Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. – File Photo
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. – File Photo
Pakistani relatives mourn missing family members following an assault by militants at Karachi airport terminal in Karachi on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo
Pakistani relatives mourn missing family members following an assault by militants at Karachi airport terminal in Karachi on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo
A woman holds up a cellphone displaying an image of a missing relative following an assault by militants at Karachi airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo
A woman holds up a cellphone displaying an image of a missing relative following an assault by militants at Karachi airport in Karachi on June 9, 2014. – AFP Photo

KARACHI: Almost a day after an armed attack on Karachi airport killed at least 29 people including militants, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday night said that foreign as well as local elements were involved in recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a press conference held at the airport here, he said at least 19 security personnel including 11 Airport Security Force (ASF) personnel were killed in the brazen attack. There are reports of 29 others wounded in the attack also, he added.

Chaudhry Nisar praised security and law enforcement forces for the successful and timely completion of the operation against the assailants.

“Rangers troops reached the airport in seven and armed forces in 10 minutes time,” he said.


Also read: Karachi airport handed over to CAA, open for operations


According to the security officials, the operation was completed by 1:30am to 2:30am as all ten militants were killed by then, said Nisar. They, however, continued the operation for an hour or so to make sure no militants were left hiding in the airport’s premises.

The minister said that all national installations remained safe in the attack. However, he added that three aircraft were partially damaged.

“The main target of the assailants was to destroy aircraft.”

Paying rich tributes to the security forces, he said that they launched joint action and stopped the terrorists from moving towards new airport terminal where they intended to destroy stationed aircraft. Two aircraft were loaded with passengers and were ready to fly, he said.

“The passengers were safely taken back to lounges and one passenger plane which had just taken off was also called back as a safety measure. Two or three aircraft received minor damages which are easily reparable.”

All ten terrorist were killed – three of them blew themselves up when they were rounded up by security forces. The entire area was cleared before 1.30am. However, the security forces continued combing the old and new terminals areas till 4am, he said.

Chaudhry Nisar said that the terrorists intended to stage a long scene as they were equipped even with rocket launchers and other modern gadgets besides carrying with them a good stock of food and medicine.

He said a detailed post-mortem and biometrics would be carried out of all ten terrorists to prove their identity. We would also seek help from Nadra in this regard, he added.

“Instead of any political scoring, this is time to unite as our enemy is unseen and hidden. It has targeted the entire country,” he remarked.

Nisar said every street and corner of the country was at terrorists’ target and urged the security personnel to remain on their toes.

Regarding weapons recovered from the attackers, he said there were clues pointing towards the involvement of a country, but this was yet to be verified.

The interior minister said that people who went missing during the operation are being located by the security forces and rescuers.

Earlier, the interior minister chaired a meeting at Karachi airport where he was given briefing by the DG Rangers and the officials of law enforcing agencies on the attack.

Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, officials of intelligence agencies, Civil Aviation Authority, PIA and ASF attended the meeting.


Families of seven missing people protest


Meanwhile, families of seven airport workers blocked Shahrae Faisal demanding that authorities work towards freeing their relatives who were trapped in cold-storage facilities to escape the carnage, AFP reported.

“We are looking into this and according to the families some seven people were trapped inside the cold storage and were in contact with the families on cell phone,” said Abid Qaimkhani, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).


US condemns deadly attack


Condemning the deadly Taliban attack at Karachi airport, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Americans’ hearts go out to the families of the victims and those who were wounded.

Earnest said whether to reconcile with the Taliban is a strategic decision that Pakistan's government will have to make.


Ban Ki-moon denounces terror attacks


UN chief Ban Ki-moon also condemned the Taliban attack on Pakistan's largest international airport and called on the government to address terrorism and religious extremism.

Ban also condemned suicide attacks targeting Shia Muslims in Balochistan, which killed at least 24 pilgrims.

The UN secretary general strongly condemned the two attacks and is “deeply concerned by this upsurge of violence across Pakistan,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“While acknowledging the measures already taken to maintain security, he urges the government of Pakistan to further increase its efforts to address terrorism and religious extremism, including with a view to protecting the rights of all people to safely practice their religion, and to bring the perpetrators of such attacks to justice,” the spokesman added.


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syed
Jun 09, 2014 10:45pm

You must be resigned first from your post as you failed to stop the terrorist attacks in Pakistan!!

San
Jun 09, 2014 10:50pm

Pakistan should now realize what Hillary Clinton told few years back. "Don't tame snake in your backyard thinking that it will bite only your neighbors". Now Pakistan is facing difficulties to curb terrorism. A day will come when Pakistan has to seek the help of India to fight terrorists in its soil.

M. Mushtaq Ahmed
Jun 09, 2014 10:54pm

Interior minister should resign with immediate effect. Why intelligence warnings were not paid attention to and security was so so at the airport. Is it same at other vital installations, perhaps so. That being the case, how you can claim to provide security to general public. Please identify our enemy so public know who they are. who ever they are. In so many instances government has not taken public into confidence and at least letting them know who is the enemy.

Farhan
Jun 09, 2014 10:56pm

This is a big lesson for the government and all those who consider the terrorists as brothers or our own people and emphasize to negotiate with them. The only treatment is continue massive operation against all anti state foreign funded elements until they are vanished forever.

qaiser
Jun 09, 2014 10:57pm

Nisar is very intelligent person and also seasoned politician, only he could guess that foreign as well as local hand is involved. Hats off on his statement.

Amir Mahmood
Jun 09, 2014 11:03pm

Minister Nisar Ali khan please admit responsibility for total failure of intelligence, resign immediately.

omer khan shaheen
Jun 09, 2014 11:05pm

I wonder, if the current Government is potent enough to act against those responsible, once they confirm it with proofs?.

Rauf
Jun 09, 2014 11:08pm

Its convenient to blame :foreign hand" but difficult to say "chicken come home to roost" government need to have a clear strategy against terrorist and governance of FATA. Need better relations with Afghanistan, Iran and India. Policy of "strategic depth" did not work in the past and will not work in future. Bilateral, respectful relations is the best policy. ISI and the generals needs to understand the truth.

Parkman
Jun 09, 2014 11:09pm

Give the Talibans, I mean every variety of them (friendly or unfriendly), a 3 day notice to lay down their arms and give themselves up to the designated authorities. After that , go after them with full force and might of the Pakistan Armed Forces and annihilate them for ever so that they never kill any innocent people, may that be Pakistanis or citizens of any other country. To the males of Pakistan:please take off the "choorian" and act like men that you should be. Hunt down the Talibans and the traitors, apprehend them and hand them over to the authorities. I would go as far as killing them, but that would mean that you would engage in the same heinous act as the Talibans. So refrain from doing so. But for God's sake, please become proactive and save your country from these savages. How long are you going to take it laying down and watch your loved ones getting maimed and killed by these savages?

Khurshid
Jun 09, 2014 11:12pm

I see nothing but foreign elements on and in his head

Syed A
Jun 09, 2014 11:15pm

In any other country, minister would have resigned. Only in Pakistan these people continue despite being completely incompetent and undeserving.

Ali
Jun 09, 2014 11:17pm

Even if the whole World is conspiring against PML N even then this IS your responsibility to take measures to protect people. You MUST resign. Nawaz sharif and his family cabinet is busy in corruption and have no concern about security

nawaz
Jun 09, 2014 11:19pm

every time we are being told about foreign hand. we are not here to listen their lectures only . they must work to perform their duties . Being interior minister he must take responsibilities of his failures instead flying to karachi airport just to tell us about foreign hand. Shame. Country is being attacked and these cowards are giving us news only.

Qamar
Jun 09, 2014 11:19pm

If foreign involvement is proven, what will be the next step? Go on as usual like nothing happened?

Ali
Jun 09, 2014 11:20pm

ruthlessly hideous excuse: all roads can be blocked for general public when PM, CM, Governor or their family members travel but heavy rescue machinery could not reach Karachi International Airport as these vehicles are stuck in traffic jam.

Dr.S.A. Hyder
Jun 09, 2014 11:21pm

If all what you see is "foreign elements'" involvement then Mr. Choudhry you need to change your glasses immediately. If you do not have money to pay for new pair, let me know, your country men and women will do a charity chanda to pay for it.

dcop
Jun 09, 2014 11:23pm

Do we really need foreign hands to destroy our country and cities? This is one art we have mastered in last 35 years. New ways to destroy our own property and lives. At all further possible destroy others.

Khalid
Jun 09, 2014 11:23pm

I just can not believe this. In less than 24 hours, Nisar Ali Khan can already point fingers at foreign and local elements!. It is so irresponsible and so silly to come up with these sweeping statements, that don't mean anything. Can we not keep our mouth shut for a couple of days and give the investigating agencies sometime to come up with the results of their investigations?.

Last Word
Jun 09, 2014 11:24pm

How about aliens being a possibility, which you missed out Mr Nisar ?

nasir
Jun 09, 2014 11:25pm

Pakistan Government failed miserably here. I do not know why people keep electing these dummies even though they are incompetent politicians. Economy, education, basic utilities (electric and water), safety of the People, protecting Pakistani citizens and now airports from terrorism are example of failed Nawaz administration. Come on People. Take these dummies out of the office.

bushra
Jun 09, 2014 11:27pm

Resignation of Nisar shab is not the solution of the problem.if he is saying foreign as well as local elements are involved so what does it mean i cant understand the statement,Please save our country...

AJamal
Jun 09, 2014 11:27pm

Nisar Khan seems continuation of that joker Malik, former Interior Minister. Instead of admitting failure and responsibility, he is coming up with frivolous excuses.

Helo
Jun 09, 2014 11:28pm

We are proud of gathering information about the terrorists activity by ISI I am sure they prevented a huge out fall....and Defense forces did a wonderful job? Sorry sir i can not say bad things about you or will be labelled a traitor....so just praising you. Kudos!!!

muhibbewatan
Jun 09, 2014 11:29pm

@qaiser I believe you have a point based on past incidences, but let me tell you that Pakistan is not enemy-free by any means and there has been more than one occasion when "foreign" elements have certainly played their part in disrupting the lives of Pakistanis. So, please do not discard or disregard any such possibilities. Give room to the authorities to investigate the matter and, hopefully, the truth with definitely be exposed. Turning to the heinous crime itself, let's admit that security was far from adequate, especially considering it is one of the top airports in the region. Moreover, the fact that lives were lost, suggests that nobody is safe anywhere in Pakistan.

saleem
Jun 09, 2014 11:31pm

how long will you live in denial? t

Adnan
Jun 09, 2014 11:34pm

We should also include other people too when demanding the resignation. After the attack on defense installations, we are totally exposed and at mercy of terrorists who are clearly in command. It would be very naive to think that Interior minister is in charge. Actually, the people responsible are the ones indulge in some other activities rather than concentrating on counter intelligence to preempt any attacks

Sandip
Jun 09, 2014 11:37pm

And "Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed said on Monday that Narendra Modi's 'new security team' is responsible for the attack on the Karachi airport"

Way to go!

WAQAR
Jun 09, 2014 11:40pm

first of all where was the PM and the interior minister was one of the busiest city was being attacked I believe the PM was still trying to buy SAREES but cannot afford to send some to the people most effected in other provinces of the country who HE RULES.

Harmony
Jun 09, 2014 11:42pm

Call of resignation is futile. Does anyone ever resign in Pakistan once elected? The day the ministers start to resign and hold themselves accountable will be the day you can call there is democracy. Thus far it

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
Jun 09, 2014 11:42pm

People please dont forget the innocents who lost their lives and their families today.

Ashok R.Prabhu
Jun 09, 2014 11:43pm

Attempts are being made by Hafeez Sayeed to blame India for the unfortunate disaster at the Karachi Airport.But we wish to inform our Pakistani Brothers &Sisters that India wants nothing but Peace and Khush Hali in Pakistan,and they should not come under the sway of FALSE PROPAGANDA of vested interests.Who is the one guy who has men,materials and Motive to spoil Indo-Pak relations ?No one else but group led by Hafiz Sayeed.His hatred of India will destroy him in the End.The peace dialogue between Mian Nawaz Shariff Sahab and Narendrabhai Modi must go forward and it is time to resume ties of Trade &Commerce,Tourism and Cricket.All well-meaning Indians and Pakistanis should encourage the dialogue between Prime Minister Vajpeyijee and General Musharraf ,from the point it halted,to its natural conclusion.It is only 2 to 5percent of people on either side who want the hostilities to continue ,rest of the people want to live in peace.

imtiaz
Jun 09, 2014 11:44pm

Whenever there's an attempt to improve relations between India & Pakistan, Taliban enter as spoil sports on cue.

This time in Karachi airport saga, complete with Indian arms.

Indian Intelligence is not stupid but Pakistani masses are

Harmony
Jun 09, 2014 11:45pm

Those

Pramod
Jun 09, 2014 11:52pm

TTP has openly claimed responsibly and every one knows who they are where they come from and what they want.But still Pak minister do not mind it alleging it on foreign powere. If any foreign power can be involved in this then it can be Pakistan's sympathizer gulf countries who want Sharia law in Pakistan.

Vish
Jun 09, 2014 11:52pm

Wow what brilliance. 23 lives have been lost and the minister says foreign and domestic elements are involved. Besides these two, can there be any other possibility?! And this from the man who heads intelligence!

quiet eyes
Jun 10, 2014 12:00am

I have to say that Chaudhry sahib is no less entertaining than his predecessor Malik sahib when it comes to their pearls of wisdom. One should be grateful that he narrowed his focus down to "foreign and local elements" when identifying the culprits. What was to stop him from including "Alien elements"? Now that would have really covered all his bases. Somebody needs to make him aware that TTP has already claimed responsibility.

zak
Jun 10, 2014 12:01am

'US condemns deadly attack'-stop condemning and help resolve indian occupied kashmir conflict from where frustration leads to the affected taking up arms and recruiting to free their land. These are manifestation of that problem.

Shahid Pervaiz
Jun 10, 2014 12:01am

Wow - what a news told by Nisar, Pakistanis are listening this mambo jumbo since 9/11 attack but no political party came out with a permanent solution. Every party came in power telling the public same story day in day out, it is the work of foreigners but where is the solution to eliminate this on-going problem existed there for a while, none, these idiots are not capable to make strong decisions but I give them credit the way they make an ordinary public fool.

TI
Jun 10, 2014 12:06am

If Nisar has any solid evidence about the foreign country, then we need to know. Otherwise, he should just shut up and offer his resignation since he failed to provide the needed security. We are tired of hearing the unknown enemy being pointed out time after time with no solid proof. We are not going to accept the incompetence this time around.

Ganga Din
Jun 10, 2014 12:08am

Hahahahahahahahaha, there he is. He speaks. Foreign elements? which ones? LOL

Ali
Jun 10, 2014 12:15am

@qaiser : I am really impressed on Nisar's investigative talent and analysis, it took over two decades to reach this point , well done.

BULLS EYE
Jun 10, 2014 12:20am

In any true Democratic set up this man should have been the first in recognizing his failure to provide what he is supposed to, he draws Salariy from public money.

Mohammad Akhtar
Jun 10, 2014 12:21am

regardless who ever was involved, it is Government's job to protect its citizens. Mr. Nisar it is time to terminate these low life ediots and not to negotiate with killers.

Khan
Jun 10, 2014 12:21am

Shame on you and defence minister under whom CAA comes both we're not there during the tradegy. You and other Taliban sympathizersa re biggest security threat

Some
Jun 10, 2014 12:22am

Foreign hand? Really? Have you ever purchased a fake Rado watch? They can print anything one may prefer, may be Cartier will do. Besides which idiot will put their name and serial number on illicit weapons before selling them?

Mirza
Jun 10, 2014 12:22am

Don't forget that this man is (was) the greatest supporter of negotiations with the Taleban. It is high time that a new law is passed in the assembly to crush these militants and ban all organisations/parties who support these terrorists.

Umair Awesome
Jun 10, 2014 12:24am

Yup . The guys are back!!! They did it again.

Rim
Jun 10, 2014 12:24am

We owe so much to the security officials who gave their lives to protect, may our Lord grant them a place in paradise. I would like to see our greedy politicians make finanical recompense to their families and children left behind. Taliban are cowards and traitors to Islam just like those who wish to discuss peace with these people. Mushraf knew how to deal with them!

Weirdity
Jun 10, 2014 12:25am

The most "interesting" rumor i heard is that Modi's names was inscribed in sanskrit on the guns captured from the attackers. :-) . This sort of rumor requires creativity and good understanding of which button to press regarding the psyche of pakistani society. The key buttons here are "Modi" and "Sanskrit". Someones creativity is on a high.

Ahmed
Jun 10, 2014 12:28am

Whole country is burning from Quetta to Karachi, yet Hasan Nisar does not resign! There is no accountability, is this democracy?! In any civilized world, the interior minister would have been forced to resign if they did not have enough shame which obviously our minister does not have!

nak
Jun 10, 2014 12:33am

@qaiser I am hoping yours is a sarcastic comment.

Malik
Jun 10, 2014 12:36am

@syed I agree with this. The Korean minister in a similar boat drowning accident resigned even though he was not even remotely connected with the accident--on moral responsibility issues.

Malik
Jun 10, 2014 12:36am

@saleem four more years, can you have the patience, pal?

kumar
Jun 10, 2014 12:38am

Everybody is living in Fool`s Paradise, rather than looking for the Foreign Hand, and looking for the Outside Culprits, look Inside and look deep into the ISI/Military Establishment to look for the People who planned/encouraged and carried out the Attack. Problem is the ISI and nobody dares to Say this as anybody who says will be silenced for ever. Keep the civilian government Unstable, and take the power at the opportune Time.

BULLS EYE
Jun 10, 2014 12:41am

Karachi Airport roughly covers 15 Square Kilometers of Land, alert Security can be seen only in the Area where new Terminals entry/exit point is, hardly an ASF person can be seen in old Airport Area or beyond, I traveled on a Private Jet, boarded from Terminal One and was surprised to note that almost no check was there and just a handful of ASF personnel were posted who looked sluggish and tired as it was early morning. I suggest that an inner Fence, high Voltage electrocuted, starting from the big Hanger all around covering Gulistan e Jauhar side then the Racecourse and Colonies side towards North while covering Malir side upto new Terminals should be constructed immediately with high resolution Cameras,flood lights & Security Towers at every 250 meters manned (6 hours shift) Snipers round the Clock who should be provided night vision goggles and standing instructions to shoot at sight if some one is seen near the second (inner) Fence.These Guards can also be provided with 12 bore Rifles to shoot in Air at regular intervals to ward of Birds during day time,this will also solve the ever long problems of Birds hitting Aircraft while taking off or Landing.

Fiic
Jun 10, 2014 12:41am

Will you ever make an honest attempt to understand result of your actions? Your support/patronage of terrorists has only one outcome. Foreign hand died with Indira Gandhi.

Rogers Evans
Jun 10, 2014 12:43am

cIf Nisar is right, then his intelligence services failed. Such inept intelligence head must resign. As a matter of democratic principle. NISAR, himself must resign immediately as Interior Minister.

Mohammad Salim
Jun 10, 2014 12:46am

So, our worthy (worthless?) Interior Minister finally spoke up!! And what a silly statement! Foreign or domestic hands, the fact is that it is his ministry's responsibility to gather intelligence and stay one step ahead of the terrorist's game plan. He should act like a gentleman, take responsibility and resign!

Chitral wala
Jun 10, 2014 12:46am

See,...it was only Karachi. Nisar worries about protecting Lahore, Punjab only. He is not worried about Karachi or Sindh.

Sami Qureshi
Jun 10, 2014 12:47am

This country is adept to Military Rule, the only disciplined institution, having a long experience of running a state like Pakistan that has so many security, political, social and economic anomalies to sort it out in such state of affairs. It is pity that the civil Government whenever installed in this country, in the name of so-called democracy, completely failed to run the country. The reasons are obvious. We need a Government of the pattern the Turks have evolved in their country. Pakistan is declining day by day. It is now the high time to save this country. Election may now be held without delay of a New Constitution Assembly to frame a new constitution according to the aspiration of the nation.

Surinder Singh Gill (Advocate) Austin TX
Jun 10, 2014 12:51am

Very sad for the families of innocent people killed. They need our sympathy in time of need. How long poor public will continue to suffer it in Indian sub continent. The ministers simply wash off their hands by saying alien hand. But if you can say outside hand and agents then why governments could not control it before happening. Nissar sahib admit the responsibility and do the needful so that we all can live peacefully without fear.

Salman
Jun 10, 2014 12:55am

Seriously, Locals and Foreigners? You sure there were no Aliens involved?

jamshed khan
Jun 10, 2014 12:56am

The key local element is your utter incompetence. If you have a shred of shame you will resign and drown yourself.

L Ahmad
Jun 10, 2014 12:56am

Nisar and his cronies have not the faintest idea of security matters. Give the job to someone who knows what he is doing.

AAhmed
Jun 10, 2014 12:59am

How does that matter, protecting our own self?

nasir
Jun 10, 2014 12:59am

I say its about time that this cancer should be eradicated. I say bring in all the firepower from local and international help and get rid of these people who are determined to destroy this country

Paul
Jun 10, 2014 01:03am

It is about time to unit with your neighbors n fight this common evil, instead of give them sanctuary n let them use your soil against neighboring countries under the pretext of 'justice' n past animosity.

in your face
Jun 10, 2014 01:05am

I wonder if he is also seeing flying pink elephants?

Syed
Jun 10, 2014 01:10am

Chaudhry Nisar, if u had even a bit of shame, you would have resigned considering this utter failure

Karachi Guy
Jun 10, 2014 01:10am

Can there be more lies than these? Bro Nisar, kindly grow up. Please. I accept we are idiots, but not of the level you think.

Ahmer
Jun 10, 2014 01:16am

While Ch Nisar might be just diverting the public attention away from his own responsibility, the fact that Karzai had been building grounds by constantly blaming Pakistan for acts of terror happening in his country cannot be ignored.

Asim
Jun 10, 2014 01:25am

What should nisar will do.do u forget the rehman malik era.atleast nisar will adress the situation and give the reasonable statement.reman malik was a totally liar.

Ek Brit
Jun 10, 2014 01:28am

Prime minister should resign after failing to protect national interests and precious lives.RIP to those who martayred for their motherland!!!!

Jeff
Jun 10, 2014 01:37am

I think it is shocking indictment of the security forces that terrorist walked into the airport building just by dressing up in security forces uniform. Anyway it has happened before and no lessons were learnt..

siddharth
Jun 10, 2014 01:38am

Looking at the ammunition they were carrying...how can they travel around with so much of it. The rockets and launchers they were carrying must have been visible when they were entering the premises. How cum no one noticed it? There is something fishy about this.

Leopard63
Jun 10, 2014 01:41am

@qaiser Is that a sarcastic statement or genuine praise??

unbelievable
Jun 10, 2014 01:45am

Reminds me of Abdul Rehman Malik - expect him to say they were wearing Western tennis shoes any moment. The reality is that the TTP are a terrorist organization, based in Pakistan, staffed primarily by Pakistani's who perform the vast majority of their terrorist operations inside Pakistan.

A pragmatist
Jun 10, 2014 01:45am

@qaiser This is a highly irresponsible statement - the kind that not only attempts to obfuscate facts but also deliberately promote incorrect, divisive propaganda. This culture of irresponsible blame needs to be removed from our collective psyche - if we ever wish to integrate with the increasingly economically buoyant, safe world.

You may wish to read Dawn's edit from today - it borders on the real issues and is sobering, in looking for much-needed peace for the average person. I quote:

"....perhaps a question can be asked of the Taliban apologists who quickly emerge to obfuscate the problem of terrorism and militancy and try and deflect attention to the ever-cited, never-proved foreign hand and/or outside powers. Every one of the attackers is reportedly dead and their bodies in the state

Hamid Ali Tabatabai
Jun 10, 2014 01:52am

In any developed country. there would a state of emergency and the whole nation would have come together. However in the land of Pure, its the same old crap. Finger pointing, false accusation about foreign hand and utter apathy from the whole nation.

Agha Ata
Jun 10, 2014 01:53am

I wish you had told us something now. We already know that it is done by TTP which includes natives and foreigner terrorists. Besides, what surprises us is the fact that similar attacks have happened a number of times, and every time we thought that that probably this was the only place where the security wasn't up to the mark. And It is high time that our security staff should know that all such important places need top security. Why haven't they done that yet? Why? And how come the attackers always find our our weakest spot every time they come to attack?

Maliee
Jun 10, 2014 01:53am

When you are on street drugs , these are the usual symptoms.

Resignation is the only option here And PM should also wake up!

Aysha
Jun 10, 2014 02:03am

Pakistan needs to be taken over by a secular country (like china?) to wipe out all the saudi funded madrasas ,extremist elements and change the curriculum in schools. BUT, I dont think any country in the world will be willing to take over that mess.

Aysha
Jun 10, 2014 02:04am

Just imagine these terrorist taking over Pakistan's nuclear facilities. They will not hesitate to destroy the entire world. They are infested with mental illness and I dont see any cure to that.

Jaleel Rahman
Jun 10, 2014 02:04am

You must resign if you have an iota of shame rather than repeating the blame on internal and external elements. You are the internal element who can not fax the problem

Aysha
Jun 10, 2014 02:06am

Would someone suggest these terrorist to attack parliament house in Islamabad when it is in full session? Looks like that is the only way we can get rid of these corrupt politicians who have brought to country to this level.

Raja
Jun 10, 2014 02:12am

Let's make Altaf Hussain (MQM leader) the Federal Interior Minister.

tom
Jun 10, 2014 02:18am

Hope the Paks gear up for a full national assault on the TTP before their country is sucked under.

Akhtar
Jun 10, 2014 02:18am

The government should go on a media offensive and educate the general population about these vicious terrorists.

They should setup helplines with rewards for those who report the whereabouts of these terrorists.

The public can help apprehend these devious cowards who kill innocent people.

The country needs to eliminate the Taliban completely.

And if there is an inkling of any Indian involvement then Pakistan should expose them in the media and give a befitting reply with whatever means necessary.

NASAH (USA)
Jun 10, 2014 02:39am

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Nadeem
Jun 10, 2014 02:44am

wow,,, what a generic statement,,,, its like right left up down front back,,,,, all in one line ,,, MR ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS !!!!!

Kabir
Jun 10, 2014 02:49am

So you mean to say TTP is lying when they claim the responsibility of this massacre. TTP can always bring in arms from any country of their choice, they have capabilities. By you saying foreign country,you mean India or Afghanistan or some dreamistan. Talk sense sometimes. You cannot fool all people all the time

safdar
Jun 10, 2014 02:49am

And this time please bother to take name of that 'foreign hand' - thank you

Asmya
Jun 10, 2014 02:50am

Not a single mention about Tehreek-E-Taliban who has already owned up the attack.

Abdul Malik
Jun 10, 2014 03:03am

Ch Nisar, please see the writing on the wall ! you are being required to resign by the majority. The big question is "do you have the guts to admit your failure and resign"? The answer is obvious, a big NO !

FIZA Soho
Jun 10, 2014 03:04am

The number of shaheed involved in this take down is alarming, and it's even more disturbing that this attack is similar in scope and execution to the May 2011 PNS Mehran attack. It's deja vu all over again when senior government officials,ie, the Sindh governor and Sindh Interior Minister prove their ineptness to protect and secure civilian entities. Their lack of oversight is beyond incompetence.

Every single senior member of Nawaz Sharif's cabinet overseeing airport security should resign at once! NO EXCUSES! Pakistanis are fed up with these imbeciles and their pathetic excuses. These so called leaders are colossally inept and have no clue how to protect the lives of innocents or secure Pakistan's civilian and military entities.

We need Gen. Musharraf back, a true son of Pakistan who would never have permitted such attacks to take place with such impunity and with so many deaths and injuries by our security forces.

SAL
Jun 10, 2014 03:05am

Really.. They found out it's foreign element. How dumb you have to be to make this kind of statement when you cannot control your own so called airport? I am a born Pakistani but these kind of news and comments just devastate me. The only solution for these situation is Military take over. Where is COAS is he sleeping or turning a blind eye on the situation? For God's sake take over the country because (lattun ke bhut baton se nahi mantey)... God help Pakistan...

Amjad
Jun 10, 2014 03:06am

Israel is surrounded by foreign hands wishing it destruction but they manage to keep their people safe so stop using that old excuse, here in England people take responsibility and resign when they fail to do their job but in pakistan this clown and the other one rehman Malik play musical chairs taking it in turns to see who is more incompetent !

Modi
Jun 10, 2014 03:12am

The Interior Minister is a joke. Instead of congratulating security forces for actions which they are supposed to take as an essential and main part of their job, he should be focusing on strategic plans for combating and eliminating religious extremism and terrorism from Pakistan. The truth is that Pakistanis and their politicians and the government are a spineless and cowardly lot. They have no guts to take strong and sustained action to eliminate the menace of terrorism from their country. Civilized nations with courageous populace have fought civil wars to preserve their values. Here in Pakistan, a hotchpotch of people divided along religious, sectarian, provincial and tribal lines with corrupt,insensitive and mediocre politicians leading them can never pull themselves out of this mess. Pakistan is surely but steadily on an irreversible terminal decline. It will either break up or blow up in a bloodbath of hate and intolerance.

Modi
Jun 10, 2014 03:13am

@qaiser Hats off to all ignorant and cowardly "conspiracy theorists" !

Salman Hasan
Jun 10, 2014 03:15am

You should resign from the post of Interior Minister first and accept your complete failure in nabbing these terrorists who are roaming around in all major cities without any fear. In any democratic country if a Minister fails to deliver, resigns respectfully and paves the way for other competent person to take charge of the responsibilities. We don't have to wait for 4 more years to judge your performance. One year is good enough to evaluate your capabilities. When will you resign. Press should ask one and only question, "When will you resign?"

Shahid
Jun 10, 2014 03:20am

"Paying rich tributes to the security forces..."

Thanks for the empty speech, Mr. Nisar. Next time, clean up your own mess. No need for poor government employees to risk their lives. Give him a gun, a helmet, a vest, and directions.

Adeel Ahmed.
Jun 10, 2014 03:47am

Tehreek-i-Taliban has claimed the responsibility according to Western Media. Why are we negotiating with this group and holding peace talk?

pandit premi
Jun 10, 2014 03:47am

Sure there is foreign involvement. You have your saudi "brothers" to thank for this. It was easy to beg for the $2.5bn you received from them - now you are paying interest. The taliban have long been funded by the saudis, imperialists, and the wahabbi agenda. I wonder how many innocents must die before the people of pakistan force their gov't to cut off ties with the people that love to create discord and disunity with Pakistan?

Sandeep Kapoor
Jun 10, 2014 03:53am

I am so sorry to hear this. May God grant peace to people who lost loved ones.

MARK
Jun 10, 2014 04:01am

Maybe this nation has seen enough? If not Ch. Nisar should try Google glasses also, the pair shouldn't just be hanging over his nose. Please act against terrorist even if its not in interest of some Arabs its in interest of Pakistan.

Hassan
Jun 10, 2014 04:09am

Congratulations to Pakistan armed forces for their zealous and sacrifice. My heart also goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones but i they should take peace in knowing that their loved ones have laid their lives for the nation and Insha Allah will be blessed by Allah subhan watalah.

We need to be united.. and take care of those families.

May Allah bless Pakistan and its people.

Come on Pakistan stand united please.

Sufi Mateen
Jun 10, 2014 04:12am

Except India and Afghanistan everyone is condemning the attack.

M
Jun 10, 2014 04:14am

it is about time that govt delivers on their words! whoever these terrorist were, they must be named and their identity broadcasted word wide! no exception. in the time of mushraf he used to call these "foreign elements". its about time our govt stood tall and named the country it finds these people were from. even if they were from pakistan, the govt should start naming them!

Gazoo Martian
Jun 10, 2014 04:29am

@in your face

hahaha well said

A shah
Jun 10, 2014 04:32am

Foreign hand, none state actors, foreign elements bla bla... It's the same old rubbish. They are the very same terrorists we trained to kill Indians and Americans!

Rap47
Jun 10, 2014 04:32am

If Government officials don't resign then you should also expect the same from Military Generals

Army Chief should have resigned when US Navy Seals stromed into Pakistan. Navy Chief should have resigned when terrorists took out Mehran. Air Chief should have resigned when terrorists took out Kamra.

Khyber Shah
Jun 10, 2014 04:49am

As expected Nisar has pointed his finger at foreign & local elements With him being the intelligent minister and his dormant intelligentsia, result could not have been different. It makes me wonder if he really understands what security means. He does not have the qualifications, skills and experience in security matters so why put him in this role. He should quit because he has set himself to fail.

Whistle
Jun 10, 2014 04:51am

He thinks the same old parroting would convince Pakistanis

Dawood Waraich
Jun 10, 2014 05:12am

What an idiot!

ladies and gentlemen
Jun 10, 2014 05:12am

"Nisar sees foreign elements involvement in terror attacks."

Oh thank God for letting us know that Mr. (Interiors minister).Now we can go back to being pure and proud Pakistanis that we all are.

Let's just take it easy on this one too leaders.

Fazal Rahmat
Jun 10, 2014 05:17am

Chaudry Nisar and Khuaja Asif must resign immediately, this happened because of their fail strategy and poor intelligence. TTP is accepting the responsibility and you see foreign hands? you must be kidding, give us some FACTS to prove what you said. Closing your eyes and blaming some one else not going to help any one. Please be realistic and do something, we need to eradicate this madness before it's too late.

Farooq M.Hashmi
Jun 10, 2014 05:25am

@qaiser Is he really, Mr.Qaiser? I think it's a " revelation " upon on you.

Gazoo Martian
Jun 10, 2014 05:26am

wah what a genius and stupid Int Minister we have. Fruits of rigged elections. We really need Inqilab or Martial Law

ali
Jun 10, 2014 05:33am

Carpet bomb them. collateral damage maybe better than people dieing every day

Kamal Gupta
Jun 10, 2014 05:34am

Make up your mind about who is a "foreign" element. Are you talking about a non-Pakistani, or someone from outside the Islamic Ulema?

Ravian
Jun 10, 2014 05:56am

This man is a joker. Rightly nicknamed as Mr. Bean. I hate from the day of that Sikandar episode in Islamabad. A complete failure as interior minister. These people keep clinging to the power otherwise in any other country the minister in-charge would have resigned by now.

Amir
Jun 10, 2014 06:01am

It happened and happening now and it will happen tomorrow .. We are living in a violent society . Religion is the problem. Sex and religion should stay inside the house

pakiboy
Jun 10, 2014 06:28am

sirf aik baat koee bata daey .. saree development sirf punjab main .. aur saray attacks rest of the country main kyun hotay hain .. taliban kabhi lahore main koee dhamaka kyun nahin kartay !! .. iss liyay keh wahan safe passage ki deal hay .. aur paisay miltay hain shareefs say !

Kumar
Jun 10, 2014 06:39am

Foreign hand....India? Afghanistan? or Iran?...be brave to name the country.

Sunil
Jun 10, 2014 06:40am

Nissar has superman's eyes, in spite of statement by Taliban leader Fazlullah.

Uday, Mumbai
Jun 10, 2014 06:41am

It is time Pakistan realizes that internal problems are far more serious than foreign involvement if any.

Blue jersey
Jun 10, 2014 06:47am

Innocent people have died today bcoz of laxity of the government. The real loss is for the kin of the deceased. The politicians loss nothing. The minimum they can do is resign from their posts.

s khan
Jun 10, 2014 06:47am

he said each and every building and corner of country is on target of terrorists so please dont blame him for not aware of whats going on in country

joe
Jun 10, 2014 06:49am

Foreign HAND..??? He sees Something must be wrong with is eye sight..It only see DISTANT objects.. he needs lenses to see CLOSER objects I suppose..

Amir
Jun 10, 2014 06:53am

FOREIGN HAND ... Big joke ..our country is flooded with islamic radicals and they are threatening the whole state of Pakistan. We will see more violence in the future ...

Irfan
Jun 10, 2014 06:55am

I bet, like the Clown (Rehman Malik) he doesnt have encourage to name the forces involved in hatching and executing this attack.

AA
Jun 10, 2014 06:56am

The agency is overwhelm and very competent in all fields except.......

Keiky M Press
Jun 10, 2014 07:02am

Please do not start the blame game as Taliban terrorists have proclaimed India as their common enemy and India is not so naive to supply weapons to them with Indian markings; we can as well say the weapons are made in China and marked as India as was done in case of medical drugs supplied in Africa in guise of India! Please do not derail the peace talks -- the intelligentsia will not buy it as loss of lives is a daily routine.

dr aslam ali khan paracha
Jun 10, 2014 07:03am

@Farhan
foreign funded seriously? seems like our "friends" the taliban are at it again maybe some more samosas and chai and peace talks?

dr aslam ali khan paracha
Jun 10, 2014 07:05am

@qaiser foreign hand? really everything is a foreign issue we are all angels and law abiding?

Nawaz Gandu Madarchod
Jun 10, 2014 07:06am

Musharraf is doing all this.

dr aslam ali khan paracha
Jun 10, 2014 07:06am

@in your face

foreign really? we are all clean as a white sheet right?

rohit
Jun 10, 2014 07:19am

Nice to see that a common man can see through the claims of a foreign hand which inevitably is an attempt to again increase the hatred towards India. Hafeez Sayeed also is trying to convince people with this very idea - is it a clear case of collusion between the radicals and government to get out of this and ensure that the taliban is not blamed.

Fardad
Jun 10, 2014 07:19am

Funny heading. Can there be elements other than foreign or local. Can elements come from Mars!!

Al Godil
Jun 10, 2014 07:20am

Its high time - send all the anti state terrorists, mainly TTP, to heaven.

Shehz
Jun 10, 2014 07:33am

Stop repeating yourselves like a parrot - foreign hands, foreign hands! We don't want to know who did it, we want to know what have you in place to stop the next one. We want affirmation from this Govt. that such acts will not be repeated again. We want to see the Govt. valuing and protecting Pakistani where ever they may be.

AA
Jun 10, 2014 07:38am

@Last Word The aliens footprint is very large and visible every where form Karachi airport to all the way up Lucky star Karachi.

ashfaq
Jun 10, 2014 07:40am

@Rap47 God bless you. good one.

A S Rao
Jun 10, 2014 07:40am

@Sufi Mateen Dear friend. India has condemned the attack immediately.

ashfaq
Jun 10, 2014 07:45am

@dr aslam ali khan paracha Dr. who cares!

skstruct@gmail.com
Jun 10, 2014 07:49am

'Nisar sees foreign, local elements involved in terror attacks'. This is not explained anywhere in the details of the article. What is the message any way of the caption? The official is in a hurry to include the 'foreign hands'. Syntactically it is a correct statement. Logically also it is right. Since the terrorists have to be local or foreign. Unless aliens are also to be included. It is a tragedy and the tragedy is even greater as the neighbouring countries are blamed from day one even when no enquiry could have been conducted. My heart goes out to the innocent people killed in the name of .........SK

Avtar
Jun 10, 2014 08:04am

TTP has claimed responsibility for this dastard act. Another sectarian incident along the Iran border took as many lives. What action has the government taken. In another country, they would rounded TTP leaders and other terrorist groups and put them in jail till investigation is complete.

Kashif
Jun 10, 2014 08:05am

Its good security forces took control but its misery that International Airport was attacked which drawn devastating image of Pakistan in the world! I wonder what are priorities of our intelligence and security forces, where they were before! PM visits Iran recently and Iran fires two dozens rockets in Pakistan territory, furthermore Afghanistan is also repeating such actions now a days! Our country is on fire and PM is too busy in expanding his own business but he spares some time for watching Indian Movies!!! & Govt. is plundering this country at full throttle...

Vijay
Jun 10, 2014 08:08am

This guy is not very smart, a 5th grade student could have concluded that foreign terrorists with help from insiders planned and carried out this attack.

ladies and gentlemen
Jun 10, 2014 08:09am

"Foreign and local elements are involved".

Mr. Nisar you have come up with a brilliant idea.

Next time include a third kind, like extra terrestrials (ET) among the culprits.

Shameful representation for all Aitchisonians.

Raj
Jun 10, 2014 08:11am

@Kumar cowardliness is become a way of life in failed state Pakistan

Bipul
Jun 10, 2014 10:37am

India was behind these attacks, lets move on. Did TTP claimed responsibilities, they must be kidding.

CONCERN1
Jun 10, 2014 12:33pm

THE RANGERS REACHED IN SEVEN MINUTES, THE ARMY REACHED IN TEN MINUTES, BUT BEING THE INTERIOR MINISTER YOU REACHED AFTER 24 HOURS THAT ALSO AFTER BEING FORCED BY THE PRIME MINISTER, WHY WERE YOU HIDING IN ISLAMABAD ALL THIS TIME.

Michael
Jun 10, 2014 12:58pm

I do believe Pakistan and India have a great opportunity to be economic and military power. Pakistan also needs to reconcile that it cannot just wish India disappear from its neighborhood. India will move on and will become a military and economic power. Pakistan can too join hands because our people are intelligent and hardworking. But Pakistan must come out of their feudal, vengeful attitude and consider the opportunity to provide for their citizens with dignity of life and opportunity of employment and education. It will happen only if Pakistan is peaceful towards its neighbors and internally.

Syed Hussain Akbari
Jun 10, 2014 02:55pm

The Indians do not shy in immediately blaming Pakistan for any such incidences taking place on their soil. Today also they keep on speaking about Mumbai Incidence and avoid to exchange words on Samjhaota Express and Kashmir and many other similar happenings. Nawaz Sharif, Zardar, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and all other like them are there to devalue Pakistan.

Taimoor Khan
Jun 10, 2014 03:43pm

@San You didnt read the whole news didnt you? What you didnt understand when interior minister of Pakistan is saying that "its is pointing to one country" , meaning the one who organised this terrorist act. Get some clues.

Taimoor Khan
Jun 10, 2014 03:55pm

@Sandip That is actually 100% true, the country Mr Nisar is pointing finger to is India.

DJ
Jun 11, 2014 10:54am

@San

That time has come. No Indian want Pak or it's army fails against taliban's.

IlKhan
Jun 11, 2014 02:00pm

Nisar doesn't have the credentials to be an interior minister. His prior stints in the government were Leader of Opposition, Federal Minister of Petroleum & Natural resources, Minister of Science & Technology and Ministry of Food & Livestock.

So why is he at the helm of our current security challenges? I thought Democracy brought the best people for the job because they had the people's confidence. I believe we are better off with the Military Leadership.

Valiya
Jun 11, 2014 03:37pm

@Parkman Beautiful but impractical dream as long as their sympathizers in the Pakistani society exists.

Valiya
Jun 11, 2014 03:48pm

@Ashok R.Prabhu This is the view of common men in India,but their Pakistani counter parts are rating India as enemy No.1.

Mohd
Jun 11, 2014 06:18pm

Govt has failed miserably. Just one solution, Martial Law. Yes it is dictatorship but democracy is not for Pakistan. We are a divided nation based on sects of religion, provinces, language etc. Army needs to completely clean the whole country, then new elections maybe. No current politicians should be allowed to contest. Bring new people who are sincere to the country and want to see it prosper. Under the present govt Pakistan will suffer further humiliation world wide. In any civilized country you would see the whole country coming together and outpouring of support after such a terrible attack. Still don't see this happening in Pakistan, because we are all divided. We only care about ourselves, not Pakistan.

Ali
Jun 11, 2014 09:46pm

Interestingly many countries have condemn the attack nor shown solidarity

anony
Jun 12, 2014 12:42am

Kudos to the Pak Army, Sindh Rangers and Airport security staff for their excellent and prompt action against these terrorists. We as Pakistanis, are very proud of you.

Asif
Jun 12, 2014 03:43am

The only foreign elements are so called Muslims from other countries.

Asif
Jun 12, 2014 03:48am

People who support these elements in any form such as monetary or politically must be treated same as the terrorists and must be given severe punishment. Follow the money path and you will diminish these attacks.

Asif
Jun 12, 2014 03:51am

@Mohd You obviously have not learned anything from history. Extremism is the gift of army generals to our country with General Zia being the granddad of all.

Akil Akhtar
Jun 12, 2014 04:52am

We all know that material support is being provided from outside to the Taliban else they would not be able to arm and train they way they have. Govt. needs to dump the US and bring the evidence forward and start a diplomatic offensive against these elements.

Thiru
Jun 12, 2014 03:00pm

@Syed A Pakistan is not alone in this respect; no need for despair.

Thiru
Jun 12, 2014 03:13pm

@zak Hope you are not teaching logic somewhere.

NASAH (USA)
Jun 12, 2014 09:04pm

The Interior ministry should go to a more alert, more knowledgeable, more articulate, more of a realist, more mathematical, more forceful, more canny, more aggressive, more honest, more practical and more experienced in law and order person -- not to a successive pair of irresponsible mouthing duffers suffering from foot in mouth disease.

parveez
Jun 12, 2014 10:02pm

Until you get rid of VVIP culture, and if everyone is treated the same, you will stop a lot of these attacks.At the moment the rich, any one who knows anyone is allowed to go were ever they want. securty people are too scared to stop someone because they will get angry. This is what I have been told soo many times. The problem is that we never learn from these experiences.