Pakistan's first indigenous armed drone kills 3 militants in Shawal: ISPR

Published: September 7, 2015
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This television screen grab shows UCAV Burraq launching the laser-guided missile Burq.

This television screen grab shows UCAV Burraq launching the laser-guided missile Burq.

Three high profile militants were killed in Shawal Valley on Monday in a drone strike by Pakistan’s first indigenous armed drone, ‘Burraq’, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. 

“First ever use of Pakistani made Buraq drone today. A terrorist compound was hit in Shawal Valley, killing three high profile terrorists,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.

Read: Drone war: ‘Burraq’ turned the tide in Tirah battle, say officials

The remotely-piloted aircraft ‘Burraq’ and laser-guided missile ‘Burq’ were tested on March 14, taking Pakistan a step closer to acquiring the technology it has long demanded from the United States.

Earlier, security officials said the indigenously-developed armed drone ‘Burraq’ has turned the tide against the militants in the offensive in Tirah Valley. Senior security officials told Express News that much before ‘Burraq’ was publicly showcased it had been tested in live combat against militants in the Tirah Valley.

Read: Pakistan successfully tests first indigenous armed drone: ISPR

A ground offensive was launched by Pakistan Army in North Waziristan Agency’s mountainous Shawal Valley last month as it is regarded as the last haven of fleeing homegrown militants and their foreign cohorts.

Since May, the military has stepped up operations in the deeply forested ravines of the Shawal Valley – which straddles North and South Waziristan agencies along the border with Afghanistan – and softened militant targets in the valley through continued airstrikes.

The deeply forested ravines of Shawal Valley and Datta Khel are popular smuggling routes between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are dotted with militant bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.

Read: Ground offensive begins: Army troops roll into Shawal Valley

The area is a stronghold of Khan Sajna Said, the leader of a Taliban faction whose name the United States put on a sanctions list of ‘specially designated global terrorists” last year.

Banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan used to control all of mountainous NWA, which includes the Shawal Valley and Datta Khel, and runs along the Afghan border. But Pakistan Army recaptured most of the region in a major armed operation, codenamed Zarb-e-Azb, which was launched in June 2014.

North Waziristan used to be the Pakistani Taliban’s last key stronghold until the start of the operation. Officials claim that nearly 3,000 militants have been killed since the launch of the offensive. Authorities have now vowed to intensify operations both in the border regions and across the country.

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  • Me
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:37AM

    Good Work Pak Army!Recommend

  • Neutral
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:43AM

    I would request the army to test the drone on as much as militants you like. Good jobRecommend

  • outstream
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:49AM

    good go…now ask americans to stop using theirs cuz we’ve got oursRecommend

  • Joe
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:49AM

    Is there any other Army in the world that has there own Media wing. Well good for propaganda,but this info should come via defense Ministry spokesperson.Recommend

  • sabi
    Sep 7, 2015 - 11:56AM

    This must be a bad news for dharna walas and their handlers.Great success for pmln government.Recommend

  • Malik
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:11PM

    These technologies must be sold to third party countries.

    Israel generates billions of dollars worth of revenue by exporting arms.

    Please make commercial use of weapons, instead of stockpiling them.Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:17PM

    By indigenous development he means buying from China and testing it.Recommend

  • Sep 7, 2015 - 12:19PM

    Amazing! Indeed this is a new development that augurs well against infiltration. Does it have night capability? If it does, then that will be a huge hurdle for the infiltrators.
    Can it be used against civilian rats (politicians) who fly overseas at the slightest pretext and buy huge properties, stash money in banks, and then live like mice? Salams Recommend

  • Point to ponder
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:25PM

    Fine, but why these dark forces doesn’t tweet after American Drones attacks on its own soil!Recommend

  • A Peshawary
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:53PM

    Pakistan Zindabad:

    We are proud of you, great landmark achievement in advancement of technology and defense of our land. A fabulous feeling of a proud Pakistani on fiftieth anniversary of defense day.

    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 7, 2015 - 12:53PM

    Anything can be possible if work hard. Pakistan have made drone because USA cannot provided.Recommend

  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:05PM

    Heartiest congratulations to Pakistan’s armed forces engineers for developing their own armed drone which has now been tested, and proved successful, in nabbing three high-profile terrorists in its very first strike.

    It seems so wrong to rejoice on an occasions which marks the killing of three humans but since these incorrigible terrorists are responsible for causing widespread death, destruction and misery, I suppose eliminating them is a job which – no matter how unpleasant – has to be done in the wider interests of society and for saving other innocent men, women and children who could be their next targets.. And now the armed forces have another tool – and a very useful tool for that matter – for dealing effectively with them, and entirely through their own efforts, which is commendable.

    Karachi Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:11PM

    Just a thought……what does Imran Khan have to say now about the drones ? :-) Recommend

  • A Peshawary
    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:29PM

    Great feeling; well-done. I have fabulous feeling of a proud Pakistani on this technological achievement. It is the proof that sophisticated technologies are no restricted to few nations only.

    A PeshawaryRecommend

  • Sep 7, 2015 - 1:30PM

    Thats it.Recommend

  • Kazim
    Sep 7, 2015 - 1:48PM

    Okay nice so we can use it in Afghanistan territories against the monsters that fled from Pakistan? @Point to Ponder : Why on earth do you believe that everything about war should be told to civilians? @Joe Because the World democracy doesn’t fit here in Pakistan Recommend

  • Anoni
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:02PM

    Great indiginous work by people for creating the drone.

    It would be even greater if we can confirm if people killed were indeed militant.. I.e by later going to the place and confirm..

    We should be doing justice along with security.. Otherwise what is the difference between Drone by US or by PakistanRecommend

  • Point
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:15PM

    @Ahmad:
    Seems like you were present there all your time!! or you still haven’t come out from your worse hangoverRecommend

  • ironMan!
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:28PM

    for people criticizing KHAN – Grow up! Local Drones aren’t a problem (after consensus was reached to go for military action against terrorists) – Problem was/is when a foreign country (US Army) intrudes our airspace and goes for the kill. Khan and as Pakistanis we should always oppose that. PAF should also not allow it. Recommend

  • Tinko
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:44PM

    Hopefully govt will not use it on its innocent population or to suppress discontent.

    Drones kill indiscriminately. So not a good idea. Innocent women, children also get killed in the inferno.

    Unfortunately all weapons of this world are designed to kill fellow humans. Its a race of who kills first.Recommend

  • bahaha
    Sep 7, 2015 - 2:46PM

    Say General, I have this obnoxious neighbour… What do you say I sweeten the deal for u. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 7, 2015 - 3:38PM

    what is indigenous about this drone except name?It is CH3 UAV of China brought out in 2009.Pak establishment still fooling own masses.Why can’t you agree that the drone is Chinese made?if anybody have doubt pls check specs of both.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Sep 7, 2015 - 3:41PM

    So what are the names of the “high profile terrorist”? American’s had better press coverage of their civil war in 1861 than Pakistan has in 2015 – shameful.Recommend

  • z
    Sep 7, 2015 - 3:46PM

    @Joe, Pakistan is purely ruled by Army, whatsoever. If you dare saying anything against them you will be in the list of missing persons. Musharraf era proved this. Now PMLN is trying their best to bring the country back on its feet economically and politically. But unfortunately, politicians like IK, Choudary brothers, Shaikh Rasheed and few media groups are always there to distort the political image of the state. Whole nation seen, who was calling for the third umpires. Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • believe it
    Sep 7, 2015 - 7:47PM

    @unbelievable – It is like Indian coverage of riots. They just say 15 persons were killed, never say we have killed 14 muslims. The worst is coverage in Kashmir – highly shameful for a country making tall claims of democracy all the time.Recommend

  • Junaid
    Sep 7, 2015 - 9:13PM

    Great news! keep it up Pak forces! AlhamdulillahRecommend

  • SaneVoice
    Sep 8, 2015 - 12:18AM

    How lame are these people, who are saying that the drone is Chinese, even if its Chinese tech——So what? As long as it gets the job done, it doesn’t matter even if its made in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Azi
    Sep 8, 2015 - 12:38AM

    Amazing, so we join the ranks of armed drone operating countries. See this is the thing, when we pick up a project we see it to the end. While India picks one up and is never sure if it will ever see completion. Examples you say? LCA, Arjun MBT. Even the drones they operate are handled so carelessly that they forget to remove test images in the launch zones and get exposed after we shoot it down and capture it. Our victories have been due to quality and professionalism vs india’s quantity.Recommend

  • observer
    Sep 8, 2015 - 1:21AM

    @Ahmad:

    “By indigenous development he means buying from China and testing it.”

    You’ve got it partially correct. Actually, indigenous means buying from China and painting it green. China has already done the testing.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Sep 8, 2015 - 1:24AM

    Dear army next target must be 9.0 Karachi, please.Recommend

  • SK5
    Sep 8, 2015 - 1:52AM

    @wiserneighbour:

    Actually the Indian Rustom 1 looks like a copy of the Chinese CH3 UAV.Recommend

  • Abc
    Sep 8, 2015 - 2:04AM

    Good job Pakistan Army
    Pakistan Zindabad Pakistan Army Paindabad Recommend

  • SK5
    Sep 8, 2015 - 2:10AM

    I’m not surprised in Pakistan’s ability to design and manufacture UAV’s. There are several companies and enterprises in Pakistan who have been working on the development of this technology although primarily for surveillance (and now defense). Just look at the success of the privately owned company Integrated Dynamics who has even sold drones to developed countries like France and Italy. It’s about time that the PAK army made use of home-made drones for defense. Recommend

  • Boman
    Sep 8, 2015 - 3:27AM

    There is a typo. It is called Burqa droneRecommend

  • kamal
    Sep 8, 2015 - 3:36AM

    Well done. No to try a few on the LOC where the rats have been active lately.Recommend

  • Atif
    Sep 8, 2015 - 3:41AM

    @wiserneighbour:

    You just cant repaint military hardware and put your own label. Otherwise Pakistan would have repainted the F-16s.Recommend

  • Vivek
    Sep 8, 2015 - 7:12AM

    Yes another gift from all weather friend to test its equipments are working so that they can use against Uighur Muslims with the help of Pak umma brothers.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 8, 2015 - 9:05AM

    FYI,India buys drones/technilogy from israelRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:37AM

    @wiserneighbour:
    I am an engineer at nescom and cannot reveal my identity. brother you are wrong about reaching to a conclusion without knowledge. This is indigenous though chinese helped us to develop this, but it doesnt mean we have bought it. Recommend

  • Gau Mutra
    Sep 9, 2015 - 2:34AM

    @Vivek:

    I would go even one step further by using it on Hindu trolls who try to kill Pakistani civilians near LOC. Recommend

  • gulshan
    Sep 9, 2015 - 12:58PM

    Friends , this is remote controlled computerized precision electronics , you don’t wonder a bit
    as to why any advanced electronics are not evident in your industry which is flooded by chinese .
    All such technologies start from school level class rooms , drawing boards and labs from school level and take years and years to fruity they dont suddenly drop from sky and appear in news papers. Please look at your education &industry and then come to logical conclusion about your indigenous capability about any or all of your weaponry leave aside all other home appliances and industry related big process items . I understand mohibul wattan theory shall not permit you to budge from your stand but still give it a try Recommend

  • Javed
    Sep 9, 2015 - 2:15PM

    @SK5:
    Nice sarcasmRecommend

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