PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday issued a statement in which he strongly condemned the reported killing of 23 FC soldiers by a Taliban group in Mohmand Agency, who had been kidnapped in 2010.

In the statement, he said the barbaric act was against the teachings of Islam and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

Khan hoped the government and military would let the nation know the veracity or otherwise of this news.

The PTI chief also expressed concern over the fact that the FC men had been held prisoner since 2010 in an area that had ostensibly been cleared by the military.

Khan said the government at the time, the military and the present government, had all done nothing to secure the safe release of the soldiers who seemed to have been simply forgotten.

He said the nation should be told why this neglect had happened.

"Each Pakistani life is precious and our soldiers have embraced martyrdom for safeguarding the country and should never be abandoned like this," Khan added.

"Clearly this is also a direct sabotage of the peace talks in the most barbaric way possible," the PTI chief said.

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February 17, 2014 8:12 pm

Please stop using this bad picture of Imran Khan. There are plenty of pictures of IK. Using this picture everyday shows that you have a bias against Imran khan.

Muhammad Taqi
February 17, 2014 8:25 pm

Sabotage of talks? Are you in your senses Mr. Khan? They are openly killing our soldiers and you don't for a second let go of your sabotage mantra? Earlier when Taliban had not accepted responsibility of attack you were saying its those who don't want peace. For heaven sake, they are killing polio workers, soldiers while we are sincerely pursuing peace talks. Condemning is not good enough, support an action against them.

shan haq
February 17, 2014 8:52 pm

at last an statement from Imran khan which makes some sense on this issue! I hope now he will realize the real cause of terrorism and stop blaming others and do something strong AND BOLD to eredicate it from KP.

What next?
February 17, 2014 8:59 pm

So what's your decision Mr. Khan? Do you want to continue with the negotiations or go out on a military action? It's time to man up.

February 17, 2014 9:08 pm

This person has lost the legitimacy and right to condemn the killing of soldiers. His angle of politics and policy has put the nation into a state of confusion and bolstered the Taliban ideology.......throwing the military action into question. This statement does not suits Imran since he is a disguised advocate of militants.

February 17, 2014 9:27 pm

"It is against the teachings of Islam". Correct. But obviously not against the ethics of Taliban!

Babbarsher Khan
February 17, 2014 9:47 pm

Lo karlo baat apne bhai log se! Now that the Talibans have shown their true color and the Kaptaan is clearly at his wit's end on what to say next, he is issuing a fatwa kind of statements.

February 17, 2014 9:59 pm

If this barbaric act does not make Imran Khan put his ego aside and recognize the true face of the Taliban, then nothing will.

February 17, 2014 10:08 pm

Now, Imran, trying to teach Islam to mullahs, who are madarsah drop outs. Did he finish madarsah education to qualify as teacher of these Mullahs?

February 17, 2014 10:08 pm

If the TTP cared about the 'teachings of Islam' in the first place they wouldn't have killed 50,000 innocent Pakistanis including children in the first place. They want to rule Pakistan even if they have to slaughter all 180 million Pakistanis. Get it? No you don't.

ali imran
February 17, 2014 10:32 pm

Clearly the peace talks have failed , imran khan should decide on which side of the line he stands, with the taliban or against them.

February 17, 2014 10:47 pm

Somebody should tell the people of Pakistan, what is going on, and what was going on, and what happened to these guardians of Pakistan.

February 18, 2014 3:52 am

Pakistan must now attack the militants with full force.

February 18, 2014 4:29 am

And yet Mr. Khan insists we should release all Taliban prisoners. Well done Mr. Khan, you fooled the youth of Pakistan, including me, in voting for you.

February 18, 2014 11:15 pm

And I thought he had brains to become a leader at one time. This man is mentally bankrupt so how can we trust him with leading a nation?

February 18, 2014 11:24 pm

Illaj-e-dandan Ikhraj-e-dandan. The treatment for a rotten tooth is it's extraction. Anybody taking up arms against the society would have to surrender or die. Let Allah decide if they go to hell or heaven, the state can only decide if they go to jail or a grave.

February 19, 2014 12:42 am

These barbaric animals calling themselves TTP should be "taken out" by the army, "wipe them off the face of the earth, use whatever means necessary, find where they are hiding use flame throwers to "cremate them" FINISH THEM OFF! Pakistan can do without the "enemy within" We do not need politicians at this moment time, only when these "animals are eradicated" and the public becomes "civilised"

eager beaver
February 19, 2014 8:48 am

Mr.Imran Khan you have no idea what kind of damage you have caused to yourself and your party due to your mindless support of terrorist takfiris. Have you seen the video of severed heads of 23 FC personnel? Your asinine stand has emboldened them. Thanks to your mindless political support to this evil group.

See how disappointed your young supporters are. I am quite sure you would lose your seats, if elections were held today.

Your condemnation is nothing but an eyewash. It's too little and too late.

Abdullah N
February 19, 2014 6:15 pm

,When 23 soldiers are executed by Talibans and he issues a hollow statement, just condemning it ,- In next election (if held),PTI will end up nowhere. It is question of country's survival, US has temporarily suspended drone attacks, what is the next excuse IK has ? He wanted to stop NATO supply line, evidently it is not working.

February 19, 2014 7:08 pm

Its too late Khan sahib, since 2010 why didnt you not do anything for their release?

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