ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force (Pakistani Air Force) commander has ordered to shoot down fighter jets and US drone if it violates Pakistan's sovereignty. The order also applies to other foreign fighters.
|drones of the United States (US) are used in operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Photo / REUTERS|
In his order, PAF chief Marshal Sohail Aman recalled an incident of a historic breach of confidence over a US-made F-16 fighter project paid by Pakistan, but was never received.
The resistance to America came in a speech delivered by Aman in an AirTech 17 exhibition at Air University in Islamabad on Thursday. The top military official praised Pakistan Air Force's prowess for defending the country's sovereignty.
"We made a mistake in the case of Osama bin Laden, but now the sovereignty of the state will be protected by all means," he said.
Amman's mistake was to allow the CIA-led command offensive in May 2011 in which US Black Hawk helicopters traveled from Jalalabad, Afghanistan to Abbottabad, Pakistan. In the offensive, including the killing of Osama bin Laden, the United States did not tell Pakistan as the owner of sovereignty.
"We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace," Aman said as quoted by The Times of India on Saturday (9/12/2017).
"Shoot down unmanned aircraft, including US combat aircraft, if they enter our airspace, violate state sovereignty and territorial integrity," Aman continued.
The US flew a drone mission to Pakistan and carried out air strikes against suspected militants in a turbulent region near the Afghan border. The practice has sparked outrage among Pakistanis as the number of civilian deaths has risen.
"In the past, unmanned aircraft have attacked targets in Pakistan, previously probably with the approval of the Pakistani government, but in recent years, the Pakistani government has not given such approval," Talat Masood, a retired three-year military general of Pakistan, told Russia Today .
Masood explained that Pakistan was forced to protect its sovereignty to avoid the "Arab Spring" scenario that took place throughout the year.