As in operation 1/5, in Abbotabad ,the confusing and contradictory news that subsequently emanated, and was fine tuned as we went along, news released by media about attack on Karachi Naval Base is conflicting, to say the least.
Some channels claim two terrorists are taken captive. Others claim, two blew themselves up, four were killed and two escaped. Some claim five were killed. Some claim one blew himself up. Some channels claim ten military personnel died, others claim the number to be at nine. The operation is claimed to have taken twenty two hours by Duniya Channel. Two P-C3 Orion aircrafts were destroyed and a third damaged in the attack, according to Pakistani officials. The question raised here is, how come it took twenty two hours(or seventeen, as claimed by some), to conduct an operation against only four to six terrorists, this number stated by Interior Minister Malik Rehman in a press conference?
The country stands shaken to the core at the latest episode. Already, many theories are circulating.
Some believe this to be a cascading effect of operation 1/5 with help from the “inside”. A friend wrote to me,
“This has gone on for over 10 hours already. Fighting is still on. Just
10 outsiders and a full PAF/ NAVY base ? It looks like an inside job,
as a building is taken over, hostages taken, two p-3cs destroyed, more
than an enemy from outside could do. Pakistan is under attack, when
will we realize? It is not just one incidence. Enemies within are
winning. Time to put it on CIA, India, Botswana is long gone. Monsters
we created, monsters are destroying us”.
The other theory is that this is all a game plan to discredit the Pakistan intelligence agencies and the army, to further destabilize Pakistan. Another friend has other thoughts,
“Dress Rehearsal, well orchestrated by the “maestros” of Langley! More of these will follow in the near future, and then make an excuse, “sorry your nuclear assets are not safe, hand them over”.
The political pundits have claimed since long, this is the main object.
This attack will reflect ill on the ability of Pakistan to look after their sensitive points and will boil down to the question: Can Pakistan look after her nuclear assets? This will open the door wide open for vested interests to kick ass so far as Pakistan is concerned for labeling it as a country rife with terrorism, a breeding ground for it’s promotion and hiding terrorists.
Mission accomplished? They ask.
(The writer is a lawyer and teaches in a Lahore based university).