Barbarous attack at Nanga Parbat

Published: June 23, 2013
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Photo of the Nanga Parbat base camp. PHOTO: facebook.com/hunzaguidespakistan

Photo of the Nanga Parbat base camp. PHOTO: facebook.com/hunzaguidespakistan

That the scenic mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), thus far known for their snow-capped peaks and as a haven for mountaineers, will now become known for the gruesome tragedy that panned out there on June 23, is yet another reminder of the vortex of perpetual violence that has engulfed our country. According to reports, gunmen dressed as paramilitary troops killed nine foreign tourists, including Ukrainian and Chinese climbers, as well as a Pakistani, who were staying at the base camp area of Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-highest mountain at a height of over 4,000 metres in the Diamer district of G-B. The responsibility for the attack was initially claimed by the militant group Jundallah, which has in the past also claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on the Shia community, including one in February 2012 when gunmen shot dead 18 bus passengers. Later, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also accepted responsibility, saying that the attack was a retaliation to the killing of their leader Waliur Rehman, who was killed in a US drone strike recently.

Condemnations have come thick and fast, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif being in the forefront of these. However, the fact remains that whoever the actual perpetrator of the attack may be — the TTP or Jundallah — our security apparatus has completely failed to apprehend these groups despite the people of our country being repeatedly targeted by them. It is quite clear that those responsible for gathering intelligence to detect the possible attacks these groups may be planning to carry out, and then taking every measure possible to prevent them, have failed in their duties.

It remains to be seen how the new government will deal with the fallout of this incident. The PML-N government has so far laid emphasis on dealing with the security situation through holding talking with the TTP. However, the violence and terrorism that continues to afflict Pakistan clearly shows that talking to those who only believe in violence is not going to solve the huge crisis at hand. The government needs to come down hard on the various militant groups that have killed thousands of our people, and have no qualms about attacking foreign tourists either. It is time that the whole country unites on the issue of terrorism before Pakistan becomes further isolated in the international community.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Water Bottle
    Jun 23, 2013 - 9:54PM

    Something interesting about this attack.

    The attackers killed only one Pakistani and left the others.

    The one Pakistani who was killed was supposed to be a Shia.

    Also, I am saddened that the editorial did not touch upon the conspiracy theories.Recommend

  • Pro Skater
    Jun 24, 2013 - 1:29AM

    As a fellow Pakistani, I don’t see why the government doesn’t condemn the attack fully.
    The military should give no quarter to these savages and eradicate them from the face of Pakistan.
    No peace or negotiations with the Taliban – kill them all.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 24, 2013 - 8:40AM

    This is a conspiracy by the foreign powers to kill these foreigners and Pakistani. These people must be responsible for the drone strikes. TTP cannot kill any innocent civilian. They are peacefully waiting for negotiation with Pakistan govt. Not!

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  • Dr Kadar Khan FRCS
    Jun 24, 2013 - 2:18PM

    @Mirza: Why ‘foreigners’ would target only the Shia member and spare other pakis? Why do you wanna see a ‘foreign hand’ and a foreign conspiracy behind every targeted killing just like the former internal minister? Are you blind enough not to see it is pakistanis who are killing pakistanis and not any ‘foreign hand’ as they have better things to do than getting involved in our mess created by our establishment for the past 65 years or so.
    Many thanks
    Dr Karad Khan FRCS

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  • Water Bottle
    Jun 24, 2013 - 4:25PM

    @Dr Kadar Khan FRCS:

    Mirza wrote ‘NOT’ in the end.

    That means he was being sarcastic. It’s called a NOT joke.

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  • B
    Jun 24, 2013 - 9:03PM

    This frenzy of condemning is only and only because Chinese citizens are invoived.

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