Tehreek-e-Taliban withdraw dialogue offer to new government

Published: May 30, 2013
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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan (L) and TTP member Adnan Rasheed address a press conference. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan (L) and TTP member Adnan Rasheed address a press conference. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Thursday that their number two in command, Deputy Chief Waliur Rehman was killed in a US drone strike. The terrorist outfit also announced it is withdrawing its dialogue offer to the new government.

Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune that the TTP would take revenge over the killing of their deputy chief.

He said the Taliban consider the Pakistani government fully responsible for drone strikes in the region, because the government is passing information to the United States.

“I confirm the martyrdom of Waliur Rehman Mehsud in a drone strike on Wednesday. We are shocked at the martyrdom of our leader but are proud of his sacrifices,” Ehsanullah Ehsan said.

“We had sincerely offered peace dialogue to the government but we strongly believe that the government has a role to play in the drone strikes,” he added.

The TTP have reportedly chosen a new deputy commander to replace Rehman.

“There was absolute consensus over Khan Said,” one Pakistani Taliban member said.

Read: Pakistani Taliban pick new No 2 after drone strike: Sources

Peace effort at an end?

While Waliur Rehman’s death is a major blow for the militants, it could be also viewed as a setback for incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end violence.

He criticised drone strikes during the election campaign, describing them at one point as a “challenge” to Pakistan’s sovereignty. Sharif also offered to hold talks with the militants, something that now looked less likely, according to one senior security official.

“Wali-ur-Rehman was a serious and mature man, his death could hurt prospects for an expected peace initiative considered by the new government,” the official told Reuters.

However, many observers said any meaningful settlement with the Taliban was unlikely in any case given Sharif’s condition that the starting point for talks be respect for the country’s democratic order and institutions.

The White House did not confirm the killing, in line with its practice not to discuss drone strikes.

But its spokesman Jay Carney said Wali-ur-Rehman “has participated in cross-border attacks in Afghanistan against US and NATO personnel and horrific attacks against Pakistani civilians and soldiers”.

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Reader Comments (68)

  • Umer
    May 30, 2013 - 6:58PM

    OMG, Imran and NS bet on the wrong horse and this is now coming back to bite them.

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  • Khan
    May 30, 2013 - 7:00PM

    Very good news. These people don’t deserve any dialogue process. They just need military action. Period.

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  • Kaleem
    May 30, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Thats unfortunate. That also shows how immature these Taliban are. Its difficult but not impossible to eliminate them through military. Lets try the hard path now.

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  • A-No.1
    May 30, 2013 - 7:04PM

    Hail Obama. Time for the Pakistani nation to eliminate these pre-historic termites.

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  • Sameer Siddiki
    May 30, 2013 - 7:07PM

    America did the drone strike and they withdraw dialogue offer from Pakistan? Lol.
    They are hilarious.
    It seems like that they were waiting for the reason to continue the war against Pakistan.

    May Allah bless Pakistan.

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  • Naeem
    May 30, 2013 - 7:09PM

    CIA 1 : MNS 0

    Welcome to the party Mian Nawaz Sharif.

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  • Sameer Siddiki
    May 30, 2013 - 7:10PM

    America did the drone strike and they withdraw the dialogue from Pakistan?
    It seems like that they were waiting for a reason to continue the war against Pakistan.
    KPK CM, brace yourself, as you said your own people will tell you now how good they are:)

    May Allah bless Pakistan.

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  • Rahim
    May 30, 2013 - 7:12PM

    That is why US killed him. Now brace yourselves for more bloodshed.

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  • Umer
    May 30, 2013 - 7:16PM

    When are PTI and PMLN announce breaking ties with US as a result?

    Seems these “mujaheed” used such talk only for political gains.

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  • danish
    May 30, 2013 - 7:16PM

    Death to USA.

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  • Mj
    May 30, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Time to utterly destroy them and their sympathizers once and for all.

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  • Khan
    May 30, 2013 - 7:19PM

    The chain of events clearly prove that Terrorist USA knows the where about of these TTP high ups and will use their death as a way to keep pushing PAKISTAN against Taliban.

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  • AnisAqeel
    May 30, 2013 - 7:21PM

    Writ of the state must be obeyed by all including our military and there must not be a mixing of good or bad Taliban as all are bad and we are allowing a second state within the state ( there already exists one, state within the state). If our military can’t control these elements, why are we spending huge portions of our budget that is even kept secret. For the sake of people’s welfare and country’s existence, we must cut and shrink our defence budget and send some people on strict diet who has become obese and can’t support its own body weight.
    We need all institutions strong without any interference of the other especially judiciary that may be the only way to create writ of the Government. If there is no support from our inner own elements to Taliban, Taliban can’t exist for more than a week.
    Should I drop a hint, why are we shouting when a drone eliminates any terrorist ! ! !

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  • san
    May 30, 2013 - 7:23PM

    The heaven in background is looking so sweet. Our dear Almighty Drones, do us a favor, kindly send all these apes to heaven please. Our generation will be hailing you. Many thanks.

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  • KB
    May 30, 2013 - 7:24PM

    US wants Pakistan to bring Afghan Taliban to negotiating table but it doesnt want Pakistan to talk to its own version of Taliban. Why leaders cant see these double standards? Why not say that if talking to Pakistani taliban is bad then talking to Afghan taliban is also bad.

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  • sars
    May 30, 2013 - 7:25PM

    Okay then i think now we are all done with dialogues. The people of KPK (as well as the rest of the country) need to be free of these stone aged (but technology loving) , fitna creating violent, irrational assasins.

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  • Waseem
    May 30, 2013 - 7:29PM

    these smiling faces of murders must be eliminated completely. no need to have dialogue with them.

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  • Unbelievable
    May 30, 2013 - 7:32PM

    ET should consider a new picture — the one you always use makes them look like a comedy team rather than people who slaughter women and children without remorse.

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  • sid
    May 30, 2013 - 7:33PM

    If these are so brave why do they scuide bombings…………

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  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2013 - 7:37PM

    WAh… u kill thousand of innocent people and still government want to start a peace dialogue with your. And if a US drone kills one of yours, mistakenly, then u are saying that u will not talk to government …what a childish behavior

    Try to feel the pain of a person who lost his love one in a blast by your puppet

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  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2013 - 7:38PM

    Laural and Hardey with beard

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  • MJ
    May 30, 2013 - 7:40PM

    It the Taliban apologist still believe that these people can be reasoned with then they are living in a fool’s paradise. It is time that our army relentlessly peruse these animals and wipe them off completely. I have lost family friends in the bomb blasts by TTP and their likes. They have killed thousands in Pakistan and impacted the lives of millions. The only way to deal with them is through the barrel of a gun.

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  • Invincible
    May 30, 2013 - 7:41PM

    We are not afraid of you, you are coward people who can’t come out and fight one to one with Pakistan Army. No Dialogue with Killers anyway!

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  • Adnan Khan
    May 30, 2013 - 7:43PM

    Wali ur Rehman was few of the sane voices in TTP and Halikullah Mehsud’s animosity towards him is not a secret. Timing of this drone attack suggests that the forces that are anti dialogue between Pakistan and TTP are really desperate, as they see that a dialogue is a possibility War is not solution to the problem we have learnt that from history may it be IRA conflict which eventually ended on table or our armed forces under estimation of situation in East Pakistan in 1970 which ended in our surrender, war will only bring suffering. The road to dialogue will not be easy, there will be more obstacles thrown on the way to peace, however with determination we can achieve peace.

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  • Mj
    May 30, 2013 - 7:46PM

    I can’t wait for the day the grinning faces of these two monsters are droned.

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  • sensible
    May 30, 2013 - 7:46PM

    that confirms PTI’s stance on drone. It creats more terrorism. By killing taliban US can make thier land save but it indulges Pak to endless war of revenge and extremism. When will we understand this simple logic and work to protect our own interests.

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  • human
    May 30, 2013 - 7:48PM

    these radical barbarians didn’t deserve any dialogue in the first place… violence is meditation for these pre historic fools… i wish one day everyone in Pakistan believes in Live and Let Live philosophy, and people recognize each others as humans rather than cast,creed or colour…. goodluck

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  • Sterry
    May 30, 2013 - 7:51PM

    No one expected any good from talking with TTP criminals anyways- Their only aim is to destabilize the nation to serve their foreign masters. All that the TTP cowards can do is attack innocent policemen, women and children with military weapons. The majority of Pakistan’s people despise them so it is only a matter of time before they fizzle out. There is no point in dealing with cowards.

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  • ashar
    May 30, 2013 - 7:54PM

    Drone strikes and talks with Taliban are now one point agenda. New Government has to be determined to stop the strikes since they not only strike on their so called targets it every time strike our sanctity, solidarity and self respect.

    Only a Baighairat can allow drone attacks.

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  • Abrar R
    May 30, 2013 - 7:55PM

    If anything is going to work, its the sight of a drone being struck down. MNS doesn’t have what it takes. I mean look at him. He is not even original. He was a premier twice before, did he vacate the PM house then? Did he decrease expenses on his and his ministers security? Did he say his ministers wouldn’t wave Pakistani flags on their cars? Lets not go that back, did any of this happen in Punjab in the last 5 years only? Its a copy paste job. Whatever PTI would do, they would copy. Better have the trendsetters call the shots. theirs no hope with MNS and Kerry is coming in a months time to dictate terms. So much for the “Sher”.

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  • Mirza
    May 30, 2013 - 7:55PM

    Good ground intelligence for the US drones. Keep up the good reconnaissance on the terrorists for more drones. Hail to the chief Obama and our intelligence on the ground.

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  • Member Fourth Pillor..
    May 30, 2013 - 7:56PM

    What do they mean by having Lush Green environment, clear blue sky and pure water,, at their back..???

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  • Nadir
    May 30, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Poor sweet innocent taliban :(

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  • Enlightened
    May 30, 2013 - 8:02PM

    The failure of forthcoming talks was as such a foregone conclusion but this drone attack provides them the excuse to continue their mayhem on the innocent people. The sight of their own commander and other comrades getting killed has badly rattled them but not so for the innocent people and beheading of soldiers which they have been carrying out without any mercy really serves them right. If they continue their attacks on civilian and military targets, the civilian govt should ask the military to launch decisive operations in right earnest and not allow them any free passage as done previously.

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  • May 30, 2013 - 8:08PM

    No doubt US drone strikes illegal, Pakistani govt should stop them otherwise next 5 years will be worse than previous …

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  • taz
    May 30, 2013 - 8:09PM

    im surprised to see people’s reaction here. Yes you might act out of anger but the reality is that army operations have failed. They have failed in the past 8 years so what makes you people think that further army operations will not have same results as previous? emotional fools will remain fools. and the common people will have to suffer in the form of death and misery. We need to act smart to solve this problem.

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  • numbersnumbers
    May 30, 2013 - 8:10PM

    Lets review the facts; TTP continued killing people of Pakistan while suggesting “talks”, but when drone strike happens, suddenly possibility of talks “withdrawn”!!!
    Conclusion: OK for TTP to kill, but not OK to kill them (by their rules)!!!

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  • not impressed
    May 30, 2013 - 8:10PM

    what else can we expect from a group that wants to destroy the state of pakistan? what were they going to negotiate about anyway?

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  • kanwal
    May 30, 2013 - 8:19PM

    I agree with what many comments say here: i dont want to see smug faces of these terroriss. It hurts me. Pls stop this ET. I think now IK will say its bcoz of the drone strikes?

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  • May 30, 2013 - 8:20PM

    Sharif also offered to hold talks with the militants, something that now looked less likely,

    Which was the whole purpose of the drone attack, to derail any future dialogue process. This is what Americans do, whenever there is a peace agreement (or a prospect thereof) between the government and the militants, they sabotage it. The militants are though correct in blaming the Pakistani government for allowing Americans to use drones with impunity.

    It is extremely important for the incoming PTI’s provincial government to distance itself from the PML(N)’s federal government and their behind-the-scenes collaboration with the Americans. But at the same time keep pushing for peace!

    As for the PML(N), it must prove itself by stopping the drone attacks and directly engage with the militants in the peace process!!

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  • Jason Hollier
    May 30, 2013 - 8:23PM

    Bring it on. One down a few hundred to go.

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  • spirit of wali ur rehman
    May 30, 2013 - 8:23PM

    operation freedom: north waziristan

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  • Voice
    May 30, 2013 - 8:23PM

    This is their actual face which is always based on fake and treacherous deeds. They are never to trust. Their “SINCERE DIALOGUE” offer means immunity to their crimes against humanity. Once achieving immunity they will blackmail over Sharia Law.

    These are out-dated creatures of time. They need to be extinct like Dinosaurs…So some decades after Pakistani “Lollywood producer can make “Pakistani version of Jurassic park” based on their anti-human crimes.

    Famous quote, nature can’t be change, as scorpion is to bit. They are poisonous to any society.

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  • Aarvey, India
    May 30, 2013 - 8:27PM

    @danish: Death to Pakistan. Do you like this? If not don’t post silly comments like these .

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  • May 30, 2013 - 8:32PM

    These animals should be crush down,, Lets stand united to defeat this mindset,,

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  • RB Mian
    May 30, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Are there any Drone strikes in Afghanistan?

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  • Unbelievable
    May 30, 2013 - 8:49PM

    @Antelbellum

    As for the PML(N), it must prove
    itself by stopping the drone attacks
    and directly engage with the militants
    in the peace process!!

    Sounds great – but kinda vague on specifics. How exactly does one “stop” the drone attacks and is Pakistan prepared to make an enemy of it’s largest trade partner, largest charitable donor, and the most powerful military and economic force on the planet? Further – how does making an enemy of the USA strengthen your bargaining position with the Taliban?

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  • Naseer
    May 30, 2013 - 8:59PM

    Send Rehman Malik and Chaudhary Shujaat to resolve the crises :-)

    I will be more than happy if our army take some action against these terrorists without making a formal announcement before action. What is the actual purpose of these advance notices?

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  • sid
    May 30, 2013 - 9:07PM

    @indian:
    don’t we the name of India pakistani brother………….

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  • umair
    May 30, 2013 - 9:10PM

    Why Nawaz is Silent on Drone attack In NW 2 days back.

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  • Rex Minor
    May 30, 2013 - 9:12PM

    @Khan:
    When are we going to see as a ero or a martyr!

    Rex Minor

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  • May 30, 2013 - 9:42PM

    The recent drone attack that caused the death of the senior TTP leader draw a new picture of these drone attacks.
    Today Imran Khan also demanded to stop drone and then this news that TTP planning to withdraw offer, don’t you see some link between all these stories?

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  • May 30, 2013 - 9:52PM

    The White House spokesman Jay Carney said, Wali-ur-Rehman “has participated in cross-border attacks in Afghanistan against US and NATO personnel and horrific attacks against Pakistani civilians and soldiers”. These common enemies of ours have been creating havoc on our nations for years. No death should be rejoiced, but the fact remain that this one man has been responsible for thousands of innocent deaths both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is time for all, who oppose senseless violence, to stand united and fight this evil. Peace can only return to the region when these pallbearers of death are defeated.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command

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  • Raj - USA
    May 30, 2013 - 9:59PM

    Some still say that Army action has failed and talks are the only solution. Army action has not failed. Pakistan’s army never wanted to wipe out the talibans. In fact they were protecting the talibans. Now that the army appears to be wanting to wipe out the talibans, Pakistanis should support and push the army to act boldly.

    “If US can talk, why not Pakistan?” is the stupidest of all reasoning. Talibans are not occupying USA. Nor do they want to rule USA though they may want to cause damage to USA. These talibans are occupying Pakistan and want to enforce their laws on everyone in Pakistan, and they want to do it by force and not through any democratic system.

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  • Enlightened
    May 30, 2013 - 10:51PM

    @Raj – USA:
    How are you so sure that Pakistan army wants to wipe out Taliban now whom they were protecting previously ? You might be well aware that the military ruled Pakistan for three decades and who knows what is going on their mind now.

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  • Dilip
    May 31, 2013 - 12:23AM

    “Wali-ur-Rehman was a serious and mature man” ….
    Mature men do not kill innocent people!!!!
    To date they have not stopped their bombings.
    When talking of peace, both sides must stop the KILLINGS!!!!!!

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  • numbersnumbers
    May 31, 2013 - 1:52AM

    @Sterry:
    In your comment you say that TTP are “serving” their foreign masters, but you neglect to tell us just WHO those “foreign masters” are!!!! Please be more specific!’

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  • Raj - USA
    May 31, 2013 - 2:27AM

    @Enlightened:
    “How are you so sure that Pakistan army wants to wipe out Taliban now whom they were protecting previously ? You might be well aware that the military ruled Pakistan for three decades and who knows what is going on their mind now.”

    It is just an inner feeling I have. I believe they will come out in the open and start taking action on the talibans once the major political forces express clearly and strongly their determination and desire to wipe out the talibans totally. Political forces should push the army. Religious parties and PTI should be ignored. Army would also be realizing that once the talibans take over, the army themselves shall have no place. They shall lose all respect from the population, and also all luxuries and authority that they are so used to. Army would care more for loss of respect than for the loss of lives of their own.

    Mr. Mirza who represents the sane voices of Pakistan commented yesterday in another ET news section that if Pakistan fails to take out the talibans, other countries will do on their own and this would mean “boots on the ground” of foreign forces like USA, NATO, etc., within Pakistan.

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  • Rex Minor
    May 31, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Peace can not return to the region without the approval of the USA, the super power, whose administration does not recognise the authority of the International criminal court, nor of its own supreme court outside USA. The extra judicial killings in Pakistan territory will continue until the incoming Pakistan Government has not annuled the agreements made by the Indian born Musharaf!!

    Rex Minor

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  • Rex Minor
    May 31, 2013 - 4:09PM

    Hey fellows, do not get upset over the drone attack! The USA administration is still following their strategic policy of egime change! They know that another member will take over, it mattrs very little for them. Their aim is to eliminate the leadership after two terms; this is how they wanted Musharaf to leave and why they wanted Gadafi to leave and now the Syrian President. Karzai got away by declaring that he is vacating. Mind you they have nothing against monarchy an allow them to keep their head as long as they imlement reforms and hand over the real power to their Governments. In reality they are more or less supporting what the people in the free world practice and people all over the world desire. A change after two terms?

    Rex Minor

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:14PM

    @A-No.1:
    its imposible to eliminate them READ THE H I S T O R Y , weve got to go to the dialouge table or more innocent civilian die and the vicious circle start again people like u know nothing abt the ground realities

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:16PM

    well american negotiating them in qatar pakistan should do the same to end there negotiation with afghan taliban, there is no other way to teach them a lesson.

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:18PM

    @Mj:
    u living in a cloud of cuckoo land dude,

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:20PM

    @san:
    one day u will ask usa to save the dignity of ur sis, mother, and daughter i am pretty sure abt it

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @sars:
    when did we have proper dialouge with them without killing them by drons, stop facts mongering dude it could come back to u or ur family as well

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:34PM

    @Anonymous:
    so far us drones has killed 8000 tribal and reply to that they kill 40000 pakistanis wellcome to the vicious circle again or should call it a circus

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  • rafi
    May 31, 2013 - 4:37PM

    @Mj:
    by ur fatherly usa init

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  • Abu-Bakr
    Jul 7, 2013 - 9:33AM

    They are an outfit of professional killers and dacoits. They are by and large usa sponsored/funded and giving bad name to the muslim Ummah amidst the comity of the nations.

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