On May 21 this year, a military court convicted
three Pakistani naval officers of negligence and dereliction of duty for their
actions during an attack on the main naval airbase in the heart of Karachi on
May 22, 2011. After the incident had ended, the military said 10 security
guards were killed, two aircraft were blown up, and the four men who carried
out the attack were shot or blew themselves up after they had held out for 16
hours on the Mehran Naval Base.
Perhaps the best insider details about the raid came from Saleem Shahzad, a
political reporter for Asia Online, in his article, "Al-Qaeda had
warned of Pakistani strike," that ran
two days before his abduction on May 29, 2011. He had written in the past about
militant groups and the military, with a book, Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, released just weeks before his murder.
In his last article, he wrote about the Mehran events, reporting that armed forces
personnel sympathetic to Al-Qaeda had helped coordinate the attack. On May 31
last year, his body was found floating face-down in an irrigation ditch.