Naval base attack — shattering some myths

Published: May 25, 2011

The writer is a postdoctoral fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University

The May 22nd terrorist attack on the Pakistan Navy’s Mehran base in Karachi has given a new lease of life to the usual set of conspiracy theories. Rather than admitting that we face a mortal threat from militants within Pakistan and dealing with that threat, Pakistanis are being fed with a pro-military, media-driven national narrative that apportions blame on everyone in and outside Pakistan, except where it really belongs: On the military and the militants.

Here are some of the fallacies driving that narrative.

1. As always, the civilian leadership failed us: The response of Pakistan’s ruling political leadership was arguably less than adequate. But when the military does not allow civilians anywhere near its exclusive domain of ‘national security’, how can politicians own up and be held responsible for military failures? For instance, did the military ever consult politicians on its disastrous pursuit of ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan? Did civilian politicians create and nurture the jihadi beast? Was it the duty of civilians to protect the naval base, or the GHQ for that matter?

2. This was not a security lapse: The navy chief publicly said that there was no security lapse. He is right. It wasn’t just a security failure; it was the mother of all failures. What else would you call the successful penetration of a high security facility by a handful of well-armed terrorists who then set off multiple explosions, blew up two maritime surveillance aircraft worth over$30 million each and fought off over a thousand military personnel for almost a day?

3. Criticising the troops equals treason: Maligning the military would weaken it by battering its morale, which is exactly what our foes want. So we should all just shut up and let the military do its job. Well, that is exactly the problem. The military is not doing its job, and that is costing us dearly. We have one of the world’s largest out-of-school populations. Yet, we deprive our children their right to basic education by spending seven to 10 times more on a military that cannot even properly guard its vital installations and equipment.

4. It must be the Indians: Even though the TTP has accepted responsibility for the attack, the military establishment wants us to believe that India did it. The reasoning: It does not make sense for al Qaeda or the Taliban to destroy Pakistan’s India-specific military hardware. Besides, such an attack requires military intelligence input, professional planning and operational precision which non-state actors usually lack. But by blaming it all on the ‘foreign hand’, the military is basically indicting itself for gross incompetence.

5. The Americans want our bomb: The Americans (read CIA/Blackwater) are orchestrating terrorist attacks to build the perception that Pakistan is imploding from within, as a prelude to depriving the country of the atomic bomb. There is no evidence that the CIA is doing any such thing. And Pakistan does not really need the US or anyone to conspire against it. We are digging our own grave because our military establishment clamps down on some militant groups while letting others operate with impunity in a nuclear-armed country.

6. This is not our war: America’s war on terror has put us in the cross hairs of the Taliban and their affiliates. If we bid adieu to the US and negotiate with these militants, they will turn their guns away from us. Hell, they can even become handy against India in both Kashmir and Afghanistan. But lest we forget, military-backed jihad in Indian Kashmir almost put Pakistan on the US State Department’s list of states sponsoring terrorism. And we would not be in this mess today if the ISI’s black-turbaned allies in Kabul had not provided shelter to al Qaeda which had planned the 9/11 attacks. And remember what the (Swat) Taliban did after the PPP-led government passed the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, 2009? They did not lay down their arms. Instead, they denounced the constitution, the judiciary and the parliament for being un-Islamic, and moved into Buner, a hundred kilometres from Islamabad.

Perpetuating these fallacies only obfuscates the real threats to Pakistan. Rather than blaming others for its own failures, the military should start doing its actual job for once. And managing real estate, hounding journalists and propping up political alliances is not really a part of it.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Nanga Pir
    May 25, 2011 - 6:32AM

    Make it even simple. The army had bloody taste and will continue its game of money making no matter what happens.Recommend

  • Babar
    May 25, 2011 - 8:54AM

    You forgot King Khan’s “Drone attacks killing innocents, who in turn are taking revenge on Pakistan”Recommend

  • Ali kazmi
    May 25, 2011 - 10:01AM

    You spoke my heart out!Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    May 25, 2011 - 10:13AM

    Replugged content at its best.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 25, 2011 - 11:00AM

    If we don’t do our work, somebody will, whether we would like it or not. Running huge business empire seems to have slowed their mind. Time is the luxury we don’t have since we have wasted too much time. I think all is not lost, if we start doing our work. We should understand that poverty, illiteracy, and above all the militants (at least for the time being) are our greatest enemies. It is a commendable effort by the author and I look forward to his future contributions.Recommend

  • Jawad Iqbal Jawad
    May 25, 2011 - 11:12AM

    True picture of the circumstances has been drawn by the writer. They are swallowing 70 % of our national income and committing blunders instead of protecting the country and nation. These so-called Jihadies have been prepared by themselves and now, they have been proven serpents. Promoting militarism in the name of religion is a deadliest policy that was adopted and practiced by our protectors and now they are facing its horrible consequences and the whole nation is there to suffer with them. . Recommend

  • Hafeez Sheikh
    May 25, 2011 - 11:19AM

    The author is assuming, without any evidence, that TTP is not backed by India. TTP is sponsored by India’s RAW from Afghanistan and is being trained in Afghanistan and being supplied with weapons and explosives by India. Recommend

  • sajid hussain
    May 25, 2011 - 11:48AM

    Hello Mr. Aqil Shah. I am sorry, but your ideas are not projecting a true spirit of a patriot pakistani.Our armed forces are already facing a huge internal as well as external battle. In your comments you have easily blaimed pakistan armed forces for failure, but my dear let me give parawise reply to your comments

    History has proven that in Pakistan , the civilian leadership has failed to deliver what they promised to the nation. The present laedership has shown us the worst time in the history of pakistan. may it be any domain, e.g poverty, corruption energy crises, law & order, Foreign debts, budget deficit, and many more. Above all, always telling lies to the nation. please help us to find some good leadership.
    There is a difference between Security lapse and security breach. In my opinion it was security breach.
    The money spent on armed forces is for your defence. Considering the size of enemy we have to encounter we are not even spending even 10% of enemy’s budget. so have some faith in Allah and confidence in our armed forces. After all the armed forces put their life at risk to safeguard you and our home land.
    4 although TTP has accepted the reposnibilty, however, there are valid proof that India is using and sponsoring TTP against Pakistan. Our civilian Govt has never raised any voice against india. whereas , Mr rehman malik has himeself accepted that we cought truck load of indian ammunition in balouchistan. so who stops us raise voice against india, whereas, india never hesitates, even to raise false blames against pakistan.

    In short , i believe, things will be much better , if we have a military Govt in Pakistan, rather than a so called Democratic Govt, which on the face of it is rep of people, but actually they have many agents whose aim is only to earn money and to complete 5 years tenure.
    Recommend

  • AA
    May 25, 2011 - 11:59AM

    The author raises many valid points, but the argument is too one sided on the wholeRecommend

  • CP
    May 25, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @the author :-

    I guess you are just fighting a loosing battle convincing that faithful that it was NOT the Kaffirs who did this, rather it was the same strategic assets who were assiduously cultivated by the JJ (Jihadi Jurnails) as a cheap way out to counter India.Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 25, 2011 - 12:20PM

    I find it completely against common sense when Pakistanis link TTP with India.

    Guys, it’s the same TTP, which openly said that they would fight alongside Pak army to defeat Indian army, if India ever attacked Pakistan. After Mumbai attacks.

    In other words, TTP is willing to give up their hatred for Pakistani army, if India attacked them. That is, for TTP, India is a bigger enemy than Pakistan/Pakistani army.

    So, where’s the logic? How can India fund its own enemy?Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 25, 2011 - 12:26PM

    @Hafeez Sheikh : Author is right. YOU are assuming that India is sponsoring TTP to attack Pakistan.

    Do you have proof for your claim or you are just being a mouth piece for ISI? If you don’t have a proof, then that becomes a conspiracy theory.

    @Sajid Hasan who says “so who stops us raise voice against india, whereas, india never hesitates, even to raise false blames against pakistan.”

    First of all, a blame becomes a false blame only if the blamer already knew who was behind the deeds.

    So, India has never, ever falsely blamed Pakistan. In case of Samjhauta express, India blamed Pakistan (not falsely blamed), based on decades of history. Once we knew who was behind the attacks, they were put behind bars.

    Show me one instance of a terrorist (aimed at India) being arrested in Pakistan?Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 25, 2011 - 12:40PM

    There was a fantastic comment by one HASSAN on another Express Tribune news article. I think it’s relevant and would like to faithfully reproduce the same here.

    Hassan : Judging from the reaction of most of the commenters here, I guess RAW must be the most efficient organization in the universe. Their operatives must be super-geniuses with the IQ beating Einstein and in terms of bravery, they are the best of the best.

    — They have even indoctrinated the people inside Navy to get the inside help for the naval attack. As everyone knows, without inside help, the six terrorists could not have come inside. (We are using the same logic used for Abbottabad operation)
    — The terrorists who came to destroy our Orion planes must be either Hindu suicide bombers or Muslim suicide bombers. Imagine, how RAW powerful it must be to train a hindu or muslim suicide bomber to die for Bharat !!

    — RAW has even cultivated inside Pakistan. It must require a lot of courage and intelligence for hindu secret service people to come to pakistan and to convince pakistan muslims to work for them. Imagine what a super-human effort it is !!

    — Also, RAW must be greatest agency on earth to plan and execute so many plans so flawlessly. From Sri Lankan attack to Naval Base attack, not only they executed their plans, but also escaped without getting caught.

    CIA and Mossad guys, you need to learn a lot from RAW which is the super- genius agency in the whole world !!Recommend

  • Salman
    May 25, 2011 - 2:23PM

    @narayana murthy: When you say ‘do you have proof that India is sponsoring TTP against Pakistan?’ then let me ask you something : ‘Does India have proof Pakistan was connected to Mumbai?’ as Indian media has been crying sore its throat? And don’t refer to the dossiers handed over the Pakistani Government, that is all a sham. We all know now how competent India’s intelligence is, handing over a list of most wanted men, of which at least five have been found residing in Pakistan. They are so incompetent they had to use Afghanistan’s amateur intelligence aid to penetrate Pakistan.

    And, haha! You say Samjhuta Express’ blame was put on Pakistan based on ‘decades history’, well, I would like to say, what a solid piece of evidence, bravo!

    And for the author here, well sir, every one has a right to have their own opinion, and i agree with you when you mention the real estate interests of our generals. But the fact is that the civilian government and the judiciary are not helping the military at all. Name one terrorist who has been sentenced in the last ten years of this war. Our military has caught thousands of terrorists, not a single one sentenced? Each and every one goes free to kill again. The military does its work, the institutions fail them. When the military cries foul and says that military courts should mete out justice to those captured, our civilian government and the so-called intellectuals (co-called because we have NONE) cry foul and say that military should not have this authority.

    And this war is guerilla warfare, not conventional for which armies are kept and maintained by countries. Look across the border? See anything similar? The mightiest armed forces of the world has been facing huge losses in Afghanistan due to this unconventional war, where the element of surprise is with the enemy. So yes, we will continue to get punched in the balls by these attacks until we sort out a clear direction of where this country stands and where it wants to go, and that, my dear friend, is our civilian government’s prerogative.

    And then you criticize the mention of the ‘foreign hand’. In today’s global village of a world, no country can be viewed in isolation, there are a lot more dynamics involved, hence all angles are to be kept in view. The fact remains that our ruling elite are a bunch of illiterate, power hungry, dollar loving, immoral and senseless heap of junk, who have no idea what to do, or where to steer this country. They are here for personal interest only, act as victims, get their dollars, and will soon be residing in their expensive properties abroad. How can you expect something from them in Pakistan’s interest when they have no interest here?Recommend

  • maheen usmani
    May 25, 2011 - 2:35PM

    Excellent analysis. Your article was like a breath of fresh air blowing away the stale conspiracy theories we have been enveloped in 24/7. Time to wake up and take a long hard look at ourselves. Something is very rotten in the state of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Shafqat Ali Khan
    May 25, 2011 - 2:44PM

    Well articulated. Foreign hand intervention could not be ignored. Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 25, 2011 - 2:46PM

    It is nonsense to talk about the ‘will of the people’ under the shadow of the gun. There is, in fact, a “societal Stockholm Syndrome”, a pattern of submission, resignation, acceptance and eventual justification that becomes a necessary survival strategy under extreme, lawless and pervasive threat. Terrorism – even by small but well-armed, and especially externally supported groups – has the capacity to produce, in large masses of men, a widespread belief in the futility of resistance and a loss of faith in the state and its agencies and their ability to protect life, liberty and property.

    These patterns of thought gradually create a denial among the people of their own fear, and an increasing justification of the terrorist cause. However outrageous the extremist demands may be, the “logic” of these demands begins to find sympathetic echoes among the people, the media and the “secular” or “moderate” leadership as well. Gradually, this is also translated into an increasing willingness to provide, at least, non-terrorist support to the activities of the terrorists – feeding, harbouring, sympathetic bandhs, dharnas and protests, the creation and operation of Front Organisations that take up the “cause” of the “human rights” of arrested terrorists, etc.

    To believe that these are the acts of a free people, willingly undertaken, is to utterly and completely misunderstand the very nature of terrorismRecommend

  • Rk's
    May 25, 2011 - 2:54PM

    Sow Mumbai….reap KarachiRecommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 25, 2011 - 2:59PM

    August 2005

    “Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Safdar Hussain terming Bait ullah Mahsud as a patriotic citizen said that Bait ullah Mahsud is not a rebel but a soldier of his country adding that 350 terrorists have been killed in operation in South Waziristan. ”

    http://www.paktribune.com/news/index.shtml?114912

    Remember how the TTP also offered their services to Pak Army to defend Pakistan if India retaliated over the Mumbai attack??

    Wonder how good is RAW that everything they are accused by us of doing ALWAYS works out for them! If that really is the case, then RAW has defeated our ISI boys of Aabpara miserably!

    Or you can wake up and realise that blaming RAW only exposes your own incompetence and collusion with Jihadi insanity of last 30 years.Recommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 3:58PM

    Nothing but OVER-SIMPLIFICATION.

    Things are much more complex than what is written here.

    I agree about the security lapse/failure on the part of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy.Recommend

  • Afatqiamat
    May 25, 2011 - 4:25PM

    …there are some valid questions ….Period.

    I personally think Doctrine of Pre-emptive strikes is in full swing here….Recommend

  • ali sadozai
    May 25, 2011 - 4:35PM

    My compliments to the writer Aqil Shah.

    For all those who argue to the contrary, if you look carefully in most cases such lot are the beneficiaries of the military dominated political, commercial or social set up in Pakistan.

    @ Narayana. Im a pakistani to the boot and competition with India comes naturally to me on many levels but I agree with most of your comments above. Recommend

  • D. Powers
    May 25, 2011 - 4:51PM

    The way the people think has changed quite dramatically over the past few years. The people who defend the armed forces are on the defensive and critics of the armed forces and their role in present crisis are getting louder and louder. Recommend

  • Samina
    May 25, 2011 - 5:20PM

    Imagine. If a bunch of “Indian” Taliban are so effective in causing so much damage, the Indian Army will have cakewalk in Pakistan. Please wake up, enough with the conspiracy theories. Recommend

  • FactCheck
    May 25, 2011 - 6:33PM

    @sajid hussain:

    What is your rank in the army? Brigadier? General?Recommend

  • Ram
    May 25, 2011 - 6:34PM

    @narayana murthy:

    When TTP is doing what it is doing without payments, why would India pay them? We Indians are not fools!Recommend

  • Ram
    May 25, 2011 - 6:44PM

    @Salman:

    Read David Headly’s trial taking place in Chicago. I know, your answer is going to be, he is a CIA stooge. It is impossible to prove anything to people, who has willingly suspended reality and have embraced madness. When you get treatment for madness and it is cured, things will start making sense to you again.

    India’s intelligence agencies are incompetent but they carried out the attack on Pakistan Navy’s Mehran base superbly. Just wondering how an icompetent agency managed to do it?

    Since it is evident from your posts that you are either currently serving in Pakistan armed forcer or retired; please do explain how incompetent Indians carried out the attack on Pakistan Navy’s Mehran base?

    This is the crux of all your problems that is refusing to see the truth. Recommend

  • A.Narasingarao
    May 25, 2011 - 6:55PM

    It is amusing to hear some voices linking Karachi fiasco to India.Is it not an indirect complement to RAW.think over it .Please set your house in order before blaming others.Recommend

  • Nadeem
    May 25, 2011 - 7:50PM

    The writer has very eloquently busted myths pertaining to the curretnt situation. The Pakistani Military Industrial Complex is Pakistans worst enemy. The military complex now has for-hire politicians, for hire assasins, for hire intellectuals and over the course of the last few years have understood that media was one this they have been missing….hence the explosion of 100′s of cable channels instilling fears in the general population. One soldier got killed at the naval base and he is awarded with the highest military honor…why? Damn it! Thats what they get paid to do..secure the country and its vital interests. How about the 35000 civilians who have been killed, maimed or forever left incapacitated? I can already hear the military saying “who the hell cares”. This is an army which has faced 4 defeats at the hands of India, has to its credit the largest enmasse surrender in recent times. The sprawling fertilizer companies, hospitals, oil companies, cereal factories, the thousands of hectares of land given to this army to run residential complexes was a reward to this inept, lazy bunch of thugs. With an education equating to a high school diploma, these very people have been given the rights to run a country into the ground. This is the end-game for Pakistan!Recommend

  • May 25, 2011 - 8:32PM

    Dear Author

    Can you please explain me the process of an unknown caller from TTP calling the press to take responsibility from an undisclosed location! Does it imply that press holds TTP/Al-qaeda so dear that its not willing to disclose their identity? Or that the moron caller uses such sophisticated technology that his destination is untraceable?

    Second,
    I would recommend you to read BBC’s article before mythbusting! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13508864 Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 25, 2011 - 9:10PM

    @Ram:

    may be your agencies now hire competent people to attack us…Recommend

  • Raza
    May 25, 2011 - 9:25PM

    If the TTP is on Indian payroll, what is stopping the Pakistan army from going after them? Oh, muslims cannot fight other muslims?Recommend

  • ASQ
    May 25, 2011 - 10:19PM

    Excellent analysis i must say!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hasan Abidi
    May 26, 2011 - 12:17AM

    @ Maheen Usmani

    U know Maheen wats rotten in the state of Pakistan……….Hypocricy and Denial.

    V r so accustomed to live like an ostrich, that it doesnt matter to us, wat the truth is, how hard reality is screaming at us………..we simply refuse to come out of our shell of false security and misplaced priorities.

    Our social make up is such these days, that Mumtaz Qadri becomes an instant hero, while the guy who had 27 bullets pumped into him, somehow was not the victim….simply bcoz he refused to b a hypocrite and hostage to these psychotic mullahs.

    Salman Taseer was at the wrong place, at the wrong time….saying the right thing.

    So was Shahbaz Bhatti…………..and countless others.

    Heavens have closed their doors on us, for the injustices we do everyday.
    V live in an outright state of denial, comprehensively enveloped in our warped sense of false superiority, derived thru a constant drilling of our distorted sense of history and ” in the mind only ” victories.

    While the rest of the world has all but given up on us, we insist to cultivate and practice the same set of twisted beliefs and concocted ideologies, engineered in the factories of our spin doctors for the consumption of the 90% illiterate and overly zealous populace of this very very unfortunate country.

    It looks all downhill from here, if we dont buckle up, and gosh do it with lightening speed.

    Hasan Abidi Recommend

  • Shah
    May 26, 2011 - 10:54AM

    History tells us that ancestors of most Pakistanis were Shoodars centuries ago who were used to such cruelty , injustice & Oppression of upper classes.

    Its nothing but ” HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF.”Recommend

  • Zahid
    May 26, 2011 - 12:44PM

    if army chief can’t go to market alone withour having any secuirty how can he be cheif of the army?how can he protect us?
    We are spending huge budget on them but they can’t save there HQ even(GHQ Rawalpindi & Naval HQ Karachi). they are responsible and they should be punished.
    As for as moral values are concerned nobody offered resignation, much shameful.Recommend

  • Tanveer
    May 26, 2011 - 6:56PM

    Article shows that author is full of hatred for the forces. It is full of inaccurate assumptionsRecommend

  • faisal
    May 27, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @The Author: Despite the fact that I’m a hardcore patriot and support the armed forces all the way, I do agree with the fact that this time around they have messed up and that too big time. But other than that your article seems more like an anti-Pakistan thesis to appease the eyes of everyone else other than your own countrymen i.e. there is a lot of bias in the article.
    You are assuming that the TTP is an independent group which is supported by ISI, but on what facts?
    1) You are assuming that our politicians can save us if they were given the reigns of ensuring national security? Based on what facts and logic?
    2) Your president was labelled Mr 10% by The Times in the early 90′s. He’s a certified crook / thief / murderer by all standards! He was enjoying his vacation in his French Chateau and spending Pakistani Tax Payers money when the country was hit by the worst floods in history. He would probably sell his own mother for a piece of shiny metal! And this Mr 10% was elected by YOUR POLITICIANS in the assembly as the president is not elected by the people but the representatives of the people in the parliament. So that basically means, that our Reps in the parliament would rather have a crook head them as opposed to a loyal, honourable person.
    3) there is no such evidence that CIA is planning against Pakistan? Are you serious? So Raymond Davis was an ISI agent in your books I guess? That probably explains: why his cell phone had contacts to TTP agents AND why he had pictures of key military installations AND why he was carrying US military grade weapons / ammunition in the trunk of his car? All because he was backed by ISI? Right? Again, get your facts straight, this is not a conspiracy theory but a fact that there are greater plans of the US Gov against Pakistan. I suggest you do some research on Dr steve pieczenik. He’s served as secretary of state under 4 different US administrations (ford, cater, reagan and bush). He is an expert in his fields of foreign policy, intl crisis mgmt and psychological warfare. Hell! He invented the term False Flag Terror Attacks and teaches how to do these forms of attacks at langley (these are verifiable facts) In Dr Steve’s own words: 9/11 was a false flag terror attack aimed at making the US public believe that going into Iraq & Afghanistan is the right thing to do to ensure the country’s sovereignty.

    being a Pakistani, who’s graduated from Columbia and Oxford, you words seem to prove your love for the countries you’ve graduated from.Recommend

  • Ashutosh Jain
    May 27, 2011 - 11:23AM

    “Besides, such an attack requires military intelligence input, professional planning and operational precision which non-state actors usually lack”

    Wait a minute! Isn’t this attack matches the 26/11 in sophistication? Then too the attackers were well trained, had intelligence input, had operational precision and came with well thought out plan.
    Now that its universally proven that 26/11 originated from Pakistan and Pakistan accused the so called “non-state actors”, on which it claims to have no control, for the attack. Isn’t then that denial of involvement in 26/11 flies into the face of Pakistani military and ISI? Because LeT obviously couldn’t have that kind of capability, according to the Pakistani military itself, and so if they were able to do it that means Pakistani military and ISI was complicit in the act.

    My advice to the Pakistani military — Think before you utter because you have too much blood on your hand.Recommend

  • Morbid Isolation
    May 27, 2011 - 12:29PM

    There is no proof that CIA’s hand is in this? REALLY? They’re CIA! There is no proof that Hitler died but everybody seemed to believe that…there is no proof that the man killed in Abbotabad was Osama, no DNA reports, factual pictures, fingerprint records, nothing…but you believed it because your Masters have said so…tripe borderlining on ridiculousness…we live in a world of myths son and they just might be the reality that you are blind to.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ahmed
    May 27, 2011 - 12:53PM

    Do you seriously believe that a matriculate can understand the intricate nature of the geo-strategic depth of this region?
    You dumb twit, it is the government’s job to look after the internal security of the country and not the the armed forces. Why do you think, when coups happen? Because the inept civil government starts neglecting its duties to such an extent that the military is forced to move in and take care of the situation before things get out of hand i.e. conditions become favorable for the anti-state elements to go to work.
    Get your facts straight.

    Highlights of Pakistan Budget 2010-2011

    Rs.10,523.5 million for Azad Jammu and Kashmir > Rs.3,887.1 million for Defence Division.

    Rs.15,762.5 million for Higher Education Commission. > Rs.15,227.5 million for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

    Rs.16,944.5 million for Health Division. > Rs.1,229.7 million for Defence Production Division.

    Rs.4,115.5 million for Population Welfare Division. > Rs.246.9 million for Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority.

    Ah, forget it

    @Everyone: Forget about him. The US is using american funded Muslims to write against their own countries. This has been happening with Libya, Egypt and other places also. Pakistan is not an exception. So dont worry. they are just building a case against us for another war which they are going to lose,

    This war is going to happen because that is the only way the US and its allies will ever go away from this and other Muslim lands. Patience is of the essence and not time spent arguing with such idiots. As for changing the opinion of the weak minded person whose reading this, once it goes down, everyone will choose their side very quickly. and then the fun will begin, traitors identified and taken care off, once and for all.

    People who hold the key or influential in these geo-strategic matters are in waiting and ready. So don’t sweat it.Recommend

  • Abdull Mannan.
    May 27, 2011 - 1:13PM

    PNS Mehran…It is a shame that we have failed in protecting our assets and people and we do not admit our failure.We should admit our weaknesses and improve our capabilities and sense of duty to our nation ,to our country.In fact when other organs of a country fail in there duty and are incompetent dishonest and corrupt the armed forces will have to be affected.But inspite of weaknesses record of rule of the armed forces have been better than the so called democracies. Record is there for every body to observe and compare.And again politicians crying so loudly against the military dictatorships have beeb part of these dictatorial governments.Why did they fail to serve the country then.In fact these dishonest and corrupt politicians have been responsible for military takeovers,extremism and terrorism.When these politicians failed to deliver, the people looked towards the armed forces to solve their problems.Sadly military also failed and the people looked at the religious parties for the solution of their problems and they having failed God forbid what the politicians and their supporters want the Pakistanis look towards the Taliban for solution of their problems.Afteall who is going to work for a moderate peaceful Pakistan where there is rule of law and equal oppertunities fo
    r all irrespecrive of their religion.This is the only way to get rid of extremism and terrorism.

    Abdul Mannan
    Karachi.Recommend

  • Ashutosh Jain
    May 28, 2011 - 1:24AM

    @faisal…Dude if you want to show that the news is true you should have used the french news source. Every body knows your “impartial” http://www.nation.com.pk is the actually the mouth piece of your jihadi Military.
    Find the same news in some credible third party news source and I will agree.

    Happy Searching :) :)Recommend

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