Missed the bus: Militants abduct seven soldiers from Jand

Published: January 3, 2013
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There were no immediate claims of responsibility from militants. PHOTO: FILE

There were no immediate claims of responsibility from militants. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Just days after militants abducted and later killed 21 Levies forces, armed militants, reportedly wearing military colours have abducted another seven soldiers near Jand, in Punjab, military officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

Military official said that the officials were travelling via bus from Rawalpindi to their stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They led off seven soldiers but let go a sweeper who was travelling with them.

The gunmen were wearing military uniforms, other sources said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility by the Taliban, who do maintain forces in the area.

Last week the Taliban kidnapped 23 pro-government Levies forces following raids on at least three check posts. Of them, the Taliban executed 21. One man escaped and another was badly wounded – he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

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  • Yasmin
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:37AM

    May Allah have mercy upon Pakistan.

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  • umar
    Jan 3, 2013 - 1:42AM

    Time to launch a full scale operation and save these soldiers. Apparently the incident has happened in Punjab which is supposed to be a safer area. People of Pakistan should stand up against extremism. An eye should be kept on extremist people in their neighborhood and a hotline be set up.

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  • imran
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:01AM

    enough is enough … there shud b a full scale a major operation to clear and finish off kharjis from our pure land…. these kharijis are maligining islam and destroying a muslim country ..and killing innocent muslims in Pakistan…

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  • adam
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:05AM

    What Pakistan waiting for, or they let them go with their men ? I don’t have words to condemn this as merely words are not enough to stop terrorism.

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  • Ricky
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:15AM

    Let us negotiate and surrender to these jihadists while they butcher our youngmen. Still waiting for an army response in kind.

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  • pi
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:27AM

    The solution lies in recruiting the militants in army and send the soldiers into retirement, with full retirement benefit.

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  • rowdy khan
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:32AM

    Even our soldiers need protection.

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  • Oops
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:38AM

    The poor souls are now at the mercy of these disgusting animals, while the entire nation is going to look the other way. How can we hope for better days when we have shunned our morality

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  • babag55
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:41AM

    where is our military that eats away majority of our revenues.

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  • FJ
    Jan 3, 2013 - 2:57AM

    Why don’t these soldiers FIGHT with their abductors then being abducted so easily. They are not the civilians, for God sake!

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  • OneManArmy
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:58AM

    It is time for army to do action go into NWA! NOWWWWW!!!! Save these men or at least try to save, stop being sitting ducks !

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  • Iron hand
    Jan 3, 2013 - 3:59AM

    This won’t end until either the militants have killed everyone who opposes them, or the people of Pakistan finally have enough and stop accepting savagery just because its done in the name of Islam. Even money right now as to which option is chosen.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Jan 3, 2013 - 4:13AM

    @FJ:
    It more likely that these soldiers are not issued weapons when traveling to and from their bases when not actually on duty. As a result, they have nothing to fight with against armed militants!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 3, 2013 - 5:55AM

    Do I qualify for abduction too? Once I had one week training in civil defence.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jan 3, 2013 - 6:48AM

    Pakistan’s army cannot fight these terrorists alone. They should ask US and NATO forces to wipe out all factions of talibans before they leave. Pakistan army must establish trust that they are sincere and US and NATO forces can work with them in joint operations. Pakistan army should give free hand to US and NATO forces to operate within Pakistan for 1 – 2 years and wipe out both Afghan and Pakistan talibans. After US and NATO forces vacate the region, Pakistan shall be facing even more severe problems. All factions of talibans may join together and take over Pakistan.

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  • Helix
    Jan 3, 2013 - 7:58AM

    @numbersnumbers:
    Nice try.

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  • True Indian
    Jan 3, 2013 - 8:31AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA…..Pakistan is my favourite entertainment channel….

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  • zoro
    Jan 3, 2013 - 8:44AM

    Completely misleading and meaningless headline …
    Regarding soldiers its sad but true … and for the government its just a number …
    35000 killed will be 35000 plus 7…

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  • pakfastbowler
    Jan 3, 2013 - 9:13AM

    Let us pray to Allah to protect our men from these kaffirs.

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  • imran
    Jan 3, 2013 - 9:21AM

    i dont know army is waiting for whom to launcg operation against militatnts.the only way to deal with them is force.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jan 4, 2013 - 9:32PM

    @Raj – USA:
    you have been paid to suggest that,USA/UK/NATO/India has this life time dream to come true

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