TTP claims responsibility for killing tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan

Published: June 23, 2013
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File photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

File photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility on Sunday for the killing of nine foreign tourists and their guide in Gilgit-Balitistan.

Postmortem of the tourists confirmed that their deaths were caused by firing.

The incident took place near a camp base, where the tourists were staying.

TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan called The Express Tribune and said the group’s faction named Junud-e-Hafsa carried out the brutal attack.

He said the killing was revenge against the US drone attacks and killing of TTP chief Waliur Rehman Mehsud.

“This will tell the international community about our feelings and sentiments against the killing of our fighters,” he said.

Government officials said five Ukrainians and a number of Chinese were killed. One Pakistani also died and one Chinese survivor has been recovered.

The climbers were staying at a first camp, around 4,200 feet from Nanga Parbat, one of the highest mountains in the world, in the Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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  • Fayez
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:40PM

    Pak Army Allies at their best.

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  • Shah
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:42PM

    So are these the good talibans or the bad talibans? Maybe Mr. IK can enlighten us.

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  • Hitler
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Mr Ehsan, May the God’s wrath be upon you and all your supporters. People of Pakistan will never surrender to you.

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  • Taha
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:45PM

    .. this is ‘naya’ btw…
    before now it wasn’t foreigners who were targetted….

    Kher let’s have peace tete-a-tete over a cup of green tea….

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  • Farian
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:47PM

    But according to great cricketer turned great politician and founder of ‘Naya Pakistan’, these pious muslims aka Taliban are engaged in valid ‘Jihad’ and they can be convinced to live peacefully if US leaves Afghanistan and we do dialogue with these killers of 550000 Pakistan and thousands others in Afghanistan and other countries world wide.

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  • burki
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:49PM

    its the worst thing happened at the rock bottom time of our history. we all must be united to decide what we have to do in a battle which has become ours and is killing our nationals and our guests,

    or it is very late.

    And to to the bast…..d TTP walas dont worry we will slash your heads of your shoulders ………………………….. as u dont deserve any thing less than that.

    God bless Pakistan and Pakistanis

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  • sm
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:49PM

    “Those who have committed this heinous
    crime seem to be attempting to disrupt
    the growing relations of Pakistan with
    China and other friendly countries,”

    this,this is what one of Pakistani minster said.This is the level of incompetency and stupidity adopted by these ministers, Instead of vowing to bring peace and stability to the region, they come out with the stupidest statements one make on the surface of the planet.They see conspiracy in everything.

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  • Someone
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:53PM

    These two scary people on the picture need a drone.

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  • SHAGY
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:54PM

    you know their names…..
    you have their pictures…..
    you talk to them on the phone….
    you have technology to trace their calls and catch them…..
    you recognize their identity as a group….
    you are also terrorist!

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  • Khalai Lota
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:54PM

    If only we had started the negotiations with our peace-loving terrorist brothers sooner, this wouldn’t have happened. You can’t really blame our poor bored terrorist brothers if they kill a few foreign infidels while waiting for the peace negotiations to start.

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  • Martina Loice
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Calming Vs. blaming responsibility it seems the same. The role of media and its reporting have adversely polluting the environment and worsen the situation more against the grown facts. To prove either such calls, video or calming statement should be realised, on-air else the opposite side should be given access to the media to represent their response or comments. In Pakistan the media is fully free and responsible in making the situation more critical, reporting unverified reporting and working against the code of conduct without access to both side and propagating negative image of the country.

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  • Tamur
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:55PM

    Really disgusted by their smiling faces. Look like smiling devils in disguise. Please take off this sickening picture. It is time to take action. No more donations to any mosque and don’t take any mullah as a friend until he denounces Talibans and admit that they are not Muslims.

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  • Khaan_king
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:56PM

    No comments! we are tired of discussing your brutalities.

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  • m omar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:57PM

    so again, when are we going to negotiate with them?

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  • ZS
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:57PM

    SOB

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  • ;-)chief
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:58PM

    I am happy there are no terrorist killing in Punjab……PM

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  • Tamur
    Jun 23, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Is there a a bounty from the Pakistan Govt for killing them? Btw, cancelling weapons licences was a bad move. These terroriists never had weapons licences for their smuggled weapons anyways.

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  • Shahzad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:03PM

    ‘Allah kay soldiers’ must be very happy today as they’ve killed many kafirs, mushriks. Now, their place in Jannah is confirmed. Americans killed them and they’ve killed Chinese, Russian and Ukranina. Logic of this can only be taught by our madarsahas. They must also have congratulated Imran Khan on this great achievement. From a die hard PTI supporter!

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  • alamgeerkhan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Let us not forget ,these savages are CREATED by our own army ,its the truth.If talibans rule afgan we love it and when our taliban try to do the same we show hypocrisy .

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  • Please!
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:04PM

    ET, Do not use this pic of these idiots. An ugly cartooned photo-shop will do. The news and smiles do not go together. Sick of looking at them.

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  • Naveen
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:04PM

    So, to protesr US Govt drones, now they’ll kill any arbitrary ‘kafir’ foreigner. Some sense of Justice. My sympathies for all the ‘normal’ Pakistanis who have been putting up with such nonsense for all these years.

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  • Bhai Pheru
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Let’s get the record straight. The people killed were Pakistani, Chinese, Russian and Ukrainians. None of these countries have sent drones over Pakistan, so retaliation for drone attacks does not hold ground. Actually these two fellows in the picture smiling away should have been targeted by the drones very early on. A bunch of blood sucking thugs/terrorists is the only way to describe this miserable lot.

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  • R.A
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    A call from TTP to IK
    Surrender then negotiate
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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:10PM

    Don’t worry, TTP leaders and workers, you will be wiped out complelety once and for all from PAK SAR ZAMEEN.

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  • Saad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:15PM

    I blame both PTI , JUI JI and PMLN for being too scared to fight with this terrorist, we should destroy them long time ago at N. Warizistan but too scared to back our military.

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  • Reality Check
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:21PM

    LoL seriously!!

    Let me re-phrase what this is saying..
    ‘Islamic extremists’ (God, this surely is the biggest Oxymoron thinkable) killed Ukranians and Chinese because USA carries out drone attacks in FATA!?
    What the.. ???

    TTP is a paradox. An organization that has no roots, no basis for its existence, no real leadership and no defined objectives. The day GoP decided to re-open NATO supply routes in Pakistan, TTP attacked and killed many military men. The same TTP allows these same NATO supplies to pass through 24/7 across the most uninhabited Pakistani roads. What “in the name of Islam..”? The TTP never attack bars, red-light areas (brothels), cinemas spreading vulgarity, hundred of foreign security agents (Blackwater etc). ..

    TTP is the biggest lie being told to Pakistan! This TTP is not Taliban. It is just a terrorism tool designed and created by Pakistan’s adversaries to 1. Punish Pakistan’s security agencies, and 2. To malign the real Taliban fighting foreign occupation in Afghanistan.

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  • Wake up
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:24PM

    TTP is a mercenary wing of the CIA, Mossad and RAW. They are supported and funded to carry attacks on our soil and with the intent to destroy PAKISTAN. You will never hear of TTP carrying out attacks against the NATO forces in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, our strong army’s sold out upper cadre will never openly bring up this hard fact and they have also imposed a ban on any debate to this issue other than the usual ‘Taliban’ bashing we normally get to hear. TTP is not Taliban rather hired guns being paid for what they do and that is to destroy my country. Remember, in order to win a battle you first have to know your enemy. Sadly the sold out Jewish supported and funded media of ours has joined hands with our sold out leadership and I doubt my comments will even be posted.

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  • ABC
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:25PM

    @ET
    Can you blank out their faces from the picture? they make me queasy.

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  • Arif
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:31PM

    Taking revenge from America by killing Russian, ukariane,Baltistani and Chinese tourists. Are you serious?

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  • ahmad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:34PM

    this is done by indian agents and no one else. For God sake open you eyes. Pakistani nation is sleeping shame on them. Indians have penetrated so far deep inside. where there is no polulation, indians have done this attack and reason is only this that there were chinese among the. Where are our security agencies. These indian agents will be among porters by moslim names. We gave Kargil to india in 71 war and then siachen to india in 84 and now what more.

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  • Vikrant
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:36PM

    Surprising I am yet to see mention (in the comments section of any Pak newspaper) about India , CIA or Israel/Mossad etc for this particular incident … aren’t these entities supposed to be the real “brains” and sponsors behind the likes of the TTP ??? What better way than this to embarrass Pakistan? Such comments are being made even now by die-hard Pakistani supporters based in Indian Kashmir (e.g. Asiya Andrabi of Duktaran-e-Millat) — or are Pakistanis slowly but surely “waking up” … etc .. but however, going against the sentiments of their Kashmiri bretheren!!

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  • Azzy
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:36PM

    The brave army sits in a corner a does nothing.
    I think we may have to import some other army to do the job.

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  • Tahir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:41PM

    Oh what brave men you are. Your mothers must be so proud.

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  • Em
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:44PM

    Let’s bash the “peace negotiations”. That’s all we can do. Frankly, what better options do you suggest?

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:45PM

    Liars.

    This was clearly an Indian attack.

    TTP is only lying to Gumrah the awam.

    This is a RAW attack. Police in GB have discovered Amul milk packets at the site. This is clearly India.

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  • Nelson
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Guys, listen to what India saying. There are no good or bad terrorists. Today’s good terrorist may be tomorrows bad one. so you need to take action against all these monsters regardless of their banner whether it is TTP, LET, LEJ, etc. etc.

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  • Kamran
    Jun 23, 2013 - 2:59PM

    Its a jungle!! No law and order… shame on the government!

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  • Mir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:03PM

    Who will save Pakistan from TTP , Nawaz shrief ,Imran Khan. answer is no only Drone attack.

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  • Mir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Deal the terrorist by force better than them. other wise surrender to them and live in Medieval ages.

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  • Amer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:07PM

    I have been a huge IK and PTI supporter but they have lost me now for sure. Are they pushing to negotiate with these killers? This is enough!
    Why is the Pakistan army not conducting any operation against these people, they are roaming around freely and nothing is being done? We need another operation like the Swat operation now.

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  • Daud
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:09PM

    So sad!! May Allah show TTP right path. Islam never teaches terrorism/extremism to its followers. I’m wondering which part of the Islam is being followed by the TTP

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  • ABC
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:09PM

    TTP ney kuch dino say bohat tamasha laga dia hai. For the first time I’m drifting in support of drones. Not just in Waziristan but also in LEJ concentrated areas where they hatch plans to kill innocent Hazaras.

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  • Babablacksheep
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Still Nawwaz & Imran wanna talk with these ANIMALS

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Just when one thinks that Pakistan has hit the rock bottom….
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    emerges another bottom layer….far deeper than the previous one.

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  • Sajid
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:15PM

    TTP…. poor strategy…. if you think this could stop America from Drone Attacks….. You are even further disgracing yourselves in eyes of world community….. You guys are not muslims and are serving no good to Islam… Shame on you

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  • KhanG
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:20PM

    TTP is just taking blame to cover up external involvement. We accept their claims at the face value rather foolishly. This attack could not be carried out without having logistics in northern afghanistan.

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  • Dani
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:23PM

    Why u all blaming IK ? There could be multiple factors involved in this brutal killing. Whatever you read is not all truth.

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  • Tahir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:24PM

    @Tamur: I’d gladly join a hunting expedition for these vermin. Bounty or no bounty.

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  • B
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:31PM

    If Ehsanullah Ehsan and the TTP were to hold a rally, over half of the population of Pakistan will attend it.

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  • VoiceOfgilgit
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:31PM

    I wonder about the existence of TTP in GB?, There is no easy way to reach Base Camp.it took one day on a single trek to reach there, after attack where thy went? This whole story is dramatic and interesting.

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  • Fawad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:31PM

    Such a shame for us as a nation, is this the way we treat our guest. Whoever has done it, is the enemy of both Pakistan and Islam.

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:41PM

    @ahmad: “this is done by indian agents and no one else”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Bravo ! I was waiting for you to say so.

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  • Kaiser
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @Shah:
    Please take a break! what has Imran Khan got to do with this incident? The Pakistani Taliban are sponsored by the Indians which is clearly evident from their past activities. DID the TPP ever attack any Indian soldier in Kashmir???????
    Thiis is a weakness of the Government that it is scared of getting embroiled in another fight. I feel these terrorists must be hunted and eliminated , it will be a great service to this nation! TPP is actively fighting Pakistan Army and killing its members.
    If you have to settle a score with Imran Khan please go and meet him and then hold a press conference. I am sure Nawaz Sharif will be very Happy and may reward you….

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  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:50PM

    I think time to ask help from the chinese Red Army to eradicate this cancer called TTP.

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  • Salman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:52PM

    @Shah: this attak is not good for pakistan. but what is our government doing for pakistani citizens dying daily by drone attacks …. if those drones are bombing your house again again and your so called neuclear power Pakistan is doing nothing ..what will you do?

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  • salim
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:55PM

    A number of excuses here in defense of these spineless terrorists and their supporters.

    PTI’s stance is deplorable!

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  • Kaiser
    Jun 23, 2013 - 3:55PM

    @alamgeerkhan:
    Can you give One simple evidence that Pakistan Army created them? You The RAW created them to discredit the Taliban of Afghanistan.The Afghan Taliban have no affiliation with these criminals nor do they cooperate with them.Please researsh thte facts then comment.

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  • Jawaid
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:00PM

    look at these two shameless cowards of the TTP and you will find the devil in them. these are the faces of satan himself

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  • LOL
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:00PM

    Zia made the Taliban with the help of the US to fight USSR in Afghanistan. Then he used that aid money to make LeJ and all the proxy terrorist factions. Now Lej and TTP and the rest have the same agenda. And the people of Pakistan pick Zia’s chosen Nawaz as the PM. Well, what did anyone expect? Attacks happened in an area where the TTP do not operate because Gilgit-Baltistan is Shia-dominated. Why would the terrorists go right at the base camp now, they aren’t scared of afraid, they have been given free rein by the terrorist-friendly government. They will be encouraged to enter these areas, paid to kill more Shias, just like they were when Zia was ruling. Who needs enemies when Pakistan has ‘friends’ like Saudi Arabia? Open your eyes.Recommend

  • Fundyar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Anyone that supports or have any sympathy for TTp should be ashamed!

    These are same guys that prefer kids to have polio!!

    If there is a god I beg you to just kill them!

    The army knows who they are and where they live!!! Kill them all ….. Don’t sit baxk

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:19PM

    @Water Bottle: “This is a RAW attack. Police in GB have discovered Amul milk packets at the site
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The militants were also found wearing Raymond suiting…made in India and luanched recently in Pakistan. QED.

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  • Shan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:23PM

    @Ali:
    You peoples also surrender your proud nation to chinese as well ?

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  • observer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:23PM

    @Em:

    Let’s bash the “peace negotiations”. That’s all we can do. Frankly, what better options do you suggest?

    Well, Err…, Ahem..

    Most of the others chose to fight such enemies- LTTE being a case in point

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  • Shan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:24PM

    @Ali:
    It is your problem and not chinese one.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:25PM

    We hate you people from the core of our hearts…

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  • Shan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:26PM

    @Kaiser:
    Keep in denial mode until these thugs will take over you as well…

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  • observer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @Reality Check:

    The TTP never attack bars, red-light areas (brothels), cinemas spreading vulgarity, hundred of foreign security agents (Blackwater etc). ..

    I presume you have not heard of the Jamia Hafsa Brigade and the Lal Mashid incident.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamia_Hafsa

    TTP is the biggest lie being told to Pakistan! This TTP is not Taliban. It is just a terrorism tool designed and created by Pakistan’s adversaries to 1. Punish Pakistan’s security agencies, and 2. To malign the real Taliban fighting foreign occupation in Afghanistan.

    A. So why is the Pakistani army not going after such enemies of Pakistan?

    B. Why does Kaaptan favour talks with the same TTP?

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  • True Indian
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @Polpot:
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHA……gud one mate…..

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  • anwar kamal
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Nobody even tourists are not safe in Pakistan.Shame to to those TTP who claim the responsibility of this kind of action.

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  • Umer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:45PM

    @Wake up:

    TTP is a mercenary wing of the CIA, Mossad and RAW.

    So why are PMLN, PTI and mullah parties such big fans of Taliban? Are you saying these parties are engaged with anti-Pakistan elements?

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  • expaki
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:46PM

    @ahmad: ” indians have done this attack and reason is only this that there were chinese among the” Ahmad Sahib, Reading such wonderful ENLIGHTENED comments like yours should be written in ” GOLDEN WORDS” for future generation to see what kind of people Pakistan have had.

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  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:49PM

    These so called Islamic terrorist show their brutality in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The difference in reaction of Pakistani is the side of the border. If it happens in Kashmir part of India then they are called freedom fighter or good Taliban or non state actors. When they attack Pakistanis they are called bad Taliban. When they attack Afghanistan side of the border then they are called good Taliban or strategic assets. End of the day majority of their victims are other Muslims and these goons are trained in some training camp and most likely graduate of a religious school. So if want to fight these goons stop cheering when they attack across either side of the border. Condemn the brutality and ask your local place of prayer, local MP where the money is spent?

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  • expaki
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:49PM

    @Dani: “this brutal killing. Whatever you read is not all truth” Dani Sahib, what is TRUTH after all? please enlighten the world, for that my KHUDA will bless you.

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  • Nauman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Solution: need to kill each and every one of the Taliban. The only good Taliban is the one six feet under.

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  • Saeed M.A
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:53PM

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  • Quantum
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:54PM

    @Kaiser:

    Did you forget to take your meds ? Your delirerium needs immediate medical attention.

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  • tariq khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:58PM

    This is a high time that PM Nawaz Sharif announce JIHAD against these barbarians TTP and their allies

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  • s- toronto
    Jun 23, 2013 - 4:59PM

    devils,animals,savages and barbarians… take this picture off, the smiles of these lunatics make me cringe … drone them all one by one, no other choice…

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  • Shan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:12PM

    The only one safe in this country is Taliban itself, I think most of you will agree with me …...

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  • Kashif
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:21PM

    IK is 100% right… These crazy taliban’s will take revenge of every drone hits them.
    Stop drone and wait for their agenda they come up with and kill their brothers.

    Negotiate with them to leave pakistan or stay here like human and pakistani.

    If they don’t agree then no option left, nation should stand with army and clean sweep forever.

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  • Rahim
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:40PM

    This organization must be eliminated, how come they take responsibility and nothing is been done. They are ruining the live of innocent people, damn rascals.

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  • bangash
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:44PM

    These killers are based in North Waziristan, so why then does the army not conduct an operation and cleanse the place ?! Recommend

  • Eddied
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:49PM

    The denial continues in Pakistan…the TTP are your own home grown terrorist who get support from radical Muslims…and what do Pakistanis say…blame the CIA, blame India, blame Israel?…these comments reveal that many Pakistanis refuse to believe the truth about what is killing your country!…the drones are the only thing that is stopping the TTP and yet it is what your politicians want to stop?…these radical Muslims are the problem and they will destroy Pakistan unless they are stopped…certainly they have now killed your tourism industry…

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  • Muhammad Abbas Hayat
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:51PM

    Very unfortunate for Pakistan……………Infact I give 100% blame to Government, who supposedly had to provide protection to these foreign tourists in Pakistan. There is already a lesser influx of people to our motherland because of threatening situation and unstability of Pakistan and now this will add fuel to the fire. Now who will come to Pakistan……….God be our protector and save us and our nation and beautiful country.

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 5:55PM

    @Amer: this is strange -when army does something people call it unconstitutional, did the parliament approve an action? No, where is IK, it his government in this province, where are his talks with these hooligans? Or was that all to get votes. Has anyone heard the man say anything worthwile since the elections?

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  • shah
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:00PM

    …..and thats why drones are the only solution.

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  • Rumman
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:21PM

    and I got a call from Saddam who claimed it was Osama.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:50PM

    @Reality Check:
    You say:
    “TTP is the biggest lie being told to Pakistan! This TTP is not Taliban. It is just a terrorism tool designed and created by Pakistan’s adversaries to 1. Punish Pakistan’s security agencies, and 2. To malign the real Taliban fighting foreign occupation in Afghanistan.

    So, we now have “Real taliban and Fake taliban” also. This is in addition to:
    Afghan taliban & Pakistani taliban
    Good taliban and Bad taliban
    Tattooed taliban and not-tattooed taliban
    Circumcised taliban and un-circumcised taliban

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  • Emjay
    Jun 23, 2013 - 6:52PM

    PTI lost a supporter today.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @Ali:
    You say:
    “I think time to ask help from the chinese Red Army to eradicate this cancer called TTP.”

    I said the same in one of my comments six months ago. No one can wipe out these terrorists as effectively as the Chinese. I have also bee saying that Pakistan should openly ask for assistance from US and NATO forces to wipe out talibans of all factions /groups/ names before they vacate the region. Once the foreign forces leave the region, all talibans will join togetherRecommend

  • Khan BABA
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:06PM

    This is done by only local people of Diamer and koshistan, Because most people of the region supporting Taliban and Al-Qaida, Usama Bn Ladin also stayed there for some times.
    TTP and other terrorist group are there, Kohistan just near to Gilgit Baltistan is the Heaven for Terrorist,

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  • Boragi
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:06PM

    Negotiation should be started with TTP in Saudi Arabia. They do not need new flag as the flag of Afghanistan is shared by both good and bad Taliban. But if we are too keen to have a place at the table then Qatar can play the host to TTP also. The Emir, worldview, ideology, mindset and vision of both faction are one and the same. Homework needs to be undertaken what to give to TTP. The other side of the equation of take is very simple as have nothing to offer. As a benchmark We should be prepared to share power with TTP. As a pilot project IK can asked and i am sure he would be more than willing to accommodate them in KPK govt. Finance ministry could be the choicest ministry and i hope Sirajul Haq will be offering it on platter. But If he is a bit hesitant on account of his expertise a new ministry of Jihad can be created for TTP to help create army of Khurasan with active support of Zaid Hamid. Hamid Gul’s consent should also be sought viz-a-viz offering strategic depth to TTP in Pakistan. Where does Fazlurrehman stand? Well the riddle will be resolved by JM Achakzai. Sami ul Haq will never mind If TTP proclaim fealty to Mullah Umar. The federal govt bit would be explored later.

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  • vickram
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Such attacks will go on till

    — Drones stop
    — Kashmir issue is resolved
    — Israel is wiped off the map
    — Salman Rushdie gets his uppence
    — France allows more burqas and beards
    — Swiss allows more minarets
    — US allows mosques in ground zero
    — Chechnya brothers get justice
    — Myanmar stops killing our brothers
    — UK allows more immigration from Pak
    — Sweden increases unemployment dole to our brothers
    the last is a new one hehehe :)

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  • vasan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:13PM

    Great revenge. For drone attack by americans. these criminals kill chinese, ukranian, russians and the like.

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  • Oberoi P
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:24PM

    @vickram:
    Are you saying you’re putting a gun to your head until all the issues you outlined are solved? Good luck with it. I don’t see too many nations spending sleepless nights over it.

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  • fahad
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:24PM

    so what has US made of their long war against them?
    yaaa put the blame on IK because he is making an attempt to change things by negotiations,.
    discourage the man who has dedicated his life for the betterment of humanity and pakistanis
    makes me say something shame on us

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  • Amir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:33PM

    Can tribune put a picture that reflects this guys true self? He is accomplice in thousands of murders of innocent citizens throughout Pakistan and they are showing his smiling face!

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  • mind control
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:38PM

    @Rumman:

    and I got a call from Saddam who claimed it was Osama.

    You did?

    Marhaba, Marhaba!

    Next time do tell him that OBL has gone for a swim.

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  • jg
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:39PM

    @alamgeerkhan:
    another afghan anti army day dreamer and basher

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:41PM

    Maybe the Taliban mistook these toruists to be Polio Vaccinators
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    After all Polio Vaccinators are fair game!

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  • jg
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:51PM

    @Azzy:
    army jawans are not responsible for internal security.stop asking army for every job that is not theirs.and they r not sitting in GB or anywhere closer where this happened.which army sits at the base camp of a major mountain.

    when asked for,army jawans and officers give their ultimate sacrifice, no price in the world is worth their sacrifices.

    get out of your bedroom and give more indepth,logical comments

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  • jg
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:57PM

    ET Plz remove the pictures of these devils.

    i don’t understand their stand point.what message r they giving and to whom.how can they stop drones like this.

    after this incident,

    i vote for more drones to wipe out these animals.

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  • engineer
    Jun 23, 2013 - 7:59PM

    the only drug for these TTP is drone.

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  • Prince
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:02PM

    Whenever I read comments asking Govt to ‘Take Action’ against these ‘terrorist’ and are against the Dialogue, I always wanted to ask them “What else do you want to do”. Extra Judicial Killing, Military Operations (Lal Masjid, Swat etc), Illegal detention and extreme Torture, Illegal Raids: every thing the Govt could have done has been done. TTP has already been banned.
    Furthermore, If every Killing, Bomb Blast and abduction etc is done by TTP, then are the CIA, RAW, Mosad, Black Water and many others for playing chess.

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  • Tahir
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:07PM

    @Salman:
    The one recommend you have is from me. It’s entirely accidental. I meant to hit reply. Now to your moronic comment. The drone strikes aren’t happening without cause or reason. They’re killing hardened terrorists and their associates, who murder women and children, and routinely behead captured soldiers. This program should be intensified and the Pakistan military should also contribute to this effort. I would like to see drones over all the cities of Pakistan taking out mosques and madrasahs that train terrorists or offer them comfort and succor. Recommend

  • babar jabbar
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:17PM

    What a nonse load od comments. Let me spell it out for ya. Just because someone said so, does not mean they really did it. Have we forgotten that their media cell releases video evidence of many attacks? TTP is on the run. Most of them are confined to a single valley these days. Just that there is no echo in the media yet. I will simply wait.
    As far as Army is concerned, they are not watchmen. Even to handle terrorism, we CANT EXPECT army to serve. Are we too blind to see that our godfather USA, the pioneer of ‘anti-terrorism’, has separate depts. called CIA/FBI/NSA etc to handle terrorism inside the country? Its just a fashion to spit at army these days just because of Musharraf and his like.
    And the pic posted by ET is just a file photo. Its clearly mentioned in caption. But some sofa intellectual still think otherwise. Common sense is not common anyways.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:17PM

    Imran hiding under his bed?

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  • Polpot
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:25PM

    @vickram: If you dont mind pls also add this
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    Till the Taliban Office in Doha is allowed to claim ‘Islamic Office of the Emirates of Afghanistan’

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:30PM

    @Prince:

    “Furthermore, If every Killing, Bomb Blast and abduction etc is done by TTP, then are the CIA, RAW, Mosad, Black Water and many others for playing chess.”

    Please pick the right answers :

    1) TTP claimed the responsibility for the attack because :

    A) TTP did the attack. B) TTP is protecting Kaffirs (India, CIA, Mossad). C) TTP likes to be known as murderers and hence take responsibility for what others do.

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  • Babloo
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:31PM

    Did someone say , attacks like this will continue to happen until India gives Kashmir to Pakistan ? Whats the “root cause’ of this violence ? Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:36PM

    After NATO, US Marines, it’s time for Red army to visit Pakistan . !..????

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  • Frankly speaking
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:37PM

    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. ,

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  • saeed
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:44PM

    When you are in state of war. Atleast one side thinks so, where enemy doesn’t discriminate in killing and maiming innocents,…the human rights becomes a academic exercise. TTP, LeJ and others will not stop killing because we wish them to stop… you and I including this blog will be history if we don’t stop them with all our might

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  • bilal ahmed
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:47PM

    It is high time for government at centre and KPK to reconsider their decision of dialogue with such factions, they (TTP) are not worthy of being considered to have a talk.They are enemies of Pakistan.

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  • Waqas
    Jun 23, 2013 - 8:51PM

    So killing Chinese will avenge drone attacks by Americans.This tells u the mindset of these barbarians. They just kill regardless of cast or creed of anyone. Hope ALLAH helps Pakistan get out of this mess.

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  • YAZ
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:03PM

    The only good Taliban is a dead Taliban.

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  • Waseem
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:15PM

    Time will come soon when Pakistanis will beg leaders like Musharaf who knows how exactly to ditch these thugs.

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  • realist
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Time for China to send in their forces and kill all these subhumans. Jazakallah

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  • kintakunta
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:17PM

    Smoke them (ttp) all**

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  • Aaliya
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:21PM

    I am so sick and tired of reason these sarcastic comments on Imran Khan wanting to talk to Taliban. It has been quite some time now that the Taliban has been killing innocent people in Pakistan, what has come out of it except more dead bodies on a daily bases. So why not try to talk to them? Talking to them does not mean bow down to them and become their buddies, it only means to start a dialogue. There will be limitations and conditions put on them. A negotiation for peace because, frankly, we haven’t accomplished much by fighting with them.
    Seriously guys, it’s not about ego anymore. If that’s what it takes to control these animals then so be it, I have no problem in putting my ego aside to save another child from a bullet!

    This news is so depressing. They call themselves Muslims yet so proudly admitt to such a sin of murder. Just heart wrenching horrible.

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  • Reality Check
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:23PM

    @Raj-USA

    Sadly, as expected, your comment was totally devoid of any substance and the attempt at humour was, well..

    Why do you Indians have to visit ET and spend so much of your sparkling intelligence on attempts at Pakistan-bashing in all sorts of weird ways? Kindly note that everyone else in the world is NOT a fool. Please stop hiding yourselves behind fake identities/names. It is really not working.

    Anyway please stop worrying too much about the taliban or any of Pakistan’s issues. You have plenty of problems in your own backyard.
    And tourism? How an Indian can even talk about tourism beats me. Please tell your ultra-frustrated ‘public’ first to stop molesting women tourists. Explains the 25% drop in the number of western tourists to India. Go find out what the western media including CNN, BBC, Fox, NYT, Washington Post etc have to say about it: that should wake you up. Women tourists- American, Swiss, Korean, British.. all are attacked in India. Some get rap ed, some escape by jumping off from windows of their hotel rooms, some are molested in buses, some are even gang-rapd in front of their husbands. The world does not need lessons in ‘how to treat a tourist’ from Indians at least!Recommend

  • Xyz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Those people who suggest TTP are CIA paid agents are stupid. Have you forgotten the video of Hakimullah and Faisal Shahzad, the NY square times bomber meeting each other. At the end of the day, this is all a result of General Zia, Saudi and USA’s fault for breeding a bunch of intolerant animals that are now running wild in the country.

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  • Abdullah
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Salam, You think America was in Afghanistan when they destroyed the Buddha’s of Bamiyan or stopping girls from going to schools.. Yes Pakistan was the sole military supplier and was the first and only of three countries that recognized [email protected]:

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  • Ali (Texas)
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:40PM

    TTP should be called ANIMALS !
    these guys are SICK !
    our army should be inside the country then sitting on the border….there is more mess needs to be cleaned inside ! but, they dont care either !

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  • Muhammad Ali Khan
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:52PM

    EHSAN HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU GET FROM INDIA TO DO THIS???

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  • Palwasha
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:59PM

    @Frankly speaking…. you are right but the mistake Pakistan(or Musharraf) made was to abruptly abandon them instead of slowly dismantling these organisation and reintegrating the members into normal life.The result was they found foreign mentors like India who donot miss an opportunity to vent their hatred of Taliban but when it suits they use the same Taliban to target Pakistan. But Indians forget that if TTP can turn on their own country then there is a greater probability that one day they will come after India.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:03PM

    I guess the tourists should first obtain the transit visa from the Talbans that they control before they venture in the areas for a peaceful walk or ? Alternatively they could ask the Americans if they happen to exercise controls with their Drone fleets.

    Rex Minor

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  • Farooq
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:18PM

    Why they have killed chinese and ukrainians, and why not US or NATO ppl. Some thing is wrong somewhere.Recommend

  • aa
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:32PM

    in my opinion done by India to release frustration that happened recently coz of foreigner rapes incidents in india ….TTP has no relation with these so called Musalman has no access in Gilgit Baltistan thats sure

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  • Pak
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:38PM

    @Muhammad Ali Khan:
    Conspiracy as usual…….no surprise.Blaming some body else for our own failure..

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  • conscience
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:46PM

    [email protected]
    drone attacks but where……in punjab the safe haven for//////////

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  • tanner
    Jun 23, 2013 - 10:55PM

    18 – TTP terrorist walk wearing army or some forces uniforms for eighteen hours, find simple tourists and kill them n now vanish from the planet. Interestingly, these terrorists are not even Pakistan nationals. Simply put anyone barbarian can cross border, kill, humiliate a nation n go home, on top of it proudly say they did it. Question is not who killed n who got killed, matter of concern is Where are security agencies, What army intelligence were doing at that very moment, Where was army n air force intelligence agencies, 1st indian jets fly inside Pakistan (PAF) was sleeping now fail to detect that someone is taking a sweet walk at 8,000 ft height with intention to kill innocent tourist inside Pakistan. Sorry to say, but our army/air force needs to do some serious self analysis.

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  • Imtiaz
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:42PM

    You, Taliban, BLA and Lashkar Jhangvi are the bloodiest and most in-humen on the face of earth. You believe on bloodshed and terrorism and you violate all rules of Islam. However in this way you excluded yourselves from Islam.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:53PM

    @Farooq:

    Because they are not choosy and do not discriminate between the foreigners. They use the Drone technology!

    Rex Minor.

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  • Mureed Bizanjo
    Jun 23, 2013 - 11:56PM

    Real target was economic corridor and Chinese investment in Gawadar. Wake up people.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 24, 2013 - 12:06AM

    @Abdullah:

    Nor was Pakistan and India, when they destroyed millions of Buddhas and statues and sedxist Gods and named the indigenous people ”Hindus’ and the mountain range ‘Hndu Kush’:and went about the entire sub-continent on a tour! History reading is good at bed time.. t

    Rex MInor

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  • Raza
    Jun 24, 2013 - 12:57AM

    So when, if ever, are our political parties and government going to come out and declare the TTP the terrorists they are? Oh wait; I guess they dont care.

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  • Jun 24, 2013 - 1:04AM

    @Shah:
    you always blaming khan. what is wrong with you people.
    Taliban are not behind this brutal killing. Talks between TAliban and USA in process first time in history that talibna refused to accept sudiaes and pakistan as arbiters. Now days High ups of Northern alliance also strolling in islamabd in interior ministry owned vehicles .

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 24, 2013 - 1:14AM

    @Wake up:
    “TTP is a mercenary wing of the CIA, Mossad and RAW. …”

    .
    What does it make their chum Imran?

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  • Jat
    Jun 24, 2013 - 1:22AM

    @Reality Check: Please stop hiding yourselves behind fake identities/names.

    It is difficult to believe that there are Pakistani parents who can name their child “Reality Check”. Giving such weird names can cause any number of psychological problems for the child.

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  • Fahad Tarar
    Jun 24, 2013 - 1:58AM

    Will somebody please knock some sense into IK’s head now!?

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  • Arun
    Jun 24, 2013 - 2:01AM

    And the conspiracy theories just keep coming.. My pick was Mush abandoning former Mujahids and Indians picking them up & use them under ‘TTP’ flag against Pakistan. But then IK and NS become Ind agents right? No? Yes? Need some time to come up with a new conspiracy theory? Granted, just make it such that it doesn’t defy logic as its predecessors and comprehensible.

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  • Agha Jani
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:42AM

    Taliban have no discrimination for Muslims (Shia/Sunni), Christians and other non-Muslims. We should not surrender before these handful miscreants and face them (Taliban) openly. The only way of survival for Pakistan and Islam.Recommend

  • csmann
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:59AM

    Denial is one strategy to cope with failure,but overindulgence in it can be fatal.Some people here pretend to know better than their army and intelligence agencies.Must be some kind of ilhaam?

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 24, 2013 - 6:10AM

    @Water bottle , Your option ”c” seems to be correct . But the mentioned reason is absolutly wrong . The TTP is a well known organization of murderers . They do’nt need such publicity .Actually what they need at present is money . Their leaders are being chased by drones and to get a safe shelter , they need money . On the other hand mossad , cia, raw and many more do not want economic growth of pakistan with the help of her chacha China, thats why they are ready to pay these leaders of ttp for issueing such statement .

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  • Murtaza Baloch
    Jun 24, 2013 - 6:14AM

    When our Quaid’s residency was blown up, no one took the matter seriously. Even MQM was invisible who is notoriously famous to take the streets of karachi on every useless issue. When their mpa was killed, they retaliated by killing 22 innocent Pakistanis. Atleast TTP has the guts to accept. Its such a shame, our army and government have all become hopeless even after having a larger cut in the budget. Pakistanis are dieing everyday, whos gonna speak up for them. Killing of the foreigners is indeed a cowardly act of denouncing Pakistan’s image internationally but what about our own people. When we will start to understand that whatever is happening in this country is all part of a plan. Remember your history, “Divide and Rule” and it is working.

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  • babar ali
    Jun 24, 2013 - 11:25AM

    @Nelson:
    US destroyed Iraq for allegedly having WMD’s and hundrededs of thousands of people killed there. Shouldn’t yhe US be wiped out as well?

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  • Azzy
    Jun 24, 2013 - 11:43AM

    @SHAGY:
    Thank you Shagy. Your comment is the closest to the truth.
    Amnd we all know that it is the responsibility of the army to deal with these vermin.

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  • molvi changezi
    Jun 24, 2013 - 3:24PM

    @SHAGY

    because they use settalite fones not ordinary cell fones EINSTEIN

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  • vishu
    Jun 24, 2013 - 4:48PM

    @tariq khan:
    Two Jihadis clashing each other who will be granted 72 Hurries! Confused….

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  • vishu
    Jun 24, 2013 - 4:49PM

    @tariq khan:
    Two Jihadis clashing each other who will be granted 72 Hurries! if both of them kill each other… Confused….

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  • waheed
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:27PM

    @Amer: In principle I strongly condemn this heinous act of barbarianism by TTP. However I want the UN and the world to CONDEMN equally the killings of the poor innocent people of Pakistan killed by these illegal drone attacks.

    Why is it that the murder and deaths of these poor people is not reported or strongly condemned by the world and local Media? how come UN or the Media is not reporting News of these innocent victims and asking to bring the perpetrators to justice? Is there lives any lesser value than others?

    See the picture beyond the veil put over your eyes.. remove these double standards and have justice for all and that will bring peace to entire world

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  • waheed
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Saad:
    In principle I strongly condemn this heinous act of barbarianism by TTP. However I want the UN and the world to CONDEMN equally the killings of the poor innocent people of Pakistan killed by these illegal drone attacks.

    Why is it that the murder and deaths of these poor people is not reported or strongly condemned by the world and local Media? how come UN or the Media is not reporting News of these innocent victims and asking to bring the perpetrators to justice? Is there lives any lesser value than others?

    See the picture beyond the veil put over your eyes. Remove these double standards and have justice for all and that will bring peace to entire world.

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  • Sane
    Jun 24, 2013 - 5:36PM

    TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan called The Express Tribune and said the group’s faction named Junud-e-Hafsa carried out the brutal attack. …..the most interesting part of the story.

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  • Kulwant Singh
    Jun 25, 2013 - 6:33AM

    @Tamur:
    You are right Mr.Tamur during the days of militancy in this side of Panjab the terrorists killed an Eiditor of Hindi daily and they were riding a Bullet motor cycle and the Govt banned the plying of bullets as u said these people don’t use licensed weapons they are having sophisticated weapons which are not used even by our armed forces. The beurocracy advise the politicians to take such steps and they just nod.

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  • seikh
    Jun 26, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Additionally they will say their designs will never succeed and GOV of pakistan is committed to continue the same way as before.

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