'PAF on high alert'

Published: March 19, 2011

Pakistan is reported to have intensified air patrols over tribal areas. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan is reported to have intensified air patrols over tribal areas, especially North Waziristan, putting the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at a higher alert level.

BBC Urdu quoted air force sources as saying that some orders were issued at the “highest level on an emergency basis, including cancellation of leaves of all personnel involved in air reconnaissance”.

They added that leaves of all personnel stationed at air bases and air headquarters have also been cancelled and workers at sensitive installations have been asked to ensure presence of all personnel on Saturday and Sunday.

Sources also said that some operational changes had been made but they had been kept secret, but they believed that they were related to round-the-clock active  reconnaissance in tribal areas. They said that these administrative and operational changes were part of Pakistan’s move to quickly respond to drone threats over its territories.

The spokesperson for the Pakistan Air Force has declined to confirm or deny the reports.

However, he said that the air force chief had given his viewpoint on drone strikes a year ago, which was still valid in view of the current developments.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (57)

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:45AM

    Yet another try to calm a furious nation. If you are sincere to Pakistan, kill some drones for us!Recommend

  • Malik
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:20AM

    At-last sharam aa gai Army chief kooo?…..
    yaa sirf awam koo bewaqoof banay kii aik aur chaal?Recommend

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:28AM

    What a joke this is?? Insult to injury!!Recommend

  • IZ
    Mar 19, 2011 - 9:47AM

    What good will the patrols do? Burn up extra fuel?Recommend

  • Fareedi
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:03AM

    This “Noora Kushti” shall not erase the Raymond Davis shame… nor restore our National pride. So stop fooling everyone!!!!Recommend

  • Nk
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:08AM

    Well, i thought drones flyout from within pakistan airbases. Are pakistanis such big fools? This is what the generals thinks!Recommend

  • Arif Ullah
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:26AM

    O Allah make our Army honest & Loyal to this country. ameen
    O Allah give us power to get rid of this bloody evil America. ameen
    O Allah pllllzzzzz forgive us we are full of sins that’s why we are suffering this plz forgive us in fact u have the power to do all things, plzzz change our hearts & make Pakistan a good Muslim nation so that it become an example for every Muslim nation. ameen, O Allah plzz unite all Muslim Nations around the world in one forum. ameen

    For the sake of your Last Prophet Muhammad ( SAW) plz forgive us & Help us….plzRecommend

  • faraz
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:43AM

    We are already short of fuel, enough of these dramas, just restrict intelligence sharing for drone operations, restrict it to only high value targetsRecommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:48AM

    hahaha its’ too late now. As if PAF will strike back to the drones if they breach the border line! funny ppl wasting the precious fuel for futile air patrolling. Recommend

  • Gilgit Speaks
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:52AM

    ITS BASICALLY JOINT CHINESE AND PAKISTAN AIR FORCE EXCERCISE…SHAHEEN 1.

    CERTAINLY ALL AIR CREW WILL BE CALLED ON DUTY…..WHAT IS IT TO DO WITH THE HIGH ALERT……Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 19, 2011 - 10:58AM

    All of this is just face wash to show to Pakistani public that ISI in particular and military in general wasn’t part of drone attach on N. Waziristan couple of days ago and that govt and military is taking steps to “protect its citizens”.

    I would bet that before these traitors shoot down a drone, they would rather prefer to die because of fears of their master the US of A.Recommend

  • FKH
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Please end this drama and shoot a real UAV (unmanned Arial vehicle)Recommend

  • JKS
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:47AM

    both der kardi mehraban ne atte atte,… sub topi drama in pakistan .. Only ALLAH is great hope for Pakistan .. pakistani awam kis per trust karey siway ALLAH ? koi hai jawab Recommend

  • Uzair Javaid
    Mar 19, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Yes this is more like feeling your guts. For once at least the forces shows honour rather than the government. Its better they shoot down a drone so that they dont dare fly their toy again killing our innocent civilliansRecommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 12:08PM

    what a sham these predators fly from within Pakistan,——why waste fuel on flying!Recommend

  • Zahid Hussain
    Mar 19, 2011 - 12:39PM

    FOOLS ARE TRYING TO FOOL THE FOOLS!Recommend

  • Ashraf Khan
    Mar 19, 2011 - 12:56PM

    @Uzair javed. Sir what makes you think that the people being killed in drone strikes are innocent Pakistanis? In most of the cases those killed are neither Pakistanis nor innocent. These very people are masterminding bomb blasts in cities of pakistan.Recommend

  • Khamoshi Ka Boycott - skhurram
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:02PM

    Another Joke with the Nation. Only face saving option. don’t you think so.Recommend

  • Eeman
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:30PM

    ROFL. Stunts from hollow PAF. Recommend

  • Sulaiman Malik
    Mar 19, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Whatever to that, shoot down some drones or better yet, dont let them take off from PAF bases.Recommend

  • crankthatskunk
    Mar 19, 2011 - 2:41PM

    It is reported by multiple sources, some photographs thrown in for good measures, drones are operated from within Pakistan. If this is so, why put PAF on alert? Just cancel your agreements with the USA for use of the PAF bases in Pakistan and if there are any operational ground bases in Pakistan to operate Drones remotely.

    To strike Drones is not difficult at all, for that you don’t need to put PAF on alert, the drones are visible on radars, ground to air missiles are good enough to down a drone without any difficulties, putting few batteries of ground to air missiles is good enough. Why put PAF on alert unless there is another reason for it, or it could all be a “TOPI” drama to fool the people of Pakistan. Army realised after release of Davis and soon after death of innocent people by drone strike has put their standing with the nation very low. It is an effort to bolster their popularity and face saving measures.Recommend

  • Mar 19, 2011 - 3:02PM

    And after we shoot down a US drone, where are we going to get spare parts and technical support for our shiny new F16s?Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Mar 19, 2011 - 3:56PM

    More actingRecommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Mar 19, 2011 - 4:15PM

    Most of the comments are the manifestation of confused and frustrated minds and total disregard for the reality. I think we are the only people in the world who on a drop of hat start criticizing and ridiculing our armed forces .It has become our national past time.It is really sad.
    Moreover it looks as if all the patriotism and military wisdom is the exclusive domain of these critics, and they know every thing.The fact is that Pakistan is under the occupation of the foreign mercenaries(Arabs, Tajiks, Afghans etc),who are effectively being supported by the local mercenaries and thugs.under the guise of Islam.So we are at war to throw them out , otherwise they will systematically tear us apart.
    My dear critics have a heart. and have confidence in our armed forces.. Believe me they are doing a marvelous job.
    Long Live Pakistan and Armed forces.Recommend

  • shumayel
    Mar 19, 2011 - 5:29PM

    we’ll believe PAF was on a high alert and general kane actually meant the condemnation when a drone is brought down by the armed forces. well kane, don’t condemn if you dont mean it and now that youve condemned it, you gota make it look more than a fanfare. this means, you’ve to bring down a drone next time or soon. its time u guys stood up for national sentiment lest it too late.Recommend

  • Sudhir
    Mar 19, 2011 - 6:04PM

    Can pakis dare to shoot down US UAVs dil ke khus rakhne ko khayal accha hai.U can only bark but u know very well that your govt and defense is running on US aid.And your defense will paralyze with out spare and ammunition supply from US.Nothing can be better for India if US and Pak relation deteriorate and it will be still better if US and Pak relation remain good then pakis will continue to remain shameless slave of US and US will keep insulting pakis. Oh am loving the situation in which pakis r.Recommend

  • Mango Man
    Mar 19, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Another drama, another denial, another conspiracy! How long will the Pak nation keep fooling itself that its army is attempting to protect the nation! The Army is only protecting its assets – land and jihadis! Get Real! Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 19, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Is the PAF alert against the North Waziristan tribes who have declared war against US and her
    stooges; or against the Drones that cannot recognize the green light from the red light at the traffic crossing?Recommend

  • Muhammad Saleem Usmani
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:09PM

    What a change of heart! only in 48 hours..first the army and government allows thousands of spies and murderers in….then they let them go and then they make cosmetic changes…..who are they fooling…..is PAF saying that they were unaware that all those drone attacks were happening? Aren’t they suppose to protect the airspace? Isn’t what they are paid for? forget Jihad and other moral high ground….you guys cannot even justify your wages…

    we the people will protect our nation with or without you clowns…Recommend

  • AM
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Hey guys, go watch World Cup! Recommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 19, 2011 - 7:22PM

    @Gulkhaiz

    We are under the occupation of foreign mercanaries but not Arab, Tajik rather from Xe & CIA, and the sad part is our Armed Forces are the ones assisting them.

    Its not the people that hate the army, its the other way round.

    Stop defending them, they are not sent from heaven, they are corrupt just like our politiciansRecommend

  • bhomesh bakshi break even point
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:12PM

    why dont america give drone technology to pakRecommend

  • Anuj mehta
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:53PM

    how foolish….drones use pakistani air bases and PAF is going fanatic to shoot one….Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 19, 2011 - 8:55PM

    Fascinating. Pakistan provides the coordinates for the drone attacks and washes it’s hands when something goes wrong. I wish the American’s would wake up and understand that Pakistan is every bit as bad as the Taliban – the source of much of the World Wide terrorism. Forget Afghanistan – it will never be anything other than a series of tribal territories with limited ability to adversely impact anyone. Focus on Pakistan which where it’s religious based xenophobia has made it the nexus of terrorism throughout the World.Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Mar 19, 2011 - 11:42PM

    I guess PAF in its wisdom has decided to join the band wagon of criticizing the Drone attack. Going on Alert now is too little to late unless they have decided to escort the Drones to its target under instruction from their Farangi Masters.Recommend

  • kamran
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:04AM

    Dear fellows.Its good to take criticism positively,but then it should not be for the sake of it.Look any body who is committing an act which is against the interest of pakistan is obviously not and cannot be our friend.See what is happening in afghanistan.The americans have been defeated(only if they dont accept it).Pakistan on the other side has done very well.They have defeated the talibans(who are actually fulfilling the agenda of americans).Its obvious america is afraid as a power to see such a defeat and it is continuously pressing upon pakistan to go into the north and blaming pakistan for cross border infiltration of talibans.
    Now pakistan is resisting all that and america is getting frustrated.and these are the signs of frustrations killing innocents.This whole is part of that big game to commit pakistan into a long drawn war and itself pull out,creating sufficient mess inside the country.
    Dear brothers the very first thing the americans would love to see inside pakistan is what we are doing right here.(criticising and blaming each other and the americans would sit back and watch us fighting each other.FOR ALLAH SAKE STOP FIGHTING EACH OTHER).
    There is absoulutely no doubt that our forces are the real guardians of this nation.All we have to do is to support them and dont not fulfill the ammericans agenda.
    Hope my brothers here get to the real issue.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:07AM

    Haha.. You are going to fight the Americans using the planes that they gave you? I cant wait to see this.

    People in the US talk about kill switch that is embedded into the planes that US gives to other countries. It would be interesting to see if US activates that kill switch.Recommend

  • Kamran Khan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:08AM

    Hahh !!! Yet another drama to calm the nation. Now their masters have told them to do these face saving drills.I ma pretty sure they have deliberately doe this drone attack to give some room to Defence Forces of Pakistan who are under immense criticism from the nation alongwith ghadar politicians. No need to burn the costly fuel now. Just adding burden on our economy. !!! May Allah save Pakistan. The only hope left !!! A very sorry situation … Alas………. Recommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:29AM

    @Aamer
    I love my armed forces. By the way how can armed forces hate their people, when they are from them. They love their country and its people.I would request you to kindly read some good books on geopolitics and also study how military operates in a country. It will correct your perspective, and mutate your thinking towards positive.
    I once again emphasis that Pakistan is under the foreign occupation by all sort of foreign rebels (from middle east, Afghanistan, Tajiks, Uzbeks), and thugs of our country are supporting them. We are at war and need to gel , therefore please stop spreading despondency.Recommend

  • My Opinion
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:48AM

    Pleeeeeease.Drones fly from Jackobabad airbase,Terbala Ghazi airbase plus from a base in Balochistan from within Pakistan.So this high alert by our PAF is just another effort by Gen.Kayani urf Gaddar Zannani & Company to make a fool out of the People of Pakistan.They(Politicians and Armed forces Generals) are so exposed after the Raymond Davis’s release from jail that they don’t know what to do to make us beleive that they are Patriots and not TRAITORS(which they have proven themselves that they are) of Pakistan.18 new F-16′s at Jacobabad air base are parked right next to the US Drones.Draw you own conclusions.This is the repeat of the drama from 2008 by Gen.Kayani urf Gaddar Zannani & Company, when we heard it on TV and read in the newspapers that two US drones were comming from Afghanistan and PAF fighter jets from Kohat Airbase were ordered to intercept them.After that the US drones went back to Afghanistan.Later on,a US senator Feinstein said in the US senate hearing that why are Pakistani people complaining,dont they know that US drones fly from within Pakistan.So these Ganerals and Politicians are no Patriots of Pakistan but are TRAITORS.(Please prove me wrong).Pakistan is here to stay till the Day of Judgement but Traitors will be soon be gone, including the Politicians(Zardari,Mians,Choudharys,ANP,JUI,MQM,JI),Terrorists TTP,BLA etc and Generals of the armed forces.Salute to the Shaheeds of Pak armed forces,Paramilitary and Police forces of Pakistan and every Pakistani who embraced Shahadat during this so called “War on Terror” which was imposed on us.Mamlaakat-e-Khudadadey Pakistan Zindabaaaaaaaaaad.Recommend

  • pl/sql
    Mar 20, 2011 - 3:42AM

    @ The title
    hahaRecommend

  • vasan
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:46AM

    Oh God; PAF on high alert, I am running from pillar to post to hidRecommend

  • Commando (rtrd) Musharaff
    Mar 20, 2011 - 12:38PM

    PAF should attack areas near Peshawar, after all, thats where the US Drones fly from with PA’s permission! :D
    What a circus!Recommend

  • mian
    Mar 20, 2011 - 5:54PM

    just give few basic launcher to qabails they will sort them out there self
    HIGH ALERT my footRecommend

  • Mar 20, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Depend on our own sources,never extend our hand like beggars.
    have you seen,what they have done for a single man,everyone wrongly stated from head to toe.

    It is admitted fact that we are Muslims fight with Muslims,time has come must be use third option,should have negotiate with the rival party and pave the way leading to peace and brotherhood.

    History is witness,Iraq was targeted standing on wrong side,Afghanistan was also attacked by leveling baseless allegations,what they did thereafter exported the war into Pakistan.
    It is wrong to say it is our fight,no it is not.

    We freed Raymond they killed our 40 including women and children.
    Now whole nation is happy on the action being taken by our army and political leadership.
    they are killer of innocent people by Drone attacks,the same must be stop at any cost,it is not tolerable.We are ally not client of any power.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Mar 20, 2011 - 8:54PM

    ha ha he ha this is called bikao maal our govt generals & politicians i guess they sold thie souls too let us all pray for our lovely country Recommend

  • riz
    Mar 20, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Ohh Allah please forgive us (Common Peoples of Pakistan ) & give us curreae to deal against our enemies (Our leaders, Judges, ISI, Army ) Ameen ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Recommend

  • Wake up
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:51AM

    Long Live Pakistan and Armed forces.
    don’t fall into propaganda against forces…
    they are doing fine…Recommend

  • ba ha
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:29AM

    Instead of declaring “foolish alerts” and wasting fuel why dont they study the modus operandi of the western armada. I would go as far as saying that we should test our local weapon systems in any “hot spot”Recommend

  • Alia
    Mar 21, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Keep “sleeping” PAF is awake=dead!Recommend

  • A.S.
    Mar 21, 2011 - 12:31PM

    @ Ashraf Khan….who told you that…? The Americans?Recommend

  • chandran
    Mar 21, 2011 - 1:16PM

    what to say the same american f-16 planes are on alret american f-16 or american drone which is great?

    we wait and seeRecommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:02PM

    @Gulkhaiz

    I think the Army needs to read a book on how it should operate.
    Its shouldn’t operate by running big businesses, it should be a real estate mafia, and shouldn’t be in the politics.

    If you love your armed forces I don’t care. By the way armed forces don’t sell their country men for 5000$ tooRecommend

  • Aamer
    Mar 21, 2011 - 3:05PM

    @Gulkhaiz

    And i would suggest you a book too, Military Inc.
    Btw what happened to this news? No body in the US gave damn about COAS and PAF alertness. Drones will come drop bombs and pay the Army. thats allRecommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    Mar 21, 2011 - 7:28PM

    @Aamer
    I have read the book . It has got no relevance to the topic under consideration.Besides the so called Milbus, managed by retired officers, has no effect on the operational preparedness of armed forces. Moreover just to remind you that more than 60% of the employees of AWT and Fauji foundation are civilians, rest of them are ex servicemen.Just walk into the Askari Bank and see how many civilians are working. Or pay a visit to Fauji foundation hospitals and ask a patient what benefits he is getting. As a matter of fact these organisations should further expand there operations to benefit retired armed forces personnel and civilians.

    Moreover we also give a damn to what US thinks. As far as the armed forces of my country are performing the job to the best of their abilities… I am firmly behind them.My Allah protect our soldiers
    Further, it is ironic that a simple alert by PAF, which is their job has is being unnecessarily criticized and ridiculed,Recommend

  • Muslim
    Mar 21, 2011 - 8:38PM

    @Gulkhaiz
    The so called Milbus has had a lot of impact on the running of army. Can you define the creation of DHA in every city’s prime areas in any other way. They get paid because “bloody civilians” pay for their salaries and arms and since they are paying without demanding so why protect them? FF and all other institutions are examples of mismanagement only if we can run a true audit then we will find that army is taking money like fortress statdium lahore, where they have taken 130 Billion+ in the past 30 years without a trace as to who operates this account and this is Auditor General of Pakistan and not a person with no idea about finance. Tell us about rogue politicians. They are not even a shadow of these thugs.

    If Pakistan is under occupation, then whose responsibility is it to free us? Besides, who will free us from armed men who claim to be our army but are actually front men for US and other forces. I don’t want to use mercenaries in respect of hundreds of thousands of jawans who got into the force to protect their country but are actually hostage to a few of their high ranking officers who keep “conquering” and SELLING their nation in reward of “if some one accepts their legitimacy”.

    Don’t mind my comments. All of us love Pakistan as much as every one else. But to point to our own mistakes will help us solve them rather than looking to others to encourage us to do these again.Recommend

  • Raj
    Mar 22, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Does one really see the timing ! Raymond davis is released day before, perhaps the army is also learning from government how to keep the masses quiet thru some PR exercise!!!!
    so can pakistan really use their US f16′s to knock out the US drones??? lolllllllllll, its a joke!! All they need to do is get those local terrorists, trained and cultured by them for use against india, and others, to blow up the airforce base US is using on their so called Sovreign territory!!!! Recommend

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