Badaber attack.. (Image TTP Umar Media)
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) have released a statement disputing official accounts of the recent attack on Badaber Air Force base near Peshawar (see following link for earlier details of attack)
“Pakistan: TTP remain a potent force launching an attack on Badaber Air Force base, Peshawar”
Muhammad Khurrasani, spokesperson for TTP dissects a number of discrepancies point by point as follows,
1. Taliban attackers came in a Suzuki car. The chassis number of the vehicle has been obtained. – ISPR
Muhammad Khurrasani: Taliban entered the camp in two VIP cars and the govt still does not know about these two vehicles. Because you cannot accommodate 14 people who are heavily armed in one Suzuki and enter a high security zone. Was the whole KPK security asleep? Were all the people at the security check post blind?
2. Taliban attackers were wearing Militia uniforms and wearing white shoes – ISPR
Muhammad Khurrasani: When the attack was at PAF base, then why were they wearing Militia uniform, do the Militia forces wear white shoes? Those who carried out this attack were they stupid? Do the Militia forces move about in Suzuki now-a- days? ISPR has made an ultimate fool of themselves with this statement.
3. The attackers who were killed were carrying fake Air Force ID cards. – ISPR
Muhammad Khurrasani: If the service cards were of PAF, then why were they wearing Militia uniforms? If the cards were of PAF then obviously the uniform was also according to the Air Force base and the vehicles which were not stopped anywhere by anyone and possibly they even managed to successfully get back out also. Because so far ISPR has no proof of these vehicles that were used in the attack.
4. All 13 terrorists have been killed. – ISPR
Muhammad Khurrasani: The 14 fidayeen whose video we have already given, why is it that their photo has not been shown as yet? The photos that are being shown are either old or are of prisoners who were killed. As per the last communication link which was around 1 o’clock day time, one fidayeen reported the death of about more than 250 people and only one fidayeen who blew himself up meaning no evidence about him can be gathered as to which card he was carrying and which colour uniform was he wearing? The last thing that he said was that the 13 of us are all fine and now we will split up and fight etc etc. So my question is at least show one body that was killed and why reporters are not being allowed to enter the camp so that true picture can be clarified. The 14 big bombs that the fidayeen took with them in one of the cars and were detonated, did these not do any damage?
5. The terrorists were contained within 3 layer security of 50 meter. – ISPR.
Muhammad Khurrasani: If they were contained within 50 meter then where are the VIP cars? Also how did they manage to kill so many people within this distance? According to them, of the 13 fidayeen who were killed, why don’t they show as evidence at least one body or identify at least one of them. Also why media is still not allowed to go inside?
6. The whole operation planning and control was being done from Afghanistan. – ISPR.
Muhammd Khurrasani: These kind of statements are false. Because everyone knows that signals from Afghanistan work only up to 40 kilometers inside Pakistan and 40 kilometers inside Afghanistan the signals from Pakistan. This is not a valid proof or statement. Where are the Pakistan’s loud and lofty claims that no SIM can be activated without fingerprint? Then which number was used to communicate from the PAF base? Were those Afghan SIMs? Can the ISPR or intelligence agencies not identify these SIMs etc etc? All these things point towards the total failure of the Pakistan government and the Taliban Alhamdulillah (by the grace of Allah) is united today.
(Thanks to RA for translation)
TTP have also released a further 5 minute video entitled “PAF Camp Fedayan” They released an earlier video showing attackers prior to the assault on Badaber with Muhammad Khurrasani.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights, WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.