Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir has rejected reports of “security breach” at the Pakistan Navy’s airbase PNS Mehran, that was attacked by a group of terrorists in Karachi on Sunday night, saying the attack on the airbase could not be termed “security lapse”. “Terrorists wanted to cause damage to the assets of the navy. And it was clear that they targeted naval forces,”
Noman Bashir told a news conference at the conclusion of the anti-terrorist operation at PNS Mehran.
How in heaven’s name did Noman Bashir ever get to the exalted rank of Admiral, and that too as the Chief of Naval Staff, is beyond me? The security perimeter of the primary Air Base of the Pakistan Navy was easily penetrated by six heavily armed men without resistance; four officers and six other ranks killed – all trained in basic military skills if not more; Two top of the line PC-3 Orion aircraft amongst sundry others destroyed or damaged; and it took 18 hours for a considerably larger force of top of the line Special Security Group’s commandos to suppress six armed men – of which two managed to exfiltrate the by now fully activated security perimeter. If this does not constitute a “security breach,” one must ask the worthy Admiral – What does? It’s painfully obvious that the top man of Pakistan’s Navy is a mentally challenged professional moron.
What is even more worrisome is that the equivalent professional ineptitude demonstrated by the Top PAF and Army Commanders at Abbotabad when OBL was painlessly extracted or when the GHQ was penetrated in Islamabad by a paltry number of armed civilians, suggests that the entire lot of the top military brass suffers from the same debilities as ‘Leading Seaman’ Bashir! And that brings me to the crux of the issue bothering me. These very same military luminaries are the singular authority responsible for the management of Pakistan’s nuclear strategy and its arsenal. Considering they are unable to recognize a “Security Breach,” how is one to digest their repetitive assurances that the nuclear inventory and its ancillaries are secure from the depredations of terrorists roaming freely in Pakistan?