Chief of Pakistan’s Air Force (PAF), Marshal Sohail Aman said on Thursday that he has ordered his force to shoot down any drones, including those of the U.S., if they violate the country’s airspace.
The remarks come two weeks after a U.S. drone strike targeted a militant compound in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three militants.
The Afghan Defense Ministry (MoD) says the announcement shows that Pakistan has no intention to fight terrorists that threaten Afghanistan and the world.
“Pakistan has always promised to take out terrorists from its soil and will not protect terrorists, but in practice no action has been taken against the terrorists,” MoD Spokesman Major General Dawlat Waziri said.
It is widely believed that Pakistan is sponsoring terrorists and providing sanctuary to the terrorist groups which are fighting against the interests of Afghanistan. Therefore, the country doesn’t want any action to be taken against those terrorist networks which have safe havens in Pakistan’s tribal areas.
“Pakistan never has the intention to eliminate the terrorists safe havens in its territory,” political analyst Abdul Hadi Qurishi claimed.
The CIA was responsible for all U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan until November 30, 2017.
About two years ago, Taliban’s Supreme Leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was targeted by a U.S. drone strike while he was riding in a vehicle with another combatant in a remote area of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, close to the border with Afghanistan.
On that time, Pakistan also criticized the United States of violating its sovereignty, saying the U.S. government had not informed the country’s leadership, beforehand.