Commander of Naval Air Base removed after it took 17 hours to quell a Taliban attack on the base that killed 10 security personnel and two U.S. made aircrafts.Although a navy spokesman insisted the transfer was pre-planned and unconnected to the gun, grenade and rocket assault, Pakistan’s military is under increasing domestic pressure to be held accountable over security lapses.
“Commodore Khalid Pervez is taking over as the base commander and his predecessor Raja Tahir will be assigned new responsibilities,” Commander Salman Ali, a navy spokesman, told AFP. He did not say what new job the outgoing commander will hold.
“It is a routine and scheduled transfer. The base commander was scheduled to be replaced, even if there was no attack on the facility,” he said.