Taliban attack: Imran Khan condemns killing of 15 soldiers in Orakzai

Taliban groups are doing a huge disservice to Islam by taking law in their own hands, says Khan.

Express January 10, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan condemned the brutal attack by the Taliban that killed 15 Frontier Constabulary personnel in the Orakzai agency.

The bodies of the soldiers – sustaining 40 bullet holes each and signs of torture – were recovered from North Waziristan and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killings terming it a “consequence” of the January 1 military operation in Khyber Agency. The security personnel had been in the custody of the militants for over a year – kidnapped on December 22, 2010, when several militants attacked the Mullazai Fort in the Tank district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) bordering South Waziristan.

Khan said that this act of terrorism was not only a murder of 15 individuals but also a grave tragedy for those belonging to the unfortunate families of these men, who sacrificed their lives for Pakistan’s security.

The PTI chairman stated that Taliban groups are doing a huge disservice to Islam by taking law in their own hands.

“Examples set by our prophet (PBUH) and his followers strictly forbid killing another human being and teach forgiveness,” Khan said.

Khan reiterated that societies where there is no rule of law, barbaric acts like murder of innocent men go unpunished.

“The leaders of this country have no regard for law and this has created a culture where the weak and the underprivileged become victims of those with power,” Khan said.

The PTI chairman expressed deep sorrow for the bereaved families and offered condolences and prayed for the dead officers.

Khan assured them that once in power, PTI will not spare anybody flouting justice and will ensure that every citizen of Pakistan is protected from acts of terrorism.


Jawad U Rahman | 9 years ago | Reply

Can somebody explain to me that out of ALL the mainstream parties, why it was only PTI whose message of support was read at the extremist rally by ‘Difa-e-Pakistan Council’ at Minar-e-Pakistan in December where the likes of JuD/Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi etc were openly spreading hate and venom, and their rallying slogan was ‘Difa-e-Pakistan… Taliban, Taliban’. And while this condemnation from him sounds good on surface, if we compare this to his response to the NATO killing of 26 soldiers, one can see the difference in how he sees the Taliban versus the West. He held nationwide protests, dharnas, and agitations for the NATO attack. And for this atrocity by the Taliban (followed three days later by another similar brutal murder of 10 more of FC soldiers), only brings out a religious advice from Imran Khan. Where is the forcefulness and the love for our soldiers, our motherland, and our sovereignty now Mr. Khan?

Akbaruddin | 9 years ago | Reply

After three days, Imran Khan just now changed to news channel from foreign movie channels. A leader should be impartial, straightforward and near to the ground realities. Escapism or opportunism will not survive for long.

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