Right Click, Rename, ‘Sunrise.’

Yesterday I read the news paper and came across a weird revelation. The ISPR (Interservices Public Relations) office I think has tried to rename the operation, or was it miscommunication on the news media’s end? I don’t know, but it goes to show how serious we can been when looking at the details of an operation of such magnitude.

When governmental and military activism started it was named ‘Lal Deen’, then it came out in the shape of ‘Silence’, now it is being called ‘Sunrise’. An allusive point being made here?

ISPR clarifies operation’s name

7-3-2007_25358_l.gif.jpgISLAMABAD, July 12: The ISPR on Thursday clarified that the operation conducted in Jamia Hafsa and Lal Masjid had no particular name.

A spokesman said it had been referred to as operation ‘Sunrise’ inadvertently. “This name had been given by one of the unit participating in operation,” the spokesman added.–APP [Link]

I know, I know, some of us will only take this opportunity to point fingers at the army guys, like I did, but then they should also realize that English nomenclature is not their forte. Have a blast calling it Operation Sunrise…! The image however has quite a bad relation.

18 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    these terms were i think coined by media it self.. our army leadership is too dumb to think of any code name… the objective was simple to take over the mosque complex and kill any one resisting…

    it should have been named “operation annihilation”

  2. michael (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Another link to this blog from http://counterterrorismblog.org/2007/07/operation_lal_deen_rising_at_p.php from several days ago.

  3. d0ct0r (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

    “Operation Lal Deen” was term coined by Phil if i am not wrong..

  4. MB (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    Good job done by IMB.

    BillRoggio covers your story in its article


  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 3:43 pm
  6. MB (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    A more suitable option is to name it :

    “Operation Eyewash” or “Operation Hogwash”

  7. اجمل (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

    You missed one name which was communicated by Maj Gen Waheed Arshad, D.G., I.S.P.R. “Operation Surprise”

  8. IUnknown (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    wat abt operational mistake?

  9. JayJay (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    What is in the name? One may call it what he/she likes — now that the operation has cleaned up the scourge and achieved its goals.

  10. Phil (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 6:45 pm

    Well, Doc, I read it somewhere else too, so I kept using it blindly.

    But this could be come a place to be a little creative with the names. Surprise, Mistake, Annihilation… LOL!

  11. Sajid (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

    What about Operation name = “Ops! I did it again”


  12. michael (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 10:21 pm

    Operation “Close Shave” ;)

  13. Shaukat Halim (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 8:24 am

    I am not good in reading urdu,is it possible to have the article of Dr Shahid Masood translated in english.
    Now,it is all over,but a lot of questions,need to be answered,why this happened,who is responsible for this,what could be done avoid to this,in the near future,what will be the consequenses of this,where we all are heading.

  14. Shaukat Halim (unregistered) on July 14th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    No govt would have tolerrated this type of militancy,burning of public property,taking law into their own hand,kidnapping of law enforcing personnel,kidnapping of foreign nationals,arming students with weapons, open display of weapons,they turned the mosque into a fortress.when you take up arms,do you expect the law enforcing agencies to shower with flower petals.They have could have adopted peaceful means to voice their protest.The security forces may have over acted or excessive force may have used,the relgious leaders should have persuaded the culprits to surender to avoid blood shed.This is really very sad and this shoud have not happened the way it ended.

  15. Babar (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 5:00 am

    Operation Failed Romance”

  16. Aditya (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    Hey Phil,

    I have a podcast called Indicast. We are an Indian podcast network. On of our show themes is called point blank where we talk to people about things that are close to them.

    Would you be interested in talking about the lal masjid happening on our podcast?



  17. Phil (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 11:51 am

    So that will be the fourth or fifth time I would be called up on a Podshow, but Aditya, I am sorry my throat is out and I don’t really like to step into the spot light all that much. I am sure these other folks on IMB Author’s Panel will help you. Thanks for the offer.

  18. Aditya (unregistered) on July 16th, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

    Dont like to step into spot light?? You have a popular blog here so the spot light is already on you.

    But anyways.. can you refer me to a specific person?

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