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Pakistani PM for defense installations security review

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday issued instructions to upgrade the security of all the defense installations two days after Taliban attacked a naval air force base in Karachi and killed at least 10 navy personnel.

The Pakistan Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's raid and said it was aimed to avenge Osama Bin Laden's killing by U.S. Special Forces in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2. Interior Minister Rahman Malik said 15 other troops were injured in gunfight.

Pakistani forces ended the 17-hour siege of the PNS base Mehran on Monday and killed the group of six Taliban militants, who were equipped with rockets, hand grenades and automatic guns.

The attack, second after the 2009 similar attack on the army’s headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi by Taliban militants, raised fears about the ability of the militants to strike sensitive installations.

'There is a need to upgrade the security measures keeping in view the intentions of terrorists,' Prime Minister Gilani said during his visit to PNS base Mehran on Tuesday.

Navy Chief Admiral Noman Bashir briefed the Prime Minister about the operational response of the security personnel against the terrorists.

'Whatever possible action is required should be taken as government will extend all support in this behalf,' Gilani said.

The Prime Minister paid tributes to the Navy personnel, paramilitary forces, and police who fought the terrorists with courage and showed spirit of nationalism.

'Joint action by Navy, Rangers and Police demonstrated that all the security forces are united to eliminate terrorists.'

Later, the Commander of the 'Response Operation' briefed the Prime Minister on the prevalent security arrangements and details of operation to wipe out terrorists. He said two terrorists who escaped from the base were actually facilitators who brought-in equipment and ammunition for their accomplices.

The Prime Minister the navy hospital and enquired about the health of the injured of terrorist attack. He met all the injured one by one and later said, 'After visiting the patients I am happy and feeling proud of the personnel who despite injuries are determined to serve and defend the motherland.'



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