In yet another instance of breach of security on the Mehran Naval Station attack recently, the nexus have further been justified with claims that al-Qaida militants have managed to exercise power over key military establishments. The fact was revealed by the Pakistan navy spokesperson who stated that the militant outfit has been able to recruit militants within the naval ranks and not just sympathisers.
The spokesperson was quoted as saying to the Express Tribune, “We are still figuring out how many of these militants were in contact with our (navy) people." The official expressed angst over the alleged links with terrorists with people in official ranks and added that "the navy too is part of the Pakistani society that is breeding extremism, so it was just a matter of time when something like this happened."
The dark hands of such terror groups have managed to unleash terror by infiltrating into Pakistani government bodies. The sinister role of such elements was revealed when a former Army male nurse-turned-jihadi played an active role in the 2009 General Headquarters attack. A similar incident where a senior Pakistan Air Force officer, including one SSG commando was found to be involved in the attack on then Army Chief Pervez Musharraf in 2004 validated the issue.