PAF:Use of F-16s to destroy hideouts!






NO doubt, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been making vital contribution to the war on terror that is going on since 2004 but latest reportsindicate that the authorities are contemplating to assign a somewhat dominant role to it. At least that is what one gets the impression from the offer reportedly made to the United States that the country was willing to use F-16s to destroy hideouts of militants and terrorists.

The offer is necessarily a substitute for the use of drones by the United States that is at the centre of the controversy between the two countries. The present stalemate in ties between Pakistan and the United States was apparently caused by Salala aggression by the latter but deeper resentment exists since long mainly because of trampling of the country’s sovereignty by Washington through use of drones and missiles. The recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security that are under debate in the joint session of the parliament these days also include a clause on drone attacks stating in unambiguous terms that these are unacceptable and must stop. In fact, earlier resolutions of the parliament also called on theGovernment to retaliate and close down NATO supply routes if the United States persists with drone attacks that constitute violation of the sovereignty and according to governmental version the same recommendation has been invoked following Salala attack. Pakistan has earlier been insisting that instead of using the drones itself, the United States should share the technology with Pakistan and leave it for Pakistani forces to use them wherever needed. But now, it seems, our authorities are going a step further in offering use of F-16s without considering its implications. Though there is also collateral damage in the use of drones and hundreds of innocent people including women and children have lost their lives in such attacks but as compared to formal bombing by a fighter jet like F-16s drones are more specific. The use of F-16s itself is a frightening option but the bombs to be dropped from them are unlikely to hit the targets and may result into more collateral damage and this would spark unnecessary resentment and hatred against the PAF. We would, therefore, recommend that Pakistan should insist on provision of drones and these should be used by Pakistani manpower whenever there is actionable intelligence. 


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Monday, April 2, 2012

PAF:Use of F-16s to destroy hideouts!





NO doubt, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been making vital contribution to the war on terror that is going on since 2004 but latest reportsindicate that the authorities are contemplating to assign a somewhat dominant role to it. At least that is what one gets the impression from the offer reportedly made to the United States that the country was willing to use F-16s to destroy hideouts of militants and terrorists.

The offer is necessarily a substitute for the use of drones by the United States that is at the centre of the controversy between the two countries. The present stalemate in ties between Pakistan and the United States was apparently caused by Salala aggression by the latter but deeper resentment exists since long mainly because of trampling of the country’s sovereignty by Washington through use of drones and missiles. The recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security that are under debate in the joint session of the parliament these days also include a clause on drone attacks stating in unambiguous terms that these are unacceptable and must stop. In fact, earlier resolutions of the parliament also called on theGovernment to retaliate and close down NATO supply routes if the United States persists with drone attacks that constitute violation of the sovereignty and according to governmental version the same recommendation has been invoked following Salala attack. Pakistan has earlier been insisting that instead of using the drones itself, the United States should share the technology with Pakistan and leave it for Pakistani forces to use them wherever needed. But now, it seems, our authorities are going a step further in offering use of F-16s without considering its implications. Though there is also collateral damage in the use of drones and hundreds of innocent people including women and children have lost their lives in such attacks but as compared to formal bombing by a fighter jet like F-16s drones are more specific. The use of F-16s itself is a frightening option but the bombs to be dropped from them are unlikely to hit the targets and may result into more collateral damage and this would spark unnecessary resentment and hatred against the PAF. We would, therefore, recommend that Pakistan should insist on provision of drones and these should be used by Pakistani manpower whenever there is actionable intelligence. 


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