May 24, 2011

Insiders helped militants plot naval base attack: Experts

Terming the TTP attack on the Mehran naval air base as a “big protection lapse”, Pakistani defence and political analysts Monday said that “insiders” had been facilitating the militants in their lethal agenda and asked the government and army to wake up to this. The daring assault by using the armed militants, who used rockets, grenades and heavy ammunition, has raised serious doubt over the military’s potential to defend its key installations. “It is a demanding element this assault and is nothing but a serious safety lapse on phase of the navy,” Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Shahzad Chaudhary, a defence analyst said. He pointed out that the PNS Mehran was once one of Pakistan’s most essential naval airbases with the latest gear and plane and for militants to attack it so easily and overtly showed large loops in the security. “Just last month two bomb assaults were carried out on Naval buses in the metropolis in which harmless humans were killed and the naval installations have to have been on excessive alert,” after that, he said.

Another defense analyst, Ikram Saigal noted that after the killing of al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden on May 2 in Abbottabad by US forces, the Taliban had vowed to elevate out revenge attacks. “Despite that for this incident to take region is a clear failure of security and talent and the government needs to certainly appear deep down to stop such attacks again,” he said. Nasim Zehra, a political and cutting-edge affairs expert, stated the assault solely highlighted the want for the authorities and military to accept they had been insiders who had been facilitating the terrorists in their actions. “It is not feasible for these terrorists to have so much creditable facts about the presence of the aircraft on the base besides inner help. “The fact that these militants have managed to hold off the security forces for the closing thirteen hours indicates they came properly drilled and prepared for the operation,” Zehra said. She said that it was once time for the kingdom and armed forces to understand they were hostilities against a well organised enemy which is surely getting internal help. “They are rogue factors apparently helping these militants.” Kamran Khan, a well regarded political analyst stated the attack had shaken the self belief of the Pakistan people. “It is time we stopped blaming others for our troubles and critically seemed within our own to root out these terrorists. “It is now not possible that such an attack can be carried out with so much precision barring help from insiders. “We have to accept that Pakistan is now the hotbed of many militant outfits and our talent and protection groups need to comprehend this truth first,” he said.

The assault evoked memories of an assault on Pakistan’s military headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2009, and is a further embarrassment for the military, broadly viewed as the solely exact functioning institution in Pakistan, in the wake of bin Laden’s killing.