DI KHAN/ KAMRA: The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) base in Kamra during the early hours of Thursday. At least eight militants and one security official were killed in the attack and the operation which lasted for over five hours.
TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan has said that four suicide bombers had carried out the attack to take revenge for the killings of Baitullah Mehsud and Osama bin Laden. He claimed that the attackers had succeeded in achieving their targets and had given a “lethal blow”.
Claiming that dozens of personnel had been killed in the attack, Ihsan said that the Taliban can attack at will and will also target other locations.
A five-member inquiry committee, headed by Air Marshall Akhtar Hussain Bukhari, was constituted to investigate the attack.
Sepoy Muhammad Asif was killed during the operation. Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who was leading the operation, was injured.
A statement from the air force said that the attack began at 2am and that the militants were equipped with RPGs and automatic weapons. It says that seven to eight militants had attacked the base.
Militants present outside the base had also fired RPGs, damaging one aircraft.
The PAF said that six militants were wearing suicide jackets. One of the militants had blown himself up while in hiding.
Search operations were also carried out in the nearby residential areas.
Eight suspects were arrested during the search operation.
The mobile phone of one of the militants was also recovered from the attack site.
Two blasts were also heard from the base during and after the operation. The first one early morning and the second one around 12:30pm.
A PAF statement said that a number of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) had been found during the search operation and those that could not be safely removed were being detonated in a controlled environment.
The base is home to the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex that assembles Mirage and, with Chinese support, JF-17 fighter jets. It has previously come under attack twice, once in 2007 and then in 2009.
A suicide bomber had killed eight people in an attack on a check post outside the base on October 23, 2009. In December 2007, a suicide bomber had targeted a school bus and injured at least five children of employees at the base.
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Pakistan Army personnel and police officials are still conducting a search operation. The search operation is reported to be in its final stages.
Bomb Disposal Squad personnel are also present in the area.
Chinese officials, who were giving training to local personnel, were also reported to be present at the base.
Express News reports that the shifts at the base change at 2am and firing had begun during that time. Personnel present at the base had managed to hold the militants.
Express News correspondent Imran Asghar reports that the militants had entered the base from Pind Makhan.
The correspondent traveled to the location, showing an area with no proper roads and very little population. Video shots on Express News clearly showed a plane parked on the runway.
Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who had earlier been injured, rejoined the operation after receiving treatment.
PAF authorities have ordered an inquiry into the incident.
Express News reports that two blasts have been heard from the airbase. There is no confirmation on the nature of the blasts as yet.
The bodies of four militants have been shifted to an unknown location.
Express News reports that the operation at the base has come to an end. A search operation in nearby areas is still under way.
According to Reuters, two soldiers and six militants were killed in the attack and operation that followed.
A search operation of the residential area is currently under way.
A spokesperson of the PAF has said all six militants who attacked the base have been killed. There were earlier reports that the number of attackers could have been between nine to ten.
Irfan Ghauri reports that the entire area is considered to be sensitive. Besides the airbase and Kamra Aeronautical Complex, other installations in the area are the AK Regiment camp in Mansar, the SSG base and Artillery headquarters in Attock. All of these are located within a few kilometres from each other.
Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles have also arrived at the base.
The Express Tribune correspondent Irfan Ghauri reports that sources have said one senior PAF officer injured in the attack is in critical condition. One plane was damaged in the attack.
The security of the base is handled by the Defence Services Guard.
Express News reports that seven militants have been killed and a number of officials have been injured. An air commodore who was supervising the operation was injured in the attack.
A search operation has also been launched in the Pind Makhan area. The terrorists had reportedly entered the base from that side.
A search operation is currently underway at the base and there are reports that three militants are possibly in hiding.
There are reports that aircraft present at the base were not damaged during the attack.
Reports from the area state that firing has stopped for now and no blasts have been heard.
No vehicles, including fire brigades and ambulances, are being allowed to enter the base.
Reports state that firing had earlier been going on from nine different points.
Express News reports that sources claim up to six militants have been killed so far.
One official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity from within the base said he could hear gun and rocket fire, and the sound of hand grenades.
A statement from the PAF says that the body of a suicide bomber strapped with explosives was found close to the “impact area”.
Express News reports that five militants have been killed so far. There were reports that nine militants had attacked the airbase.
An operation is still under way at the airbase.
No ambulance has exited the airbase so far.
A senior officer who was reported to have been injured in the attack has been shifted to the hospital.
Intelligence reports from the Punjab Home Department had earlier warned that the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was planning attacks on a Pakistan Air Force Base and other military and security establishments in Lahore before Eid.
There are reports that the AWAC could have been the target of the attack.
Sources have also stated that the number of militants is between nine to eleven.
A team of SSG commandos has reached the airbase.
There are also reports of PAF officials being killed in the attack.
AFP reports that witnesses have said they could hear gun and rocket fire coming from the facility, which contains a number of aircraft factories.
Express News reports that nine militants wearing suicide vets had attacked the airbase around 2am. The militants had crossed three check posts and were also reported to be wearing army uniforms.
Three squadrons present at the airbase were targeted.
Aircraft present at the base are being shifted to the hangers.
A Pakistan Army squad has arrived at the base to take part in the operation.
The army has been called in to control the situation. The militants also hurled hand grenades, sources added.
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I read all the comments by various people, i think those against army and blaming for housing societies and plots, must understand that its the army which lets u sleep tight. If u end up in war or in live actions like this one, your pants will get wet, i bet my dear fellows. Its we which fight and endanger our lives to save yours. Our families suffer not yours. Please help us join our hands, because its not only our fight but complete nation's fight against terrorism. Understand if they are muslims and fighting for Islam why they attack mosques, kids, women, elders and innocents. Think before its too late.....
It,s very easy to comment abt any0ne ask fr0m th0se who were paresent on the base .We gr0und c0mbatiers of pakistan air f0rce faught with these bl0ody terrerists and kill them due to thier c0mmand0 unif0rm we were unable to recognise them.That,s why dsg sep0y asif get,s wartryd0m afterthat we killee th0se ten militants.
RAW Special agents must be deep inside the base and plotting this crime.
@Critical Analysis (PAK): Once again, please explain your "sophisticated weapons" comment, and also please note that automatic rifles, grenades, RPGs, are clearly available in the agencies, as the Taliban are usually armed to the teeth with these, left over from countless conflicts and wars in the region! As for you "mind control chips", please go back to your comic books!
9 suiciders are like 9 cruise missiles ready to explode but we have only 2 martyred soldiers and they all 9 lost their lives........remember mumbai, a seige for 60 hours and 186 killed same number of militants...........i think we have averted a major attack for the time being....get it now!
@numbersnumbers Since WHEN are suicide vests, RPGs, assault rifles,
First of all according to ur theory these r not provided by evil nexus,
then these also not provided by Pakistan or nato/india/israel evil nexus then did it rain from the sky.............
And sci-fi thing is not cup of your tea...........google MK ultra a 50+ year old program........ ok son.....now go and play with some kids!
one question to the PTI fans out there ............so are u still on for ameer ul muslimeen mulla umer buisness????? just lemme knw wat ur great one says about dis...
Here's an interesting take on it:
Why is this happening when Pakistan is having the best army in the world?
Stop criticizing. come up with. If you want to do something for this country lets together. lets lets .
this is the time.
our one solder stopped 9 terrorist for 20 minute. He is hero
taliban are claiming they have taken revenge. all the attackers have been killed and they could not do any material damage where is the revenge?
Maria they are pleasing God , no one killed himself just to please other person.
Aug 14th 2014 Pakistani Parliament awarded highest civilian honor of Pakistan to President Obama for not relenting to the opposition to Drone attacks. Thanks to his policies Pakistan is now peaceful and enjoying peaceful neighborhood and GDP is at 5%.Leon Panetta was on his side smiling.
Neither God nor country was a consideration for these hideous people. I believe the time is here where these people and their training centres/ breeding pools (read madrassas) are closed down for good. Who gave them the right to become defenders of the faith and in the process, kill & destroy at will? They need to be eliminated from society completely.
@Jamshed: You say that "There are no terrorists, just paid mercenaries who do the dirty work" ? PLEASE tell us how much a "mercenary" is paid to wear a suicide jacket and blow themselves up? Does the job come with medical benefits and a pension plan?
According to the story here, eight armed bandits hold a nuclear airbase hostage for several hours. Two US helicopters attack a "safe house" near a major defence installation in a garrison town and take out Osama bin Laden. A small gang of terrorists attacks an air force base near Karachi and destroys precious airplanes. There are continuing stories of taliban abducting and killing Pakistani troops. We are not even going to look at the horrible murders of minority sects, reported every other day in this very paper. I suppose Allah has made the killers stronger than the military and security forces of Pakistan. The attacks on troops and air force bases were practice runs to test out the strength of the Pakistani forces. It is just a matter of time before a slightly larger band of taliban will attack a nuclear base and steal one of your precious nukes, and hold you and the world hostage. It is obvious that Pakistani forces are unwilling or unable to fight their co-religionists. China is unlikely to get involved because they will not make any money from protecting Pakistan. Don't you think it is time to ask for help from outsiders, UN/US/Israel/India to protect your brave soldiers from getting killed, and to protect your precious nukes from being taken by these bandits? Once the nukes are unleashed, you know that there will not even be grass to eat.
@Critical Analysis: WOW, you say the attackers used "sophisticated weapons" in this attack on the air base! Since WHEN are suicide vests, RPGs, assault rifles, and Pakistani Army Uniforms considered "sophisticated weapons"? As for "mind control chips", please give us references from those sci-fi magazines under your pillow!
Pakistan Independence gift from Taliban?
taliban is just a name.these talibans are infact some outlaws working for foreign agents.
Time for Imran Khan to reenergize his campaign against drone strikes that are killing these lovely tali-bunnies.
Even centcom folks visit ET, Kudos ET team.
Another Black Water type attack and blame on TTP. i guess this TTP is a big time Myth.................... God bless Pakistan
Don't worry folks the boys can always claim that the radars were out of order, remember the fateful night of 2nd May 2011.
TTP are barbaric animals..They are worthless terrorist who kill innocent people in the name of ISLAM.
the only thing i want to ask whether these awacs survelliance planes were to be used against the talibans. They are for our defence and thanks to allah they are secure it is really encouraging to know that highly skilled and trained gorilla attack was repelled. Pakistan s misfortune is that our greatest asset our geo startegic position has become our greatest enemy. The Talibans are providing a mere cover or shield to larger , vested interests. We are fighting their war mainly for the sake of dollars.
Lets eliminate all taliban, ASWJ, LET, if Pakistan army is not ble to , then ask NATO or anyone to do it
Why Pakistan hasnt still come up with strong statement for this attack? Who are planners of this attack that clearly is not a simple terrorist attack! If it was india, they would have already named the country and the group responsible for this! I dont know why Pakistan has just hush hush policy when it comes to naming and shaming such people of states.
This is land of Chandra Gupta, Only capable and colurageous people are eligible to rule it.
@Sadaf you r right sister!
@Critical Analysis: INDIAN, RAW, RUSSIAN, AMERICAN or whoever they were, I DON'T CARE. All I know that the terrorists were able to enter the HIGHLY SECURED base and put up a fight for so many hours. THE END.
name is Hakimullah and age is 31 years. father's name is Abdullah Din. He belongs to Ashengai Wajikhail, a clan of the Mehsud tribe. The name of village is Badar and it is located in the Kotki area of South Waziristan. mother also belongs to the Ashengai Wajikhail tribe and the name of maternal grandfather is Ghulam Rasool.
ask REDIFF.COM WHERE HAKIMULLAH HEAD OF TEHREEK E TALIBAN IS HIDING
@Zia ul Haq Ka Baba
"We created this Frankenstein monstor but we have now lost all control. All mullahs in Pakistan including the good looking one should be rounded up and relocated to Kabul where they belong and can eat halwa all day"
Please do the Afghans a favor and send them to Saudi Arabia, the paymasters of these Mullahs. Afghanistan is not the base of Deobandis and Barelvis, Pakistan is. By the way, halwa is a Pakistani and Indian treat Afghans have their own desserts.
This is a nightmare for Obama &Co -Nuclear arsenal is not safe under zardari & his government
These terrorists did not even care for the sanctity of one of the holiest nights of Ramazan. They attacked the Kamra Airbase and killed a soldier. Our condolences go out to the family of the brave man killed protecting his country. We congratulate the Pakistani military for foiling the attack and killing the terrorist with minimal damage to the base. Our prayers are with those who were injured, including the base commander. We wish them a quick recovery.
Terrorists are the biggest enemy of the state today. They want to see an unstable and defeated Pakistan. We stand with Pakistan in solidarity against all forms of terrorism and support them in their quest to bring peace in the region.
Capt. Joseph Kreidel DET-United States Central Command www.centcom.mil/ur
Why MianSb. run away to London or Saudia whenever there is a problem in our country? His habbit of bhagorra pana must be changed
@SaqibTahir: this is not the real matter to march waziristan and support the insurgents .imran khn ,s aim to march waziristan to bring peace but unfortunately this viable step is considered wrong by many people and this is our perception against a patriotic pakistani leaders and we have always owned the policies ,of those corrupt leadrs who led the country to the battle field l
@Ch. Allah Daad: All these terrorists came to life when Nawaz Sharif was cuddling with their cheif creator ZIA UL HAQ.....and the Cheif Justice of Pakistan freed these terrorists the same CJP for which Nawaz Sharif fought and PML-N takes credit for the restoration.
@Jamshed: May Allah guide you to open your eyes before its too late.
This is great news fothe country. Islam will rule the country.
So rightly farewell note of Gen M - Pakistan ka khuda hi hafiz....
how was the security of the base breached.This should be seriously looked into.what were the security lapses.People should be punished unlike Mehran base
Pakistanis need to grow up out of this unchecked growth of Mullahism that is destroying the nation from within - only until Pakistanis move away from excusing these mullahs and terrorists and actually think about the damage they are doing and have done to Pakistan, Pakistanis and Islam can they then start working for a better future for the nation.
Please Pakistanis WAKE UP!
@CK: Good work by the security personnel who neutralized these anti state criminals. It shows that these criminals are becoming more and more desperate but also less effective!
@Sadaf: Mr.Sadaf, Please stop this india mongering and biased attack , India cannot support thaliban they did a lot of menace to india, including plane high jack and killing indians,
This is the time to jointly attack this terrorists and eliminate them, The whole world is suffering from these elements, (some say pak exports ) Indians dont consider war as an ultimate solution, We share a lot of grievances with you in flood situations , a strong and a unified pakistan is indias dream , so we are safe
in interview to rediff.com from remote afghanistan village hakillumah mehsud take resposibility
Solution is to use some JF-17s on these terrorists.
@shakir: didnt you read the article? the base is secured, the karjittes where killed. Sure some of our Jawans got shahadat...
@Asjad Khattak: No doubt they have done courageous job at their door step. It is an other security lapse on the part of land forces who are responsible to check the any unlawful intruders coming with arms and ammunition with a aim to destroy our major PAF base. The Security at the Kamra has done a good job that the intruders have been killed, otherwise Pakistan Government must have been under pressure to release them like Raymond Davis and many more hidden criminals who have been released under pressure.
To sum up it is now very important to check and challenge the so called Taliban (NATO Agents) at their hideout in Pakistan and teach them lesson at their hideouts. In this way the entire network could have been caught. The Interior Ministry is evenly responsible for this major security lapse. Their job is not to order the inquiry after the crime but it should adopt preventi9ve approach in such cases.
i wonder what is right and what is wrong here.
Well done PAF, well done Air Commodore Azam for leading the fight from the front. Even if the Taliban had not taken the responsibility, we know that they have been raised, trained and brainwashed to kill and get killed. They know no other way. There are hundreds of these jahadies in the pipeline graduating out of their training centers to come and attack forces, worship places, markets etc. We all need to take the fight to their hideouts and training centers instead of waiting for them to attack us. Gen Kiani has rightly said that war on terror is our war and a just war. I only pray that undue religiosity by certain quarters does not take us astray. Delay in action shall have devastating effects for our future.
@Gen zia ul Haq ka baba thank you for the kind offer but over the last three decades we in kabul have had more than enough of your and our mullahs. keep them and let them find their own halwa.
@Salman: If this was not taken seriously, they would have blown the whole base.
@Saad Zuberi: Mr. Zuberi I feel sorry for you. There is a rebellion in Assam for the last many decades and your valiant Indian forces have been unable to quell it. They have 700,000 Indian soldiers in the occupied Kashmir and the brave Kashmiris are still fighting barehanded against the occupation. Our soldiers are fighting two wars. With the outside enemy and the morons inside. Let me ask you one thing. What have done for Pakistan so far?
@Adil: It should not be shame on the institution rather they be appreciated that they have repulsed the attack with great courage and foiled their plan to damage the air base. We should be thoughtful before blaming any institution.
Blaming Armed forces for lack of security?? Get ready for an other Memo Gate.
in India we have Diwali once a year, in Pakistan its everyday.
we are proud of our PAF and AIR FORCE soldiers sleep tight pakistan air force is awake INSHAallah
US thinks that they can put Pakistan forces into into own tribal belt against their own people by sponsoring such acts. The name of Taliban is used to make Pakistanis believe that we must go after them. Every event is linked to a greater plan against Pakistan. We must think big and evaluate the overall situation without losing a second. Devise a plan and respond back to the controllers and the terrorists. We must know we will keep paying price as long as we are aligned with US on any ground. BETTER REALIZE IT.PAKISTAN.
Every day Planes are crashing are you talking about flying coffins used by indians air force @CK:
Tehreek e talibaan "PAKISTAN" attacking "PAKISTAN" air force base ......so sad
I am surprised to see the remarks criticizing Pak Army. We must not forget that had it not been for them, the whole of Swat and FATA would have descended into an irreversible chaos. How many precious lives have been laid down to achieve this. Think of the soldier who is standing guard at the frontiers so that the nation may sleep in peace. I'm convinced that those who have endorsed criticizing remarks are oblivious of the sacrifices being made by the Armed Forces. And as far as their vigilance is being called in question, please understand that it is next to impossible to pre-empt or prevent such attacks. We must, however, laud the way they have handled this latest one professionally without any gross loss to the state. Army is a binding force in our country. Let us not politicize our Army for petty popularity.
@Jibran: "Lets first wipe off the indigenous terrorists. Worry about their “Indian Masters” later"
The rightist media says TTP are puppets of foreign forces but still unwilling to go after them. Beats me all ends up.
Has there been any CIA/MOSSAD/RAW/Blackwater operative found wearing suicide jacket. No amount of logistic support or financial aid can create a suicide bomber. Its the mindset nurtured in the society. Otherwise we could have at least prepared a few suicide bombers in INDIA with a population of over a billion.
@overseasobserver: your observations are quite funny... its very obvious by your comment that you are supporting IK.. and you are following his foot steps pretty well too... pointing fingers on other GREAT leaders... please give some logical reasons that how IK will put a full stop on all these terrorist attacks because as far as i remember according to him Talibans are innocent, it means he believes that what they are doing is quite right and now IK will do a long march till Kamra too for innocent taliban attackers... as they went to Kamra base for eid shopping...
Its about time our security establishment did something because the perception that they are incapable of doing anything is growing.
However sad the incdient, it is heartening to know that our security forces were able to thwart this attempt. It is even more heartening to know that an Air Commodore, likely (or equivalent to) the Base Commander, led from the front.
I fail to understand comments like "...if army is unable to secure its own bases..." and "...what have they learnt from past attacks..." I think our security forces successfully defended in this case. One can never stop an attack, especially a suicide attack; one can only hope to minimize its impact. Moreover, intelligence is not a magic wand. Things can and do slip through when then there is only a several thousand strong intelligence community looking after a country of 180 million, not to mention the externalities. Things are easier said than done, so if someone thinks that he or she can better handle such crises, then he/she should be out there and part of the action, not spewing hypothetical and naive comments sitting in front of a computer screen.
Condolences to Sepoy Muhammad Asif's familyand friends for their great loss.
Where is Keyani
All conspiracy theories start from our News channels. They call it an embarrassing situation. Do they have any idea that it takes real guts to pull the trigger, let alone take another man's life? Instead of acknowledging the fact that these people were making sure about their safety while they were further planning on their crappy news headlines? I hope all of you who think this is embarrassing, end up in front of a barrel of a freaking assault rifle. Lets see how you do then. Mugs.
@Imran Ahsan Mirza: Could not say better but it seems we all shall go to our graves smiling at the assassin and thinking he cant be our enemy. Even GOD cant save those unwilling to open their eyes. Cant write more as my eyes are welled up with tears.
Good work by the commandos by nabbing these terrorists in just 3 hrs time.
Strategic Assets attacking Strategic Assets
Shame!! So much for paying more than 80% of our GDP to Army!! They are unable to deter attacks, avoid personnel & equipment loss.
I wonder if they are prepared to protect PK should another attack us? Not looking positive!!
yes go develop IPhone/PAK phone etc.
Shift your focus on these things. and not on securing yourself. KAMRA.
Where are mullahs and religious parties to condemn this act, come out and protest against these animal talibans.
There were 8 attackers, 8 were killed and 8 arrested. Can our press-wallahs not do simple maths before they release information?
May GOD Bless Kamra..
Terrorist pkkre jae AMEEEEN
I have a very simple question: From where do these terrorists get their supply of arms and ammunition?
Punjab Govt was informed by intelligence agencies i.e ISI. On those basis they issued the alarm and thats standard procedures in case you don't know. There is NO civilian intelligence agency other then FIA
preparing ground for a 'legitimate' operation in waziristan ...
Incidents like this make it more evident that Pakistan is incapable of holding nukes. It is a threat to world peace. God forbids what if they attack nucler power plants in Pakistan which have less security than these bases. Pakistan is not mature enough for all these and we should be more concerned of our lives to object the mad race of nukes/nuclear energey rather than making it a conspiracy.
Peaceful brothers of the Ummah had come to say hello with some fireworks ? Why is everybody making such a big deal about this ?
The conduct of media is deplorable ,the signs are posted every ware Photography is Prohibited of Restricted areas WHY THE MEDIA WAS FOCUSING THE AIRCRAFT PARKED AND OTHER INSTALLATIONS INSIDE BASE.
I Demand PEMRA to take action and SUO MOTO against this by court as this act constitute serious violation of law by media channels who day in and day out are preaching action against law breakers
And add - One cannot hold security forces responsible for the attackers hold the initiative. Security on the ground can only react to a situation.
What are the chances of Iran being behind this to get nukes considering recent warmongerings between them and Israelis? Any guesses??
India will be foolish if they are supporting taliban - coz the next target will be India. We strongly condemn this attack my friends!!
it is imperative that security forces were successful in holding terrorist situation at minimum cost possible....TTP now u getting down !!!!!
You should also mention that now the coordination of intelligence is much better and there are a lot more people collecting sensitive information. Despite this, we have had our bases intruded upon.
The armed forces must finish radicalisation from within.
Bravo Generals! Since you people are busy in other activities irrelevant to your actual job, one should not expect from you regarding defense?
Shame on PAF. Attacking bases have become a fun.
long live pak army
@ABKhan: Can you justify those 10 terrorists who attacked mumbai ? Your ministers have already accepted that these terrorist belonged to Pak!
Pakistan was almost on a verge of losing all its Awacs. It is in open secret that who wanted them to out of their way. These terrorist are playing in the hands of the enemies of our motherland. May God bless our valiant soldiers who foiled this cowardly attempt of the enemies of Pakistan and Inshah'Allah will always be ready in future. We are proud of our Elite forces. Pakistan Army Zindabaad; Pakistan Paendabaad...
All that they want is implementation of sharia in the country. This is what PTI also wants! Why can't as a islamic country we implement & solve the problems by negotiation. IK is the only capable person to bring peace.
pakistan forces should retaliate with every thing they got against terrorists now or it will loose the the ground they hold.
We must realize that we are in state of war. Pakistan has been attacked many times at border and many Soldiers/Officers have been martyred.These attacks were not from Afghan Forces but the forces occupying the Afghanistan. This is absolutely cleared that the attacked were manipulated by NATO Forces with the help of Raw. The attack was duly repulsed by the Pakistan forces. I appreciate this. But at the same time I forewarn that Pakistan should be ready for any possible more attacks till such time Afghanistan is free from occupying forces.
It is interesting to see many of our eastern neighbours gloating by virtue of their comments on their own news sites.
Anyway, Pakistan armed forces must eliminate this mentality of radical islam.Stop blaming others and do what the srilankans did.
And you still think it is not our war????
@Zia Pasha: "Animal Talibans. We need to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. WHY DO THEY ATTACK OUR FORCES?" Sir, Please do not say so. Talibans are the strategic assets of the nation.
definitely the work of raw, cia or any international intelligence agency. How these terrorists get so advance weapons. this usa war in Afghanistan is destroying our country. There they opened nato supply and planning attack on south waziristan and here international supported terrorists are killing our innocent citizens. why there was no such attacks in pakistan before 2001. American started all the destruction by imposing their's war on us. its sad to see all the innocent Pakistani citizens dies......
wooh.... Aircraft damaged again??? what sort of sick perverted armed professionals do we have in here?
@Salman: Sir, this is what I was also wondering. Actually the cause of all the problems in Pakistan is the growing extremism in the masses of Pakistan. This is sure shot case of attack by terrorists in collaboration with 1 or 2 extremists in army/airforce. Only with collaboration with army/airforce can such attack be planned as their was direct & specific intelligence lead.
At least we can't break Indian Air Force's record of highest number of crashed MIGs in the world. It seems that before flying aircrafts, the Indian pilots have some drink.
owow what a security man, this is Pakistani forces ?
"foreign masters" - as those in ISI - as they are always involved in 'strategic depth' in foreign countries! LOL!
Have you ever considered how a rag tag group of Taliban "tribals" can enter the most powerful sophisticated airbase with ease? That is the power in the belief in Allah. It is time for Pakistani nation to surrender to Islam and Sharia and give up the infidel thinking that has become our society.
@Saad, do some factual research about Pakistan Air Force and Army then you'll find out how strong and brave our Armed Forces are!
Pak SSG is a cryptonite virus for militants. The last thing they want in there foreign sponsored Ops are Pak SSGs.
@Raj: No one is blaming India ......... unlike you guys who say if there is an epidemic in India, disease is sent by ISI!!!
Salaam to all Pakistanis,
These so called terrorists are just a figment of the imagination...... There are no terrorists, just paid mercenaries who do the dirty work.... And blame terrorists, in other words muslims.... This is the propaganda foriegn elements are trying to promote.
May Allah guide us with his knowledge
Basically, this attack seems organized one, that might be carried out by RAW and CIA sponsored who are actively working against the stability of Pakistan these notorious organizations trains terrorists and infiltrate them into Pakistan in order to weekend its strong defence that is eye-sore for India and Israel.
Taliban = Animals !
We did not uprooted the weed when it was small, instead we nurtured it, now it ihas turned into out of control bushes full of poison and spikes. We never bothered b/c initially they were only targeting a small community now nobody is safe from them. You cannot talk to such people, you should only talk from position of strength after they are completely nailed. .... so much barbarity and still you see that nobody gets punished and known criminals are released by our courts. Everywhere state institution strengthen each other but in our country they weaken each other. Law enforcement cannot work b/c they know that courts will release the criminal even if they arrest him and will come back to take the revenge......
Proud of Pak Army...
Mr kayani on 14th August talked about corruption etc in the country ,He obviously is watching civil matters and politicians So it seems he has no time for securing his army bases ,,HE HAS PROVED TO BE MOST INCOMPETENT GENRAL ZARDARI must sack him
Let Zaid Hamid comes on TV and explain who was behind.. lol
Pakistan Army is doing its best. But read the news that the millitants were fully trained and have all sort of ammo required for such operation. Thank To Almighty Allah that there has been no damage to our aircrafts and air base like that at PNS MEHRAN. MAy Allah bless Army personnels and help them. Ameen!
As was the Lal Masjid arming, the 5000 or so people killed in bombings and suicide bombings over the last 2-3 years, the Karachi Naval base and the Pindi GHQ attacks.
@American Desi: We are glad you left Pak . When you did! Btw the terrorists lost eventually.
Sp the plan is in place now. I can't wait to see some TTP guy accepting the responsibility of incident giving Kiyani an opportunity and reason to start operation in North Wazeristan. Well played USA !
Mr Ck and all other who feel that PAF and Army is letting you people down. Think again. No one is secure. Your statement after such a tragic incident has hurt many people. If you do not what you have to deal in Armed Forces then do not go about blabbering things about which you do not have even a single idea. So just pray about those who are martyred and for prosperity of our country instead of laying blame on each other and letting morale of our country down.
@Raj: Thats what OBL said to Pentagon after 9 eleven!
I won't say anything other than, please quickly come to the realization that 'Strategic assets' are now 'Strategic hornets of terror' for Pakistanis themselves... May God help Pakistan out of this...
Investigation, investigation,where is Rehman Malik,only he can order an investigation.
Pakistan Zindabad and we are proud of our Armed Forces who give thier lives for this country. Salam to all you guys.
@Salman: it was taken seriously. thats why they stopped it otherwise a mehran base type attack was planned and the adjacent population is ours own people we can not take them out of home as indians do in occupied kashmir
As long as the government/aka army are not serious to make this as own war, you would see such act of terrorism every single day. Time to flush out stupid beard turbans and kill them once it for all. Whoever supports their agenda should be wiped out from the map.
Were there any nukes inside the complex?
Attack on Pak Air base on 15th August!!! Who is going to benefit from destabilizing pakistan??? The powers who dont want to see us with the NUKE!!! Are these TTP and waziristan ppl so intellegent and have so much money that they can launch such a sophisticated attack???? ts quite obvious from where does the funding coming from.... I have no doubt in saying that INDIA IS INVOLVED!!!
get rid of religious fanatics. pakistans approach is not correct. get the leaders and ground troops for taliban will just vanish. focus on leaders.
Well done SSG commandos; pride of the nation The enemy is very organised and effective, bent on targeting our surveillance planes---'yeh haath baray lamby hain aur humara dushman buhat bara' but kudos to the base commander who performed his duty to the best of his abilities---prayers for the martyrs its a war we are in and there will be an eye for an eye---Jeeay Pakistan Army!
@waleed khan: And you claim that massive nuclear stockpile you have is absolutely in safe hands!
@Maria: "Thwarted" is hardly the word to use. The militants got into the complex and managed to shoot down personnel and caused serious damage to air assets. 'Thwart' is when you prevent the terrorists from entering the complex.
And you managed to figure this out all by yourself? WOW!
first our ships, than our planes. What's next ? The nukes ?
Withdraw from pakhtunistan
Leave Pakhtuns alone and find halal way to make money instead of by NATO supplies
Lets see if CJ takes sou moto action of this event!
Its a failure of interior minister- But he will not resign. Rehman Malik is responsible for ensuring he security
@atifraja19: You're not a big enough challenge to require such roundabout tactics.
If the Army won't do something after things like these maybe you should setup cheap decoys like the skeleton of a building that looks like a child daycare center with realistic looking dolls of children near by. They'd suicide bomb themselves into extinction.
Whom to Blame?
So now have we learned what it is like to be attacked by terrorists? Or do we need to be reminded by India and America? Perhaps in an attempt to feel-good it is convenient to blame them for this attack, as many of the posters on this comment board have done so, but it will not solve the problem.
I doubt if the corrupt, incompetent military has the wherewithal to get Pak out of this mess. And what has happened to the billions of dollars the U.S. has given in aid to strengthen the military? I wonder how may foreign bank accounts have swelled with the skimmed off money. In the final analysis, it is fair to ask: how culpable are the Pak’s themselves in this attack.
You think finally it is time to have an honest discussion on this mattaer, rather than continuing with the chest-thumping?
@MyHeartSpeaks: I wish you would one day speak with your brain. You make your whole country look dumb with comments like that.
Snakes in the backyard.
@Amitabh Bachchan: excuse me, what?
Why are Muslims attacking and killing other Muslims in Muslim nations like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria...? It surely can not be for Babri Masjid of Kashmir?
It looks like there is a civil war within the Arab financed power players of Pakistan, Mullahs of various regressive ideologies and an Establishment with mercenary tendencies. This attack seems to be a well coordinated just like the one on Mehran Base and this is a very dangerous situation to the whole world, Pakistan having a huge stockpile of Nuclear weapons.
time to go and finish the TTP no half hart ed operation. If you can't beat them, than handover the government to TTP. This is end of the rope do or die. you can't live in fear all your life.. Handle the situation now other wise it will be too late. God Bless Pakistan.
@Amitabh Bachan who writes "Great work RAW – Picked the right night."
I'm sorry to say but you are an ignoramus. Just read the books written by Malor Dhar, V K Mallik, B. Raman to understand what is RAW.
RAW is basically a bunch of bureaucrats, buried in pages and pages of intelligence reports.
They are basically over exaggerated clerks.
This happens because Kamra forces were busy developing Android Tablets
Great work RAW - Picked the right night. But arent Indians repeating the same mistake by feeding these terrorists in Afghanistan?
PAF was well awake. they did a great job in repelling the attackers.
Understand the following:
The base was supposedly under high alert. This means that the intelligence agencies did their job, since there was ample early warning that the terrorists were planning to target the Base.
The Base Commander also got hurt (apparently a bullet wound). Once the intelligence information is available, then the security failure lies with the Base Commander and his Head of Base Security (Provost).
The fact that they were able to breach, shows that the security protocols were not sufficient. That is a failure on the part of the base commander. Who, now injured, will be declared a hero and avoid all or any serious inquisition.
Note that just as in case of PNS Mehran, the terrorist were targeting the surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft there too. The Swedish AWACS were based here at Kamra. So there is some cause of concern. Yes, someone can say that the terrorists may be part of a psych-op executed by RAW, to target Pakistan's surveillance and reconnaissance capability, just like PNS Mehran.Regardless of who is behind the attack. The primary job of any base commander is the security of the military and strategic assets within. The failure (breach) is inexcusable.
6.This "Allah Twakkal" and "Sub Acha Hai" attitude that pervades the Pakistani culture and society leads to much apathy is also a significant part of the problem. Actual work cannot be substituted for by prayers. Otherwise, Prophet (SAW) would have (Nauzubillah) stayed home and prayed instead of physically participating in all the ghazwas himself.
and people like Javed Miandand, Ijaz Butt and the Pakistan Cricket Board still feels Pakistan is safe for International cricket. When the Pakistan army ,Pak govt and state ministers itself isnt safe , then i really wonder how PCB can claim Pakistan's security has improved...this is the perfect example of Living in a glass house ...
This is all Irans fault! Iran causes trouble in all countries around. They want out nuke and will do anything to gt them. They want power over everyone and every country! The will not be happy until everyone is begging at their feet. Then they will wipe their shoes on our heads!
As far as my opinion there were 4000 visas granted to american's recently by our government. So i think US again hired a black water to attack on such military installation, as they found a way or convince our people or military that there are terrorist inside our tribal areas. So US want to launch a military operation by Pakistani army.
So it's a plan drama by US to derail Pakistan and implement their own agenda of destroying US. .
ISI bred and raised these barbarians. Time to kill off the children of our own making. WE must cleanse our lands. Long Live OUR Pakistan!
@Salman: There is NO fool proof way of preventing attacks such as these. Even the Americans with their money and sophistication cannot prevent such attacks on their bases.
Our forces can't defeat militants and we dream of defeating far superior indians lol!
Is Mian Shahbaz Sharif still asking Taliban to spare Punjab as accorsing to him punjab government and taliban share the same ideology?
If suicide attacks is the only effective way for taliban, I wonder how long it would take them to be extinct. Oh God please rid us of this plague, these murderers who call themselves your followers and use religion as an excuse for spilling innocent blood.
@Awans: If there's a robbery at your home, would you resign without giving the fact a second thought that the same place has spent millions on you, to develop you. They managed to crush them and killed them all. Such attacks cant be stopped. they come in with the same uniforms so naturally it would make things difficult
@Salman: You cant foil such attacks. All you can do is kill them after they are there. Because you can just open at people coming towards yourself wearing the same uniform as you
This is so depressing and so embarrassing. A security breach of such enormity is something that must not be neglected. The GHQ attack, attack on the naval base etc... they make the common man feel naked.If the airbase is not safe..what is? Why don't we ever get to hear the results of investigations.. whether it is India, US, some other military group or whatsoever. The nation has the right to know what went wrong? how did the attackers managed to enter the base? who were the people involved? was there any inside involvement, if yes then were those responsible brought to justice. Who will see to it that such incidents do not happen again? Our president? our leadership? what is the ordinary citizen supposed to do? will these issues get solved if i pray and offer nafals all night? I, and i am sure millions of Pakistani citizens feel so..lost. What do we do? sit infront of the tv, update facebook statuses and comment here and there.. .. God bless Pakistan. God bless us. Allah reham karay.
Keep supporting the likes of Taliban (TTP), Mullahs, Saeeds with religious patriotism and blame everything on India, CIA, Israel et cetera until the enemy within eats us alive.
@Sadaf: This is indians hand and the front name is talabeen.bcoz now there is no chance of face to face war. India is killing the roots of Pakistan by doing these thing. India is using so called talabeen against Pakistan.
Lets first wipe off the indigenous terrorists. Worry about their "Indian Masters" later.
Where was the quick response force? Why did they not make arrangements where the barriers could not be crossed without proper checking? Why automatic weapons were not installed on the main entrance in a manner whereby the violator could be stopped through a secure position in a bunker? Why were the planes not placed in the covered sheds? When will be learn to distinguish between a friend and a foe?
These militants must die and we must get rid of them.But until now, our security institutions seem to be unsuccessful in doing so.Huge amounts are being spent on these institutions but there is a mere upgradation of their Luxurious Vehicles and offices and increasing Road Blockades in front of their offices making the life of people miserable.And every attack by militants is launched and is successful.And then a statement is issued that the attack by the militants was thwarted/foiled etc etc despite life and financial losses.No lesson is learnt.And the behaviour of these Law Enforcement Agencies Personnels while on road is especially very bad with a person holding a stick in the back of Land Cruiser Pick Up or Double Seater and he hits the vehicles if any vehicle passes nearby in his range.And all the traffic coming from opposite side is compelled to go off the road and the traffic behind is compelled to maintain a distance and this happens in NWFP on regular basis and if one has to enter the cantonment area then it seems as if we are sinners and are questioned as if we are crossing border of the country.....May Allah help us.
Intelligence and Army Chief should resign.
@CK: their aircrafts???? how could you disown your country men like this, do you know anything about the recent crashes , the reasons for "non maintenance" ??? how stupid n selfish
Fireworks to celebrate Independence/Foundation Day. So what else is new?
Our brave soldiers should not rest after killing these handful terrorists. The war should not stop now.
Cold war warming up. Every Army man on night duty must have night vision. Info. alone will not help when all of Pakistan army goes blind in dark.
it's a sincere wish that there is no casualty and all the soldier's are safe and stop ranting and carping india in your each and every problem this ignorance will cast a doom for your country
ya Allah rahem ker
There is only one way to deal with these terrorists. Crush them and their supporters.
The self-created monsters have turned on their masters.
Shame on people who say we should negotiate with the enemies of Pakistan. Do not let go the blood of martyrs in vain.
@Sadaf: Indian govt is in no state to handle issues inside their own country & you really think they'll try to pull something like this inside Pak? You really overestimate the ability of the current Indian govt. And i think the same goes for the Taliban.
It is about time everybody realized that all your countries are just being played against each other. Who benefits from all this? Global arms / surveillance / defense contractors do. They run the entire war game internationally playing upon people's nationalism & patriotism. The US for instance has increased domestic spending on security by over 1 TRILLION since 9/11.. Yet actual risk of dying in an attack is 1 in 3.5 million.. People & Govts are not benefiting. Only these weapons & security companies are profiting.
Time for the entire world to wake up...
@Sadaf: And of course you can prove that India was involved in this attack! NOT!
Innocents of tribal area could not wait for Imran's peace march. They have come to greet Imran and his supporters.
it is the time we stay united and count on ALLAH.we are in a state of war with forces from and outside the region.let us all be clear that theSE are'nt thugs we fighting.they are highly trained guerilla warrior and likely dangerously capable.we should fight for our soveriegnty
Reap what u sow
Waiting of an attack was more painful.
Pakistan Zindabad. May ALLAH bless Pakistan. Inshallah we will withstand the problem with sheer determination. Pakistan should revisit her internal and external alignments and beef up its security forces.Alongwith proactive, rapid, responsive and liquid deployment of response forces.
I was just having a good late night read of whats been going on In Pakistan these past few years, Started with target killings in karachi (wiki), then had a good laugh at the leader of the MQM, and id managed somehow to get to Ilyas Kashmiri (wiki)... check on the news, and see this has happened. Only one solution guys, Bring in Imran Khan. Vote for the Great Khan. All the other politicians will run away, with the stolen loot. Imran Khan coming to power will be the beginning of the end for corruption and bloodshed. Forget about what the naysayers, pmln trolls (who've had their go, with Nawaz) and what the elites and "unbiased" (lol) media say. Get behind the great Khan and this time next year, you will be in a better Pakistan. Inshallah
If 10 fully trained SSGs attack a place they can easily cause such a damage even if u r informed before hand.... Point is simple they were prepared and are fighting for U(pakistaniz)
Wait till Rehman Malik comes up with some photos...The militants wore dresses like movies star trek..
So history keeps repeating itself and innocents keep losing their lives. Still waiting for us to hit rock bottom, I guess this isn't it.
Militant dressed in military Uniform... Why cant we learn from the Past attacks ...
its realy sad that this event is taking place in holy month of ramdan. .... the query is they were age from 9 to 11 does not seems to be right because how they can cross sercurity check point ... Well my best army is doing their best. May Allah help them and bless pakistan, Ameen
Pakistan has one ambassador-negotiator to defuse this escalating situation. His name is Imran Khan and though I am not a fan of his, I am sure the TTP will listen to him and reach some sort of understanding to de-escalate the situation in N. Waziristan, before the army is sent in.
May Allah help all the soldiers fighting to defend the pride of our country against these militants. To all the naysayers, who commented about incompetence of our forces, its easier to sit in front of computer and type in ease than to actually fight like they're doing. So shut up if you dont have anything good to say.
This is indians hand and the front name is talabeen.bcoz now there is no chance of face to face war. India is killing the roots of Pakistan by doing these thing. India is using so called talabeen against Pakistan.
Hey i feel sorry for this country every day our army is becoming weak and lol pls Pakistan army or airforce is not the strongest forces in world lol India is more better pls they don't get attacked every day like our fool forces .i hate our stupid forces
This is part of war! We 'chose' to fight these guys and now when they react we get all sad about why they are retaliating. Let's face it like men and see if we have what it takes to win this. Otherwise, let's get ready to go back to the stone age which we feared from the US but is now being practically done by the Taliban!
Animal Talibans. We need to eradicate them from the face of the Earth. WHY DO THEY ATTACK OUR FORCES?
This is funny. The US attacks these barbarians with drones and they get up and pop themselves in some local public gathering or on some military base.
The thought that we'll get rid of such ridiculous religious lunatics in the next few decades makes me happy.
Long Live Pakistan Long Live our Defence Forces.
Pakistan air force will Inshallah kill those infidels but the point is, Is this the security of a military base? It has become a norm of untrained scumbags attacking the most seemingly secure places of this country. And definitely you are not telling how many died at our side
@avatar punjab govt home dept is not isi
I just hope and pray all the soldiers and the guards are safe. They and their families are the ones who have to pay the biggest price due to such attacks.
@Maria: And who are their "foreign masters" that you talk about?
How can this happen even Punjab government had foretold this as per tribune report on 10 Aug. How incompetent they can be.
Imran khan should march to Kamra to support "innocent" attackers.
Kiyani said this is inevitable! He said it!
May ALLAH save Pakistan. but as we see, general kiyani and zardari have agreed to join hands with US forces, it will be difficult day by day for Pakistan to hunt these hired culprits. JF-17 Thunder has been a thorn in USAF eyes. No doubt, to what extent they can go to deteriorate Pak forces technology, atomic power and self esteem by targeting them using anyone throwing some dollars in front of him. TTP can do such favours for them for any kindness!!
Chickens have come home to roost. Blame India, Israel, USA, CIA, RAW and Mossad.
Don’t kill them. Just use heavy tranquilizer bullets and catch them alive. Once they are caught alive, expose them, and expose their belongings, their relations and every single information about them.
Second, intelligence chiefs should resign.
First of all they should place electric fences, laser guided alarms on outer perimeter and have the base's own anti terrorism response team. This should be in place after the incident in Karachi. Secondly, I believe the militants might have launched this attack after the announcement from Panetta about Joint operations. These militants should be dealt with the full force of law but the real solution lies in not doing army operations on its own people in KP and doing political settlements. Otherwise you go the way of what is going on in Afghanistan and Taliban. The more you feed, the more this crisis will grow!
So sad, patriotic Pakistanis strictly condemns this coward attack, all nation with PAF and our brave soldiers, Please respect the month of Ramazan. Last but not least PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.
This is disgusting! We as a nation must decide now that these are our enemies within and we must fight against them. I pity Imran Khan and PTI who still believe this is not our war!
Ya Allah Madad!!!!
All militants need to be killed, all religious philosophies driving this menace must be put in Arabian sea too, also if all religious leaders of Pakistan have to accompny these people to the sea it should be immediately done. I need to see if Jamaat Islami, Jamiat Ulema Islam and Hafiz Saeed will condemn this! If not I consider them all part of this. They are all chopping off the tree whose fruit they have enjoyed for 65 years. Mullahism and General Zia's legacy of Islamisation is the greatest threat to the future of Pakistan. Army must act agressively to treat these people with what they deserve.
So Kayani hints at North Waziristan operation on 14th & "They" respond with preemptive strike on 15th. Is this gonna be North Waziristan's 9/11?
Blame it on India
May Allah help the army crush these barbarians
what a shame....they are enemy of their own country! Before India used to be a threat,now home grown enemy has born! what a progress we have done in 65 years of Independence!
Nice job on the early warning systems ISI
Allah bless Pakistan..Ameen!!
Allah meray mulk ki hifazat farma!!!
No mercy for the terrorists.
sad news! If army is unable to secure its bases, what further can be expected from them!
Come what may, Pakistan has to get rid of these militants once and for all.
Nothing has been learned from previous attacks by the armed forces!
Great that the military thwarted the attempts of the anti state criminals to please their foreign masters by killing Pakistanis.
there was a news on ET...few days ago.........!! the details were remarkable.........!! TTP you are going down !!
Let's hope for the best . Can't help feel that the NATO supply opening is inviting all this ..,
There was a clear intelligence report over the possible attack. Was it taken seriously ? 5 days old link. http://tribune.com.pk/story/419897/threat-alerts-terrorists-planning-attack-on-paf-base/