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June 11, 2014

#HowNotToEliminateTaliban trends criticism of Pakistan government

Pakistani officials consider shifting tactics to combat Taliban in wake of latest attacks in Karachi.

Smoke rises above the Jinnah International Airport where security forces battled Taliban fighters on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP PHOTO/SHAKIL ADIL)

Pakistani Twitter users are highlighting what they call government incompetence in dealing with the Taliban using #HowNotToEliminateTaliban. The hashtag began trending after two attacks in the city of Karachi by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters on Monday and Tuesday. In the first incident, fighters disguised as security personnel attacked Karachi's airport, leaving at least 36 people dead and dozens wounded.

The Pakistani military carried out air raids in the Khyber tribal district on Tuesday, killing 15 people and destroying "nine terrorist hideouts", according to a statement. The army reportedly plans to step up air strikes against Taliban fighters, as government officials consider abandoning peace talks with the group.

#HowNotToEliminateTaliban was first used on Tuesday night, and has since been tweeted more than 5,000 times. Many on Twitter are using the hashtag to criticise the Pakistani army's perceived relationship with the Taliban.


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