Unknown assailants: After 10 months, PNS Mehran attackers buried

Published: March 26, 2012

With no claims by relatives and trails gone cold, officials allow burial. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: The bodies of four terrorists involved in a brazen attack on Pakistan Navy’s main aviation base on May 22, 2011 have been finally buried in unmarked graves for the unknown.

The dramatic siege on the PNS Mehran base in Karachi lasted 17 hours, leaving at least 10 security personnel dead and destroying two P3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft.

The bodies had been languishing at an Edhi morgue in the months since, but were eventually buried after painstaking intelligence surveillance work went in vain. The authorities had hoped that relatives of the dead would come forward to claim the bodies, but none did.

The bodies were kept at the Edhi morgue after the attack with the express orders from authorities that, unless they give the go-ahead, they should not be laid to rest.

“We finally got the go-ahead a few weeks ago and now they’ve been buried in one of our graveyards for the unknown,” the welfare organisation Edhi’s representative Anwar Kazmi said.

A number of DNA samples were collected from the mutilated bodies during the time the bodies were at the morgue, but despite many tests no conclusive results of their identity could be ascertained. Even matches from the database of NADRA were inconclusive.

Sources close to the investigation revealed that the intelligence agencies were hoping that some of the relatives of the dead would eventually come forward to claim the bodies.

“This has happened in the past and we were able to track down associates of terrorists when their families came forward to claim their dead,” a senior intelligence official said.

However, the authorities remained unlucky with the remains of the PNS Mehran attackers and ordered their bodies to be disposed of.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2012.

Reader Comments (14)

  • M Ali Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Can we at least get a clarification if these attackers were not in fact “foreigners” as claimed by various popular conspiracy theories online?

    Were they Pashtun, Punjabi, Uzbek, Arab, Chechen, European or whatever ?

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  • vasan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Hand the bodies over to RAW, We can find out from which village in Pakistan these monsters are from. After all we have a RAW foot print allover Pakistan, according to Pakistan, Is it not?

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Who was investigating this??? Why don’t they get Inspector Clouseau of the Sirte in Paris. He would have solved this in no time.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 26, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Burried them?!—why here? This land is much, too, sacred. Those who attempted to hurt it don’t deserve nohing here, dig them out and throw them in sea to vanish for ever.

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 1:07PM

    Why expenditure on their burial when they don’t deserve. Their bodies would have been thrown into the Arabian sea.

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  • La La jee
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:07PM

    They did not Made the PHOTOGRAPHS to public. Hurry to close investigation. How a person can go un-identifies despite spending billions Rs on NADRA auntee??????????

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 1:19PM

    And at that time NAVAL chief was busy in buying new BMW’s

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  • ahmad
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:29PM

    who cares,shadi hall business is in full swing at PNS mehran. mitti pao,pak fauj zinda bad

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:34PM

    Fooling the public. Unknown can’t be!

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:40PM

    @Billoo Bhaya, @Uza Syed
    First one need to find out did such bodies exist? Probably those bodies related to target killings in Balochistan!

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  • bangash
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:28PM

    Another miserable failure by intelligence agencies. This incident will join the many other murky and nasty incidents in the history of Pakistan.

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  • Harry Stone
    Mar 27, 2012 - 1:35AM

    @M Ali Khan:

    Am surprised they did not report it was Seal Team Six

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  • Cautious
    Mar 27, 2012 - 3:11AM

    Another mark in the loss column for Pasha.

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  • faraz
    May 21, 2012 - 9:52PM

    Well, at least some kind of DNA profiling could be done for their origins. I guess the investigators didn’t had that much brain!

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