Taliban claim attack on FC chief

Published: August 4, 2010
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Security official gather beside the wrecked car of Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary chief Sifwat Ghayoor. PHOTO: AFP

Security official gather beside the wrecked car of Pakistan's Frontier Constabulary chief Sifwat Ghayoor. PHOTO: AFP

A suicide bomber killed Sifwat Ghayoor, the chief of the Frontier Constabulary and three other people in an attack on his car in Peshawar on Wednesday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing and threatened further targeted assassinations, in what could be a new tactic for the country’s most active militant group, often blamed for mass-casualty bomb attacks.

The body of what appeared to be a teenage boy lay at the bomb site. His head and legs were severed, an AFP reporter said.

At least two vehicles could be seen in flames and a traffic police motorcycle thrown on its side after it had been sent flying across the road.

“The suicide attack targeted Sifwat Ghayoor and he has been martyred,” Bashir Bilour, senior minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa told AFP.

“We have lost a brave and great officer. He came out of his office and was targeted here,” he said outside the Frontier Constabulary headquarters.

“We are investigating whether the suicide bombers were one or two. We will also see whether he was on foot or sitting in a car.”

Police said two more people were killed and 11 others wounded.

Ghayoor was a highly regarded commander of the Frontier Constabulary. He was also former CCPO of Peshawar,

“We killed him, he was our target… all such officers who are active against us will suffer the same fate,” Azam Tariq, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, told AFP by telephone.

The precise nature of how the attack was carried out remained unclear.

“It seems the attacker was on foot. He was 13 to 14 years old and he blew himself up near Sifwat Ghayoor’s car, but we are still investigating it further,” Shafqat Malik, bomb disposal chief in Peshawar, told AFP.

CCTV footage showed a white car moving slowly on the road before the blast. A huge explosion erupted when the car neared two other cars seemingly parked on the side of the road.

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Reader Comments (26)

  • Aug 4, 2010 - 4:56PM

    Very sad, while the entire country, and the region in particular is gripped by wrath of all sorts, a suicide attack was the last thing we needed.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Aug 4, 2010 - 4:59PM

    Karachi riots, flood and then blast in Peshawar.

    What should I comment on this?

    May Al-Mighty Allah keep Pakistan away from all evil forces. Ameen.Recommend

  • Aahmed Aasmar
    Aug 4, 2010 - 5:09PM

    What they want to achieve.
    The common and even the high rankers are their target.

    Anyway, Tribune is the first to float this news on web. very nice..Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 4, 2010 - 5:22PM

    Siffat Ghayour was a brave officer and its a great loss. May Almighty Allah Bless his soul and grant his family the strength to bear this irrepairable loss.

    Curse of Allah be on these infidels murderers who take away innocent lives.AmeenRecommend

  • Aug 4, 2010 - 5:23PM

    nagahani aafat kia kam hein, hamarey liye,,,jo human based aafaat bhi hon….Recommend

  • sultan, Abbottabad.
    Aug 4, 2010 - 5:41PM

    Very very sad, Shahadat of a very brave Police Officer. Alas! Police has lost a very brave son.May Allah give patience to the bereaved family.Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Aug 4, 2010 - 6:16PM

    For the love of this country (if there is any), the govt., for once, should sit down seriously and think about where we are heading. The war has taken more toll on us than any other nation and yet we are criticized of helping the terrorists. I do not expect anything from the president who prefers to enjoy a holiday at this critical time but there must be someone influential and sane enough to have the thinking process start for a change. Recommend

  • Zarghun Khan
    Aug 4, 2010 - 6:35PM

    A sad news it is, however the factor of army playing a drama cannot be ruled out. Pakhtuns were innocent people till recently. Who has started this drama on their lands? “They” say we want to “save” Pakistan, but do you have to destroy Pashtuns in order to “save” Pakistan? Will Pakhtuns agree with you?Recommend

  • sameet ali
    Aug 4, 2010 - 7:16PM

    ALLAh sub ko jannat main jaga day Ameen.Recommend

  • Syed Salman Haider
    Aug 4, 2010 - 7:52PM

    Another sad news for all Pakistanis,another very brave son of this is martyred.Who are these people i guess they themselves don’t jnow who the hell they are,we will win inshALLAH and defeat them.Long live PAKISTAN(Ameen) Recommend

  • fahad
    Aug 4, 2010 - 7:55PM

    Pak zindabadRecommend

  • fahad
    Aug 4, 2010 - 7:56PM

    Pak sar zammen zindabad
    God bless all martyrs of Army and Fc.Recommend

  • Devastated
    Aug 4, 2010 - 8:10PM

    I fail to understand how such gruesome attacks are actually immediately owned and proudly accepted by the perpetrators…Dont they know that Allah is also watching this Zulm….??? Dont they know that taking innocent lives thru suicide attacks is biggest crime….???????
    Whatever justification they give for such attacks….it is totally unacceptable….you are never allowed by Islam to go on a killing spree for enacting your own version of law and religion……..Recommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 4, 2010 - 8:54PM

    Another cowardly attack by the Taliban terrorists. Just proves the fact that these cowards do not have an ounce of humanity and conscience as they carry on with their usual business while people in their own backyard are dying because of floods.Recommend

  • Asif
    Aug 4, 2010 - 9:06PM

    He was a great commrade. He lost his life for the good of this contry. I congragulate the family of this martyerd he proved his strength and embreced Shahadat. May God accept his Shahadat and embrace him with higher levels of Jannah.
    Ameen!Recommend

  • Riaz
    Aug 4, 2010 - 10:21PM

    He was target of these miscreants for a long time as he was playing key role in giving terrorists lessons especially in peshawar.
    He was very humble, kind, geneorus and competent officer.
    May Allah rest his sole in heaven.Recommend

  • Ahsan Zafeer
    Aug 4, 2010 - 11:46PM

    @Riaz i hope you said he taught them a lesson like punished them and i genuinely think that was your intention. My Allah rest his soul in peace as he gave his life for the country he loved. The media is not going to shower its coverage on him as he was not from the powerhouse of Rawalpindi. I love my Pakistan army to a certain rank and after those ranks, looters start to come in. This guy was extra ordinary. FC jawans have the least available resources and latest weapons as compared to the other regiments but these brave soldiers never feared away from the front line. We all need to demand better armor and technology for them. We cant all be soldiers but we can definitely help route out Taliban and the afghan disease from our motherland.

    Media often forgets the real heros but remembers uselss characters from Pakistan history. Remember him and honor him. Its the least you could do.Recommend

  • WSM
    Aug 5, 2010 - 2:14AM

    There are some who say “yeh Taliban nahi hain, AMerica is behind it” ..
    they need to open there eyes.Recommend

  • MUA
    Aug 5, 2010 - 10:27AM

    Very sad event…… he was a great corp……………. There is no govt in our country……… but i have two questions please give me the answer. 1) how taliban and militant groups claim that thay have done this type of events, i mean what is the source. After every event rehman malik type of people put the responsibility on militant groups like ttp, let, and etc. 2) rehman malik always said after the event i know that and i informed to the concerns, is it your only job to inform the people that you will be attacked after few days. Who will protect our peoples? Please give me the answerRecommend

  • Bangash
    Aug 5, 2010 - 9:57PM

    Another Muslim and servant of Pakistan murdered by savage Taliban. I hope Govt continues its aggressive campaign against Taliban cancer.Recommend

  • Khan Baba
    Aug 5, 2010 - 11:10PM

    The ones who speak are the ones involvedRecommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Aug 6, 2010 - 12:41PM

    Very tragic indeed the martyrs leave their lives as a role model and example for us. Sooner or later you and I will be victims so it is must to stand against militancy.Recommend

  • hira Mir
    Aug 6, 2010 - 12:43PM

    Was a brave soldier I must say. It is important to combat militancy as their have been thousands of sacrifices given in this war already. These have to be paid for by Taliban.Recommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Aug 6, 2010 - 3:21PM

    The demented TTP has brought tears again to Peshawar with this sick effort. These criminals must be caught and made an example out of.Recommend

  • haji sahib
    Aug 7, 2010 - 11:20AM

    killing of the great son of khyber pukhtoonkhwa (sifwat Ghuyoor) isVery Very sad new. May Al-Mighty allah rest his sole, and give patiance to bereaved family, Aameen. My request to the Govts either provincial or fedral that deal the Taliban with iron hand and no mercy should be offer in their part. secondly our intelligence agencies should be forced to more focuse on national security. instead of petty collection of informations. i think there may be forieng hands involved to cash Taliban, specially INDIA and AFGHANISTAN. if the AFGHANIES completly expeled from the country our country will be in peace other wise the situation is to be remain same. Recommend

  • wajeeh
    Aug 7, 2010 - 3:29PM

    We have lost a great and brave officer. I feel the Government should provide the bullet and bomb proof vehicles to all those who are actively involved in this war. Further, the corps should be trained to deal with immidiate response after such blasts because firing to flee pedestrians sometimes doesnt help the victims. I was there at that time and realized that the firing only created panic and delayed the immidiate rescue work which might saved his life. Recommend

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