There has been no headway in the acquisition of sophisticated technology for aerial surveillance since no developed country is willing to share it with the country, according to a written reply submitted to the Senate by Minister for Defence Production, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
The statement came at a time when the Pakistani establishment is in the process of securing drone technology from the US and demanding an end to drone strikes in the tribal belt. Pakistan Air Force had claimed that it had test-fired anti-drone technology in collaboration with the state defence corporation. Elahi’s predecessor Abdul Qayyum Khan Jatoi had also stated that the PAF had developed pilotless drone aircraft on its own and was consulting with the Chinese to improve their capability.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2011.