US providing precision strike technology to Pakistan: Jilani

Published: October 5, 2015
Email
Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani said over 90 per cent of the areas in North Waziristan which were previously used by militants as safe havens have been cleared by Pakistan’s military. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani said over 90 per cent of the areas in North Waziristan which were previously used by militants as safe havens have been cleared by Pakistan’s military. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The United States is helping Pakistan fight militants in its tribal areas by providing precision strike technology to its air force, the country’s envoy in Washington said on Sunday.

He was addressing the second Convention of the Pakistani-American Community in the American capital, according to the state-run Radio Pakistan.

Talking to participants about progress in Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani said over 90 per cent of the areas in North Waziristan which were previously used by militants as safe havens have been cleared by Pakistan’s military. He added that the military has also completely destroyed the terrorists’ command and control infrastructure.

Read: US gives ‘leftover’ arms to Pakistan

Regarding US efforts to assist Pakistan with the situation in the tribal areas, the envoy said Washington is also helping Islamabad rehabilitate tribespeople displaced by the military operations against terrorists.

He also said Pakistan’s government is taking multiple steps to improve the security situation in the country.

Read: These are the countries exporting weapons to Pakistan and India

According to Jilani, ties between Islamabad and Washington are much stable now than before. He added thate these relations will grow further after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits the US later this month.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2015.

Facebook Conversations

Reader Comments (12)

  • Neutral
    Oct 5, 2015 - 9:56AM

    The Technology is very much needed and air strike results have already proved that.Recommend

  • Ibrar
    Oct 5, 2015 - 10:45AM

    Pakistan has been doing such a great job for the world peace that it is owed a big thanks rather than being slapped with the time old habitual mantra of ‘do more’. I hope when the two leaders meet they, apart from security issues’ also discuss economic matters so that a “would be prosperous and strong Pakistan” rises to a position to ‘do much more’ for the world.Recommend

  • Maindak
    Oct 5, 2015 - 11:44AM

    Army will have to remain in those areas indefinitely or the terrorists will return. They have the support of the people there so you can’t really drive them out forever without changing people’s attitudes. That would require good governance and actually spending money on development. The government of Pakistan is loath to do that.Recommend

  • SB
    Oct 5, 2015 - 12:28PM

    First make it then break it. The military industrial complex is good in this game in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Muhammad Kashif
    Oct 5, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Why can’t we develop the technology at DESTO, NESCOM, NDC , Atomic Energy Commission .? Any thoughts?Recommend

  • Bravo
    Oct 5, 2015 - 3:59PM

    F- 16 Block 52, has the capability to strike with precision which was closely observed by military technology experts all around the world during PAF strikes on Ts hideouts in Shawaal Valley.
    We might be lacking this technology as far as our armed drone Burraq is concerned. Though experiments conducted proved otherwise.Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 5, 2015 - 5:03PM

    We need to mop up the terrorists as fast as possible and move the discussion with the US from terrorism to economic collaboration, especially in areas of technology start ups, building of a domestic supply chain of parts and equipment suppliers in Pakistan for various industries. Pakistan does not exist to create and eliminate terrorism. It has held us back for 30 years.
    .
    Time to move on to create Pakistan’s first Silicon Valley.Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 5, 2015 - 5:20PM

    Its high time our conversations with the US move on from security to sharing knowledge, values and technological excellence. We need to move on from defense.Recommend

  • salman
    Oct 5, 2015 - 9:34PM

    They are giving their eagle drones only after when Pakistan able to developed her own drone firing technology with the assistance of China. Pakistan intensely requested these 8 years back infact we finally gave up requesting the Yanks but now when US saw that Pakistan is also nearly there with some sort of capable missile firing drone technology they finally have started sharing it lol.Recommend

  • Khan
    Oct 6, 2015 - 12:44AM

    @salman:
    Why should the US have given drone technology to pakistan when it won’t even give such technology to Israel? It makes perfect sense that they would sell it after reusing China is already selling us this technology, because the balance of power won’t be altered. America has its own interests, and knows that turning pakistan into an enemy won’t serve any good purpose. USA has been a much better partner than we give it credit for. Look at all the roads USAID paid for in FATA, which the Pak Army takes credit for.Recommend

  • Pushtun voice
    Oct 6, 2015 - 6:24AM

    Is that the same precision technology that bombed the kunduz hospital?Recommend

  • Vivek
    Oct 6, 2015 - 8:30AM

    This technology is only to bomb its own people,not across the border because its radars are developed by Israel and when it crosses Indian border it will show up in all Indian radars as they were co developed by India and Israel. Recommend

More in Pakistan