Intelligence: Interior ministry raised alert a week ago

Published: May 23, 2011
Flames and smokes belches out from a Pakistani military air base after an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. Militants stormed one of Pakistan's biggest military bases in the country's largest city late May 22, triggering explosions and gunbattles. At least 10 people were wounded as blasts and gunshots rang out at the sprawling base used by the Air Force and Navy in the centre of Karachi, where the local government confirmed that the base was under "terrorist attack". PHOTO: AFP

Flames and smokes belches out from a Pakistani military air base after an attack by militants in Karachi on May 22, 2011. Militants stormed one of Pakistan's biggest military bases in the country's largest city late May 22, triggering explosions and gunbattles. At least 10 people were wounded as blasts and gunshots rang out at the sprawling base used by the Air Force and Navy in the centre of Karachi, where the local government confirmed that the base was under "terrorist attack". PHOTO: AFP


Intelligence reports had warned police and other security agencies that terrorist outfits, including the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were planning to carry out such attacks on army, navy and air force installations.

The report had suggested that the TTP was very likely to mount attacks like the one they carried out, targeting a navy bus on April 26 in Karachi.

The federal interior ministry had issued an alert, warning police and other law-enforcement agencies to beef up security across the country.

Sources said that the despite ample intelligence warnings and a security alert issued by the interior ministry, Sunday’s attack had occurred because of a security breach.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2011.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 3:54AM

    Be Alert and wait for terrorists! What nonsense is this? You have guns, tanks, planes and whereabouts of terrorists. Attack and finish them.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    May 23, 2011 - 4:14AM

    I am flabbergasted… could they force their way in into a facility that should have been completely secure. These very expensive planes were housed there and now they seem to have destroyed these too….costing Pakistan millions of dollars.

    The question that our so called “intelligence agencies” should be asking is that how can these terrorists so easily get the hands on these heavy weapons and explosives.Recommend

  • faraz
    May 23, 2011 - 4:15AM

    I think these are Punjabi taliban who operated in Kashmir, they are very well trained for such kind of attacksRecommend

  • Imran
    May 23, 2011 - 6:44AM

    This demonstrates the mindset as well as the inadequacies of the military establishment. It continues to fail to pay heed to the civilian controlled interior ministry. Bloody civilians… right? As usual, now they will spin conspiracy theories.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 23, 2011 - 8:16AM

    If this warning had been given then why was security so lax at this Air Base???? Is it an inside job like that of attack on Musharraf at Jhanda Chichi, Rawalpindi,where Airforce personnel were involved??? Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 8:24AM

    You are an Interior ministry.Your job does not end by just giving information but taking full protective measures.What did yoy do? Do not as usually after every dastardly incident make such statements to pass the buck.It is your responsibility and of MQM who keep you 95% engaged in their problems.Both PPP-Z and MQM is failing the nation yet pretend saviors and saints.Recommend

  • saeed ahmad
    May 23, 2011 - 9:00AM

    This is rubbish. Should we assume that now FIA has relations with terrosist organizations…!

    Everytime R. Malik gets rid of his responsibility by declaring that FIA informed in advance.

    It’s time that agencies like IB and FIA take their work seriously. They are to be held equally responsible in such cases.

    The purpose of spreading such news is actually to undermine ISI and create an impression that other agencies are working all right. It’s time R. Malik is sacked. Why is the press quiet on it?

    As for this surely is the handiwork of the elements infiltrated and installed by CIA [in collaboration with RAW] in Pakistan during past 2-3 years. All with active facilitation of FIA and the stupid ambassador who is very fond of showing off his literary skills of Twitter [and dished out those free visas to CIA guys in thousands]

    It is aparant now that Pakistan’s Civil Gov and Armed forces are actually working in two different directions. What was once “Unthinkable” is now very much possible and is actually happening….!Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 9:05AM

    The man selling tomatoes on a roadside could imagine what TTP or the likes are going to do next after OBL ,killing…… Issuing warnings without specifics, proper co-ordination among various state agencies & organs, without any follow-up system to monitor for the precautionary steps taken to pre-empt such threats is just futile.

    The terrorists stormed into our biggest military base & gleefully reduced P3 Orion worth 36 million dollar along-with the image of military to ashes. . . Recommend

  • father of goat
    May 23, 2011 - 9:26AM

    I think the security agencies were on full alert. But, unfortunately were looking for Hindus and Jews!!Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Entring in one of the most sensitive combined military/navy/airforce base with a group of 12 heavily armed men accompanying the modern weapons. Oh don’t tell that tehreek-e-taliban is such capable of implementing this operation plan. It is more likely that CIA itself, or its trained ‘personnel’ have carried out such an operation. They simply want to tell the world that Pakistan’s forces aren’t even capable enough to protect themselves, so Pakistan’s nuclear assets aren’t safe either. Looks like another raid is expected from US to our nuclear assets.

    Happy Government :)Recommend

  • Raza
    May 23, 2011 - 9:56AM

    A very common statement from intellegence agencies after these type of incidents..Recommend

  • May 23, 2011 - 10:37AM

    If I wanted alerts why would I pay for domestic investigations agency? Just name your department alert dispatch unit.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Now it is time to be more serious in handling country’s affairs. We have to focus on War on Terror, at least Pakistan should have planned something which can appease these terrorists. The enmity against Pakistan armed forces is very dangerous. So, please try to redesign your foreign policy and try to halt the drone attacks for the time being. Now, CIA is using another tactics through WikiLeaks to damage the already-troubled Muslim community.Recommend

  • Shakeel
    May 23, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Pathetic. Wonder why no one took neccessary measures on this alert and even if they did, there are now BIG question markes on the sophistication of such measures. We have to kill this bad bad habbit of us (as a nation) to take everything for granted and leave every thing on ALLAH (as in “Allah khair karay ga”). We first need to take steps/actions and then hope for the best.Recommend

  • ARF
    May 23, 2011 - 12:50PM

    there are no more words left for our rulers cuz obviously they dont care. we shud all be shaming ourselves for always being made fools of and voting these same “worthless” people into power to “safeguard” our needs.Recommend

  • Tigon
    May 23, 2011 - 1:09PM

    Incompetence at every level. Will any heads roll? Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 1:33PM

    The attack proves uselessness & ineffectiveness of such intelligence reports.

    After Osama’s killing & TTP’s vowing for revenge, even a man selling potatoes could have forecasted such attacks What big stuff Interior Ministry has done? Waiting for national assets to be destroyed & our soldiers to be killed?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    May 23, 2011 - 2:19PM

    I have very serious doubts, no heads rolled after GHQ takeover by terrorists, so why now????Recommend

  • KM Khan
    May 23, 2011 - 2:49PM

    @Maulana Diesel

    When your No.1 priorty is trading plots in Bahria Town, and Defence this could happen.Recommend

  • Sabahat
    May 23, 2011 - 2:50PM

    We all can understand such type of attacks is not possible without a sophisticated training. This fact reflects favor of some external agencies to these terrorists. Who they are we all know, who are our enemies. The basic cause of such type of attacks is to demoralize our nation from defense agencies of our country. They, in the past, have proved that they are “second to none” in the world. So say no to such type of messages and ask yourself Where the intelligence agencies were on 9/11 and Bombay attacks?. We need to be unite in order to compete the situation…Recommend

  • Khalid Javed
    May 23, 2011 - 4:26PM

    @ Sabahat:

    May be a JV of MCR (Mossad, CIA & RAW) to disseminate impressions of Pakistan’s inability to defend its own assets. Previously the focus of terror attacks was general public in markets, shopping malls, now next phase military, navy & its assets…… seems a Grand design to all this Chaos.

    It’s a wake-up call for ISI & our BELOVED Military to shun its political ambitions & involvements, be professional & to do what they are supposed to do………….To defend.Recommend

  • R S JOHARin
    May 23, 2011 - 10:06PM

    In a country where terrorists whose complicity in masacring hundreds is well known to the whole world are allowed to issue dire warnings to a neighbouring country openly but the same is ignored by the state. Others are dealt with a kid glove despite being enemy of the state then who can save this country irrespective of any advance intelligence reports.Recommend

  • saeed ahmad
    May 23, 2011 - 11:22PM

    no sir… these are your CIA friendsRecommend

  • May 24, 2011 - 8:09AM

    Well, USA used 60 million dollar stealth helicopter. According to Interior Minister, six terrorists climbed over the wall, entered into the base destroyed two state of the art spy planes, killed atleast eleven persons and two left the base again climbing those walls. Recommend

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