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Pakistani Christians gather in a protest in Islamabad on September 22, 2013 against the killing of their community members in two suicide bomb attacks on a church in Peshawar. -Photo by AFP
Pakistani Christians gather in a protest in Islamabad on September 22, 2013 against the killing of their community members in two suicide bomb attacks on a church in Peshawar. -Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR, Sept 22: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its allies tasted public anger for the first time when aggrieved families of those killed in the Sunday’s twin suicide attacks on All Saints Church in Peshawar city sparked anger over the government’s apathy.

“Shame, shame, we don’t want your posters and slogans. Come and help us,” the Lady Reading Hospital crowded with families of the killed and injured in the attacks resonated with protest chants as one PTI MPA turned up to give a statement on media present on the spot instead of consoling the families of the victims.

The yard outside the trauma centre resonated with cries of pain and anger as the aggrieved families did not let the MPA score points on media and speak. Mourners were chanting slogans against the provincial government and LRH management for not providing quick response to the traumatised wounded people.

“The government instead of giving severe punishment to the culprits has been releasing militants and criminals from prisons,” remarked Father John William, who stated that not a single murderer was brought to justice.

Umar Maseeh, another protester at LRH, accused PTI chairman Imran Khan of supporting the cause of militants. “Imran carried out his election campaign across the country, but he was never attacked, while we are unsafe even inside church, why?” he asked.

“It only shows Imran is a sympathiser of militants,” he alleged.

The bloody attack was a reality check for the coalition partners of PTI, including Qaumi Watan Party and Jamaat-i-Islami. The ministers and MPAs fearing backlash could not dare to visit the LRH for almost three hours after the incident to console the angry mourners and ensure timely treatment of the wounded. There were no arrangements at the official level to provide coffins. Thanks to Al Khidmat Foundation which arranged about 100 coffins for packing bodies.

Of total 59 cabinet members, advisors, special assistants and parliamentary secretaries, only senior minister Sikandar Khan Sherpao and PTI provincial information secretary Ishtiaq Urmar, who is also parliamentary secretary, reached the LRH, but the angry protesters did not let them speak. Agitated Christians forced Sikandar Sherpao and Mr Urmar to leave the hospital’s premises immediately.

The absence of Information Minister Shah Farman often seen in an offensive demeanour on the floor of the assembly and press briefings, was conspicuous.

Health Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai whose reckless statements frequently put the ruling coalition in hot waters was missing till the PTI chairman and chief minister turned up at the hospital where he just gave figures of the dead and injured in the attack.

Perhaps, it was the appearance of the former information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain on media which might have spurred the PTI into action as Imran Khan came from Islamabad to the Peshawar hospital for damage control.

Imran, while talking to media, blamed his political rivals for inciting the aggrieved Christians against the provincial government. He condemned them for politicising the incident. However, he seemed willy-nilly in condemning the terrorists who had attacked the innocent worshippers at one of the oldest churches of the city.

“The previous government has left the mess for us and now people are being provoked against us,” he told media without mentioning the Awami National Party.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, on the directives of the President and prime minister, came too late (at around 8:00pm) with the message of the Punjab chief minister’s offer of medical help.

The agent of the federal government Engineer Shaukatullah, who did not come out from his palatial Governor’s House to console the religious minority brutally attacked by terrorists, was visible only when the interior minister was talking to media.

Comments (97) Closed

Saleem Sep 23, 2013 09:14am

It is utter disgusting that an anti-PTI newspaper has chosen to use this headlines.

"PTI tastes a rare spurt of anger amid cries of pain"

Shame on publishers of Dawn newspaper and more specifically the editor for choosing these headlines. By doing this you have not only exposed your anti-PTI stance but more importantly you have shown insensitivity to the dead in this carnage.

Saleem Sep 23, 2013 09:19am

PTI is frightened of TTP and will not even say its name in public, let alone condemn their acts and try to stop TTP.

Mariam Sep 23, 2013 09:26am

Shame on Imran khan..he should hide his face in shame as his conscience has been subsumed by his political aspirations..How does it matter to him how many people die..what a pathetic excuse of a human being!!!

GM Sep 23, 2013 09:35am

Shame on these politicians. They are afraid of TTP but not afraid of God who is going to Judge them on the Day of Judgement.

Taimur Sep 23, 2013 09:45am

I fully agree with "

ruth Sep 23, 2013 10:05am

It is a shame that the PTI leader is unable to condemn such cruel actions. He still is on the side of the Terrorist who I have no doubt will destroy this country. Maybe Imran Khan should go back and read what vision the founder of this country had for the minorities Instead of always finding an excuse for the murderers. As long as our people are dying it is our war is that so difficult to understand.

Fahad Sep 23, 2013 10:09am

What a biased piece of article. I have seen pictures of Imran khan listening to people in Lady Reading hospital. There seems to be some other mission behind this article.

Ali Sep 23, 2013 10:14am

All PTI people were there. Stop playing games and politics on dead bodies.

Ghalib Khan Sep 23, 2013 10:20am

Shame on Imran Khan & Nawaz Shareef

Ghalib Khan Sep 23, 2013 10:22am

So, how is IK different he will spend the next Five years blaming the previous Govt. for everything.

How can somebody vote for the people how support this terrorist.

Anon Sep 23, 2013 10:38am

Once more a Dawn reporter using a supposed news report to further his agenda...

By the way... what is this supposed to mean? Check your English. "However, he seemed willy-nilly in condemning the terrorists who had attacked the innocent worshippers at one of the oldest churches of the city."

And Imran Khan must have used a teleporter if it was the sight of Ifitkhar Hussain that got him from Islamabad to Peshawar so quickly.

Salim Sep 23, 2013 10:59am

It is time for PTI to clearly indicate their sentiments for militants rather than sailing on two boats.

Shoaib Sep 23, 2013 11:01am

Imran beats the same drum "ye sab tou humain wiraasat mein mila hai" Shame IK. and why PTI is projected by IK only? where is CM KPK?

khanm Sep 23, 2013 11:05am

It has nothing to do with PTI

Zain ul Zafar Sep 23, 2013 11:22am

Biased Dawn?

Ali Sep 23, 2013 11:32am

Please stop being biased. Don't report such a biased news. I was their at the site and this report is not true.

Ali Sep 23, 2013 11:30am

Shame on Dawn....they are also following the pattern of Express Tribune. Maybe the Opposition parties also bought you.

Dude Sep 23, 2013 11:35am

Humanity is above all Religions.. !!

Kabul Sep 23, 2013 11:33am

I did not expect this from Dawn. Please respect your true job of being an unbiased journalist. Really feel sorry for the state of our Media.

PTiain Sep 23, 2013 11:35am

Shame on Dawn for posting such biased comments. Does it matter how many hours late the people gave statements. Is PEMRA sleeping? Everyone should stop this Media nuisance. Dawn, If you have the guts then post this comment.

Bilal Sep 23, 2013 12:01pm

Dear author never once did you mention that there was a CEC meeting in Islamabad which was cut short as CM KP and Chairman PTI made their way to Peshawar. What are you trying to prove ? If a person is not in a city at the time of an accident or an emergency the best he can do is cancel his/her engagements and head their.

Also please add to your report that PTI volunteers were called in and hundreds gave blood in LR hospital. Also that ANP boys were angry but were not over enthusiastic over giving blood

Yusuf Sep 23, 2013 12:00pm

Excellent reporting, Mr Zulfiqar. Show the politicians off for what they are -- loud mouths and selfish persons who have no regard for the people who elected them.

vigilant Sep 23, 2013 01:16pm

Why so quiet IK??

Sofia Khalid Mian Sep 23, 2013 02:37pm

The previous government has left the mess for us and now people are being provoked against us,

Tariq, Lahore Sep 23, 2013 03:05pm

It's a travesty, our political 'leaders' in the hour of need by their voting public are unable to comfort them let alone protect!

Akram Sep 23, 2013 03:25pm

Imran is showing his naivety, I expected him to be more mature. He should have been better prepared to some degree as these things are happening every week. What we are learning is, its easy to criticize from the sidelines. When its your responsibility to act, its not so easy or simple.

PTI needs to mature and fast, blaming the previous government is not good enough. If you knew this province was a mess, why stand for election?

syed Sep 23, 2013 03:28pm

Still Politician want to negotiate with the murderers. TTP is claiming but our coward politicians want to negotiate. Shame on them how many more innocent will die before the government take any concrete action against these terrorists.

Shyam Kokku Sep 23, 2013 03:37pm

This is unfortunately not the last one against minorities in Pakistan. In fact, the definition of "minorities" itself is rapidly changing. Shias are now added to the list of Hindus, Sikhs and Christians who are minorities anyway. The federal government attitude towards Baluch tribes will soon make them a minority too. Point to be noted is how the government reacts to these kind of attacks. On one hand statements like "terrorists have no religion" are made, but on the ground, these attacks happen mostly based on a religious divide. PTI as a new political party could never come clean on their exact position on terrorist organizations and their leaders, though they are constantly critical on the drone attacks carried out on terrorist hide-outs!

Salman Sep 23, 2013 03:58pm

I saw Imran's interview and he did speak out agains the perpetrators of this crime. Please report properly.

nadeem Sep 23, 2013 04:34pm

I had voted for PTI.IK is an honest choice for us but his policy towards Taliban has been mind boggling.

Imran Gabol Sep 23, 2013 04:48pm

PTI, PMLN, JUIF, JI, JUIS, all are responsible for every attack in Pakistan because these are not only sympathizers of Zalimaan but their political workers are involved in these attacks. When and where ever we discus issue of terrorism these parties workers support Zalimaan. I request every body whose family or friend died in these attacks should register FIR against Imran Khan, Nawaz Shareef, Shahbaz Shareef, Moulana Fazalurehman, Hafiz saeed, Molana Sami ul haq and Syed Munwar Hassan as they supported the cause of Zaaliman, so, they should be brought under justice.

sattar rind Sep 23, 2013 04:56pm

Sorry for political leader who tried to score political point on death of inocent people. Specoally leader of the change and new savior of pakistan highlighted the issue in his speach along with his party CM of KPK. It was not time to say something against political rivals. But to offer sympathes and tell greaved families what he will do against killers?

Muhammad Rabeel Sep 23, 2013 05:00pm

Thanks to Jamat e Islami whi provided 16 Alkhidmat Ambulance Coffins for 70 Dead bodies and Then Shifted them To their homes, Ji worked all the day to support the Christian brothers in Times of Crises, But I still do support Imran Khan on His stance on the incident, there are some Idiots who are war mongers, we don't need war in Pakistan not any more

Javed Agha Sep 23, 2013 05:05pm

An article like this in Dawn, giving wrong facts about PTI is a shame. I am convinced there is something sinister behind this article.

Ishtiaq Ahmed Sep 23, 2013 05:06pm

Shame on PTI and all other appeasers, apologists and advocates of the terrorists. Long live the brave Pakistanis (Army, the police and the common people) for standing fast for their country.

ashar Sep 23, 2013 05:11pm

Criminals whoever they are should be handled with iron hands asap.

shanz Sep 23, 2013 05:16pm

During the past few years, we never saw any prominent political leader, except, Bashir Bilour,of ANP to be in the blast site. Atleast,Imran khan, made sure that he reached Lady Reading and met the aggrieved ppl. And come on it takes time to come from Islamabad, when u have prior commitments. He left the meeting and got there.He can t be there instantly like the media personnels,who are there only for the sake of "WHO BROKE THE NEWS FIRST" and TV ratings. plz stop being biased against Imran Khan and PTI

babar Sep 23, 2013 05:52pm

PTI should discontinue relationship with its military wing TTP and Imran Khan should clearly give statement against Taliban.

M@A Sep 23, 2013 05:52pm

@Dude: Muslims are the exceptions my friend! Don't tell them you are equal. They kill unarmed and innocent.

Zia Sep 23, 2013 06:00pm

Wonder when will Imran stand up and condemn these heinous acts of these criminals. Now stop playing the blame games and show some courage. they only know the language of force and you don't have the guts to stand up.

Agha Ata Sep 23, 2013 06:20pm

Everybody, including generals, and politicians and mullah are so busy in politics that nobody cares about human side( or inhuman side) of the incident. Their statements are designed to protect he good name of their political parties, or to cover up what they have been saying before, or to blame others labeling the tragic incident as an conspiracy, as if everything was alright before it happened.

Army is clearly scared of Taliban, and government is scared of the army. Mullahs have nothing else to do except looking for the holes to sneak into the governemnt.

The only Tsunami we have witnessed recently is that of terror.

abbas10@hotmail Sep 23, 2013 07:06pm

very bias report Al-Khidmat foundation is welfare wing of JI which provided timely help to the victims but it is not mentioned in the report that Al-Khidmat is actually JI welfare wing. credit goes to Jamaat e Islami

amir Sep 23, 2013 07:19pm

Its a shame that no party cares the poor people but every one is just there for politics. All politicians are same they don't care how many people killed.

I am surprised by both people and other politicians for blaming KPK government. It was happening in past govt. too so it's not any govt. fault but the thing to debate and waste your energy and resources is how to stop it.

amir Sep 23, 2013 07:20pm

and yes forgot to mention. Shame on our media :(

JAVED RAHMAN Sep 23, 2013 07:28pm


Abdul Hadi Sep 23, 2013 07:34pm

All muslims irrespective of sects and other minorities should join christians to condemn this attack and should openly show feeling of hate for these activites. Shame on Imran who instead of leader is not just a follower of this political benefits.

Shridhar Subrahmanyam Sep 23, 2013 07:41pm

Imran Khan advocating talks with the Taliban is the height of naivet

unbelievable Sep 23, 2013 08:14pm

Can you blame the Christians for holding PTI responsible? The govt primary job is to protect it's citizen. It's time for PTI to stand tall and step up to the plate, acknowledge it needs to improve security, condemn terrorism, and take the offensive against these thugs.

Saima Durrani Sep 23, 2013 08:28pm

Pakhtuns are brave people, but very sadly real cowards are their rulers today. Imran will never ever criticise the Taliban openly. PTI, PML-N and all religious parties are Taliban appologists. People have no place to hide and save their lives. We have been devastaed.

shami Sep 23, 2013 08:50pm

May Allah (SWT) give Imran and PTI wisdom, Ameen. WHICH of the terrorist group Imran wanna talk to, these criminals will keep on killing and killing...................... Donot u get it, Imran Khan.

Irfan Sep 23, 2013 08:56pm

Firstly - My condolences to all the Pakistani Christians. As a muslim i see the christian community in pakistan to be the most peaceful group of people. it is a terrible tragedy.

Please note that Imran khan is not a security official ... if anyone has failed in this tragic event, it is the Pakistani Intelligence.

syed wasim haider Sep 23, 2013 09:19pm

The opposition should stop doing politics over this deadly tragedy. All Pakistanis are with their Christian country fellows.This was a shameful act committed by the enemy of Pakistan. I am sure PTI government will know who were behind this heinous act.

Chan Sep 23, 2013 09:35pm

There are still minorities in Pakistan left !!!!! Will ur peaceful guys exterminated all other religions in another year or two. Amazing what great religion ur Islam is. Tells us how u all got converted. Keep it up.

syed faisal hussain Sep 23, 2013 10:02pm

i usually do not want to comments but today i need to because being a supporter of imran khan i realy appreciat him what he said it is a conspiracy against the dialogue is helding soon some of our agency are involved in such attacks they are taking money from america and killing their own people it is the out come of these such a stance the bomb was not fixed by PTI or IK it was a terrorist attack the Cristian community should understand that fact it is the first time i heard that church being attached there were time and also in the present many masjids are attacking all them are the enemies of Pakistan there is group of people they do not want peace in Pakistan becouse they have their interest if the war stopped than their business will be closed LOVE IK THESE all attacked done by Pakistan army first they killed their officers in dir now they put a Bomb in Church Currept pakistan army , currept judicatory and government

imrancow Sep 23, 2013 11:17pm

@Kabul: As evidenced by the "religious" channels which only spread haterd. Open your eyes, see reality. Then write.

farhan Sep 23, 2013 11:24pm

@vigilant: In urdu , it should be

" kya saanp suong gaya hai " Ya " hoosh thikaney agaey ".

Awais Sep 24, 2013 12:13am

@khanm: now its Nation's issue.. Mr. Khan has taken vote on these basis.

salman khan Sep 24, 2013 01:17am

Dawn is just too biased.

shahab Sep 24, 2013 01:37am

its not a case to b solvd n jst 2 0r 3 months coz it has got long roots n past 10 years, we should hope for the best and should prefer some dealings with them

Imran Sep 24, 2013 02:27am

Stop calling the 'Taliban', 'Jund ullah', 'Laskar e Jhangvi' etc, etc., (the perpetrators). Most media and politicians are afraid to name these TTP cowards.

Imran Khan has been such a disappointment for us who voted and campaigned for him. With this kind of arrogance and confusion, not only is he going to lose politically, his charity hospital fund raising is going to take a big hit.

When he says this Mantra, "Yeh humari jung nahin hey, America ki jung hum per daali gai hey". He should not forget, that at least America is doing something about its interests and security. Imran Khan should at least take on these criminals in his own KPK, (as he claims TTP are reacting to drones by killing innocent civilians in Pakistan). They claim it after every incident.

optimist Sep 24, 2013 02:38am

@Salman: He (Imran) did not condemn the Taliban.

optimist Sep 24, 2013 02:40am

@Ghalib Khan: Why Nawaz Shareef, shame on Imran Khan, it happened in his province but he seems more concenned about Karachi.

Tariq Mahmood Sep 24, 2013 03:49am

Lets forget about PTI , PMLN, ANP.

Serving the nation comes from the heart, not just to score political points.

Lets forget IK. He is the most high profiled person who with NS wants to negotiate with TTP- terrorists. Gen Kayani is party to the signatories.

Why did we elect these people? I'm sure the people who voted would know. I did not bother to as I felt all were the same though initially I supported IK.

This I know- the worst was former President Zardari who during devastating floods was on PR business introducing Bilaawal to PM David Cameron In the UK when he was rightly shown a cold reception.

This I also know- as I spent most of my life in the UK: Had such a tragedy struck in the UK and had the British PM been in US for UN session - he would have returned the same day, visited the area, brought all agencies together & ordered not only direct medical & financial assistance as needed, he would have reviewed the full anti-terrorism policy.

Such is the difference between our nation & the UK. No wonder they in the UK have so much confidence in whoever is at the helm of affairs. They are true to the nation- we are totally corrupt, self-centred and a narcissistic bunch of various splinter groups. On top of it we call ourselves Muslims?

We are Muslims only by name not by actions. We need to wake up before we see our Country turn into another Syria.

Pakistanis - we should wake up and hold people to account. We should stand together - irrespective of race, religion, colour or creed. We should stop the killings and hold hands together. We are one nation. Lets stand up and root out the evil. Lets hold hands and lets donate for all the affected Pakistanis. Lets learn from others and other leaders as we have lost the path. Lets also learn from the history of the greatness of Muslims. Lets stand together and vow to stand for the right causes- its time we did it. The time is now. There's never going to be another time to stand. So stand with all the bereaved and stand with those who are on the right path.

We know who is who. This 'topi drama' business has to end. Lets end it and stand as one nation. The time is now. This will never come back.

Javed Sep 24, 2013 04:51am

Why is IK short of terror? What relationship does he have with terror mongers?

Rino Sep 24, 2013 07:08am

Highly biased reporting.. Coffins were provided by Al-Khidmat Foundation (which is a charity wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, which by the way is part of ruling coalition)... Seems Dawn is no more reliable....

Ben Sep 24, 2013 08:30am

If Taliban / Pakistan wants to retaliate American Drone Attack, how come The Christians and The Church become their targets ? Here the question arise, is the government of Pakistan is in partnership with the Taliban ? Christians in Pakistan have to defend themselves by themselves. The best defense is a Strong Offence !!!

SamQ Sep 24, 2013 09:38am

Can't we just stop this finger pointing, put aside out political rivalries and as a nation root out and destroy the menic of terrorism?

Sadia Sep 24, 2013 10:00am

So why are we not talking about the fact that all PTI senior leadership was present there; all the blood was arranged by PTI and the worker were even providing food to the grieved families. Does the media have some shame.... !

Sadia Sep 24, 2013 10:01am

So why are we not talking about the fact that all PTI senior leadership was present there; all the blood was arranged by PTI and the worker were even providing food to the grieved families. Does the media have some shame.... !

Sher Sep 24, 2013 10:13am

@Akram: Please do not think like an extremist. We need to act in a mature way and try not to let derail the peace process.

AGREEVED FRIEND Sep 24, 2013 10:37am

Pakistani politics is Mediocrity at its height because there is no maturity... only sentimental politics prevails... Only Josh... no Hosh... Josh hay Madhoosh!!

Raza Sep 24, 2013 10:43am

I challenge any PTI leader to explain how this bombing of our Christian brothers and sisters is related to the drone attacks in the North. Imran Khan and his party is a confused lot.

Ran Sep 24, 2013 10:53am

I believe that terrorism is not the provincial(KPK) matter, its the issue of the Nation. Its also not easy to eradicate it at once. It will take time to finish all the culprites, However all Political parties should come up with the mind that they are going to finish their armed wings espacialy religious political parties,So that we can identify our real enemies As PK is facing terrorism on basis of Firqa,Religion etc along with external culprites.

faiz khalil Sep 24, 2013 11:17am

Protest is their right but not destruction..Pakhtuns are being killed by Generals,militants and drones for years. They never choose to protest to destroy people's property.......

Khalid Sep 24, 2013 11:37am

We must "Not" deal with "mass murderer's". The fight to "erradicate" these terrorists should be to the "end"Only "cowards" kill innocent civilans.

Shaz Sep 24, 2013 04:22pm

@nadeem: I agree with you Nadeem. IK is an honest person but honesty alone is not enough. IK has to "lead" the nation which is something he is not capable of. IK thinks that the militants are a bunch of annoyed people - they are not. They have an ideology and this is a war of ideologies. He does not understand that and is completely out of touch with the reality.

Asif Sep 24, 2013 05:02pm

What a hypocrate Imran Khan?

Farhan Sep 24, 2013 05:03pm

It's not just about who showed up at the hospital or who didn't. It's about the leader of the third largest party in the country being an apologist for the worst kind of terrorist criminals, constantly deflecting criticism about their criminal acts and actively preventing justice from being meted out to them. What an irony ! The party calling itself the "Justice Movement" (Tehreek e Insaf) is today denying justice to families of thousands of dead and injured Pakistanis. Shame on them !!

Hassan Sep 24, 2013 08:08pm

Instead of blaming PTI, we need to look inside ourselves as Pakistanis and realize how sick we have become. PML (N) leadership wants a dialogue with Talibani maniacs and they are getting the first gift where no Pakistani, especially minorities are safe. Taliban are a menace and need to be bombed out of existence and Pakistan needs laws which protect all citizens regardless of their religion, caste and ethnicity.

Saad Sep 25, 2013 12:20am

Dawn is shamefully biased.. Stop publishing such biased articles and lies like those comments which you don't like.

Muhammad Sep 25, 2013 03:31am

@Raza: No one is saying its related so why are u challenging it. He is saying please stop the drones as its killing pakistanis (some innocent and some criminals ) but indeed pakistanis and only pakistanis have a right to try and punish them. He also said the attack is the worst thing a human can do and then he added i dont even think those who did it are human implying they are animals. You are saying all this as if security is his thing in pakistan. Its not Mr.Raza. Security, intelligence and army is fedral thing. Provincial Govt only have police under them and you expect them to completely over haul the police in 4 months. YOU LIVE IN PAKISTAN AND YOU KNOW BETTER THAT ITS NOT POSSIBLE TO DO IN 4 months. They are trying for god sake we have ahd many killed not just christains or hindus or muslims but Pakistanis and we all need to work together against this mess. You are blaming PTI as if they sent those suicide bomber. not more than 3 week ago one man enetered a naval yard in USA and killed 12. Security lapse happens everywhere. These guys just got the govt. They are sincere let them run it. I cant grieve enough the loss of pakistanis we have had in this bomb blast. But what to do this si our fate. We have had leaders killed, muslims and non muslims killed and we have had talibans and their children and mothers, fathers and wives killed too. All in all its our loss and we should try for peace so no pakistani is killed weather in waziristan or in peshawar, lahore and karachi

Muhammad Sep 25, 2013 03:30am

@Zia:He said it that its an evil act and and no human can do sucha thing implying those who did it are not human by animals. How else do u want him to condemn this. Taliban didnt claim this attack. They claim all the attacks but not this. So how can he condemn them when they havent even done this or atleast we dont know who did it. Once we know he and we all will condemn it and bring them to justice inshallah. But what nonsence is this that he should condemn it. What should he do. Say taliban is bad. Taliban is not bad. If they were then US and NAto and all pakistani parties wouldnt have come to the conclusion to talk to them. However imran did condemn those who did the attack but no one knows who they were and which group they belonged to.

Muhammad Sep 25, 2013 03:40am

@nadeem: He is a leader and he is taking a decision to bring peace to KPK and pakistan. We have fought taliban for a decade now to what good sir. Let us try the peace talks. if it works then great if not atleast we would have exhausted that idea which we havent used so far. If we take up war with them without giving peace a chance when NATO and US is giving dialouge and peace a chance then how would we know that was a wrong idea if it is. War will kill more on both sides. our military will pound them, kill them their innocent children and woman. they will bomb our army, our innocent people and our children and woman. this is what has been happening for the last 10 years and according to analysts it will continue for another 10 years. Its not that bomb blast would end with taliban being finished. We used to have bomb blast before taliban was even made. We used to have attacks like these before taliban came into existence. Imran is a leader and he is going to deal with the situation matuerly and not lie us. Oh they have bombed us so kill them all. Let peace prevail, Let the dialouge start and let cease fire happen. If PMLN is delaying that then what can imran do about it

Muhammad Sep 25, 2013 03:46am

@Mariam: Shame on you for saying all this without knowing him or his intentions and what he stands for. Shame on you and your ineteliigence.

NASAH (USA) Sep 25, 2013 04:36am

How long can you practice politics on outlandish promises -- there must come a time when people demand you must deliver other than mere words- hence the anger.

NASAH (USA) Sep 25, 2013 04:44am

KP seems to be beyond the capacity of a bunch inexperienced inadequate elitist novices who considered "Jalsa giri" not as a means for politics but an end itself.

NASAH (USA) Sep 25, 2013 05:06am

Minorities in Pakistan are the precious "Amanat" of world communities bestowed upon Pakistan -- from a world in which 1.2 billion Muslims are spread over conjoined with every other community -- it is the moral. political, cultural, and religious duty of us Muslims and our Muslim majority governments to cherish and PROTECT these minorities as our own -- because their freedom and their safety is our freedom and our safety in this globalized interconnected interdependent shrinking ONE world.

NASAH (USA) Sep 25, 2013 05:14am

@Saleem: What's so bad about the title that talks of "rare anger" -- NOT common place anger -- (that will come soon if more massacres are in the tube).

Actually shame on you for not understanding the phrase.

Imran A. Sep 25, 2013 05:21am

D for Democracy, D for Disorder, D for Dissonance. What surprises me most in all these comments, no one has commented that Musharaf was doing the right thing by ordering the army to attack Taliban & destroy Taliban. Instead the politicians have arrested him for doing so. Yet people wanted Musharaf to be tried. If Musharaf was in power, by now he would have destroyed Taliban. Shame on everyone who supported that he be tried for trying to protect the public.

fadoo Sep 25, 2013 08:42am

I feel like such a fool for believing that Imran Khan was some sort of hope.........what a disappointment he has been. There is no choice but to eliminate these guys, this is not a guerrilla or a civil war, this is on our own turf, and these guys are nothing but negotiations please period

Umar A Babar Sep 25, 2013 09:50am

It is during times like these, that the people expect their elected leaders to be amongst them and do whatever they can. PTI has an over-simplistic view of the terrorism issue that is plaguing our nation. it is no surprise that IK is shifting his stand from "No Drones- No Bombs" to the one "We will only engage those who renounce violence" (much like the previous government's stand). KPK is going through MMA like experience once again.

Nasir khalil Sep 25, 2013 10:16am

Imran Khan does not know where his head and tails are. He is a confused personality, out of touch with reality.

lkhan Sep 25, 2013 11:21am

It is a shame such blame game rhetoric at a time of horrific devastation to a hundred plus families is all Imran Khan can think of. The suffering are in their perfect right to demand protection from him - did he not promise in the election campaign to wipe out terrorism in 90 days? Instead of apologising to those who are rightfully incensed, he behaves as a petulant spoilt brat of 7 or so years instead. Shame on him and his KP government for each and every death including a General and his staff, and I am afraid as he continues to dither, the unjustifiably evil taliban will be preparing their next bombing. My sincere condolences for each and every Christian killed, those wounded I wish a rapid recovery and hope the affected families will all have the strength to put together their broken lives at the earliest. I wonder what PTI's reaction would have been if they had lost loved ones - of course the taliban do not touch them.

muhammad Sep 25, 2013 02:29pm

We knew from the day first that Imran Khan / PTI is totally confused about how to deal with terrorism / terrorists in fact they are supporting killing of innocent people when they justify every act of terrorism by saying that this is the reaction of Drone attacks. if the act of others give you the right to kill innocent people then Shia community has the bigger right for such acts because they have been the target of fanatics for the last three decade

fahad Sep 25, 2013 07:21pm

I think, we must definitely give peace negotiations a chance after decade of military action. The dialogue to me do not mean no use of force. I think, dialogue within itself caries the deterrence or use of force for those who would deny it. This would rather help in defeating the Taliban s' narrative.

Turtle Sep 25, 2013 07:28pm

More of an anti-PTI rant than a report, the reporter even resorts to assumptions, when he says such and such might have possessed so and so to do what they did or didn't say or do, to paint PTI in a bad light. Please, do not let your personal likes/dislikes influence your journalism. The incident no doubt is condemnable but is IK alone to blame?

tejay Sep 25, 2013 11:17pm

Who are the real martyrs here. The innocent Christians who were killed for their beliefs or the killers who committed this cowardly act in the name of their religion. I bow down to the brave Christians who stand up and face these barbaric brutalities every day.God bless you.