Attack on foreign tourists is attack on Pakistan: Nisar

Published: June 23, 2013
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Calling the attack on foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan an attack on Pakistan, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the visitors should be monitored from the moment they land in Pakistan.

Nisar was speaking during a National Assembly session on Sunday.

Late Saturday night, five Ukrainians, three Chinese, a Russian and their guide were killed in an attack in a remote resort area near the base camp for the snow-covered Nanga Parbat mountain.

Condemning the incident, the interior minister said that all the institutions in the country are weak and have failed to prevent such attacks.

He further criticised the lack of accountability against irresponsible officials, whose failures lead to security lapses.

Nisar vowed to work beyond his responsibility to ensure security across the country.

He informed the parliamentarians that his ministry is working on a national security policy which will soon be presented in the National Assembly.

The interior minister said that the recommendations made by all the political parties will be accommodated to make it a comprehensive national policy.

The National Assembly also passed a resolution today, condemning the killing of the foreign tourists.


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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:14PM

    “Late Saturday night, five Ukrainians, three Chinese, a Russian and their guide were killed ”
    Those Govts will immediately clamp any tourists from visiting Pakistan and there will be an exodus of existing tourists. The militants have completely succeeded.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:31PM

    Why only attack on foreign tourists is an attack on Pakistan?

    I consider that an attack on every single Pakistani by the terrorists and militants is an attack on Pakistan.


  • Ifti
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:45PM

    Attack on Pakistan ; let’s see what you about it.


  • Explorer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:49PM

    Nisar is ranting and raving like Malik. There was no such outrage in the wake of Kohistan massacre of Shias. May be foreigners’ blood is thicker than that of Shias.


  • ptr
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:50PM

    Mr. Minister we know it is, !!! do something about it,Recommend

  • ahmad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:53PM

    Lol agencies would monitor them & give up their location to strategic assets to be put away.


  • Alikulikhan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:54PM

    What were they doing in the war zone.


  • Umer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:56PM

    Attack on foreign tourists is attack on Pakistan: Nisar

    But attack on Pakistanis by the Taliban is not an attack on Pakistan, huh Nisar?


  • bilal
    Jun 23, 2013 - 12:58PM

    wake up we are loosing Pakistan


  • utkarsh srivastava
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:00PM

    But still you will not tell the military that they are needed more in western areas of Pakistan than on the eastern border where they only sleepRecommend

  • utkarsh srivastava
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:04PM

    But still you will not tell the army to secure Pakistan’s western areas rather than sleep on the eastern border


    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:17PM

    May the Allah Almighty shower the blessing to Pakistan. No doubt the prevailing situation in Pakistan is seriously deterioting. However I believe the current Government under the dynamic and patriotic leadership of Main Sb Pakistan will soon on positive tract. I believe in the capability of Mr Nisar and hope he will soon bring positive change in the Country. Please Nisar sb focus on the primary objective of security and really from the core of my heart liked your speech and best wisher of your success. Don’t focus on personal willing of people if drinking alcohols in Islamabad and dates this will divert your energy from primary focus.I strongly condemn the brutal attack on tourist this is really shameful and Government should ensure the safety and security of foreign and


  • A-No.1
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:19PM

    So what are you going to do now Mr. Minister??


  • Incognito
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:27PM

    Stop talking and do something to stop this!


  • Jun 23, 2013 - 1:33PM

    my Allah blase you dear nisar , you are doing best like your duety,


  • ASQ
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:33PM

    same things being said just like musharraf and PPP used to say.sadly no visible steps being taken it’s hopeless.our agencies have failed since 2001 but we r still pampering them.


  • MSS
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:45PM

    Attack on Pakistan. Hmmmmm. So will the Pakistan army counter attack now?


  • Haris Chaudhry
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Why cant ordinary Pakistanis take the matter in their own hands and finish these low-life, scumbags and murderous thugs themselves.

    If you wait, they will come looking out for you !

    Can we have UN pass a resolution and commit forces (boots on the ground) to finish these termites.. as our powers-to-be apparently appear totally paralysed and unable or incapable of doing this.

    A blot of humanity.. Down with TTP. Down with these murderers.


  • nawaz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:52PM

    so an attack on tourist is attack on pakistan and any attack on shias or other minorities or for that mattaer any drone attack on suspected militants in pakistan is an attack on ….


  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:55PM

    @A-No.1: “So what are you going to do now Mr. Minister??”
    Issue a stern warning, what else?


  • Tahir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:07PM

    Imran Khan can sit down and talk to these people. Of course the drone attacks must be stopped. They’re such lovely and religious people that we must welcome them in our cities. Qadri must be released and given the highest gallantry medal for striking a blow for Islam.


  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Appeasement ????


  • kalia
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    don’t talk like opposition leader now…… you are interior minister now and responsible for it


  • Aysha M
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    No time for rhetorics


  • Babar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Fighting terror Shahbaz Sharif style. Ch. Nisar suspends the commissioner but does not utter a word against the Taliban who have claimed the responsibility.


  • Veit
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:35PM

    The problem is that a traveller in Pakistan is already so much restricted, that any further restrictions will make travelling totally unpracticable. There are so many areas which are considered no-go or only accessible with an NOC (not only for reasons of protection of tourists). But it is very hard to find out where these restrictions apply. There are no signs on the road saying that you have to U-turn immediately at some point.
    And because there are barey foreigners, authorities are not used to dealing with them. The officials do not even know exactly about the restrictions. When asked by a foreigner, they are desparate in finding out whether there are any particular restrictions or not. Bureaucracy in the country is a total mess.


  • nadeem
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:47PM

    Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the visitors should be monitored from the moment they land in Pakistan

    So more budget for more spooks to watch the foreigners. Why not just create a law enforcement environment for every one in the country which ensures that every murderer – whether he kills Shias or foreigners or Ahmadis or prosecutors or any human being – is captured without fear or favor. And is not protected by the State with the label “Strategic Asset”.


  • Daud
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:48PM

    Govt should take stern action against terrorist/TTP those who are taking the life of innocents. There should be a clear policy against terrorist and all parties conference must be held in this regard.


  • Babablacksheep
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:11PM

    can some body forwards this news to Nawaz & Imran please


  • XCriminal
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:17PM

    Did he mention anything that criminals will be arrested??? Shame!!!


  • Jun 23, 2013 - 3:18PM

    The mindset of extremism and militancy built over the past 35 years is eventually creating a hostile
    atmosphere for Pakistan in the international community.But if the dismal failure of General Musharraf,s policy of enlightened moderation is any guide, the political and religious parties will resist any attempt to control this dangerous trend notwithstanding its global repercussions that will cost us diplomatically as well as economically. Here I must request the Interior Minster to change his that pro Taliban stance when he was the leader of opposition in the National Assembly.


  • oh yeahh!! ohh yeahh!!!
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:23PM

    comment to please chinese masters


  • Rafiq Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Worst conditions for this Interior Minister. Since the very begining of PML (N) regime the terorisms are increased in alarming rates in the country. They won the election with the support of establishment just to push PTI to back foot. The establishments are helping terrorists in the country. Please take immediate action to combat this terrorism menace otherwise it is too late for you people. Only lip services are not required from the ministers now people are loosing their precious lives on daily basis. Now there is do or die situations for you people. You people were aware about the whole situations in the country i.e. unemployment, terrorism, economic conditions etc. Why they were very much interested to come into power. If come take immediate actions to combat all above situations or quit.


  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:37PM

    I think it is now time to use our nuclear power (if we have one) against these terrorists. only condemning will cause nothing else except showing how poor our government is.


  • jibran
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:41PM

    Ch Nisar is still acting like the leader of opposition. First, Even now you haven’t condemned these barbarians with their name. Second, first rule of management is that you have to take responsibility for the actions of your subordinates. Quit transferring blame on the agencies working under you. If they are not functioning correctly, it’s still you fault. Finally, For God’s sake we want to see concrete actions, the perpetrators getting arrested, and given exemplary sentences. Stop the lip service.


  • Shahid Kinnare
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:52PM

    Chaudry Nisar, his leader and his surpporter to explain how it is attack against Pakistan. According the PMLN it is not our war.


  • jibran
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:54PM

    Ch. Nisar we don’t need you as a reporter. You should have provided details of who carried out the attack, and what are your plans to nab them. For the rest, newspapers are doing a better job than you.


  • Mir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Same party politic, no change. no action against TTP, just condom attack Blay baly well done.


  • Gul Wazir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:23PM

    You got that right. Now show some spine and stand upto India and her domestic/regional proxies aka Afghan intelligence, TTP, BLA, BRA etc.


  • jibran
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the visitors should be monitored from the moment they land in Pakistan

    So this is what you came up with as your counter terrorism policy, you mentioned a few days back. Honestly, which genius came up with this idea?


  • Influenza
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:36PM

    The blood of foreigners is of course not worth more than the blood of Pakistanis. Foreigners are seen as bargaining chips, as they draw more attention internationally. What has been shown is that no foreign guest can expect any form of security in Pakistan – even in the less unstable areas. I would hazard a guess that most of those that remain are thinking about leaving. If you have a face that looks foreign, there is absolutely nowhere to hide.

    It is devastating for Pakistans already-poor image. Things looked like they could possibly improve over the next few months. This is a huge setback that will take a long time to recover from. In the meantime, there will be even fewer tourists/practically none and there will be less foreign investment. Both are desperately needed.


  • Alami Musafir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:47PM

    Alas my beloved Pakistan…how the once mighty have fallen ! Rudderless and bereft of hope, lurching from one calamity to another, and STILL those in charge have neither the brains nor the brawn to correct its rapid descent.

    Napoleon once described England as a nation of shopkeepers. Presentday Pakistan can be described as a nation led by shopkeepers, who are completely out of their depth when confronted by armed struggle by citizens who have had enough of government graft and incompetence. Wake up and DO something instead of giving speeches. Start solving the nation’s problems yourselves or hire those who are capable of doing so.


  • Frankly speaking
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Pakistan is getting a taste of its own medicine. The non-state actors that it raised and nurtured for so long, to bleed India with thousand cuts, to have strategic depths in Afghanistan and Kasmir, have gone out of hand. Most Pakistanis know it, but will not admit in public. My sympathy and support for all Pakistanis who want peace for themselves, and also for the rest of the world. ,


  • B
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Its time when Pakistan was handed over to India or a western nation on a lease like Hong Kong as Pakistanis are not capable of managing their own country. Complete and utter disgrace.

    P.S. I am a Pakistani


  • Titliest
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:41PM

    Mr. Nisar, focus and get something done! We already know our institutions have failed to perform – anything constructive to suggest?

    By the way, would you publish an email and a toll free number where we can send suggestions or report corruption!


  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:46PM

    @Alami Musafir:

    “Alas my beloved Pakistan…how the once mighty have fallen !”

    Sorry to burst your bubble. Pakistan was never mighty. Pakistan was always puny. You can look at the 65 year history. Pakistan has always been extremely oppressive to its own people.

    It was never powerful.


  • Tao
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:27PM

    Swallow your bias and prejudice. Consult with Israel’s counter terrorism groups. They will show you how to eradicate these terrorists once and for all. No-one does it better.
    I know it won’t happen, but maybe behind the scenes? If Pakistan can purchase military equipment from them, which they do, why not this?


  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:40PM

    “Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the visitors should be monitored from the moment they land in Pakistan”
    In other words treat all visitors like the Indian visitors to Pakistan have been treated till now.


  • ali ahmed
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:46PM

    ch.nisar ali…the only solution is Army operation against the land of pure..the punjab..the breeding ground for terrorist


  • Emjay
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:22PM

    When will this national security policy be unveiled? Been hearing about it since Quetta/Ziarat attacks.


  • pervaiz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:32PM

    words , words and words but no action . If u want to stop these types of attack then u take action on their home ground not yours .


  • Zeeshan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Chaudhery Nisar will keep on talking only. No action and no solution.


  • suhaib
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:07PM

    another Rehman Malik. .


  • Adil Uddin
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:27PM

    Pakistan has got no deficiency of tourist spots and it was indeed a sight of many tourists from round the globe before the menace of extremism engulfed our country. Before anyone starts blaming Imran Khan for this mess, just to let them know that GB is not considered as a part of KPK. If the present government doesn’t address our concerns either then I guess no one can help Pakistan from disintegration. I support PTI but simply wish that leadership of all parties including PML-N,PPP,MQM and ANP try to address Imran Khan’s request for A National Consensus if they really love Pakistan.


  • Najeeb
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:27PM

    Hahaha, now you realize, that’s good. Talibans have accepted the conviction; their office is in Doha Qatar, Order an attack.
    Or strong textatleast summon their Consulate General to Foreign Office and issue condemnation note to Qatar Govt. They have provided the office and save house to Tehrik e Taliban officials. Those who claimed the responsibility of the attacks.


  • Gp65
    Jun 24, 2013 - 1:38AM

    Good to know Sir. What about attack on a Shia madrassa? What about attack on patients in a hospital? What about attacks on girls in a school bus? What about attacks on lady health workers administering polio drops? Do any of those qualify as attacks on Pakistan?Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 24, 2013 - 2:37AM

    This is very well planed war being fought by the enemies of Pakistan to use non state actors to attack Pakistan from inside the country and to destabilize and to bank corrupt the country economically and our previous government was too busy in looting the country them self that they totally ignored this war and I blame the army also that they have let the things get to this point. Our leaders need to come forward and tell the nation
    The truth and treat this terrorism as acts and warn India and Afghanistan of the consequences.


  • Rex Minor
    Jun 24, 2013 - 4:04AM

    It would seem that we have all landed into a world where everyone is attacking on evryone! Even ET is attacking on the Internet technology, which has manged to create a space in the global village for the citizens to communicate with a lightening speed with each other, by blocking it for several hours before releasing it.

    Not bad at all, as long as the ET management is aware of this, particular when it could restrict the intelligence agancies work of the BIg Brother in tracing undesirable activities of the undesirable communicators..

    Rex Minor


  • Abc
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:39AM

    Politicians doing what they do best, make fool out of people and back stab them on the right moment.


  • Midas
    Jun 24, 2013 - 6:14AM

    Really – did this dawn on him or did he have to go to school to recognize that? he is stating the obvious, question is being the interior minister what is he going to do about it?


  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Jun 25, 2013 - 7:21AM

    Yesterday on NBC in a brodcast Kashmiri terorists were being addressed as freedom fighters and it was demanded to US to intervine in the issue . Pakistan is doing it for the last 65 years , The result is that so many groups of freedom fighters have emerged there and US is also there . Open your eyes and follow a right path now or face the consiquences


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