nawaz Shareef of PML-N (even though he is not an elected Legislature) but even though he was given honour to attend Secret in-Camera meeting with the Pak Army to share back scene happening and developments. But that idiot refused to attend the meeting, as he wants to play politics (Politics for the sake politics) on this serious Pakistan Security issue.

    All these bunch of idiots should be kicked out and we must search for new and revolutionary young educated leadership otherwise they (PPP and PML-N)will loose this part of the Pakistan too.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    May 13, 2011 - 2:45PM

    @Khalid Muhammad:
    These are the same kind of people who attacked civilians in Mumbai 26/11. But some Pakistani ‘experts’ like Zaid hamid went on air telling that they were Indian intelligence agents. They also claim that 9/11 was stage managed by the CIA. Just imagine if we say that this particular attack was stage managed by the ISI to divert attention from the OBL fiasco. But we do not say that because for us there are no good suicide bombers and bad suicide bombers.Nor do we have good terrorists and bad terrorists. Those who live by the sword dies by the sword. But here, poor young recruits lose their priceless lives as results of the horrific and blind policies of your army and the ISI. First get rid of your ‘strategic assets’ and be honest with the world. Have the courage to call all every terrorist a terrorist. The suicide bombers of TTP are cowards and so is Ajmal Kasab. He too is no holy warrior. Recommend

  • rk singh
    May 13, 2011 - 2:51PM

    I am very confused here. Americans kill Osama-bin-laden and terrorists want to take revenge on Pakistani soldiers (who were protecting him for 5 years)????????

    Imran Khan still wants to call the terrorists, cute and cudly teddy bears?Recommend

  • concerned
    May 13, 2011 - 2:51PM

    TTP has gone out of mind..these blasts doesnt make any sense to meRecommend

  • Angry Pakistani
    May 13, 2011 - 2:53PM

    So Bin Laden is such a precious, worthy martyr of the Muslim ummah that you are willing to murder 80 innocent men for his sake. Are these men not human? Don’t they have the right to live? Is Osama something so holy that you kill 80 men and make their blood cheap? Recommend

  • Aman
    May 13, 2011 - 2:54PM

    Pakistan is the only place in the world that has a peculiar environment to develop fanatic mindsets which is capable of creating these suicide bombers. It is time to rethink the basic education system which is designed to glorify religion and undermine the humanity.Recommend

  • Patrick
    May 13, 2011 - 3:00PM

    Deepest Sympathies to the poor young men who were murdered by the butchers in name of Islam.

    I am an Indian Christian and my heart is heavy at this carnage (and others like Mumbai). These people are are butchers.

    I will only say one thing to those people who are sympathetic to Taliban (pakistani or afghan). What kind of government will those people who can kill hundreds of innocents in pursuit of their poisonous ideology create ?.

    if you think your present government is bad ask those afghanis ( I have met quite a few here in UK) who had to endure the Taliban regime just how brutal they were !.

    Pakistani Military and ISI think that they rather have a ‘Friendly’ but brutal regime in Afghanistan so they support these ‘Strategic Assets’, but even ordinary people know that you do not want a murderers and criminals to be your neighbours because sooner or later they will will attack your family and property.
    Better to have a Neighbour you do not necessarily get on with but who is law abiding and respectable. At least you will be safe. But it requires one to think with a cool head to realise this!Recommend

  • Zaki Jawaid
    May 13, 2011 - 3:01PM

    One has to ask himself. What did these FC Core recruits ever do to deserve to die like this. Did they kill osama ? Did they directly apprehend the Taliban ? Even if they did, was it not for their concern of their own safety and of their families ? The Taliban are mindless. Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Yes people blame America, play into the TTP’s hands. The TTP is nothing more than a bunch of criminals who have used religion to justify murder. America? Forget America, these were Pakistanis that were killed, and blaming America just plays into the TTP hands, for no one blames them and they live to plan more attacks.Recommend

  • BruteForce
    May 13, 2011 - 3:06PM

    Horrible attacks have happened before but that hasn’t changed anything. It hasn’t stopped Pakistani Army from treating Terrorists like Strategic Assets.

    As long as Pak Army supports extremists, I am sorry to say, such carnage will continue.

    But, looking at their past record, the odds are that Pak Army will continue supporting them.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    May 13, 2011 - 3:07PM

    Pakistan will have to change its policy of terrorism as instrument of state policy if it wants to get rid of this menace. It should publically hold those people to account who propogate this policy.Recommend

  • SL
    May 13, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Sad to see fellow Pakistanis still blame CIA/USA for all our problems.. First everyone should start paying full taxes so that government have enough money to run the country (there will be pilferage and corruption but not an excuse to evade taxes) we will see government will be less reliant on foreign countries..

    And for once and all understand that civilian government must be in control and not army/military/bureaucracy. Army/Military being less corrupt or more patriotic is the biggest white lie which is believed by majority of fellow PakistanisRecommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 13, 2011 - 3:26PM

    Oh No Man not again… I Just so HATE TTP…Killing Innocent.. They should be wiped out of Pakistan… Recommend

  • Aryabhat
    May 13, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Feel so much sad for the loss of life.

    I do not think this is going to change anything in Pakistan. If OBL incidence do not change “Strategic” thinking then nothing could.

    IF Siraj Haqqani, Al Zawahiri, Hafeez Saeed, Mulla Omar, Dawood Ibrahim, Ilyas Kashmiri, Masood Azhar etc. are “assets” then such are the rerwards! I am NOT gloating over deaths of innocents. No sensible human can. But it is about time common man of Pakistan stopped saying “Muslims can’t do this” or “CIA/Mossad/RAW did this”. Guys who did this did not come from Mumbai or Tel Aviv or Washington!

    For God’s sake and for your own sake, Please Please Please – WAKE UP! Get rid of this “Strategic assets” as these are actually “Toxic” assets!Recommend

  • Naveed
    May 13, 2011 - 3:37PM

    this is ironic and funny to certain extent……..a prayer for Osama in the senate……and so much emotions flowing out after his death all across the country ….and none of the politicians openly hailed his death …..his compatriots blow away 80 people…many of whom who had a soft corner for the great OBL….where are we heading??Recommend

  • Asim Khan
    May 13, 2011 - 3:37PM

    This is really tragic incident as the barbarians kill innocent people for their nefarious agenda. Tragedies like these are a moment for soul searching. there is more soul searching among ordinary Pakistanis. The only optimism I find in Pakistan is its the critical stance of the writers who write in opinion pages of newspapers. There are quite a number of columnist who do not subscribe to the lines drawn by the establishment. In addition, feedback from the readers provide reality check to a writer who tries to distort the fact. Criticism of ordinary Pakistanies on state and its institutions is visible on the pages of comments of this newspaper. it shows reflection on the part of rational Pakistan.
    But I am really disappointed to see attitude of Indian readers. The one who claim to be rationalist think much like the self-right fundamentalists here. They are exulting that we are in this mess. Yes we accept this is our doing. But they seems to live under the illusion that they are right just because their economy is progressing. Every statement from them exudes a patronizing and holier than thou attitude. I remember a response to Indian readers by Ejaz Haider, a critical of Pakistani state’s policies and peacenik, in The Friday Times, in which he lamented the same attitude of Indian readers who take exception to his comment which was critical of Pakistan but offended Indian because he mentioned India in some context.
    Peace between the two countries is possible if citizens of both countries adopt a critical stance towards both governments. Ordinary Pakistanis are critical of their government but it seems Indian citizens and even writers, with the exception of Roy, Khuswant Singh and some others, most of them have been incorporated within state ideology. This does not bode well for India nor for regional peace. One becomes dogmatic when one accepted the lines drawn by a state or religion. For an ordinary Pakistani the so called progressive Indian reader appears to be counterpart of self righteous religious fundos here in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Malik
    May 13, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Why you are not displaying my comments?

    What the hell of US-aid, Pakistan is a declared ally of USA and facing revenge of killing of OBL. USAID is nothing but payment of services Pakistan is providing to USA in respect of logistic support and facilities. And there is an opinion that USA used a facility to raid Osama’s compound within Pakistan and fled Afghanistan with dead body of OBL.
    Stupid Americans asking for stoppage of aid to Pakistan. Actually Pakistani establishment is foolish who accepting this small amount of 3 billion annually for such a risky support which can lead to destabilize the integrity and freedom of country. USA declared expanding 10 billion monthly in Afghanistan. If they cannot control Afghanistan with expending this much expenses how a developing country like Pakistan can control its long border with Afghanistan with its own resources.
    What is agenda of USA after mission accomplished after the killing of OBL? It looks as killing of # 2, # 3, and so on. There is no end of USA’s war on terror. But the time has come and USA also showed trust deficit on Pakistani establishment while raiding OBL compound in Pakistan without informing major ally Pakistan. Pakistan is front line state against war on terror but USA’s presence and action double the risk of defeat in this war.
    It looks that USA working against Pakistan with close cooperation of India. India is a declared enemy of Pakistan.
    Pakistan should review its role in so called war on terror to establish unity among he peoples of Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 13, 2011 - 4:11PM

    Very very shameful act by Tehrek e Taliban Pakistan. Why they kills the innocent FC men. They are all Terrorist………..Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    May 13, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Oh ALLAH,punish these beasts who kill innocents in YOUR NAME and destroy humanity. No DOUBT YOU HAVE THE POWER TI DO THAT—-AMEENRecommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 13, 2011 - 4:25PM

    Wake up Pakistanis, your real enemies are these barbarians and their supporters in media, not USA or anyone else in entire world. What was the fault of innocent recruits? What they had done to deserve such horrific death? Within 24 hours you burry your deads and in next 24 hours you forget why and how they were killed and start singing the same lines written by these barbarians and their supporters. Shame on you all for not recognizing your real enemy and using your brain.Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 4:28PM

    I had writen through your forum that the operation mounted by the military against TTP was un-conventional in which militants were allowed to melt away to the safe havens with their 80% infrastructure still intact will result in more attacks on civil and security forces.

    Therefore, there is a need for army to mount tactical counter-insurgency operations ie encircle and destroy and no mercy should be shown to these barbarians. As such track record of conviction of the captured terrorist by the Pak Civil Courts is quite dismal, hence policy to eliminate them on the first opportunity should be adopted.

    We wish God-speed success to the security forces of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Imran
    May 13, 2011 - 4:41PM

    ….who funds TTP?? simple. Raymond Davis?Recommend

  • Abdullah
    May 13, 2011 - 5:04PM

    @narayana murthy:
    we know who they are, you better mind your own business
    dont teach usRecommend

  • yasir
    May 13, 2011 - 5:56PM

    First of all The TTP, do they know whether OBL was there in Abbotttabad when the fake drama of killing was staged ?


    It is a pretext which America has left for taking out its army from America and let Taliban who are the covert enemies of pakistan be carrying out thier condemnable suicider attacks at national installations ?

    It is the fake story which has been created by the american for destablizing Pakistan and Taliban which are actually foriegn funded terorrist organisation are carrying out thier activities in the pretyext of OBL Murder in Abbottabad. Recommend

  • Thinking
    May 13, 2011 - 5:58PM

    Very sad day to see the loss of innocent life of men who were willing to defend their country.

    I hope that Pakistan is able to make a clear break from these vicious terrorists. Recommend

  • Amer
    May 13, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Wake up Pakistan! Wake up! These barbarians are not your brothers! These TTP scum are not the Pakistanis you and I love to call our brothers! Our military needs to conduct multiple operations like the Swat operation before we can get rid of this scum! Please wake up from denial! Recommend

  • Nadya
    May 13, 2011 - 6:14PM

    E need to get rid of these terrorists, they have no morals and no religion no nationality.they just speak terrorism. One a friday which is a sacred day in Islam they choose to slaughter people in the most unislamic intact prohibited manner of blowing themselves up. Suicide is forbidden in Islam. They have evolved their own religion. I hope we as a nation can rid our country of these stooges and also of the incompetent n corrupt leadership and get on our way to become tolerant and progressive society. Recommend

  • Skin Taj
    May 13, 2011 - 6:18PM

    * Killing your own people …How could this be a revenge ???????? This again shows and confirms that these COWARDS TTP are no friends of PAKISTAN and PAKISTANI People !!! They are the menace disguised and wrapped behind the curtain of Islam… Islam says clearly …KILLING ONE MAN is like KILLING HUMANITY May GOD punish them wth the TEARS OF YATEEEEMS of these people who were killed today by TTP !!!* Remember there is a thin line difference between a MUJAHID & KILLER TERRORIST ** Mujahid DEFENDS & Terrrorist OFFENDS !!!Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 6:23PM

    why dont drone kill hakimullah mehsud and azam tariq spokeman of tehreek

    because army cant do anything

    fence af pak border first how did mess of afghanistan come to pakRecommend

  • Wade Nelson
    May 13, 2011 - 6:32PM

    It is clearly evident that Pakistan is not an ally of the United States when hundreds of supposedly intelligent, educated lawyers in Lahore gather to pray for Osama Bin Ladin. Recommend

  • New Delhi_India
    May 13, 2011 - 6:37PM

    It is like “Rajia Gundoo mai fas gai”. (Drones+Talibans)Recommend

  • Raj
    May 13, 2011 - 6:49PM


  • Meredith, USA
    May 13, 2011 - 6:53PM

    My heart goes out to the people of Pakistan in the wake of this terrible tragedy. It’s time to stand together and break down the walls of religion and culture and act as a people and not a label. And while there will certainly be things to disagree about it is up to everyone who believes in good to unite to help make this world a safer place for us, our children and our children’s children. May you find strength to get through.Recommend

  • Colleen
    May 13, 2011 - 6:58PM

    My heart goes out to the people of Pakistan in the wake of this terrible tragedy. It’s time to stand together and break down the walls of religion and culture and act as a people and not a label. And while there will certainly be things to disagree about it is up to everyone who believes in good to unite to help make this world a safer place for us, our children and our children’s children. May you find strength to get through.Recommend

  • Mahmood
    May 13, 2011 - 7:14PM

    It gets confusing. Are these the good Taliban who are only suppose to blow up your allies or are these the bad Taliban who blow you and don’t need a reason. It hard to keep track when you have so many militant groups running around Pakistan – maybe you should issue a playbook so outsiders can have a better understanding on who the players are?Recommend

  • Amira
    May 13, 2011 - 7:48PM

    Stop blaming the Americans or the government or the military/ISI or whomever. Instead just think that if all Pakistanis would stand united against the TTP and their “religious” supporters, the Taliban could be defeated in no time. I mean, what could a few thousand terrorists do against a nation of 180 million, whose people are really determined to get rid of this menace once and for all. Wouldn’t now be the time to fight for a moderate and peaceful Pakistan?!Recommend

  • rk singh
    May 13, 2011 - 8:03PM

    At this point only one (could-be) comment from Pakistani army worries me like hell…

    Dude where is my NUKES?Recommend

  • Abhinav
    May 13, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Hey guys it is all crystal clear. Americans staged a drama to capture OBL in Pakistan and now TTP supported by them is executing terror attack on the pretext of the same. It is all to destablize Pakistan. TTP is not real Taliban, open your eyes and see truth.Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 8:05PM

    I know for sure that this is carried out by agents of America simply to push the Pakistanis in a myth and a delusion that Osama Bin Laden was actually killed.. and now this bomb which is a retaliation from the TTP is an evidence to Osama’s death..

    ITS ALL CRAP.. OSAMA WAS NOT HERE.. AMERICA LIES.. IT has no evidence to substantiate its claims against Osama or Pakista..
    there is no evidence that Osama was behind 9/11 while there is loads of evidence that it was an inside job 9/11 MADE IN USA.. Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 13, 2011 - 8:15PM

    @Asim Khan,
    India is not Pakistan and Pakistan is not India. Yes we were same before 1957 but over past 60 years, India and Pakistan have a very different constitution, national goals and ideology, role of army and political, social history. India strives hard to achive the goal of a more perfect secular, democratic state commtted to provide reservations and extra priveleges to weakest sections of society. Thats the goal of the country and constitution and there is no confusion about it.

    So why should Indian readers, treat India and Pakistan as smiliar states ?Recommend

  • Ghost Buster
    May 13, 2011 - 8:43PM

    Mechanical Drone vs. Human Drone.


  • Goldleaf
    May 13, 2011 - 8:48PM

    @REBEL….its time for prozacRecommend

  • shekhar
    May 13, 2011 - 9:56PM

    My heart goes out for the innocent people who have died in the terrorist attack.Recommend

    May 13, 2011 - 10:09PM

    I am constrained to point-out that till such time military and its agencies continues to treat these monsters as assets, which is a double edge sword that will pierce the heart of Pakistan to its demise. Time is running out for Pakistan and cancer of terrorism is spreading in all directions of the country. The million dollar question is whether Kayani and ISI would shun the policy of self-destruction and save Pakistan ? Recommend

  • gandoo
    May 13, 2011 - 10:25PM

    all I can say india, is taliban are coming to a street near you !. the east of india already had 100 police officers killed every week by maoist Recommend

  • Pill
    May 13, 2011 - 10:34PM

    Could the military or the ISI have unearthed this plot? What were they doing?Recommend

  • pappufromindia
    May 13, 2011 - 11:32PM

    very sad……….does these poor pakistanis kill laden.shame on u TTP .Recommend

  • tax payer
    May 14, 2011 - 12:33AM

    wake up ISI, for heaven’s sake. Recommend

  • anish
    May 14, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Wow We do not know this… Source of the news please .. Oh I forgot .. you will tell no its consipiracy by Indian hindus, govt and such news will not be aired in media… Recommend

  • Malik Rashid
    May 14, 2011 - 2:03AM

    With dreams of a happy, peaceful, future in mind, trained FC recruits were blown to pieces after graduation

    Whenever Pakistan’s military feels challenged, they instill fear among people by brutal attacks that assert the army’s power over shocked and devastated citizens. Strategic depth exercise is not restricted to Afghanistan and India. The people of Pakistan have been blown into pieces by Pakistan’s military establishment to achieve the following advantage for Pakistan-army:

    1) Taliban are killing Pakistanis. This impression may gain sympathy from the international community.

    2) Such devastating attacks scare Pakistanis into surrender to army’s capability to kill and hurt at will. ‘Pakistanis feeling emboldened by recent embarrassment of military establishment-beware’ is the message.

    3) The US effort to hire and train Pukhtoons as Frontier Constabulary to defend against extremists-terrorists, is subverted.

    4) To enforce that peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without Pakistan’s strategic superiority over the Government of Afghanistan. Their message: Afghanistan’s future government must be Pakistan army’s satellite.

    At this point in the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s army would like to re-install itself in the region as US and NATO plan to leave. But their ambitions were thwarted and reputation badly tattered when US took out bin Laden and President Obama announced that similar actions against other high value targets will be undertaken despite Pakistan’s propaganda over violation of sovereignty.

    Pakistan’s military junta will:

    1)Like to retain their proxies created for strategic depth.

    2)They would like US and international aid to continue flowing into Pakistan by asserting their destructive capability in the region.

    This war has entered a crucial stage. Murder of citizens in major cities, blowing up shrines and markets, is already being done. A large scale campaign of murders and explosions in cities like Karachi could be undertaken as Pakistan’s army fights to keep Pakistan under its brutal stranglehold of blackmail and terror.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 14, 2011 - 2:48AM

    General Kayyani Sahib, you are the only hope. Save Pakistan from these barbarians. Impose martial law, take first action against those who support terrorists, finish them in 24 hours, then search each and every house and if weapons, bombs or drugs are found, hang all adults of that house. Within one week, this country will become heaven on earth. Now it looks that majority of Pakistanis support terrorists, but once you start action, hundred percent of Pakistanis will support you. Remember Swat before your operation, ninety percent people in Swat were in favour of Taliban, but after operation, within days they joined your forces. Majority of Pakistanis are scared from these terrorists, but once you stand up and start fight, everyone will join you. If you cannot do this, then resign and go home and take all your generals and officers with you. We don’t need you, your forces are nothing but a burden.Recommend

  • aftab alam
    May 14, 2011 - 2:49AM

    President Obama wanted to win and has won. OBL lost. I congratulate the winner and feel sorry for the looser. My concern is really for 80 police recruits who have lost their lives . May Allah give them place in jannat. Amin. and forty of who are still fighting for their lives. I pray for them and hope they recover from wounds and go home healthy and fit. Every Pakistani death is one two many. I condemn each one of them.
    My major concern is this carnage is the last. I hope it is.

  • Javed
    May 14, 2011 - 3:25AM

    We are paying the price of harbouring terrorists and sympathising with them. Not only that but we deny its them and create crazy conspiracies. When all hell breaks loose we inocently ask, Why UsRecommend

  • Javed
    May 14, 2011 - 3:30AM

    @Realist: Americans or no Americans they will keep on killing because they want a Kingdom of their own. Keep on blameing others and keep on getting killed. Time to wake up to the reality… Its our strategic assets gone unstrategicRecommend

  • asif khan
    May 14, 2011 - 4:27AM

    its too bad to watch such type of activities carried out by name of islam.i m sure that CIA is behind such type of attackes by using our pakistani youths.Raymond devis was here just to organized such type of attackes in easy way.i think we should chage our internal as well international policy about this so called “war against terrorism”.2dn may incident made it clear to us that USA is never be in love with pakistan.they are here just to destablize pakistan with the help of local is USA who used balochies to fight for free-balochistan.Recommend

  • Saad H
    May 14, 2011 - 5:40AM

    As much as I hate to say this because our army is the most respected institution in the country, but some serious quiestions need to be raised about their budget! where does all that money go? even after getting the most amount of money for the past I dont know how many years, they still cant seem to stop these attacks from happening! and the whole obl fiasco was just a cherry on top of the proverbial cake! the army needs to answer!Recommend

  • shah
    May 14, 2011 - 5:46AM

    the dajjal is at workRecommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 14, 2011 - 7:31AM

    If Pakistan sheltered Osama and had no hand in his killing then why revenge against Pakistan?80+2 killed Kaun shaheed?Recommend

    May 14, 2011 - 10:15AM

    @Malik Rashid:
    Rashid, you are spot on about your analysis on your number one institution. Most of your assumptions are shared by many leading analysts all over the world, who have already predicted a dooms day scenario in the near future.Recommend

  • folkefiende
    May 14, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Believe me guys this is RAW making mayhem…Recommend

  • Abu Adam
    May 14, 2011 - 6:21PM

    There ideology is that they are helping Allah, in the way of Allah. They are at war with Americans and the crusaders. After the life of the beloved Prophet Mohammad(SAS) the muslims have fought many a wars with these christians and this shall continue as long as rains fall in the sky. These americans are supported by the so called ignorant pakistani politicians and there government, and whoever supports the enemy of Allah (i.e, America) is an enemy to the supporter of Allah. May Allah guide all muslims to the straight path. May Allah give victory to the people fighting to serve Islam and taking the banner of LA ILAHA ILLALLAH, and may Allah weaken the enemies of Islam… Ameen!!!Recommend

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