PNS Mehran investigations: Probe stays on surface, states the obvious

Published: June 19, 2011
Police says DNA tests show terrorists were ‘not Pakistani’. PHOTO: APP/FILE

Police says DNA tests show terrorists were ‘not Pakistani’. PHOTO: APP/FILE


In what appears to be an eyewash, investigators probing the PNS Mehran attack have stated merely the obvious in their inquiry report: that the attack happened due to “flawed security arrangements” at the PNS Mehran and PAF Faisal airbase.

The report, compiled by a joint investigation team (JIT) formed by the navy chief after the May 22 attack, is not expected to be made public.

Meanwhile, police confirmed on Saturday that they have received DNA reports of the four terrorists and said that while reports “prove that the terrorists were not Pakistanis,” they have not been able to determine anything beyond that conclusion.

Matching of the terrorists’ fingerprints with the National Database and Registration Authority’s (Nadra) records also yielded no results, adding weight to the assertion that the attackers were not Pakistani nationals, or at least not registered with Nadra, sources said.

The DNA and Nadra report have been included in the report compiled by the JIT and has been sent to navy chief and other concerned authorities, sources added.

Conceding security failure

At the time of the attack, security at both Faisal and Mehran air bases was “inadequate,” the report says, adding that this allowed the terrorists to scale a wall from the Shah Faisal sewage drain side, enter Faisal air base and walk about 800 metres to the runway where they fired rockets at the  maritime surveillance P-3C Orion aircraft.

The report concedes the security failure, and adds that greater coordination among the armed forces is required to protect the base against future attacks. The report has been compiled by the JIT formed by navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir and headed by Rear Admiral Tehseenullah Khan.

Pakistan Air Force, Federal Investigation Agency and representatives of intelligence agencies were part of the inquiry team. Initially scheduled to be completed by June 5, the JIT received an extension on Khan’s request.

Identification tests

Sources say reports from DNA tests and NADRA’s fingerprint matching appear to reinforce investigators’ initial hunch that terrorists “appeared foreign, possibly from central Asian states.”

“DNA tests were conducted in the federal government’s laboratory in Islamabad and the report concludes that terrorists were related, possibly from the same family,” said East Zone II (Investigations) SSP Niaz Khosa while taking to The Express Tribune.

“Their DNA was tested against samples of all major ethnicities in Pakistan and they did not match,” said Khosa adding that “this proves that they were not Pakistanis.”

Khosa, however, added that they have not been able to determine the nationality of the terrorists. He said that investigations were underway and nothing could be said with certainty about the number of terrorists who attacked Mehran base. He added that no arrests have been made in this regard.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2011.

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  • RealityCheck
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:08AM

    As expected, so lets see how our brilliant Admiral aka Chief Of Navy reacts to this according to him the attack is not to be considered as a security breach. Once again the report wont be made public because the biggest enemy of Armed forces of Pakistan are people of Pakistan, its of utmost importance every thing is hidden from them. But dont worry about US or any other country they have all the details of in-camera sessions taking place any where in this country, but people NO NO.Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:30AM

    Extensive survey of cities needed to spot trouble areas where terrorist hide and plan attacks. All Katchi Abadis should be walled with proper track of ins and outs of people and material. We need to close unmonitored entry and exit points to all cities in order to increase security situation. Pakistan need proactive efforts to combat terrorism. All banned outfits and their helpers should be rounded immediately.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:33AM

    Lies, lies and more lies. No wonder nobody believes anything what army/ISI or its mouthpiece says. If they have nothing to say then why open the big mouth. Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    Jun 19, 2011 - 11:06AM

    DNA check to determine nationality ??????????????????????????????? Amazing dude, now pigs do fly.Recommend

  • Just Checking
    Jun 19, 2011 - 11:09AM

    Now come on all indians, Mir and Jaffers and start bashing pakistan and its army!Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Absolutely! Just the expected absurdity of the “paindoo bureaucracy” not to make the report public for national security purposes. After all even after sixty-three years of independence we are still bottle fed and our nappies are changed by Uncle Sam. If this was not a complete security failure then what would you call it “a late night invitation to dinner and an early morning breakfast.”
    First Abbottabad then followed closely by Mehran / Faisal base attacks by Eurasian militants with no NADRA signature. (To this stupid commenter they were plain and simple disgruntled Pakistani villagers brainwashed by the village mulla and trained by one of the militant outfits somewhere here or across the border.)
    Pakistanis have a strong propensity to hit the headlines internationally, be it cricket, economics, feudal politicians, military takeovers, security failures, stashing money overseas, etc.
    Salams to our country and to the late founding fathers.Recommend

  • ghairatmand
    Jun 19, 2011 - 11:59AM

    People of Pakistan – Ask your agencies as to what kind of special DNA test do they conduct that determine the nationality of the individual and here you have your national media repeating like parrots ! Common sense guys…where is it? Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jun 19, 2011 - 12:28PM

    So the attackers of PNS Mehran were not Pakistani’s. I never knew that DNA tests can reveal the nationality of criminals and terrorists. Can creating confusion hide the Truth ???Recommend

  • zafar
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:46PM

    The recent Mehran base incident of destroying of servialance aircrafts and PNS Baber encounter
    with indian naval ship needs to be looked into as intentions of Indian navy in the Arabian Sea.
    PNS Baber was only involved in Humanitarian Service

  • Ishrat Salim
    Jun 19, 2011 - 1:50PM

    Great Feroz Sb….salute you for yr comment.

    Chilli Sb…what r u talking about….?? if we wud be even 1% ( one percent ) of what u r talking about…this country wud be haven today…Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:06PM

    Just Checking : You are not doing justice to your name. Most of the Pak army and ISI bashers in ET are from Pakistan itself. Recommend

  • Just Checking
    Jun 19, 2011 - 2:27PM

    Thats right, Then, like I said, they are either Mir or Jaffer.Recommend

  • Capt. Ali
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:18PM

    @ghairatmand: Look at this turkey here, a jew like attitude. giving fire to issues is what they are best at. “Pakistan kar raha hai Bharat par Parmaanoon BUMB phainknay ki tayari” LOL i mean are you guys actually seroius. We dont have time to plot against you having so many enemies within us. You and the typical jew which Shakespeare painted are exactly resonant, identically same hypocrisy skills and giving fire to everything that may burn the whole thing up! Recommend

  • Capt. Ali
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:21PM

    @Chilli: well summed up analysis. We should expel the traitor Afghans whom we have been keeping with us as brothers in trouble needed help. But they are the ones who would sell anything just to see how a dollar looks like, what to talk about earning it. They should now be expelled for they dont deserve a brotherly treatment. They are bribing people and getting fake Pakistani citizenships. Recommend

  • Major Inayat
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:26PM

    @zafar: I along the nation don’t even need to be in complete consciousness to know who carried out the attack on PNS Mehran. It serves only the indian interest to get rid of the P3C Orions whereas they could attack other aircrafts which were parked in the same vicinity. But I would say to the indians here trolling unwelcomed as i see my countrymen, if you consider mumbai attacks as carried out by Pakistan than Mehran attack was no way near it in terms of excellence or planning :PRecommend

  • Cronous
    Jun 19, 2011 - 3:50PM

    “I along the nation don’t even need to be in complete consciousness to know who carried out the attack on PNS Mehran. It serves only the indian interest to get rid of the P3C Orions whereas they could attack other aircrafts which were parked in the same vicinity.”

    LOL, I don’t need any evidence, I just need my own conspiracy prone mind to figure out all the details. What a joke. Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2011 - 5:00PM

    @ghairatmand: one aqalmand is better than a million ghairatmands …
    Just google “DNA Fingerprinting” dude Recommend

  • Major Inayat
    Jun 19, 2011 - 6:14PM

    @Cronous: Dont like jokes? than watch the indian documentaries all they run to scare the indian people to prepare for Pakistan’s attack on them, Pakistan made its 1st reactor, completed its 3rd reactor and inaugurated the 7th reactor. That would be much serious. Go buzz off and enjoy the horrorRecommend

  • Linga0123
    Jun 19, 2011 - 10:54PM

    WOW! A sewerage drain named ‘Shah Faisal’ !!!!Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 5:12AM

    The attackers were Extra-Terrestrial men manufactured in labs run by the RAW-CIA-MOSSAD axis whose sole purpose is to give Pakistan a hard time. The Revenge of the Sith comes closer! Soon there will be armies of such robot men attacking Pakistan.Recommend

  • VLRao
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:27AM

    The wish is the father of the thought. You do not want the attackers to be Pakistanis so you do tests to prove they are from Central Asia. Who is the Navy fooling?Recommend

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