Navy says PNS base under control after attack

Published: May 23, 2011

Soldiers arrive for a military operation against militants at Pakistan's naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP

Screen capture of a terrorist wounded/killed in the attack, shown by Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Pakistani soldiers arrive for an operation against militants at a major Pakistani naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi on May 23, 2011. PHOTO: AFP. Soldiers arrive for an operation against militants at a major Pakistani naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Wreckage of a P-3C Orion aircraft is seen at a major Pakistani naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Wreckage of a P-3C Orion aircraft is seen at a the naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi on May 23, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Wreckage of a P-3C Orion aircraft is seen at a the naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi on May 23, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Soldiers arrive for a military operation against militants at Pakistan's naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Pakistan army helicopter flies over Pakistan's naval air base during an operation against militants following an attack in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Soldiers arrive for a military operation against militants at Pakistan's naval air base following an attack by militants in Karachi. PHOTO: AFP Ambulances gather outside the PAF base. PHOTO: AFP Flames and smokes belches out from a Pakistani military air base after an attack by militants, in Karachi early on May 23, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Flames and smokes belches out from a Pakistani military air base after an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Flames and smokes erupt from a Pakistan's military air base following an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. PHOTO: AFP More than 10 militants late May 22 attacked one of Pakistan's main military bases, used by the navy and air force in Karachi, the country's biggest city. PHOTO: AFP Ambulances arrive outside Pakistan military air base after an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Pakistani troops arrive at Pakistan' military air base after an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. PHOTO: AFP Screen capture of the PAF base on fire.

KARACHI: A spokesman for Pakistan’s Navy said Monday that the PNS Mehran base in Karachi was back under control, 17 hours after militants attacked with guns, bombs and rockets.

In an ongoing operation at one of Pakistan’s main military bases, security forces are engaged in a battle against militants who stormed the base late Sunday night. At least 15 security officials have been killed in the operation that continues on Monday morning.

More than 10 terrorists late Sunday attacked the PNS Mehran base on Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, Karachi. At least 15 people, including Navy and Rangers personnel died in the attack.

Towering flames arose from inside the PNS Mehran compound throughout the night.

End of live updates

3:50 pm

Pakistan Navy official said several terrorists have been killed but did not confirm the number. The bodies have been shifted to an unknown location.

3:40 pm

The Pakistan navy has issued an official statement that the operation to kill or capture terrorists who had taken over the compound is over.

Spokesperson added that all the naval assets at PNS Mehran have been secured.

3:20 pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that Interior Minister Rehman Malik who was expected to talk to the press, has left the navy base without making any comment.

3:10 pm

There were about 30 to 40 journalists gathering outside, with seven satellite dishes attached to their trucks.

Helicopters buzzed overhead and the main road outside was closed to traffic. Moin Babar, 35, a technical engineer, said people were trying to understand how the militants made it inside.

“I heard that 15 went in through a sewer,” he said.

Kamran Khalil, 48, a civil engineer, suggested, like many others, a conspiracy. “How can this happen? It’s taking them so long to resolve the issue. India or the CIA could have been behind this. They want to show that Pakistan forces are ineffective.”

Many in Pakistan were furious with the US operation to kill bin Laden without sharing any intelligence beforehand with Islamabad, which they saw as a severe breach of sovereignty.

“This is all a reaction to American policy in Pakistan,” said Atif Ali, a 30-year-old construction worker.

3:00 pm

As troops wound down their assault, some Karachi residents said they could not believe security could have been so lax, Reuters reports.

“If these people can just enter a military base like this,then how can any Pakistani feel safe?” asked Mazhar Iqbal, 28, engineering company administrator taking a lunch break in the shade outside the complex where a crowd had gathered.

“The government and the army are just corrupt. We need newleaders with a vision for Pakistan.”

2:50 pm

Talking to Express 24/7 Brigadier Ghazanfar Ali said that the terrorists had a mechanism in place for targetted attacks on naval assets.

“This attack is possible without inside help, but the possibility cannot be ruled out,” he said.

He added that if taken alive, these terrorists can give valuable information on the groups they are affiliated with.

“There agenda is that Pakistan should be destabilizsed. The message being sent out is that Pakistan nuclear assets are not safe” he said.

Twitter update:

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sharmeenochinoy This is the first time #Taliban have attacked military Aircrafts or hardware in #Pakistan- shift in strategy? #karachiattacks

 

2:30 pm

Tribune reporter Mahnoor Sherazee says the martyred navy officials and injured have been shifted to PNS Shifa and PNS Rahat hospitals. She reports that journalists are not allowed to enter the building.

2:00 pm

The operation to regain control of the Karachi naval base assaulted by Taliban militants has been completed after almost 16 hours of fighting with up to 20 assailants holed up in a building, a security official told Reuters from inside the base.

“The operation is over. The main building has been cleared,” the official said. “For precaution, we are continuing search around for any more terrorists but the main operation is over.”

1:25 pm

Talking to Express 24/7, retired Air Commodore Jamal Hussain said security officials will not announce that operation is complete “till they are absolutely certain the compound is secure.”

“Even if they suspect that one militant is at large, they will not announce that it is over,” he said.

1:05 pm

Express 24/7 correspondent Mirza says the operation has drawn to a close after 14 hours. One helicopter  is still circling the area for surveillance purposes.

12:45 pm

The naval officer shot dead at PNS last night was identified as Lt Syed Yaser Abbas, son or (R) Col Syed Jaffar Abbas. His picture can be viewed here.

Twitter update:

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Razarumi #Karachi is the base 4 Al-Qaeda. its operatives & leadership tiers live thr. Causing mayhem in the port city is vital 4 Al-Qaeda

12:40 pm

Naval Chief Admiral Nauman Bashir arrives at PNS Mehran base.

Security forces are in the final stage of ending an hours-long siege by Taliban militants of a naval airbase, security officials said on Monday.

“The operation has not finished yet, but is nearing an end,”one security official said. “It’s in the final stages.”

12: 20 pm

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has arrived at the navy base and will brief the media once he is given details of the operation.

“A major area has been cleared,” Malik told reporters. “The sweeping process is continuing.”

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that high ranking navy officials have left the area, an indication that the operation may be over.

12:15 pm

Talking to Express 24/7, security analyst Ikram Sehgal said “Today the Pakistan Navy is blind; its eyes and ears are gone,” adding that anti-sub capability, electronic intelligence capability, radar capability are all gone.

“We can equate this situation to 9/11. It is a very grave situation,” said Sehgal, adding that neighbouring countries may be involved in planning this attack.

11:25 am

Talking to Express 24/7, Naval spokesperson Irfanul Haq said the operation is underway and security officials are working hard to minimise casualties and damage to naval assets.

Haq confirmed that 12 navy officials have been martyred and 14 injured

11:05 am

Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has phoned Navy chief to dicuss the ongoing operation.

Navy official says officials are “taking maximum care” so as to preserve naval assets.

10:50 am

Ambulances and security vehicles are rushing to the navy base once again.

Two firemen have reportedly been killed in the operation.

“A (single-storey) building in the premises is still under their occupation from where they are exchanging fire with our soldiers,” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told AFP.

10:40 am

Firefight resumes at navy base after 30-minute pause. Security forces are engaged in operation to capture militants alive. Loud shots heard in the vicinity, indicate heavy battle underway at navy base.

Express 24/7 correspondent Ahmed Jung reports that half of the navy base has been secured by security officials and militants have been restricted to one building.

10:30 am

Navy chief says the operation is “heading in the right direction and the situation will be reverted very soon.”

No sounds of gunfire or explosions heard near navy base.

10:25 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports taht 30 Frontier Constabulary officials have arrived at the site.  About 200 SSG commandos and rangers are deployed as back-up for the operation.

Mirza adds that there is no official word from the armed forces and police and intelligence officials do not have details on the ongoing operation.

10:20 am

The navy base under attack is 15 miles (24 km) from the Masroor Air Base, Pakistan’s largest and a possible depot for nuclear weapons.

“They (militants) were carrying guns, rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and hand grenades. They hit the aircraft with an RPG,” Navy spokesman Commander Salman Ali said of the militants.

10:15 am

Talking to Express 24/7, defence analyst Lt Gen (R) Talat Masood said that the militants had sent out a clear message to Pakistani security forces.

“They want to weaken the security insitutions one by one,” he said, adding that the attack was planned with precision.

“They are growing more and more powerful. The state is getting weaker and more helpless.”
10:10 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that sounds of gunfire and explosions have halted, however it is not clear if this signals the end of the operation.

“There is complete silence in the area, but this could be a delaying tactic,” said Mirza.

10:00 am

Express 24/7 correspondent Shaheryar Mirza reports that a man has been arrested from the area due to suspicious activity.

The man was reportedly viewing the ongoing operation through binoculars from a high point.

Twitter update:

sharmeenochinoy TTP soldier tells me our training is better than your military because v are ready 2 die #karachiattacks #Pakistan

madihariaz Don’t want to watch the news, can’t stay away either.

9:50 am

Express 24/7 reporter Ahmed Jung confirms that sophisticated LMG rifles, rocket launchers and Russian hand grenades have been used by the militants in the ongoing battle. The terrorists were dressed in black clothes.

Sources say 6 terrorists have been killed, however their bodies have not been dragged out of the base.

9:40 am

Taliban said that the team of militants they sent into Karachi’s PNS Mehran naval base Sunday night had enough supplies to survive a three-day siege.

“They have enough ammunition and food and they can fight andsurvive for three days,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Reuters.

9:35 am

Two P3C Orion aircrafts have reportedly been destroyed by militants in the attack.

9:25 am

Express 24/7 reporter Ahmed Jung says 26 have explosions have so far taken place at the navy base in the last 12 hours.

Two helicopters are circling the military base in the ongoing operation, and security forces are trying to capture terrorists alive in order to interrogate them.

“Security forces want to know how the militants could enter a base where security is so strict that not even a camera is allowed inside,” says Jung.

9:20 am

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the brazen attack on the base by 15-20 gunmen, saying it was to avenge the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, AFP reports.

“It was the revenge of martyrdom of Osama bin Laden. It wasthe proof that we are still united and powerful,” Ehsanullah Ehsan told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

3:15am

Navy spokesman confirms five people have been killed in the attack — four Navy personnel and one Rangers personnel.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has arrived in Karachi.

2:52am

A few minutes back massive gunfire forced media personnel to lie down on the ground, reports Ahmed Jung. Fire is still erupting from the spot.

The gun battle has lasted 5 hours.

The Shah Faisal colony drain line leads to a small wall, which allows entrance into the base, says Jung. This was the likely route the terrorists took.

2:24am

An official speaking on condition of anonymity says at least 4-5 terrorists have been shot dead, but the aim of the operation is to catch the militants alive.

Fire has erupted again as fire fighters paused efforts due to an on going gun battle.

Heavy gunfire is ongoing at PNS Mehran, confirms Express 24/7 reporter Ahmed Jung.

2:15am

Confirmed reports that Lieutenant Yasir and a fireman, Khalilur Rehman have been killed in the line of duty.

2:05am

The fires on the PAF base have been completely extinguished, confirms Express 24/7 reporter Ahmed Jung.

Shah Faisal number 5 area sewerage line was used to enter PNS Mehran, say sources on-ground.

“They were equipped with sophisticated weapons,” navy spokesman Commodore Irfanul Haq told Reuters.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the militants had attacked from the rear of the base. “We have been able to confine them to one building and an operation is underway either to kill or capture them.”

The Karachi attack evoked memories of an assault on Pakistan’s Army headquarters in the town of Rawalpindi in 2009, and revived concerns that even the most well-guarded installations in the country remain vulnerable.

1:50am

Terrorists used a sewerage line behind the PNS Mehran to enter the base, unconfirmed reports suggest. Rangers have been deployed at the entrance of the line.

Law enforcement agencies from many towns have been called in to surround the entire base to ensure the terrorists do not escape, confirms Express 24/7 reporter Ahmed Jung.

1:38pm

Ahmed Jung reports that oil tankers exploding due to the fire are the likely cause for the recent blasts on the base.

Emergency services are confirming at least one death in the attack.

It is expected the search operation will continue till daylight as the base is kilometres long.

1:24am

Director General PR, Pakistan Navy, Irfanul Haq has confirmed two injuries — one sailor and one officer, both of whom are in critical condition. No foreigner has been killed in the attack, he says. Haq also confirms damage to one P3 Orion aircraft.

Another Navy source say the terrorists stormed the base with rockets, attack the P3 Orion and then snuck in further during the fire caused by the plane. The fire also spread to two other planes in the hangar.

1:15am

A 10th explosion has been reported on the PAF base by Tribune reporter Faraz Khan.

President Asif Ali Zardari has condemned the attack.

Twitter response:

fispahani RT @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi: I repeat: This comes directly from victims. Blood needed in PNS Rahat

OmarWaraich PNS Mehran received two P-3C Orions from the US in June 2010:http://1.usa.gov/mFZ6gK

1:10am

CID police and Army personnel were inside for an hour, however, CID officials are exiting says Ahmed Jung reporting for Express 24/7.

As yet, only fire brigades have been let inside.

The identities of the alleged four dead in the attack have not been confirmed.

12:58am

Tribune reporter Faraz Khan reports another blast in the PAF compound.

Pakistan Navy Spokesman confirms there are no casualties and only two people have been injured so far. He has confirmed that the P3 Orion aircraft was attacked.

Navy depot and a godown was attacked as well, say initial reports.

Firing is continuing inside the PAF base.

The fire in the compound has died down substantially.

DG PR Navy Irfanul Haq also confirms two injuries in the attack.

Twitter response:

OmarWaraich The fire’s wild. Thick plumes of black smoke stretching across the Karachi sky

mosharrafzaidi Not really too interested in empathy from abroad. I am interested in answers from within Pakistan.

SWarisShah People should stop discouraging our army and intelligence and start praying.. they are risking their life for us.

12:50am

Fire has spread to three locations confirms Ahmed Jung reporting for Express 24/7. Fire is still visible where the terrorists first attacked.

Special forces including Army personnel and CID police have arrived to fight the terrorists inside the base.

Earlier reports that Americans were present when terrorists targeted P3C Orion plane have been refuted by a US Embassy spokesman.

12:49am

Terrorists entered from the back of the base, say sources. They had information regarding what aircrafts were inside. The attack was well planned.

Twitter response:

husainhaqqani R prayers & support for victims of today’s tragedy at PNS Mehran. R resolve 2 defeat terrorists must endure

mirza9 If there was no inside help on getting militants inside, they had to be given intel on the plane,location and maintenance schedule. #karachi

cyalm I’d rather have the delusional Rapture folks than the delusional folks here who can’t see the enemy within

12:28am

Terrorists used rockets in the attack confirm reports.

Firing is continuing inside the base sporadically, says Tribune reporter Faraz Khan. However, he says there has been no new blasts as reported elsewhere in the media.

Army commandos are on the spot.

Twitter response:

AdilNajam Situation ongoing. Coordinated attacks already being called “Mumbai-style” some suspect there may be hostages…

needroos Respect to all security personnel, military, rangers, police, ambulance and firefighters facing the ongoing #Karachi attack

12:18am

Sources say that the initial target of the terrorists was the P3C Orion plane. The plane has reportedly been destroyed.

“This plane acts as the eyes and ears of the Pakistan Navy” says security analyst, Ikram Sehgal. The plane functions as a form of radar.

AFP updates — “It’s a terrorist attack. More than 10 terrorists are inside. They have attacked a navy air station located in a Pakistan Air Force base,” said provincial home ministry official Sharfuddin Memon.

“One of the four aircraft inside the premises has been damaged,” he added.

12:09am

American teams were working on the plane which came under attack.

P3C Orion is the name of the plane. It is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.

Twitter response:

beenasarwar @thekarachikid Easy to blame govt, when it’s the security establishment that needs to change paradigm, & strategy.

sharmeenochinoy Just spoke 2 ppl on sharae Faisal still blocked- ppl being advised to go thru alternate routes #karachiattacks

Razarumi Vulnerabilities of Pakistani security agencies being exploited by terrorists. What a shame! #Pakistan v@ShabbirShah

12:05am

Ahmed Jung reporting for Express 24/7 a hunt for terrorists is on going inside the base. Fire fighters have managed to get the fire under control.

A specific plane inside the base may have been a target.

11:55pm

At least four members of the PAF have been reportedly killed in the attack, says Ahmed Jung from Express 24/7. The Interior Ministry reported this casualty figure to the Chief Minister house.

However, no emergency vehicles have gone into the base.

Emergency has been announced in all Karachi hospitals.

11:50pm

CCTV cameras are monitoring the situation inside — it is confirmed that terrorists are inside and they have targeted PNS Mehran and PNS Faisal, says Faraz Khan reporting for The Express Tribune.

Four to five spots have been targeted within.

It is also possible a hangar and a navy depot has been targeted.

ISPR’s Major General Athar Abbas has confirmed there is an attack ongoing inside.

For previous attacks on Pakistan Navy within Karachi click here and here.

Twitter response:

mosharrafzaidi RT @javeednusrat: dependable source insists attack started w rocket fires & not bombs. has all the appearances of a well-drilled out attack.

beenasarwar #CPLC sources @Rezhasan: Samaa News channel: 4 security personnel killed in attack on airbase

faizanlakhani @tammyhaq third attack on Pakistan Navy in one month

11:45pm

Media and emergency services have not been allowed to enter the base so far. Only fire brigades have been let in.

Earlier this month in Karachi, the Navy had come under attack, with multiple bombs targeting buses.

11: 34pm

Rangers, wing commander’s vehicle and up to five other cars have have gone inside the burning base.

The attack is specifically targetting PNS Mehran, confirms Faraz Khan reporting for Tribune.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has confirmed that this is a terrorist attack.

Twitter response:

thekarachikid There’s a 9/11, 26/11 and 7/7. Then there’s everyday in Pakistan.

ammaryasir 5 injured includes one foreigner, probably a Chinese.

faizanlakhani complete blackout in base Faisal and Mehran

11:30pm

Pakistan Navy is trying to put out the fire inside the base. Interior Minister Rehman Malik has confirmed that this is a terrorist attack.

11:26pm

Sporadic fire is continuing at the PAF base says Ahmed Jung reporting for Express 24/7.

The first fire rescue team has reached the spot.

Twitter response:

sharmeenochinoy This naval aviation base v sensitive area- how can terrorists enter this area- serious lapse of security #karachi

faisalkapadia People of #karachi we are under attack we must “unite” and not panic! Please stay calm we are togather in this. #mehran

AtikaRehman 4 dead, others injured according to Dunya TV #Karachi PAF explosion

11:20pm

Terrorists entered the base and there is an encounter on going report eye witnesses in the area say.

The Express Tribune correspondent Faraz Khan reports that hand grenades are likely being used according to the sounds from within the base.

There are reports of upto 6-12 terrorists inside the compound. Media standing about 2 kilometres from the blast site.

11:15pm

Reports are coming in that this is a coordinated attack. Security forces are allowing no one inside or out of the base.

Army housing and the PAF museum are also located within the compound.

11:12pm

Four major explosions have been heard so far, along with gunfire. It is as yet unclear whether there is a gun battle going on inside the air base.

Ahmed Jung reporting for Express 24/7 says Rangers, and police officials are on the spot at the PAF base.

11:10pm

According to initial reports a hand grenade was used in the attack and an attacker has been killed.

The force of the blast has shattered  surrounding buildings.

Heavy gunfire was also reported after the explosion. An eyewitness said that the blast took place near the gate of Faisal Base.

Police, rangers and rescue had reached the site of the blast.

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Reader Comments (227)

  • Disco Molvi
    May 22, 2011 - 11:12PM

    Total of four blasts have occurred now.
    Waiting for conspiracy theories to come rolling.Recommend

  • May 22, 2011 - 11:13PM

    If you want to believe Imran Khan and think this is not our war, then you live in a fools paradise. More jawans and security personnel probably died today! Stop blaming america! Sovereignty means responsibility! If you think people who are orchestrating such elaborate attacks are going to give up their weapons and go home if America leaves Afghanistan…then God help us!Recommend

  • faraz
    May 22, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Strategic assets have struck againRecommend

  • 10th
    May 22, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Time for the Army to takeover Karachi?Recommend

  • Hasan
    May 22, 2011 - 11:23PM

    Never a dull day in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 22, 2011 - 11:29PM

    Ah, another blast and the revenge of terrorists continues after the Osama Drama. Pakistan will once again flash across the world as a hub of terrorists activities and unsafe place for all. Our nuclear assets will again be a subject of quenstion mark whether they are safe or no. It seems a part of some great game, a conspiracy to subjugate Pakistan to seize its nuclear assets.

    Till Pakistan does not dissociate itself from this war on terror, this revenge will continue. War of terror is a vicious circle, The only solution to this problem is disengaging ourself from this war of US & start negotiations with the local dissidend groups to sort out the differences,Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 22, 2011 - 11:30PM

    You may post the last comments,Recommend

  • SZ
    May 22, 2011 - 11:32PM

    Bloody hell, this is a high security zone. These so called terrorists are among us among the army, navy, airforce. How else can they plan something like this?Recommend

  • Thinker
    May 22, 2011 - 11:33PM

    This attack seems to be perpetrated by India…..judging by its coordinated style……Recommend

  • faraz
    May 22, 2011 - 11:36PM

    P-3 Orion destroyed. 40 million dollar turned to ashes.Recommend

  • May 22, 2011 - 11:37PM

    paf faisal base fight navy commando operation / air force commando operation fight with the international terrorist in karachi. http://www.karachicity.orgRecommend

  • Bangash
    May 22, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Pakistani security forces continue to demonstrate their utter incompetence while public remainsi n denial.Recommend

  • May 22, 2011 - 11:44PM

    @Khalid Javed: Wake up! Disengage with the US and negotiate with terrorists who have killed over 30,000 people. We should surrender to them to prove what? Do you think people who orchestrate such elaborate attacks are going to give up their power and influence just because America leaves. Recommend

  • Pakistani Punjabi (PP)
    May 22, 2011 - 11:49PM

    We should ask Imran Khan to help us to stop these terrorist attacks.Recommend

  • Andrea
    May 22, 2011 - 11:50PM

    @faraz: I am sure that the military is mounting a clean up operation right now. Criminals may grow more and more desperate but they will never succeed because people are united against them like never before.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    May 22, 2011 - 11:50PM

    I am very grieved to learn about the terrorists attack at PNS Base at Shahrah-e-Faisal.

    The law enforcing agencies should deal with the terrorists with an iron hand and no terrorist should escape.

    Our security forces should arrest one of the terrorist alive so that we should know who these terrorist are and which are the forces behind these terrorists, providing support to these terrorists, using them against the Pakistani soil.

    May Al-Mighty Allah save Pakistan. Ameen. Recommend

  • Anoyn
    May 22, 2011 - 11:51PM

    Don’t worry .. China will save us! Hu Promised!

    We need to hide and preserve our strategic assets!Recommend

  • KL
    May 22, 2011 - 11:52PM

    THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE

    nobody must be permitted to do this

    sad part is we still see idiots who blame India, Mossad, CIA etc etc while never acknowledging the problem which is so clear and out in the openRecommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 22, 2011 - 11:53PM

    How 15/20 terrorists entered this sensitive base? Where was our surveillance system!!!! dormant like in Abbotabad? Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 22, 2011 - 11:59PM

    @ TightDhoti: If Pakistan disengages, several dissidends will be neutralized as their struggle is against US influence in Pakistan. If US can negotiate in Afghanistan, why not we can do that with those indigenous dissidends? Much of this anger is against US……… See after OSAMA, its mostly govt assets and sensitive places which are mostly targeted because they consider the present govt as US puppet.Recommend

  • Thinker
    May 23, 2011 - 12:00AM

    Taliban hit pakistanis…and they wont get anything by hitting aircrafts like P-3 or hangars or chinese engineers…
    so this is surely an Indian backed attack…………Recommend

  • Zumiya Furqan
    May 23, 2011 - 12:01AM

    @Thinker:
    why we always blame india … this is the reply of the drama we planned with America abt OBL… i agree that people say that that our people and agencies are involved ….Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 12:05AM

    Coming to negotiation table does not tantamount to surrender. See all the global flashpoints, negotiations are the only road to permanent solutions. Violence breeds more violence. Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    May 23, 2011 - 12:07AM

    This proves that even if USA leaves, Pakistan will have to fights its own war. Better late, than never.

    Don’t stop Pasha and Kiyani. Crush these terrorists forever. Recommend

  • CP
    May 23, 2011 - 12:09AM

    P3 Orion destroyed….lol..lmaoRecommend

  • joe
    May 23, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Thinker:

    yeah yeah whatever happens dont forget to blame india huh!!!!

    pakistanis will never learn or grow if they have an anti india attitude like this Recommend

  • Osama
    May 23, 2011 - 12:12AM

    I’m watching the TV now and they’re showing scores and scores of military and rangers personnel surrounding the area. Where were all these fools when the attack happened? It’s so frustrating to see ‘security’ only after an attack happens..Recommend

  • saleem khan
    May 23, 2011 - 12:13AM

    Hope Taliban and Terrorist Apologists now wake up. This was not a soft target which shows that your assets can target you if you don’t abandon them. Wake up, please. Don’t blame Hunood wa Yahood for this. They are among us, reared by us and now threatening the very existences of us. Recommend

  • tanya
    May 23, 2011 - 12:15AM

    unbelievable. now obama will say o dear pak army, navy, air force – you cant even keep the weapons we give you safe , how will you fight terrorists Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    May 23, 2011 - 1:06AM

    Lack of professionalism of the military is the main reason of incidents like the one in progress tonight. The Army is already heavily involved in commercial enterprises. The Navy does not lag behind either. Where in the world you would find military owning housing estates, cement and sugar factories, private universities etc etc. I am not sure whether the institution which is under attack has any policies and procedures to deal with disaster like this one. It is quite obvious that there is no disaster management plan. Ideally there should have been helicopters hovering around that area. Nothing like that. One wonders what was the need of keeping vast numbers of military personnel at the expense of poor people of the country. Recommend

  • Nojeba
    May 23, 2011 - 1:10AM

    O negative blood needed at PNS Rahat -Recommend

  • Cooper
    May 23, 2011 - 1:11AM

    @tanya:

    now obama will say o dear pak army, navy, air force – you cant even keep the weapons we give you safe, how will you fight terrorists

    Won’t he be correct? Pathetic performance of Pakistan’s intelligence. They can’t even keep secure “high-security zones”. Shameful !Recommend

  • faraz
    May 23, 2011 - 1:15AM

    Before 911, we had dozens of militant organizations based in Pakistan which had over 500,000 members. Whether US leaves or not, these jihadi groups cant be neutralized, we are doomed.Recommend

  • C
    May 23, 2011 - 1:16AM

    As you sow so shall you Reap….…..Politician and other Institutes and agencies ko Allah sy Maafi Mangni chahey…Injustice, corruption, using and killing of innocents for long time, black propeganda are the main roots of present sitution. Ay taiyer ahoti es reszk sy moth achee…jes resk sy parwaz main hoti ho kotahee. Allah Raham Kary.Recommend

  • mahmood
    May 23, 2011 - 1:21AM

    @joe:
    yaeh, Indian have divine right to blame Pakistan but Pakistan have no rights even with concrete evidences of RAW involvement in may terrorist activities within Pakistani territory. Indian even don’t let their own people; dallat, muslim, sikhs to live peacefully, how they can bear a peaceful Pakistan.Recommend

  • robby
    May 23, 2011 - 1:29AM

    As I read somewhere it is the most luxurious army in the world. Too much of hulva consumption is hitting back!Recommend

  • fahim
    May 23, 2011 - 1:32AM

    Reap what you sow. Pakistan has maintained these strategic assets to go and win Afghanistan and Kashmir. The result is that both these countries are moving ahead while we destroyed our own house. Surprised to see that even now, citizens in this section cannot come out the India/US/Israel/Afghan mindset and still defending these terrorists!!!! Even learned members of our society has become blind out of hatred !!!Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 1:35AM

    I trust Taliban more than our “property dealer marshalls’. Taliban are safe in their hideouts, only fear they have is of Drone attack, but soon Imran’s efforts will stop those attacks too, We are not safe after spending half of our budget on armed forces. Recommend

  • Hissam Amir Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 1:38AM

    So America is rite about the fact that we cant defend our Nuclear Sites…
    They are rite coz its the Americans doing all this to our country…
    Taliban/Al-Qaeda are on the pay rolls of America…Recommend

  • Tariq Bhutta
    May 23, 2011 - 1:39AM

    We need an even larger and grander Defense Housing Authority Scheme in PNS Mehran——

    Terrorists strolling on Air force Runways!!! WTF

    What else do you expect from World’s biggest real estate agency aka Pak Army.!!?Recommend

  • ohh
    May 23, 2011 - 1:45AM

    In my View….All humans born in the same way..As you are and we are. This is the society/community that molds new born baby into wrong shape. In my view no one is terrorist, no one is criminal, no one on the wrong way and no one born as Nobel, but the society, injustice, corruption and misuse are the main roots. Today situation in the world are because of the same reasons. Identification of truth and root causes and its cure are the only way to make the situation peaceful. No unjustified use of power in the history gets success so far. Recommend

  • Chotta Chetan
    May 23, 2011 - 1:46AM

    This has RAW/CIA/MOSSAD/MI1,2,3,4,5,6 written all over it. Who is with me?Recommend

  • CP
    May 23, 2011 - 1:51AM

    @Chetan.

    The unbelievers (Hindus and Jews along with the Christians) are out there to attack the Fortress of Islam …LMAO.Recommend

  • Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 1:52AM

    @Khalid Javed: We did negotiate with them. How easily us Pakistanis forget that they came within 60 miles of Islamabad. They are not after the Americans, they want control of this country. You are welcome to negotiate a surrender but they would continue to kill after the surrender Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 1:53AM

    Now its clear why there were few people in Imran’s show. They were planning something else.Recommend

  • gandoo
    May 23, 2011 - 1:54AM

    @SZ:
    These so called terrorists are among us among the army, navy, airforce. shut up u silly indian.you dont know anything. terrorist used weak point of museum Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 23, 2011 - 1:55AM

    So these are the innocent people whom Mr. Imran Khan defends on top of his voice. This is total security lapse and unwillingness from our security apparatus to act firmly with iron hand and flit out these elements and their managers from the society. Many are in our legislative assemblies who are silent supporters of these rogue elements. If we are really interested to save ourselves and most importantly our country then merciless action must be taken ASAP.Recommend

  • poh
    May 23, 2011 - 2:00AM

    Allah Knows Better who is right and who is wrong…who is real shaheed and who is just….Who is so called terrorist and who is the Nobel….who is the culprit and who is innocent. The actual roots are hidden and Allah knows better….I don’t trust and consider some one criminal /terrorist on one side statement and reports. Beshak Allah tamam chupy raazo sy bakhabar hain. Recommend

  • Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 2:00AM

    @Chotta Chetan: Please don’t stop at 6 but keep on countingRecommend

  • Ali Wazir
    May 23, 2011 - 2:00AM

    This attack is scary it means the terrorist are well armed , well motivated, well planned and have infiltrated our armed forces.The can attack anywhere and anytime at will. And our intelligence and security apparatus can only respond after the damage is done. The Americans cant seem to stop them in Afghanistan and we arent able in Pakistan.
    Attacks has been common place in KP & tribal areas since last few year on soft civilian targets which hasnt bothered our establishment much. But now it seems this fight is spilling over into other Urban & Military centers of Pakistan. Artillary shelling and drone strikes in tribal areas have been utterly counter productive. We have lost any chance of organizing a intelligence network to counter the terrorist. A change of strategy is required at least $36 million dollars of assets went up in smoke by a $30 RPG this is unsustainable. What if they attack a nuclear installation next, or HMC, or the GHQ again.If I were working for RAW I would ask my ambassador in kabul to get in touch with these guys and give them list of targets, detonators and a few million dollars. Do we have any idea what the Americans have got us into?????Recommend

  • Tariq Bhutta
    May 23, 2011 - 2:04AM

    This would have never happened if we had ordered more Air Conditioned Pink Prados and Land Cruisers for our Armed Office
    rs.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 2:04AM

    This is not a news, calm of last 24 hours was a news.Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 2:09AM

    Such a coordinated and well planned attack, couldn’t be possible without the help of intelligence agencies, there is no point to blame anyone at the moment… :( Stay Safe guys … Recommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 2:13AM

    @Khalid Javed:
    You live in the world of fools and continue to make the others as well. The conspirators are those who believe in the evil concept of Muslim Ummah. If you you want to end terror, target and eliminate them. Forget strategic depth and Riyadh and dispose of the jihadi outfits. Recommend

  • salim
    May 23, 2011 - 2:17AM

    its done by taliban and AQ gang!!

    may be chechen people might have done tooRecommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 2:17AM

    @Chotta Chetan:

    The jihadis and terrorists will surely agree and dance with you. Recommend

  • Fahad Zafar
    May 23, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Its a very sad moment. May ALLAH give courage and strength to our soldiers to fight the terrorists. Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 2:23AM

    Oh so sad, this is the very cheap act by terrorist.. Plz help Pakistan is BurningRecommend

  • Fahad Zafar
    May 23, 2011 - 2:26AM

    May ALLAH give courage to our soldiers to fight the terrorists. Pakistan Zindabad !Recommend

  • Shock horror
    May 23, 2011 - 2:30AM

    Whether or not we like it, the fact is that Chickens are coming home to roost. Instead of constantly looking to establish “Strategic depth” Pakistan should just defend its strategic assets! Enough is enough. Recommend

  • Nasim Mirza
    May 23, 2011 - 2:32AM

    Are the nuclear bombs in the submarines safe? Americans are right, we cannot defend ourselves. Perhaps we should outsource that to the Chinese? Let the PLA come and defend Pakistani nuclear installations against the terrorist. They are our best friends after all. The damaged Orion cost us $36 million. And we buy more aircraft without a chance to use them.Recommend

  • Fahad
    May 23, 2011 - 2:33AM

    @Ali Wazir:
    Surely the JF17s can be used against these terrorists holed up in the installation. What is their point otherwise?Recommend

  • Fahad
    May 23, 2011 - 2:36AM

    @gandoo:
    It is a naval base and not a museum. And no one keeps a $36 million operational surveillance aircraft in a museum. Recommend

  • Ijaz Mir
    May 23, 2011 - 2:38AM

    These taliban are paid agents of India. Any one in Pakistan support Taliban should be arrested.
    Start with Imran Khan. Give full intelligence report to USA for drone attack let them do the killing of Taliban.

    We do not want any supporter of Taliban in Pakistan. India is sporting and paying through Afghanistan. They should migrate to India or Afghanistan.

    Taliban should be out of Pakistan with their supporters.Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 2:43AM

    Thoughts, prayers and well wishes with my fellow Karchites. PNS will be saved. But our delusion needs to go. This war on terror is not a “war in error.” Yes our enemies are within.Recommend

  • Michael
    May 23, 2011 - 2:44AM

    Would the Pakistan government be billing the USA for the cost of the lost air craft?Recommend

  • sunny
    May 23, 2011 - 2:58AM

    P-3C Orion long range ASW aircraft!!!! Oh my God our poor country lost one more P-3C. Why our army fail to even protect themself. I wonder how they can defand whole Pakistan, Dear Pak army please try to make your bases, protect and save. We can take care of our and our country by ourself. I am worry for our army prtotection. It is 2nd time after GHQ attack..In india Parliment was attacked and after that they make security proof arangements and nothing happen further. Is it not some thing to correct to our Army????
    Description about P-3C plane!!!!!!
    Four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft.
    Features of P-3C plane!!!!!!
    Originally designed as a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft, the P-3C’s mission has evolved in the late 1990s and early 21st century to include surveillance of the battlespace, either at sea or over land. Its long range and long loiter time have proved invaluable assets during Operation Iraqi Freedom as it can view the battlespace and instantaneously provide that information to ground troops, especially U.S. Marines.
    The P-3C has advanced submarine detection sensors such as directional frequency and ranging (DIFAR) sonobuoys and magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment. The avionics system is integrated by a general purpose digital computer that supports all of the tactical displays, monitors and automatically launches ordnance and provides flight information to the pilots. In addition, the system coordinates navigation information and accepts sensor data inputs for tactical display and storage. The P-3C can carry a mixed payload of weapons internally and on wing pylons.
    General Characteristics
    Primary Function: Antisubmarine warfare(ASW)/Antisurface warfare (ASUW).
    Contractor: Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company.
    Date Deployed: First flight, November 1959; Operational, P-3A August 1962 and P-3C August 1969.
    Unit Cost: $36 million.
    Propulsion: Four Allison T-56-A-14 turboprop engines (4,600 hp each)
    Length: 116.7 feet.
    Height: 33.7 feet.
    Wingspan: 99.6 feet.
    Weight: Maximum takeoff, 139,760 pounds
    Airspeed: Maximum, 411 knots; cruise, 328 knots
    Ceiling: 28,300 feet.
    Range: Mission radius, 2,380 nautical miles; for three hours on-station at 1,500 feet, 1,346 nautical miles.
    Crew: (P-3C) three pilots, two naval flight officers, two flight engineers, three sensor operators, one in-flight technician.
    Armament: 20,000 pounds of ordnance, including AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84E SLAM, AGM-84H/K and AGM-65F Maverick missiles, Mk46/50/54. Recommend

  • Fahad
    May 23, 2011 - 3:02AM

    well this had to happen, when will we just get it… its not our war !
    the blood on our streets and yet there is no one dying in USA! then how come its out for …
    for GODsake! wake up Pakistan, we are just being used by the Americans
    who’ve put us in this situation …its time to bow out of this war on terror and shot down those dam drone and NATO violating choppers and all this will end Recommend

  • Raja Arsalan Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 3:10AM

    @Andrea:
    They are not. Straight and simple. Majority backs them, consciously or unconsciously.Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 23, 2011 - 3:18AM

    Terrorists did not enter the base, they live there! Remember OBL’s custom made fortress?Recommend

  • Fahad
    May 23, 2011 - 3:21AM

    @Fahad:
    What lies. This is our war. They are attacking us. Not the Americans.Recommend

  • bc49er
    May 23, 2011 - 3:22AM

    nice to see the blame the jews/indians/usa crowd is still alive and well.Recommend

  • Chotta Chetan
    May 23, 2011 - 3:22AM

    Surely we can China to fill in with a spare P3C Orion. I am sure our all weather friends will obligeRecommend

  • umerbinmasood
    May 23, 2011 - 3:22AM

    The P3 Orion which was supposedly destroyed is/was valued at over $30 million! Hopefully Pakistan had sufficient insurance on the plane.Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 3:27AM

    I think pakistan is very unsafe in this world and terrorists going to attack almost all highly secure places means they will very soon under control atomic weapons of pakistan and it’s highly alerted by present scenario…I think USA and India should take immediate action to save Pakistanis else the day is no far when terrorists will control the atomic weapons and attack on the people that will be ever worst situation of the whole world… Recommend

  • basharat
    May 23, 2011 - 3:28AM

    100 percent Indian at doing this.
    And American and Israelis they backe up IndiansRecommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 3:29AM

    I think pakistan is very unsafe in this world and terrorists going to attack almost all highly secure places means they will very soon under control atomic weapons of pakistan and it’s highly alerted by present scenario…I think USA and India should take immediate action to save Pakistanis else the day is no far when terrorists will control the atomic weapons and attack on the people that will be ever worst situation of the whole world…………….. Recommend

  • ShahJee
    May 23, 2011 - 3:32AM

    Once again, big question mark on Pakistan security situation. Well planed and equally well carried out attacks in Heart of Karachi. I am still unsure to call this terrorist activity or a full f ledge Military activity, judging from the planning and execution. These people are among us, but they are not one of us. Because, no one can destroy strategic assets of own country, terrify own children and create terrifying environment. Well trained militants by Indian RAW and American Agencies, who have infiltrated deep into our society. A BIG QUESTION MARK ON ISI AND OTHER AGENCIES OF PAKISTAN. WAKE UP Recommend

  • Fareed
    May 23, 2011 - 3:34AM

    40 million USD = 4 crores USD = 344.88 crores Pakistani Rupees.
    What a waste of national wealth … should have been used to set up
    schools and colleges. Bade dukh ki baat hai. Recommend

  • BetterThinker
    May 23, 2011 - 3:36AM

    @Thinker

    By what logic did you reach that conclusion? “coordinated style”? Are we talking about a terrorist attack or a Bollywood dance sequence? Can’t we just be human for at least a day and hope, pray and mourn instead of throwing around accusations that at this point, are utterly baseless?Recommend

  • ranjit
    May 23, 2011 - 3:36AM

    @Ali Wazir
    [Do we have any idea what the Americans have got us into?????]

    Its not the Americans that have got you into anything. Its Pakistan itself that has gone into this mess imagining that it was building up a jihadi force to counter India, setup strategic depth in Afghanistan and grab Kashmir from India……….instead of that, these people have become Frankenstein monsters out to get you………this is why Gandhi used to say that ends do not justify the means…….or as our bare buzurg have said – ‘Bure kaam ka Bura Nateeja’……………..

    The only way out is for you to make friends with India……and then eliminate all jihadi outfits in Pakistan…….no exceptions……..at the same time, try to change the culture to make it more tolerant……without these steps, you will not have a humane and livable society any more……..Recommend

  • dr shabir choudhry
    May 23, 2011 - 3:40AM

    What has happened is sad, but it does not surprise me? It was not Pakistan’s war, Pakistani governments worked very hard to make it a Pakistani war. But despite all the problems related to terrorism Pakistan’s real policy has not changed, as still have thousands of ‘Mujahids’ in various places to advance Pakistani elites cause in KASHMIR, India and Afghanistan. Pakistan has to change its policy, you can’t have it like that when bomb blows in Pakistan it is terrorism and when bomb blows is in Afghanistan and Kashmir it is jihad.Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 3:41AM

    Perhaps its American operation gone wrong to hunt down Mullah Omar.Recommend

  • Siva
    May 23, 2011 - 3:42AM

    It reminds me Mumbai attack. I think establishment and its attaches are doing rehearsal to attempt this somewhere else. Recommend

  • Imran
    May 23, 2011 - 3:46AM

    Navy’s Ojhari Camp!!! Naval officers had let the enemies in to destroy the aircraft. Audit teams will now just be rubbing their hands!Recommend

  • Umar
    May 23, 2011 - 4:13AM

    @Khalid Javed: How to negotiate with people who have killed 30,000 Pakistanis and crippled its Navy. I would say we need to fix this issue with full force and unity. These are not dissidents. These are our enemies. Recommend

  • TLW
    May 23, 2011 - 4:39AM

    Hey where’s a livestream of Exprewss 24/7′s English channel? You guys are all for this web 2.0 routine, where’s the Livestream for Express 24/7??Recommend

  • PakIsPrecious
    May 23, 2011 - 5:14AM

    these terrorists must be cleansed off pakistan

    hard decisions need to be made now, the army should annihilate these psychopaths

    wishful thinking is clearly not working here now is it?

    once they started killing our people, we should have drawn the line and make them wish they were never born

    what is the value of a pakistanis life? WELL I SAY ONE TOO MANY!

    no more negotiations, actions speak louder than wordsRecommend

  • Maria
    May 23, 2011 - 5:17AM

    @C: You should repeat this line of ” as you sow, so shall you reap…” to your Indian criminals who are behind these terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil. Attacking a Pakistani Navy station is clearly the mark of clever Indian intelligence terrorists who will stop at nothing to damage Pakistan. I am sure that our military will clear out the criminals quickly.Recommend

  • Babloo
    May 23, 2011 - 5:30AM

    BBC is reporting that Chinese military men have been taken hostage at the Pak air base.
    The question is , what are Chinese doing around US built Orion aircraft ? Recommend

  • Raja
    May 23, 2011 - 5:39AM

    Strategic depth?Recommend

  • Tass
    May 23, 2011 - 5:43AM

    These terrorist have been funded and trained by saudis and their cronies in pakistan like jamaat islami and ahlehadith. Saudis have fooled pakistanis in the name of Islam. Keep Saudis out of Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 6:37AM

    Our present govt is failed. Now this time call to IMRAN KHAN ( PTI ) for humanity and PAKISTAN.

    O.! my ALLAH bless on my PAKISTANRecommend

  • Musing Haq...
    May 23, 2011 - 6:48AM

    Did you say Karachi….

    Is it not the city where Dawood Ibrahim lives????Recommend

  • sunny
    May 23, 2011 - 6:49AM

    It is one of the greatest loss of Pakistann. I wish to good luck to Pak Army in this hard time! We need to put strong security for F 16. As I red news that some of the airman might leak the information to terroriest! Good Luck Army for this operation!!!
    The Air Force AP-3C Orion is an extremely versatile aircraft capable of:
    •maritime surveillance
    •anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare
    •naval fleet support
    •search and survivor supply.
    The Orion is the workhorse of No 92 Wing, .
    The Orion first entered military service in 1962, with the current P-3C first introduced in 1968. The significantly upgraded designated AP-3C, were introduced into service in 2002 and are fitted with a variety of sensors, including digital multi-mode radar, electronic support measures, electro-optics detectors (infra-red and visual), magnetic anomaly detectors, identification friend or foe systems, and acoustic detectors.
    The Orion may work alone, or in conjunction with other aircraft or ships. Wartime missions include locating and attacking enemy submarines and ships using torpedoes and Harpoon anti-shipping missiles. Orions also assist in search and rescue operations by conducting search and survivor supply (air drop) missions.
    Orion flight training is conducted primarily in two simulators, the Advanced Flight Simulator and the Operational Mission Simulator.
    http://www.airforce.gov.au/aircraft/orion.aspx http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55JXNDgCtLc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnRjyAqmH4&feature=related http://www.navy.mil/navydata/factdisplay.asp?cid=1100&tid=1400&ct=1 http://www.nasa.gov/ http://dbpedia.org/page/LockheedP-3OrionRecommend

  • Bikku
    May 23, 2011 - 7:43AM

    @mahmood:

    Its is your misconceived knowledge about Indian society. We live peacefully with sikhs and dalits. Its your media that portrays minor feuds as sectarian voilence. I have many dalit friends who are very rich that happened because of their upliftment by the society as a whole whereas your society hunts shia’s, christians, ahmedi’s like stray dogs. We are a state with well defined objective of social equality and equal rule of law, not like Pakistani state where only Muslims benefit and that too only sunni’s. Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 7:49AM

    Why should ‘terrorist’ attack Pakistan military establishments and kill innocent men. They should realize they only weaken Pakistan defense to the advantage of India,UK,NATO,USA whom they consider their enemies. In Pakistan, they are now hated for having killed thousands of innocent Pakistanis. If they want to fight or revenge Osamas’ death, they better fight USA,CIA,UK,NATO in Afghanistan to support Mullah Omar to liberate her and much rather make another Muslim country slave to India,UK,NATO,USA.Is it their game they are clandestinely playing ?.if Osama was killed in Pakistan, it was by USA and not Pakistan and quite possible someone amongst you would had been spying for CIA,USA to win 60 million dollars prize money. Why do not you target the agents of USA, UK,CIA,RAW then kill innocent?Recommend

  • irfan
    May 23, 2011 - 8:05AM

    Sooper appu…Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 23, 2011 - 8:10AM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    Agree with you but then any terrorist arrested will be released by the courts for lack of evidence as has been done in the case of GHQ, HAMZA CAMP and many other high value targets where general was killed.So do we really need any alive terrorist to be released and attack Pakistani assets again?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 23, 2011 - 8:13AM

    @Ali Wazir:
    Are you sure it is not sponsored by our very good neighbors?Recommend

  • ani
    May 23, 2011 - 8:21AM

    Strategic assets at work. They were trying to destroy P3 Orion aircraft so that RAW / CIA doesn’t spy on them. Uncle will send the destroyed aircraft for free. No worries.

    And don’t worry, ISI and Army knew about this well in advance. They were waiting to hold a meeting with their assets at the naval base. Recommend

  • Robert47
    May 23, 2011 - 8:26AM

    If you want to understand why the middle east and east asia are going in to chaos, then look no further than PNAC(Project for the New American Century) Specifically the policy paper: Rebuilding America’s Defenses http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdfRecommend

  • RAJESH KUMAR
    May 23, 2011 - 8:27AM

    I think these attacks are just drama staged by ISI to please Obama.Recommend

  • Mr. Right
    May 23, 2011 - 8:27AM

    Mr.Rahman Malik and other politician these are the same kids,people..who you have trained and have been useing for long…now they are terrorist and extremist…haha..The whole corrupt political system, injustice, your corruption, wrong and black propaganda are the roots. As you sow so shall u reap…Recommend

  • rightman_07 Bond
    May 23, 2011 - 8:28AM

    @faraz: Very Sad, all the aid Groper got from china, strategic assets has blown up 4 times its value Recommend

  • Shamsi Ajanee
    May 23, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Please get rid of these terrorist from Pakistan.

    why was security at base so lax?Recommend

  • Gen kayani
    May 23, 2011 - 8:30AM

    We have broken the backs of the terrorists – Gen. KayaniRecommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 8:33AM

    I think terrorists are checking the security measures of Mullah Omar.Recommend

  • Hedingen
    May 23, 2011 - 8:41AM

    Must be a RAW/MOSSAD/CIA joint operation.

    Hopefully one day Pakistan wakes up and realises that this strategic asset has gone out of their hands and needs to be destroyed. I really hope this wake up call comes soon. Be’ezrat Hashem (Insha Allah)Recommend

  • ikhan
    May 23, 2011 - 9:11AM

    After the OBL incident it is proved that our army in incompetent – Today’s incident is no surpriseRecommend

  • jssidhoo
    May 23, 2011 - 9:17AM

    @Javed: U r right brother their foot soldiers may be doing it out of religious fever but their leadership is after power Bhindranwale wanted it in Indian Punjab and the Taliban wanted it after the Russians were driven out from Afghanistan. It is POWER they want Recommend

  • Hedingen
    May 23, 2011 - 9:32AM

    @Fahad:

    really…wake up dude this your war and dont live in a dream world that this will end with the US withdrawing from the region. The security establishment in Pakistan thinks it will play the same game as they did in Afghanistan i.e. One side against the other as they did before when the US leaves. This WILL NOT be possible anymore. The only way is to take these people head on and destroy them. There is nothing like good Taliban and bad Taliban they are one and the same as you can see for yourself. This is your war wake up before its too late..else stop shaving as the Taliban will take over and take Pakistan to the stone age.Recommend

  • Ted
    May 23, 2011 - 9:39AM

    @Ali Wazir:
    @Syed A. Mateen:
    Do we have any idea what the Americans have got us into?????……in spite of being a pakistani.. you asked a sensible question… this is so true.. resolving differences with India wud have been so easy rather than dealing with this confusion.. end always comes with confusion…Recommend

  • SARA
    May 23, 2011 - 9:46AM

    taliban or america’s trained agents, whatever we want to call them and our forces’ security for their own base, great work. sleep well u allRecommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Its funny to imagine why Tehreek-e-Taliban does not do anything to US who are in war with them. It reminds me of a typical government clerk who is beat-up by his boss, but takes revenge from his wife at home. Coward clerk.Recommend

  • Yousuf Rehman
    May 23, 2011 - 9:50AM

    Where are our Army, Rangers, Intellegence Agencies, Law inforcement Agencies, No one stop that type of attack? which directly hit our strategic assets. Now its time to assemble against terrorism.Recommend

  • Faraz
    May 23, 2011 - 9:50AM

    @10th:

    They can’t even defend them selves. It ti e to take this war to the enemy, we canot sit back and wait any longer. Recommend

  • S. Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 9:56AM

    I think our forces should hide their all expensive assets and troops to avoid any damage in the future. We “Proud” our forces???Recommend

  • malik
    May 23, 2011 - 9:56AM

    Looks like the terrorists have touched the lives of Chinese.

    Now see the Chinese will say the same thing what Obama is saying all these days:

    “You act or we will act, and we don’t give a damn to your sovereignty.”Recommend

  • Muhammad Abid Afzal
    May 23, 2011 - 10:06AM

    Brothers open your eyes.. Think that how it is possible…..???? The security agencies h’ve no information regarding this terrorist attack. First of all why we are fighting for America..??? Even Pakistan suffer heavy loss in this war. But now, everyone in the world except China saying that our country is best & safe land for terrorists……!!!!

    This is a big game of America to take the control of nuclear weapons of PAKISTAN. I am requesting to all of you, please support our armed forces & pray for their success…!!!

    PAKISTAN PAINDA BAAD……..~!~Recommend

  • maestro
    May 23, 2011 - 10:17AM

    Whoever did this should be given a massive, brutal response! No Pakistani can do this – attack PAF or Pak Navy! No Pakistani can even think of it. Time for Pakistan to respond with full force and a massive slap! Recommend

  • Chilli
    May 23, 2011 - 10:26AM

    This seems a clear signal that CIA Talibans are well trained and they want to make point that Pakistan cannot save their atomic weapons. Our army should immediately revise their security arrangments and practices. We are at war and we should first eliminate CIA and its footprint completely from Pakistan before we start an operation. We are trapped in US double game.Recommend

  • MRKaramAli
    May 23, 2011 - 10:28AM

    Well Imran Khan is right upto some extent. If we would have punched the US just after the Abbotabad incident, yesterday’s tragedy wouldn’t have happened. While our whole system from top to bottom was completely decorated with lame excuses for the previous one and for sure will remain for this one too. Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 23, 2011 - 10:30AM

    In this hour also we dont forget to call names… blame India and Israel… man they are from within us… wake up.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    May 23, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Its a shame to see from above statements that we still dont have no clue what to do and who is our enemy even though we all know who is behind this. And lets not think India is a saint and should also not solely blame India. Lets get united and crush the hands behind these puppets or else very soon you wont see your country no more.Recommend

  • Saman
    May 23, 2011 - 10:34AM

    The traitors are within us….No need to blame others when our own hands are dirty….Wipe out TTP and their benefactors….May Allah bless the souls of those personnel who lost their lives in this attack..Ameen!!Recommend

  • Siraj Ahsan
    May 23, 2011 - 10:34AM

    I am a Pakistani and can safely say that my countrymen have given us more shame than anything. Wish I wasnt born in such a horrible country.Recommend

  • maria
    May 23, 2011 - 10:38AM

    shame on all dose blaming r armed forces….they r sacrificing there lives so u can sit in ur comfortable couch n comment around!!Recommend

  • anand singh
    May 23, 2011 - 10:39AM

    The acid has begun to eat into its container.Recommend

  • Aisha
    May 23, 2011 - 10:41AM

    Wasn’t Obama the one to kill Osama…………….then why attack us???Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 10:42AM

    @Hedingen:
    Wow, white man is saint. Tell us something new.Recommend

  • Naseem
    May 23, 2011 - 10:46AM

    100 % Americans …. a case build-up to rupture pak’s nukes……which are of no use to us anyways… we are frens with india and US (look we got no enemy), we are a rented $$$ army, our chiefs have already surrendered… now they are preparing the nation to follow their pious footsteps… lets all hail america, bow infront of the sole most dominated, most advanced, most powerful (more powerful then God himself) state …
    our chiefs know better n thats whats they say, we should obey the chain of command =)

    YES SIR !!Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 23, 2011 - 10:47AM

    @Javed:
    They did not come anywhere near 60mile of Isb this was just a hype created by a fake rumor by the Americans. Guess you should do your research properly first. Recommend

  • Bismillah Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 10:49AM

    If Osama can live with all his wives at the PMA, Mullah Omar might be living inside the Karachi Navy Base!!
    One of his Grand Kids could have played around!! It was an accident.
    Theres no Complicity or incompetency. Guys, dont get excited.Recommend

  • I write U read
    May 23, 2011 - 10:50AM

    It’s an attack where one Pakistani is pointing gun to other.
    I dont think so there will be one person even who can say these attacks are justified?
    Who attacks their own army?
    Surely, they are enemies! So, we need to decide whether as a responsible Pakistani we should be apologetic towards these extremists or join hands with Army to wipe them off.
    Army alone cant get rid of them because these extremists are not a difference race-but, in fact it is a mind-set that is sporadically being adopted. Instead of blaming Army (note: I am not justifying them but talking about the need of time) we should talk people into have more peace loving aspects. We need to be clear that before drones the families were asked to move to IDP zones. If they dint move and stayed back in drone’s radius then it was their choice. It should not be manipulated as Army attacking civilians.
    It’s time to be united-and do what we can in our personal capacity to save ourselves (note: I did not use the word country deliberately.Because, if we will save ourselves, we will reduce half of Army’s job of saving the Pakistani nationals and can expect them to fight out the fundamentalist.
    Before some wrongly interprets “save ourselves” to be taking guns in hand. Instead- I mean a softer and more logical approach than emotional. I mean talk to people around us and do not let extremism grow. Show good behavior to others around so that grouping can be easy and ultimately unity can be achieved and then we can single out extremists in one group.
    Pakistanis need to tell extremists that we stand with our defense organizations when it comes to our safety.Recommend

  • let there be peace
    May 23, 2011 - 10:56AM

    This incident is an internal matter between Pakistan Navy and a (not so) secret wing of Pakistan Army.
    However it raises serious question about security of Nuclear Warheads.

    Good that there are no civilian casualties.Recommend

  • Chacha
    May 23, 2011 - 12:08PM

    @Thinker: You think it was organized by India. I wish it was – that way India would have got more planes destroyed. These are the expensive ones, not the cheap stuff from ChinaRecommend

  • Jayzee
    May 23, 2011 - 12:10PM

    @Chota Chetan: You say it like it’s one sided, check out the Indian media and the responses to India’s woes, the recently released “Most Wanted List” for Pakistan and it goes both ways sport. HaHAHA. Very funnyRecommend

  • Nazia
    May 23, 2011 - 12:19PM

    So Pathetic ! really upset on this inside War :)Recommend

  • Feroz
    May 23, 2011 - 12:32PM

    There is no better time to wake up from lethargy and slumber. It is very clear that all arms of the Government and Establishment have been infiltrated by Taliban ideology and sympathisers, often resulting in internal sabotage. Most terrorist organisations have support from serving and retired Military officers whose loyalty is to a cause, not nation. Situation is alarming to put it mildly. No one knows the true ideology of those guarding the Nuclear Assets either. Those believing that the nations Assets are safe obviously do not take into account the ideology and religious orientation of the guards. Recommend

  • Ashraf R
    May 23, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Maybe Pakistani Military is not as powerful as we have been believing. Abbottabad and now this.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    May 23, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.First of all this is the most tragic event of today but the most ignoring thing our corrupt and slaves leaders do,id est,giving this statement to divert the nation’s attention from the disabilities and demerits of the leadership and to camouflage their weakness and disability of providing security to the key departments of Pakistan and that statement is “Taliban has accepted the responsibility of it”.This is confirmed that foreign hand is involved in this terrorist attack and especially Black Water’s involvement can never be ignored.Our corrupt and slaves leaders’ main objective and motives are only first their own security on the priority basis than the nation’s and key departments’ of Pakistan and this tragic event is the live example of intelligence departments’ failure.Recommend

  • Sabih Shad
    May 23, 2011 - 12:38PM

    A targeted attack on Planes that can detect submarines is being associated with militants. Well, for sure this attack has come from someone with submarine capability and intentions to use it against Pakistan. If you assume that the militants have access to even ‘Submarines’ now, God help us all. Otherwise it’s not hard to imagine who actually is sponsoring these militants, and what they plan to do.Recommend

  • Pappu Kalani
    May 23, 2011 - 12:45PM

    @10th:

    you say “Time for the Army to takeover Karachi?”

    I say It is time for Army to go back to Barracks, it is time for civil govt to be in lead

    God bless Pakistan ! and I sincerely mean it

    Hyderabad, India Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 23, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Sad to hear the news.

    Put Imran Khan in charge, apparently he can end terrorism in “40″ days. Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 23, 2011 - 12:50PM

    @TightDhoti:
    This off course not our fight. Do not come under the enemy propaganda that it is done by TTP. Why TTP spares all the time American target. Is it just Pakistan who killed Osama? No monsieur! The enemy soldiers (Not Terrorist) came with full force, they opened the gate with Mortar fire, it is simply a cowardly attack of an regular army wearing any type of cloth. Pakistan forces are fighting as normal, as a force should fight. the country behind this attack is hiding behind TTP.Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Please pray for Pakistan.Recommend

  • maqbool
    May 23, 2011 - 1:28PM

    where is your all whether friend?

    Please remember your best friend could be your worst enemey in future.Recommend

  • Radial
    May 23, 2011 - 1:38PM

    does the pakistani military have the spine to crush these miserable talibans and make an example out of them? what are pakistan’s nukes for? the enemy is within the country. send an f-16 to waziristan and drop a nuke on mehsud’s house.Recommend

  • S. H. Zaidi
    May 23, 2011 - 1:40PM

    The attack demonstrates once again our initial folly in teaming up with the US in its war on terror. However, it is also true that after a decade of diligent service to the US government, Musharraf and his successors in office have succeeded in converting America’s war into their own.
    What are the options now for Pakistan and its military? Certainly not war against the US. But they need to carefully disentangle Pakistan from the tentacles of the American Octopus.
    Get the terrorists out in the open through negotiations. There is no need to listen to the powers that are willing to negotiate with the ‘terrorists’ themselves, if only the latter would, but frown on any suggestion that Pakistan do the same!!
    The alternative is to go on and on and keep suffering loss and damage at the hands of groups whose agenda remains as shady and as incomprehensible to most people as it was in the late 1990s when they started their ‘struggle.’
    It is also necessary for the government and the army to examine and define their enemies and friends afresh. Without this exercise, they would keep moving in circles and we, the people of Pakistan, would keep suffering at the hands of both the US and the Taliban and al-Qaeda. They are the victims of their own confusion. Recommend

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