And the Calm Before the Storm was Broken

Islamabad was peaceful for quite some time now. The presence of the security check-posts and military bunkers at different locations was still very much there. But somehow it seemed that people were busy going about their business, carefree and calm. There seemed to be no visible fear of any terrorist activity which usually appears in full form right after such an incident.

But who knew that it was just the calm before the storm. The terrorists hit the city of serenity once again and this time the target was the Naval headquarters located on Margalla Road near Zafar Chowk. Apparently the terrorists’ thirst for hitting military headquarters was not quenched with a similar attack on GHQ Rawalpindi about a month and a half ago. They craved for more and next in line was the Naval headquarter.

The attack took place on December 2, 2009 in the afternoon and caused casualties and left numerous personnel with injuries. The people who lost their lives were naval officials. The 13 reportedly injured include a five year old Jonathan.

  • I salute the ones who lost their lives trying to foil the attack.
  • I pray for the ones who are injured and wish for them to get better soon.
  • I can’t say anything about the terrorists as am not sure whether to condemn them or pray for them.

PS: Everybody would be please to know that our president and prime minister once again successfully condemned this terrorist activity.

Read more on this on The News web site here:

7 Comments so far

  1. Jalal HB (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    I wish we learn lessons from the way the suicide bombers operate and change our challenging procedure to save lives of the security staff. In fact any would-be-visitor should be stopped at least 15-20 feet from the main entrance and through PA system asked to identify himself. The security staff to be behind a concrete wall with slits to see/monitor the visitor. Once satisfied, only then he be allowed access towards the second entrance.
    In the recent case, has the suicide bomber been asked to remove his coat 15-20 feet away as I have suggested, things would have been different.
    There are lot many other procedures that can be adopted if we are really serious about security.

  2. hashriani on December 3rd, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

    If you stay sympathetic you can not achieve anything. The other day I saw a New York Times documentary on Musicians and Taliban. They went on to say that “it’s not the real issue”.. or “who funds them”.. If we keep basing our assumptions and I stress on the word on conspiracy theories without going into the history of the said matter itself. We will get no where. Truth is, people still call General Hamid Gul a national hero because he was acting in the interests of the company. Now there’s a very widely practiced thing called Corporate governance in which the directors are responsible for profit maximization and wealth of the shareholders. We as “infidels”.. are minion stakeholders.

    Jalal HB correctly mentioned a few measures that can be taken to reduce collateral. The risk is inherent in our Country and in our version of the faith we so calmly practice. Truth be told, more people die IN the name of God than any other cause :)..

    People need to stop sympathizing and start criticizing and raising their voices against the taliban nuisance before it’s too late.

  3. insaan (unregistered) on December 4th, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

    The “PS” note is more ‘meaniningful’ than the real post, but you forgot the PPS note.

    PPS. The terrorists managed to escape.

    On a related note, searching on “managed to escape” on google news, you will find top 2 news articles are about Pakistan bombings.

  4. Don Cox (unregistered) on December 4th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    “But who knew that it was just the calm before the storm.”

    I think anyone with any awareness of the war on terror was expecting more attacks in Pakistan. There will also be more in Iraq, Algeria, India, and any other country these people can reach.

    But Pakistan is the main centre of jihadi terrorism right now.

  5. Kaami (unregistered) on December 5th, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    Still have doubts about whose war is this any way. Still believe that all that perished in Laal Masjid were innocent. Still believe that someone else is responsible for our mess.

    No my dears its all our creation and we will have to clean it up. No Suo motto can save us from ourselves.

  6. SB (unregistered) on December 7th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    Agreeing with Jalal HB, that it’s time that Intelligence got intelligent. The person was not asked to remove this coat, but in fact, was standing on the other side of the road when the Navy guys asked him to come over. And the boy (he was 16/17) dashed towards them and exploded as he got near. What’s the use of that machine gun behind the sand sacks pointed towards civilians if it wont fire on time?

  7. wkhang on December 9th, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    Agreed with SB,

    They should use sniper guns to make hole into the terrorist legs, or use the longrange. But before doing all of this they should warn them by loud speaker that they must stop far away, make them freeze if they move a single step than bullet straight into head.

    End of story.

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