Peshawar Cantt blasts: Taliban deny responsibility, blame 'foreign agencies'

Published: June 12, 2011
Pakistani security officials examine the site following twin bomb blasts in Peshawar on June 11, 2011. Twin bomb blasts at a crowded supermarket killed at least 34 people and injured more than 80 in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar late on June 11, police said. PHOTO:AFP

Pakistani security officials examine the site following twin bomb blasts in Peshawar on June 11, 2011. Twin bomb blasts at a crowded supermarket killed at least 34 people and injured more than 80 in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar late on June 11, police said. PHOTO:AFP

Volunteers search for blast victims at the site of twin bomb explosion in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP Pakistani people remove debris as they search for blast victims at the site of twin bomb blasts in Peshawar on June 11, 2011. Twin bomb blasts at a crowded supermarket killed at least 34 people and injured more than 80 in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar late on June 11, police said. PHOTO:AFP Pakistani security officials examine the site following twin bomb blasts in Peshawar on June 11, 2011. Twin bomb blasts at a crowded supermarket killed at least 34 people and injured more than 80 in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar late on June 11, police said. PHOTO:AFP Injured await treatment at a hospital in Peshawar. 34 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured as multiple bomb blasts took place in Peshawar late Saturday night. PHOTO:REUTERS

Taliban on Sunday denied responsibility for twin bomb blasts that ripped through a crowded market in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 39 people and injuring dozens.

The attack, one of the deadliest in a series to hit Pakistan since US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in May, devastated the Khyber Super Market district which includes a hotel, shops and student accommodation.

The Taliban, who have vowed to carry out attacks to avenge the killing of bin Laden, denied any role in the bombing and said they target only the government and military.

“We did not carry out this attack in Peshawar. It is an attempt by foreign secret agencies who are doing it to malign us,” Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP on phone.

“We do not target innocent people. Our targets are very clear, we attack security forces, government and people who are siding with it,” Ehsan said.

Updated from print edition (below)

Midnight terror: At least 34 killed in Peshawar Cantt blasts

At least 34 people were killed and over 90 injured, among them television journalists and a senior police officer, when two blasts ripped through a marketplace in the garrison area of Peshawar just before midnight on Saturday.

“First a gas cylinder exploded at Lala Restaurant in Khyber Supermarket in Peshawar Cantt,” a witness told The Express Tribune. “People flocked to the site out of curiosity,” he added. “Minutes later, a huge blast rocked the market.”

SSP Operations Ejaz Khan corroborated the eyewitness’ account, saying it was a trap. “The cylinder was exploded to attract people to the site,” he added.

Khan said that the bomb was strapped to a motorcycle parked outside the ill-fated restaurant – a famous eatery of the city which is usually frequented by a large number of food-lovers. He said the explosive device weighed around 10 kilogrammes.

Capital City Police Officer Liaquat Ali Khan confirmed that at least 34 people were killed and over 90 wounded in the bombing. The casualties were ferried to different hospitals of the city, where a state of emergency was declared.

Medics at the Lady Reading Hospital told The Express Tribune that they have received 12 bodies and over 40 injured people – some of them in critical condition. The injured also include television journalists – among them Dunya TV Bureau chief Safiullah Gul – and SP Cantt Shafiullah Khan. However, doctors said their wounds are not life threatening.

Witnesses said that the restaurant and several adjoining shops were badly damaged in the explosion which also triggered a huge fire in the market. The explosion also caused a power outage in the area, and security and rescue officials were forced to work in the dark.

Khyber Supermarket is located in a high-security zone of Peshawar’s cantonment area.

The office of Khyber Agency’s political agent and a Pakistan Army residential colony are situated nearby.

The explosion took place exactly where a tribal journalist, Nasrullah Afridi, was killed in a targeted bomb blast last month.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain condemned the ‘cowardly terrorist attack’. Speaking to the media outside the LRH, he feared that the death toll could rise further.

Taliban militants have carried out a string of bombings and brazen gun attacks on civil and military targets to avenge the killing of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Iftikhar Hussain called for bridging the trust deficit between all regional and international players to defeat terrorism.

The KP-K information minister added: “Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US-led coalition forces must abandon hypocritical policies if they want to defeat militancy.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2011.

A slideshow of pictures from the blast site can be viewed here.


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Reader Comments (110)

  • Anna
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:56AM

    Not Friday yet .. Can’t you guys wait till Fri?Recommend

  • fahim
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:29AM

    only 12 yet, ok .. atleast express tribune publishes lower headcounts. outside pak, other newspapers dont even bothers to report unless count goes up more than 20-25… if someone follows the comments in internationally reputed news sites like CNN, NYT, WSJ, BBC, Times, FP, Indian , French, Australian or even our all weather friend chinese sites like CD, SDN, we have become the laughing stock of common citizens in other countries. Our respect internationally can be easily gauged from how other country citizens react to news from Pakistan. From disgust to total blame on us. Forget different Govt positions, even common not so informed citizens are terrified about us, and dislike us. For 60 years as a security state we have done numerous wrong things… now our future is reaping the evil actions of our past. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:44AM

    Another incident !! Ok! Where by the innocent are saultered and your stupid Army is still waiting for “Right time” to deal with these animals who cause this mayhem upon you!!!
    What are the people of this nation thinking??
    That this is a bad dream and it will just go away, while you keep shut and watch the innocent die???
    Its Sad!! Very bloody Sad!!!
    No citizens of any Nation deserve this kind of service from their Armed Forces, who simply stand by and watch this type of behaviour from their own proxy idiots they created and are still protecting!!!Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:55AM

    Who will tell ANP and PPP leadership to train the nation.

    Why people gather after a blast to see a TAMASHA ?

    There is always a danger of second and third blast by these manics

    Only 1122 type people or Ambulances should be there. Rest of people should vacate the area.

    Did anyone saw how Israeli people react to such acts ? very calm, cool and organised.

    No running, no shouting, no confusion…. Everyone knows what is his or her duty at this time and they do that.

    Political leadership needs to lead from front instead of making useless statements.

    Lets face the challenge squarely and bravely but in organised way.Recommend

  • aslambeig
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:57AM

    pakistani intelligence funded by americans is causing bomb blasts all over pakistanRecommend

  • raawan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:00AM

    Keep it up Rehman Malik … You are the savior of our NationRecommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:00AM

    More unhappy strategic assets gone astray?Recommend

  • Arif
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Lets lease this country to america,india and tell them to fix it in 6 months,finish all talibaniRecommend

  • Asadullah
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:06AM

    hahah another one bites the dust, we should have a game where we should guess where the next bomb will blowRecommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 2:07AM

    Looks like a cylinder blast. But still possibility of RAW/CIA/MOSSAD cannot be ruled outRecommend

  • faraz
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:10AM

    These exploding strategic assets were nurtured to capture Kashmir, Afghanistan and Central Asia. I really dont know whether to cry or laugh at the tinpot dictator who came up with this ideaRecommend

  • Arsalan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:13AM

    Why some people always give NEGATIVE remarks?

    This is what enemy wants you to do…..Recommend

  • Arif
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:27AM

    why did we break from india first of all.

    Jinnah did a blunder..well said by altaf bhai…

    We were much better off in india…no violence there..muslims are happy,everywhere like cricket,industry,showbiz………..

    we are killing each other in name of islam..

    Someone has rightly said,hindus are peaceful and they can tolerate too much while we fight..

    we were happy living with hindu brothes..Recommend

  • Anna
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:31AM

    “Lets lease this country to america,india and tell them ”

    You really think they want a part of this mess? Even the ever hungry Chinese are being cautious on investments .. they only want to sell tin-foil arms .. which they can’t sell anywhere else ..

    Pakistan has no HOPE .. monsters on the ground .. Predetors / Reapers / Drones on the sky .. sounds like a HORROR MOvie!!Recommend

  • Shock Horror
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:36AM

    It will be one thousand years before Pakistanis become as sensible as Israelis! Period.Recommend

  • Samir
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:41AM

    Pull off the idiots from the govt.
    Who cannot secure its nationals.
    Give this country to someone else to secure we were better off in British Rule.
    Why the hell so called patriotic army of Pak is waiting for.

    Track them, catch them, Publish them if foreign, Rip them apart to set an example.

    What media is doing atleast educate people to keep suspicious eyes in surroundings and keep calm on situations like this.

    Why people gather after a blast to see a TAMASHA ?
    There is always a danger of second and third blast by these manics
    Only 1122 type people or Ambulances should be there. Rest of people should vacate the area.
    Did anyone saw how Israeli people react to such acts ? very calm, cool and organised.
    No running, no shouting, no confusion…. Everyone knows what is his or her duty at this time and they do that.
    Political leadership needs to lead from front instead of making useless statements.
    Lets face the challenge squarely and bravely but in organised way.Recommend

  • Anna
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:41AM

    Oops .. another strategic asset misfired!

    Was the bomb made in China?Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 2:53AM

    pakistani intelligence/military has completely failed to defend the nation.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Why would our army and paramilitary forces go after these animals? During wars, mistakes are made, innocent people die but after one or two incidents we forget all sacrifices and start insulting whole institutions. Everyone comes out from their holes to score points. Would honourable CJ also summon Taliban leaders and order their transfer too? Recommend

  • Chandler
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:03AM


    “Did anyone saw how Israeli people react to such acts ? very calm, cool and organised.”

    You are looking up to Israelis? Isn’t that haram?Recommend

  • Shock Horror
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:05AM

    Terrorism, terrorism every day, every night in Pakistan and we had imagined that the terrorists were being trained in Pakistan to carry out terrorist activities in neighbouring countries. Strange terrorists, like chicken, have come home to roost!Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:14AM

    Rather than whodunit? we should all honor the dead. Malicious gossip for later.Recommend

  • Kazim
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:16AM

    All the indians, please spare us the horror of terrorists trained at one of your consulates adjacent to Pakistan. You prove yourselves of having no life than to either laugh or act like jews, changing names and pretending to be Pakistanis later demoralizing the people. Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:31AM

    ALAS!! The same sad story continues….When will Pakistan get peaceful…how many of us will remain alive at that time….will it ever happen…Will v ever get a sincere n competitive leadership….A small glimpse of hope remains in the end…. Wish for the better future of this Great nation n peace in Pakistan….ALLAH bless Pakistan!!Recommend

  • Basharat
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:33AM

    This cannot be job of muslims . Mosad , Raw, CIA , or according to Imran Khan it is reaction
    against Pakistan´s involvement in American war . People of Pakistan , it is inevitable , should admit the ground reality, that it is our own war inasmuch as , our own people are dying or rendered cripple for rest of their life in the terrorist attacks . It is hard luck that the terrorists have support from within the country . Right wingers feel shy to condemn these terrorists and the courts had hardly convicted any terrorist, perhaps due to fear of their own security. Recommend

  • Rao,
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:44AM

    why can’t pak civilians have their own counterpart to ISI.. hope thinks will improve then…Recommend

  • Faction
    Jun 12, 2011 - 3:49AM

    The people in the supermarket must have been ahmadis, who deserve to die, or zionist agents. No wait, the people who planned it were zionist agents, working with Raymond Davis’ half sister. Either way, Islam triumphs again!! More mullahs, more Taliban, more corpses please. Let the good times roll!!Recommend

  • ShriekingAbroad
    Jun 12, 2011 - 4:39AM

    It just has to be a CIA / RAW / KHAD / MOSSAD / MI6 / KGB / ALIEN conspiracy. Else how could we live with fact that the Pakistani Army’s creations are now feasting on all Pakistanis? Or even worse how could we live with the fact that muslims actually kill muslims??? I cannot accept it, please give some hallucinogenics before I die from all the cognitive dissonance.Recommend

  • adam
    Jun 12, 2011 - 4:42AM

    it is not going without funding, if bombers are poor, then who paying them, they day will come when they bit the hands who feeding them, or those who suffered will punish those who caused them. Every country has got to do something, Pak shuld control Talibs and India should control Moists. Besides, the incidences of fundamentalism growing in these two Nuke Powers, which may lead to hero and naga. Recommend

  • fahim
    Jun 12, 2011 - 4:44AM

    @Arif, no one will be willing to come in this mess… For US and West, Pakistan is the biggest double faced headache, Indians are better off getting rid of these terrorists in 1947, and they are focused on high growth and prosperity for all communities and have no interest to come here, while for Chinese we are their biggest liability that they have to unwillingly maintain to keep India, their only challange in Asia busy, no matter how much we try to please their communist party. Because of our historical flawed policies we are totally isolated internationally today. Even muslim brotherhood given a damn, even after 35,000 of us are killed. Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 4:44AM

    Another sad day. :( Chills running through the spine. :(Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 4:52AM

    People around the world may well be cussing us but it’s a shame to see Pakistanis themselves resorting to self-loathing as if it’s going to help in anyway! What we need to do is try to expand the positives as much as we can on an individual level and act up to contribute our bit towards building Pakistan rather than being a mouse-potato and bashing everything Pakistani!Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 12, 2011 - 5:43AM

    @Arif: “Lets lease this country to america,india and tell them to fix it in 6 months,finish all talibani”

    The impact of Islam is very difficult to undo in 6 months. Recommend

  • Alert
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Pakistan is reaping what Bibi and Nasrulla Babar sowed in 1980s, 90s.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 6:47AM

    Funniest part about that is it’d probably work. This would be over by now if it wasn’t Pakistan’s intolerance and envious child-like attitude towards everyone that reminds them they’re not perfect

    It’s also so one-sided it’s pathetic. Like having a huge grudge against someone to the extent they make themselves miserable yet the person they hold that grudge against barely knows they exist and never intended to cause such a reaction.

    Really though, if Pakistan doesn’t start viewing people outside of their country realistically, it is going to be destroyed regardless of American troop withdrawal and it won’t be very long from now, either.

    The terrorists are scared of America though stating it would cause severe internal damage to their groups and it causes their hesitation. It is shown by the fact they’re targeting everyone but America though they are just as much in reach as Pakistan at the moment. They know they can’t take America on without chances of extreme set backs and/or devastation to their ranks so they need to rely on political conflict to get them the breathing room they desire. They’re smart enough to know that the moment they slip up and it compromises any location, they’re as good as dead. They don’t need to worry about that with Pakistan, which is obvious lately. The moment America leaves, they’ll stop holding back and Pakistan will go up in flames. Then the terrorists/religious fanatics will take advantage of the time of weakness and rebuild it with their own beliefs being the foundation.

    Right now the frequency of the attacks are required to be limited for their own safety. They know there are people watching for them to show themselves. They can’t afford to create a predictable pattern or they’re finished just so long as America is watching and in range to act.

    If anyone thinks that it’s bad now, they should also take into consideration that there is one very obvious things they’re aware of. That thing is that they can pretty much abuse Pakistan with little need to even plan. Time and time again it has been proven that if they attack Pakistan, they have little reason to worry about retribution and increasing attack frequency also will have no downsides. But, right now, they also see that even if they can toy with Pakistan without worry… While America is there and they do have to be concerned of their reaction to what they do.Recommend

  • BR
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:59AM

    I am not sure what these nutjobs hope to gain by causing such mayhem. I suspect the mayhem is an end unto itself.

    It is the outcome of having a large population of hopeless young people whose best prospects in this life are to blow themselves up. Just how stupid can they get.

    Just how low must their IQ be to not realize that killing an innocent vegetable vendor does nothing, absolutely nothing for their cause (or to even realize that they don’t actually have a cause).

    All this is so tragic, its unimaginable. There are 34 families crying today in Peshawar because a jobless idiot thought he had no hope in this life. He’d have been better off hanging himself in a quiet room somewhere.Recommend

  • BR
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:00AM

    Aslambeig, this is not the Pakistani intelligence. Its not the Pakistani army. Not anymore. The monster has become independent.Recommend

  • prashanth
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:18AM

    @Arif: Not so fast Arif; there is a saying in Kannada, which goes
    Tanu sayabeku, swarga padibaku.
    If you want to reach heaven, you have to die yourself. It is not possible for you to reach heaven by letting someone else die for you! Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:25AM

    This madness has to stop.
    It seems the security aparatus of the country has abdicated it’s responsibility to provide security.

    I feel unless you stop the mobile police escort that every,Minister, DSP.SP.DIG,IG police get and so do senior armed forces officers, security situation will not improve as these people feel safe with thier escorts.
    Let them move around the town like a common citizen.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:49AM

    Do you honestly think that any country would accept the cesspool of a country (Pakistan) that we have become? We can blame anything or anybody but the primary job of half a million strong army is to protect its citizens. Nobody else can or would do their primary job. Not Malik, not ANP, not any other political party or leader. It is the army/ISI who has opened this Pandora’s Box and only they can and should handle it. The only question to ask is, why do we have such a huge army if they cannot even protect their citizens in the main cities? Another 12% raise for the army might motivate them. Recommend

  • looser
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:52AM

    that why rehman malik whole world laugh on youRecommend

  • san
    Jun 12, 2011 - 8:07AM

    How they gona flush talibans. Our intelligence agencies are involved in these terrorist activities and they are still funding them. Pakistan soon will be just like today’s Afghanistan. We as public donot understand that whose agenda our security forces are following, but one thing for sure whatever they are doing they are doing against Pakistan. We can called them as “Uniformed Talibans”.Recommend

  • Reddy
    Jun 12, 2011 - 8:37AM

    Oh ! Ok !.
    Another BLAST. ( And I dont mean a party ).
    Yet Pakistan will not look at internal policies.
    Yet Pakistan will not look at what is wrong inside.
    Yet Pakistan will not look at the monster they have created.
    I read about all the blasts that occur with great sorrow and hope.
    Sorrow – that so many innocents are killed. Sorrow I get.
    Hope – that the govt may respond, the people will change,measures will be taken. Hope I dont get.
    Is it like – lets keep at this policy ?
    To kill one Indian, its ok if we loose 25 of our people. ( Doesn’t matter – Men Women Children Babies.)
    All this talk about the army being a great one is B – – – S – – T.
    They cant take out a few terrorists, what are they good for ????????????????Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 9:24AM

    HHAAAAHH!!! wishful thinking. But it is still better to take your head out of the clouds and keep your feet on the ground. Salams my friend.Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 12, 2011 - 9:32AM

    Unfortunately, none of comments have expressed regret over the death. The militant groups created with the aim of ‘death by thousand cuts’ on our neghbours due to our policy of strategic depth, has infact resulted in more deaths than the cause for breeding militancy. Hopefully, ET comes out with stats on subject.
    & the irony is we still dont know who our enemies are. The people are brainwashed for last few decades that they live in delusions. Its time the education system need a complete revamp & we can see some humanity in after 10-20 years.
    Till then, the ‘death by thousand cuts’ will continue.Recommend

  • Salahuddin
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:02AM

    It was bloody and barbaric last night. I remember the scenes, people shouting in agony, torn and bloody cloths, even the road had turned red from their blood. Lala restaurant was famous for “LOBIA KARAHI”, it is no more. Eye witness Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:04AM

    @ Arif – would probably be the amount of time they’d need to clear out the terrorists.Recommend

  • Maria
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:12AM

    Anti state criminals sent over from Afghanistan and India will not break the resolve of Pakistanis. These cowards can only kill innocent women and children. As long as the nation stands firm, these criminals will be defeated IA.Recommend

    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:18AM

    It is evident that the security forces and govt of Pakistan are incompetent to handle Taleban and Talebanisation of the society, spread in more than seventy percent of the whole country. If situation goes out of hand, foreign forces may have to intervene to control the worsening situation which is not far away.Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:03AM

    PPP is the worst thing happened to Pakistan. Their interior minister is one of the failed one who converted peaceful country to battle ground. We need to concentrate on internal security and kick out all CIA agents. American footprints in Iraq result in daily trauma for citizens. Get rid of them, as they are real trouble makers (See Surrah Al-Baqara). Can anyone deny Quran??Recommend

  • khauf.
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:13AM

    is there any tv channel and any video made to show the innocent people killed in waziristan in drone attack. had that not happened, this tragedy would not have happened… YOU KILL THEM THEY KILL YOU…. Recommend

  • Sunny Deol Pakistani
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Hindus, Christians, Jews, Sikhs and Buddhists kill Muslims can be assigned to the theory of clash of religions. Muslims kill Muslims is beyond comprehension.Recommend

  • Q
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:23AM

    Another sorrowful incident. At the same time it is more sorrowful to see comments from a desensitized group of people, who are either ridiculing someone or showing no direct regret over the killings. Time is to stand by Pakistan Army because that is the only hope we have. God bless these innocent souls.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Looks like people here are more interested in defaming Pakistan Army than commenting on the incident and finding the causes and elements involved in it. Making it a trend to speak against the Army with no proofs is serving only external agenda and is not causing any good to solve the problem. I am not saying that what the army is doing is correct, but the comments seem more like trying to prove some point!Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:58AM

    Guys, the Taliban have denied responsibility. There must be a particular reason why they denied. We all know they wouldn’t carry out a suicide attack and then deny it. They are also blaming foreign agents. Its an open secret there are many American agents in Peshawar.

    Something seems fishy. If the Taliban are denying it themselves, there’s more about this than the usual “strategic asset” rant. Recommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:33PM

    Most important thing here is ‘Taliban dis-claimed its responsibility’ …
    Now to all those Anti-Taliban rats, did you play that blood spree and killed so many unrelated people ? Recommend

  • Faizan Warraich
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:35PM

    ok! is there some link between these blasts and those 4 foreigners who were apprehended last week and then let go!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 12, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Still living in denials !! Keep it up, as obviously you are simply not capable of accepting the facts!!
    The Indians have never had desire to play this type of silly games with people’s lives, which unfortunately Pakistan has and been conducting them for past two decades against India, by their so called Non State Actors and their Proxy Jihadi Terror Groupswho incidently were Funded Trained and supported by Pak Army and Intelligence Agencies too!Recommend

  • rehman malik
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:18PM

    why dont people stop everything working

    and say pak government army we will not do anything if other blast taken place

    say pak government you want indian and american army to come to pakistan to finish monster talibans

    then see like after mehran naval attack in few days kashmiri mastermind killed

    all blasts for ever will stop
    stop madrassas education

    maths,enginnering,science,general knowlege,managerial economics are better subjects

    sympathy for innocents deads is better than sympathy for monster taliban

    abt america ,there difference america still listen little bit of yours but deaf ears taliban will never listen even after peace deals

    lets start military operation its better to die while fighting ,nor like loosers

    coming generation will remind you and pray for your soul that true happinessRecommend

  • utkarsh
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:24PM

    1.If Taliban controls FATA, they wil continue to terrorize Pakistan;
    2.If Pakistani military controls FATA, Kayani and Pasha wil push the terrorists of that region into Kashmir.

    Either Kashmir wil burn or PakistanRecommend

  • Faraz
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:38PM

    The Taliban had no problem killing innocent people before so why are they trying to pretend now?Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:50PM

    To All those Anti-Army people….n obviously the supporters of RAW/MOSSAD/CIA etc etc….Even Talibans have denied the responsibilty whom u gonna blame now…obviously u will not blame those agencies n again try to find some stupid reasons to defame Pakistan n Pakistan army….n to those who r unhappy with Pakistan’s creation can better leave Pakistan….Love Pakistan or Leave Pakistan…V r still better than our neighbors in East n West…Recommend

  • sanity
    Jun 12, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Government and Rehman sahab is behind this. If they can’t protect us then definitely they are the one doing it.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 2:10PM

    So who are people that get bombed in muharram processions, mazaars if not ‘innocent’?Recommend

  • Goldfinger
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:22PM

    The cancer of terrorism and fundamentalism has spread throughout Pakistan and we are watching the sad demise of this nation.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 2:40PM

    Such a thing requires willingness to share power. That’s unheard of in Pakistan. They’ll be separate at the start but, for them to both function they will have to meet in the middle in some areas. The civilian faction would most likely just be given very select information and access which will result in something that looks nice but is still useless.Recommend

  • Sajid
    Jun 12, 2011 - 2:59PM

    but of course,the taliban are saints,how can they lie.the ahmediyas they butchered last year were evil undercover pakistan military agents and not innocent pakistanis.these ruthless beasts dont think twice before attacking our mosques and now they want us to believe them.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 3:04PM

    I’m not saying the Taliban did or did not do this with their statement saying they haven’t. But, you guys are really a bit too trusting on that one. What is the one thing everyone can agree on with the suicide bombings? The Taliban was harming their own image and making more enemies.

    What has been the terrorist goal? Unrest. When you know who your enemy is, believe it or not, your worry does drastically lessen. When it’s an unknown force, you end up paranoid and making wild accusations and become divided. Also, keep in mind the actual words of the statement and their reasoning behind claiming they did not do it. They have killed plenty of women, children and innocents in the past and claimed responsibility. That’s one lie already even if they really didn’t do it.

    Don’t sit there thinking their strategy is going to remain the same as it has always been. Only fools don’t change strategy when it isn’t working. Predictability in war-style conflict does nothing but get you killed. And the same goes for the innocent. If you trust this one odd statement over so many massacres contradicting it, you, too, are just going to get yourself killed.

    Fact of the matter is, suicide bombings are not a normal human solution to anything. Even though it’s common for you to see it happen, it is a very uncommon and unnatural thing in regard to the whole of humanity. It is not sane to believe that it could just be anyone. It takes certain types of people and groups to do something like that. Most sane people would use strategies that don’t require they kill themselves to do it.

    Think for yourselves while you’re still able to. They have already made their intentions and demands clear. They did not just have a change of heart. Don’t be gullible.Recommend

  • Jun 12, 2011 - 3:16PM

    Taliban are expert liars and their denial carries no weight.Recommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Wonder why GOP doesn’t do anything about these killings? how do these terrorist plan train and equip to attack?How do they enter Pakistan if they are not Pakistanis as claimed by many Pakistani.How are they able repeat these attacks with such high success high rate?Someone should tell you’r leaders to take long marches against these violent methods.It sure is a helpless situation for Pakistanis but then why don’t you guys take a stand why do you allow incompetence to be rationale for these deaths or even worse conspiracy theories .Aren’t people dying Pakistanis what are you guys waiting for? At least Please save your own people you can fight us Indians, USA, Israel and aliens later. Recommend

  • Krishna
    Jun 12, 2011 - 6:44PM

    @Maria: The day is not too far, when you have to live under Taliban rule. You know what that means don’t you?Recommend

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  • Pragmatist
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:06PM

    Zaid Hamid will be proud of you. You have learned well from the master !!Recommend

    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:15PM

    why dont Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan phone rediff and tell who did itRecommend

  • zev
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Yet another bomb blast in Pakistan, very sad for the loss of life and the injured. Every body is saying, we are not sure who is behind this, is it the the taliban or some foreign agents. Can I make a suggestion that the Pakistan government spend a few hundred thousand dollars of it’s expenditure on CCTV cameras. These CCTV cameras should be placed at all market places and town centres where large number of people usually gather. These CCTV cameras would not only help in fighting crime but would also help in identifying who is planting these bombs. These bomb planters could then be traced to either the taliban or foreign agencies by the security services and the Pakistan media and then we would know for sure. Also CCTV camera systems do not cost that much these days.Recommend

  • zev
    Jun 12, 2011 - 7:41PM

    You are another indian pretending to be from Pakistan. You have the same hate for Pakistan
    the indians usually use in their comments on other websites such as the times of india. Recommend

  • MK
    Jun 12, 2011 - 8:45PM

    waiting for Mr.Rehman Malik statementRecommend

  • inderjit sahota
    Jun 12, 2011 - 9:46PM

    .To solve a problem, It is important to be honest with yourself. Rule of law to apply without exception. To hold to account those in authority for failing in their duties.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 12, 2011 - 10:57PM

    I notice ET has put out opinion about who do we believe Taliban or not!!!!
    For God sake ET, these sort of opinion polls simply do not carry any weight ! As all those concerned are perfectly well aware how brain washed a generation Pakistan has produced!!!
    This was quite Unnecessary, as the outcome of this poll is already forgone conclusion!!!!
    So far only 9 people have looged it, but given time the results are sure to be another reason why Pakistan is in the state it is!!! Its Called Deniability & Blame Games !!!!
    If it was’nt the loss of lives and casualities caused by this mayhem yesterday, it would have been Laughable, but sadly not!! As too many innocent families are Grieving for their loved ones and possibly the Bread earners for the families, hence their future is Bleak, due to this incident!!!!Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 12, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Anybody who is not an army tout and dallal can be termed anti Pakistan by the right wing criminals. Yes it is still not acceptable to point out who is actually killing innocent Pakistanis? Who has the primary responsibility to protect not OBL but Pakistani citizens?

    I have written hundreds of blogs but in not a single one, did I mention anything against the innocent people of Pakistan? I have always raised voice in favor of civic, political and economic rights of ordinary people. Writings do not and cannot lie. I challenge anyone who can produce my writing against Pakistan and its civilians I would not just apologize but also stop writing.

    Being a born Pakistani and living a comfortable life, it is my duty (mitti ka karz) to speak the truth for the people of Pakistan who are less fortunate. All my writings are directed against injustices by the army against the people of Pakistan. They have plundered and broken the country, its constitution, created terrorists, never protected its citizens and were never held accountable. It is about time that Pakistanis realize who is actually plundering for over half a century. Who is enjoying luxuries and are above the laws without any accountability. It is like a cancer spreading in the body (Pakistan) which usurps all the nutrition (resources) and starves the body to death. I do not want my motherland to die of this cancer. If it were not this patriotism why would I waste my precious time and not enjoy at the misery of Pakistani army caught with their friend OBL red handed? My heart still aches due to the army atrocities and crimes against my Bengali sisters and losting half the country after the worst defeat in the history of the world.

    I am a true Pakistani and a real patriot. My family is running several organizations for the poorest of the poor without fanfare. Even today, I want to keep it that way because we are not doing it for any personal gain. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:14AM

    Brothers and sisters if you blame someone than you must have to give him a chance to prove his innocence.First of all keep one thing in mind that Taliban were already claiming that they are targeting only Security forces which are involved directly or indirectly in Militarty operations against them or those supporting US and Nato forces in Afghanistan. Taliban claim that all planted bombs and suicide attacks on innocent people are done by ISI and Blackwater personel working in Pakistan.Last Saturday on 28th May US Embassy vehicle was left unchecked even after an hour stop at check post at 12 O’ Clock.They even dont down the windows for checking.Why………..?What was in that vehicle that they find it better to stand for an hour but not allow our security personel to check their vehicle……?Then an unkown call to security personel at the spot allow the vehicle to go.Very next early morning in Matni Bazar a bomb blast in which a women and children die including other innocent people.Why that vehicle was left unchecked……….?Even the security forces already arrested different suspected Americans doing suspected activities….Why?The same Taliban dont claim the bomb blast in Islamic University and Peshaware Public places.Why in an hour or two a news come that Taliban claim responsibility….
    The same tactics were also placed in Palestine by Mossad killing innocent people to gain sympathies against Hamas Political movement.World more know about Algiers.We should now share this.Enough is enough.Recommend

  • MaV
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:27AM

    I am still trying to solve the problem i am facing at the moment… On which of the comments should i reply first… People here have written Pakistan is a bad dream, some said lease it and The epic … Jinnah made a blunder.. Yes Jinnah made a Blunder in giving Pakistan to the most Ungrateful souls.. As many people quoted the Verses of Holy Quran here.. It is also written in the Holy Quran.. The rulers or leaders that will govern you will be according to your deeds.. See for your self… Who is following the religion.. Don’t blame the big robbers we all petty thieves have made this nation the way it is… Stop whining and play your Part in building… When you can happily follow the rules under the whips of foreigners on their land do it here thinking as your responsibility to your nation…
    These Blasts will continue till the future none of us can predict.. Why not learn something from them and move forward and try ourselves to End this Hell of the situation…
    Pakistan Zindabad,,,Recommend

  • Alert
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:34AM

    Taliban and ISI are two sides of the same coin.Recommend

  • blithe
    Jun 13, 2011 - 2:09AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    Perhaps to cotnain the Maoists in India; they are not wanted in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Indian
    Jun 13, 2011 - 2:40AM


  • zev
    Jun 13, 2011 - 3:27AM

    Go and live in slum india then, if you are not already there. Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jun 13, 2011 - 3:54AM

    One day the Pukhtuns will extract their revenge from the Taliban and their collaborators. Recommend

  • Al
    Jun 13, 2011 - 5:43AM

    CIA’s gift to Pakistan…Only our unholy alliance with USA will end this death and destruction. People who think that USA is a friend of Pakistan and Muslims are only fooling themselves. USA will leave Afghanistan, because its goals are the energy resources in central Asia and Pakistan nukes.Recommend

  • prashanth
    Jun 13, 2011 - 6:13AM

    @Hedgefunder: Wrong, we had our LTTE. With Rajiv Gandhi’s killing we wizened up. The problem with Pakistanis is that they do not seem to learn their mistakes. Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2011 - 6:34AM

    everyone else did this and not the pious mullahs Recommend

  • Indian
    Jun 13, 2011 - 7:31AM

    Slums in India are much better than current Pakistan..Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2011 - 9:06AM

    @Sunny Deol Pakistani: Brother till do not accept one human being killing another your problems will not be over Recommend

  • Mirza fan
    Jun 13, 2011 - 9:33AM

    The Mumbai attacks fild me with so much hate against Pakistan that whenever i post comments, they are generally hate comments. But Mirza’s sanity gives me hope that a few right thinking Pakistanis can bring about a revolution against Pakistan’s insane rulers. So i promise that i wont post hate comments ever againRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:07AM

    @Mirza fan:
    Please don’t make me feel ashamed and humble. As a kid in Pakistan I have read this:

    “How people find time to hate when life is too short to love”

    Hate is the worst negative energy that can eat human beings. Let me tell you something that otherwise I would not. I want to go to India and donate blood with the instructions that it be given free to a poor non Muslim and tell him that an unknown Muslim has given you this as present. We Muslims of Pakistan try our best to refute the fact that our fathers were all Hindus. That is why we still have the same culture and no Pakistani wedding is complete without Indian music, be it in Pakistan, USA or UK.

    Do you know that our DNA is still the same, no matter how much we fight? People of India, Pakistan, S. Lanka, B. Desh, Nepal and Af, are the only countries who’s people have four time the risk of coronary artery disease? No differences in the chances of vegetarian or not.
    Here is an institute for the treatment of these high risk people from these six countries:

    Last time I visited India on a business trip I went to my first cousin’s home. On their way home from the airport they had to stop at their kid’s teacher’s home. I was very tired and just sat in the car. The Hindu teacher (he had the red mark on forehead) came out of his home and urged me “that it is his hope and desire that I drink a cup of tea with him”. Obviously with that kind of humble request, I was happy to make him happy.

    Send me your email address and I would be a good contact for you, should you desire. Peace and cheers,

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • vasan
    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Mirza : I always wonder why Pakistan is in shambles irrespective of the similarity with India. Many reasons came to my mind including spoiled educational systems, religious bigotry, obsession with Kashmir, scars of partition and 1971 war, Anti Hindu feelings etc. But finally I think I found the most basic reason. People like you have left Pakistan. That must be it.Recommend

  • Bilafond
    Jun 13, 2011 - 12:05PM

    FINISH this drama of Amn kee Asha and all will be right. Indians are causing this mayhem. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:01PM

    You have hit it on the head, yes too many intelligent educated Pakistanis have seeked to settle in more stable enviourments around the world.
    I know at present some of my own friends stuck in Pakistan who are awaiting to leave to settle in Canada. Why??
    Because they know they will not be able to change anything in Pakistan for the better.
    Sadly these are the very people who have ability and capacity to make a difference to the nation and improve its situation, however they choose to leave, but one can not blame them as the very basic safety and security of the people in todays Pakistan is not to be taken for granted.Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    Jun 13, 2011 - 1:48PM

    “It is an attempt by foreign secret agencies who are doing it to malign us”
    At this point I hardly care if someone else is out to malign people such as you. As it is, you don’t even have a leg to stand on and you’re talking about other people out to “malign” you?

    @Vasan: Some may have left Pakistan yes but there are some that are losing (if not already lost) hope that, being a very small minority, they will be unable to bring Pakistan on the right path someday. The presence of so many vested interests and the likes of the trigger-happy military folks and corrupt politicians dominating matters of “national interest” has only served to create an attitude of cynicism, pessimism and hopelessness among the sensible masses.Recommend

  • Jun 13, 2011 - 9:39PM

    I think your memory is very poor. Did you forget Mumbai and Gujrat hindu-Muslim Riots where thousands of Muslims were butchered, girls and women were raped, properties were looted and above all Hindu Police gave full side to killers and looters.

    India is place where a muslim cannot get a proper job, admission in School and Colleges above a incable Hindu. In every field they are pressed hard.

    Muslims in India have only two respectable way to live, either do DO NUMBER business or go abroad on a Foreign job.

    Alhamdollilah, in Pakistan has no such fear. These balast are due to re-action of our deeds which should be removed sooner the better to avoid further loss of time.

    By the way, Taaliban have denied this attack and accused foreign hand in it. Foreign hand who —– 100% India behind such sabotage activities.


    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – JohannesburgRecommend

  • Jun 13, 2011 - 9:45PM

    In Pakistan do not sleep on Footpath. Poverty level of Indian and a common man is at a such low level that most Indians are forced to live on footpaath “JHOPAR PATTI”. Generations and generations are born and die only on footpaths.

    Yes we are proud that we are far better than India where we do not have ah Jhopar Patti.


    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 13, 2011 - 10:53PM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    When was the last time you actualy visited Pakistan???
    Where in SA do you reside?? Have you ever noticed the shanty towns around, or do you live in clouds????
    I am surprised to see the man of your calibre who states such comments !!
    You obviosly lack the basic appitude to understand the sufferings of those innocent Victims and their Families hearrtache !!!!
    To discuss issues not even relevant to the article!!!
    Its not about India & Pakistan ! its about a global problem called Poverty!!! You live in J’bourgRecommend

    Jun 13, 2011 - 11:11PM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    It is beneficial for Pakistan that you live in South Africa because only one Zaid Hamid is enough for this country. However, if you wish to come back to Pakistan, Hamid should be deported to SA.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 14, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @Omar Haroon:

    Be that as it may, there are still lots of good people but they are outnumbered and outgunned by the terrorists and their allies called mullah/military. I cannot lose hope, I have no other choice. With the discovery of OBL in the heart of army base, it is possible that we can finally get free. The only solution is to educate the women of Pakistan. Educated mothers do not raise terrorist kids. Last but not the least learn to respect democracy and let it nurture. In the USA president was impeached for lying to public. There are congressmen who are corrupt and some congressmen who send nude pictures on the Net. People condemn them but they do not condemn democracy. Bush was the worst president but nobody talked and demanded his overthrow. We all knew as harmful as he was for the country, he would be surely be out after a max of 8 years. The worst form of democracy is better than the best dictatorship. This all would come with true education and political process, which must continue.

    Thanks and regards,


  • Jun 14, 2011 - 8:04AM

    @R S JOHAR:
    I was born, raised and educated in PakisanAlhamdollilah. I am here in Johannesburg for one year assignment which is completing in October this year and I shall be back to my beloved country Pakistan inshallah which I am very proud of.

    I regularly visit Pakistan and also occassionally India. I know ups and downs and you dont need to remind me what is what. I write what I observe so that improvement can be done.

    While I appreciate what you write about Pakistan. But sometimes, you criticize too much which is your right. However, please note that Criticism is the easiest thing in the world. It is very difficult to construct but very easy to destruct anything.

    You are comparing Pakistan with US as you like thier democracy. US also went through such or more voilent phase for thousands of years to achieve this Democracy which looks refined to you. Pakistan is still undergoing that phase and it will take years to learn from mistakes. Rome was not built in a day.

    I would suggest your to watch and listen to this

    Very appropriate for those who only criticize. Let us be productive and positive to appreciate the good things to move forward.


    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 10:34AM

    I was there…im the witness…my 8 frnds died in that blasts…. iknow…i feel….you people don’t know anything… all the reportes&agencies hide the facts…..i feel the pain…i see my frnds wounded…dead & many other injured….u people will never know the facts….Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2011 - 10:40AM

    i was there at the time o blast…. i was on that plaza where the blasts…….. i see the peoples….injured,,,burning…wounded…crying for help…. I FEEL THE PAIN….. i see the each&every dead&injured body…. my 8 friends died in that blasts… my classmates…my best friends… I FEEL THE ALL….i see the faces of their relatives…. you people will never much it hurts….Recommend

  • syed Imran
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:41AM

    These Talibans infact far from ISLAM, kill innocents on daily basis and now claiming that they have no hand in this incident doesnt make sence and no one will buy this denial. May Almighty Allah subject these barbarians to HIS WRATH. Aameen.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 14, 2011 - 9:46PM

    My dear Man, sincere and spritual condolences for your loss of your friends.
    I have just been on call to a friend of mine who resides in the area, and was so concerned about his welfare too, by god’s grace he told me that he was planning to go to the area, however he has change of plan! Hence he is alive and well!!
    I have suggeested that he get the hell out of Pakistan and move back to Uk, I don’t care, he can stay at my house, however he insists that he wants to head for Canada, and i will send him Flight tickets too!!
    Because this country has really lost the plot!!!Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 14, 2011 - 11:37PM

    @Hedgefunder: You have expressed the thoughts and prayers of many of us. Sorry for the loss of that many lives.


  • Jun 15, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @Mr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    I know it’s annoying when someone does this but, I’m weak.

    The US couldn’t have worked on it for thousands of years. It’s roughly 250 years old. I say “roughly” because it can depend on a person’s opinion of what counts as it “officially” being founded.

    The rest of what you said, regardless of that, is still just as valid though.Recommend

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