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'Terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance,' army chief says

Updated Jan 22, 2017 11:41am

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Mourners attend funeral prayers for the blast victims at a mosque in Parachinar city. —AFP
Mourners attend funeral prayers for the blast victims at a mosque in Parachinar city. —AFP
Security officials inspect the bomb explosion site at a vegetable market in Parachinar. —AFP
Security officials inspect the bomb explosion site at a vegetable market in Parachinar. —AFP
People gather at the site of a bomb explosion at a vegetable market in Parachinar city.—AFP
People gather at the site of a bomb explosion at a vegetable market in Parachinar city.—AFP

"Terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance," Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday after a blast at a vegetable market in Kurram Agency's Parachinar area killed 25 people.

According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief said terrorists will fail at all fronts.

At least 25 people were killed and 87 others were injured in the blast at the Sabzi Mandi, a spokesperson for the health directorate of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas said in a statement issued in Peshawar.

Ikramullah Khan, a senior government official in Parachinar, said that the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) which was hidden in a vegetable box. The explosion was remote-controlled, a bomb disposal squad official said.

In a text message sent to journalists, the proscribed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami claimed that it, along with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter Shehryar Mehsud group carried out the attack. However, the Shehryar Mehsud group did not independently claim the bombing.

Noorullah Khan, an official in Parachinar hospital, said that 11 bodies and more than 40 injured had been taken to the hospital.

According to the statement issued by ISPR, the blast took place at 08:50am.

The injured were shifted to agency headquarters hospital.

Dr Sabir Hussain at the Parachinar main hospital said 11 critically wounded people died during treatment. He said there are still several people in serious condition who are being shifted to other hospitals for better care.

'Bodies strewn around'

Government official Shahid Khan said the explosion took place when the market was crowded with retailers buying fruits and vegetables.

Ashiq Hussain, who was lightly wounded, was being treated in Parachinar hospital. He said he was among the people purchasing fruits and vegetables loaded on a van when the explosion took place.

Security officals inspect the site of a bomb explosion in Parachinar.— AFP
Security officals inspect the site of a bomb explosion in Parachinar.— AFP

“There was a big bang and a dark cloud of smoke and dust I saw before passing out,” he said.

Hussain said he saw bleeding bodies and severed limbs and heard cries when he came back to his senses. “I was just bleeding from my leg,” he said. “Thank God I am alive.”

“There was no ambulance, and people had to carry the injured in cars and private pickup trucks to the hospital,” Hussain told Reuters.

Army personnel and Frontier Corps's Quick Reaction Force reached the blast site and cordoned off the area. Army helicopters were also flown to the site to evacuate the injured to hospitals, the ISPR said.

According to the ISPR statement, Gen Bajwa directed the troops to make efforts for quick evacuation of the blast victims and ensure they are provided "best medical care".

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief over the latest loss of life, his office said in a statement.

Terrorism not new to Kurram

In December, 2015 a similar blast in a makeshift market in Parachinar had killed 25 people. Two militant groups, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi Al Alami and Ansarul Mujahideen based in South Waziristan Agency, had claimed responsibility for that blast.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas as it borders three Afghan provinces and at one point was one of the key routes for militant movement across the border. It has witnessed scores of attacks and kidnappings for ransom incidents in the past several years.

The agency is adjacent to North Waziristan where Operation Zarb-i-Azb is in progress against the Tehreek-i-Taliban and other insurgent groups. The military had also launched an offensive against militants in 2011.

Parachinar is the administrative headquarters of the agency near the Afghan border.

It is small garrison town developed by the British Army in the foothill of Spin Ghar (White Mountain) in mid-1895. The town's total population is about 40,000 comprising people of different tribes, races and faiths.

People gather outside a hospital after the bomb blast. —Online
People gather outside a hospital after the bomb blast. —Online

Army soldiers evacuate injured of Parachinar blast. —PPI
Army soldiers evacuate injured of Parachinar blast. —PPI

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Devendra G. Jan 21, 2017 09:38am

Let us deal with this together ....is anybody listening ?

Nasir Jan 21, 2017 09:40am

Prayers for Parachinar. Wonder what will Ashraf Ghani say now because i"m pretty sure the suicide bomber must have come from Afghanistan as usual?

Maverik Jan 21, 2017 09:47am

Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'on. Its about time to ask the Afghan govt to do more if they want to keep the trade route open to their country.

ahmad Jan 21, 2017 09:52am

I said it again and again, until we completely sealed pak afghan border, i mean completely sealed (apart from legal ways) these things cannot be stop. simple as that.

Asif A. Shah Jan 21, 2017 10:03am

When we will have law and order in these areas? Perhaps, the more important question is how ? Another sad news.

Brutal honesty Jan 21, 2017 10:05am

So what was the operation cleanup and the IDP's and loss of precious life and property for .....not to forget the billions of rupees spent and lost...

adnan syed Jan 21, 2017 10:17am

All tall claims are thrown in gutter. The world is watching us closely.

Abbas Jan 21, 2017 10:23am

Had it been any other democratic country it would have been a major news. Lets face it we cannot live in deniel that pakistans support for extreamist is hurting it as well.

AXH Jan 21, 2017 10:24am

Cowards struck again, but for how long.

reena khan UAE Jan 21, 2017 10:30am

Do we have rangers, police, military, government, interior minister, PM in our country? Where are the big talkers?

SB Jan 21, 2017 10:28am

Madness continues...

adnan mazher khan Jan 21, 2017 10:36am

This is an indication that miscreants are coming back and organizing themselves. We must stop them right here with full force. Action is needed.

Ahmed bin Babar Jan 21, 2017 10:36am

The work of animals indeed...

saadch24@gmail.com Jan 21, 2017 10:33am

Seal the border with Afghanistan RIP innocent souls

Mukund Jan 21, 2017 10:46am

Pakistan really needs to reconsider its policies....

Shakeel Jan 21, 2017 10:48am

Heartiest condolence to the victims families.

annie Jan 21, 2017 10:49am

please divert National Action Plan from bloggers to terrorists before it's too late

Fida Khan Jan 21, 2017 11:09am

Newly elected US President Donald Trump vowed today at oath taking ceremony to be be destroying Islamic extremism all over the world. People and govt should extend all coordination to extinct this heinous state that has killed 80,000+ common people

Dipak Jan 21, 2017 11:10am

Less then 1% extremist are giving bad image to country and allowed them to deliver hate speech by rulers. Why ? No country in the world tolerate such policy . Pl save the life of innocent people .our prayers to parochinarrow.

Sohail Gem Jan 21, 2017 11:16am

Adjacent tribal area with Afghanistan's border is still not safe and cleared from explosive devices .. Seal the border and keep an eye in every movement near the border. Send back all Afghans refugees ASAP. Rest in janna.

Nabeel Jan 21, 2017 11:22am

Parachinar has been bleeding for years but who cares! My duas to the families of the victims....

Sohail Gem Jan 21, 2017 11:21am

We've almost won the war against terrorism. Only adjacent tribal area with Afghanistan's border is still not cleared out of the explosive devices and weapon. Rest of the Pakistan is now safe. Alhamdu Lillah. ThankYouPakArmedForces

desi dimag Jan 21, 2017 11:21am

Very sad, Pakistan must review the policies.

Worried Jan 21, 2017 11:44am

Looks like masterminds are still active. This will continue till they are not completely destroyed.

Waaris Jan 21, 2017 12:06pm

Total failure by any government to control gun and gunpowder crime??

ramkumar254@gmail.com Jan 21, 2017 12:06pm

no safety for pak citizens,.student protest against goverment for safety is needed

Sarai Alamgir Jan 21, 2017 12:17pm

One solution, close the Afghanistan border, and ask Ashraf Ghani who is responsible for this?

Tariq Rashid Jan 21, 2017 12:24pm

Today one more bomb blast at parachinar killing 20 people.. sealing afghan border could only spare us from such tragic incidents there is no other way to completely eliminate terrorism it's funded and supported by external forces to destabilize our country...

From India Jan 21, 2017 12:27pm

Condolences to the families of the victims.

From India

Tariq Rashid Jan 21, 2017 12:42pm

Today one more bomb blast at parachinar killing 20 people... it begs question till when we will be counting and mourning over dead bodies.. its time to put an end to the bloodshed of innocent people...

Chelfls Jan 21, 2017 12:49pm

deep condolence.. terrorism in any form will not be a solution to any problem.

praying almighty for everyone to respect other in the sake of humanity.

Skeptic Jan 21, 2017 01:05pm

Thank you Nawaz Sharif.

MUMBAI VICTIMS PARENTS Jan 21, 2017 01:10pm

Terrorism is pure evil and there should be no good or bad in it.

Naveed Jafri Jan 21, 2017 01:08pm

And yet our "esteemed" Interior Minister says not to mix religious extremism with terrorism

Pakistani Jan 21, 2017 01:12pm

RIP.

@ABD Jan 21, 2017 01:17pm

SAD,RIP lost souls

Teja Jan 21, 2017 01:17pm

Let's India, Pakistan and Afghanistan deal with this situation together. Respect each other sensitivities and live in peace.

Amit Sharma Jan 21, 2017 01:22pm

@Shakeel heartfelt condolences

@ABD Jan 21, 2017 01:26pm

@Teja Yeah,this is the time to take action before it's to late.

pashtoon Jan 21, 2017 01:42pm

Seal Afghan Border, is the only solution

Mahmood Jan 21, 2017 02:10pm

In the meantime, NS enjoys his trip to Davos Switzerland! This is the kind of leadership we have.

YesYoucan Jan 21, 2017 02:28pm

So sad Incident.

Taimoor khan Jan 21, 2017 03:38pm

About time Indian sponsored terror infrastructure inside Afghanistan uprooted by force.

IRFAN uk Jan 21, 2017 03:40pm

So sad to see innocent people being targeted like that. If this happens in India or Afghanistan its still just as bad but they immediately blame Pakistan for it so Pakistan needs to tell both India and Afghanistan that enough is enough and we need to all work together STOP all this killings in ALL COUNTRIES.

Zealot Jan 21, 2017 04:05pm

Its a Warning to New COAS.The new COAS must continue with Policies of Gen Raheel.I believe Terrorists are Defeated though but NOT completely eliminated !!!!

The end is near Jan 21, 2017 04:00pm

This is the so called progress PM always talks about.

Tahir Niaz Jan 21, 2017 04:22pm

Imports from Afghanistan and IRAN must be banned. Who ever want to import Fruits from Afghanistan should not be allowd to use boxes and cartons. Open stock should be Loaded to stores , Dry ports at Thorkam boarder and then local murchents can take and sell in market HOW YOU PACK CARTON IN KABUL AND OPEN IN OUR MARMKETS. THIS CAN NEVER BE SCANNED. LARGE NO OF TRUCKS CROSS BOARDER EVERYDAY. JUST DONT ALLOW THEM, IF YOU CAN DO THIS . TAKE A PALACE IN DRY PORT.

ABDULRAHMAn Jan 21, 2017 04:22pm

@IRFAN uk - correct! let's come with the solutions not the problems! when we comment or react on some incidents - we should also bring a kind of solution. remember - out comments are being read. 1. Call Ghani and ask to stop cross border terrorism inside Pakistan. 2. Use of media effectively. 3. take tribal people into confidence and setup an intelligence body by comprising these people to track these 'monsters'. 4. arrest these terrorist for crucial information - don't arrest them. 5. Pressurize afghan gov to take action against these groups and see how they react. 6. Call the Europeans and USA and tell them about the cross border terrorist activities. 7. educate people against terrorism.

Sridhar Jan 21, 2017 04:33pm

No doubt, this is very sad to see innocent people died,

The_Truth Jan 21, 2017 04:44pm

There you go again

pak GUY Jan 21, 2017 04:48pm

@adnan syed The situation has improved greatly. The world recognized that. I'm from the north and we are greatly thankful. Are you a disguised Indian?

IMran Jan 21, 2017 04:51pm

Shame on those who are still playing in the hands of our enemies. Why we can't trace them and act against it. If it's India tell them to stop or face the same or even a war if that's the only solution to our peace. It can't go on like this. This has to stop. Where is our intelligence agencies. They should be questioned too.

Sameena Jan 21, 2017 05:19pm

Please protect our country from that elements...That is creating a bad image around the world

Gerry D'Cunha Jan 21, 2017 05:22pm

What do these people get by killing innocent poor people?

Jawad Jan 21, 2017 05:22pm

Ashraf gani shd answer this ??

madat Jan 21, 2017 05:54pm

Such atrocity should ceased in subcontinent for sake of humanity.

Ijaz Jan 21, 2017 06:19pm

So Chaudhry Nisar,

Next time you talk to the extremists like Lashkar who in your words are not the same as terrorists will you be discussing this matter with them.

This gives a lie to the notion that the war on terror has been won. In my view it has hardly begun.

Billa Jan 21, 2017 06:30pm

Not acceptable. Wake up and stand against these misguided elements.

Manju Jan 21, 2017 07:06pm

Sad to hear the news, may the souls rest in peace.

Mohammed NAIM Jan 21, 2017 07:19pm

I agree 100% that the border must be sealed completely. I know it is a long border but we need to start fencing it from very 1st mile. All Pakistanis need to be little bit more patriotic towards the country than the business and families across the border.

Mohammed NAIM Jan 21, 2017 07:28pm

Only one solution, Seal the border tight and hard.

J20 Jan 21, 2017 07:40pm

Poor people RIP

Mohammad S. Khalid Jan 21, 2017 07:46pm

@Devendra G.

Agreed.

Mohammad S. Khalid Jan 21, 2017 07:46pm

@Tahir Niaz

Agreed.

Karan-Mumbai Jan 21, 2017 07:50pm

What kind of terrorists attack poor people in a vegetable market? What will they achieve with it? I am sure they are the same group who attacked APS in Peshawar. Senseless barbaric acts.

Mohammad S. Khalid Jan 21, 2017 07:52pm

Pakistan

Stay calm, stay united, stay defiant : we will win.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Jan 21, 2017 08:03pm

@Mohammed NAIM "Only one solution, Seal the border tight and hard." Every heart is bleeding but unfortunately there's no solution to all this so long as ministers like Choudhry Nisar & Rana Sanaullah are there to patronize proscribed indidual S & organizations.

prashant Jan 21, 2017 08:10pm

Deplorable act of violence against humanity. Pak govt must wake up and control these sectarian terrorist groups. No more lame excuses that these are not terror groups. Or people of pak will keep suffering at the hand of these sectarian terrorists.

Pakistani Jan 21, 2017 08:08pm

Condolence to the bereaved families, we should undertake a robust border management strategy with Afghanistan to stop the infiltration of the heinous terrorist. We cannot afford any more sacrifice of our innocent citizens. We have to stand up against this menace firmly unless we completely eradicate it from our soil and exterminate the splinted terrorist groups residing in Afghanistan. Our Army must conduct surgical strikes against the terrorist and their leaders taking refugees in Afghanistan. We have to save our country from the ferocious miscreant. Long Live Pakistan. Paksitan Zinda Bad.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Jan 21, 2017 08:14pm

AXH "Cowards struck again, but for how long." So long as government continues to sleep over reports of like Supreme Court Justice Faez Isa who squarely put the blame on the interior minister Choudhry Nisar for befriending and openly supporting sectarian leaders & organizations and doing nothing substantive on NAP and not only that but telling the nation that proscribed organizations are different from terrorist and there must be different and far more liniment laws for them.

lucky Jan 21, 2017 08:23pm

Sad. but it's Pakistan government to blame for this.

kumar Jan 21, 2017 08:32pm

sorry for your loss

Tom.A Jan 21, 2017 08:34pm

@PAK GUY yeah tell that to the 25 people who just lost their lives

Dare Jan 21, 2017 08:46pm

And Interior Minister says that sectarian outfits are not terrorists!

Riaz Jan 21, 2017 08:49pm

RIP, bur the govt doesn't care how many innocent people martyred in such attacks. According to ch Nisar, secterian violence is not terrorism. Good bye to failed NAP.

Faisal Jan 21, 2017 09:05pm

When these banned outfits roam free and secular bloggers are jailed. We know where are priorities are.

Faiz ahmed Jan 21, 2017 09:05pm

Ch nisar is solely responsible for this act and failure of nap. He does not think that secterian killing is terrorism. He met and justified his meeting with a proscribed terrorist leader in broad day light.

M. Malik Jan 21, 2017 09:19pm

These sad events have become so routine that no public officials even take notice, or try to console the loved-one or express any remorse for their failure to provide basic security to the people of this country.

No wonder some prefer to risk the life on the road to seek refuge in Europe and elsewhere. If you cannot even be safe going about your daily life in your own land, than a foreign county could not be any worse.

Indian Jan 21, 2017 09:33pm

Terrorism must be stopped. We can't even let our Pakistani brothers and sisters die like this. Wake up Mr. Modi and Mr. Nawaz !! Help us to stay alive.

Alba Jan 21, 2017 09:33pm

@ahmad .... Trump can build the wall and pull out all American forces.

Ranjith Jan 21, 2017 09:47pm

Prayers for the victims. LEA's should take stern action against those responsible for this carnage.

Asian Jan 21, 2017 09:56pm

Wonder why so many blasts and murders are happening and common people are suffering with such senseless violence. . Why can't they leave the common people alone?

Indian Jan 21, 2017 10:23pm

May god give courage to the family members of the deceased

sajed syed Jan 21, 2017 10:49pm

Shame and curse on all religious bigots, terrorists and divisive forces that convert, kill and stigmatise non-believers or believers of other faiths.

Alba Jan 21, 2017 10:49pm

@M. Malik .... The United States is no longer admitting "the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breath free."

malik Jan 21, 2017 11:09pm

who is responsible for my blood ?

Asif Jan 21, 2017 11:26pm

We have to make a choice, either import vegetables and fruits from Afghanistan and Iran and pay the price in this way, Or don't let anything come from these two countries and stay in peace, choice is ours.

HYDERABADi Jan 22, 2017 12:34am

Why target innocent civilians? And what is the real justification behind this??? The people behind should be punished in a way that no one else even dare to think about similar things.

Omar Jan 22, 2017 02:05am

I have full faith in our armed families forces to hunt these terrorists and their supporters down! God bless the victims and their families. We will track down these cowards and wipe them all out!

Kevin Peter Jan 22, 2017 02:01am

The innocent souls who just set out to buy food for their daily life had this tragic end. Will justice be served?

Atticus from india Jan 22, 2017 02:17am

Condolences. Hope things improve.

Apple Fanboy Jan 22, 2017 02:24am

Deep condolences to the families of victims

Futurewizard Jan 22, 2017 07:08am

Condolences from neighbors.

shekar kurudi Jan 22, 2017 07:38am

@Asif A. Shah this place has never had peace under hindu, buddhist or islamic rule for many thousand years. so what's the chance of peace in the area any time in future ? anyone's guess

nabeel Jan 22, 2017 08:46am

LJ again accepted responsibility - what is government doing about them and their supporters! Ch. Nisar take notice of this please.

Ind Jan 22, 2017 10:11am

Cowards behind these attackers, if you have courage come directly.

Muhammad Arshad Jan 22, 2017 10:50am

very sad news

Manmohan Bhatt Jan 22, 2017 11:36am

I request all human being to condemn and Stop Supporting all kind of Terrorism

RAJA CHILL Jan 22, 2017 12:00pm

Terrorism will loose strength as soon as their categorisation between good and bad is gone.

khanm Jan 22, 2017 01:25pm

the out come of all our efforts might have minimized the incident of terrorism, but disease is still still there.. to wipe it out from the face of Pakistan requires new strategy. ideological warfare is better fought in minds rather than on fields..Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked. Principles are something different: a set of values that have to be adapted to circumstances but not compromised away

AKKS Jan 22, 2017 01:28pm

West Indies cricket team will not tour Pakistan as the security report is going to be against Pakistan ! The decision by the WI cricket board is proven right !

Tariq Rashid Jan 22, 2017 01:39pm

Lets hope it does happen in real life also as mere rhetoric is not enough now we have to eradicate this menace from our country at all costs..

Tariq Rashid Jan 22, 2017 01:41pm

@AKKS They can make such security report while sitting in their comfortable office -- no need to come all along to make any assessment of the security situation..

Salahuddin Jan 22, 2017 05:37pm

@Teja we understand your sensitivity which is CPEC but rest assured we will never be intimidated.

Shehzad Jan 22, 2017 10:04pm

Seal the border with Afghanistan. We'll see a marked improvement in our security situation.

noname Jan 22, 2017 10:56pm

@ahmad Sealing border will only stop good people, but the bad ones will always find a way. See the Kashmir border for example

Grandma from USA Jan 23, 2017 12:35am

@Mukund Why ? Because they don't suit you????

Ukumar Jan 23, 2017 01:48am

@Maverik What trade route are you talking about? Trade between India and Afghanistan is not allowed through Pakistan.

Ukumar Jan 23, 2017 02:00am

@MUMBAI VICTIMS PARENTS I am sorry for your loss.

Khwarazmi Jan 23, 2017 01:50pm

Gen Bajwa said he wants to end operation against terrorists and focus on the gains which have already been made. This is a wrong signal to the terrorists.