Revealed: The “Insider” at Mehran Base Attack!

Yasmeen Ali

Views, comments, speculations are rife, as to who was the insider(s) involved, providing information, in the Mehran Base Attack a few days ago in Karachi. Pakistan security was blamed for everything under the sun. Yes, the side from where the attackers entered was kid’s play. The attackers probably travelled along a dirt lane running beside cinder block shacks at the rear of the base. Videos released by various TV channels showed one lone guard at the wired wall from where the breach was made.

What next? How were they so clued up to the layout of the base? Of course, an insider MUST be involved here, it is claimed. The News stated, “The investigation team will question all those who were present at the time of the attack,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity. “The way the militants attacked means they had maps and were aware of all the directions inside the base,” the official added.

I am certain they had maps. The “Insider” we look for, may well be……GOOGLE!

I was forwarded this link:,67.110519&spn=0.001944,0.003329&z=19

It shows not only detailed maps of Mehran base but ALSO, Makran base. Should we then, expect the next attack at the Makran base?

Google Earth is a double edged sword created by Google.  Vernie Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer for in his article states, “Government efforts to thwart terrorists by asking — or in some cases requiring — that companies censor aerial images of potential targets have failed to keep them off the Internet. Scores of federal buildings, military installations and corporate headquarters are clearly visible on some Web sites, even though the facilities are deemed vulnerable enough to censor on others. Aerial images of a nuclear power plant in Perry, Ohio, are considered so sensitive that they are blurred on Google’s popular satellite mapping service, Google Earth.But on Microsoft’s online maps, users get a crystal-clear bird’s-eye view of the facility, including the cooling towers, storage tanks and a parking lot filled with cars”.

By going through the entire base via Google Maps, and navigating through the images available in there, one may not deny the fact that this service might have served terrorists for laying out their attack plan in their targeting of the Mehran Base.

The Government of Pakistan, in light of these attacks, must immediately request these search engines not to provide maps of such facilities that can only help terrorists in their nefarious aims!

Any one listening out there?


(The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore and teaching in a University. She may be reached at





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  • Syed Nayyar Uddin  On May 28, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Shabash. Please keep it up.


    Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad

  • Ardeshir  On May 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hi Yasmeen,

    I must say a very sophiscated tool that can be used with additional ground information for plannng an effective operation as it seems to have been.


  • Imamat  On May 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

    A very different view,Yasmeen.
    And an intelligent one.
    Anyone listening in the Govt circles ????
    Rest assured no one.

  • Ijaz ul Haq  On May 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Very interesting and scary. How venerable we have made ourselves. Its more than the Google map. Its a very sophisticated, well planned and well executed operation which is beyond the capacity of local militants. Look at the weapons used and communication equipment. Why are we shy in naming the real culprits and why no one is held responsible.

  • Salim Ullah  On May 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Thanks, Yasmeen. You have pointed out the incompetence – and an abiding one – of our intelligence agencies. India, on the other hand, blacked out satellite imagery of most of her strategic installations several years ago.

    Better late than never.

  • Chaudhry Nasim  On May 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Pakistan has decided to seek US help in technical investigations of Mehran Base Attack. (News Report)
    Kitnay sada hein k beemar huay jis k sabab
    Ussi attar k launday se dawa letay hein

  • Portugheis Alberto  On May 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm


    What does it matter “….who was(were) the insider(s) involved, providing information, in the Mehran Base Attack? say we discover it was A. What do we gain? if A had not accepted a deal for providing information, the relevant authorities would have found B. And if B had also refused to cooperate, they would have found C.

    When weapons are to be used, it is not difficult…..

    • Mubaschir Inayet  On May 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      You remember how for months Kasab was paraded before the media by the Indians after Mumbai attacks?

      Why are those caught in Pakistan not shown on the media with a follow up of how they are being dealt in courts?

  • Ali Kazim  On May 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Terrific. As simple as that. Getting the coordinates is also very simple. In fact, they are normally written on the Air Traffic Control tower along with the elevation above mean sea level (AMSL) and innumerable sources. Ingenious indeed. What is left? Identifying the origin of the attackers?. Government of Pakistan asking Google not to provide maps of sensitive facilities? Asking the Cat to keep the milk in safe custody! Thank you for sharing this revelation. Bless You.

    Ali Kazim

  • Minhaj  On May 29, 2011 at 4:40 am

    You are very right when say “Anyone listening” ——Probably not-The way our top brass bowed to Mrs. Clinton, we should not expect anything from them.

  • Adnan Gill  On May 29, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Excellent analysis.

  • Laila  On May 30, 2011 at 4:40 am

    We will have our chirya committe meetings, spending money, lining pockets(result never revealed to common people) with no result.
    Jack asses!

  • Rauf  On May 30, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Laila Ji
    Perhaps about year and half ago, there was a thread and the discussion was on drone attacks.
    I mentioned, “If there is a will there are ways” in stopping the attacks. Then you asked,
    in what way we could stop the attacks” I did not answer to your question.

    Here what I have to say now. We have no “will” or “wish” stop these drone attacks. Time and
    again we are proving it.

    So, the activities of Americans will continue unabated.

  • spirit springer  On June 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    hi dear … aoa … u have made a solid case … may b at a later stage, UNO pass a resolution as to “what should” & “should not” b made available free on Internet … so far the whole world has been made naked by the google earth or maps & so many other similar sites … v very innocently place boards on restricted areas as ” FOTO LENA MANNAH HAE” … ur argument is very valid … hope da world realize … aameen … respects n regards … admirer …………………………………………………….. da.gallant.1

  • Jattin shakria  On December 17, 2013 at 4:51 am

    What about “Communication Sets / Matrollas” which were used by terrorists in Mehran attack?
    You know these sets are used by CIA only…..


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