Roughly a week ago Obama completed a deal he made with the Taliban, giving them back five of their high-level leaders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a move that’s been widely criticized as empowering the terrorist organization. A week later, Taliban gunmen stormed Pakistan’s largest airport disguised as police guards and waged a five-hour battle leaving 26 people dead.
Late Sunday, Jinnah International Airport became the sight of a warzone as well armed Taliban fighters strapped with explosives stormed the building in an attempt to hijack an airplane, according to reports. The Taliban claims the attack was in response to airstrikes that were carried out along the Afghanistan border.
A Taliban spokesman by the name of Shahidullah Shahid said “The main goal of this attack was to damage the government, including by hijacking planes and destroying state installations.”
“This was just an example of what we are capable of and there is more to come. The government should be ready for even worse attacks.”
The chief of Pakistan’s elite group of paramilitary Rangers, Rizwan Akhtar, said that the militants appeared to be foreigners who were well trained. “Their plan was well thought out,” he said. He also said that their plan was to destroy the building and as many airplanes as possible.
The Pakistani Taliban has waged war with the government in an attempt to overthrow it and instill Sharia law in the nation. The group is supported by al Qaeda and it’s been said that after the U.S. toppled their regime in Afghanistan following 9/11 they fled to neighboring Pakistan where they regrouped and have been launching terror attacks.
Shahid described Sunday night’s attack as “a message to the Pakistan government that we are still alive to react over the killings of innocent people in bomb attacks on their villages.”
Perhaps giving them back five of their prominent leaders wasn’t the best idea after all. Too bad our nation’s leadership is too inept to have realized it.