NATO aircraft infiltrates Pakistan airspace

Published: July 17, 2013
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In a breach of Pakistani laws, NATO aircrafts found their way in Pakistan's airspace. PHOTO: AFP

In a breach of Pakistani laws, NATO aircrafts found their way in Pakistan's airspace. PHOTO: AFP

PAKISTAN / RAWALPINDI: A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) aircraft infiltrated Pakistan’s airspace on Wednesday and flew around for a duration of five to six minutes, Express News reported.

They were in breach of Pakistan’s laws, reported Express News. 

Later, military sources contradicted the news saying that no such incident had occurred.

They said there was no question of airspace violation by the coalition forces aircraft operating in Afghanistan.

Earlier, an airstrike on Pakistani border posts in November 2011 in the Salala area of Mohmand Agency had killed two dozen Pakistani border guards, an event that had sunk the Pakistan-American relation to an all-time low.

United States blamed the cause of the incident on mistakes made by both sides.

NATO helicopters had pounded a Pakistani checkpost for hours despite attempts by Pakistani troops to communicate with the NATO forces that they were friendly forces.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • mush
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Hmmm..where are shaheens of PAF. Why isn’t our airspace not protected..All those tall claims by Kiyani and PAF.Recommend

  • awais
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:37PM

    how perplexing. i thought we were NATO allies? so why do we only raise a hue and cry when our allies ‘breach’ our borders, but have no problems with the TTP even though they have openly declared allegiance to mullah omar, a foreign terrorist leader.

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  • Thor
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:37PM

    Six minutes? where were our jets??

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  • TightPatloon
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Wonder who it is that they are trying to get this time? Also, I wonder what excuse will the Air force make this time that the radars were not working (or communication with the NATO crafts in this case it seems)

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  • alepo
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:54PM

    5 or 6 minutes near border? Thats not a big news. Our torpid and coward army will not react even if they come in islamabad and stay for 5,6 hours .our army is busy in building behria towns, DHAs and its fake reputation among poor pakistanis who ignorantly look them as ‘country’s defenders’ . .It seems that pak army has become a white elephant now which feeds on public’s blood

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  • Nadir
    Jul 17, 2013 - 9:57PM

    Thousands of NATO/US sorties pass through Pakistani airspace everyday. How exactly is this news, apart from reminding us about Salala?

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  • PakPower
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:03PM

    Is Pakistan Air Force sleeping? Why didn’t they scramble a couple of jets and escort the intruding aircraft out of our territory? Probably the ‘craft was on a Pakistan-sanctioned recon mission.

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  • mush
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:05PM

    just yesterday the PAF chief was asking for more money…hmm..I guess it was for DHA plots..

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  • Khalai Lota
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:30PM

    NATO and PAF, eye to eye – epicular love!

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  • CHENGEZ K
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:39PM

    PAF Should do its duty!!!!Recommend

  • Hitler
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:44PM

    Question is, does this matter? American drones continuously not only infiltrate but fire in our borders…so what makes this a news!

    All hail to our Air force and Armed forces who are saving our electricity by turning off their radars!

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  • Scotchpak
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:54PM

    In case our “Heroic commanders” missed it. They were here to tell us ” shoot
    me if you can”. I Dare U

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  • mush
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:55PM

    The question is where was PAF ?

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  • Hasan
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:57PM

    What’s the big deal? If they can fly all the way to Abbottabad, crossing the border was just to say ‘hi’ ;)

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  • Griffin
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:03PM

    So what?

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  • unbelievable
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:03PM

    The good news is that someone was smart enough not to fire at these planes. The Pakistani media goes out of it’s way to avoid mentioning that the Salala incident started when Pakistani troops initiated fire against American troops who responded with air power. The Pakistani media also avoided mentioning that NATO/USA had filed numerous complaints prior to Salala concerning Pakistani border troops firing at them.

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  • Sara Khan
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:04PM

    A statement will be issued a week or so later protesting this violation.

    Pakistani leadership without balls

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:05PM

    Wow what the live and august shameful and hypocritical example of respecting and honoring the Pakistan’s airspace set by NATO and where were PAF’s eagles which are appointed on the security of Pakistan’s aerial borders and paid for their the these duties?Recommend

  • ulu ka patha
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:19PM

    If it was done delibrately than it is great cause of concern for military of Pakistan. NATO should not test the limits of PAK ARMY and PAF. Inspite of all this fuss, PAF showed restraint and didn’t put their back hawks down. Bravo. but Pakistan should issue warning to NATO crooks

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  • Truth
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:19PM

    Ha ha India violating from the east and nato from west.I think pakistan is in trouble

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  • Pepsi
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:34PM

    Where is the super power pakistan airforce ? I think they realised the incident after publishing the news by ET.Recommend

  • Realist
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:36PM

    @TightPatloon:

    And what do you want Pakistan to do? Declare war on NATO? Do you want Pakistan to become another Iraq?Recommend

  • TightPatloon
    Jul 18, 2013 - 12:56AM

    @Realist – No I want the PAF to do what all air forces of the world do, protect the soverignity of their nations, man the airspace and scare away any intruders. Not run shaadi ghars, golf courses and housing authorities and when choppers come and stay in for 3hrs in Pakistani airpspace make excuses like the radars were taken down for maintence at that time

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  • Hassan
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:46AM

    Don’t cry …next day China also violate

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  • JUXn
    Jul 18, 2013 - 2:49AM

    ha ha ha ..poor pakistan, india violated, nato also did the same who else waiting next to violate pakistan airspace China? pakistanis are crying but they can’t do anything.

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  • Taliban
    Jul 18, 2013 - 3:20AM

    Pakistanis national bird (DRONE) flying 24/7 in the sky its not violation so NATO came for few minutes how it could be violation?

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  • Rafidi
    Jul 18, 2013 - 5:25AM

    What about the interceptors on ADA duty. I would assume that they haven’t been stood down as well to save money for DHA plots. Moreover, the PAF’s Air Defense network is supposed to detect possible intruders while they are still outside Pak airspace so that the ADA interceptors can be dispatched in time. SO much for being one of the world’s best trained air forces.

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  • Realist
    Jul 18, 2013 - 11:01AM

    @TightPatloon:

    In other words you want them to admit the fact that they cannot fight NATO instead of making excuses like radars were taken down. I can agree with that but what if they are right and PAF radars were actually taken down? We are talking about NATO. They have outstanding Electronic Warfare capabilities.

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  • Realist
    Jul 18, 2013 - 11:03AM

    @mush:

    Eh…with what? NATO equipment is far far ahead in technology and capabilities.

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  • Someone
    Jul 18, 2013 - 11:21AM

    @JUXn: India can never even think about violating airspace. It will be a nail in its coffin.

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  • Butt
    Jul 18, 2013 - 4:04PM

    @Someone:
    India did violet Pakistan airspace 1-1/2 months ago for three minutes. I do not see any nails nor coffin.

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