Siege at Mehran: Nation believes armed forces lost, says Altaf

Published: May 25, 2011

Says defence institutions must review their policies on terror.

LONDON: 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the terrorist attack at the PNS Mehran Base in Karachi and also expressed profound sorrow and grief over the loss of lives of brave officers and soldiers of the navy and rangers.

“The penetration of a few terrorists into such an important and sensitive defence installation is not only a matter of grave concern for the entire nation but is also [a] strange [occurrence],” Hussain said, in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He said that the entire nation believed that the attack was an embarrassing defeat of Pakistan’s armed forces. “Fighting continued for 16 hours and terrorists destroyed important aircraft. Commandos of navy and the paramilitary rangers were killed but the militants did not suffer a single casualty and instead blew themselves up,” he said.

Hussain said that it is now imperative and a need of the hour that defence institutions review their policies and deal with terrorists and their abettors, whether civilian or military, with an iron fist.

Praying for the souls of those who died in the line of duty, he appealed to the nation to stand united and said that there is no option left for the nation but to offer prayers of forgiveness before Allah for Pakistan’s safety and security.

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


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Reader Comments (7)

  • SHAFI
    May 25, 2011 - 7:11AM

    Some of the pakistani media said they caught 4 terrorists alive and covered their face with black cloth and some other media said they didn’t catch even a single terrorist alive. ALL THESE LIERS. CORRUPTED MEDIA.Recommend

  • Akhtarrao
    May 25, 2011 - 8:12AM

    Always, anti-Pakistanism–Recommend

  • Bitter Pill
    May 25, 2011 - 8:17AM

    Please add them along with your losses in ’65, ’71 & the misadventure of ’99 & also the failure at Abbottabad !! Recommend

  • IWriteURead
    May 25, 2011 - 9:12AM

    Don’t disguise the nation! When you cant do good dont harm by creating an anti-army sentiment. Internal and external attacks happen all around the world— there is nothing wrong with it. Military confronted it and successfully completed the operation without any CIVILIANS loss of life……Enjoy the fact that you are civilian and have an army that is ready to save nation at all costs (and nation includes you too so be thankful and say something to raise their morale)!Recommend

  • Aisha Jalani
    May 25, 2011 - 10:14AM

    years due to Altaf-Musharraf).Both are third class opportunists,power,money hungry and must retain power-wealth country is gone.MQM kep PPP-Zardari hostage to its blackmailing wicked politics to keep it target killings of thousands of men remain under the carpet of ‘coalition power game and hundred of billion dollars bathakhori since 1987 untouched by PPP-Zardari who may rule the roost on their own but not ANP whom they wanted to extricate from Peshawar.TV channels,their anchors,newscaster helped MQM to hilt which has completely shattered Pakistan into Altaf-Zardari trap of incompetence,worst ever miseries yo nation,corruption and Pakistan virtually becoming a client state of USA.Recommend

  • faraz
    May 25, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Just like 1948, 65, 71 and Kargil wars, the army will emerge victorious. In Pakistan, its not about reality, its all about perception.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    May 25, 2011 - 1:38PM

    It is an open secret that Pakistan Navy failed to protect its very precious assets which it should have defended under any circumstances. No amount of excuses will wash this dirty linen. So the naval Chief should accept his failure and sack all and every one in the chain of command responsible for the security of such a strategic assets.
    As far as Altaf Hussain is concerned, he should not interfere in the affairs of Pakistan. He has long time back voluntarily terminated the citizenship of Pakistan and has become an employee of MI 6. Good for him and his family. It will at least ensure him free food coupons from metropolitan London. Recommend

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