Pakistan confirms shooting down Iranian drone

Published: June 22, 2017
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Foreign Office confirms shooting down Iranian drone. PHOTO: AFP

Foreign Office confirms shooting down Iranian drone. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that it shot down an Iranian drone in Punjgur after it was found flying inside its territory.

The confirmation came from the foreign office a day after media reports suggested that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down Iranian drone deep inside Pakistan airspace.

“The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4km inside Pakistani territory,” read a statement issued by the foreign office.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan had already shared the information about striking down of this drone with the Iranian authorities indicating that the drone was struck down by “our security forces as it was unmarked and there was no prior information about its flight.”

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The statement was calculated as officials cautioned that the incident could have huge implications since it was for the first time a drone from Iran was shot down by Pakistan.

Pakistan and Iran have uneasy ties in recent months due to some border incidents.

At least 11 Iranian guards were killed and two others injured in an ambush near the town of Mirjaveh in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchistan in late April.

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The Jaish ul-adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement. Iran claimed that the assailants escaped into Pakistani territory immediately after the attack.

Reacting to the incident, President Hassan Rowhani issued a strong public statement urging Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used by such groups against Iran.

Pakistan strongly condemned the attack but made it clear that the incident happened on the Iranian side of the border.

The relationship between the two neighbours has also been complicated by the current turmoil in the Middle East.

Iran is increasingly upset over Pakistan’s decision to join the Saudi-led military alliance against terrorism.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jun 22, 2017 - 10:29AM

    That in the pix ain’t no Iranian drone, more an Uncle Sam peacemaker.Recommend

  • Rex
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:04AM

    Good going! Now sit back and wait for the blow back!Recommend

  • Malik Aslam
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:14AM

    @Rollin & Trollin: Uncle Sam’s peacemaker ! Ha ha. The best comment on this I have read is of Shireen Mazari where she says “So PAF downed Iranian drone in Balochistan on 19 June. So good to know we have capability if we choose to use it – to down drones.” I don’t know why Pakistan is selective in responding to intruders.Recommend

  • Muzu
    Jun 22, 2017 - 11:25AM

    After India and Afghanistan, we have successfully managed to open another front. This is a direct consequence of our failed foreign policy and soft corner for extremist elements in the country. Recommend

  • Lilly
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:01PM

    Pakistan is having problems on all sides now. India, Afghan, Iran and now China is also starting with visa regime tightened on suspicion. This game is getting interesting now.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:32PM

    @Malik Aslam:
    Don’t you remember when Musharraf made a statement a few years back stating that the govt at the time acquiesced to having US drones do their job along the Afpak badlands ? So respective govts have been in cahoots with all this ( drone strikes and even bases in Pakistan) since to a certain degree it serves their own interests.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:45PM

    @Muzu:
    1. It was Iran that, as usual, that did something wrong. If Iran flew a drone over India, what do you think the Indians would do? Make a movie and sing and dance or shoot it down??
    2.You and username Rex seem to be very scared of Iran. The country Iran is in no position to do anything to Pakistan: it is already super-stretched doing wrong things in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia. It is Iran that will open up a 9th front by messing around with Pakistan. It is anyway getting crushed under international sanctions and so is looking for a way to try to cover up its many disasters.
    Funny how so many people commenting here, their IP addresses are traced to India.
    Leave us alone. Solve your own 100000 problems. Pakistan is just fine on this matter. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jun 22, 2017 - 1:51PM

    @Malik Aslam:
    agreed. And the biggest cultural intruder is being let off scot-free for decades despite what happened in 1971. We should really be banning the cultural invasion out of which no good has come for us. Recommend

  • logical
    Jun 22, 2017 - 6:38PM

    @Faisal:
    Agreed!

    We are all for peace, but our efforts have been met with backstabbing by India. The whole ‘aman ki asha’ thing does not make any sense, we are leaning backwards just so that Bollywood can infiltrate into Pakistani society and pollute the Pakistani culture. I was just watching some old PTV shows and the class and sophistication they portrayed were much closer to the Pakistani society than the trash we see on satellite stations these days. What’s worse is that people claim to have same culture on both sides of the border — I wonder what kind of culture Pakistanis are living in these days.Recommend

  • Afroze
    Jun 23, 2017 - 1:10AM

    It clearly means Pakistan has an oral agreement with united States regarding drone strikes , coz US drones are allowed to operate in Pakistan. Recommend

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