Sunday, January 19, 2014

22 killed in blast at Pakistani army checkpoint; Taliban claim responsibility

By Sophia Saifi for CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- At least 22 people were killed and 38 others injured in a blast at an army checkpoint in the northern Pakistani city of Bannu on Sunday, intelligence officials said.
The blast struck an army convoy traveling from Bannu to Miranshah, the officials said. The convoy included both military and civilian vehicles.

According to the intelligence officials, an improvised explosive device had been planted in an 18-seater van. The majority of those killed were passengers on that van.

In the wake of the attack, which he strongly condemned, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he was canceling a planned trip to Davos, Switzerland. The World Economic Forum starts there Wednesday.
"Our nation is united against extremism and terrorism and the sacrifices rendered by our citizens and personnel of law enforcing agencies will not go in vain," Sharif said, in a statement from his office.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also condemned Sunday's attack and has sought an explanation about the hiring of the private vehicles used in the convoy.

The main Pakistani Taliban faction, known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the blast.
"The bombing was carried out to (avenge) the killing of Maulana Waliur Rehman, commander of TTP South Waziristan, who was killed on May 29, 2013, in a U.S. drone strike in Miranshah," TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

It's not the first attack carried out by the TTP to avenge Waliur Rehman's death. Gunmen opened fire at the base of one of Pakistan's highest peaks in June 2013, killing 11 people -- 10 tourists and a local guide.

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You know what the saddest part of this whole deal is? [The deal of "you bomb us we blow ourselves up" thing] ? That every side suffers. Ultimately, the Pakistan Army suffers losses,  the civilians suffer losses, the talibans suffer losses, their families suffer losses, businesses suffer losses, education suffers... everybody and everything suffers. One would think our country's concerned government and the foreign governments intimately concerned with our internal affairs would seek a solution in which there is minimum loss for all. And maximum safety.

But when that option is opened..... this happens.

Does this leave any doubt as to where our "friends" want us to be - in terms of peace and prosperity?


Umair said...

A very sad day indeed. :(

Umair said...

Drones are counter productive. There is no second opinion about that. But one should also know, that drones did engage a number of HVTs (high value targets) which we could not.
Nevertheless, drones are violation of our sovereignty and they should stop. You rightly pointed out, Americans have used drones right at the time when we were about to commence negotiations with these animals who slaughter humans.

Umair said...

And btw,

As one of the most frequent follower of your blog (ofcourse only when i am in communication zone), i atleast deserve some reply from you. This constant ignoring is somewhat really irritating.. :/