Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down

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  1. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    World News - Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down



    ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan will shoot down any U.S. drone that intrudes its air space per new directives, a senior Pakistani official told NBC News on Saturday.

    Asghar Achakzai / AFP - Getty Images file
    Pakistani security personnel examine a crashed US surveillance drone inside Pakistan in August.
    According to the new Pakistani defense policy, "Any object entering into our air space, including U.S. drones, will be treated as hostile and be shot down," a senior Pakistani military official told NBC News.
    The policy change comes just weeks after a deadly NATO attack on Pakistani military checkpoints accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, prompting Pakistani officials to order all U.S. personnel out of a remote airfield in Pakistan.
    Pakistan told the U.S. to vacate Shamsi Air Base by December 11.
    A senior military official from Quetta, Pakistan, confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that the evacuation of the base, used for staging classified drone flights directed against militants, “will be completed tomorrow,” according to NBC’s Fakhar ur Rehman.
    Pakistan's Frontier Corps security forces took control of the base Saturday evening after most U.S. military personnel left, Xinhua news agency reported. Civil aviation officials also moved in Saturday, Xinhua said.
    Pakistani Military Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had issued multiple directives since the Nov. 26 NATO attack, which included orders to shoot down U.S. drones, senior military officials confirmed to NBC News on Saturday.
    It was unclear Saturday whether orders to fire upon incoming U.S. drones was part of the initial orders.
    supporters of opposition political party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (Movement of Justice) carry a mock US drone as they listen to a speech by the party founder Imran Khan, during a protest rally against the United States drones attacks.
    The Pakistani airbase had been used by U.S. forces, including the CIA, to stage elements of a clandestine U.S. counter-terrorism operation to attack militants linked to al-Qaida, the Taliban and Pakistan's home-grown Haqqani network, using unmanned drone aircraft armed with missiles.
    President Barack Obama stepped up the drone campaign after he took office. U.S. officials say it has produced major successes in decimating the central leadership of al-Qaida and putting associated militant groups on the defensive.
    Since 2004, U.S. drones have carried out more than 300 attacks inside Pakistan.
    Pakistani authorities started threatening U.S. personnel with eviction from the Shamsi base in the wake of the raid last May in which U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden at his hide-out near Islamabad without notifying Pakistani officials in advance.
     
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  3. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Does Pak military ever do anything other than close the barn door after the horse has run away?
     
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    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    There can be only one response to this news :rofl: :rofl:
     
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    Will be interesting when the next Reaper reaps some jihadi scum.
     
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    This is pakistan's Aukat :p:p:p
     
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    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    What about Fighters and Helicopters from Nato inside Pakistani airspace attacking ??? they are not in the list, which means they will have free hand if they cross the line and attack.
     
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    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    US drones can stop.. But US even if it stops will delegate rest of the NATO to continue the assault. Then what will PK do?
     
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    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    interesting. what will usa and nato will actually do if anyhow pakistan downs 1 or 2 or more drones. usa will ofcourse not retaliate for downed drone. some diplomatic roaring, press conferences and nothing else.

    is it actually time for tomahawk to step in?
     
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    There would be one last round of action required by US-NATO forces to close the case in their favor (supposedly) claiming that Qaida-Taliban are decisively broken and forces can leave.
    I guess it would be interesting to watch what sort of operations take place in that last spike. It may stamp a permanent taste of American ammo on Pakistanis and skew the relations further. More so because it is the last stage when Pakistanis would also look for some grip and depth in Afghanistan.
    Getting punched when you're peeking in to find some sweet pie, is the most nasty infuriating thing.

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  11. agentperry

    agentperry Senior Member Senior Member

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    its time to make this war really a pakistan's war.
    usa should not dent its image of a nation which can go to war with its own ally in mid-course, so puppet govt of afghanistan is a good way to fight pakistanis.
    if some billion dollar can break mighty soviet then pakistan will be an easy shot.
     

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