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Relatives sit beside an 18-year-old labourer Khursheed, a resident of Mohmand Agency in PIMS hospital.— Photo by Irfan Haider
Relatives sit beside an 18-year-old labourer Khursheed, a resident of Mohmand Agency in PIMS hospital.— Photo by Irfan Haider
A member of the  bomb disposal suqad searches the site of the bomb explosion at a fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad on April 9, 2014.  — Photo by AFP
A member of the bomb disposal suqad searches the site of the bomb explosion at a fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad on April 9, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Locals and law enforcement gathered at the Sabzi Mandi blast site - Photo by Irfan Haider
Locals and law enforcement gathered at the Sabzi Mandi blast site - Photo by Irfan Haider

ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: United Baloch Army (UBA) – a separatist militant outfit in Balochistan – has claimed responsibility of the deadly terrorist attack in Sabzi Mandi area of the capital city that killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 115 on Wednesday.

Speaking to media representatives over telephone, spokesman for UBA Mureed Baloch said the rebel Baloch group has carried out the attack in retaliation to military’s ongoing operation in Balochistan’s Kalat district.

“We carried out the attack in Islamabad in response to the military operation against us and we will launch more such attacks in other cities,” he said.

The United Baloch Army had also claimed responsibility of deadly train attack in Sibi yesterday. At least 17 people, two women and four children among them, burned to death and over 45 were injured in a powerful explosion in a carriage of a Rawalpindi-bound train at the Sibi station on Tuesday.

The Frontier Corps (FC) began an operation against insurgents early Monday in the Kalat district, around 300 kilometres southwest of Quetta in which up to 40 insurgents were killed.

More than 160 people have been killed in attacks since the start of the peace process, leading many to question its worth. It is also unclear whether the umbrella Taliban group can control all its factions.

Also read: Islamabad blast brings Balochistan issue to limelight

Acting Inspector General of Islamabad police, Khalid Khattak, said that at least two dozen people had died and more than a hundred wounded in today's early morning explosion in Islamabad's vegetable market.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident after the explosion occurred.

Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a box containing fruits.

Police said that a remote controlled bomb containing five kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.

Police added that boxes containing fruits were brought to the market from the Punjab province.

The blast occurred at a time when labourers and early morning shoppers were busy purchasing fruits.

Police initiated a search operation and cordoned off the area. Moreover, police arrested a 'suspicious' person from the location of the blast. Sabzi Mandi is situated in the sector I-11 of the capital city and a kachi abadi of Afghan nationals is also located in the same sector.

Earlier, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Vice Chancellor Prof. Javed Akram said that 31 injured in the blast were given medical treatment in the hospital and the death toll was likely to increase.

Also read: If it's not the TTP... ?

Following the attack, emergency had been declared in the hospitals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Also, Pims hospital made an information desk which would provide information related to dead bodies and the wounded persons.

The attack occurred just prior to the Corps Commanders’ Conference which was held today.

TTP condemns attack

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid condemned the blast in the capital city, adding that the death of civilians in the attack was regrettable.

The spokesman also denounced yesterday’s bomb explosion inside a train in Sibi which had claimed 17 lives.

Moreover, Shahid said it was possible that some “hidden hands” were involved in the attacks.

Intelligence warned of attacks

The attack came a day before the April 10 ceasefire by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ends.

Intelligence sources had first alerted the police and government officials on April 3, 2014 that possible terrorist attacks in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta were being planned by militants who oppose the peace talks between government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place,” one official said.

“TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added.

Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahrarul Hind group.

Comments (172) Closed

Justice Apr 09, 2014 08:50am

Continue to talk to Talbans and continue to get your people killed,shame on you Nawaz and party.

Britt Pakistani Apr 09, 2014 09:00am

The blast occurred presumably due to a bomb planted in a fruit/vegetable crate... This is the final time for the Federal Government to instal security scanners are at all important public places in the major cities of Pakistan. This critical project has been lingering on for the past 12 years ever since the former dictator decided to jump into USA's war. The war has killed 60,000 Pakistanis so far and inflicted loss of US$100 Billion to Pakistan's economy.

The entire Pakistani nation stands behind Pakistan Protection Ordinance (baring a few pol parties running their militant wings) to pre-empty and prevent such terror strikes.

Riza Afghan Apr 09, 2014 09:00am

Pakistani Government created Taliban and now enjoying it. Sooner or later Taliban will be wiped from Afghanistan but Taliban will stay in Afghanistan for decades because Pakistan is root of Taliban.

Pakistani Government is not capable of removing Taliban from its soil and Pak Gov knows it.

It was a huge mistake by promoting Taliban in the first place and Pak Gov is still feeding them.

Think twice before it's too late!

Irfan Apr 09, 2014 09:13am

Thanks to PML-N for such a good gift.......

Mohammad Ali Khan Apr 09, 2014 09:19am

Pakistanis can never get rid of terrorism in their society as long as they will live with tribalism, andcorruption.

Yasmin Apr 09, 2014 09:27am

It's heart breaking to see innocent laborer get killed who leave home for some earnings. The rich politicians always escape narrowly from attack dramas. May Allah help the poor.

Adil Javed Apr 09, 2014 09:35am

the thing is why the current govt is to be blamed?everyone is guilty everyone!! past current.. there is no end of it unless strict measures are taken...

Sadaf Saleem Apr 09, 2014 09:40am

Once again our government is silent audience.

Hazbullah Apr 09, 2014 09:47am

Until the Pakistani government will not stop the supporting of Taliban, these things will happen again and again.

voice Apr 09, 2014 09:47am

Yousuf Shah, Prof. Ibrahim and all Apologist, now call these terrorists too your "Naraz brothers.."

whats the crime of innocent daily wage are black scar in the name of Islam.

Government has no guts to shut this criminals deep in water.... it would be great, if there will be a breaknews...

Pakistanis found a mass graveyard of all these hypocrite mullahs and terrorists in one ditch..

sajjad Ali Gopang Apr 09, 2014 09:57am

Govt. is happy that peace talks are in progress, This is the progress that people of Islamabad has faced, Taliban has never wanted to negotiate this whole was drama to "Plan" where to Blast.

Arya Apr 09, 2014 09:59am

Its not support for Taliban alone. Pak is the birthplace for Kashmir terrorism too. Unless Pak stops supporting any kind of terrorism, this bloodshed cannot be stopped.

Liaqat Apr 09, 2014 09:59am

These are all tactics to foil the peace process with Taliban. Even there are certain sects of Taliban who do not want this process to go further hence they are resorting to such tactics. But the Government needs to divert its resources on social security. Get scanners, dogs, dinosaurs, whatever is needed to prevent these incidents.

Boob Tube Watcher Apr 09, 2014 10:01am

Pro Pakistan Protection forces have their finger prints all over this blast. Who benefits- think sheeples

Husain Jan Apr 09, 2014 10:01am

@Riza Afghan: Are you aware what one of our minister sahebaan announced few days ago ? Something like this...That those opposing the dialogue will be "properly" dealt with. What did he mean if not posing a threat..either side with those who support this process or keep mouth shut.

Amjad Wyne Apr 09, 2014 10:02am

@Britt Pakistani: Not sure I understand the logic of bringing up the dictator in this conversation. Also, the scanners you are talking about do not work in places that look like open fields.

Shah Apr 09, 2014 10:03am

The government must answer to the people why they fooled the nation into believing in talk when they should have ordered an all out military offence. PM Sharif must answer to to the public!!

Boob Tube Watcher Apr 09, 2014 10:03am

Establishment is very adept is dealing with controlled chaos....Sheeple will server their masters with their blood and tears...People get the government they deserve

Shah Apr 09, 2014 10:05am

@Riza Afghan: You have no idea what you are talking about. TTP was created in 2003 after Americans landed in Afghanistan and get their support within Afghanistan and especially Kunar. Mullah Omar is not TTP. You fool!

sarah hussaini Apr 09, 2014 10:08am

very sad incident gift of peace talks...i wish may nawaz and his companions also face same incidents so that they may be able to understand gloomy feelings of poor condolences are with all victims,

sarah hussaini Apr 09, 2014 10:10am

@Hazbullah: ya this is all due to stubborn behaviour of pml n ....they are just worried about their own protocol,,,,shame on u selfish nawaz league

HolyCow-PakArmy Apr 09, 2014 10:11am

If someone plots the data of suicide victims (2003 on wards), I am sure we would see very interesting results. 90% of people killed would be classified as either poor or middle class. I refuse to accept that this could be categorized as pure coincidence. TTP know what they are doing and their masters in our security establishment definitely know what they are doing. If I was the leader of a terrorist organization, I would strike in areas/individuals where it hurts the most. High profile office holders from army and government would be on my list, not some random Rs.250 per day laborers. War against TTP is a farce and Army establishment is part of the problem. These sporadic attacks are a tool used by security establishment to achieve their strategic goals. Now don't tell me that Pak Army can't deal with TTP. If that is the case, we should stop funding these losers (they lost all 4 wars with India anyway). The money could be well spent on Police department.

Taj Apr 09, 2014 10:12am

This is Talibans way of thanking Nawaz Sharif for releasing their terrorist friends from prison. Nawaz Sharif is proving his stupidity to the Nation and Talibans are proving their smartness to Nawaz Sharif.

Ahmer Apr 09, 2014 10:14am

@Riza Afghan:Pakistan's curse is western neighbour that does not know how to manage its own affairs. Taliban were created to bring a semblance of law and order in Afghanistan and not to serve any of Pakistan's interest.

Khan Apr 09, 2014 10:19am

@Justice: Why don't you include Imran in this shame?

Layla Apr 09, 2014 10:20am

The strategic assets again go out of control. This is the reverse of strategic depth. Talk or no talk, Pakistan is doomed.

mimi sur Apr 09, 2014 10:22am

I was reading an article of History related to Bin Kasim . Now it seems these are the legacies of Bin Kasim . Be proud in that .

Faisal Apr 09, 2014 10:29am

Dear Government please continue to talk to the Taliban and allow them to kill our brothers and sisters on the daily basis. I can see how much you care about the people who trusted you with their lives. How do you sleep at night is beyond me!!!!

saqib Apr 09, 2014 10:36am

Gift from TALIBAN on successful negotiations, well done NAWAZ

Ravi Dallas TX Apr 09, 2014 10:52am

Sad. Is this some random blast? Why can't people protest in public on this to put more pressure on government? These blasts have been happening regular for years. Why can't the country unite and protest? I am amazed why protests do not happen. But to beat Christians and other helpless minorities thousands will flock onto streets. Hard to understand the psyche.

Ravi Dallas TX Apr 09, 2014 10:55am

Is this part of goodwill gesture package from Mr.Sharif?

Pakistani Apr 09, 2014 11:03am

Mr.Interior Minister, do you still claim Islamabad "A Safest City" ?????****

TooTrue Apr 09, 2014 11:16am

Have we had enough of the talks? How many more people would you like to see murdered by these terrorists? Now let's get on and finish the job that was started but put on hold by this quisling government.

Patriot Apr 09, 2014 11:18am

All of terrorist group should be crushed among all politicians after declaring Marshall Law.......

zalim_khan Apr 09, 2014 11:22am

"we come n Peace" But we will continue killing defenceless innocent children, women and men. Thats OK because the civilian government is "totally useless" and covers into our demands. There is nothing left to talk with these terrorists, let the army "wipe them all out" Please just end all talks,there is absolutely no purpose whatsoever!

Pakistani Apr 09, 2014 11:37am

@Yasmin: 100% agree with you.

Pakistani Apr 09, 2014 11:39am

"Islamabad is the Safest City"????

imtiaz Apr 09, 2014 11:58am

"The Religion of Peace" strikes yet again.

Anyone who does not agree with peace part of religion will be killed.

So we all agree religion is nothing but peace.

NASAH (USA) Apr 09, 2014 12:02pm

This is what federal 'negotiations' with criminals have brought -- they have brought terrorism from the provinces to the capital city of Pakistan.

Thanks Nawaz Sharif.

JB Apr 09, 2014 12:04pm

To me, these Taliban apologists - Nawaz and Imran - are responsible for this. Period.

rage of the sage Apr 09, 2014 12:32pm

TTP is behind these attacks. This act help them establish their terror as leverage in their 'peace' talks.

Aqeel Apr 09, 2014 12:34pm

Intelligence had alerted that possible terrorist attacks were being planned by militants who oppose the peace talks between government and TTP.

So our intelligence knows about the 3rd force. The hidden hand.

Parvez Apr 09, 2014 12:36pm

Although the TTP say that they are not one believes them, possibly with the exception of Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan. After over 60,000 innocent dead, does it really matter if they are telling the truth or not ?

Randomstranger Apr 09, 2014 12:39pm

I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but these hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals living in the capital might be responsible. They have been involved in other criminal activities like extortion too lately. It's time to demolish their illegal "bastiyaan" as they are known. Their "durand line" excuse becomes invalid automatically as soon as they cross Attock bridge. Please pass this comment and not infringe upon my right to free speech.

MAC1960 Apr 09, 2014 12:42pm

Until we Pakistanis are ready to be fouled by TTP etc., nothing will change. TTP condemning civilian deaths is nothing more than a joke since they have killed lot of civilians themselves. A weak government can think of talking to criminals though not clear what we want to achieve. Accepting what Talibans have been saying will destroy the whole country.

KK Apr 09, 2014 12:44pm

'death of civilians in the attack was regrettable' REGRETTABLE ??? Poor innocent people going about their business and these vermin kill and maim them and then claim some pompous and pious attitude?? How would they like to have their houses blown up and then we can claim their wives and children's death was regrettable!!!

Pochiraju Sivaram Apr 09, 2014 12:52pm

Why don't the people of Pakistan compel its Government to wipe off all terrorists and their camps without any bias so that the remaining people can at least live in peace.

M. Emad Apr 09, 2014 01:09pm

Pakistan become ungovernable ...

Islamabad Apr 09, 2014 01:14pm

ALAS!!! when this will be over ? i am seriously sick and tired of getting these shocks. now this has happened to my dear city islamabad. Although every city has that same level of treatment but this one is my very own living place. i live abroad but i seriously dont think of going back just because such circumstances life is not safe there. these low life politicians are rangling in big show off cars with 100's of security in order to keep stringent protocol. what about the poor public who has been targeted ruthlessly. WHO ARE THESE PPL THEN ? not even talibans. Please Save us all ... althought this has become a very usual happening for every pakistani that we are not safe no where. Who should we go to ? if this is taliban, then get the army to the bottom of their region and make their terrority out of them and fly the pakistani - HILAL FLAG. END THEM So that , no afghani neither no foreign taliban can enter to our land.

Nazir Apr 09, 2014 01:14pm

Where is the defense minister who is saying everyone is answerable to parliament... Now who will answer in the parliament for this.. Would it Taliban answerable to parliament who are not accepting pakistan's constitution... Would it army whom we are not letting to do anything.... Would it politicians who think they are saints and are not answerable to anyone... Govt is wasting their time in talking to taliban and befooling the people.. They treat this country as their own property and keep on insulting out army time and again.. while bowing their head in front of taliban... Shame on this govt...

Faisal Apr 09, 2014 01:16pm

Imran Khan why are you quite. You jump when a Taliban is killed now why are you quite when they have killed yet again innocent people. Shame on you Imran Khan, how can you look at yourself in the mirror every day with the blood of 60000 people on your shoulder.

ahmedj Apr 09, 2014 01:29pm

Interestingly, BLA who accepts a blast in a train in Sibi is not condemned by these commentators and when Taliban condemn this Sabzi mandi blast the warmongers still blame them. This shows how West influence their thoughts and they don't have their own thinking.

Give peace a chance and don't fall prey to hidden enemies.

All Warmonger commentators here need a platform to make their own army to fight the taliban. The one who gets the highest votes is the commander. I swear,they wont dare come out of their comfort homes.

omed Apr 09, 2014 01:34pm

yeeah pakistan do that for 30 Years with pashtun, now must take punjabies that back.

Jaan Mohd - Bhittani Apr 09, 2014 01:37pm

" TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid condemned the blast in the capital city, adding that the death of civilians in the attack was regrettable." Now this is serious, The Government must look behind TTP. There are many hidden enemies and they shall be exposed with-out any further delay..

Usman Apr 09, 2014 01:50pm

Btw its clearly mentioned in the above report, that this attack wasn't made by TTP, but the groups opposing the peace talk, I guess now at least these foreign aided groups wont be able to hide under the umbrella of TTP. One thing everybody should realize, you cant promote peace with WAR :S

Lalat Apr 09, 2014 01:59pm

Now, the Government will ask help from TTP to find the perpetrators of this bombing. What a farce!!!!

Indian Apr 09, 2014 02:05pm

Though i am an Indian, i really feel sad for the people of Pakistan on such blasts. It is painful to see Poor innocent people have died for no reason. It has become a regular news on blasts across Pakistan almost everyday. Lack of proper education is the main reason for this. People of pakistan should realize that it because of lack of education which is pushing more people into terrorism.

Ather Shehab Apr 09, 2014 02:37pm

Before Taliban could deny their involvement in the blast, their fast " friend-in-need" the Leaguers and their apologists from Akora Khatak ,absolved them from the blame. What Government is doing is a million dollars question.

AntiTerrorist Apr 09, 2014 02:46pm

i know the person who. did the blast in sabzi mandi... these are very dangerous persons .. i know . i know .. please save pakistan .. and the capital .

zv Apr 09, 2014 02:48pm

when we Afghans repeated complained to PK gov. and international community, PK gov. every time denied being involved in supporting terrorist groups.

The devil that PK gov. created is now coming back to hurt people of PK. its always sad to see innocent people die but I hope the people of PK now realise how bad terrorism is.

akhtar Apr 09, 2014 02:55pm

@imtiaz: this is not peace but piece

T. Khattak Apr 09, 2014 03:28pm

Why is it that all these blasts are happening everywhere except in Punjab? I certainly do not wish that they happen there or anywhere, but it is quite strange. I just cannot understand this. Anything good (if any) happens it happens in Punjab and everything bad happens in the rest of the country. Can someone explain that.

AHA Apr 09, 2014 03:37pm

@Irfan: The gift came ultimately from Zia.

PML-N is also one of his gifts.

Hazbullah Apr 09, 2014 03:38pm

@Parvez: If Taliban are in involved then why the government started drama of peace talks with Taliban?

Din Mohammad Apr 09, 2014 03:39pm

We should not negotiate with terrorists.We should deal with them with an iron fist

Ahmad Gharib Nawaz Khan Apr 09, 2014 03:42pm

@Irfan: Not to PML-N but to the Commando Parvez Mushraf.

vgp Apr 09, 2014 03:44pm

Interestingly, Pakistanis cry fowl when there is some collateral death when drone hit these terrorists

mjk Apr 09, 2014 04:00pm

At least 21 killed, dozens injured in Islamabad blast IRFAN HAIDER Locals and law enforcement gathered at the Sabzi Mandi blast site - Photo by Irfan Haider Updated 2014-04-09 13:42:01

Share Email 67 Comment(s) Print ISLAMABAD: At least 21 people were killed and 116 injured, some critically, on Wednesday when an explosion occurred behind the Metro Shopping center in the Sabzi Mandi area of the capital city, DawnNews reported.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident after the explosion occurred.

Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a box containing fruits.

Police said that a remote controlled bomb containing five kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.

"Police personnel claimed that the incident appeared to be an act of terrorism." Appears to be act of terrorism ? No it was a cracker fired on 14th August celebration. These jar heads have no sense. - it was a clear cut terrorism.

Neeraj Apr 09, 2014 04:17pm

Sad....loss of human life in terror attack is's sad that Pakistan is going through such bad phase and still not take any initiative to improve.

Shreya Apr 09, 2014 04:21pm

sad incident , innocent people died ... but as usual the higher authority do not have any problem with that ... they will keep supporting the militants

haris Apr 09, 2014 04:24pm

@ahmedj: You are right, I have a feeling that in near future we might get rid of insurgencies but what are going to do with so many warmongers in our society who unfortunately happened to be well-educated and represents our nation worldwide?

haris Apr 09, 2014 04:27pm

@Din Mohammad: as we did with Baluch rebels and others in the past. yeah sure!

mjk Apr 09, 2014 04:29pm

TTP will conveniently deny it. If the have not done it, they know who did it. Mian Nawaz Sharif's government has not solved previous attack on a court where a judge along with others was killed.

concerned Apr 09, 2014 04:30pm


What a shame on Pakistan defense forces, on the backfoot and unable to act.

Pl. act, pl. defend atleast if you cant attack.taliban have turned out to be fooling Pakistan, while Pakistanis continue to die.

Pl. don't be stoic.

Masood Haider Apr 09, 2014 04:36pm

NS is either incredibly stupid or a traitor. It is clear that he has learned nothing from his past mistakes. He is playing with fire in pushing the army to the edge both in regards to his vendetta against Musharraf and his ill-fated overtures to the TTP.

Sunil Sinha Apr 09, 2014 04:43pm

Targeting innocent lives who are out to begin their lives as bread earner. How could someone put an explosive between the fruits and vegetables, seems has no ethics, feelings, emotions and it consequences, with no fear of God. On TV, news papers and other forms of media, Pakistan government must ask the responsible person "WHY".

Pankaj Sharma Apr 09, 2014 04:52pm

@HolyCow-PakArmy: Agree completely, it is the poor & helpless class who is facing the brutal consequences of terrorism on either side of the border. The sacrificial goat is always made to the weakest class whereas they have no say on any of those decisions that trigger these attacks. The only power they (weakest class) have is the occasional voting which should be used sensibly. Imran Khan could have changed the entire picture of Pakistan (& Indo-Pak relationship too) but it was unfortunate that he was ignored over the repeated & tested (for failure) politicians.

NORI Apr 09, 2014 04:54pm

One more blast and TTP says it's not us. If that is true, then the terrorism in Pakistan entered phase II. Initially, these organizations were created and supported by Pakistani establishment for "strategic depth". Later, they entered Phase I, which means, terrorists liberated themselves from the control of Pakistani establishment. In Phase II, the local units liberated themselves from the control of TTP's high command and started acting in their own way. This is really bad news because now, technically, any terrorist can blow places in spite of a cease fire.Finally, I wonder what is ISI doing ? Is it not the role of intelligence agency to penetrate enemy network and get their plans and other info ?

Ghulam Sakhi Afg Apr 09, 2014 04:55pm

@Shah: A good Talib is a dead Taliban, regardless of which side of the border he lives.

Imran Siddiqui Apr 09, 2014 05:02pm

@Riza Afghan: Have some guts and also type name of the USA in your condemnation. I agree that the CIA and the ISI created the Taliban but Afghans loved them as they were able to bring peace to the Banana Republic of Afghanistan. Taliban will again come in power in Afghanistan because most of Afghan army is from Taliban families.

Since Afghanistan has become a little more than a Banana Republic, kindly take 4 million Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan as they are a burden on Pakistan's economy. Most of them are uneducated and involved in terrorism, prostitution, drug trade, theft etc.

I. Ahmed Apr 09, 2014 05:04pm

So sad at the killings of innocent people. Even the TTP leader regrets the death of 'civilians'! Initially, the government used to blame the 'hidden hands', now even the terrorists use the same logic! Is it that government of Pakistan is talking to the wrong TTP? The talks are to stop the killings, but they continue, which leads one to infer that government, as usual, is talking to the wrong set of people?

Mujtaba Apr 09, 2014 05:10pm

Enough is Enough!

We need a millitary operation to finish these Animals

share it all over twitter and facebook and tell everyone to share it so this can happen and our country Pakistan can be safe again like it used to be.

Fiz Apr 09, 2014 05:22pm

TTP are big liars. Now they say killing people is against sharia , so when they were bombing people was it then sharia? They are fooling us and gaining time.

lekhraj Apr 09, 2014 05:24pm

@Ravi Dallas TX: Agreed....

Amir Apr 09, 2014 05:38pm

glad to see that

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zia Apr 09, 2014 05:39pm

@Yasmin: because rich politician feed these dogs and dogs don't bite their masters 1+1 = 2, how their children's will die, it will be always poor, and middle class who will die because we keep doing same mistake and expecting different results, we shall keep voting for this ultra rich and elite class ...... n keep wiping our tears

JoKER Apr 09, 2014 05:48pm

Is current political regime negotiating with relevant forces?

Batuk Apr 09, 2014 05:50pm

Finish them???? Weren't they cheered as freedom fighters when they were doing the same across the border? Who trained them and supported them? You reap what you sow!!! Thank you ISI and general people who supported them in 80's and 90's. You gave birth to a monster and guess what it has grown big enough and I must add out of control. Poor innocents are dying.

Batuk Apr 09, 2014 05:52pm

@Arya: Well said. But I must correct you, they are referred as freedom fighters when they do this in Kashmir. Talk about double standards

Reza Apr 09, 2014 05:57pm

@Riza Afghan: Pakistan is no angel, and I confess it has the most corrupt politicians in the world, but when was the last time Afghanistan looked to itself and took some blame for the state it is in? It is always outsiders that is causing the problems of Afghanistan. If Babrak Karmal had not invited USSR into Afghanistan in the 1st place the Taliban would not exist. And, if it had less corrupt politicians, police, and Army of itself, it would not be the beggars of the world.

Randomstranger Apr 09, 2014 06:02pm

@T. Khattak

This happened in Rawalpindi, which is a part of Punjab. Also Islamabad's original inhabitants were Punjabis.

Jerry Apr 09, 2014 06:07pm

@Ahmer: You are right buddy. Talibans were created by Pakistan to create law and order in Afghanistan. Now they are creating Law and Order in Pakistan, the same way they did in Afghanistan. Isn't it good for you and Pakistan? Good news is more of their Law and order rules and tactics will follow. So be happy and enjoy the taste of your very own creation.

Aftab Alam Khan Apr 09, 2014 06:14pm

As you sow so shall you reap. Muzakfat k nam per zindagi chheeni ja rahi hai. Nawaz and company tumeh neeind kase aarahi hai.

Adnan Khan Apr 09, 2014 06:17pm

@HolyCow-PakArmy: Amen!!

Ali Hassan Apr 09, 2014 06:18pm

@Britt Pakistani: If you want to preempt these attacks take proper security measures and root out the militants living openly in Quetta. These measure will do nothing but turn Pakistan into a police state! Did Britain (where you have chosen to live) sacrifice the liberties of its people for security? No! According to these terrible bill the state would be able to shoot suspects on sight and detain suspects without habeas corpus for up to 90 days. Why does the protection of Pakistan always require denying its citizens their rights?

Salman Apr 09, 2014 06:23pm

@sarah hussaini: Really? I recall that ALL POLITICAL PARTIES agreed in the all parties conference that talks are the way forward... Stop trying to blame a man who is actually for once reviving pakistan economy..

Waqar Khan Apr 09, 2014 06:30pm

People are just sitting front of the computers, seem to know everything....blame it on Taliban, blame it on Nawz Sahrif....seriously, have anyone ever thought about the foreign elements that can be behind all of this? If Taliban had to bomb, what would they achieve nothing, and Nawz Party? Now assume a third country e.g. US behind these attacks....everyone does something for their benefits......:-)

US CENTCOM Apr 09, 2014 06:39pm

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims

Emran Apr 09, 2014 06:51pm

Now when Taliban have taken responsibility of condemnation, what is government doing anyway?

Husain Jan Apr 09, 2014 06:52pm

@Justice: You may say "Shame" 1000 times or even a million times but to no effect. How do you think that shameless can be shamed. In any case it is the general public being killed, so no problem at all. And our worthy Home minister saheb has already asked for a report, hasn't he?

Fooka Apr 09, 2014 06:54pm

The government is more interested in taming the Taliban. As long as we dream of controlling the Taliban instead of eradicating them, our countrymen will keep on dying.

saf Apr 09, 2014 07:05pm

@Waqar Khan: This is why the Country will never progress. Idiots like you will always blame foreign agents instead of accepting the true facts. Last 20 years that's all we hear it Americas fault or India's fault or Afghanistans fault but never our own.

msa Apr 09, 2014 07:05pm

@Ravi Dallas TX: Pakistani's will not protest on anything like terrorism, treatment of Musharraf, etc. They will protest if the rate of sugar goes up by one rupee. It's a selfish and shameless nation.

Shahpur Apr 09, 2014 07:12pm

Just sad, I hope somebody in power read the comments of people and do something.

wizarat Apr 09, 2014 07:12pm

No one seems to know what accountability means, I guess. It is about time we calculate the number of people killed while PML N has been in power and the number of PMLN people who have been targeted It appears that Rana Sanaullah and Co know who to target. . QED

Theo Apr 09, 2014 07:15pm

One of the implications of distorting the ''Constitution of Pakistan'' which converted Pakistan into a ''theocratic State'; in which religion takes precedence over all other issues affecting human lives... Supremacy of the Constitution is all that is needed in a fragmented society like ours. Subverting Institutions in the name of ''religion'' has completed degenerated our society.... Hope we realise that ''religion'' is a personal issue and ''Secular State'' has no role to play in it other than protecting the interests of the followers of all the religions..... be them muslims, christians, hindus or people belonging to any other faith....

AbbasToronto Apr 09, 2014 07:21pm

When 1950s Ahmedis started being killed the street shrugged its shoulders. Well, it is sectarian war.

Later when Sunnis targeted Shias, well, it is sectarian.

Then when Sunnis bombed Christians, well, it is religious and they have been fighting for 1,400 years.

Then when Sunnis terrorized Hindus, well they are infidel and deserved to die.

Now with Sunnis targetting Sunnis, what excuse does the Pakistan Street has?

Stand up for injustice no matter what. Nip the evil in the bud or else pay the price later.

Tanvir Apr 09, 2014 07:21pm

@Riza Afghan: OK, Pakistan created Talibans under a ploy by the US and the Saudis; but who is the ultimate beneficiary? Didn't Afghanistan benefit from Talibans by kicking out the Russians? So why are you so unthankful and blaming Pakistan for something it did to help Afghanistan? Pakistan fought for Afghanistan and then it favours India over all matters related to Pakistan. What a shame! Is this how a Muslim country support a Muslim neighbour country after being saved by it? So think before you talk.

Tanvir Apr 09, 2014 07:26pm

@Arya: And yes, tell the Indian military to stop terrorizing the Kashmiri Muslim popultion. Has india given the Kashmiris their right of self determination to decide on their own future.

ARIF Apr 09, 2014 07:27pm

Three things are there :

Insarul Hind (means Friend of India)

Intelligence know that there will be something whey they did not catch them.

Pakistan should protest to India for the crime.

Yawar Apr 09, 2014 07:27pm

Nawaz Sharif and Chaudhry Sahib, it seems like your "goodwill gesture" of releasing some TTP goons was not enough. Please release some more of them and hope this carnage stops.

Qazi Javed Apr 09, 2014 07:28pm

Nawaz Sharif will you save us also from TTP terrorists but am not from PML N.

chaudhary muhammad Bilal Apr 09, 2014 07:31pm

kise waqeel kerain, kis se munsafeee chahhain?????innocent and poor people ,who they don't deserve the death,all unfortane of Pakistan state, hope for all the best ,pray 2 ALLAH, PLEASE SAFE ALL OF OUR CONTRYMEN RATHAR BLAMING EACH OTHER,thnxs, tc all, ALLAH HAFIS

Syed Apr 09, 2014 07:41pm
TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid condemned the blast in the capital city, adding that the death of civilians in the attack was regrettable.

Does TTP also condemn the 60,000 deaths, which they have, in the past, proudly claimed?

Shahid said it was possible that some
Dawar naqvi Apr 09, 2014 07:42pm

Give Country To Army, This is only the solution. Our weak corrupt leaders cannot control the extremists. For their votes, they will go for dialogue or political alliances only. They need CHAIR "KURSI". Imran Khan is a Shahid Afridi of Pakistan Politics (needs KURSI), NZ is a Mohd Hafeez of a Pakistan Politics, lost political ground and his party performance is ZERO.

No to dialogue, Only Army operation is a solution. KUS KUM JAHA PAK.

Ahmed Apr 09, 2014 07:43pm

Every comment missed the point. This is done by Bloch nationalists including the sibbi train one. where are all the liberals who want Musharraf hanged for fighting against the BLA including Bugti. They are all enemies of the state.

These comments show the ignorant and gullible mindsets of Pakistani liberal society

Sierra Apr 09, 2014 07:44pm

Condolences on the senseless loss of lives! At least now the people of Pakistan must stand up and preventing their establishment from attempting to "Run with the Hares and Hunt with the Hounds". This state policy has already caused too much pain and suffering to all of us...

Jamal Apr 09, 2014 07:46pm

@omed: Actually, the people who are killed in this blast are mostly pakhtuns and also in the train blast.

Bhuttoo Apr 09, 2014 07:49pm

Baloch separatists claim Islamabad terror attack; 24 killed

Now Dialogue With Baloch separatists , This is called another Political Topui Drama, very soon Imran Khan will demand. Accept people of Lyari, IK wants Dialogue but for Lyari he wants Army Operation. "Double Standard"

Iqbal Apr 09, 2014 07:57pm

So they figured it out what gets the Pakistan Govt. to accept demands. Blow 'em up until they ask for peace negotiations. Then, ask what you want. They will give it to you.

Meanwhile in other news, our COAS, PM, other political parties will keep telling us that they will keep us safe at all costs, won't allow our sovereignty to be challenged, blah blah.

The question is, how stupid do they think we are? Frankly, I think quite stupid. More importantly, I think they are right.

a Apr 09, 2014 07:57pm

@Justice: Read carefully. The attack was executed by the Baloch militants, not the taleban.

Shah Apr 09, 2014 08:01pm

India arming the Bloachs for insurgency. Our so called elected leaders are mouth shut and sealed. Nawaz can sell the country for few dollars of trade. Only what they do is speak ill of the army in assembly to toe the Indian Line... what a shame...

Agha Apr 09, 2014 08:01pm

Bing Musharraf back. He would fix these people right. How much he is missed. this nation truly deserves where it is. We keep re-electing the same family run parties. This is a business for them, not a duty. shame shame shame!

amin Apr 09, 2014 08:05pm

this is not TTP. this is baloch army. another terrorist group.

Izaz Apr 09, 2014 08:07pm

This is an act to be condemned, but one cant win wars with war, its as simple as that. Hats off to the current government including all the parties who are in favour of dialogues. Because no matter how much you fight in the end you have to sit and solve the problem thought negotiations.

Ajamal Apr 09, 2014 08:11pm

Incompetent state machinery of the highest order. Billions spent on the scanners but these weren't being tested to ensure working order. What level of inefficient incapable lot. No wonder we find Pakistan at the bottom of the pit.

Frankenstine Apr 09, 2014 08:26pm

@Britt Pakistani: the problem is a lot of people on this forum and other forums shouts when Law enforcement agencies take some harsh steps... People make noise when it comes to missing person and other issues but they do not realize the problems law enforcement agencies have to face

Kashif Apr 09, 2014 08:39pm

Comments below shows how immature our people are, jumping to the conclusion. Blaming govt for talks and asking for military action. Do you not see that this is the result of an operation? When Army/Govt goes on killing people & calling suspected militants then yes such retaliations comes as part of the package. Army cannot fight everyone, why is it difficult to understand for commoners ? Either do the operation & have the guts to face such retaliations OR wait and talk to all groups involved, solve their issues and move in the right direction. We are not fighting some Caucasian people here that can be identified easily, they exist among us and cannot be identified, so better not create many enemies that we can't fight all

Dr. Salman Shah Malik Apr 09, 2014 08:56pm

looks like the peace talks are working out really well! So utterly useless this Govt. and state of the entire country...

Ahmed Apr 09, 2014 08:58pm

Only solution is to confront these terrorists, find them in all corners of Pakistan and eliminate them. Show no mercy to those who have no mercy for innocents.

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Apr 09, 2014 09:08pm

The time to avoid this carnage was yesterday and still it not too late. The military heavy handed action is never justifiable. Baluchis are good people and real Pakistani. Only due to mistreatment starting from Ayub Khan the Baluchis are very frustrated and " foreign hands have taken the advantage. ". Go and talk to them. In reality India wants to start a full war in two fronts, namely, Baluchistan and KP.

pathanoo Apr 09, 2014 09:10pm

As long as you force Religion through the Government edicts, laws and see every thing through the Lens of Religion; murder, mayhem, sectarianism and anarchy will grow. No will back down because they can site a distorted version of Islam to prove their point. Nothing else matters. No one listens. Murder, killings become the only tool to make your case. SHAME!!!

babaaabaa Apr 09, 2014 09:20pm

@HolyCow-PakArmy: WRONG. They have hit five star hotels in major cities too. These people are indiscriminate killers

Nasir Ahmed Apr 09, 2014 09:21pm

@T. Khattak: Establishment is from Punjab.

mustafa - Kabul/Afghanistan Apr 09, 2014 09:23pm

We Strictly condemn this atrocious act of evil. Hope Allah give patience to the families of the people dead or injured. May them all rest in peace and be rewarded by Jannah. May Allah save us all from the evils of politics and power.

Reality Apr 09, 2014 09:41pm

@Riza Afghan: Taliban were created in 1994 during the government of PPP under late Benazir Bhutto.

Disgusting Apr 09, 2014 09:50pm

@Justice: spoke too early?. Not that i support Taliban, they are the scum of the earth, and they need to be dealt with either dialogue or bullet, personally i prefer dialogue to avoid more collateral damage.

ahmedj Apr 09, 2014 10:11pm

@Justice: Shame on you justice who doesn't have a slightest wisdom to see real negative forces behind the attack. One can excuse non-pakistanis as they want pakistan to remain in this endless war against taliban and ruin our economy but disgrace to all pakistanis who want to continue with this useless war and want to see slaughtered pakistanis on both sides. Typical crowd who want to lick white man's feet by listening to their agenda.

Now it has emerged that BLA was behind this.

fazalpai Apr 09, 2014 10:15pm

@AbbasToronto: be impartial, please, if you are really a well wisher of mankind.

Agha Apr 09, 2014 10:22pm

Never blame others for your own downfall. Blame yourself for letting them do this to you. Failed leaders like NS and AZ come back to power every time. Who brings them? Us!! We allow a few political families with personal agendas to lead our country. Are you really surprised to see this result? The way these political parties are run, it is a mafia. To me, it sounds like Obama declaring today that after he goes, his kids will rule the Democratic Party. Jokes! The world would laugh if that was even suggested. The change should begin from the ideology within. Stop voting for these parties. Try someone new. Musharraf was way better than these people.

Qureshi Apr 09, 2014 10:24pm

This whole mess it turning bizare day by day, If politicians can get to know about the warnings for forthcoming attacks then how can they not find out about the hands behind those warnings? Obviously there seems to exist a third party intending to delay the talks. But the point is they need to find that third party and sort out issues with it then turn towards Taliban and settle issues with them. But first they got to do something about that third party which seemingly is the biggest threat and enemy to our country and its peace.

Saiyed zaidi Apr 09, 2014 10:41pm

@Imran Siddiqui: We'll said bro.

Omer Apr 09, 2014 10:45pm

@Arya: I am amazed at your audacity to call the freedom movement in Indian Occupied Kashmir as terrorism. According to Webster Dictionary's definition of terrorism, it is the Indian state and its security apparatus that are killing and terrorizing innocent Kashmiri people. The freedom fighters target the occupying Indian Army and police, which doesn't fall in the category of terrorism.

Venkat Apr 09, 2014 10:49pm

These folks are the worst cowards in the world. They think they have achieved something by killing the innocent people. Do they have guts to face the army directly? Or do they have guts to face another armed group? What did these poor people do to go through this? Shame on the Government. Whether it is India or Pakistan or any country, the Government must crush these terrorists with iron hands and then may be, provide them amnesty after couple of years and let them join the social stream.

IKE Apr 09, 2014 10:51pm

There is only one way to deal with this: Close borders with Afghanistan and India. Break Diplomatic Relations with India and total breakup. Send all refugees to the camps. Keep track of all foreigners, particularly Indians.

Sal M Apr 09, 2014 11:09pm

There is no such thing as Balochistan separatists. It is all a game played by RAW. If Pakistan remains united and explores multi billion dollars of Gold in Balochistan, it will be a prosperous country. InShaAllah. It is amazing to see that people can not see what is really going on.

Ridwan Apr 10, 2014 12:11am

The Baluchis were seen as oppressed secularists before. Now they're starting to look like vicious jihadis. Masks are off now. They've damaged their own image with terrorism.

ma Apr 10, 2014 12:30am

Really, the Baloch actually did it?

Imran Apr 10, 2014 12:38am

@Omer: Sure when its done in Kashmir it is Freedom Movement and if it happens in Pakistan it is terrorism. wow.. talk about double standards

humanbeing Apr 10, 2014 12:39am

I dont feel sad now as this kind of news has become often .pakistani ppl are getting used it. I m shocked to see thousands of ppl come on street to burn the houses of hindu's or Christian ppl on hearing false statements regarding burning of Quran. But on a terrorist attack by whoever may be for whatever reason people are just pointing fingers towards government. That shows the sympathy for the culprits. Please come on streets every time there is terrorist attack and protest against the terrorists. Lets unite together against this terrorist s and show them that pakistan is united and will not let any body to use its land for terror against hunanity. Respect religion but be pakistani first. Preach and practice it at home. Outside your house you are just a common pakistani. Pakistan always first. Every time after every single person killed atleast 1 million people needs to protest on the streets peacefully. Only that will end terror in pakistan.

S Chaudhury Apr 10, 2014 12:43am

@ahmedj: shame on you fool. You TTP agent

Nisar Apr 10, 2014 12:46am

Kick all afghans out of Pak, they may use different names like Baluch and Taliban, but all the roads lead to Afghanistan, all those afghans blaming Pakistan for their worries, if Pak is so bad, why are you still living in Pak, go back and take your drugs and gun culture back with you, enough is enough.

zubayr Apr 10, 2014 12:48am

Although the Taliban are completely wrong and their agenda is against all Islamic values, majority of people commenting here are completely biased about this issue. First of this attack wasn't carried out by the taliban. Its the baloch sepratist groups, which have a complete different set of agenda. Secondly half of you people are sitting outside the country criticising the governments negotiation plans and you dont even know the difficulty of trying to finish the taliban through force. You're asking a country like Pakistan to go on an all out war with a terrorist group which even US has difficulty with. Liberals of Pakistan are like a joke who dont understand the difficulty of task at hand and critcise the policies from overseas without any knowledge whatsoever, and when it comes to any issue regarding extremists they completely disregard the issues such as waterboarding, drone killings, kidnappings, and unnecessary invasions of other countries to put the sole blame illetrate people who let their emotions get the best of them.

salman Apr 10, 2014 12:49am

@Indian: If govt start promoting educations then how Nawaz and Zardari would get elected. These vultures will never promote education.

salman Apr 10, 2014 12:50am

Big shame on Nawaz and party, they are nothing but VULTURES.

peacetalker Apr 10, 2014 01:10am

Now the govt. will hold talks with the separatists. Guess the message the Govt. is sending out is that the only way to bring the Govt. to the table is by blowing things up.

Aftab Hussain Apr 10, 2014 02:01am

@HolyCow-PakArmy: Totally agree with you!

ahmedj Apr 10, 2014 02:05am

@S Chaudhury: I may be a pashtun and proud that my ancestors were not slaves to white men then and now. You may call me an agent. Tell me about yourself and your ancestors. Who is at shame now?

DK Apr 10, 2014 02:05am

Since Balochistan rebels has already claimed the attacks, why everyone is targeting someone else.. like Taliban or Nawaz or Zardari? Are you guys trying to pretend that there is no issue as such like Balochistan insurgency?

K.A.Muhammad Apr 10, 2014 03:00am

Mukti Bahini in 1970/71 and now UBA. Hope, people in power will bear in mind the lesson so learnt and act prudently in time or be ready to hold themselves responsible for lack of statesmanship rather than blaming other countries for its break-up. Enemy take advantage of weaknesses and not strong points. Nuclear bomb will not help to befriend enemy from within or outside.

If any of the four provinces of Pakistan wants to rule the remaining other three provinces, than it should be more than willing to accept similar wish, will, want and desire on part of the others.

msa Apr 10, 2014 03:07am

@zubayr: You are wrong; Pakistani's in USA know the problems in Pakistan more than any one in Pakistan, because they have a much broader and informed view of the situation.

Modi Apr 10, 2014 03:24am

When will Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan and other politicians acknowledge that there is a civil war going on in this country, and when will they learn that for survival of a united Pakistan, they must wage war, and not take cowardly actions of negotiating with criminal gangs. Why is the Army sitting on the side allowing the country to be ripped apart ? Shame on Nawaz Sharif's Govt. and shame on the Army. They are all a bunch of cowards. Soon there will be nothing left to defend of Jinnah's already tattered Pakistan.

Ram Apr 10, 2014 03:42am

I hope this tragic incident will bring some sense to people of pakistan that any kind of terrorism will only lead to death and destruction.

Junaid Apr 10, 2014 07:01am

Only Musharraf could handle it well and there were no bomb blasts in the middle of the cities. Mr Sharif now you know who can run Pakistan better? It is easy to get the title of PM. but responsibilities are easy to carry.

Anil Apr 10, 2014 10:57am

This is very pathetic. people of pakistan should be educate that "Life is precious, It may be any side of the border ". Human life is very precious. lets stop terrorism . lets educate our people our environment not toward "hate and violence" but towards "love an peace"

Amir Bangash Apr 10, 2014 11:53am

The Frontier Corps (FC) is doing excellent job and conducting operations against terrorists and anti state elements.They have rendered matchless sacrifices to save the lives of people in the province of Baluchistan. We have to expect and bear such losses and should not bow down to the anti-state agenda of the terrorists.

Azam Khan Apr 10, 2014 01:27pm

so sad. RIP all dparted souls. These things will stop when pakistanis raise above the enthicity and religion and start living like a nomral human being....

mohib khan Apr 10, 2014 07:07pm

What I fail to believe is that what were the law enforcement agencies doing. This is not the first such attack no one seems to care. Its time these agencies are taken to task or every one is allowed to carry arms like the old west. I think the nation needs to ask as to where the money of the tax payers is spent if not on the protection of their life and property. The terrorists will do what they want but what is the state doing besides begging for cease fire.

Shaikh Mohommd Apr 11, 2014 01:49am

Chickens are coming to roost. The havoc caused by the Army in Balochistan will never go away unless a sincere attempt is made to say sorry and announce that no more military operations will be carried out. Will this happen? I wonder

Ostrich Hunter Apr 11, 2014 03:04pm


I see so many comments saying that Afghans in Pakistan are the problem and they should be driven out.

Ever thought about how you can get them out of Pakistan?

Clean up your ways and stop supporting terrorists worldwide. There will be peace in Afghanistan and people will return.

You cannot continue to create troubles in Afghanistan and not have issues in Pakistan. It just does not happen that way.

Ostrich Hunter Apr 11, 2014 03:10pm

@Tanvir: My friend your answer is the reason why Pakistan will continue to have bomb blasts till kingdom come.

Read through carefully. Understand your assumptions. Thing about the implications. And may be, just may be you will realize why the bombs are exploding around you.

Haroon Rooha Apr 12, 2014 08:09am

Untill Pakistanis ask who they are today??,who they were, 100 yrs ago?? What are the reasons causes of where they are now??where the world is moving to?these acts are bound to be repeated with pride and celebrated as martyrdome by the remorse ,no regrets,display of chest thumping at the demise of those whome they despise.