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LAHORE, Oct 25: Federal Defence Production Minister Rana Tanvir Hussain thinks it will not be prudent to shoot down drones though the country has the capability to do so.

“Pakistan has the capability to shoot down US drones but such decisions need thorough deliberation and it is not prudent to take the action (downing drones) right now,” he told the media after visiting a wireless communication equipment production unit here on Friday.

The minister was briefed on the production of wireless communication equipment in the country.

Rana Tanvir appreciated the effort made by the company and assured it of government’s patronage to get self-sufficiency in the field.

He told a questioner that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had talked to US President Obama on the drone issue and the results of the talks would be visible shortly. He said the prime minister’s US visit was successful as the nation would see its positive effects in the coming days.

Answering a question about the Abbottabad operation, the minister said: “Our radar system could catch anything but I don’t know why it could not trace US marines’ helicopter on that night (May 2, 2011).”

Commenting on the LoC tensions, he said the Indian prime minister’s statement deteriorated the situation in the region. He said the Indian leaders were showing Pakistan-phobia to take advantage of it in the general elections due next year.

He advised New Delhi not to heighten tensions on the LoC as it was damaging regional peace. He said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and wanted cordial relations with all neighbouring states.

About the delay in nominating the successor of army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the minister said no issue was involved in the posting of the next army chief as the decision would be taken on a seniority basis in due time.

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gagan sarkar Oct 26, 2013 12:42pm

''He said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and wanted cordial relations with all neighbouring states.''........


raja hindustani Oct 26, 2013 12:40pm

Best line: "He said Pakistan was a peace-loving country and wanted cordial relations with all neighbouring states" :)

yourstruly Oct 26, 2013 01:01pm

Perhaps the next best follow up question ought to have been: When WOULD it be prudent to shoot them down? Looks like as the elites are not in the line of fire, and it the nameless folks in the far flung fringe areas, all is well with them!

hina Oct 26, 2013 04:38pm

Decisions are taken on Military strength of the country. Country must have clear policies, transparency in governance and people should have full faith in leaders. Today Pakistan is weak in every field. People can not attack its own forces if they believe in leaders. Decisions taken under firing order by USA is also cause of trouble.

rex minor Oct 26, 2013 04:40pm

The drones have neither the capability to defend its itself or to avoid collision with other flying objects in air. It can be destroyed by an armed Cessna or a para glider, alternatively brought down safely by an IT hacker as the Iranians did.

Agha Ata Oct 26, 2013 07:52pm

There is no need to shoot down DRONES. The fact of the matter is that Pakistan government still wants to let it happen and that is being prudent. Pakistan is no position at all to dictate a n y b o d y !

AFAQ Oct 26, 2013 11:42pm

It just need two things a warring to dear friend and courage to shoot dawn. it is notional sovereignty it can be for any nation why not for Pakistan.

Roxana R Oct 27, 2013 01:38am

If the drone strikes are to stop, what is Pakistan's plans for eradicating Taliban from the FATA?

Azam Oct 27, 2013 02:47am

Whatever it is Pakistan must take the stand to defend it's people. Remember, nations who live with fear can never stand on their own feets. Pakistan must make tough decisions now. This is an opportunity for the Present Government to unite the nation since the talks with US have failed to defend the sovereignty of Pakistan.

Shehz Oct 27, 2013 04:07am

Previous Govt. claimed that due to shortage of resources the radars were switched off in that region. Today the new Govt. claims that the radars can catch anything but is clueless about why it didn't catch the US Marines helicopter (suggesting that the radars weren't switched off).

The nation may be clueless, but we don't forget. Bureaucrats are famous for having selective amnesia, not the awaam.

Sadruddin Mitha Oct 27, 2013 08:06am

all nonsense. try once and see the outcome, do not tell the world we are wearing bangles

Parvez Oct 27, 2013 04:14pm

' Our radar system could catch anything ........ ' Did it catch the proliferation of the Lal Masjid from a mosque into a national disaster happening under its nose ?? Its not about radar and systems, its about the people that operate them.

Shibli Oct 27, 2013 04:47pm

Show your capabilities Pakistan Air Force so world can stop laughing at you.

khanm Oct 27, 2013 06:39pm

It is time that people demand the truth about the drone strikes

illawarrior Oct 28, 2013 08:31am

No need to shoot down US drones. Simply withdraw the permission that allows them to operate.

khan Oct 29, 2013 10:06pm

Our radar system could catch anything but I don