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May 15, 2011

Air chief changes stance on drones

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May 15, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman reportedly told the joint sitting of the two houses of parliament during its in-camera session on Friday-Saturday that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is prepared to shoot US drones down provided the government orders it to do so.
The statement of the CAS before parliament is paradoxically different to what he made a day earlier in the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) where he expressed the inability of shooting down US planes without pilots while referring to the consequences of such endeavour.
Highly placed sources told The News here on Saturday that Rao Qamar Suleman told the DCC members that the PAF can’t hit the drones since they are operated by satellite technology and in case a drone is shot down it could result in precarious consequences. The DCC was given an elaborate briefing about the incidents shrouding the events of the Abbottabad debacle. It discussed the loopholes in the intelligence gathering exercises and took a detailed review of the defence and security situation in the country.
The sources pointed out that during the DCC meeting Federal Minister for Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh raised some hot questions, including the question of hiding Osama for so long in the proximity of a sensitive facility. He was not provided with a satisfactory answer about the query. The DCC members also informally discussed the mobilisation of India troops close to the border with Pakistan.