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Foreign Climers Killed in Pakistan

Taliban Claim Killing of Foreign Climbers in Gilgit

ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), militant organization waging war against Pakistani nation and its armed forces has claim responsibility for killing of nine foreign tourists and their guide in Gilgit Baltistan. Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ahsan contacted a famous media house in Pakistan and confirmed their role in the incident which took 10 precious lives.

News reports suggest that a group of 10 climbers including three Chinese, two Russians, five Ukrainians and their Pakistani guide were camping around 4,200 feet from Nanga Parbat when Taliban militants stormed their camp and killed all of them. Located in Diamer district of Gilgit Baltistan, Nanga Parbat is amongst the highest mountains in the world.

Ahsan termed the killing of innocent climbers as revenge against killing of their deputy leader Wal-ur-Rehman Mehsud who was killed in a drone earlier this month. He said that killing of foreign nationals on Pakistan soils will convey their (TTP’s) feeling to international community.

“This will tell the international community about our feelings and sentiments against the killing of our fighters,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ahsan

He said that operation was carried out by a group called Junuud-e-Hafsa (Army of Hafsa). The name of the group suggests that it gets inspiration from incident of Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad.  Jamia Hafsa, a girl’s seminary for religious education was razed to ground as result of military operation in July, 2007. Militancy raised to new heights after military operation in Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa.

Whole of Northern Pakistan is suffering from militancy but Gilgit Baltistan was considered to be free from Taliban militancy. However, today’s incident will raise new security concerns for Pakistani government.

Government of Pakistan has announced that dead bodies will be air lifted to Islamabad for onward handing over to respective embassies. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf tabled a resolution in National Assembly against brutal killings of foreign climbers and termed it a conspiracy to deface Pakistan in international community. PTI deputy parliamentary leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the lawmakers asked the government to improve security situation in the country.

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