Qaim Ali Shah blames ASF for Karachi airport attack

Published: June 11, 2014
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CM Sindh confirmed that backpacks were found containing evidence that will help security forces identify terrorists. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

CM Sindh confirmed that backpacks were found containing evidence that will help security forces identify terrorists. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that the Karachi airport attack took place due to the failure of the Airport Security Force (ASF), Express News reported on Wednesday.

He said that this is not the first time Karachi airport has been attacked. Further, the chief minister confirmed that backpacks were found containing evidence that will help security forces identify terrorists.

Earlier today, a case was registered against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid and other members for Sunday’s attack on Jinnah International Airport, Karachi.

An FIR was registered at the Airport police station on the complaint of the Airport Security Force.

Sections of murder, attempted murder, Anti-Terrorism Act, Explosives Act and damage to public property were included in the FIR.

The TTP had claimed responsibility for the overnight siege of the airport in which at least 37 people, including 10 terrorists, were killed.

According to reports, 12 ASF personnel, one each of the police, Rangers and Shaheen Air International are among the deceased. The dead also include seven people who were trapped in a cold storage and were not rescued in time. Twenty-six others were also injured in the brazen assault.

Body found 

The body of the missing Airport Security Force sub inspector was recovered on Wednesday. The officer was identified as Jaman Khan.

He was reportedly trapped in a room when the attack began and was not rescued during the clean-up operation.

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  • Rafique Khan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:13AM

    Dear All,

    Since the inception of PML (N) Government they had started Karachi operations. The law enforcement agencies and Rangers were very active for Karachi operations. They harassed some handful citizens and M.Q.M. activities and left the terrorist and banned activities.

    Since the very day of PML (N) Government they are not sincere to deal with Karachi situations.

    Now water is flowing above their heads but they are sleeping in Islamabad. Awake immediately otherwise you are fake.

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  • Zaliman
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:20AM

    $100bn damage to the economy
    60,000 innocent lives lost
    Polio epidemic
    Travel restrictions
    Destruction of infrastructure

    We are with you Pak Army – go get them

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  • kamran
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:22AM

    Aasalam o Aliakum

    I really disappoint with media

    Stop using “P” or the name of Pakistan with TT,
    For the sake of Publicity, you start hitting on Pakistan’s reputation, This is very bad
    We don’t accept this , UNderstood

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:46AM

    Our beloved Indians made a movie with the name “OMG Oh My God”…..in which a man registers a case against God!

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  • Khurram
    Jun 11, 2014 - 12:20PM

    case against TTP??….they must be smiling somewhere in the caves of North Waziristan….Mr. PM…go get them and kill them….no need to register case

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  • Arindom
    Jun 11, 2014 - 12:22PM

    Wow!!! a case registered against them…..next a hawaldar with lathi will call on the TTP spokesman to investigate!!

    The Taliban must shaking in their socks out of fear!!!

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  • baby doll main sone di
    Jun 11, 2014 - 12:45PM

    this is pakistan’s idea of projecting a soft image!!!

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  • Pakistani
    Jun 11, 2014 - 12:58PM

    Pakistan has nothing to do with Taliban..nor Taliban have any association with Pakistan…..Please do not use Pakistan name with taliban….they are only tehreek e taliban….

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  • nkhan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 1:07PM

    And do you thing they will surrender with wobbling legs……Lets suppose by chance if they caught….They would definately get “Bail”…….

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  • bajwa
    Jun 11, 2014 - 1:08PM

    Is our police capable enough to take any action on this FIR? If they are, why they were not able to capture these attackers on that day. Why Army had to be called?
    It’s all just a ‘kaghazi karwai’

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  • Ahmed
    Jun 11, 2014 - 1:46PM

    Why against TTP? Since a vast majority of population believes they were Indians since they had Indian weapons and medicine? (want to hit my head against a wall at the level of ignorance of our masses)

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  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 11, 2014 - 1:48PM

    @Pakistani:
    When you have some psychological problems and visit a psychoanalyst, the basic requirement is the confession “I have a problem!”

    Pakistanis like you are not prepared for this confession, that they are suffering from very acute psychological problems!

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  • FaiselH
    Jun 11, 2014 - 1:59PM

    This is a Sick Joke.
    Probably the Corrupt Incompetents are only capable of this.
    They should be dropped from helicopters in Waziristan to pursue the “case” they have registered.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:10PM

    @Pakistani:
    “Pakistan has nothing to do with Taliban..nor Taliban have any association with Pakistan…..Please do not use Pakistan name with taliban….they are only tehreek e taliban….”

    The name of a political Tehrik, the major political patroniser of Taliban also starts with a “P”, are you proposing the same in their case too?

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  • Jibran
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:27PM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    The name of a political Tehrik, the major political patroniser of Taliban also starts with a “P”, are you proposing the same in their case too?

    Are you referring to PTI or the PMLN, as until recently both were racing each other to show loyalty to the TTP, with Ch. Nisar being PMLN’s ace sprinter?

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  • saqib khan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:27PM

    hey i want t o inform you that tehre is shortage of bullet prof jackets and other basic things in airport ppolice a tation plz make a report on it plz ………….

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  • lovepk
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:28PM

    What about case against government because the 7 peoples who died in cold storage it’s all government responsibility :@

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  • Parvez
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:49PM

    Case registered against TTP……..with OUR legal system I can just imagine them shaking in their shalwars.

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  • observer
    Jun 11, 2014 - 2:50PM

    F.I.R. against TTP,then chalan ,then warrant….problem of terrorism solved..great remedy..

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  • fappy
    Jun 11, 2014 - 3:11PM

    @lovepk:

    Agreed! who is responsible for the loss of lives?

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  • Zaid Hamid
    Jun 11, 2014 - 3:33PM

    ha ha ha…what a joke ! Problem solved! Wow, I’d like to meet the guy who came with this solution…poor joke with Pak citizens.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jun 11, 2014 - 3:49PM

    As if they care two hoot about FIR…”.catch me if you can ? ” you could not catch 3 -4 people firing & running away near ASF camp…not 1 TTP member caught till today…..& those killed have never been identified through NADRA record….where are we…? we have no system & if we have…is not followed….so what are we talking about eliminating them….NO WAY….they have proved to more hardened warrior, better equipped, better trained, better intel units & have better logistics….period. Unless we infiltrate their units / group ( although we have advantage of language & looks etc; ), we will never be able to break their backbone. We will have to make them weak from within…..we need to change of fighting profile from conventional to guerrilla…we will have to create fear in them when they start loosing people within themselves…..we will have to strengthen & support people in FATA, SWA & NWA & other such areas with money, food & employment so that they are not lured away by TTP outfits….this is only possible if our govt ( Central & Provincial ) change their lifestyle, prioritize security as # 1 & divert money saved to affected areas…only then we may win over them….

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  • unbelievable
    Jun 11, 2014 - 6:55PM

    @Zaliman:

    $100bn damage to the economy 60,000
    innocent lives lost Polio epidemic
    Travel restrictions Destruction of
    infrastructure

    We are with you Pak Army – go get them

    Sounds great — but the Pak Army has had 12 years to confront these terrorist so don’t hold your breath waiting for them to finally fix this problem.

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  • kulwant Brar
    Jun 11, 2014 - 6:57PM

    @bajwa:
    Bajwaji you are right this is nothing more than kagzi karvai and the police may be in Pakistan often do such things,will they be able to catch the man against whom the FIR has been lodged he may be sitting in some safe place. The common man suffers the leaders are having fool proof security aur bakian da Allah beli, sat shri Akal.

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  • truth
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:01PM

    F.I.R.should be registered against Qaim Ali Shah,D.G.Rangers.and ex-police chief of karachi …for failure of KARACHI OPERATION

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  • Jun 11, 2014 - 7:24PM

    The press corps.need to be near him during lunch
    He normally has Malai Boti, Chicken Tikka,
    Fried Fish, Koftas and Roti. for lunch.

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  • Jamil Ahmad
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:30PM

    @ishrat salim: I completely agree with you, the fundamental problem faced by our nation is the corruption at every level! Corrupt ASF, corrupt army, corrupt politicians,corrupt bureaucracy, corrupt business practices, corrupt morals and the list goes on.
    Unless this is sorted out nothing, you will keep on seeing such problems.

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  • saeed
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:32PM

    Security agencies had the capability to stop this attack on airport if they had been looking for real terrorists but instead, they were busy terrorising MQM on the direction of federal government. The priorities of the government are not right. They are too busy settling their old scores.

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  • Amir
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:34PM

    Qaim Ali shah, you should be blamed every time you open your mouth…

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:34PM

    he should resign instead blaming others who lost there lives for this country….

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  • Zaid Hamid Lal Topi Wala.
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:35PM

    @ishrat salim:
    Unless we infiltrate their units / group ( although we have advantage of language & looks etc; ), we will never be able to break their backbone.
    How you can infiltrate when 98% population have same mindset.?

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  • Xam
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:41PM

    Easy for you to say CM, what was your role in all of this?
    It’s so sad the rescue teams couldn’t rescue the trapped civilians in time. Dying of hypothermia is a terrible terrible way to die.

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  • Fakhr
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:48PM

    ASF responsible means you are responsible Mr. CM. Shame on you.

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  • Timorlane
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:48PM

    Wadera Corruption Party can not be blamed for anything, they are doing what they are supposed to do and that is to loot this country

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  • Victorious Pakistan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:49PM

    Chaudhry Nisar said yesterday “The Interior Ministry had issued six security alerts to the provincial government of Sindh since November out of which two were for Karachi. The gate from which the attack was launched had been declared a security risk in March.”
    Mr Qaim Ali Shah, what did the Sindh Government do to listen to these warnings?

    He should be sacked for negligence and charged.

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  • A. Khan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:52PM

    Typical of QAS. By blaming ASF, he has absolved his useless provincial government of all responsibility in pre-empting this sort of terrorist outrage. Why isn’t there gun control in Karachi or to a larger extent Sindh ? Why aren’t there more police ?

    Good job, QAS. Blame everyone but yourself. Its easy to blame ASF as its a federal force. I wonder why people vote this moronic provincial leader into power every time there is an election. Name one thing that he has done for people of Sindh, apart from announcing cheques for relatives of deceased or the injured.

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  • JQ
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:54PM

    The Blame Game ! What is Qaim Ali Shah Responsibility? Even in Thar incident the Sindh Govt was Blaming others …………….. Please take ownership and show Humanity because peoples are dying outside some because of these attacks , some killing themselves for not having resources of earning and power of buying eatables, some dying because they cannot survive in this corrupt system.

    Where are we peoples standing?

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  • JQ
    Jun 11, 2014 - 7:55PM

    Why don’t you politicians just go and DIE.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:03PM

    This old dude should be told about ASF sacrifices and bravery. With their limited resources they fought like tigers and confined terrorists to one corner. Backup arrived after 45 minutes and this was enough time for well trained terrorists to destroy whole airport and all aircrafts. Shame on these cowards who blame our bravest.

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  • mir saadat ullah
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:05PM

    bhai , aap jo bhi khelen ik aur Nawaz ne qasm khai hui hai ke mazakarat" nai chadne" .

    bhai , apne apne gharon me chup kar baith jayo aur in badshahon ko kia farq partha

    hai . jio jandal se mil kar aur choopo .
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  • Waqt
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:15PM

    Waqt muqarar tha.

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  • GS@Y
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:21PM

    The ASF fought valiantly to repel the attackers and paid with their lives trying to keep the terrorists from getting to the high octane fuel depots, the planes, or the main terminal of the Jinnah airport as they waited for the army to arrive. Qaim Ali Shah has some gall putting the blame on ASF when his own government has no clue what’s going on in the provincial capital. Typical PPP midset of shifting blame and dodging reposibility, like they did in the case of the Thar famine. QAS should be ashamed of himself and offering to resign, not showing his “dhitaai”.

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  • Aslam Butt
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:25PM

    There is a need for the PM to come on TV … declare the state of war and put the entire leadership of terrorists including Shahidullah Shahid on most wanted list.

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  • Salman
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:33PM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    Your ignorance knows no limits :)

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  • Salman
    Jun 11, 2014 - 8:36PM

    @Abid P. Khan:
    Oh you mean PML(N)? Yes they are so soft on their TTP brothers. If it were not the army who began strikes against them, the government would still be pushing for negotiations with TTP.

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  • shahid
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:02PM

    why not ask supereme court to take suo moto notice of this.

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  • sd38
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:12PM

    This is a proof of how utterly incompetent and failed the PPP and PML-N governments are.

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  • baby doll main sone di
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:14PM

    finally someone speaking the truth.

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  • Salman Hasan
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:16PM

    If a Chief Minister of a province does not have any authority or controls over an airport in a major metro city, then we should only look towards Almighty Allah for any help as you will not get any help or assistance from the local administration. CM Sindh should resign or should be fired from this job as he does not deserve to rule this province. If they can’t manage Karachi, then Karachi should be made a separate province with a Governor and Chief Executive. People of Karachi should come out in protest and demand separate province. Enough of this status quo politics.

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  • Drone Lovers
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:19PM

    Qaim Ali Shah sb, What an Incompetent CM you are? The whole nation become mockery in the international media due to this horrible event and you are playing blame game rather encouraging ASF which contained terrorist in two areas only till the arrival of Army and Rangers, otherwise the damage could be un-imaginable.

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  • Naeem Khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:39PM

    Instead of blame game, I wish Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah just hush up and don’t say a thing because he does not have any room to blame any one. This is the same person who along with his lackeys was dining on a lavish lunch while visiting an area in Sindh where local people were dying of hunger and lack of medical facilities. He is so pathetic.

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  • KK Kool
    Jun 11, 2014 - 9:44PM

    @Victorious Pakistan: You know Airport come under provincial or federal authority? A hint Chairman CAA is appointed by whom?? CM or PM?

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  • cmann
    Jun 11, 2014 - 10:49PM

    Blamed ASF for Karachi attack?I thought ASF personnel fought and laid down their lives to protect the airport.Can he explain how ASF was responsible?

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  • Parvez
    Jun 11, 2014 - 11:50PM

    You blame me….I’ll blame you…..the people are stupid and they will swallow anything……..come over later in the evening and we’ll have a night-cap.

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  • Jun 12, 2014 - 12:27AM

    Police don’t register FIR when there is possiblilty that accused can be caught. But in these cases they register FIR bravely.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jun 12, 2014 - 7:28AM

    @Zaliman:

    Gen. Musharraf did the same thing in Balochistan. Instead of appreciating he is facing court cases. Gen Raheel learnt the lesson, he will not do it until properly asked by the govt and he will keep this as a proof.

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  • Shahriyar
    Jun 12, 2014 - 2:48PM

    What stopped Sinned government to help rescue the people trapped inside cold storage on time ?

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