A policeman cordons off the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Photo by Reuters
A policeman cordons off the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Photo by Reuters
Policemen inspect a local court building after a gun and bomb attack in Islamabad, March 3. — AFP
Policemen inspect a local court building after a gun and bomb attack in Islamabad, March 3. — AFP
A lawyer talks on his mobile phone at the site of a bomb attack in a court complex in Islamabad, March 3. — AP
A lawyer talks on his mobile phone at the site of a bomb attack in a court complex in Islamabad, March 3. — AP
People mourn over the death of their relative, a victim of a bombing, outside the morgue of a local hospital in Islamabad, March 3. — AP
People mourn over the death of their relative, a victim of a bombing, outside the morgue of a local hospital in Islamabad, March 3. — AP
Policemen collect evidence from the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Photo by Reuters
Policemen collect evidence from the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Photo by Reuters
Police officers comb the area for attackers at the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Reuters
Police officers comb the area for attackers at the site of a bomb attack at the district court in Islamabad, March 3. — Reuters

ISLAMABAD: At least 11 people, including additional sessions judge Rafaqat Awan, were killed and 29 others wounded on Monday during a gun and bomb attack in a court in the capital city’s F-8 area, DawnNews reported.

Asad Mansoor, a spokesperson for the Ahrarul Hind which is a lesser-known splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), while talking to Dawn.com claimed that his group was responsible for today's court attack.

The group had recently parted ways with the TTP over holding of talks with the government.

He claimed that the court was targeted as the prevailing system in the country was un-Islamic which included the courts and its administration. He added that their struggle would continue till Sharia law was implemented in Pakistan.

According to police, two blasts took place inside the court's premises, one near the lawyers' chambers and the other outside another office.

Moreover, lawyers fled from their chambers seeking shelter from bullets as fear and panic gripped the premises.

Officers at the scene told AFP the incident began when a defendant was brought before the court and his associates tried to break him free.

Another senior-ranking police official said the incident could be a terror attack but nothing could be said with certainty as yet.

According to police authorities, militants entered the chambers of judge Rafaqat Awan and opened fire on him. Initial medical reports said that the judge was hit by three bullets.

The hearings of cases scheduled for the day were postponed.

Subsequently, police and special forces were deployed in the court and emergency was declared in hospitals.

The capital city is currently under high alert and the Red Zone was also sealed.

The head and feet of the alleged suicide attacker were found.


Go in-depth: TTP ceasefire | Dancing to TTP's tunes | Talk, fight, repeat


Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani took notice of the incident and summoned interior secretary, inspector general (IG) and commissioner Islamabad in this regard.

Justice Jillani said that such attacks would not discourage the morale of lawyers and judges and also called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.

Meanwhile in Lahore, lawyers of the Pakistan Bar Council announced a boycott of court proceedings.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid denied the outlawed group's involvement in the attack.

Shahidullah Shahid said TTP condemned the attack on the court in Islamabad, adding that recent terror attacks should not be linked with the organisation.

The spokesman further said the outlawed organisation would not violate the ceasefire it had announced on Saturday.

Interior minister Nisar Ali Khan had responded to the Taliban announcement saying that the government had decided to halt air strikes against Taliban militants.

An FIR of the attack was lodged against unknown persons at the Maragalla police station.

Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years.

— Zahir Shah Sherazi contributed to the reporting of this story


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Sri Lankan Muslim
Mar 03, 2014 10:54am

If a judge in a court house is not safe and being killed, tell me, who is safe in Pakistan? Anybody can be killed anywhere at any time........carry your 'kafan' cloth with you always and when you get out of your house write your will, without fail!.......and this is Pakistan!

Faisal
Mar 03, 2014 11:04am

Lets hope the Judges stop watching the tamasha and gather some Guts by hanging the criminals.

Faisal
Mar 03, 2014 11:05am

No Mercy for Taliban, Please kill them all they are lier's

Ahmed
Mar 03, 2014 11:07am

And we still believe in Taliban's talk mantra!

Mumbai-Nagpur online
Mar 03, 2014 11:11am

What a ceasefire, firing directly inside the Court premises of Capital.

sabeeh omer
Mar 03, 2014 11:12am

Shame on the Government and the security forces. If this can happen in a Court in the Federal Capital then what part of Pakistan is safe? Next time the government officials and the security heads should weigh their words before they make shallow claims!

SARVESH
Mar 03, 2014 11:21am

oye pahle ghar bachao cricket baad main kelna bhai.

Kublai
Mar 03, 2014 11:45am

Last seen the lion of Punjab was disappearing, leaving behind a cloud of dust,.. towards Raiwind. He and Nisar still want a dialogue with the terrorists.

Asif
Mar 03, 2014 11:45am

Crackers, you must be kidding. It was a "bomb"

ali
Mar 03, 2014 11:52am

keep up the talks

A sad Pakistani
Mar 03, 2014 12:07pm

yet another blast.... which will result in yet another army assault in waziristan as response...

why do we have to wait for a blast to react. Crush all anti-state forces mercilessly without fail until peace is restored. this can be difficult but not attacking them pre-emptively doesn't make it any easier either

how good does impounding TTP in waziristan do to the security situation when TTP is on the ground in all major cities. An effective on ground offensive with strong support from intelligence under federal governance must be launched in major cities specially karachi to solve this menace

I am still hopeful to see a day in which peace prevails, security of citizens is ultimate priority and justice for everyone is ensured without fail.... May Allah bless our nation....

Tit for Tat
Mar 03, 2014 12:13pm

Our armed forces will soon find out who was behind this attack. And those who did this mischief will soon be on their way to "heavens." Pak Army soak the terrorists in their own blood. Give a 'disproportionate and painful' reply. We the common people are behind you and we are not ready to tolerate any terror on the soil of our country.

imtiaz
Mar 03, 2014 12:49pm

The level on ignorance on part of Nawaz led govt. is just unbelivable, TTP say it is not done by us and we are happy that they have denied their involvement. This is done by TTP, we should also held the commitee be accountable for this and shoudl tried them under article 6 for negociating with TTP.

js
Mar 03, 2014 01:04pm

@Samira: ask yourself, who uses suicide bombers

ali
Mar 03, 2014 01:05pm

mubarak ho Imran bhai...

Ali
Mar 03, 2014 01:14pm

@Samira: I disagree. Suicide bombing has been the weapon used predominantly by TTP. We should not have any doubts about their involvement in this heinous act.

Mehmood
Mar 03, 2014 01:31pm

well its start of 'ceasefire' by TTP, as routine Mullah group will 'prove' American hand in it. We must wake up now.already suffered huge loss of precious lives as well as economy

Goga Nalaik
Mar 03, 2014 01:37pm

2 Pak soldiers killed in Khyber Pakhtoon Khaw today + this tragedy in Islamabad with 11 innocents killed and many wounded, the government should stop the negotiating process and Pak airforce should hit their hideouts in Wazirist

Shahryar Shirazi
Mar 03, 2014 01:58pm

Talibans' lines-of-communications move at a snails pace, and this one month time-out is for them to re-group and switch their sleeper cells across the country into "active mode". We must up the ante and pound them with gun powder by all the means available.

Musa
Mar 03, 2014 02:18pm

Yet another attack, the state of Pakistan is bleeding!! innocent people are dieing wakeup!!!!! Its now or never. They are regrouping, trust me they are regrouping. Please sweep them clean please!!!!

RX
Mar 03, 2014 02:22pm

We all need to understand that there isnt just one millitant group in Pakistan but probably over 100. They all have their own agenda or perhaps working on someone elses agenda. What we really need is better security forces. Right now the Capital police check points are pathetic and the officers do not have the right commanding attitude as required. They need to be trained to question every individual without any exceptions for Green & Red plates. The enemy is much more smarter, organized and empowered.

A Rehman
Mar 03, 2014 02:40pm

@Sri Lankan Muslim: As a Muslim, you are also required to complete all actions you are suggesting to us as well. And thanks for the compliments.

asim
Mar 03, 2014 02:51pm

@Asif: Yes I heard an interview in which police use the word cracker as a softer word for home made grenade(with sharpnel). These are deadly.

fazal pai
Mar 03, 2014 03:02pm

A trail of extremely sad events becomes daily routine in pakistan. where are the real powerful responsibles of our country ??? for what they are waiting ???

no name
Mar 03, 2014 03:22pm

@Goga Nalaik: and what abut their relatives living in different areas of pakistan... do u really think that destroying waziristan would be the end?

sanjay Kapoor
Mar 03, 2014 03:36pm

It's very sad day for Pakistan today .

ali azmat
Mar 03, 2014 03:53pm

@Goga Nalaik:How can be you certain that they have done it? What about foreign agents (Ra, Mosad, Black Waters) in the country who are the real enemy of Pakistan?

Muhammed
Mar 03, 2014 03:55pm

I wish a common man who cares about the country and its people could come into power and eradicate the problems. Our biggest problem is our government and our money hungry people.

Areebah Shahid
Mar 03, 2014 04:40pm

@ali azmat: I'm not sure if your comment was dry sarcasm or you actually meant it. Either ways, foreign militants/special op groups etc. do not blow themselves up, they focus on blowing the targets.

Masood Mukhtar
Mar 03, 2014 04:42pm

FIR must be lodged against interior minister

seemabsift
Mar 03, 2014 04:50pm

so none belonging to TTP has done it as per their statement...It means the underlying threat is far more worse and complicated than what possibly could be imagined...

amir
Mar 03, 2014 04:57pm

before taking action against Taliban first all the sympathizers that are found in army and political parties should be apprehended otherwise it would be wastage of resources and time

Salim A
Mar 03, 2014 05:09pm

Pakistan: The most tormented country in the world. All in the name of Sharia.

tariq tauseef
Mar 03, 2014 05:24pm

Taliban said they havent done this. Should we trust people who blow up women and kids and are blackmailing Pakistanis by denying polio drops to our kids. So they are scared of lying but not killing innocent muslims. What a joke !

muhammad
Mar 03, 2014 05:32pm

@ali azmat: Either you are naive or something wrong with you as any person who has common sense can easily make out that who would have committed this crime as it was a targeted operation combined with suicide bombing, the terrorist specifically targeted the particular judge and his court in order to take away their associates who were to be presented in the same court. Please don't always blame others of our own wrongdoings.

Vikram
Mar 03, 2014 05:34pm

@Salim A:May be attackers want Sharia to be the law of land of pure. There is nothing wrong with Muslims wanting to run their country Islamically.Pakistan tried to make Afghanistan an Islamic Emirates.

sschauhan
Mar 03, 2014 05:40pm

You are talking to those people who do't count human life. How they can justified right of killing innocent people?All are doing politics.Oh god no one follow right which lead to you.

Love Pakistan
Mar 03, 2014 05:59pm

These people are killing so many people in the name of Islam. Do not stop the strikes on these people I say fighting against them is the best policy our government has opted for. We are a force a country with a huge military. We stayed hungry so we could protect our sovereignty. Let these brainwashed people who take the lives o innocent people on the street going to work kids going to school. Let them feel the full wrath of the Pakistan Military & Air force dont let the blood of our troops and the innocent spill in vain promise you these people will question God. For once our political parties are together on this take them out

Ayesha Khan
Mar 03, 2014 06:27pm

@Vikram: So what do you think, the Pakistani Law, and its Constitution is based on, other than the Quran and Sunah???

Ayesha Khan
Mar 03, 2014 06:29pm

"Shahidullah Shahid said TTP condemned the attack on the court in Islamabad, adding that recent terror attacks should not be linked with the organization."

And the authorities believe the above statement by the terrorists.

MUHAMMAD USMAN KHAN
Mar 03, 2014 06:43pm

Our police and special forces are always deployed and on full alert after the tragic incident. Unfortunately they should be there before the incident.

Last Word
Mar 03, 2014 07:09pm

It is evident that Taliban is entrenched in all major cities of Pakistan which is indeed a shocking news for all Pakistanis as more bloodshed shall follow. Such a scenario cannot happen without the active support of some groups who wants total anarchy in whole of Pakistan for achieving an ulterior motive to rule the country.

Ahmed Muhammad
Mar 03, 2014 07:25pm

Unfortunate. But who knows, if TTP has decided to operate under another brand name. For sure, it was a pre-planned attack in waiting;for an opportune time. Certainly, Suicide Bomber is a commodity which is not abound. Only very few deal in it and would never wish to share their tricks of the trade. Perhaps TTP can point towards the dealer as a CBM. Get hold of the dealer, Queen, who is supplying these Fidayeens. Hassan Al Sabbah was producing them and was not willing to share his methodology. We should take lead from history.

sam
Mar 03, 2014 07:30pm

There are various foriegn intelligence agencies working in Pakistan, and as we all are brainwashed by the media that every terrorist attack is done by TTP, its makes very easy for those agencies and spies to do explosions in the city, and then media tells us it is done by TTP whereas the TTP spokesman denies those attacks, since we scapegoats just dont know who are the people behind those attacks wen theres a ceasefire from TTP.

Ahmed Muhammad
Mar 03, 2014 07:31pm

@Vikram: It is already Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Not only in words but truly . Our constitution is purely Islamic. All religious parties signed on it. Perhaps these men need to hold copy of constitution in hands rather than guns.

assad
Mar 03, 2014 07:43pm

The easiest thing for TTP to do is to say "this was not done by us" and that "it was a splinter group". This gives them plausible deniability while hurting the Government and civilians the same. Now they just don't have to say "we did it" as they did before because by claiming it as such, they get hit hard. So they have taken up this tactic to escape the government's military response in the form of air strikes (which obviously have been hurting the takfiri Taliban.)

The government needs to hold the TTP accountable for any or all militancy related attacks. They have links with their Punjabi Taliban peers and given the coordination between the two in the past, there is absolutely no reason to believe that the TTP do not know about these attacks or that the do not support them. This militancy needs to be targeted in the FATA and in the settled areas. This is the only option available to the GoP if it wants to see Pakistan survive this menace and not become another Somalia.

Zak
Mar 03, 2014 07:46pm

@Salim A: No Salim bhai, it is a more nefarious plan. No Muslim and no human can perpetrate such heinous crimes as these blood thirsty maniacs. Demand for Sharia is a cover for a more destructive goal.

Zak
Mar 03, 2014 07:48pm

@Goga Nalaik: Right on Goga NotsoNalaik!

Dawar Naqvi
Mar 03, 2014 07:50pm

Taliban

Amjad Wyne
Mar 03, 2014 08:04pm

So one way or another, the Taliban do not stop but they have tied the hands of the government. Nawaz Sharif, can you please get on the national TV or go to National Assembly and at least speak to the nation or like Zardari you are going to remain hidden.

Nadeem Chaudhry
Mar 03, 2014 08:23pm

@Vikram: What a troll!

Sohrab
Mar 03, 2014 08:24pm

Finally it has hit home. Now the supreme court will feel the pain of the common man. Let the lion of Punjoab sleep and the spent cricketer make some ground rules for the cricket game to be played on their pitch.

Nadeem Chaudhry
Mar 03, 2014 08:25pm

@RX: Thank you for helping us understand. Genius ! Perhaps you should consult on these matters with one of the 1000 cable networks!

Agha
Mar 03, 2014 08:31pm

live. and let live!

Ali
Mar 03, 2014 08:46pm

Yes TTP the pakistani courts are not islamic, and this ie the blasting innocent people to shreds is indeed the "Islamic" justice that you are fighting to implement on the public of Pakistan. The TTP are just common criminals and animals which should be hanged. There is no need for negotiations with them, just continue hunting them down. Deal or no deal, the people of Pakistan will suffer one way or another with TTP.

Hunter Killer
Mar 03, 2014 08:50pm

Talibans return afresh with new strategy. Created a group, distance itself away from it. Launched terror strikes right into the heart of Pakistan and denied the attack. If Pak Army launches reprisal attack, it will be responsible for breaking the ceasefire. This strategy is supported by fresh narrative propagated by apologist parties that US is behind all this. US does not want peace in Pakistan. Or some other agencies (without naming ISI) are orchestrating these attacks.

A new logic was provided by our asinine interior minister who claimed that Islamabad (and for that matter Pindi) is safe from terrorist attacks. Now supporters and perpetrators of terrorism are using the same claim that this must have been an insiders' job since Islamabad is, according to Chaudhri Nisar, impregnable from such attacks.

Pakistan army needs to take quick and swift action and eliminate TTP and its allies. TTP will keep denying, and "US" will keep attacking Pakistan. What a narrative and genius politics by TTP!

saeeds
Mar 03, 2014 08:56pm

What kind a training these police and so call commandos getting? Every time few people with regular equipment attack any establishment and walk away with out any damage .These are not surprised attack. It seem like the whole nation behind them and against government , and when these attack plans or happened they turned there faces.

Islamabad_Resident
Mar 03, 2014 08:56pm

Pakistan must not negotiate with terrorists.. No ceasefire, no talks, kill them all since they're killing innocents as they were before..

SB
Mar 03, 2014 09:01pm

Cant an invisible organisation in Pakistan start liquidating these terrorists .

NORI
Mar 03, 2014 09:09pm

So, finally the lawyers and Judiciary got the taste of terrorism !! Well, those who showered petals on the murderer should now realize what the consequences are !!! Why didn't the CJ of Supreme court summon top officials earlier when suicide attacks swept rest of Pakistan ?Also, It seems Taliban have learned something from Pakistani government. Just as Pakistan claimed that Mumbai attacks were done by "Non State Actors", Taliban claims that the attack was done by "Splinter group"..

independentthinker
Mar 03, 2014 09:12pm

It is amazing that in a country like Canada, where crime is far less compared to say, Pakistan, there are measures in place, to ensure no one enters any court buildings with any weapons, etc. With Pakistan having such high crime, why is it not mandatory for all public buildings to have these security measures in place? I think the cost will be significantly less than what it costs in lost lives and what it costs to clean up the mess!

Yawar
Mar 03, 2014 09:17pm

If the TTP is serious about the cease fire then they should identify Ahrar-ul-Hind locations and positions.

KKRoberts
Mar 03, 2014 09:24pm

Create fear among people and take advantage of that in negotiations.That is the Taliban tactics.

Arsalan
Mar 03, 2014 09:28pm

Just bomb them! Declare a full-fledged war.Just do it with all your ISI, Army, FC and whatever organization you guys brag about.

Masood Mukhtar
Mar 03, 2014 09:29pm

Those lawyers who supported killer of Salman Taseer; are also responsible of this incidents as they supported terrorist and became part of promotion of terrorism with one pretext or the other.

unbelievable
Mar 03, 2014 09:33pm

When you have over 50 militant/terrorist groups it's going to be a difficult/impossible job of implementing an effective ceasefire agreement - akin to herding cats. The leadership of the TTP has to impose order on it's fellow terrorist - even if that means capturing the culprits and turning them over to the govt - otherwise there is no point in the cease fire.

US CENTCOM
Mar 03, 2014 09:36pm

Someone wise must have said that

pathanoo
Mar 03, 2014 09:44pm

So. Should we negotiate some more? Wait for these terrorists to kill more innocent people who nothing to do with any thing except that they are the easiest targets. Then watch TTP/Taliban declare that those terrorists who just committed the most heinous of acts have recently separated from them. That allows them deniability. We are supposed to believe it and go on negotiating as if nothing happened. HOW STUPID? HOW COWARDLY? HOW INSANE?

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
Mar 03, 2014 09:49pm

@Ahmed Muhammad: Ahmed problem is most of the Taliban fighters are illiterate, they cant read Urdu let alone read English and make sense of it. These people have turned Islam into a running joke.

omed
Mar 03, 2014 10:00pm

pakistan have trained and sent Mujahedeen and Taliban to AFgahnistan sence 1970s . until now they were good people and jehadis for you .. now wenn your people in pakistan are deying you people call them terrorist. this in not fair.

sorry to say this, but i feel so happy . now you will know what your country is doing in afghanistan for las 30 years.

Sohail
Mar 03, 2014 10:03pm

Today we saw and heard about the tragic incident in Islamabad. It was shameful act by cowardly people who targeted innocent people. Time has come to put aside political/religious differences and think of as ONE.

ahmed
Mar 03, 2014 10:05pm

Will these lawyers now give roses to Taliban Khan to pass on to these "Islam pasands" the way they threw roses on the killer of Salman Taseer?

Love Pakistan
Mar 03, 2014 10:07pm

Preach the religion of Islam to TTP. Tell them the word means Peace if they didnt know. Cause the one who kills a human being (regardless muslim , hindu, christian, athiest) has killed the whole humanity then how do you justify killing children and women? People minding their business going home from a hard day of work. How do you sleep at night??? Dont let these parties in the name of religion survive a day more than they should our religion is simple and based on peace. Not violence.

independentthinker
Mar 03, 2014 10:12pm

How can TTP condemn these attacks, when they are the leaders in carrying out these atrocities? As long as our government keeps giving any of these terrorist organizations "the benefit of doubt", we should continue to see these random acts of violence. They are not worthy of negotiations - they don't understand civil language - they need to be eliminated to ensure our well-being and security.

independentthinker
Mar 03, 2014 10:15pm

@Nadeem Chaudhry : Sometimes, the responses that I read are so far-reaching, that I wonder if the person responding to the original comment actually understood what the commentator was saying or did he just want to respond for the sake of responding, without making any sense.

M. Siddique
Mar 03, 2014 10:15pm

No talking with TTP. Destroy them once and for all. It is government's responsibility to protect people.

Imran Ahmed
Mar 03, 2014 10:16pm

@RX: Where are the officers? I never see any SP or Colonel inspecting the security.

Karachi Wala
Mar 03, 2014 10:26pm

"Shahidullah Shahid said TTP condemned the attack on the court in Islamabad, adding that recent terror attacks should not be linked with the organisation."

If Shahidullah means what he said, he should order all those who follow him to pick arms and eliminate all those who carried out this attack.

Fiz
Mar 03, 2014 10:34pm

Splinter group or main group, they need to be eliminated. Chor chori say jaiy hera pheri say na jaiy.

Lakhkar Khan
Mar 03, 2014 10:45pm

THANK YOU, General Zia-ul-Haq. I am sure he is very proud of the kind of Pakistan he envisioned. I am being sarcastic of course. What else do you expect from a fanatic hypocrite?

Shakil Dahri
Mar 03, 2014 10:51pm

@Imran Ahmed: LOL, Just cos u cant see doesnt mean they dont do their duties. I cant see you working either.

imran ali
Mar 03, 2014 11:01pm

when Pakistani leadership that you can not negotiate with terrorist group

Amir
Mar 03, 2014 11:01pm

Talks.. talks.. talk. Wait for the talks till we are all killed

Izza
Mar 04, 2014 12:09am

It's sad many innocent people dies. How many people do they target to kill? When would government really make an action to stop this? The talks is obviously not enough and not going to work with terrorist, how many people do have to die before the government really realized it?

marghoobahmedsiddiqui
Mar 04, 2014 12:22am

@Karachi Wala: You are very right. It is the duty of Taliban to get their cease fire respected by all those who are or not associated with them. If they have to use force against them they must do it.

Parvez
Mar 04, 2014 12:27am

It matters not what their name is, be it TTP , Taliban or Jack..........they are criminals and must be hunted down an killed ( not punished because we are incapable of punishing criminals )

Tojo
Mar 04, 2014 12:32am

If after this attack also the Government of Nawaz Sharif still holds talks with the terrorists, then he & his Cabinet Ministers must be tried for treason, and the Armed Forces should take control, and crush the terrorist once & for all. Enough of this dialogue drama with TTP.

Shah
Mar 04, 2014 12:37am

@Lakhkar Khan: Yes you are right. President Zia came back to life and created TTP in the 21st century. I just can not believe people still do not connect the dots of American and Indian presence in Afghanistan and the terrorists in Pakistan.

rauf
Mar 04, 2014 12:48am

A splinter group of TTP comes, kills and walks away without any resistance. Does this group has some insiders helping them hide. Is anyone checking Lal Masjid and mulla Aziz???

ivehadit
Mar 04, 2014 12:56am

Amazing how the removal of the US Drones has created such anti-Taliban unanimity on these pages!

It then makes sense that Imran Khan, who has based his politics on appeasement and America-bashing, would want to draw in the Americans again into this Pakistani-on-Pakistani fight.

ahsan
Mar 04, 2014 01:03am

It took brutal killing of 60 thousand brave Pakistanis to compel our government to kill 100 talib terrorists. Going my simple mathematics, another one crore 20 lakh ( 120,00000) Pakistanis will have to die brutal deaths for government to eliminate all 25 thousand to 30 thousand of these vermin. Jub tak aik bhee pakistani zinda hae , hum muzakaraat karain gae. Shame on all collaborators.

F.Khan
Mar 04, 2014 01:25am

There are 70 other terrorists groups besides TTP and not all of them are controlled by TTP. Today's attack was conducted by Ahrarr ul Hind which does not claim to be part of TTP. Govt. should fight those who want to destroy peace and do peace talks with those who renounce terrosrism.

Sonny Afridi
Mar 04, 2014 01:57am

Ahead up "hind" - well I wonder which country is supporting groups like these the name kind of messes up the whole "clandestine" nature of such operations against the Pakistani State. My feeling is that those who support Pakistans enemies will face repercussions soon.

Sonny Afridi
Mar 04, 2014 02:00am

@omed:

Yes we've taken in millions of your refugees and saved you from soviet occupation. And for that we got nothing but empty baseless diatribes from people like you.

incredible pakistan
Mar 04, 2014 02:00am

If this was not done by talibans then this is the result of the muntra of "talk to the terrorists" by primitive people like retired cricketers. Only a very ignorant person would not know that by talking to terrorists you are reinforcing that behavior and now other groups have to start violence too so that they can get their demands met and be respected as stakeholders rather than arrested for serious crimes. If the insane belief and the insane leaders of this country are not replaced with sanity, Im afraid that more and more stakeholders we will be seeing and getting killed by.

vikram
Mar 04, 2014 03:04am

aren't you guys sick of commenting on bomb blasts in Pakistan. There are more bomb blasts then a normal person has cups of tea a day. yous should declare public holiday when there not a single blast in the country, which is hardly the case,

Peace Pakistan
Mar 04, 2014 03:23am

Dialogue is useless with someone that says to you do this or I will come tear your streets, peace, and life apart. Violent criminals indulging in senseless killing & disorder should be dealt with with the full force & might of Pakistan Army. We are a huge nation with great History, culture and Values. Its a test for us we are all united lets hope this happens at all levels.

Agha
Mar 04, 2014 03:23am

Don

omed
Mar 04, 2014 03:44am

@afridi . i hear that everytime from pakistanis. That can be an excuse.. think just once like a normal humanbeing. if i kill your familly and then i let you to live in my country as an refujee. will you then forget, that i killed your familly.?

and afridi on bothside there are just pashtuns, who are been killed by these made in pakistan mujahedeen and Taliban.

everyone of us know, who trained mujahedeen and taliban.

Shaikh Mohommd
Mar 04, 2014 04:26am

We should not jump to the conclusion. Remember there are many groups who are interested in sabotaging the peace talks. The Government should not be deterred from the policy it has adopted. Such incidents should not be taken as an excuse to abandon the peace process. I can point finger at Washington for this crime. Most importantly, Pakistan Government should continue to carry on peace talks secretly.

Mekal Faruki
Mar 04, 2014 04:48am

Nawaz, Nisar, this is a ceasefire? What was going through your heads when you stopped the bombing of the Taleban? Nawaz, Nisar, by stopping the PAF strikes you are to blame for these deaths.

Mekal Faruki
Mar 04, 2014 04:54am

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should take suo moto notice of the killing and issue a show cause notice on Nawaz Sharif to show why he should not be charged for dereliction of his duty to protect Pakistani citizens with "ceasefires" and "talks"

a
Mar 04, 2014 05:15am

The government should not suspend talks with the TTP because of this attack, as the TTP themselves have denounced this attack and its not related to them. Considering EVERYONE as the enemy will just make matters worse. We need to find a solution through peaceful dialogue with anyone who is willing to talk, including the TTP, and crush the ones who won't.

msm
Mar 04, 2014 05:16am

how many different atrocities this poor nation has to bear, can we count them? 1. Terrorism; topping the list now; religious, mafias and so on. 2. Corruption; most dangerous, legal corruption, then corruption in education and so on 3. different mafias. 4. Extortion. 5. Illiteracy. 6. land grabbing. 7. discrimination; religious, lingual, provincial and so on.

Naeem Gulzar
Mar 04, 2014 06:26am

Everyone wants to take on these terrorists.. LETS START AT THE RIGHT END!!

There are approximately 8000 sentenced prisoners waiting to be executed in Pakistani jails.. WE MUST EXECUTE THEM!!

Its not easy to get someone death sentence in PK. These are those that had such overwhelming evidence against them that could not get past the most abused judicial process.

EU had pressured Zardari to put a moratorium on executions.. since then it has been linked to continued aid and hence Sharif is not going ahead.

As long as these live in prisons, we have to spend on their security in overcrowded prisons and Taliban would always exert pressure to get them released. I say no is the best time to get started in a batch of 1000 at a time.

There are reports of many high profile prisoners in Karachi having been 'swapped out' with bonus people filling in for them, we all can guess which party they belong from...

LETS START!

AC
Mar 04, 2014 07:22am

@Sonny Afridi: Truth is always bitter, man. You guys are at the receiving end now, what you have created in the name of 'Security', now become a real security issue.

indian
Mar 04, 2014 07:30am

@Peace Pakistan : what huge nation and what history, can you please elaborate????? you only have a history of terrorism and military rule. Infact Pakistan should set up a university where they should teach how to take over and run the country militarily.

Sonny Afridi
Mar 04, 2014 11:01am

@AC:

keep dreaming bud. We had a security issue in Sawat, Bahrain, Buner, Orakzai, Kurram. All those areas are peaceful now and the TTP proxies supported by your country were forced to flee across the border (those who were lucky to survive the onslaught by Pak Army). So keep up your diatribes - because on a geo-political level things will most certainly be tilting in Pakistan's favour soon. You can celebrate your short-lived TTP proxies (while they last). I'm sure Pakistan will continue to house millions of Afghans, feed them, clothe them and provide them with jobs they wouldnt have otherwise been able to get in their own country.We are too much a generous state even when not warranted. Hopefully that changes and we come to our senses and eradicate everyone and anyone that even speaks ill of Pakistani nation.

Dev
Mar 04, 2014 12:33pm

@vikram: Vikram, no one wants these bomb blasts. Donot blame the avaam for this.

Aziz Rakla
Mar 04, 2014 11:19pm

All this gunmen are paid by one of the government, no one can do this privately. Either India, USA, Saudi Arabia, Iran or any other country who wants to destabilise, Pakistan, is doing this. Army and ISI is capable of handling all this, but everyone has their interest. No more wars are fought on border, nowadays all wars are fought behind the line and innocents are victims. Present Govt. should clearly make its foreign policy, knowing who are friends and enemies, not who is exploiting us or whom we are allowing them to exploit us for our little aids. Please work on positive economic honest policies and Pakistan do not any aid.

Ali
Mar 05, 2014 12:19am

MY PREVIOUS COMMENT DOESN'T SHOW UP HERE. FOLKS, WAIT FOR MORE DEADLY ATTACKS LIKE ISLAMABAD. PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERYWHERE AND OUR RULERS ARE PLAYING TALK TALK GAME WITH TALIBAN. SHAME ON OUR "CELEBRITY TYPE" INTERIOR MINISTER WHO CLAIMED THAT ISLAMABAD IS THE SAFEST CITY. WE HAVE PROVED THAT WE ARE A DIVIDED NATION. SOME SAYS ITS NOT OUR WAR. OTHER SAY ITS OURS. SOME FAVOUR TALKS. OTHER ASKING FOR ACTION. BELIEVE ME TALKS ARE NOT GOING FOR PEOPLE SAKE.ITS GOING FOR FEW V.VIP FAMILIES AS THEY WANT ASSURANCE FROM TTP TO SPARE THEIR LIVES AND THE REST SHOULD DIE LIKE THEY ARE. SO DON'T EXPECT ANY THING BIG FROM TALKS COS DESPITE TALKS PEOPLE LIKE POOR FIZA, POOR JUDGE AND OTHER INNOCENT WILL DIE IN SUCH ATTACKS.

mack
Mar 05, 2014 11:03am

@Sonny Afridi: You may be hinting Indians are behind this. India has it's own problems. Honestly Pakistan does not need enemies, cause it has a built in enemy mode in its culture.

Arafat`
Mar 05, 2014 11:50am

In my opinion Pakistan needs strong governance. Islamic societies have the innante qualities needed to prosper. strong governance can achieve security and economic focus can achieve prosperity. These are simple but fundamental approaches.

Ravi Dallas TX
Mar 05, 2014 12:40pm

@Aziz Rakla: "Either India, USA, Saudi Arabia, Iran or any other country who wants to destabilise, Pakistan, is doing this. Army and ISI is capable of handling all this, but everyone has their interest."

I am amazed some people still believe this is external issue.

Roxana R
Mar 05, 2014 06:59pm

@F.Khan: When they were part of the TTP yesterday, for them to simply say "now we are not" does not negate the influence and congruence with TTP's agenda of overthrowing the constitution and imposing sharia on Pakistan. I don't care what name they give themselves, terrorists are terrorists.

Asad Hyder, Ph.D
Mar 05, 2014 09:34pm

@Aziz Rakla: You are completely out of your mind. That is, in case you have one which apparently is very doubtful!

Asad Hyder, Ph.D
Mar 05, 2014 09:41pm

@Ali: In any other country a government that has utterly failed to provide security to its citizens would have long back resigned. But this is Pakistan. Even, in the very unlikely case, the government does resign Pakistanis would gladly re-elect the same people. They have done this repeatedly before. Keep up the smart work, Pakistanis!!

Mujtaba
Mar 05, 2014 09:59pm

Inalillahi my uncle is one of them. They killed him cuz he had Syed in his name. May Allah punish these monsters

Mehreen Rehman, Barrister & Solicitor
Mar 05, 2014 11:03pm

@Masood Mukhtar: It is biased to think like this let alone make a written comment. Those who supported such view are equally narrow minded. You can't blame all for an action allegedly done by a few lawyers. Anyone can wear a black coat and claim to be a lawyer these days. Nothing could be achieved if we are not united.

Khalid
Mar 06, 2014 12:15am

@Ravi Dallas TX: Couldn't agree more. We, in Pakistan, really love these silly conspiracy theories that involve, India, Israel, USA and just about everyone else being responsible for these murders. What we don't accept is that Pakistan has enough enemies within itself who are more than capable of destroying it. Furthermore, we behave as if Pakistan is some really important country on the world stage. Why are we so arrogant?. What have we done as a nation to be proud of? We have one of the worst education systems (if you can call it a system!) in the world. We can not even learn from India as to how a successful education system is designed. Pakistan is living on borrowed money and Pakistanis are one of the poorest people in the world. Pakistan has no health service to speak off. Pakistan stands with Nigeria, Afghanistan and Rwanda as one of the only 7 countries in the world with Polio!. I could go on forever but it really hurts me to see Pakistan going on a fast downward journey.

Khalid
Mar 06, 2014 12:18am

@Aziz Rakla: Your comment is insensitive, incoherent, illogical and rude. Can you not put your argument forward without being rude?. What makes you so proud?. and of what??

Ram
Mar 06, 2014 08:33am

Let me get this straight those who killed are Muslims and killed by Muslims in a land created to safe guard Muslims.