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3:37 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

PAF ordered to shoot down US drones

Agencies, Islamabad

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been given orders to shoot down the United States drones if they violate the airspace of the country, said Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Thursday.

The chief of air staff was speaking as chief guest at the opening ceremony of Air Tech Conference and Techno Show at Air University, Islamabad.

The statement comes nearly a week after a US drone targeted an “alleged” hideout of the Haqqani network along Pak-Afghan border, killing four people. Referring towards the terrorist attack on Minhas Airbase at Kamra in 2012, the air chief said that the attack was the biggest tragedy in the history of PAF.

“We suffered a lot of losses in that incident but did not lose our morale,” he said. “We have continued the fight against extremism with unflinching vigor and resolve since then, transforming the PAF into a much stronger force,” he went on to say.

Addressing the ceremony, Sohail Aman termed the indigenously produced JF-17 Thunder a symbol of national pride and said that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) would continue its journey of indigenization to further improve country’s defensive capabilities.

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