— File photo
— File photo

PESHAWAR: At least 35 militants were killed Thursday as fighter jets targeted suspected insurgent hideouts in three different tehsils of the North Waziristan tribal region.

The bombardment comes a day after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said a ceasefire can be negotiated upon if the army stopped targeting its members.

Official sources told Dawn.com that militant hideouts in Dattakhel, Shawan and Mir Ali were targeted.

Other military sources said that the militants involved in the Peshawar cinema blast and killing of an army officer in frontier region Peshawar two days ago were targeted in their hideouts situated in Khyber tribal region.

Improvised explosive device (IED) making factories and prepared explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.

According to security sources, scores of others were also injured in the airstrikes.

The first strike was launched on the hideout of Abu Sattar, killing him, followed by strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen and Tajik hideouts. The latter strike killed a Tajik commander.

Meanwhile, the fifth strike was launched on a TTP hideout, killing 15 militants whereas jets also pounded TTP commander Abdur Razzak’s hideout. In total, 35 suspected militants were killed.

However, the deaths of only 15 militants could be confirmed by official sources.

A security official in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan, told AFP that jet fighters began pounding targets around 12:30 am, with the attack continuing for more than an hour.

A militant compound jointly used by insurgent groups was also destroyed in the airstrikes, the second official said.

Residents in the area said the Taliban compound caught fire after the attack, with flames visible through the night.

A resident in the area who requested anonymity told AFP some of the residents and their families were seen moving to safer places after the airstrikes.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif authorised the air strikes, a source in his office said.

“After restraining the army for three days, the prime minister himself authorised the strikes last night,” the government official said. “It was the only option to teach the Taliban a lesson.”

Sharif, who came to power last year promising to find a negotiated peace with the Taliban, has been trying to engage the militants in negotiations.

But talks broke down this week when a Taliban wing operating in the Mohmand tribal region said it had executed 23 soldiers in revenge for the killing of their fighters by the security forces.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.

The region, which lies along the Pak-Afghan border, also comes under attacks from US drones frequently which target militant hideouts in the area.

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Abc
Feb 20, 2014 09:11am

Way to go, Pakistani Army!

A
Feb 20, 2014 09:18am

Well done Air Force.... Finish up these beasts at once..... Don't spare the most cruel people on this earth

Mustafa
Feb 20, 2014 09:43am

Al-Hamdu Lilla-he Rabbil Aalameen (All praise is due to Allah the God of all worlds). May Allah inspire Pakistani leaders and its Armed Forces to destroy the enemies of Pakistan and enemies of humanity and May Allah grant success to brave armed forces. Aamin!

raj
Feb 20, 2014 09:54am

weren't the drones doing a good job ?

Naveed
Feb 20, 2014 09:56am

Should have done long time back...

Our full support is with Pakistani Army... smoke them out and safe our peoples...

M Ali
Feb 20, 2014 09:58am

Finally!! The sound of music.

Zafi
Feb 20, 2014 10:03am

Good job. Strike till there is not a single one of them left. For every innocent soul they hurt is a debt on us. We all will be held responsible on the day of judgement if we did not hit back hard. Army should open a bank account to collect funds for such strikes only. I'm sure they will get a response from Pakistanis all over the world that would match the spirit of 1965.

sattar rind
Feb 20, 2014 10:06am

Pak Army Finish them once and for all. Now it should be completed. No space should be given to Taliban or any other terriorsts. Clean pakistan from these insets please

observer
Feb 20, 2014 10:31am

This will surely make Imran Khan very upset.

sfomann
Feb 20, 2014 10:39am

Thank God. Finally common sense is prevailing. We should eliminate this nuisance before it spread furthur

Ram
Feb 20, 2014 10:46am

why are you wasting your resources, just provided GPS co-ordinates to USA and let Drone finishes the job

faisal
Feb 20, 2014 10:52am

Good Job, We need Umer Khurasani, Shahid or Fazal marasi

M. Ahmed
Feb 20, 2014 10:57am

TTP is a terrorist organization, they are bring a bad name to Islam, may Allah SWT destroy them (ameen).

mark
Feb 20, 2014 11:12am

what was wrong with drones?exposes pakistani double standard !!!!!

Major
Feb 20, 2014 11:23am

hope our forces continue to kill these monsters..

Ahmer
Feb 20, 2014 11:24am

Weldone PAF. Make it 150 next time.

Ishrat
Feb 20, 2014 11:29am

Good job. If the TTP won't budge, army doesn't need to budge as well. After all at least the army is defending the country, by following constitutional orders.

Hassan
Feb 20, 2014 11:34am

Too little too late!

hassan
Feb 20, 2014 11:37am

My feelings are with the people getting killed or martyred. Were is the backbone of our army?. The army are just doing the dirty job of the americans. Our government cant handle anything by themselves and just blame the whole thing on the people of fata. What a shame. Let the army bomb karachi too. Lots of real terrorism with definitely proof is going on. When will our people and army open their eyes.

Syed
Feb 20, 2014 12:20pm

Yeh cheez!

Khan Laala
Feb 20, 2014 12:22pm

I wish best of luck to Pak Army & air force and pray that they will soon eliminate all such elements not only from Waziristan but from the whole Pak Sar Zameen. I must also emphasize & hope that attacks over terrorists must be precise with lesser or no civilian casualties that is why I feel Drones are more lethal and precise spot on Targets teasing the terrorists.

Observer
Feb 20, 2014 12:35pm

Good job

Khanm
Feb 20, 2014 12:42pm

Have we declared the war with in our own home land... Do we understand the repercussion we are going to face... Remember Folks The Bangla deshi Still hate us for what we did in our own home land... Let us put all are efforts together and find a solution for this nightmare. WAR IS NEVER BEEN THE SOLUTION TO ANY PROBLEM. AFTER BLOOD BATH WE WILL BE ON NEGOTIATION TABLE...

Arslan Ahmad
Feb 20, 2014 12:49pm

Tit for Tat. They deserved it. Give them on their head.

Naveed
Feb 20, 2014 12:59pm

This should have done long time ago... great job Pakistan Army.. the whole pakistani nation are with you..

smoke them out and take every bit of revenge !!!

asfia
Feb 20, 2014 01:07pm

@Ram: US has the complete data and even knows exactly where the rats are, but who will take the ownership.

ZR
Feb 20, 2014 01:08pm

@mark: What is wrong with Drones is someone else coming to your house and doing as he pleases. You have complete right to do what ever you want within your house to bring it in order. PAF bombing and Drones may achieve the same purpose but the consequence are very different. This is OUR WAR now!

Ravi
Feb 20, 2014 01:08pm

Don't get excited ppl, on Dawn site, right next to this headline, another news item was shown with similar headline dated to January. So military carried similar operations before, so question is whether this is going to cleanup completely or if it is just like the one in January.

pakone
Feb 20, 2014 01:14pm

Finally! Show these butchers no mercy! Pound away!!

Mahesh
Feb 20, 2014 01:14pm

Who will bomb people like Maulana Abdul Aziz who openly support these terrorist guys?

eager beaver
Feb 20, 2014 01:15pm

Good job PAF. Hit them hard. These takfiris deserve no mercy.

However, it is important to ensure that not a single person leave North Waziristan. Cordon off the area. Set up IDP camps at some safer location. Keep thumb prints of all the IDPs and match it with NADRA's record.

Don't let refugees go to the settled areas of Pakistan. Provide every possible help to the noncombatant within North Waziristan. If they are allowed to move to other parts of KPK or the country, this will result in spill over of terrorism in those areas as well.

Keep pounding them PAF. This is very important to strike terror in the heart of enemy of Islam and Pakistan.

akbar
Feb 20, 2014 01:19pm

nice one these criminals are the worst enemies of the society. and does not represent islam in any way and should be eliminated with full force

zafar
Feb 20, 2014 01:27pm

@Khanm: We were already on negotiating table when they slaughtered our brothers in their prison

saleem
Feb 20, 2014 01:36pm

I would like to see some zero,s added to that 35 figure .time to take out the trash.

abdul haq
Feb 20, 2014 01:40pm

forces of darkness shall be crashes once for all...only air strike is not enough, a wipe out operation is the need of the hour... no dialogue is possible with people who are living in the middle ages and want to impose tribal barbarism on the civilized populace.

sam
Feb 20, 2014 01:42pm

Go PAK Air Force. TTP can only attack unarmed people in mosques or attack a check post with a ration of 70 to 1. If TTP were true fighters, they would be like the Taliban of Afghanistan who go after the US Army. TTP are ugly cowards who dont have the guts to go after strong targets. The threaten the Kailash people, what a huge act of bravery!!

Iqbal
Feb 20, 2014 01:43pm

There can be no comparision between Talibans and Bengalis. Bengalis were oppressed and were deprieved were their fundamental rights, whereas, Talibans are ignorant, barbarians, and bent on imposing on others their distorted version of Islam. They have no tolerance for others. They should be dealt with harshly and the government should not yield to their unjust, unfair, and ridiculous demands.

ah
Feb 20, 2014 01:44pm

@Khanm: there is already bloodshed even when we didnot start a war so better start it ot elit would be too late , they only understand the words of bullets and bombs

Iqbal
Feb 20, 2014 01:44pm

There can be no comparision between Talibans and Bengalis. Bengalis were oppressed and were deprieved were their fundamental rights, whereas, Talibans are ignorant, barbarians, and bent on imposing on others their distorted version of Islam. They have no tolerance for others. They should be dealt with harshly and the government should not yield to their unjust, unfair, and ridiculous demands.

Parvez
Feb 20, 2014 01:45pm

This is a REACTION and not a RESPONSE.......sublime difference in the two.

Goga Nalaik
Feb 20, 2014 01:49pm

Bravo Pak air force! We are all with you

Please don't stop and hit them hard at least thrice a day

Sajjad
Feb 20, 2014 01:50pm

No wonder if TTP make human shield and cry outl our that woman and children being killed. This is becoming very old tactics of TTP

tab
Feb 20, 2014 01:51pm

There is no need to cheer the death and destruction.

Pakistani
Feb 20, 2014 01:53pm

Excellent job PAF/Army. The whole nation is with you against TTP.

Jawad
Feb 20, 2014 01:55pm

Good start but don't leave it uncomplete now. Kill all those butchers.

SQ
Feb 20, 2014 01:55pm

It means Pakistan army want to kill the terrorists itself. They do not want drones to kill them. Great Job!

ahsan
Feb 20, 2014 01:57pm

Bravo. Eliminate them .Exterminate the vermin once and for all. We are with you. GO all the way . NO distniction this time of good and bad talibs.

Ossy
Feb 20, 2014 02:00pm

Tit for tat... for every innocent person that dies because of the Talibans, the govt should go back and avenge by eliminating at least 10 Taliban terrorists everytime.

Let the Taliban know that enough is enough and PEACE in this world is the only solution.

athar
Feb 20, 2014 02:01pm

well done airforce and Pak Army for destruction of hideout of anti Pakistan Taliban. Destruction of remaining hideouts is still awaited which may be expedited on war footing. enough is enough.

Veryconcerned
Feb 20, 2014 02:01pm

@hassan: My brother do you not see what these barbarians want? Why should I accept their total control over my life? You are welcomed to give them if you wish. But please do not force me if I do not want. They do not have brains to understand this simple logic. You can negotiate with them for ever. In the meantime our nation is held to ransom by a relatively small number of very determined, very misguided and brain washed fanatics.

Syed
Feb 20, 2014 02:02pm

Bravo ! Better late than Never. Please get this nation rid of this stone-age mindset. Every sane man and woman of this nation stand behind you.

ysk
Feb 20, 2014 02:02pm

@mark: The only thing off with drones is that the finger pressing the button is American..that's it

Arup Saha
Feb 20, 2014 02:02pm

@Khan Laala: I hope they will not distinguish between terrorists working against Pakistan and terrorists working against India.

Syed
Feb 20, 2014 02:05pm

"The first strike was launched on the hideout of Abu Sattar, killing him, followed by strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen and Tajik hideouts. The latter strike killed a Tajik commander. "

This is interesting, we have gathered all crooks and criminals of the world in this unfortunate land.

Patriot
Feb 20, 2014 02:07pm

Excellent job. These criminals need to be wiped out of our great country Pakistan. Tehrike e Taliban should be declared as "Kafirs" (the people who butcher our solders are not Muslims).

najam
Feb 20, 2014 02:09pm

@Khanm: well said

Naeem Malik
Feb 20, 2014 02:12pm

@Khanm

"WAR IS NEVER BEEN THE SOLUTION TO ANY PROBLEM. AFTER BLOOD BATH WE WILL BE ON NEGOTIATION TABLE.."

Even 5 years kids no this but at least we have choice to not accept Taliban style of regime.

El Cid
Feb 20, 2014 02:20pm

@Major: "hope our forces continue to kill these monsters'

Your forces are the monsters...you are just not allowed to see what they do in your name. They will be broken and defeated.

pakistani
Feb 20, 2014 02:22pm

@Naveed: Yes it should have but now when it has begun, our soldiers should have our full support. Pakistan Zindabad! <3

Tariq Ali Khoso
Feb 20, 2014 02:25pm

Very Good....

El Cid
Feb 20, 2014 02:25pm

@Ishrat: " If the TTP won't budge, army doesn't need to budge as well"

The Taliban Warrior has never been defeated. Your army will budge, or have its back broken, relegated to the garbage of history like so many other tyrants of the past.

Ajay vikram Singh
Feb 20, 2014 02:26pm

@Naveed Revenge? Nation states dont take revenge by killing people. Justice is not about revenge.

@Khanm - Sensible.

yousaf
Feb 20, 2014 02:34pm

@Khanm: exactly, after bloodshed there shall be negotiations but after bloodshed.

Ravi Dallas TX
Feb 20, 2014 02:40pm

Finally...

SAA
Feb 20, 2014 02:43pm

Great job! PAF/Army! We proud of you. The whole nation is with you against TTP's miscreant.

Asif
Feb 20, 2014 02:44pm

Its very surprising to see that out military only reacts when they own men are dead. Its seems like they only fight for Army rather people of Pakistan.

Fiza
Feb 20, 2014 02:45pm

Just an observation: When you report things like "The bombardment comes a day after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said a ceasefire can be negotiated upon if the army stopped targeting its members." you might also want to add things like "the bombardment comes a few days after FC personnel are butchered while in the custody of the Taliban during peace talks"

Without clearly stating it, you've shifted the axis of the article/news in a direction that almost makes it seem like the Taliban actually wanted to have a ceasefire but this bombing might be the reason that it will not happen now.

El Cid
Feb 20, 2014 02:46pm

@observer: "This will surely make Imran Khan very upset"

This crime makes anyone who thinks rationally logically sanely more than just "very upset".

Fahad Merchant
Feb 20, 2014 02:48pm

@Khanm: WAR IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO KILL THOSE BARBARIANS. You don't negotiate with terrortists, you just kill them or they kill you. Taliban have been killing innocent people of Pakistan - MY PEOPLE, YOUR PEOPLE, OUR PEOPLE!! They are literally disgrace to humanity.

SaeedS
Feb 20, 2014 02:54pm

Why Pakistan police or army is so weak that they cannot go to these area . Why they need jets to bombarded in there own country. I am still surprised someone kidnapped 23 armed solider from there own territory . These question should be answered by top authorities .

Raheel
Feb 20, 2014 02:58pm

hang the criminals,, either taliban, army personall, politician or any civilian. who commit crime dont give them a safe path.

Syed Qamber Ali
Feb 20, 2014 03:00pm

Excellent work PAF. Don't spare a single beast who have killed so many our innocent countrymen

SUNIL
Feb 20, 2014 03:01pm

One reaps as one sows.

Kesar
Feb 20, 2014 03:02pm

Brilliant news! These thugs will no trouble in understanding this language.

Sameer
Feb 20, 2014 03:04pm

@tab: And what do you suggest we do? wear bangles and put henna on our hands and let these monsters kill our brothers, sisters and children?

fawad
Feb 20, 2014 03:04pm

Its sad to see how naive all of us are. How those jets can differentiate that its the terrorists they are hitting and Allah help us I don't know how many innocent man women children are dead and the deadly cycle continues

Asad
Feb 20, 2014 03:13pm

for the people who say war is not a solution let me remind them that you all have seen the state of negotiation they cannot be resolved in any circumstances. Army personals who are fighting are the ones who deserve more honor and respect and let me clarify the honor starts when you start writing SHAHEED rather than killed. They have families too mothers, wives, daughters so let me be straight it's the people of Pakistan who when openly honor the Military personal will not only strengthen them but increase the moral. Aggression is the only way to root them out and by collaboration of Air Force and Army the fire power and deterrence would create havoc in the minds of TTP. There are repercussion of it but let me tell u the army personal are shedding their blood more than anyone has imagined so at least pay respect to them ,support them and motivate them. They are fighting for the nation, for the Green flag with full heart....

Nasser
Feb 20, 2014 03:14pm

Big deal!

I do not think the Pakistan armed forces are competent enough, given the vast infiltration of Taliban ideology within their own ranks, to be able to even substantially harm the terrorists. There is no evidence of how many and who have been killed. For all we know many could have been civilians.

The government is corrupt and inept and nobody in the country seems willing to act and go for an all-out war to annihilate the Taliban, once and for all. There are just lone voices of MQM and PPP who at least speak up against the Taliban.

Shah
Feb 20, 2014 03:14pm

Served them right. The only solution to this problem is by "FORCE" and not through non-productive negotiations and dialogues etc.(A typical political delaying tactics). Air strikes is a direct message from Joint Services/Pak Army to the Government/political leaders that Army now means business.Talks means that we've accepted the Talibans as a force and they are at par with us. How can they be at par when they've declared War on us and they don't accept the existance of Pakistan. "Shabash" Army and Air Force for taking this bold initiative taken after a while. Nation was and always be with you. May Allah Almighty protect our Armymen- Ameen

V. C. Bhutani
Feb 20, 2014 03:30pm

How is this different from US drone strikes against terrorists holed up in safe havens inside Pakistan? To my way of thinking, the only difference is that this is Pakistani action and drone strikes were US action. The objective of both was the same. It is hopeless to expect that such strikes by Pakistani aircraft shall not hurt some civilians in every strike. It is well known that terrorists, endearingly described as militants, hide among civilian populated areas to make it difficult for security forces to go after them. Earlier it was US drone strikes that were doing the dirty work for Pakistan. Now it is Pakistan itself which is going after its terrorists. Only it is too late in the day to produce lasting results. Terrorists, by whatever name called, shall go on hurting civilians and security personnel as heretofore. V. C. Bhutani, Edinburgh, 20 Feb 2014, 1030 GMT

Syed Mujtaba
Feb 20, 2014 03:34pm

What a good news!

aziz
Feb 20, 2014 03:36pm

@Ajay vikram Singh: U R 100% right.

bilal
Feb 20, 2014 03:37pm

It's about time we got rid of the taliban !!!

Naved
Feb 20, 2014 03:39pm

Do More please. Destroy these monsters completely.

saleem
Feb 20, 2014 03:39pm

@El Cid: Pak Army capable of turning TTP into smoke in no time...once the patience is over, they will vanish like in other places......Carpet Bombing is the only solution of Tehrike Qasaban-e Pakistan

Ishfaq Muhammad Din
Feb 20, 2014 03:47pm

Very good. kill all of them. It is very late but it should be.

Ishfaq Muhammad Din
Feb 20, 2014 03:48pm

@tab: don't u know our bloddshed. its time for our revenge

Ishfaq Muhammad Din
Feb 20, 2014 03:49pm

@saleem: briliantly said saleem. fine aspiration

Saad
Feb 20, 2014 03:52pm

@El Cid: This is not the "Taliban Warrior" the army is up against...Its the TTP khawarij who are about to get a harsh awakening before being put to sleep InshaAllah. They are being dealt with as they were dealt with in the battle of Siffin. Pakistan Zindabad.

Dar
Feb 20, 2014 03:56pm

Taliban finally get a taste of their own medicine.

M Khaleeq
Feb 20, 2014 03:59pm

Great well done. All the blessings and protection of God are with you; Finish all the terrorists without fear. It is for the nation and the benefit of the future generation.

Karachi Wala
Feb 20, 2014 04:02pm

@tab:

"There is no need to cheer the death and destruction."

True. But when one party in the name of one particular brand of Islam has killed and keeps blowing thousands of innocent men, women and children. Thousand of children are without their fathers, mothers, numerous parents have lost their children. If a state is to survive, it owes to it's citizen to wipe out those who not only commit these barbaric acts but are proud of their acts.

S. A. M.
Feb 20, 2014 04:03pm

Im so glad that the air strikes killed the killers. BIG BIG THANKS TO NAWAZ GOVT AND TO PAISTAN ARMY. I am really shocked to see there are people questioning the rationale behind the operation against the militants. When Nawaz Govt was having peace talks everyone was against now Nawaz has done a good thing by authorising air strikes so people are posing aginst it. whats wrong with you. be on one side. and to these people I want to say that don't try to flow against the feelings of masses. we want these militants killed - nothing less than that. Once again THANKS TO NAWAZ GOVT & PAISTAN ARMY.

M Khaleeq
Feb 20, 2014 04:12pm

Great well done. All the blessings and protection of God are with you; Finish all the terrorists without fear. It is for the nation and the benefit of the future generation.

jiyala
Feb 20, 2014 04:22pm

Good job. Taliban have been under the impression that they have the upper hand. This will definitely set things straight. Time to show them who is the boss.

khanm
Feb 20, 2014 04:41pm

@Nasser: MQM and PPM voices are just political stunt and noting else!!!! What ppp did when they were in power.... nada,zilch, zero sifr...

Amir
Feb 20, 2014 04:50pm

(not) Too late the Heroes Pakistan Air Force and congratulations to Govt of Nawaz Shariff for doing the right thing. The first right step in eliminating the face of terrorism from Pakistan.

Aijaz
Feb 20, 2014 04:58pm

I appreciate the efforts of our Pak Army and request to our prime minister to finish all these militant groups in Pakistan with full force and power. There will be ne more negotiations with these animals who are exploiting the name of our holy religion, which gives us the lesson of peace, security, harmony and love.

Azmat Khan
Feb 20, 2014 05:20pm

Well done military.You can save us.Thank.

Fiz
Feb 20, 2014 05:23pm

Well done! Keep it up. We are with you Pak Army.

Riaz
Feb 20, 2014 05:29pm

Great. Now this is what I am talking about :) Go kill them all. Why just 35? They are in thousands, eliminate them all - they don't deserve to live. Great job Pak Army!

Concerned Karachiite
Feb 20, 2014 05:32pm

@Saad:

Well said. Taliban have no place in our religion.

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 05:33pm

Great job; congratulaations Pakistan, army, people and the govrrnment. now, don't pause, completely annihilate these cowards who have been killing women, children and the old with no mercy and no regard and respect for law of God and country. May God overwhelm these thugs completely and may Pakistan prosper and bloom under the rule of law with security granted to all citizens irrespective of color, creed, religion and sect.

Mohammad Salman Jawad
Feb 20, 2014 05:34pm

@Syed:

All of us specially the mothers will sleep tonight knowing somebody (PAK Armed Forces) are looking out for us.

Salman

Chanpeer
Feb 20, 2014 05:47pm

The peace talks must go on, pounding millitants target won't solve the problem in the longer run. It will create more bloodshed!

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 05:49pm

@Karachi Wala: Kudos. Every word is correct. With this operation, I am filled with absolute joy, pride and excitement the same way when few days ago pakistan had celebrated KLF in Karachi with such joy, excitement and jolt of happiness. Pakistan insha-Allah will be cleansed of this cancer like Swat had been once the brave army of Pakistan had decided to establish peace there.

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 05:54pm

@Saad: Le's not get into Siffeen and Jamal lest it turns into a debate forum. Right now, we are all grateful to God for the innocent blood of our martyrs getting avenged but the final destiny is still quite too far

Mumbai-Nagpur Express
Feb 20, 2014 05:55pm

What will happen ??? if TTP will take this revenge??

El Cid
Feb 20, 2014 06:01pm

@saleem: "Pak Army capable of turning TTP into smoke in no time...once the patience is over, they will vanish like in other places......Carpet Bombing is the only solution of Tehrike Qasaban-e Pakistan"

You have no concept of 'carpet bombing" or of its purpose. But your lack of heart, soul, and mind comes through loud and clear. You think others have not tried what you suggest? They were ground to dust under Muslim heels, left their bones bleaching under Taliban Sun.

Further, should I, or some one with my training and ability, make decisions for the Taliban Warrior, it would be UnPak Mercenaries who would go up in smoke or lay down their weapons in abject surrender as they did in 1971.

The British, the Soviets, and the Amerikans have turned tail before Allah's Ghazi Warriors. UnPaks will run too, with their tails between their mangy legs.

Your cities and homes will be dust and smoke...you will be taught a lesson never again to call out for the dogs of war.

El Cid
Feb 20, 2014 06:20pm

@SAA: "Great job! PAF/Army! We proud of you."

You would be hanging your head in shame at what they are doing...if you but knew.

Muhammad
Feb 20, 2014 06:20pm

Pakistan should build a fence between Pakistan and Afghanistan so no Afghan can enter Pakistan! Thats the best solution to finish terrorism in our country.

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 06:23pm

@Fiza: Very good observation

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 06:27pm

@Asif: It is a time for unity and be just like one voice. it's a moment when Pakistan has engaged itself with do or die. Bravo Pakistan

Kashif
Feb 20, 2014 06:33pm

These strikes should continue and gain pace until all the militants have been killed or captured.

umair
Feb 20, 2014 06:34pm

Now whoever oppose the strike, put them behind bars.

Prakash
Feb 20, 2014 06:43pm

Now what is the point in opposing Drones,which is more precise and as such has less collateral damage.

S Rizvi
Feb 20, 2014 06:44pm

It’s most pleasing to see the vast amount of people, on this forum, in-favour of the decision made by the government. We, as a nation, need to stand up together to fight terrorism and flush out these atrocious monsters from our land. Kudos to Pakistan Army. Pakistan Payindabad

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 20, 2014 06:49pm

@Arup Saha: Terrorists against India need not being dealt with as they all habitate the Indian Parliament and are self sufficient against each other when they have time left from annihilating their own separatists

Agha Ata
Feb 20, 2014 07:23pm

It seems to be a limited action teaching a lesson to Taliban. This jets attack would slow down Taliban a little, and pacify the public, but it won't clear the cancer. Next attack, not very far in future, would start the music again. Taliban in FATA need to be flushed out completely, and Taliban within the country should be chased seriously.

Khalid Baloch
Feb 20, 2014 07:36pm

@Karachi Wala: I agree, there is no cheering for death and destruction. No one can kill Muslims in the name of Islam. Living in US for the last 30 years – I have not even encountered once any derogative remarks by Americans. This Christian country has embraced Muslims from all over the world. We have Mosques, Islamic Schools, and Islamic Community centers all over this country. No one dare to stop us from Jummah gathering. Muslims have religious freedom under the constitution. Muslim women and girls were Hijab’s and go to work in offices, shopping malls, go to schools, colleges, universities. No one stops us. Now look at our country – we cannot even tolerate other Muslim sects. We are killing each other in the name of Islam – WOW. Which Islam are Taliban talking about – Have you not seen their abuse to their own children, women, wives. May Allah guide them by giving them understanding of Islam. Please Taliban - read Quran with understanding (if you can read) and not listen to a man with a longer beard. This guy might be selling you and you may not even know.

Khanm
Feb 20, 2014 07:38pm

For those in favor of war. Let me ask you all one thing what is the basic meaning of Islam peace. In this process of war in the cross fire we kill the innocent civilians. Then what is the difference between Taliban and us. Give peace a chance.

Raghav
Feb 20, 2014 07:48pm

Good job. Now the operations should not stop till TTP is finished. Thereafter, intensive ope rations need to be continued to finish terrorism from this region forever, US,Afghanistan,Pakistan, and India can work together on this project to bring lasting peace.

Ammar
Feb 20, 2014 07:49pm

US wont let its its exit strategy be jeopardised, relics of the Russo-Afghan war are going to be re-employed against the PAF. You read it fer the first time here.

Mohammad Waseem
Feb 20, 2014 08:20pm

Allaho Akbar This is real Jihad. To get rid of the Fitna, to get rid of the criminal and imposters who are killing our women and children and innocent people in the name of Islam. Pakistan Zinda Bad Pakistan Army Zinda Bad

Syed Nasiruddin peerzada
Feb 20, 2014 08:29pm

Right decision.

Shahpur
Feb 20, 2014 08:32pm

I hope Pakistan continue the elimination of these animals. You can not finish them in few air raids.

S@
Feb 20, 2014 08:55pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: dear we as Pakistani nation and resident of the Peshawar . Dont care what they do but we are ready for every thing and we stand with our Army if time comes we all Peshawar people with fight against them and does not matter we live or die . But we are proud .

Saad
Feb 20, 2014 08:59pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: Treatment of cancer does hurt but that doesn't stop us from getting it removed does it? Too afraid to live and too scared to die; what a sad way to exist! So we are ready.

Dilliwala
Feb 20, 2014 09:17pm

So is Pakistan now going to withdraw support from terrorist groups operating in other countries, or will it continue to fund and train Jihadis there, while it fights TTP at home?

Bill Gates
Feb 20, 2014 09:21pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: We will Fight. That's the only way we can get rid of these uneducated PRICKS

Iqbal
Feb 20, 2014 09:28pm

We, the people of Pakistan, stand firmly behind you Pakistan Army and Prime Minister sahab. Please don't stop until you've destroyed each and every one of them. Let's make this right once and for all. Let's teach them a lesson so strong, they'll never think about messing with us again. Ever.

someone
Feb 20, 2014 09:37pm

I would say shame to those Pakistanis who support these carpet and blind bombing of the rural areas. If it was done by a US drone, these same Pakistanis would have been jumping in rage and singing sovereignty song but since this is done by the PAF, no one would question how many of those killed were poor rural people. While drones are target specific and with minimum collateral damage, these bombing by PAF is just a blind drop of bomb with maximum collateral damage.

someone
Feb 20, 2014 09:39pm

If someone come to think of it, Pakistani army is scared of these TTP guys. They resorted for aerial bombing instead of fighting like a man to the TTP. I wonder if TTP gets its hand on stingers, would then PAF dare to go to these area?

pathanoo
Feb 20, 2014 09:56pm

@V. C. Bhutani: Love to see the Paki apologists of TTP/Taliban answer your simple yet brilliant question, V.C.

Ahmer
Feb 20, 2014 09:58pm

These beasts might have been good at fighting with swords but will run with their tails between their legs like Maulana Abdul Aziz had tried once bombs start raining from the sky.

Shahid
Feb 20, 2014 10:08pm

The "Muslim Extremists" should not be used for such people, a person has to be Humane first before he can call himself a Muslim. Media should change the term for such people as they are exploiting it to their advantage.

Tariq
Feb 20, 2014 10:11pm

Well done Pakistan's armed forces! Please don't stop with just one or two sorties but go all out to finish the job good and proper get rid of the miscreants and their follower.

GA
Feb 20, 2014 10:16pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: The same thing that's been happening when TTP is not taking revenge - killing of innocent people by TTP goons.

Shahid
Feb 20, 2014 10:20pm

@Nasser: Shame, shame

Atif
Feb 20, 2014 10:26pm

@El Cid Seems, in you, we have a TTP terrorist commenting here.

How do you "rationally, logically and sanely" defend relentless bombing of Pakistani children, (school going or even younger), Masjids, market places and even funerals?

Shahid
Feb 20, 2014 10:27pm

@El Cid: Shame, shame on you

MAlvi
Feb 20, 2014 10:27pm

Pakistan army and government are acting right. Now is the time to get US help. US will be willing to give some smart bombs to Pakistan now, and also help in locating targets.

Abid Mahmud Ansari.
Feb 20, 2014 10:36pm

Its better late than never! Strike these thugs with full might, let them realize the immense power our armed forces have at their disposal. Continue to hit and strike them in a sustained manner till they are all eliminated completely for ever.

Abid Mahmud Ansari.
Feb 20, 2014 10:40pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: TTP will think of revenge only if any one of them survives the fury of our armed forces.

sammy
Feb 20, 2014 10:42pm

It was one of the cowardly act by TTP to beheading 23 soldiers,Pakistan have no other choice other then dealing with stern hands,before it gets ugly.You go Sharif.

YBA
Feb 20, 2014 10:52pm

@V. C. Bhutani: You are completely correct. Except by taking action by themselves, the paki government is not sowing hate for the US into the heart of millions of people of this country. A better solution has always been pak controlled drone strikes.

Jay
Feb 20, 2014 11:10pm

Not to be pessimistic. If we add up the counts given by Dawn on the number of talibans killed in army/air force action in the last 2 years - there shouldn't be any single militant left out in the world.

Either the numbers are exaggerated or there are more militants out there than anyone can imagine.

so confused!!!!

True Pakistani
Feb 20, 2014 11:20pm

Pak soldiiers should crush these terror elements in North Rangers and police commandos should crush them in karachi hideouts Pak citizens are in full support of army and rangers. We waited too long (7 months) for this ... Now its the time to .... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Akbar
Feb 20, 2014 11:43pm

That's like a Brave sons of Pakistan. Kill these butchers.

Akbar
Feb 20, 2014 11:49pm

Today, some butchers (militants) will go to hell. Peace shall prevail Some mothers will have a sigh of relief. Some sisters and wives will wipe tears off their faces, and some sons will have a hope of seeing their father return home safely. Zinda baad Pakistan Army...Kill them, Kill them, please Kill them. So that, no one in future tries to do what these Militants are doing. Strike Fear in their heart.

Sajjad Khan
Feb 20, 2014 11:59pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: Let them do it and the response would be even more bombingsof their hideouts.

Sajjad Khan
Feb 21, 2014 12:01am

@Riaz: Educated and peaceful Taliban do have a place but not these illiterates and murderers

Dr. Saleem Khan Shah
Feb 21, 2014 12:32am

what goes around comes around. Taliban got a taste of their own medicine finally! Please proceed and eliminate this cancer from our society and this world!!

Yasmin Elahi
Feb 21, 2014 12:49am

@Chanpeer: Which peace talks are you talking about? The ones which have escalated the activities of the terrorists all over Pakistan?

mike ghaous
Feb 21, 2014 01:09am

Finally Pak Army & administration is doing what they need to do. God bless Pakistan.

Khalid
Feb 21, 2014 01:36am

"Salute you PAF" 35 "Less scum"

hanifamile
Feb 21, 2014 01:42am

Good move, may Allah give success to Pakistan Armay in this Mission. Ameen.

ZAFAR J KAZMI
Feb 21, 2014 02:21am

Chaudhury Nisar is some phenomenon to watch unfold. He has tremendous capacity to refute himself within his same one statement. It shall take very fertile imagination to be able to see what he really wants in respect to the military operation against Taliban. While he says peace is not possible with the terrorists in the light pf their own behavior, he at the same asserts that peace negotiations are likley with the faction of Taliban that wants negotiations. Can anyone see where this fellow stands.

independentthinker
Feb 21, 2014 02:21am

@Chanpeer: Maybe if someone related to you became a casualty - you will come to understand that you cannot negotiate with sick minds. They need to be "eliminated" and I wish our military much success in their mission!

independentthinker
Feb 21, 2014 02:22am

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: They should be crushed so badly - that they are not left capable of taking any revenge!

Sarah
Feb 21, 2014 02:25am

Bhaag TTP Commanders Bhaag,Pakistani jets are chasing you now. No talks needed ,eliminate and finish them completely!

naghman qureshi
Feb 21, 2014 02:27am

@Concerned Karachiite: religion has no place in politics.,like in bangladesh

independentthinker
Feb 21, 2014 02:28am

@V. C. Bhutani: So, I guess it is too late - accept our defeat and let them take over and bring their sick interpretation of "Sharia" laws. Obviously, if we don't attack them, we will not be by accident, killing some civilians. However, they could continue with their mass killings and torture. Is that what I am supposed to interpret from your comments? Yes, there will be some casualties - but if we can eliminate this sick group from Pakistan, any sacrifice would be worth it!

Rizwan
Feb 21, 2014 02:34am

Finally the Taliban is being spoken to in a language which they can understand.....if you get my drift

Aysha
Feb 21, 2014 02:46am

@El Cid: OMG, There are talibans (like you)who can write/read english??? Thats scary

Seattle
Feb 21, 2014 02:50am

I Don't think it is a good idea to use conventional armed forces to fight against own countrymen. If required Govt should think of forming a special force call it Reserve Police or Special Police or something else and use it to fight. Using conventional army will have bad effect in the long term in citizen's point of view who are from the effected region. Use same people , same machines but name it differently.

Hasan
Feb 21, 2014 03:04am

@Fiza: I agree with you, I thought the same when I read this statement. Our media has to learn to report responsibly. This is no time to create confusion and to sensationalize things. The entire country needs to be united behind our brave armed forces as they root this evil out of our society. We all need to support them as they are putting their lives in harms way to ensure our safety.

Karach Wala
Feb 21, 2014 03:05am

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express:

"What will happen ??? if TTP will take this revenge??"

Hopefull they will not be able to or else, all TTP representives will be sent to hold a peace talks with Mr. Nerinder Modi directly.

lubna
Feb 21, 2014 03:10am

funny thing is that all the war hardened ttp commanders are so foolish that they were sitting in their homes without suspecting that pakistan army is going to retaliate and will strike them with F16s Why govt is making us fool or fooling themselves

shaukat
Feb 21, 2014 03:33am

chanpeer instead of peace talks we will offer your life to them so they behead you or shoot you in the head, for the rest of us, slaughter and bomb as many ttp people as you can please Pakistan Forces. there should be a prize for confirming a dead ttp member, eradicate this group of people from this earth, they are not humans, they are vicious rabid animals. and any body who has a slight soft spot for them is just like them.

Rizwan
Feb 21, 2014 05:28am

This is the best decision and action taken by the government. This will show the terrorist that the government is not weak. Government did
its best to continue talk and negotiation however, the other side was continuously aggressive with their killing every day of people and law enforcement and army soldiers. Pak army should strike on them full fledged and should destroy them for ever.

Amir
Feb 21, 2014 05:29am

We need a big push not a sporadic action. Let us take them down at once before they can group together and kill our people our Pakistanis.

Dave
Feb 21, 2014 05:39am

great job Pakistan Army and after reading some comments, glad to know that 90% Pakistani are in favor of these strikes, i use to think that may be general people and govt. provide some kind of support to these terrorist, but strikes and comments below shows that, no one in pakistan like and support these killers except some stupid person like hamid gul, imran khan etc., but this is for sure, these terrorist are no good at all for any one in this world, let them die worst death possible, bcoz now God is paying them back for what they gave to innocent people of this world by the name of God. Keep going Pakistan.

Rahul
Feb 21, 2014 07:31am

Good job Pakistan!! (Y)

Ajay
Feb 21, 2014 07:37am

hello my friends. I am from in India. I always feel so bad hearing almost on daily basis about TTP killing innocent people.But today i am happy that state of pakistan has finally woken up.Pakistan should flush them out of this continent for the sake of their people. God BLESS!!!!

Ahmer
Feb 21, 2014 07:42am

These beasts deserve no better.

Ajay
Feb 21, 2014 07:42am

hello my friends. I am from in India. I always feel so bad hearing almost on daily basis about TTP killing innocent people.But today i am happy that state of pakistan has finally woken up.Pakistan should flush them out of this continent for the sake of their people. God BLESS!!!!

Khan
Feb 21, 2014 07:45am

Every one is glorifying army for their recent action in Waziristan and as a Pakistani I really do want to support them but violence always follows by more violence. Its really easy for some one sitting in their comfortable room writing brainless comments. Has any one got a slightest idea how many innocent men,women and kids has died in these bombardments ? I know because I have witnessed the operation in Swat.I'd love to see these Taliban creeps dies in their own filthy crap but please understand that such military operations could also exploit people to hate on Pak Army. Lets say for instance if any innocent person loses his entire family in army operation, whom would he turn to ?

GM
Feb 21, 2014 07:47am

For the first time after so many years, i smiled. Keep going till every innocent person's blood is avenged.

imtiaz faruqui
Feb 21, 2014 08:38am

Do not stop PAF, eridicate the enemies of Pakistan , the whole nation is with you.

sri1
Feb 21, 2014 09:48am

@ZAFAR J KAZMI: It is very welcome to see such sentiments after this poison of extremism has started claiming so many of your fellow citizens. Alas, had such angst and protests been earlier for the right cause when people were being killed across the border (granted that there were injustices and homegrown resistance there) maybe your nation would not be seeing those bleak days.

sudhi
Feb 21, 2014 12:11pm

If this thing has been done in the past, the American drone attacks would have been avoided to a large extent.

Khanmh
Feb 21, 2014 01:21pm

My sincere advice to my beleaguered nation....One cannot make the right decision, if we are going through the tremendous phase of frustration, hopelessness, depression and regression, pain and agony. The war we are at is the war of ideologies...it is better that we fight it in our minds and hearts not in the field.. It is a war of imposing the ideology of one on to the other. The mighty countries in world have failed and been defeated for imposing their views.. Americans have put in all their resources in the elimination of Al Qaida and Taliban. Did they succeed? Be Realistic we have neither the money not the technologies to do these jobs...we should have a different approach. We have to think out side the box. If we doing exactly the same as what they are doing on to us. Folks.... Then we are just like them...

Lalat
Feb 21, 2014 03:00pm

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: It is better to die once than to live in fear all your life.

Roxana R
Feb 21, 2014 03:19pm

@Kashif: I think you are correct. I think this initiative needs to go all-out and relentless until the Taliban are gone, period.

Roxana R
Feb 21, 2014 03:30pm

@Khanm: Taliban declared war on Pakistan in 2007. Where have you been?

MuttaDhuluk
Feb 21, 2014 08:42pm

You are going to wake up a sleeping giant, the Taliban.

Khazina Sultan
Feb 21, 2014 09:42pm

The PMLN Government has taken the bold decision of standing with the forces! This is the first-ever time in this 12 year war when the civilian government and its military department are on the same page, unlike past when either the military was ruling on everything (General Musharraf's regime) or when the civilian government was totally secluded during Zardari's regime.

It is possible that the war will now meet its logical end very soon under the leadership of PMLN and the rebellion will be crushed forever InshaAllah.

Long Live Pakistan!

Rose
Feb 22, 2014 12:09am

@Khalid Baloch: I 100% agreed with you. we as Muslim feel more safe, secure and freedom of our religious practices in US than our own country. We feel ashamed to call ourselves Muslim because of bad reputation in the world left by these animal terrorist. They are not even human being, and they call them Muslims.

Rose
Feb 22, 2014 12:19am

@khanm: Khanm, could not you see the biggest achievement of PPP, they were on the top in corruption and getting bribes by selling jobs from poor people. They were most busy party in the history. you should recognize it. lol

Faruq
Feb 22, 2014 06:16am

@Mumbai-Nagpur Express: If they take revenge, we'll wipe them out.

Iqbal Aziz
Feb 22, 2014 10:12am

but still the hisab of our 23 young boys of FC is not over, we should at least hit more targets to salute and to pay homage to our brave young men so these animals can learnt a good lesson

Shah
Feb 22, 2014 11:56am

@Khanm: Nation has given enough chance for peace and achieved nothing except killing of innocent people of Pakistan.

Shah
Feb 22, 2014 12:02pm

@El Cid: They are doing the right thing to kill these animals.

History Buff
Feb 22, 2014 12:29pm

@El Cid: what a hog wash

Shah
Feb 22, 2014 01:06pm

@Mahesh: Have you forgot Musharaf who is still facing judiciary for taking action action against Maulana Abdul Aziz. Our great politicians betrayed him to save their skin and start supporting such militants.

Danish
Feb 22, 2014 02:51pm

Bravo PAF ........... but 35 vs. 70,000 innocent civilians is no comparison, dispatch to hell least 100,000 monsters.

El Cid
Feb 22, 2014 05:43pm

@Shahid: "@El Cid: Shame, shame on you"

Telling as it is, telling the truth, facts on the ground...nothing to be ashamed about. Truth stands tall, unashamed even if alone, as I do.

Shah
Feb 22, 2014 05:45pm

Kill all the TTP terrorists. Do not take any prisoners. Clean the area. AND seal the Pak-Af border once and for all. Nothing should be allowed to enter or exit. Pak Army Zindabad!

Muhammed Ali
Feb 22, 2014 07:40pm

Good! Dont leave a single one alive we are with you Pakistan Army Zindabad

choag
Feb 23, 2014 06:42am

@Roxana R: true but do the politicans and the soldiers on the ground have the will

El Cid
Feb 23, 2014 10:46am

A military that turns its guns and jets on its own people is criminal. It and the nation is doomed, what little is left of it.

El Cid
Feb 23, 2014 10:52am

@Shahid: I am just fine. Shame is on those who bomb the unarmed poor peasants and their family.

El Cid
Feb 23, 2014 12:00pm

@Khalid: "Salute you PAF"

Yep, specially at Sallal, Abbottabad, LoC.

El Cid
Feb 23, 2014 01:16pm

You all: Don't applaud the murder, the slaughter of innocents, asking for more. The bombs, death, and destruction that you send on them, they are but harbingers...that which you desire for them, their cries ring true the Bell in High Heaven...

Hark! Listen, the Descending Angels, they Toll it for thee...

Rex Minor
Feb 23, 2014 10:46pm

He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also in you.(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Rex Minor