The TTP's raid on Mehran, in the same month as the assassination of Osama bin Laden, is nothing short of dramatic.
[url=http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/23/pns-mehran-siege-timeline.html]How it happened.[/url]
Javed Husain is [url=http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/23/unwilling-to-learn.html]troubled.[/url]
[quote]The repeated failure of the Pakistani security forces to pre-empt terrorist activity has demoralised not only the Pakistani soldiers, sailors, and airmen, but has also severely dented the reputation of the three services in the eyes of the people they are expected to defend. Worse still, the servicemen and the people have begun to see the terrorists as ten feet tall.[/quote]
Adnan Rehmat [url=http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/23/for-pakistan-the-tipping-point.html]provides context.[/url]
[quote]It requires a great deal of planning, resource mobilisation, operational logistics and execution to be able to pull off impressive attacks on high-security complexes like the military headquarters and the naval base. Coming within three weeks of bin Laden’s swift killing by the Americans in Abbottabad in early May 2011, the attack by al Qaeda-TTP on the naval base in Karachi is the third in a series that carries indelible messages of its readiness of combat and signals that there will be no let off in the strategic fight despite elimination of their iconic leader.
These three attacks are generally expected to effectively silence critics that post-Osama bin Laden al Qaeda was going to buckle. Significantly the troika of terror attacks also comes after Saif al-Adel was announced as bin Laden’s acting successor. The succession as well as the high-profile and super deadly attacks are proof, if there was ever required, that al Qaeda is not only alive and kicking but that it’s motivation has not wavered nor its funds, strategists and logistics taken any hit. This means that the al Qaeda-TTP combo retains the will to mount significant terror attacks at will. This also means that al Qaeda is morphing into a more deadly and target-focused entity since post-bin Laden it will have to prove more sinister to strike the same quantum of terror.[/quote]