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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed on Friday that because of an advance warning about a possible attack on PAF installations terrorists’ attempt to harm Kamra assets on Thursday was foiled and all the attackers were killed.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Malik said four of the assailants had been identified. They had received training in Waziristan and the raid, he said, could be traced back to North and South Waziristan.

He said the Taliban were harbouring criminals from all over the country and stressed the need for finding out the mastermind who had sent terrorists to Kamra.

Mr Malik praised the Commander of Karma airbase who led the operation to safeguard the facility and was injured while fighting the attackers.

Answering a question, he said no decision had yet been taken about launching an operation in North Waziristan, adding that such a decision would not be taken under foreign pressure.

Rejecting western media reports, he said the defence of the country and its nuclear assets were in safe hands. “When we can develop nuclear assets we also know how to protect them.”

About the Babusar Top attack, he said the terrorists had killed innocent people. He appealed to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan to demonstrate patience and foil attempts to destabilise the country.

He said the government would soon announce a compensation package for families whose loved ones were killed in the sectarian attack.

Mr Malik said an amount of Rs100 million had been allocated to ensure safety on Sharah-i-Karakoram.

He said there was no US national on the premises of Police Lines Headquarters in Islamabad, but conceded that some foreign trainers, including from Australia, were there fro training police personnel.

The interior minister said law-enforcement agencies and police department had been directed to maintain security on Eid. Yaqoob Malik adds from Attock: Ten suspects were picked up during a search in various areas around the Kamra cantonment on Friday and they are being interrogated.

A large number of Afghan refugees have been living in different parts of Kamra district for years and there is no record about them with the authorities concerned.

Meanwhile, a team has been set up to investigate the incident and identify the militants.

The post-mortem on the militants’ bodies was conducted late on Thursday night at the mortuary of DHQ hospital under the supervision of Dr Khalid Mehmood Khan amid tight security. During the autopsy, law-enforcement personnel collected fingerprints which would be sent to the National Database and Registration Authority to establish the identities of the attackers.

Meanwhile, a security man who was injured during the fighting with the attackers died on Friday. PAF spokesman Group Captain Tariq Mahmood said that Mohammad Iqbal’s funeral prayers were held at the PAF base in Minhas.

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt visited the base on Friday.

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Comments (39)

Cyrus Howell
August 18, 2012 3:50 pm
Because no one in the government or the military is there to do actual work.
Cyrus Howell
August 18, 2012 3:48 pm
The last thing Rehman Malik needs is facts. Let's not burden him with the facts.
shah Afridi
August 19, 2012 9:28 am
it may be right that these tirrorists are trained inNWA, but answer is that by whom may these people came to the point & how they brought their weapons ?
Hamid Abbasi
August 18, 2012 3:16 pm
Mr.Yawar,_ Don't tou know our "worthy interior minister" is very fond of giving statements after each incident telling the drowsy nation that a foreign hand was involved and pat the nation to go asleep again.Please reframe your questions that best suit him.Don't test his nerves and muscles.
Hamid Abbasi
August 18, 2012 2:37 pm
Yes,Join this Training Camp in Pakistan for the "Positive Work" you are aspiring.Hamid Abbasi
AA khan
August 18, 2012 2:18 pm
YES, enemies from ouside and from within as well...may Allah SWT protect Pakistan and help rid of these incompetent, corrupt and characterless rulers
Dr Ali
August 18, 2012 1:57 pm
very rightly said by eman . first the govt.does nothing to prevent an attack. then in a few hours they tell us that they know where the attackers were trained & who they are. The govt. thinks people of this country are fools .
August 18, 2012 1:47 pm
In the age of google maps and satellites that can read car license plates, why is it so difficult to find these training facilities ??
Anwar Motan
August 18, 2012 12:18 pm
If Pakistan would like to clean up the mess Zia Ul Haq created, they have to setup a long term plan to start training the next generation to become Pakistanis and NOT Al-Qaidas and Talibans. They have to stop the infiltration of arms and amunitions in their hands from foreign agencies. Have meeting with these fanataic groups and prepare a military strategy to get rid of them. That is the only way to clean up the mess.
Iftikhar Husain
August 18, 2012 11:13 am
It seems that talk talk no action this is not the first time this happened when we are going to have good news I hope very soon.
Syed Maaz Ali
August 18, 2012 10:39 am
Mr. Malik and his statements have no value. Every time he would give a statement it is just about " talibans and terrorism and people have been identified" ..and he disappears.
August 19, 2012 12:19 pm
You seem to have forgotten who created Mikti Bahni and Tamil Tigers .Also Gujrat is in India and RSS also based in India.
John Jacobs
August 19, 2012 9:23 am
Wrong it was the Arab from Yemen - OBL who used the good people of Afghanistan
August 18, 2012 4:12 am
"Mr Malik said four of the assailants had been identified." OK so when will their identity be released to the public? The people of Pakistan have a right to know who these people were, where they were born, where they lived, where they were educated, which mosques they attended, etc. etc. Simply stating that they received training in Waziristan is not good enough sir.
August 18, 2012 4:31 am
These Talibans are causing all kinds of problems
Kabeer Das
August 18, 2012 5:39 am
Terrorists who mount attacks in US are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in Europe are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in India are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in Pakistan are trained in Pakistan. Pakistan seems to have some fantastic training facilities. I wish there were such efficient training facilities for doing some positive work.
August 18, 2012 6:48 am
no wonder that we r being told that the attackers were trained in NWA, this very attack has been conducted to pave the way for the military operation in NWA and deem the so called war on terror to be our own war!!! the real operatives behind such attacks are foreign agencies and their operatives parading our country with free will due to open permission by our rulers
August 18, 2012 8:14 am
If Waziristan is place where these terrorist were trained then why objection on Drone Attacks??????
August 18, 2012 8:14 am
What a rubbish argument, eman. Do you come from NWA?
August 19, 2012 4:58 am
Our wonder boy Rehman Malik seem to have all answers to all problems? He is compleat one man army god father of Rambo,Tarzan,OO7.Recmmonded for living Legend Nissan Haider and borrowed Victoria Cross,Long live the Queen and Swiss Bank's
August 18, 2012 4:07 pm
Shafi-speak for yourself. No argument is rubbish and there is every possibility needs to be looked at.
August 18, 2012 4:37 pm
Pls wake up and smell the coffee. Enough with the conspiracy theory.
August 18, 2012 5:47 pm
This was exactly the 64 dollar QUESTION I was going to ask -- the drones avenged the death of the two PAF personnel within 24 hours -- did drones cramped the style of Pakistan's non existent sovereignty over Waziristan. It is so difficult for the Pakistani establishment to realize that appeasing the Talibans has just the opposite effect -- it invites more base attacks.
August 18, 2012 6:48 pm
The issue is not about appeasing them and Pakistani Gov is going out of it's way to have these drone strikes, while publicly denying them, but rather the killing of innocent civilians involved.If this happened in any so-called civilized country, heads would roll. Muslim blood is cheap
August 18, 2012 7:34 pm
dear shafi ... imagine ur self living in such an area where drones frequently work... would you like to see your family die there? .... after 10 years of this so called war, we could not kill those 100s of terrorists but infact produced more 1000s of them. it simple, you kill my family, ill kill yours. but it doesnt resolves the probelm. The actual problem is something else.
August 18, 2012 7:40 pm
very good point thanksss
August 18, 2012 8:02 pm
You guys (Eman & Dr. Ali) need to get their heads out of the sand and evaluate this dire situation in more rational manner.
ali ahmed
August 18, 2012 8:24 pm
because they dont want to locate..majority were trained by it is back firing..
bazid khan
August 18, 2012 9:27 pm
Coz these drones attacks increase the support for such elements...
Tariq Aslam
August 18, 2012 9:42 pm
You are exactly right.
August 19, 2012 12:31 am
YOU ARE ALWAYS SO NEGATIVE .. Get yourself checked from a Psychiatrist
August 19, 2012 12:57 am
Pakistan has become a pariah state, where terrorists operate with impunity causing major global security concerns. that are bound to translate into dire repercussions f or Pakistan.
August 19, 2012 12:59 am
Very well and rightly articulated.
August 19, 2012 1:57 am
usa and their occupy theories are the problem, super powers are suckers, we shall deal with these terrorists of any origin be it india, afghanistan or some one else with heavy fist, untill they are defeated
August 19, 2012 2:11 am
Dear @SAC, You think all these problems are created by foreign agencies. Where were you living when Pakistan whole heartedly supported Taliban when they were ruling Afghanistan. Where were you when terrorists were sneaking inside India for terror acts. Where were you when Pakistan was protecting osama next to its military academy. Do not put blame on someone else for the problems Pakistan created. Its time to solve the mess created. There are no listeners in today's world for your arguments. Even Saudis have started deporting Pak terrorists to countries like India. So welcome to 21st century.
August 19, 2012 3:13 am
no foreign operative will blow himself for 70 virgins... only taliban can as their religion revolves around this;)
August 19, 2012 8:03 am
Our neighbors are busy using dawn board they worry more about Pakistan than Pakistanis LOL
fida sayani
August 19, 2012 8:58 am
people and soldiers who commit atrocities against kashmiri muslims are born in INDIA.
Talat Hamdany
August 20, 2012 9:34 am
Our intelligence agencies can tell you what each politician or VIP had for breakfast or the colour of the curtains and carpets but they don't know anything about the terrorists or their activities. They only get to know about attacks through the media. For God's sake the war has been going on for 10 years and you don't know who the main actor are???
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