Although Pakistan has become special arena of the different war, being waged by the security forces against the ruthless terrorists, yet country’s Armed Forces have capabilities to foil the terrorists’ attacks. In this respect, May 22 reminds the day when in 2011, 15 terrorists of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al Qaeda attacked on the headquarters of the Pakistan Navy (Airbase), PNS Mehran in Karachi. Two American-built P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft were also destroyed.
An intense gunfight broke out between the terrorists and the security forces including army personnel and naval commandos, and it continued for 16 hours. There was a series of loud explosions. This fact proved that the perpetrators were armed with automatic weapons, grenades and rockets. Despite the continued firing of the gunman, the valiant security forces successfully coped with the militants and were able to take back the related naval airbase. It was due to their boldness that the attackers failed in damaging the whole airbase or taking hostages. During the operation, 18 military personnel were martyred and 16 wounded. Spokesman Navy said that the terrorists were killed. Regarding the terror-attack on the Mehran base Karachi, sources indicated the involvement of Indian intelligence agency, RAW which conducted that assault with the help of some anti-Pakistan secret agencies. In this respect, these agencies got the services of a group of Al Qaeda and TTP which took responsibility for assault of the naval airbase, Karachi. An investigation pointed out that at the time of the attack, there were six Americans at the base, but terrorists did not take them hostages.
In this regard, various terror-attacks indicate that especially, Indian RAW has been waging guerilla warfare in Pakistan through its well-trained insurgents, especially of the TTP which conducted attacks in various cities of the country. After sponsoring bomb blasts and suicide attacks in the past, a perennial wave of the same in 2009-particularly in the last 18 months clearly proves that RAW has modified its tactics of subversion in Pakistan. Apart from direct suicide events, militants, armed with hand grenades, machine guns and other weapons also come to help the explosive-laden vehicles so as to penetrate the security at the target points. Sometimes, exchange of fire takes place between the saboteurs and the security guards, and sometimes, purpose is to directly kill the security personnel of our country. In most of the terror-tragedies, huge quantity of explosives has also been used, as also noted in case of navy’s airbase, Karachi.
For example, in Lahore, on March 3, 2009, terrorist attack which targeted the bus of Sri Lankan cricket team had killed 8 persons after a continuous gunfire by the militants. Afterwards, official inquiry disclosed that RAW was behind that attack. On May 27, 2009, more than 30 people were killed in Lahore when an explosive-laden Suzuki van exploded near Rescue 15 building of the police which was completely destroyed. It also damaged the building of the Lahore Capital City Police Office and that of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) which was the main target, but could not be hit due to heavy firing by the security guards on the terrorists. Terror-assaults on Pearl Continental hotel in Peshawar and the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad might also be cited as instance.
Another guerilla technique of the RAW-trained terrorists is that they camouflage themselves by wearing the uniform of Pakistani security forces to deceive the security guards. The militants who attacked the GHQ, Rawalpindi on October 10, 2009 were wearing army uniforms. It is mentionable regarding that regarding terror attacks in Lahore and that of the GHQ, the then Spokesman of the ISPR, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and TV commentators had indicated Indian involvement behind the incidents, remarking: “Hakimullah Mehsud and other terrorists are “the enemies of the state” and “are mercenaries who receive arms from Afghanistan to destabilize the country.”
Similarly, on March 30, 2009, the Manawan Police Academy in Lahore was attacked by 12 gunmen who also seized hostages. Despite the continued firing of the gunman on the military troops and police, the valiant security forces successfully coped with the militants and were able to take back the building. In August 16, 2012, when nine militants targeted Pakistan Air Force Base at Kamra, the brave personnel of Pakistan Air Force and Special Service Group of Commandoes of Pak Army foiled the assault by killing all the terrorists. On November 2, 2013, suicide bomber targeted acheckpoint at Wagah in Lahore and Indian-supported TTP claimed responsibility. Afterwards, investigations proved RAW involvement in that attack. TTP also took responsibility for the massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar on December 16, 2013.
On May 13, this year, at least 45 people were killed after the gunmen brutally opened fire on a bus of the Ismaili community in Karachi. Without any doubt, Karachi bus incident is a handy work of RAW to sabotage the China-Pakistan economic Corridor (CPEC) by showing that if Pakistan government is not able to provide security to its citizens, how it can protect CPEC.
Undoubtedly, Pakistan is in the state of new war, being waged by the Armed Forces and intelligence agencies against terrorists. In this connection, our Armed Forces have almost obtained their objectives in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) through military operation Zarb-e-Azb against the terrorists who had challenged the writ of the state, and had frightened the entire nation by their terror-acts. In Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and other parts of the country including some tribal areas, our security forces are successfully coping with militants.
—The writer is political analyst based in Lahore. .