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Insider hand suspected

world Updated: May 24, 2011 02:13 IST

Terming the Taliban attack on the Mehran naval air base as a “big security lapse”, Pakistani defense and political analysts on Monday said that “insiders” were facilitating the militants in their deadly agenda and asked the government and military to wake up to this.

The daring attack by the armed militants, who used rockets, grenades and heavy ammunition, has raised serious doubt over the military’s ability to protect its key installations.

“It is a worrying thing this attack and is nothing but a serious security lapse on part of the navy,” Air Vice Marshal (retd) Shahzad Chaudhary, a defence analyst said.

He pointed out that the PNS Mehran was one of Pakistan’s most important naval airbases with the latest equipment and aircrafts and for militants to attack it so easily and brazenly showed big loops in the security.

"Just last month two bomb attacks were carried out on Naval buses in the city in which innocent people were killed and the naval installations should have been on high alert," after that, he said.

Nasim Zehra, a political and current affairs expert, said the attack only highlighted the need for the government and military to accept they were insiders who were facilitating the terrorists in their actions.

“It is not possible for these terrorists to have so much creditable information about the presence of the aircrafts on the base without inside help.

“The fact that these militants have managed to hold off the security forces for the last 13 hours shows they came well drilled and prepared for the operation,” Zehra said.