Karachi Naval Dockyard attack not possible without inside help: Khawaja Asif

Published: September 10, 2014
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Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Fours days after a terror attack on the Naval Dockyard in Karachi, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said that the insurgents could not have carried out the assault without inside help.

Addressing the joint session of Parliament, the defence minister revealed details about the attack, saying that three miscreants were killed and among them was an ex-Naval officer who was discharged in May last year.

Expressing concern over revealing details about the incident as this may jeapordise investigation, Asif remarked that it was an isolated incident.

He also stated that the attack was a blowback of the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan.

“It was a successful operation as all the attackers were either killed or arrested,” the minister stated, revealing that seven of the miscreants were under custody.

He further stated that no damage was done to any of the installations.

Asif also revealed that four 30-bore pistols, five 9mm pistols, two satellite phones, four suicide jackets, two detonators, 24 handcuffs and seven religious books were recovered from the attackers.

The minister also said that several of the security personnel were injured while trying to foil the attack, adding that a petty officer was also killed.

Samungli airbase attack

Speaking about the August attack on Pakistan Air Force’s Samungli airbase in Quetta, the defence minister said no security personnel were killed in the assault, adding that no assets were damaged.

He further stated that this attack was also a reaction to Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Narrating details about the attack, Asif said that it started at 9:45pm on August 14 and suspicious activity was seen in a naala nearby via night vision goggles by security personnel.

“Reinforcement reached the site immediately after which the attack was foiled,” he added.

Criticising Islamabad protesters

Praising security agencies for foiling the two attacks, the defence minister requested the nation to stand by those who are fighting for the survival of the country.

Claiming that the protesters in Islamabad were “rented people,” Asif urged the nation not to stand by those who are fighting an “egotistical war”.

Further criticising the two political parties, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), who are currently staging sit-ins in the federal capital against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, the minister remarked that “they will definitely loose this war”.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Qamber
    Sep 10, 2014 - 12:42PM

    How this can man remain Defence Minister who always try to damage our arm forces i do not know any example like this in civilized world.

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  • Bilal
    Sep 10, 2014 - 12:49PM

    Navy seems to be infested with terrorists. Last attack on PNS Mehran was also traced back to navy personnel. Leadership of PN: clear this mess before you embarrass this country again.

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  • Viking Star
    Sep 10, 2014 - 12:53PM

    Mr. Meaningless Minister, please tell us something new. The group that attacked has already said they had inside help.

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  • Sher khan
    Sep 10, 2014 - 1:36PM

    Stop maligning armed forces…. Use your brain and let the investigation be completed…

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  • salman
    Sep 10, 2014 - 1:41PM

    extremists can be either civilian or any solider, as long as they are identified and apprehended, there is no harm of disclosing this information.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Sep 10, 2014 - 4:07PM

    Is handcuff sold in market? Defence Minsiter Asif says that 24 handcuffs are recovered from those who attacked Naval Dockyard on early hours of 6th September. How the attackers got handcuffs unless those are sold in market? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / [email protected]

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  • Ranjha
    Sep 10, 2014 - 5:09PM

    Khwaja Asif used to work for the defunct bank, BCCI, fondly known to the US regulators who closed it down for fraud and money laundering as the “Bank of Crooks and Criminals International.”

    Nothing more needs to be said.

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  • Imtiaz hamid
    Sep 10, 2014 - 6:32PM

    This man needs to be fired for this statement about inside help. It should be thoroughly investigated and that is all he should have said. Navy has not as thoroughly investigated and gotten rid of fifth column as it though After Mehran attack. Negligent officer and sailors need to removed. Any chief who in public ridicules his subordinates usually has a very sad and well deserved end. It appears center of Taliban May be shifting to Karachi.

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  • Saif
    Sep 11, 2014 - 2:28AM

    @Iqbal Hadi Zaidi: “Is handcuff sold in market?”

    Everything is possible in the Land of Pure; you can get nuclear armed F18; for right price of course! They have pimped, mortgaged and sold the whole country at a much cheaper price before!

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  • Jawaid
    Sep 12, 2014 - 12:52AM

    @Qamber:
    In any civilized country the defense minister would have fired the navy chief and head of intelligence. He is only pointing out the weakness that has led to repeated attacks like Kamra, Mehran, GHQ, etc.Recommend

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