Lost asset: ‘P3C Orion can’t be replaced anytime soon’

Defence secretary tells PAC panel tense US-Pak relations main reason for delay.

Sohail Chaudhry August 10, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The P3C Orion planes destroyed in the PNS Mehran base attack in Karachi cannot be replaced anytime soon, defence and production secretary Lt General (retd) Shahid Iqbal said on Tuesday.

Informing PAC’s sub-committee on defence during a meeting held in Parliament House, Iqbal said that tense US-Pak relations are a major hurdle in acquiring the planes as they are manufactured in America and cannot be ordered from any other country. “It will take some time to replace the lost asset,” he said.

In May, terrorists destroyed two P3C Orion planes parked in the PNS Mehran Base in Karachi in one of Pakistan’s deadliest terrorist attacks on a military installation. Earlier last week the Pakistan Navy moved its main battleships away from Karachi, to another port in Ormara, Balochistan, as security threats continued, sources in the navy said.

The navy had sent its warships away from its main base in Karachi as a “precautionary measure” after a 16-hour siege of its main naval airbase, PNS Mehran. The commando-style gun and rocket-propelled grenade attacks had resulted in the destruction of two P3C Orion airplanes – which were key naval assets.

Meanwhile chairperson of the PAC committee, MNA Zahid Hamid, also inquired about production of J F Thunder planes. Pakistan Air Force authorities said that so far 26 Thunder planes have been manufactured in Pakistan with China’s cooperation, adding that a huge budget is required for Pakistan to manufacture the planes on its own.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.


Rajendra Kalkhande | 12 years ago | Reply

@Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: Kashmir may not be important for Pakistani people, but it is certainly for the Pakistani army and the Jihadi factory as its their life line. Kashmir dispute is a big business for these people. Be assured, Kashmir will never get resolved as that will amount to closing many shops. Kashmiri politicians and Huriyat leaders make money from India, Pakistan and Arab countries. Why should they want Kashmir issue to be resolved? Kashmir will consume Pakistan and will still remain unresolved.... If this is what Pakistanis want, then best of luck..

harkol | 12 years ago | Reply

@M Akthar

Not sure if your comment was an attempt at sarcasm, if so it was brilliant.

But, If you were serious, that was a pathetic line of reasoning! Nations don't 'sacrifice' their women/children so China be pleased and help in future!

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