Twitter alert: Questions surround Karachi Navy base attack

Published: May 23, 2011
Flames and smokes rise from a Karachi's naval air base following an attack by militants.PHOTO: AFP

Flames and smokes rise from a Karachi's naval air base following an attack by militants.PHOTO: AFP

At least 12 people, including Navy and Rangers personnel, were killed late Sunday when more than 10 terrorists attacked the PNS Mehran base on Shahrah-e-Faisal Road, Karachi.

The attack created a buzz on Twitter with Pakistan’s popular Twitteratti not only tweeting and retweeting minute by minute updates of the incident, but also analysing the motives and implications of the attack and raising important questions.

Here is a round-up of some of the tweets:

Farahnaz Ispahani

The attack in Karachi is one more brutal example of the enemy with in being financed by the brotherly enemy outside. Wake up Pakistan

Mosharraf Zaidi

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

Ayesha Tammy Haq

Time for Pakistanis to throw their weight behind the civilian government: no more military involvement. Slash the defence budget and spend it on citizens.

Raza Rumi

Many of us had been warning about Karachi as the new epicentre for al Qaeda operations. Sad that political parties and the Army did not pay much heed.

Sami Shah

Went to sleep to my city under siege. Woke up to it under siege. Weirdest part is the rest of us just go to office and keep working.

Ejaz Haider

Why has the attack on PNS Mehran become PMS India?

Farieha Aziz

What good do public ‘condemnations’ and announcements that we have ‘taken notice’ of such events do? Does it ever lead to anything?

Afia Salam

Operation at PNS Mehran over. Will Operation TRUTH now begin?

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Nauman Paracha
    May 23, 2011 - 2:02PM

    In all this drama what we need to see is who is the ultimate beneficiary? Two P3 Orions destroyed, ok that’s millions of dollars worth of military hardware destroyed. But does the general public know that P3 Orions are meant to hunt submarines? So Pakistan Navy is “BACK TO SQUARE ZERO”. So who is the ultimate beneficiary? Obviously someone who feels threatened by this hardware, and who could that be? The US, no, Iran well no, India,hmm ? And let’s go back a few years back in to history? Who was the ultimate looser when Sri Lankan Cricket team was attacked in Lahore? Or who was the ultimate winner? Connect the dots people and you will start getting answers. The Taliban are too dumb to make out the difference between a Fokker and a P3 Orion, someone really well informed is feeding and assisting them. When militants attack someplace in India a Pakistani out fit is blamed, when militants attack someplace in Pakistan , a Pakistan based group is blamed. Pretty weird, isn’t it? Win win for India and loose loose for Pakistan. Come on people wake up!Recommend

  • Aamir
    May 23, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Pakistan Army is trapped like the Turk Army which lost world war and broken into pieces. At that time too CIA was involved behind lawless tribes to kill soldier and ths time again the repeat telecast. This seems they have decided to break Pakistan in to pieces like they did with Turks.Recommend

  • PG Bokhari
    May 23, 2011 - 3:03PM

    GHQ, Abbotabad, Karachi….. Three major security lapses, yet not one minister, general, admiral. or air-marshal has been fired from their posts for utter incompetence. WHY ?!?Recommend

  • Humayun
    May 23, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Dear Raza Rumi:

    This needs to be envisaged with a different view. It may not really be Alqaeda behind who is just a nonfigurative force now. ‘Alqaeda’ is now an illusion conjured up by the evil minds of Americans the crooks. They use this name to strike on the weak parts of the Muslim Umma. What happened on naval base this night should rather be summed up as an inside story. A lava which found its vent after it was all just unbearable and intolerable!

    Say Hurrah!! to Murshad Pak of Azizi.


  • sikandar
    May 23, 2011 - 9:19PM

    @Nauman Paracha I guess the same dumb taliban who could not recognise fokker and PC Orion did the 9/11 LOL, do not live in a world of illiusion now a days all the terrorist are high tech., thanks to US and the tech. proliferation No point in turning your head to east.

    Let us face the reality the enemy is within, yeah it could be a win win situation for India but who is to be blamed, even if they have done it then what were the authorities doing, sleeping.

    Get over with your IndiaPhobia, or else there would be more for our foolish assumption. Now wonder these things happened because there are people like you in the establishment also.Recommend

  • Bashir Ahmed
    May 23, 2011 - 9:46PM

    Dear patriots,

    Let us understand the evil that we have brought on ourselves fighting a foreigner’s war. We are so quick to name enemies, we have so many of them and the one ‘true’friend higher than the himalayas is here only for business. When these terrorists start sneaking into Chinese territory which isn’t too far away- the great friend isn’t going to sing our praises. What about our education about science, technology and good judgement without madness and distorted history?, what about youth with compassion and industry rather than a head full of instilled propaganda and war drum beating?, what about quality healthcare?, what about freedom of speech and religion without being called unpatriotic and being killed by trusted bodyguards?. ANd I shall be called unpatriotic if i ask- What about the billions that go for arms and ammunition paid to USA or China?. What about non-violence? What about my children and grandchildren who have to suffer here forever because we don’t dare to ask ourselves now- Where di dwe go wrong and What can we change about ourselves before seeking to change others? and I’m expecting the answere that that was given to me always- Pakistan has always been right- we have been done in by evil all around.Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    May 24, 2011 - 3:01AM

    lol Anyone noticing the ISPR public relation blitz going on in Pakistan Media Tonight…..Pak Military is incompetent so ppl should support it without accountability, so that dushman ka dut kar mukabla karay..lolRecommend

  • SaudiRules
    May 24, 2011 - 4:01AM

    @Nauman Paracha
    14 hours ago
    “….. Come on people wake up!”

    sure nauman, i am fully awaken, now you go back to sleep and go back to dreaming the conspiracy,idiot!Recommend

  • Ali
    May 24, 2011 - 6:15AM

    @Nauman Paracha: Why blame US when our country men are stupid and illiterate. I support US in their efforts. Need to change mentality of Pakistanis. Anything goes wrong and there comes up the name of USRecommend

  • ghairatmand
    May 24, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @Nauman Paracha: You can blame all you want, it doesn’t cost and is the free tool pf propaganda. Where you will win is by actually proving the fact. As an Indian I would feel pride if India showed courage to carry out such a task. But I am sure I will be equally disappointed as you to find it was not Indian RAW :(Recommend

  • Nadeem Ahmed
    May 24, 2011 - 8:27AM

    @ Aamir, you should correct historical facts before writing. CIA was created in 1947, long after first world war. Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    May 24, 2011 - 11:32AM

    @Nauman Paracha:
    I completely agree with you, the stimulator behind the events like this is always the one who is most benifitted from that particular even… but i’ll add one thing that we can not disregard the fact that USA is also a benefiaciary of this happening, as whatever they plan to do they make its grounds first. for example for the plan to attack iraq, afghanistan they staged 9/11 drama & in the form of Osama Ben Laden they found the key to enter any country they want.
    These days americans seems to be pursuing Pakistani Neuclear Assets and there is a cold war going on between CIA & ISI & in context of this war OBL operation & attack on PNS-Mehran has benifitted CIA also in a great deal. As far as India is concerned they are very active in balochistan, FATA & afghanistan only to destablize Pakistan and Yes there are some logics that point towards india. But i have a logic which clears india and that is “they are not capable to do such strike, they are literally ineligible to do this.
    So, we can say that they might have been the part of this plan with some other agencies which are really capable to do this (like CIA, MOSAD) means if india has done this they can not do it alone with such a precision.
    It reinforces the point that CIA has done it beacause CIA doesn’t need RAW for her help to do these things.Recommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    May 24, 2011 - 2:06PM

    What efforts of US do you support? brutal killing in Iraq, Afghanistan and now covert operations in Pakistan. As it is an established fact that many agents of CIA, Black Water and other agencies hired by US have sent their agent in numbers. What they are doing in Pakstan? Do they really need it while ISI has handed over to US hundereds of alqaeda leading agents? Conspiracy theory really exists…

    But I agree with you that instead of blaming others, we have to become efficient enough to deal all these things. Only Blaming the people who are conspiring against us will not work. We have to aware the people about these elements, to propogate it and we have to plan / act accordingly.Recommend

  • Qadir Khan
    May 24, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Assalam-o-Alikum All,
    I agree with all my friends that its indeed a big security laps our agencies and military’s main focused is who should be our next prime Minister and they have nothing to do with the US and India and all other nations who are against the existence of Pakistan.May be some of my friend will call me a Ghaddar because the will say that we should support our army yes we should and we will but the Army has to realize there duty they should leave the politics they should not be concern that Who will be next Prime Minister its people headache People will decide that who should be our next Prime Minister they(ISI + ARMY) should focus on the security of the country Government is not responsible for security of the Army its the Army which will defend the country and the people.
    I am sorry if my words hurt the feelings on any of my friend but its the truth and I think we should have the courage to listen and speak the truth.

    Pakistan Zindabad
    Pakistan Army ZindabadRecommend

  • Waqas Dilawar
    May 25, 2011 - 11:42AM

    @Qadir Khan:
    .These are facts and facts should not hurt anybody. You are absolutely right.Recommend

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