PAF can shoot down any drone violating Pakistani airspace, says air chief

Published: December 7, 2017
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Air Chief Marshal Soahil Aman. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Air Chief Marshal Soahil Aman. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

Chief of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has said that the PAF could shoot down any drone which violates the country’s airspace.

Talking to an audience in Islamabad, Aman said that the attack on Kamra Air Base was the biggest and most unfortunate tragedy in the PAF’s history.

“We suffered a lot of losses in the incident but did not lose our morale. In fact, we have continued the fight against extremism with unflinching vigor and resolve since then, transforming the PAF into a much stronger force.”

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Talking about the terror threat emanating from Afghanistan, the air chief was of the opinion that where dozens of countries in the world had failed, the PAF had been successful in bringing about peace.

“Even Indian defence officials attest to our successes on the battlefield,” Aman boasted.

The PAF chief also informed the gathering that in the attack on Kamra Air Base, terrorists managed to destroy one PAF SAB plane completely, and also inflicted considerable damage upon another.

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“An international organisation wanted $287 million to to cover the material damage that the PAF sustained in the attack, but Pakistan’s bright, young scientists and engineers added two new, fully-functioning fighter planes to our fleet at a fraction of the cost,” Aman said.

“After the attack on Kamra Air Base, not only did we set out to make the PAF better and stronger, but we were also determined to guide the nation towards self-sufficiency. Now, Pakistan will make its own fighter jets.”

He also stressed that there was no shortage of talent in the country, but rather that the keen minds present here needed a platform on which to showcase their exceptional talents to the world.

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Discussing security issues at large, the PAF chief noted that the region the country was based in was beset by different challenges and difficulties at the moment.

“Pakistan is unfortunate in the sense that our neighbours are trying to harm us. India, being our sworn enemy, was behind the attack on Kamran Air Base. What do terrorists want from PAF planes?” he asked.

We cannot, though, change our neighbours, Aman lamented.

“No outside power can engineer a democracy inside a country, nor is democracy the solution to every problem. Examples in Iraq and Libya are in front of us. After the fall of Qaddafi and Saddam, what happened in these countries? Did they get democracy?” Sohail Aman said while talking about Middle Eastern affairs.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Shakti
    Dec 7, 2017 - 4:12PM

    I welcome this move by PAF !!Recommend

  • joyo
    Dec 7, 2017 - 4:14PM

    Great slute you. Hats off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • isa
    Dec 7, 2017 - 7:13PM

    excellent !!!! america is terrorist country !! Recommend

  • Rahul
    Dec 7, 2017 - 8:06PM

    In Pakistan everybody is an expert on democracy.Recommend

  • A m malik
    Dec 7, 2017 - 8:16PM

    Great. Well done Pakistan Air ForceRecommend

  • Allaisa
    Dec 7, 2017 - 9:07PM

    Have you not heard that the American drones now also carry anti-aircraft missiles? You will find that out first time you try your antics against them. BTW the F16s have a kill switch. When you use them against the US drones the F16s will commit hara kiri without the drones needing to fire their AAs. Enjoy. Recommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Dec 7, 2017 - 10:38PM

    We have seen so many drones and helicopters come and go and nothing has ever been shot down. Why should we believe you? You may have the capability but do you have the will?Recommend

  • Hira
    Dec 8, 2017 - 12:12AM

    Commendable !!!Recommend

  • Insaaf Hussain
    Dec 8, 2017 - 3:37AM

    Of course they can !! But will they dare to?Recommend

  • Vectra
    Dec 8, 2017 - 11:56AM

    Ok now shoot predator but beware its a predator and it may pred youRecommend

  • shah
    Dec 9, 2017 - 12:47AM

    hundreds of drone strikes and Abbottabad raid later why does this AF joker even make such a statement? Recommend

  • junglee
    Dec 9, 2017 - 8:08AM

    @Allaisa:
    That’s scary. PAF, however, has pre-Block 50 birds as well, as known by our friends and foes. BTW, are they still looking for that IAF Searcher II? There goes your weekend!!Recommend

  • rahim
    Dec 9, 2017 - 9:15AM

    So can i ! But, will i?Recommend

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