Last plane home: FC, CAA officials reach Shamsi base

Published: December 10, 2011

Sources say FC Balochistan and CAA officials have reached the base. Only one US cargo plane remains.

QUETTA: The last cargo aircraft to take back American personnel and equipment from Shamsi airbase sits on the tarmac in Washuk district, watching the Balochistan Frontier Constabulary takeover the vacated guard positions as the clock ticks down to the eviction deadline, now only hours away.

Express News on Saturday reported that Pakistani security forces had reached the base along with Civil Aviation authorities. As the security of the base was taken over by the Pakistanis, the aviation officials surveyed the base, now largely bereft of Americans, including drones.

Sources say that much of the cargo and drones had been shifted to Afghanistan and the eviction is due to be complete when the deadline expires tomorrow.

Pakistan had served a 15 day notice to US to pack up and leave the air strip, located some 300 km south of Quetta, Balochistan. The decision came after a NATO air strike on a Pakistani border post killed at least 24 soldiers, wounding a further 12, on November 26. Pakistan told US to leave the base, suspended fuel and other supplies through land routes, and pulled out from border coordination centers.

The Shamsi base, initially leased to the government of UAE in 1992, had been given to the US after it started Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in late 2001. US publicly says it uses the base for refuelling and running maintenance on its surveillance drone. However, it is believed that the US has also operated armed versions of its drones from the same air strip to attack targets in Afghanistan, and even in Pakistan.

 

Reader Comments (18)

  • Dec 10, 2011 - 10:08PM

    Commendable step on the Way to Sovereignty…
    Deprive the “Religious Extremists” of these “Propaganda Tools” (i.e. Bases & NATO Supplies & Operations)…. Even if the “Liberal Fascists” make a HUE-and-CRY….
    This “War Of Terror” (not War On Terror) is only beneficial to both types of EXTREMISTS / FASCISTS (1%)…. They prosper while the MODERATES (99 %) Suffer….

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  • Hafeez
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:16PM

    Ahan. So the drones were operated from Pakistan by USA to attack Pakistani Territory. Interesting. That raises lot of questions.

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  • Latif
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Bye Bye =)

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  • Adnan
    Dec 10, 2011 - 11:41PM

    Ok and what about other bases?

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  • SM
    Dec 11, 2011 - 12:46AM

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

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  • sohaib
    Dec 11, 2011 - 1:43AM

    Dont forget that army had been denying presence of US personnel and drones on our land. Shouldn’t a few generals be pulled up and questioned? Absolutely. But this could only happen in a country where politicians had not cut deals with army and compromised on their criminal backgrounds to gain power.
    We need a strong leader to push back army from political and public space. Its imperative or else we will keep getting embarrassed like OBL episode and Mehran base attack. It seems the army is not doing what its supposed to do for it has found other more interesting things to do.

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  • Disco
    Dec 11, 2011 - 1:46AM

    So will the real Imran Khan please stand up & tell your audience where the Drones were flying from ??

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 11, 2011 - 1:52AM

    After the Shamshi airbase is completely vacated, the Government of Pakistan should ask the UAE Government that when the airbase was given to UAE for the personal use of Emirates Rulers in 1992, why did UAE further handed over the Shamsi Airbase to US in 2001?

    We need to check back whether there was some understanding between the UAE and US Government in black and white and what were the terms and conditions.

    Since UAE Government has shaken the confidence of Government of Pakistan by sub-leading the Shamshi Airbase to a third party, I am of the opinion that Shamshi Airbase should not be given back to UAE any more and it should remain in exclusive use of Government of Pakistan.

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  • kazim mirza
    Dec 11, 2011 - 2:45AM

    Thanks to the Almighty that one philth has been removed from our Country.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 11, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Good Job. Now close the airspace for USAF planes.

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  • riz
    Dec 11, 2011 - 7:39AM

    clean them from every where!!!!

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 11, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Smart move by Americans. They have accepted all Pakistani demands and now its Pakistan’s turn to stop terrorists activites near Afghan border. If Pakistan is capable to stop NATO, they can stop terrorists too.

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  • belaar
    Dec 11, 2011 - 8:49AM

    Irony: Pakistan asks the U.S to vacate Shamsi air base in Balochistan. But, the Baloch, in turn, question the whole Pakistani sovereignty over Baloch land.

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  • NA
    Dec 11, 2011 - 1:30PM

    “Operation Enduring Freedom”
    Can anyone tell me who got the freedom…

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 11, 2011 - 6:02PM

    Its never too late for our country,soon Americans will pack up from Afghanistan, 31 DEC is last date for Americans Uniform to buzz off from Iraq. Arrogance and might eat away Empires,USA is just a continent.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 11, 2011 - 6:10PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    these terrorist have been groomed by American not by Pakistan.LeJ,SSP,TTP AND JUNDULLAH,all controlled by CIA through KSA,UAE and own sold characters.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Dec 11, 2011 - 6:35PM

    @NA:
    others follies own silence

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  • Toqeer Baloch
    Dec 12, 2011 - 11:59PM

    where is the shamsi airbase in balochistan i m baloch live in balochistan but never know about this name , yes airbase Washok district but not in this name original name SHEMSHI all pakistani don,t know any information even no know name sham for all.Recommend

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