Arshad Mehmood, a former military trooper, was among five convicts who were handed out the death sentence for their role in an Al Qaeda-inspired assassination attempt on Musharraf’s life in late 2003.

Mehmood was executed by hanging on Friday. He is among the first death sentences carried out after the government ended a six-year moratorium on executions, in response to the Peshawar school tragedy that claimed over 140 lives, the majority of whom were children.

His funeral was attended by a large crowd of supporters and well-wishers.

Villagers at the funeral prayers of Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo
Villagers at the funeral prayers of Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo
People carrying the body of executed militant Arshad Mehmood to his burial site. -AFP Photo
People carrying the body of executed militant Arshad Mehmood to his burial site. -AFP Photo
People carrying the body of Arshad Mehmood for his burial in Javera village. -AFP Photo
People carrying the body of Arshad Mehmood for his burial in Javera village. -AFP Photo
Villagers carrying the body of executed militant Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo
Villagers carrying the body of executed militant Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo
Villagers carrying the body of Arshad Mehmood in Javera village. -AFP Photo
Villagers carrying the body of Arshad Mehmood in Javera village. -AFP Photo
People gathering at the funeral prayers of executed militant Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo
People gathering at the funeral prayers of executed militant Arshad Mehmood. -AFP Photo

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commentator
Dec 21, 2014 08:38pm

Why do you keep giving coverage to the terrorists. And look at all these villagers - Hundreds and thousands of them. looks like a Qaed-e-Azam has passed away.

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Naxalite
Dec 21, 2014 08:39pm

Fruits of Lack of Education.

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ivehadit
Dec 21, 2014 08:41pm

Clearly the problem of terrorism support runs deep within society. Hanging people is not the solution. We have to win hearts and minds.

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K RAMANI
Dec 21, 2014 08:42pm

Another set of enemies have cropped up needlessly

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haroon
Dec 21, 2014 08:44pm

who ever he was , he got his punishment for his act in this world.

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MKNasser
Dec 21, 2014 08:49pm

Follow Japanese way. In Japan, capital punishment is part of their constitution though punishment is not too frequent. When a prisoner is executed, it is done secretly, there is no big news flashing across the country.

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Hrushi
Dec 21, 2014 08:53pm

Very confused morals.

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muhammad sohail
Dec 21, 2014 08:54pm

@commentator Brother you and I think of him as a terrorist but surely these people dont!! This is the main problem in Paksitan as peope so much dellueded of the reality on the ground. May Allah help Pakistan.

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Riaz
Dec 21, 2014 08:55pm

Probably it shows the depth of anti Musharaf feeling and if not then it is due to successful anti American propaganda by the terrorists which is really very worrying .

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Ch. Allah Daad
Dec 21, 2014 09:02pm

The army should have started hangings with killers of innocent people. This would have given them a legitimate cause to hang those who attacked its own. I am afraid this strategy to hang Musharaf's attackers could back fire because soon these villagers will construct a tomb and make him a hero who attempted to kill an American Stooge. (Vast majority of Pakistanis consider Musharaf as an American stooge). Not an excellent start to begin new phase of war on terror.

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OmKar Singh
Dec 21, 2014 09:03pm

Confused Pakistan! If you allow me to say so. When "religion" becomes everything a person becomes blind.

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W.Shaikh
Dec 21, 2014 09:04pm

@ivehadit

Very well said.

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anayat
Dec 21, 2014 09:07pm

Economic and social deprivation leads to terrorism and lawlessness. Someone with money and education would not do heinous crimes like the tragedy in Peshawar.

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M. Emad
Dec 21, 2014 09:08pm

Pakistan should abolish capital punishment.

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tahir
Dec 21, 2014 09:08pm

Pakistan should introduce catch and kill operation to eliminate all these terrorists....

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Unnikrishnan
Dec 21, 2014 09:10pm

@MKNasser But that is no solution

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Awais
Dec 21, 2014 09:13pm

We are a country of sheep.

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Karen
Dec 21, 2014 09:17pm

This nation and its people are beyond repair. If guys like Mumtaz Qadri can receive accolades from members of the judiciary, then above is the same vein,

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Dur-e-Abbas Malik
Dec 21, 2014 09:23pm

He was terrorist so please don't use word a militant for him.

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Sherra
Dec 21, 2014 09:24pm

In India Punjab there are people who support Khalistani terrorists too..

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Peshawari Pakhtun
Dec 21, 2014 09:25pm

@M. Emad wrote: "Pakistan should abolish capital punishment"---and deliver the country to Taliban. End of story.

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observer
Dec 21, 2014 09:35pm

And Hafiz Saeed blames India for Peshawar.

Eliminate the Saeeds from your midst if you want to survive, Pakistan.

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shaant manav
Dec 21, 2014 09:45pm

@observer Well said.....otherwise after ten yrs, they will repent

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ahmed
Dec 21, 2014 09:47pm

Mullas and madrasas should go....

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neer
Dec 21, 2014 09:49pm

@commentator you r absolutely right sir

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Shahpur
Dec 21, 2014 09:49pm

These pictures tells you something to think where Pakistan is going.

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adnan
Dec 21, 2014 09:54pm

why the media never told which village this guy came from before?

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Sam
Dec 21, 2014 09:56pm

This funeral is an eye opener for all of us! How can we ever come out of this. Doomsday scenario for a nation like us who never woke from the first dreadful day when we budged down to the pressures of the extremists calling themselves scholars in the name of a religion so peaceful and straight forward. Let's get back to the basics and recreate a truly secular state and modernize us. Its already too late but still we can try.

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yousuuf
Dec 21, 2014 10:05pm

where king fails to serve, people believe in religion or revolution. give a good governance . let you see the difference

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Danish
Dec 21, 2014 10:08pm

He was punished for actions. Those who attended the burial ceremony were not necessarily terrorists. They just followed our cultural and religious norms to do so.

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Saleem Baloch
Dec 21, 2014 11:15pm

The dead bodies of these terrorists shall not be released to their families, they shall be buried in unmarked graves and the details of locations shall be only disclosed to the closed relatives only. Let the families of these terrorists have no closure, and I don't think doing so,is any less humane then what they did. I have no idea what our government is thinking but clearly there is a complete lack of understanding of the situation. I'm sure this funeral would be remembered as one of the biggest in memory and would be talked about for years to come.

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Naren
Dec 21, 2014 11:19pm

@tahir No there is something wrong with the basic fundamentals in the Pakistani society, that is needed to be addressed.

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farooq
Dec 21, 2014 11:24pm

This is very unfortunate. We should have beeen wise enough by now to b called as reasonable nation. But unfortunate. We still have lot of if and buts.

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samin ahmed
Dec 21, 2014 11:26pm

Pakistan has tried all kinds of humanitarian steps to stop these murderers of unarmed men, women and children. Nothing has worked. These people are not Jihadists but criminals and should be punished according to the nation's rules of law which includes capital punishment. Citizens should realize that they will lose Pakistan as a nation if they don't stand up against these people who use Islam as an excuse to cover up their criminal behavior. Also rules should be initiated to control these madarasas such as Lal Masjid, the breeding ground of unlawful activities.

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concerned_Cit
Dec 21, 2014 11:29pm

@ivehadit I couldn't agree more.

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Sudhanshu Swami
Dec 21, 2014 11:39pm

Thats why Osama's body was not given to relatives.

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Manjit
Dec 21, 2014 11:40pm

Symptoms of a seriously sick society. There is no immediate cure.

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Taimoor
Dec 21, 2014 11:45pm

My grandma had more people on her funral. Doesnt mean anything. Perhaps family or bradari people.

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hrk
Dec 22, 2014 12:18am

@Saleem Baloch I agree with you- All those people hanged under the ATC should not be allowed a funeral.

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Amit
Dec 22, 2014 12:21am

@samin ahmed You are right as long as the law is applied all across the board. But selective application of the law is bound to create retaliation by people are unfairly treated and that can will be their right. When very law that was suppose to protect them works against them. Anyone think of achieving peace this way is day dreaming!

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Kabir Das
Dec 22, 2014 12:22am

@Unnikrishnan

Agree. We know it very well. But we also know that it is an important part of the solution.

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Javed
Dec 22, 2014 12:35am

What a coverage for a funeral of a terrorist?

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Kabir Das
Dec 22, 2014 12:35am

@Awais Don't insult the sheep.

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Amit
Dec 22, 2014 12:36am

The problem terrorism can be effectively addressed by not by hanging anyone but by arresting all the known terrorists. Selective application of law is far from justice being served. Victims of unjustful application of law will retaliate and will cause more problems. Application of uneven application of the law is root cause of problems Pakistan is facing. Only time will tell but this not going to fix anything

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Rizwan Hameed
Dec 22, 2014 12:41am

This nation does not need an enemy. The pictures shows thousands attending a terrorist's funeral. When they tried to kill Musharraf, nothing happened to Musharraf , but 24 innocent Pakistanis were killed. I think it is about time that we stop blaming outside powers because we ourselves are responsible for our destruction.

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A Ahmed
Dec 22, 2014 12:43am

These are just village people. The probably think he was falsely accused and are only burying a fellow villager.

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Seedoo
Dec 22, 2014 12:44am

How many people attending his funeral have terrorist ties? I hope the spies were there to find out.

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Dec 22, 2014 12:53am

@commentator Excellent comment. Feel like hugging you. Well said !

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Atlanta Brother
Dec 22, 2014 12:59am

@commentator Love your comment. Couldn't agree with you any further. Well said ! Made my day.

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Atlanta Brother
Dec 22, 2014 01:00am

@commentator Love your comment. Made my day. Well said !

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Muhib Kakar
Dec 22, 2014 01:15am

while living in Pakistani society we must know about the traditions of funeral. It should not be portrayed the way it has been. the person is 'terrorist' for majority and he is no doubt son/brother or relative and all those relatives including the villagers must participate in it. By tagging all the participants as 'well wishers' or 'supporter' does not seem good to me.

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Asif
Dec 22, 2014 01:23am

Their behavior showing their hatred with Musharraf and his policies.

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Rev. Eldrick Lal
Dec 22, 2014 01:49am

You fellows need to stop immediately to give this kind of coverage to terrorists.

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G.A.
Dec 22, 2014 02:35am

I wouldn't read too much into it especially in a village where everyone knows everyone and going to a funeral is mandatory if you want to survive in that village.

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Amer
Dec 22, 2014 03:00am

They should have one two funerals, side by side, one for the terrorist and one for the Martyr kid, and see who attends which funeral. This would filter, ones with the terrorists.

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Samad Chaudhry
Dec 22, 2014 03:21am

Arshad memood should have been buried quietly in Unknown grave instead of making a martyr of him A terrorist is a terrorist

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khan azam
Dec 22, 2014 03:21am

lack of education. unfortunately this is my native village :(

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ahmedj
Dec 22, 2014 03:35am

One has to question, why a crowd in huge numbers has turned up for the funeral? Lack of education is not the answer and these villagers are not stupid. Do we have real answers?

Only a learned person who has vast experience and knowledge in human sciences can answer us.

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El Cid
Dec 22, 2014 03:40am

He was a much respect professional soldier. A hero of Pakistan. But was treat to the top brass. Murdering him will increase the division and rift in the military...already deep seated.

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Zaheer Iqbal
Dec 22, 2014 03:40am

Ignorance. The villagers are gathered to sympathize with the deceased relatives because it is a custom to go to the funeral in Rural Pakistan. It is a baradari system. Folks don't go for the individual but go for the sake of the baradari: his father, uncles, relatives, etc. It is like a pay back. for instance, You came to my uncle funeral, I will have to come to your son's funeral, no matter how he dies. Plus the mullahs have some influence, too in the villages. It is still not big crowd. Theses folks could be his relatives, friends and could be a few sympathizers.

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Zee
Dec 22, 2014 03:47am

@Sam. Don't be so ignorant, the current situation is a result of musharf's attempt to enforce Secularism

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El Cid
Dec 22, 2014 03:49am

@commentator : "Why do you keep giving coverage to the terrorists"

...because one day they will come for you. Put a label of "Terrorist" on your forehead and hang you. Dawn is simply letting you see the truth...it has happened before in history. Dawn is warning you. You don't have to heed it. Let others...

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Z khan
Dec 22, 2014 03:52am

For those who are confused about this: look at the pics again. The same 9 men are carrying the coffin. Most are hanging back. Usually there is rotation from the front right to the front left.

In villages the community is tight knit, you attend funerals for the living, the dead are gone but you have dealings with the living. Last a funeral prayer in Islam is mandatory on all that are nearby. If the prayers are for your enemy you still attend, it's a blessing for those who attend.

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Jawad
Dec 22, 2014 03:55am

@Seedoo People with big families , baradaries , villagers who knew him. Once executed --- however he was a Muslim with family and people who probably loved him or liked him. You don't have to agree with his cause to be in the funeral. May be some who agreed with him but mostly , probably people who knew him. And most importantly for people who knew him -- to be in the funeral and do dua e maghfirat for what he's done. After all probably has friends and family too --- you can't blame them --- but a close watch is in order for some of the participants. Along with their background checks.

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Jawad
Dec 22, 2014 03:56am

@Taimoor Agreed.

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saud ibrahim
Dec 22, 2014 04:01am

i thnk half of thm are pedestrians.. flowing with the flow, as we all do when we see janaza n normally we arnt aware of dead person

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majid
Dec 22, 2014 04:20am

picture of literacy at its peak.

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Fauzia Haider
Dec 22, 2014 04:22am

The signs of the sickness within. The enemy is within us yet we keep saying these people can't be Muslims. Why offering the nimaz a janaza if the terrorists are non Muslims. Why bury the non Muslim? Or is it that they agree with his ideology?

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Muhammad Farooq
Dec 22, 2014 04:25am

Hanging the criminals is not enough. There should be an extensive debate at national level why Talibans are source of great harm. As long as Taliban mindset continues to exist, the country cannot get rid of Talibans.

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Whistle
Dec 22, 2014 04:30am

A clear indication of mind set of ordinary people of Pakistan. Unless and until it is reversed, it will be an uphill task for any government or military to come on top of terrorism. Masses need to be educated to change their thought process.

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Tipu
Dec 22, 2014 04:30am

His punishment was metted out to him by the state after due process, even if it may possibly have been flawed in the eyes of some, it was therefore justified and long in coming. He should have been treated with as sympathy in death as he and his ilk have of others lives. A public Islamic burial was i feel unjustified and perhaps not even his due.
To those who think hanging should be suspended, please go to peshawar, and say that to the face of the parents who have lost their children and if they agree then by all means ban them and free all of the convixted terrorists in Pakistans jails.

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Ahmed Ali Khan
Dec 22, 2014 05:17am

@Danish Yes you are right. A villager esp in the northern area just believe in joining a funeral prayers. I bet half of the people does not even know who the deceased person is.

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Muki Mujib
Dec 22, 2014 05:19am

Please stop posts photoshoped by Yahood Hinood conspiracy. It's the work of R&AW MOSSAD apprantily.

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Gulrez
Dec 22, 2014 05:20am

why we dont understand that this guy did not kill school kids he was puished coz he wants to kill mushrfaff all noon league condemn mushraf thousands in pk condemn mushraf that doesnt make them taliban all this guy did tried to kill mushraf all people from his village knows the fact and did the right thing he was punjabi not taliban and not a madrisa student

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Imranshah101
Dec 22, 2014 05:25am

And we still wonder where taliban come from, it personally took me a decade to realise that they are all among us!

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Imranshah101
Dec 22, 2014 05:25am

Just look at the number of people attending his funeral

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Ajaya K Dutt
Dec 22, 2014 05:27am

@A Ahmed - They know better than anybody how much was he involved.

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Haroon Rooha
Dec 22, 2014 05:36am

Terrorist??Hero??Shaheed??Myrtyre?? who is speaking from which,what point of view??case can be made for either.Matter of interpretation, matter of who gets hurt!!!

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Faisal
Dec 22, 2014 05:40am

Wrong Coverage .. Go and ask the 131 kids parents and see if they give a hoot about this ... those who attended terrorist funeral ask them, will they still attend this man funeral if he kill one of your kid(s).

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Haroon Rooha
Dec 22, 2014 05:41am

@anayat South east asian s,Phiilipino christians ...do not fit your definition.Asian people migrate work hard live in collective family pay taxes buy houses. but dont murder cheat or go to jail or are on wellfare!!!So look for other explanation.

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noam
Dec 22, 2014 05:42am

Pakistan needs to balance its policies instead of going from one extreme to another. This man was executed for a crime that happened many years ago related to military general Musharaff and was not involved in killing of children recently. It looks like the Pakistani military and government is just scrambling around to make a point.

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Laksh
Dec 22, 2014 05:56am

These pictures depict the depth to which the radical Islam has taken roots in Pakistan; the roots of Talibanisation fully exposed. It has been allowed to fester. If the resolve of people is firm, the rot can be reversed, perhaps.

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nasirc50@hotmail.com
Dec 22, 2014 06:00am

It looks like this guy got caught in wrong hands of terrorist it not necesssry his family involved in all that.

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Tanveer Sheikh
Dec 22, 2014 06:01am

You just saw the silent majority hearts and minds with what? Lies and corruption people have nothing else to follow that they support them even after unspeakable atrocities against the innocents Imran Khan whose credibility is being systematically destroyed by them was the only hope because he spoke from the heart now the people have nothing and the void is being filled by something sinister. Apparantly our so called duly elected leaders are not the solution they are the reason this festering boil has turned malignant.

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M. Ahmad
Dec 22, 2014 06:07am

Shame on Dawn for giving this kind of coverage to a terrorist.

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ikram
Dec 22, 2014 06:31am

To Dawn: why did this terrorist need so much coverage?

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Khan
Dec 22, 2014 06:45am

He was hanged for his deeds....In Islam the punishment is to purify ones sins in this world.....Rest Allah is the all knower.

As a Muslim, it is duty of every villager to attend the deceased Janazah.....The attendance of Janazah is forgiveness to attendee also.

So media effort to, somehow, impose on Muslims that is not to attend Janazah of punished/Hanged militant is not appropriate. Muslims should show honor to deceased body and that's what the villagers did.

May Allah bestow wisdom upon all Muslims.

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Masood Raja
Dec 22, 2014 06:46am

DAWN should not publish and display terrorists janazas as they do not deserve any respect or publicity. DAWN should also clarify its position on our war against terrorism. DAWN must tell us that they are with Pakistani nation or with the brutal killers of our innocent children and over 50000 Pakistanis. Pakistan is under attack by terrorists and our nation is bleeding. For God's sake do not inject salt in our wounds.

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Ali
Dec 22, 2014 06:47am

There is nothing special here. In villages a death is just that, a death and it is obligatory for all families to assemble at the funeral and nothing should be read from this coverage.

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Mohyal
Dec 22, 2014 06:57am

Seeing such a turnout for a terrorists funeral.. future doesnt look bright for Pakistan. Hope Indians learn, and steer clear of fundamentalism, despite all the foolish comments by the Hindutva brigade. If we go down the religion path, we can see our future in Pakistan's present today

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Rehman
Dec 22, 2014 07:00am

@A Ahmed Those people belongs to the rural population of Pakistan. The rural population of Pakistan is 63%. So my friend, that is the majority of the populations and represent Pakistan under the democratic system. This is the problem why the menace of Talibanism is not going away from Pakistan.

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Ak
Dec 22, 2014 07:13am

@commentator Nothing wrong to show the truth, facts. We are in stone age because of Musharraf/dictators.

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abc
Dec 22, 2014 07:15am

when i looked at these pictures, as a nation this behaviour is shamfull for us

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Ak
Dec 22, 2014 07:15am

@commentator be patient buddy! All is not good and one institute or one man is not Pakistan.

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Qahaar
Dec 22, 2014 07:39am

Where is Javera village?? Be specific.

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Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali
Dec 22, 2014 07:42am

No hope after looking at the pictures of hundreds of supporters of a convicted killer. I am not hopeful any more.

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Prasath
Dec 22, 2014 08:00am

@commentator - That was a really hilarious one!!!

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balakrishnan
Dec 22, 2014 08:03am

Justice for Musharraf only ? What about others?

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Ashraf Chaudhary
Dec 22, 2014 08:07am

A big crowd at namaz janaza in the village does not mean they endorse what he did. A vast majority of Pakistani's, I think more than 95%, are fed up with terrorism and believe what he did was a heneious crime. I hate Mush but trying to go and kill him is terrorism. He got his punishment.

A person who dies by hanging gets sympathies anyway. Further, people gather because of bradari and relationship and particularly because this was a highly publicized death and first in a series to come.

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Need Understanding
Dec 22, 2014 08:09am

He has got his fair treatment and justice is done and please no avenge or hard feeling for him anymore. I am sure mostly came to join funeral prayer not to support terrorism. Allah knows best if he was forgiven in trade of his execution or he may have sought forgiveness and it was granted before his execution.
Muslims do not keep enmity after someone dies.

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tawari
Dec 22, 2014 08:14am

hanging him was not protested by anyone he did something bad he was punished. Attending the funeral is anyone religious right why one should deny and object this

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sri1
Dec 22, 2014 08:15am

@Danish "They just followed our cultural and religious norms to do so." Yes, literally tens of thousands of devout villagers. Just like thousands of lawyers and civilians celebrated Mumtaz Qadri and his actions. And of course, the official ferrying of Mohd. Saeed to rapturous crowds. And you wonder, why the world considers your beloved nation as the epicenter of terrorism? Forget India and Indians.

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Qahaar
Dec 22, 2014 08:20am

I had to search on the net to find that Javera village is near Islamabad Punjab province. Why you intentionally his association with punjab. Shame on you

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saeed
Dec 22, 2014 08:22am

@OmKar Singh

Very true.

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saeed
Dec 22, 2014 08:26am

@ivehadit

We lost 60,000 people trying to win hearts and minds. How can you win heart and mind of the people who neither have heart nor mind? People with heart and mind does not act like this.

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saeed
Dec 22, 2014 08:30am

@Saleem Baloch

Very good suggestion and I completely agree. Someone in command please note.

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Sam2
Dec 22, 2014 08:33am

@Muhib Kakar . I agree with you perfectly. I wonder why my similar comments are being censored by Dawn

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Rose Patel
Dec 22, 2014 08:35am

Nawaz League voters?

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saeed
Dec 22, 2014 08:37am

@Asif

I wish musharraf had remained in power. If this flawed democracy was not there then our 131 kids would not martyred and other 60,000 pakistanis would be living too.

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saeed
Dec 22, 2014 08:42am

@Zee

The current situation is because of interpretation of Islam by a illiterate molvi. Musharraf was demonised by our so called politicians to come to power and media houses making money from this politics.

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Shariq Tanweer
Dec 22, 2014 08:46am

Pakistanio, please stop acting like an ignorant ancient roman crowd watching gladiators in an arena . Let everyone have an honorable funeral. Our vengeance wants these terrorists dead; not decapitated or dishonored after death. He was given the entire length of judicial process available to terrorists and he was imprisoned for a considerable time. Kill them all, let Allah sort them out; but behave like a nation, not like a crowd!

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imranrahbar
Dec 22, 2014 08:48am

educate the society

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AHMED
Dec 22, 2014 09:05am

@ivehadit You win the hearts and people who have hearts and who have minds.

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AHMED
Dec 22, 2014 09:05am

@K RAMANI Appeasers like you enable the continued murderous attacks by these animals.

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Lakhkar Khan
Dec 22, 2014 09:06am

@M. Emad,

Except for terrorists and their sympathizers, politicians, Mullahs and

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orion
Dec 22, 2014 09:42am

Don't call them people, like sheep they can be led anywhere. We would not have been in this mess if we knew what was good for us.

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ahmad
Dec 22, 2014 09:47am

please sop glorifying them

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Yaqub Ahmad
Dec 22, 2014 09:58am

Common People of Pakistan knows who the real traitor is? Who sold Aafia and a lot of other Muslims to USA for few dollars? Who converted the role of army from "Defenders of Pakistan" to “Rental Army”? Off course it was not Arshad Mehmood. It’s the time for so called educated and wise people to recognize the real enemies of Pakistan.

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amjad
Dec 22, 2014 10:03am

Look at the funeral.If one terrorist can have such a following you can imagine how many followers other terrorists will have.A very grave situation indeed.

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Bharat
Dec 22, 2014 10:07am

kaisa desh hai pakistan???? samajh se bahar ki baat hai...

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ishtiaq hussain
Dec 22, 2014 10:21am

I am preturbed to see the caption on your post ''Arshad Mehmood: Hanged, then buried by crowds of well-wishers and supporters" it is just funeral and people from village do attend it as mandatory religious ritual.people have condemned his act unanimousely .they have hurled stones at his residence and forced his family to leave the village ,,,his family has left the village..rather it would be correct if i say they have been throne out of the village.so your reporter must have done proper homework before sending you such report.His mother died after becoming psychopath due to his act ,,his father has become insane also.We condemn his act and expect reporters to report correctly

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Bilal Khattak
Dec 22, 2014 10:27am

Why are we expecting the mindset that was constructed over decades to vanish in months/ days? I strongly feel the shuddering of the body is just the last ditch attempts of a dying corpse called Pakistan as we see it geopolitically today.

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ishtiaq hussain
Dec 22, 2014 10:33am

I take the oppertunity to comment on your post ''Arshad Mehmood: Hanged, then buried by crowds of well-wishers and supporters'' I disagree with your reporter that these people are well-wishers and supporters ....these people are his village mates and if your reporter has the knowlege of the area this village is a large village of janjua clan and this baradry is extended upto river sawan.people attend funerals as religious obligation.Moreover your reporter has not sent you report that stones were hurreled at residence of terrorist and his family has been throne out of the village.his mother died after becoming psychopath due to his thia act ,,his father too has become insan, janjua clane has banned marriage of his sisters in the clan. So it is requested that your repoter must have these informations and instead of portraying him as hero he must have brought the facts infront of people.thankyou.

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Mohsin
Dec 22, 2014 10:37am

Given the backdrop of State sponsor Jhadism ,it's natural to have people soft corner for the butchers. But many other other things come into play. ***Given the strong social fabric of village ,people attend funeral of their fellow villagers( It doesn't matter how they died). ***Education is another factor. ***"Love "for a despot can have influence. *** Our professionals (from basic service sector) hate to be posted at such a desolated places we watch in backdrop of these pictures(So vacuum is exploited by Molvis like A. Aziz and ilk) . ***The prayer leader (may be) is like thousands many others in Pakistan who are raised by mindless Mullahs. *** Most likely the MNA or MPA and runner up will be in last line of funeral. *** Look at their faces, I can say for sure that they don't read DAWN or capable of reading any thoughtful material . ***This variety can't cease to exist by our censure(I can see people in boyhood as well as the one's who will die of old age this year). Come on people we will have to have a holistic approach to get rid of this menace,we know as terrorism . Our reactive approach to have a "Khooni Chowk" won't serve the purpose.

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hassan
Dec 22, 2014 10:59am

Why is media giving so much coverage of the funeral of a terrorist. the crowd may b paid, prejudiced, relatives, ignorant, illiterate or any ting but y is ur newspaper showing its footage.

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asgher
Dec 22, 2014 11:02am

When Saudi govt beheads a jailed prisoner, it does not announce who is going for execution where he will be executed what time who signed the death warrant etc etc

ALSO once they complete the execution, they never give the body back to relatives. They pack it and burry it to an unknown location and informs relatives that their man is dead.

If you give body back to people, he will get nishan e haidar sort of burrial like we all see above.

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Gypsy
Dec 22, 2014 11:15am

The burial must not be made a public affair, no media coverage should be provided

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Naveed
Dec 22, 2014 11:33am

Can any body explain this? when ever police or army soldier died fighting for people or his nation, I never seen bigger crowed then this , Pakistani people were more sad for Lall masjid terrorists then soldiers who died that day ,

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Moiz Omar
Dec 22, 2014 11:38am

Shame on these people.

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Sami
Dec 22, 2014 11:43am

Should be Punish Publicly....Good Job

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Sami
Dec 22, 2014 11:45am

Hang them Publicly...Good Job

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lucifer
Dec 22, 2014 12:16pm

I've never seen so much support for a 'terrorist'. Long live Pakistan

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Sammy Gill
Dec 22, 2014 01:05pm

Sydney Sheldon: Difference between a terrosit and patriot is, which of them is in rule. If he is inolved in killing of innocent - he is to be hanged or puniched. PAK is going through very crucial phase where Political and well as Army is under pressure to get things right. If they handle this well- coming generations will be grateful to them , otherwise it may be pushed to a rogue and corrupt state !

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Syed Asif
Dec 22, 2014 01:14pm

Shame for Pakistani people who attend his funeral.they forget 140 people .Government must stop given the body and should be buried unknown place.

God help pakistan

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Adnan
Dec 22, 2014 01:19pm

Had our government spent on eduction some 40 years back, there would be not much spending on law and order now.

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Vikrant
Dec 22, 2014 01:35pm

Actually, after execution, the Pakistan Jail Authorities should have performed last rites.... Look what US done after killing Laden, US Navy do the final rituals instead of returning body to the family.... returning the body to their family n friends, means you are making them Heros........

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ailly
Dec 22, 2014 01:35pm

why was it necessary to put his burial news on media ?. fanning more hatred among people who despised him or anguishing the people lurking around his dead body ?. as a pure human being such news must be shunned for once and all ................. why flaming out smoke out of dead ? stop this nuisance of yellow journalism which had already destroyed our generations .... stop projecting talibans/ terrorists or their outfits .... please.

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Hammad Janjua
Dec 22, 2014 01:40pm

Its a pity, what a nation we are!

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Riaz Hussain
Dec 22, 2014 02:06pm

Sub se pehle Pakistan. We love Pakistan.

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TrollMeNot
Dec 22, 2014 02:54pm

Thus, Arshad Mehmood became the local hero..

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Sohaib Q
Dec 22, 2014 04:03pm

@LAKSH: Funeral of Sarabjit Singh was 10 times huge who was tried for the crimes of espionage and terrorism.

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ahmedj
Dec 22, 2014 04:21pm

@commentator "Why do you keep giving coverage to the terrorists"

So you and people like me open their eyes and think.

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Abid Mushtaq
Dec 22, 2014 04:34pm

What a country!! Pity on them.

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Parmer Madgassion
Dec 22, 2014 04:52pm

All these faces in pictures, they all are responsible for Peshawar massacre. Sigh!

How can anyone love a killer so much? I don't understand. Horrible but the fact is with such people amongst us, terrorism can't be defeated. What has happened to Pakistan and its people?

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Hussain
Dec 22, 2014 04:57pm

@Karen : Extremists like Modi; responsible for thousands of lives in Gujrat, can become prime minister in India. No further comment needed on illiteracy of Indian masses.

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hafeez
Dec 22, 2014 05:36pm

village culture , they are not sympathizers.....

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Akram
Dec 22, 2014 07:19pm

executed militants should not be allowed such burials in Pakistan, they should be buried at sea in the indian ocean, without any relatives. We are being foolish allowing such terrorists a muslim burial with such respect.

They forewent their right to a decent burial in Pakistan when they took up arms against the people.

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sayeed mirza
Dec 22, 2014 07:46pm

I am disappointed to note that terrorists and Killers popularity in Pakistan is so high . It shows cultural decline and indicates that Pak Nation is drifting rapidly towards violence and its freedom is on high risk.

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Jadu
Dec 22, 2014 08:34pm

@M. Emad Why? When Bangladesh, India, US can do it, why shouldn't we punish our criminals?

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zahidali219
Dec 22, 2014 09:09pm

Allah hame hidayat de

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ali
Dec 22, 2014 09:34pm

What is the intention behind this particular burial as it has being highlighted so much.

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Danish
Dec 22, 2014 11:04pm

A teacher of mine has rightly said, "Ideology wins against ideology."

While I'm neutral about hanging the terrorists to death, I certainly believe that this is not just a political war where we can win using just weapons - rather it is an ideological war where we are to change the mindset of those that support the wrongdoers. May Allah guide us all.

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junaid
Dec 22, 2014 11:46pm

Come on guys, This is a standard sized funeral in any rural areas of Pakistan. These many people are not there just for him rather they are fulfilling their duty towards the system. In rural areas if you don't go in certain funeral then their family will not come to your family funeral. However, once again this is an example shortsightedness of political and military leadership. Why don't just offer their namaz janaza in prison and in the presence of family member bury them in their family graveyard in night time if you are satisfied that you have punished the right person.

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Mobashar Ahmad
Dec 23, 2014 02:06am

Terrorism runs deep in society; simple hanging would not do the trick. To properly eliminate this problem, revise the school curricula to counter bigotry and discrimination and to teach Islamic teaching of forgiveness and tolerance towards others. Then bring all madrasahs in govt fold, no ifs or buts. If your start now you may be successful in about 20 years when those children grow up.

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qaisar
Dec 23, 2014 03:11am

these infidels shouldnt be handed over to their families.....there ought to be a burial ground in Jail, The families should be allowed to come and offer their prayers within the premises of jail... lets not make martyrs out of these scumbags

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S j
Dec 23, 2014 06:41am

its a common practice in our religion to attend funeral of even unknown people.

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Kdspirited
Dec 23, 2014 08:13am

These people should not be allowed a burial in the soil of the very country they betrayed. They should be fed to the fish or to the crows

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Kalimullah
Dec 23, 2014 08:28am

Just look at the support terrorist have ! Mind boggling !!

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Ali
Dec 23, 2014 08:29am

Just wanted to mention that in Islam if u see people carrying a dead person u are suppose to leave other things and go for the burrial. The burrial is quick usually either. Some people are just free in Pakistan and curious. Most of the participants may just be curious or participating without knowing the person or reason just as they need to.

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saeed
Dec 23, 2014 09:02am

We are a nation who sympathize with criminals, you can see from the pictures

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Agha Asad Raza
Dec 23, 2014 09:45am

DO NOT give coverage to these criminals PLEASE!

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Shafiq ur Rehman
Dec 23, 2014 10:06am

I strongly recommend not to print photographs of these hardened criminals, who have killed many innocent Muslims. Media should describe their crimes and damage to people, country and the society. Such a display is indirect encouragement to militancy

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fayaz ahmed
Dec 23, 2014 10:10am

@Mobashar Ahmad bringing madras into the govt control will make pak another turkey. it is not the madras but ugly politics and bad governance responsible for terrorist acts in pak. bring justice at gross root level. if pak attacks good taliban also it will be an oceanic blunder from where pak would be in more trouble. the whole world is condemning the terror act on pashawar school which is a good thing but what about those children who got killed in drone attacks & got unnoticed. were they not the citizens of pak, was it not the right of pak to highlight & condemn their killing. yes pak didnt get ample time as it was busy in getting dollars.

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AJ
Dec 23, 2014 10:20am

May be I am getting it wrong but can someone clear me up..how do you know they are well wishers, were they chanting something etc (i don't know). i think as per islam and our customs they are his relatives/ acquaintances, the participant of his funeral/janaza (the person who has covered his funeral can give us an exact picture)

PS: I condemn each and every talib who is out here to hurt us..death and suffering to them...they have brought misery for themselves by bleeding us green.

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Abdul Rasheed
Dec 23, 2014 10:42am

@anayat I dont agree. Was Osama bin laden a poor guy?

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fayaz ahmed
Dec 23, 2014 10:43am

well, condemning killers of innocent children martyred in peshawar school in right but what about those children who got martyred in drone attacks. why was world salient over their killing. was it not the duty of pak govt to protect them. in fact they got killed to serve pak national interest. it is ugly politics, bad governance & injustice which compels people to take arms against a nation. political scientist prof gilchrist is of the opinion that internal aggression is more dangerous than external aggression. such aggression needs to be carefully solved. i believe that those who are on the wright path always win. pak should get out of dollars.it would be an oceanic blunder of pak if it attack good taliban as it would make the nation more vulnerable for attacks. may Allah help pak.

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A. Mangal
Dec 23, 2014 10:50am

You should not have dignified by publishing his last rites after he was condemned by court of law! He's no hero to qualify a coverage!

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MS AbdulRahman
Dec 23, 2014 11:21am

Some kind of revenge will be in the hearts of some people among the crowd. Who knows some of them may opt for the path of extremism too after the glorification of the terrorist for trying to kill an American stooge .

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Gull
Dec 23, 2014 11:31am

there is nothing new in it. in villages its a life style a way of living, any body died even your enemy too, people go to participate in their Janazah... thats who we are .. internally

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tariq
Dec 23, 2014 12:37pm

Can someone bring this to Mr Nisar's notice how does he interpret this photo. Meaning less press conference is all hot air what is he going to do about this!

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mack
Dec 23, 2014 12:38pm

@Zaheer Iqbal , yes, it's just rural customs, not that all have come to praise him as a terrorist. its a common practice across the india and pakistan.

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PakiBoy100
Dec 23, 2014 12:39pm

Coverage no good for terrorist.... why why coverage ... what purpose it serves, please explain.

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Imran
Dec 23, 2014 01:06pm

@Amer Well said. Maybe the guy who claims that villagers were just attending a funeral of a felow villager can get the picture of how absurd his comment is. I wonder if he had said that if he had lost a child from his family. There is no justification of taking a life,. Quran has very clear direction and status on this issue, that is only if you are a true and pious muslim, which unfortunately none of these people are. They are not muslims they are butchers and should be treated as such. No sympathy here. The 149 kids killed were shown absolutely no mercy and were shot in cold blood. Even if he was not one of the butchers involved in the shooting, I am sure his activities killed other innocent civilians for which he paid the ultimate price. Thou he may be relieved from further worldly encounters, he now has to face the almighty and pay for his misgivings.

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Mock
Dec 23, 2014 01:23pm

@commentator Well Well. Media coverage is deplorable.Its just a funeral, people attending funeral do not necessarily support terrorism.

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kayenn
Dec 23, 2014 01:56pm

It will indeed take lot of time for Pakistan to get rid of terrorism from its soil !!! 25 to 30 years if they start deradicalization education now.........

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Varntvar
Dec 23, 2014 02:31pm

The intellectuals don't get it. If a section of society feels okay about attempting to kill an army dictator - albeit because of religious motivation, then the only conclusion we should derive from it is that in Pakistan non-violent peaceful means of getting their voice heard no more exist. It is not about whether Musharaf was right or wrong. It is about did those who thought he was wrong had any peaceful means?

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PSG
Dec 23, 2014 03:22pm

The common Pakistani seems to be better off than most Indians (rural) - going by the attire of these people. From a common Indian (city dwelling though!)

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Shafiq Khan
Dec 23, 2014 03:42pm

@commentator What is wrong with reporting the reality? It shows you the sort of people you are. ignorant and a law to themselves. No Sir , the job of the free press is to report so far they do it honestly without fear or favour. Best of luck to brave people who speak the truth.

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Kalyan
Dec 23, 2014 03:54pm

A house divided. This is the real challenge. Military can only eliminate the terrorists physically but the militants' teachings are wide spread and would not go away .. In fact, the curse of modern terrorism is that every killed terrorist gives rise to a multitude of next generation terrorists. No one has the complete solution to this curse - probably starting with right kind of education and having value system in society is the only safe way to defeat this ..

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Kalyan
Dec 23, 2014 03:59pm

@PakiBoy100 Hi.. shooting the messenger won't solve the issue. Hundreds, if not thousands, attended that cremation. That type of event can not be hidden just by ignoring it. In fact, it's good that the event was published because only then we know how critical is the situation!

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smj
Dec 23, 2014 05:36pm

After hanging brief namaz janaza , bury them in Jail's graveyard , no shaheed, no procession.

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UncleSAM
Dec 23, 2014 05:58pm

This happens only in Pakistan. Look at the crowd!! Amazing!

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khanofKalat
Dec 23, 2014 06:15pm

@MKNasser

japanese way. When a prisoner is executed, it is done secretly, there is no big news flashing across the country.

this is NOT correct. punishment for one person should be a lesson to others. hence they should be aware of dare conveniences. and this is exactly implemented by many other countries. and for your surprise same is the Islamic way of punishment.

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umesh g
Dec 23, 2014 07:14pm

@Sherra Not any more.

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Usman
Dec 23, 2014 08:09pm

Terrorism and extremism has rooted deep in the society it won't be easy to eradicate it from the society.

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Ebrahim
Dec 23, 2014 08:28pm

All the proven and confirmed terrorists, who were tried and convicted by the Courts be buried in a separate Graveyard by the Authorities allowing the immediate family members. If the Authorities keep on giving bodies to the families and they are taken to their home towns they would rather become martyrs and heroes after death.

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Joe
Dec 23, 2014 09:48pm

@M. Emad Yes for Capital Punishment Hang all terrorist or beheaded just like Saudi Arabia deal with terrorist with Iron Fist pak army go ahead and wipe out all terrorist/Talibans and save our Pakistan Good citizens of Pakistan you all need to learn how fire a gun specially women of Pakistan please go learn self defense classes and carry weapon. Pak People please this is time to Rise.

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syed baqar ahsan
Dec 23, 2014 10:11pm

Never seen or heard before such a huge gathering on convicted criminal.I thing as so many thing deteriorated in Pakistan so is common sense of people to differentiate between good or bad.

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Naseem Altaf
Dec 24, 2014 12:58am

I am just guessing . Was it Baradari-ism , or curiosity, or some incitation/ urging from the Village's Imam masjid or some other consideration that brought this sizeable number of people to his burial ? Could any resident of the area illuminate.

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Altaf, England
Dec 24, 2014 02:50am

People like this who commit serious crimes resulting in death penalties being handed to them, don't deserve to get such a public funeral. The authorities should give them a simple funeral and bury them in unmarked graves. By handing them back to their relatives, they are afforded large gatherings & they get treated as if they had done nothing wrong. Furthermore, their graves will become a symbol of resentment against the state by thier sympathisers. Look how the US dealt with the biggest sponsor & master-mind of today's terrorism menace. Pakistan society & those in power need to take tough decisions if we are to safeguard our children and their futures.

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A. Hyder,Ph.D.
Dec 24, 2014 04:31am

@Zee Sam is not ignorant. YOU ARE. As long as there are people in Pakistan with your kind of mindset the country can never ever progress except in terrorism. We have to either change this kind of mindset or eliminate it some how if we want to live like a civilized society.

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Fawad
Dec 24, 2014 08:48am

Don't cover this news. They don't have to be proud of anything. #EndAllTerror

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riyaz
Dec 24, 2014 09:28am

All i saw was 200-300 terrorist supporters.As long as these people glorify acts of terrorism, the fight will remain in limbo,if we have to get rid of terrorism in this country every potential element of it must be rooted out, be it political, religious or military. The country is currently ruled by either military or terrorist at the cost of suffering by civilians,children,women,minorities...,why are we not a failed state already ??

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hud hud
Dec 24, 2014 09:32am

It is unfortunate that a considerable section of our people consider the convict to be a martyr. The haste with which he was hanged will live on in people's subconscious as a shaheed. That reflects that people think our government is an American stooge. A vast section of people thinks the execution was actuated by Khaki duress. Why no executions of people who gag rape, kill minorities. The convict would not have received such applause if the execution would have looked routine, not under any pressure, foreign or local. Let us improve routine system for trial and conviction of criminals, civ or military.

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hud hud
Dec 24, 2014 09:35am

@commentator Most people consider Musharraf to be a traitor, a heathen, you like it or not, true or untrue. If the conviction had not been tagged to Mush name, there might not have been such an outpour. Qaeda?What? Invisible, ethereal. Let crime be treated as crime across the board and not flowery terrorism

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hud hud
Dec 24, 2014 09:40am

@ivehadit Fear the day when Pak army is viewed in ordinary people's mind as Mush defender. Army should beware that government's policy of masterly inactivity is harming its image. Read Hoodbhoy who says out-pour of countrywide sympathy for school childrent would be ephemeral. Mind you H is not pro terrorists.

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Indy
Dec 24, 2014 11:16am

Close watch on sympathizers must be maintained. They may turn in to demon any day and cause havoc to society. Extremist can only be controlled by society consisting of majority of peace loving people. Society is greatest damper and inhibitor to violent tendencies.

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Indy
Dec 24, 2014 11:20am

"stones were hurreled at residence of terrorist and his family has been throne out of the village.his mother died after becoming psychopath due to his thia act ,,his father too has become insan, janjua clane has banned marriage of his sisters in the clan". If it is true then such people will be greatly demoralized to commit bloodbath. Society should act fast and firmly.

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Prince
Dec 24, 2014 12:53pm

@commentator I agree 200% '. Media is a huge problem all over the world when comes to giving coverage of terrorist. His funeral looks like a funeral of someone famous. Why these has to be in the news. Even.hanging of a terrorist should not be in.the news. Media is glorifying the terrorists.

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Azmeen
Dec 24, 2014 02:14pm

Why DAWN is promoting terrorists' glory? Does it serve any national interest?

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Reviewer
Dec 24, 2014 02:41pm

Why are you not showing any news of J&K elections in India, and victory of democracy?

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Atul ARORA
Dec 24, 2014 03:37pm

@Sherra

And, your point is?

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Atul ARORA
Dec 24, 2014 03:45pm

@El Cid @commentator : "Why do you keep giving coverage to the terrorists"

...because one day they will come for you. Put a label of "Terrorist" on your forehead and hang you. Dawn is simply letting you see the truth...it has happened before in history. Dawn is warning you. You don't have to heed it. Let others...

Well said! If the commentator does not even understand now, he has some serious comprehension problem.

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Atul ARORA
Dec 24, 2014 03:46pm

@Sammy Gill

Let me tell you - they are not handling it right. Unless Pakistan changes it's narrative, all these acts will remain cosmetic.

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Cheema
Dec 24, 2014 04:29pm

Plz don't term it as a support As it is an overwhelming traditional response to attend any funeral taking place in rural areas

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Kanwarch
Dec 24, 2014 08:26pm

There was no need to cover this burial in the newspaper.

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Ijaz
Dec 25, 2014 12:15am

@Kanwarch

This is village funeral . People attend funeral in village whoever pass away but that does not mean they support him.

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khan saheb
Dec 25, 2014 01:51am

General ZiaulHaq

You are the one responsible and one single person responsible for all this mess is YOU

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Hassan
Dec 25, 2014 04:48am

Education and awareness is the answer and our ruling class is responsible for this crowd we see. Instead of spending money on education they looted the country and became rich overnight. If anyone is to be blamed for this then Nawaz Sharif and Zardari are at the top of the list. There are hundreds and thousands of other wh. have looted and plundered this country.

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Andrew C
Dec 25, 2014 09:46am

Yes capital punishment is the monopoly of the terrorists.

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Haider Bilgrami
Dec 25, 2014 02:13pm

Someone said, Jahil Jazbati , I guess he was right., soon there will be his tomb where women will come to pray for a son and each year we would have his URS , where his deeds would be lamented. Let admit it that this qaum is truly Jahil. Einstien said, there is a limit to intelligence but Stupidity is limitless, I guess seeing this I believe in it.

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Sakhi Ismael
Dec 25, 2014 02:46pm

@Seedoo And how many of those spies have terrorist ties?

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Anza
Dec 25, 2014 07:37pm

A village is a close knit community, if you don't go to someones' funeral, his whole family would not come to yours for next 7 generations!

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Balu
Dec 25, 2014 08:55pm

God Bless Pakistan !

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Ed Szczeepkowski
Dec 26, 2014 01:46am

@Ch. Allah Daad Sir, this Arshad Mehmood terrorist was a killer of innocent people. Have you forgotten that 15 innocent people did die in the failed assassination attempt on Musharraf in December 2003?

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Weirdity
Dec 28, 2014 08:45am

@Vikrant "Look what US done after killing Laden, US Navy do the final rituals instead of returning body to the family."

I seriously doubt if they did any rituals. I will bet money that they just dumped him into the ocean since he doesn't deserve anything more.

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