Some Hidden Facts Behind PAF Base Badhaber Attack

Some Hidden Facts Behind PAF Base Badhaber Attack|

Some Hidden Facts Behind PAF Base Badhaber Attack|PakistanTribe.comPakistan Air Force’s Badhaber base located in north-western city of Pakistan, Peshawar, always remains an element of conflict between Pakistan, DRA’s and Russia, because of its role during Cold War period against USSR.

Soon after the Badhaber attack, the rumors circulating among the Pakistani nation that this attack may relates to Russia’s historical rivalry.

Badhaber base is being threatened by Russia off and on, so today’s incident of Badhaber’s Base attack may happens in terms of taking revenge from Pakistan Air Force by Russian or Indian intelligence Agencies.

If we look back into history Ojhri Camp incident and Gen Zia ul Haq Plane Crash Incidents, also linked with Russia due to all above scenarios.

Here’s the complete detail of Badhaber base and Russia’s Hatred Towards it.

Badhaber is a village in Peshawar District,KPK. It is situated on Kohat road, and some 10 kilometres away from the main Peshawar city.

Badhaber is the location of the Badhaber refugee camp and jail, established in February 1980. The Badhaber uprising (26 – 27 April 1985, Badaber) was an armed rebellion by Soviet and Afghan prisoners of war who were being held at the Badhaber fortress.

The prisoners fought the Pakistan army and the Afghan Mujahideen of the Jamiat-e Islami party in an unsuccessful attempt to escape. All the prisoners were killed in the ensuing siege and the fortress was destroyed.

Operation Cyclone

The Mujahideen were trained by military instructors from the United States (Operation Cyclone), Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China and Egypt.

In 1983 and 1984, Soviet and Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) prisoners were brought to the fortress from holding cells (zindans).


On 26 April 1985, at about 6 pm, only two of seventy mujahideen guards were on duty. The others were gathered at the drill square for evening prayers (namaz). In an uprising, prisoners entered the fortress armory, took weapons and ammunition, and tried to escape.

The prisoners did seize key locations within the fortress.

Afghan Mujahideen, Pakistani infantry and tank units, and artillery forces of the XI Corps blockaded the fortress.

Burhanuddin Rabbani, arrived at the base and negotiated with the prisoners. He suggested they surrender and their lives would be spared.

The prisoners threatened to ignite the armory if their demands were not met. Rabbani rejected the prisoners’ demands and fighting continued.

On 27 April 1985 at around 8am, Rabbani’s bodyguard was wounded by rockets fired by the prisoners. Rabbani prepared to attack the fortress using rockets (9K51 Grad), tanks, and Pakistan Air Force helicopters. The uprising ended when the fortress was destroyed by an explosion.


The identities of the prisoners are uncertain. One was Nikolay Saminj, a Soviet forces junior sergeant, who was posthumously awarded Kazakhstan’s Order of Valor, 3rd degree on 12 December 2003.

Another was Alexandr Zverkovich, a Soviet forces private, who was posthumously memorialised on the 10th anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet Army from Afghanistan.

According to Russian sources, between 100 and 120 Afghan Mujahideen and between 40 and 90 Pakistani soldiers were killed.


In 1987, in Pakistan, a series of retaliatory actions by Soviet forces resulted in 234 deaths.

On 10 April 1988, the Ojhri Camp, an ammunition depot near Islamabad, was destroyed, killing or injuring more than 1,300 people.

On 17 August 1988, President Zia-ul-Haq’s plane crashed in an incident that Pakistan suggested was caused by Afghanistan’s KHAD and the Soviet KGB secret services

Attack On PAF base Badhaber (2015) 

At least 30 people, including 13 terrorists, were killed as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp at Inqalab road in Peshawar’s Badaber.

Sixteen people offering prayers at a mosque inside the airforce camp were killed by a group of militants. The attackers were wearing constabulary uniforms.

Capt Asfandyar embraced shahadat while fighting valiantly and leading his troops from the front-10.

The DG ISPR said 10 soldiers were injured during an exchange of fire with terrorists  two of whom are officers.


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