Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shaheryar Mirza Summarises the Uncertainty over these Naval Bus Blasts



Shaheryar Mirza got everything right that we could possibly get over the current air of uncertainty and opaqueness over these recent bombings of Naval buses over the last three days. I had just written a large 800+ piece on the twin bombings on Tuesday against two Naval buses, simultaneously attacked in morning rush hour traffic in two different parts of Karachi. I was editing that piece last night when twitter lit up that a new attack had taken place, this time close to PNS Karsaz, this time at a different Naval support base. This obviously means that the all Naval support bases and their staff are a target. A few salient things to take away from what Shaheryar said:

1) They are not sure that this is part of the larger "War on Terror". Maybe the Taliban could take responsibility, but as people were discussing on twitter, they may just take random credit for any attack.

2) The Navy should really have all its buses change their routes randomly as they are very likely under surveillance. I thought of this when I got up, but I just saw Shaheryar's suggestion of it.

3) It really is too easy to pull of an attack like this in Pakistan and South Asia. Pakistani cities are crowded, traffic is packed quite close together and there are odds and ends sticking out of all parts of a city that allow an attack to be carried through if one has the few bomb-making geeks necessary. This type of attack is called a "remote control bomb" from back in the day in South Asia. I.E.D became the popular term for it because of the US military's chutar (fucked) habit of trying to talk its enemies down. Back in the eighties, with KHAD operating in Pakistan, the ISI & the Muj in Afghanistan and the ISI, Muj & Khalistanis operating in Indian Kashmir and Punjab respectively, these type of "remote control bombs" were very common. Back in the day here means the eighties till some time in the mid-nineties.

Anyhow, the history lesson can wait. I have an episode of HIGNFY to watch to decompress, a piece to re-edit and then some really serious work to get to. Say a little prayer for the dead doctors and dead Naval support staff. I've known these people from personal experience in my life in Karachi, and all they demonstrated they wanted from life, was to work hard and get ahead, for themselves and their families.

They didn't deserve to go.

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