Kamra airbase attack: Court martial against 3 PAF officers begins

Published: November 5, 2013
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Photo file Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra. PHOTO: AFP

Photo file Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Court martial against three low-ranking officials of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has begun for their negligence to prevent the terrorist attack on Minhas Airbase at Kamra in 2012, BBC Urdu reported on Tuesday.

Senior aircraftman Shawaiz Khan, senior technician Zafar Iqbal and Corporal Technician Mirza Waseem Iqbal were formally arrested recently in connection with August 16, 2012, terror attack.

A military source earlier told The Express Tribune that the officials were not facing court martial for their involvement in terror attack rather they were indicted over charges of negligence.

Attack

The strategically important airbase came under attack when at least nine militants stormed the base destroying a Saab 2000 surveillance aircraft and killing a security official. All nine militants were later killed in shootout with security forces.

Several squadrons of fighters and surveillance planes are said to be housed at the Minhas base. Over 30 planes were parked at the base, including JF-17 Thunder fighter jets at the time of attack.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was a revenge of May 2011 secret US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in his Abbottabad compound.

The airbase, located 70 km north of the capital, is a heavily guarded compound with the air force’s Kamra Aeronautical Complex also in its vicinity, where Pakistan assembles and overhauls JF-17 Thunder fighter jets in collaboration with China.

The key strategic installations of PAF and Navy have been the target of militants.

In 2009, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra. Two security officers and six other people were killed in the attack.

In 2011, six Taliban gunmen attacked a naval base in Karachi to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden. At least 10 military personnel were killed and 20 wounded in the 16-hour assault.

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  • bash gul
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:40PM

    See the destruction caused by the TTP and our religious bigots call them Martyrs.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:59PM

    This is absurd! How come personnel of such petty levels can be charged with dereliction of duty and negligence. Why haven’t the proceedings been initiated against the Base Commander of PAF Minhas or the Provost Marshal who is responsible for base security?Recommend

  • Umair Ali Rashid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:10PM

    Tribune, you have mixed up the details of attack on Kamra and Minhas Airbase. Minhas is a Pakistan Navy Airbase, not under the management of Pakistan Air Force and is located at Karachi. No fighter operation is conducted at that airbase as fighters are not under Pakistan Navy. There’s only one active airbase in Karachi and its miles away from Minhas. Please do your fact checking before you publish your articles. Recommend

  • Spock
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:36PM

    And some people were claiming that it was done by RAW/CIA/MossadRecommend

  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:15PM

    …senior technician Zafar Iqbal and Corporal Technician Mirza Waseem Iqbal were formally arrested recently in connection with August 16, 2012, terror attack…A military source earlier told The Express Tribune that the officials were not facing court martial for their involvement in terror attack rather they were indicted over charges of negligence…

    This is quite strange. The Pakistan Armed Forces, and other security forces were not responsible, the police was not responsible, the base commander was not responsible – but the above two technicians were responsible for negligence ? Since when have air force technicians become responsible for security of bases or elsewhere ?

    This stinks; it stinks as bad as any report that comes out of Pakistani establishment.

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  • Jibran
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:40PM

    @Spock:
    Including a retired official named Latif, who couldn’t agree with Imran Khan more these days. He’s hoping for a position within it’s ranks in return.

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  • Jibran
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:43PM

    I’m confused. Technicians and aircrafsmen are not responsible for the security of the base. How can they be negligent.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:48PM

    @Umair Ali Rashid:

    I think that it is you who has mixed up the airbases and their names. Kamra Air Force Base was renamed Minhas in honor of Late Flt. Lt. Rashid Minhas. The only active base of air operations of the Navy is PNS Mehran which shares its space with PAF Base Faisal in Karachi.

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  • ali ahmed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:10PM

    Naval based was attacked 3 valuable planes were destroyed no action taken against the naval chief…GHQ was attacked .Kayani was COAS rewarded with 3 years extension…in Pakistan only low ranking personal are convicted…

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  • kk
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:24PM

    ghareeb her jaga he mara jata he.plz i request cheif of air staff to promote the base commander to the next rank for carrying out his duty soooooo efficeintlyRecommend

  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:48PM

    “..A military source earlier told The Express Tribune that the officials were not facing court martial for their involvement in terror attack rather they were indicted over charges of negligence..”

    Lower level officials get charged with negligence and incompetence.
    However, tfor he most humiliating raid by US navy seals to kill OBL, deep all the way near kakul, Kayani & his useless Kakul commanders get extension/reward for their negligence and incompetence!!
    How does this help moral of the jawans?

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  • Amir
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:13PM

    Poor low ranking soldiers. While the top guns roam around in 4×4, have lunches in their mess, jet set around Pakistan on discounted fares, have their kids join big companies, have all the perks set for themselves, get big plots, waste my tax money paid to government, how will they think of having proper security around the bases, The poor low ranking soldiers here always gets to pay.

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  • wizarat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:56PM

    When are we going to have Moral Courage to call a spade a spade. The world knows that these terrorist are funded by the so called Muslim (Munafiq) States such as the British created workhorse Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
    There are only two reasons why the Government of Pakistan is quiet about it.
    1. They have no power to fight the Saudis
    2. 2. They are complicit and are party to the killing of Shia and Sunni Muslims at the hands of these Wahhabi Salafis.
    3.
    If the GOP would not ensure the safety of every citizen of Pakistan, I know that the citizens of Pakistan would rise up and throw the imbeciles/criminals out.

    Choice is theirs.

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  • Faisal
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:57PM

    @Spock:
    It’s for negligence in failing to defend, not collusion you imbecile.

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @Faisal: It’s for negligence in failing to defend, not collusion

    Who is the imbecile here ? Is it the job of the air force technicians to defend the airbase and are they really trained for it ?

    Everything about you, stinks !

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  • csmann
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:13PM

    So US killed OBL,but the cowardly TTP wreaks havoc on Pakistan,their own country.And whole Pakistan is in mourning over Mehsud,the no. 1 killer of Pakistanis.Off course,Pakistan was in mourning too for OBL.Hail! Mr.IK!!!

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  • Jat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @Faisal: And as for the charge of collusion; that was made by your media, religious parties and defense analysts. Spock just held a mirror to your face :) Also read what Jibran said.

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:19PM

    So who has has been charged with negligence/incompetence for allowing OBL and Meshud to live comfortably within short walk of military bases?

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  • zog
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:30AM

    TTP is basically a bunch of criminals funded by RAW and Afghan intelligence. Plain and simple. They should be removed to Afghanistan along with the 3 m afghans (the later humanely and with dignity)

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  • Fatima
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:00PM

    Un believe able! I can`t believe it. Air force officers………………
    you know my aim is also to go in air force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Fatima
    Nov 6, 2013 - 9:03PM

    Unbelieveable ! Air force officers and martial of court you know my aim is also to go in airforce

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  • Fatima
    Nov 9, 2013 - 9:00PM

    is this news is right can anyone answer me????

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  • Fatima
    Nov 9, 2013 - 9:03PM

    is this news is right??????can anyone tell me!!!!!!!

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  • Hamza
    Nov 19, 2013 - 8:37AM

    @Umair Ali Rashid:
    Calling Minhas a naval airbase! Dude, are you high?
    Minhas is PAF base while Mehran is the naval one.

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  • Muhammad Salman Javed
    Dec 19, 2013 - 12:51PM

    Asalam o Alikum Dear Fellows…!!!
    I need your help if anyone know about Aeronautical Engineering in Kamra, then kindly tell me about it. I want to do Aeronautical Engineering. I shall be very thankful to you for your this act of Kindness.

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