December 15, 2012: Taliban carries out an attack on Pakistani airport

On December 15, 2012 the Pakistani Taliban launched a rocket attack on Peshawar’s Bacha Khan airport killing four and injuring another 30.

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN – It is generally a good idea to figure out whom to call your friends; counting terrorists among them is not a great idea.

Isn’t Pakistan an interesting country? Half of the former British Raj which is Muslim-dominant – the other half is of course Hindu-majority India – has nuclear weapons, has been run historically by military dictators, and has meddled in its immediate neighbourhood (including the sponsorship of Islamist terrorist groups which have carried out mass casualty attacks in India).

Another thing Pakistan has done which is anything but helpful is its involvement in Afghanistan. While it is true that there are ethnic similarities between the two nations, it is also true that it has bedded down with terrorist groups in that nation as well: namely the Taliban. Without getting into the weeds too much, there is the so-called Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban.

We pledge allegiance to Afghanistan…no to Pakistan…no to ourselves (Photo: By bluuurgh – Own work, Public Domain)

One would assume that the ‘Pakistani’ Taliban would owe some debt to Pakistan and not bite the hand that feeds you. And you would be wrong.

On this day in 2012

This terrorist bunch launched a rocket attack on Peshawar’s Bacha Khan airport killing four and injuring another 30. Women and children were also thought to be among the casualties.

The airport is closed and the lights have been turned off.

Spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority

This attack is one of many carried out by the Taliban on Pakistani territory. You would think this would lead Pakistani authorities to re-think their chumminess with these terrorists. You would think…

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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