Peshawar school attackers mostly Pakistan nationals: DG ISPR

Published: February 12, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Most of the 27 militants who planned an attack on an army-run school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, which killed 150 people, including 132 students, were Pakistani, revealed military spokesperson Asim Bajwa on Thursday.

Revealing details about the attack, DG ISPR said that nine militants were killed, while 12 were arrested. Six of the 12 were arrested from Afghanistan. The remaining six militants are on the loose.

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While addressing a press briefing in Islamabad, Bajwa said 176 ‘hardcore’ terrorists have been killed since December 16. According to him, 1,942 intelligence-based operations were carried out across the country, killing 176 hardcore terrorists. More than 5,000 of them were also apprehended.

Bajwa also said the attack was planned across the border in Afghanistan. Asif and Haji Kamran were later given the charge of the entire operation later, and went on to form two separate groups to execute the attack, added Bajwa.

Mullah Fazlullah

“The planning was done by Mullah Fazlullah and Aurangzaib alias Omar Amin,” he said. “Both are hiding in Afghanistan.” The DG ISPR said that once caught, the repatriation or killing of Mullah Fazlullah is Pakistan’s number one demand, and that they were receiving a response in this regard from across the border.
“This point is being raised in every meeting… he’s a recognised terrorist…we are optimistic and hopeful…”

Bajwa said coordination with the Afghan government had improved in recent months, and thanked the Afghan government to eliminate the communication gaps.

“The terrorists were initially taking advantage of the communication gap,” he said. “Now the coordination has improved.”

India supports TTP
Responding to a question, DG IPSR said that there should be no hesitation in saying that there has been Indian involvement in Pakistan’s affairs, be it LoC violations, or support to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in Fata or elements in Balochistan.
It is time for the world to do more for Pakistan, he said, adding that external support to the militants should end.
“Pakistani forces are determined to eliminate terrorism.”

‘Pakistan did not have any role in harbouring al Qaeda chief’

Commenting on an interview of former ISI chief General (retd) Asad Durrani, during which he said Pakistan probably knew the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, Bajwa said it has been established beyond doubt that Pakistan did not have any role in harbouring the al Qaeda chief.
“He (Asad Durrani) retired 30 years ago, and does not represent the agency… he does not have any intelligence or information,” Bajwa said.

Military courts
Commenting on military courts, the army spokesperson argued that the legal process has begun after scrutiny from the respective interior ministries.
“No one has objected to punishment of these terrorists…they have distorted our religion, and have disgraced us across the world. There is a consensus that they should be punished.”
Those being tried are among the ones who slaughtered 13 FC soldiers, as well as numerous NGO workers, he added.


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Reader Comments (17)

  • Parvez
    Feb 12, 2015 - 5:24PM

    Well do something about it……….Recommend

  • Noor.M.Chaudhry (Ex.P.OW1971)
    Feb 12, 2015 - 6:07PM

    with due respects, It’s refers to DG ISPR, (Asim Bajwa) what precastion do you take while bring the IDPs (displaced people) back to their residences, that there is NO cuprits Terrorist among them?
    1. All Mosques In pakistan stop allowing staing/living over nights in the Mosques.
    2. list them with their full informations.
    3. List items along while they stay in the Mosques. NO free lunch any more, Pakistan’s culture has to change, No more free lodging any more, any more. It will minimize terrorism from Pakistan.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Feb 12, 2015 - 6:22PM

    I am optimistic that Pakistan Army sooner or later will nab the murderers of students and staff members of #APS.

    Terrorism has to come to an end by all means.

    The nation gives same respect and regards to APS children and staff members similar to the Armed Forces Jawans who have laid down their lives in the line of duty to save Pakistan from terrorists.

    My salute to APS students, staff members and Jawans of Pakistan’s Armed Forces.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 12, 2015 - 6:31PM

    The first step towards recovery is the acceptance of the truth. Today you have partially accepted the truth in stating the Pehawar terror attack perpetrators were Pakistani Nationals. You have still not accepted your agency’s role in creating them and how they got out of your control. The truth about Osama, is that some Pakistanis in positions of authority knew about his whereabouts while pretending otherwise. Gen. Durrani is doing your nation a big favor by bringing out in the open what is believed by the rest of the world.Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2015 - 8:45PM

    Why we wake up after tragedy? Our defenders always achieve big success after accident; but problems do always come back and no one ready to accept responsibility.Recommend

  • Burki
    Feb 12, 2015 - 8:55PM

    @Rahul: The other and most significant part of the truth that you deliberately omitted to mention is the Indian involvement. India has a proven track record of supporting, sheltering and training terrorist elements to harm Pakistan at any opportunity that you back stabbers can avail, be it supporting Mukti Bhani terrorists, separatists elements in Sindh, Balochistan or as is evident now the TTP scums in FATA area. The region will never see lasting peace till India stops supporting and aiding terrorists for its nefarious aims.Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Feb 12, 2015 - 9:39PM

    It does not take much time for you guys in India to rebuttal what ever is said by Pakistani government, the world also know that India is involved in subversive activities in Pakistan specially in Baluchistan. Read what Chuck Hegel, the former defense secretary has to say about Indian involvement while appearing before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee. Should we ever forget what kind of rule India played during the East Pakistan internal crises, India never missed a chance to malign Pakistan when ever they got any chance in international forums. May I remind you your own terrorist involvement in Sri Lanka where locals had to pay heavy price with their lives. And how about Kashmir,. India has stationed Indian soldiers 3 times the local population in Kashmir and has killed more than 60,000 Kashmiri people and raped their women folks in the last 10years, it is considered terrorism by the world community and if you deny it then let the international media be allowed into Kashmir and let the world know whether India is involved in terrorizing the people of Kashmir specially the Muslims. By the way your prime minister has supervised the terror unleashed on Gujarat’s Muslims where 2000 Muslims were killed by Hindu extremists and some them were burnt alive. For those atrocities he was denied entry into the USA for a decade. Look into your own house before preaching us who is doing what service for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Striver
    Feb 12, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Problem with the Indians is their mindset. It will take them a few generations to rid themselves of compulsive hate for Pakistan.

    They think by attracting the attention of USA they have achieved a status of some sort alongside the sole super-power which itself is in decline.

    They need to wake up to reality. And the reality is this:

    Until and unless you hold a plebiscite in Kashmir your country will not be scaling the heights you so want it to achieve. We want your country to achieve those heights but not at the cost of Kashmiris.

    We want an apology from the Indian government to the Kashmiris for atrocities of the Indian soldiers. We then want all your soldiers who have raped Muslim girls to be hanged in public, in the bazaars of Kashmir. Your government should compensate those their victims so at least they start a new life.

    Until then dream on. Dreams are free. Recommend

  • Feb 12, 2015 - 10:04PM

    @Noor.M.Chaudhry (Ex.P.OW1971):
    Your username by itself goes to show where exactly you came from and what exactly is your agenda. Recommend

  • Nomi
    Feb 12, 2015 - 11:40PM


    What stops you from minding your own business? Do we comment on everything that happens in your country? Mind your own country. Last time i checked, a temple had been constructed for your PM. Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 13, 2015 - 12:16AM

    @Rahul: Your condescending tone belies your difficulty in accepting that Pakistan was carved out of “your” sacred India. Pakistan is going through difficult time and I am sure we will overcome. Rest assured your country’s involvement will be sooner rather than later be exposed.Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 13, 2015 - 12:19AM

    @Sarmad Hassan: What Mr. Chaudhry has said is right on the mark. What is your issue with his well stated solution?Recommend

  • Asok
    Feb 13, 2015 - 12:34AM

    There is no evidence of India supporting TTP. Zero.Recommend

  • haji saab
    Feb 13, 2015 - 1:14AM

    This is good news for nation but big question on agensies,i am thinking all day about peshawar masjid moulana.Moulana kept three persons in his house and these three or their boss were of course in contact with moulana in Peshawar, my point is where were agensies they did”t trace calls? they did”t see moulana contacts?who is coming to masjid who is staying in moulana house, guests from afganistan?i think our agensies should keep an eye on madrasas,and there should be new law for masjid mulla,and we people must keep an eye on our small village masjid mulla these are all fitnas,without any education religion or not religion,these mullas are spreading hate and giving safe heaven to terrorists,and at last this the time when we should realise that the enemy is inside us,no america india afganistan or europe,enemy is joblessnes, uneducated mulla and our own mantelity.Recommend

  • Gp65
    Feb 13, 2015 - 6:13AM

    I am an Indian and I hope you overcome. Most Indians I know were horrified by what happened in Peshawar. At the same time, please realize that when we see Hafiz Saeed openly spouting venom against India and being facilitated by the state even as Pakistan claims it will o after terrorists without discrimination, it creates heartburn. It is this heartburn that you see in some of our comments, not ill will towards ordinary Pakistanis.

    As far as India being behind TTP, please ask yourself, why did a senior PML-N leader (Ch. Nissar) and PTI head (Imran) get so angry when Hakeemullah was droned? Why did JI chief Munawwar Hassan call him a martyr? Why did PPP and ANP sign Nizam-e-Adl with Fazlullah in 2009? Why did Hamid Gul call Baitullah Mehsud a patriot? Are all these people Indian agents? Why did they have such a soft corner for TTP?Recommend

  • Siraj Ahmed
    Feb 13, 2015 - 6:18AM

    Will every Pakistani who blamed India for the attacks now apologize?Recommend

  • Pity
    Feb 13, 2015 - 10:21AM

    @Siraj Ahmed:
    Why should we apologize? Didn’t you read the article? Go ahead, read it again and it will become clear to you that India is funding TTP in Pakistan.

    ET please publish.Recommend

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