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‘Air base attackers trained in Waziristan’

Published Aug 17, 2012 10:06pm


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Interior Minister Rehman Malik - File Photo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Cyrus Howell Aug 18, 2012 03:50pm
Because no one in the government or the military is there to do actual work.
Cyrus Howell Aug 18, 2012 03:48pm
The last thing Rehman Malik needs is facts. Let's not burden him with the facts.
shah Afridi Aug 19, 2012 09:28am
it may be right that these tirrorists are trained inNWA, but answer is that by whom may these people came to the point & how they brought their weapons ?
Hamid Abbasi Aug 18, 2012 03:16pm
Mr.Yawar,_ Don't tou know our "worthy interior minister" is very fond of giving statements after each incident telling the drowsy nation that a foreign hand was involved and pat the nation to go asleep again.Please reframe your questions that best suit him.Don't test his nerves and muscles.
Hamid Abbasi Aug 18, 2012 02:37pm
Yes,Join this Training Camp in Pakistan for the "Positive Work" you are aspiring.Hamid Abbasi
AA khan Aug 18, 2012 02:18pm
YES, enemies from ouside and from within as well...may Allah SWT protect Pakistan and help rid of these incompetent, corrupt and characterless rulers
Dr Ali Aug 18, 2012 01:57pm
very rightly said by eman . first the govt.does nothing to prevent an attack. then in a few hours they tell us that they know where the attackers were trained & who they are. The govt. thinks people of this country are fools .
G.a Aug 18, 2012 01:47pm
In the age of google maps and satellites that can read car license plates, why is it so difficult to find these training facilities ??
Anwar Motan Aug 18, 2012 12:18pm
If Pakistan would like to clean up the mess Zia Ul Haq created, they have to setup a long term plan to start training the next generation to become Pakistanis and NOT Al-Qaidas and Talibans. They have to stop the infiltration of arms and amunitions in their hands from foreign agencies. Have meeting with these fanataic groups and prepare a military strategy to get rid of them. That is the only way to clean up the mess.
Iftikhar Husain Aug 18, 2012 11:13am
It seems that talk talk no action this is not the first time this happened when we are going to have good news I hope very soon.
Syed Maaz Ali Aug 18, 2012 10:39am
Mr. Malik and his statements have no value. Every time he would give a statement it is just about " talibans and terrorism and people have been identified" ..and he disappears.
Mubeen Aug 19, 2012 12:19pm
You seem to have forgotten who created Mikti Bahni and Tamil Tigers .Also Gujrat is in India and RSS also based in India.
John Jacobs Aug 19, 2012 09:23am
Wrong it was the Arab from Yemen - OBL who used the good people of Afghanistan
Yawar Aug 18, 2012 04:12am
"Mr Malik said four of the assailants had been identified." OK so when will their identity be released to the public? The people of Pakistan have a right to know who these people were, where they were born, where they lived, where they were educated, which mosques they attended, etc. etc. Simply stating that they received training in Waziristan is not good enough sir.
Zack Aug 18, 2012 04:31am
These Talibans are causing all kinds of problems
Kabeer Das Aug 18, 2012 05:39am
Terrorists who mount attacks in US are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in Europe are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in India are trained in Pakistan. Terrorists who mount attacks in Pakistan are trained in Pakistan. Pakistan seems to have some fantastic training facilities. I wish there were such efficient training facilities for doing some positive work.
eman Aug 18, 2012 06:48am
no wonder that we r being told that the attackers were trained in NWA, this very attack has been conducted to pave the way for the military operation in NWA and deem the so called war on terror to be our own war!!! the real operatives behind such attacks are foreign agencies and their operatives parading our country with free will due to open permission by our rulers
Ahtasham Aug 18, 2012 08:14am
If Waziristan is place where these terrorist were trained then why objection on Drone Attacks??????
Shafi Aug 18, 2012 08:14am
What a rubbish argument, eman. Do you come from NWA?
A.M.K Aug 19, 2012 04:58am
Our wonder boy Rehman Malik seem to have all answers to all problems? He is compleat one man army god father of Rambo,Tarzan,OO7.Recmmonded for living Legend Nissan Haider and borrowed Victoria Cross,Long live the Queen and Swiss Bank's
Ali Aug 18, 2012 04:07pm
Shafi-speak for yourself. No argument is rubbish and there is every possibility needs to be looked at.
Asif Aug 18, 2012 04:37pm
Pls wake up and smell the coffee. Enough with the conspiracy theory.
NASAH (USA) Aug 18, 2012 05:47pm
This was exactly the 64 dollar QUESTION I was going to ask -- the drones avenged the death of the two PAF personnel within 24 hours -- did drones cramped the style of Pakistan's non existent sovereignty over Waziristan. It is so difficult for the Pakistani establishment to realize that appeasing the Talibans has just the opposite effect -- it invites more base attacks.
@awanh Aug 18, 2012 06:48pm
The issue is not about appeasing them and Pakistani Gov is going out of it's way to have these drone strikes, while publicly denying them, but rather the killing of innocent civilians involved.If this happened in any so-called civilized country, heads would roll. Muslim blood is cheap
SAC Aug 18, 2012 07:34pm
dear shafi ... imagine ur self living in such an area where drones frequently work... would you like to see your family die there? .... after 10 years of this so called war, we could not kill those 100s of terrorists but infact produced more 1000s of them. it simple, you kill my family, ill kill yours. but it doesnt resolves the probelm. The actual problem is something else.
rahmat Aug 18, 2012 07:40pm
very good point thanksss
Syed Aug 18, 2012 08:02pm
You guys (Eman & Dr. Ali) need to get their heads out of the sand and evaluate this dire situation in more rational manner.
ali ahmed Aug 18, 2012 08:24pm
because they dont want to locate..majority were trained by it is back firing..
bazid khan Aug 18, 2012 09:27pm
Coz these drones attacks increase the support for such elements...
Tariq Aslam Aug 18, 2012 09:42pm
You are exactly right.
Raja Aug 19, 2012 12:31am
YOU ARE ALWAYS SO NEGATIVE .. Get yourself checked from a Psychiatrist
Jaihoon Aug 19, 2012 12:57am
Pakistan has become a pariah state, where terrorists operate with impunity causing major global security concerns. that are bound to translate into dire repercussions f or Pakistan.
Jaihoon Aug 19, 2012 12:59am
Very well and rightly articulated.
SHAFQAT MIR Aug 19, 2012 01:57am
usa and their occupy theories are the problem, super powers are suckers, we shall deal with these terrorists of any origin be it india, afghanistan or some one else with heavy fist, untill they are defeated
vbi Aug 19, 2012 02:11am
Dear @SAC, You think all these problems are created by foreign agencies. Where were you living when Pakistan whole heartedly supported Taliban when they were ruling Afghanistan. Where were you when terrorists were sneaking inside India for terror acts. Where were you when Pakistan was protecting osama next to its military academy. Do not put blame on someone else for the problems Pakistan created. Its time to solve the mess created. There are no listeners in today's world for your arguments. Even Saudis have started deporting Pak terrorists to countries like India. So welcome to 21st century.
Umar Aug 19, 2012 03:13am
no foreign operative will blow himself for 70 virgins... only taliban can as their religion revolves around this;)
saythetruth Aug 19, 2012 08:03am
Our neighbors are busy using dawn board they worry more about Pakistan than Pakistanis LOL
fida sayani Aug 19, 2012 08:58am
people and soldiers who commit atrocities against kashmiri muslims are born in INDIA.
Talat Hamdany Aug 20, 2012 09:34am
Our intelligence agencies can tell you what each politician or VIP had for breakfast or the colour of the curtains and carpets but they don't know anything about the terrorists or their activities. They only get to know about attacks through the media. For God's sake the war has been going on for 10 years and you don't know who the main actor are???