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    Pakistan Arrests 5 Suspects Linked to University Attack

    Pakistanis accused of being the facilitators of the deadly attack on a university are presented to the media, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Jan. 23, 2016.
    Pakistanis accused of being the facilitators of the deadly attack on a university are presented to the media, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Jan. 23, 2016.
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    Pakistan arrested five suspects Saturday for the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda that left at least 20 people dead, 18 students and two teachers.

    Speaking to reporters in Peshawar, military spokesman Asim Bajwa said the suspects are charged with facilitating the assault because they provided the attackers with shelter, transport and weapons.

    Bajwa said that three other suspects, including two women, are still at large.

    They received training in Afghanistan and crossed over into Pakistan from the Torkham border between the two countries, he said.

    Body of victim is removed from scene of militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo: N. Takar / VOA Deewa)
    Body of victim is removed from scene of militant attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo: N. Takar / VOA Deewa)

    Mastermind Umar Mansoor

    Bajwa said that the Wednesday attack was masterminded by Umar Mansoor, a Pakistani Taliban militant based in Afghanistan who is also held responsible for the December 2014 massacre of 134 children in the city of Peshawar.

    On Friday Mansoor released video footage of the fighters he said carried out Wednesday's deadly assault and vowed more attacks on schools and universities in the future.

    Pakistan has killed and arrested hundreds of suspected militants under a major crackdown launched after the December 2014 school attack.

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    by: SAP from: India
    January 25, 2016 12:30 AM
    How about arresting the scumbags responsible for killing 209 train commuters in Mumbai in 2006, 166 innocents again in Mumbai in 2008, a series of attacks on embassies in Afghanistan, and various other attacks inside India through your terrorist proxies in the last 20 yrs? These are people trained by your rogue army / ISI, although you have always claimed they were "non-state actors". The cowardly Pakistani army can't win a war with India, so sends brainwashed young crazies to attack civilians. How brave is that? And if you can't control your so called "non-state actors", do let us know. We'll take them out in a jiffy.

    by: Mama from: USA
    January 24, 2016 4:11 PM
    Shame on India

    by: andy from: india
    January 24, 2016 10:02 AM
    surprising that Pakistan feels the pain ----what 's goes around comes around

    by: Che Mir
    January 24, 2016 3:04 AM
    Islam reached India and took a beautiful shape that reflected the core essence of Islam - equality, fairness, peace and made it the land of Sufi. After initial hiccups by 1857 difference between Hindus and Muslims dissolved. By the time of Independence Islam became an issue and Pakistan was formed. Many Muslims moved many more did not. Over 60 some years later the rest who did not move feel relieved we did not go there. That place is not Pak (pure) but a Hell.

    by: Zafar Rizvi from: Lahore Pakistan
    January 23, 2016 10:07 PM
    Looking into these arrested people, in the long run they are losers. The worst punishment waits for them on day of Justice. The weakest of the religious teaching Does NOT justify killing innocent people whatever religion they may belong. They should be tried in Military courts for the long run peace in this Pakistan and the world.
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    by: Gautam Mehta from: USA
    January 24, 2016 1:26 PM
    Your whole country (barring a few sane people, not certainly your military, ISI, or corrupt Govt) is a looser (at least in rest of the world's view). So you have a long way to go to undo 70 years of being a looser country.

    by: AHMED from: INDIA
    January 23, 2016 9:04 PM
    Pakistan Military Must take action against Politicians who are supporting Terrorist Groups with the help of Saudi Arab and Qatar funds.
    This has been proved that Human Killers Groups are getting financial help from Middle East countries. Few examples are Daesh, IS, Nusrat Front, Al Qaida,Booko Haram and Taliban. All these Terrorist Group got training and funds from these countries.
    If Pakistani Military wants safer Pakistan for Poor Pakistani then they have to take harsh action against their Sponsors in Pakistan,otherwise every day there will be news fro Blast here and there.

    by: Shyam from: USA
    January 23, 2016 4:36 PM
    Afghanistan NDS is learning fast from ISI play book. Afghans have deen for ever on the receiving end of Hakkani network(Proxy of whom we know) with bombing in Kabul and embassies. Some body was trying to arm twist them to compliance to be subservient to them. Now they are paying back in the same coin it looks like. Unfortunately innocent lives are lost in this power game. Until Pakistan gets rid of Hakkanis things are not going to improve.

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