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Pak exploring relocation of naval facilities

world Updated: May 24, 2011 12:36 IST
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Pakistan Navy chief Admiral Noman Bashir has said an attempt is being made to "relocate" naval installations away from residential areas, following the terror strike at a key naval facility in Karachi.

Terrorists struck at the heavily guarded PNS Mehran on Sunday night and destroyed two surveillance aircraft. The 16 hour long siege ended on Monday afternoon. 10 security personnel died in the audacious attack.

Bashir said on Monday, “We are trying to relocate the naval base and other vital installations away from residential areas."

Associated Press of Pakistan quoted the top naval official as saying that the effective security of naval facilities was becoming difficult due to thickly-crowded residential areas around the Mehran base.

He explained that when the naval installations were planned and built, they were away from the city. There has now been a rapid growth of residential areas around the base.

Referring to the attack, the officer said that the response time from naval commandos was three minutes.

He added that the attackers were highly trained and had sophisticated weapons like RPG launchers.