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US drone strikes regrettable, must stop: COAS

Updated Jun 01, 2016 01:23pm


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ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday US drone strikes are regrettable and must stop as they are a threat to the sovereignty and security of the country.

Speaking informally to the media at a reception after attending President Mamnoon Hussain’s address to a joint session of Parliament, the chief added that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a national project and must be completed at any cost.

“The security situation in Karachi and Balochistan is improving,” said the army chief.

The COAS further said border management with Afghanistan is also improving, and now the responsibility lies with Aghanistan as there are fewer checkposts on the other side.

“Operation Zarb-i-Azb is underway across the country and failure is not an option for us,” said Sharif, adding that the successes gained so far in the operation would be consolidated.

“We have to maintain the victories of Operation Zarb-i-Azb. Terrorists will not be allowed to re-enter into areas cleared in South Waziristan and North Waziristan.”

The army chief and president also discussed issues of national security at length. The reception was also attended by JI chief Sirajul Haq, Akrami Durrani of JUI-F, Special Adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and cabinet ministers, including Ishaq Dar.

President Mamnoon Hussain addressed the Parliament in a joint session on Wednesday to mark a new year in Parliament, discussing national security and foreign policy.

The session was also attended by the chiefs of the army, navy, and air force.


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wali muhammad Jun 01, 2016 01:00pm

Excellent ! One day life of a lion is better than 100 years life of jackle

shakeel Jun 01, 2016 01:03pm

It reflects true voice of a nation.

Rohit Jun 01, 2016 01:09pm

Pakistan should bring down the next Drone that violates its Air Space

Gulfraz Jun 01, 2016 01:10pm

Great man R S, but will anyone listen?

Nadeem Jun 01, 2016 01:12pm

Good to see it coming from our Military Chief. The whole nation stands behind you General.

Pasha Jun 01, 2016 01:15pm

Who will stop Drones, Hollow talking not good enough

Vaidyanathan Jun 01, 2016 01:18pm

Drone and Taliban both are violation of sovereignty. Both must be stopped.

Shahzad Ahmed Jun 01, 2016 01:19pm

Here speaks the General

ABCD Jun 01, 2016 01:20pm

US has declared that they will again do it if they find their enemies in Pak. Best thing is remove all terrorists, nobody will violate sovereignty.

Zak Jun 01, 2016 01:22pm

Long live Pakistan Army, Long reign COAS Raheel Sharief, true Lion

Malika Jun 01, 2016 01:23pm

All words no action

Mansha Sherazi Jun 01, 2016 01:25pm

strong man with strong message!!!

Israel Khan IsmailZai Jun 01, 2016 01:34pm

Sir, next time please do something about it just words are not enough.

NHA Jun 01, 2016 01:34pm

From President Obama's remarks in Japan about Taliban not coming back soon to negotiating table shows, he was influenced for carrying out the strike against Mullah Mansoor by outside interests.

Afghanistan and India do not want to close the Afghan chapter. It helps India to hunt for the opportunity in the region and Afghanistan elite to look for the un-ending stream of funds.

The drone strike exposed the US policy making process and quality of the decision. How can you expect to talk to a political entity and kill its leader? The US should have been protecting Mullah Mansoor to ensure the success of talks not killing them. This is unlike a superpower move. and decision.

India is leading US into an abyss.

Jadoo Jun 01, 2016 01:37pm

where is the prime minister in this joint session of Parliament? He hardly attends parliament!

as the foreign minister, can he travel to USA and tell them to stop or rally the UN or allies? Wait he can do neither?

...unavailable, not doing his job,

Sohails Jun 01, 2016 01:44pm

Finally, COAS makes a statement on this! Now, will you do anything about it? Stop all drones from entering Pakistan territory!!!! That is the Army's job!

Harmony-1© Jun 01, 2016 01:47pm

Yes , It must stop or US will have to pay a heavy price for its high handedness.

Anwar Jun 01, 2016 01:47pm

OK Sir they must! but how? You want me to jump and catch the next drone?

noman Jun 01, 2016 01:54pm

when action is actually required, our generals resort to words and words alone. and where they are supposed to be completely neutral, e.g. governance affairs, foreign policy, etc., they have all their guns blazing. our poor country.....its fate in the hands of such men!

qaiser ahmed Jun 01, 2016 02:00pm

Sometime last year a Russian fighter plane had barely entered Turkish air-space and it was shot down. Perhaps, we should ask the Turks the meaning of SOVEREIGNTY.

asgher Jun 01, 2016 02:12pm

Such soft statement from COAS tells the whole story. Nothing will change!

factory problems Jun 01, 2016 02:15pm

Less sovereignty is bad for Pakistan.

k k tiwari Jun 01, 2016 02:15pm

Regrettable but not stoppable

Rational Jun 01, 2016 02:15pm

@Harmony-1© what could be the high price?

The End is Near Jun 01, 2016 02:24pm

Enough is enough. If the next time a US drone entered Pakistani Air space, it will be shot down instantly. No more drone strikes in Pakistani territory. We salute Sir. General Raheel Sahib. General Raheel Zinda Baad. Pak Army Zinda Baad.

deepak Jun 01, 2016 02:25pm

@Harmony-1© Wake up.

Hitesh Jun 01, 2016 02:28pm

US has made it clear that it can strike on its enemies anywhere, and when US says something, they usually does that!

imran ali Jun 01, 2016 02:30pm

bring down the Drone...keeping Mullah Mansoor and Quetta Shura is not violation of so call sovereignty..

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 02:33pm

This is an informal comment and carries no weight outside Pakistan.

imdadali Jun 01, 2016 02:39pm

No doubt COAS took daring and bold stance regarding drone attack in the limits of the country, as the nation has many expectation from incumbent chief because his impartial and equal /indiscriminate action against terrorists its proof and also against corrupt elements inside the country. Other issue is that in the recent past trilateral agreement made between our neighbor, should be watched thoroughly, because its base was on bonafide intention, our country should have been invited because all cargo shall go ahead by crossing our limits.

Wiq Jun 01, 2016 02:40pm

How about closing all terrorist camps and getting rid of Taliban Quetta shura that also violate sovereignty

50 Shades of Khaki Jun 01, 2016 02:42pm

No-one respects your independence until you do. If you want these to be stopped - STOP THEM - that's why you are wearing the uniform

Ibneadam Jun 01, 2016 02:43pm

@shakeel A joke. The true son of the nation would shoot down the next drone that violates Pakistani air space.

Dr faizan Jun 01, 2016 02:43pm

You tell them sir... You tell the global war and fear mongers who wage war on poor weak nations and kill millions of innocent people.

Vimal Jun 01, 2016 02:48pm

@Ibneadam well said.

shehzad Jun 01, 2016 02:56pm

Government knows, the military knows. They are both in cohort with the US government.

Foolish to make statements of this sort.

Assad Khan Jun 01, 2016 03:00pm

Statements are not the solution, we need actions!

M. Malik Jun 01, 2016 03:02pm

When you can't make demands, you request. When the request goes unheeded, you grovel. That's when the other side loses all respect for you.

This is the result of being over dependent on American military aid and F-16s. You have no leverage over them, and nothing to demand.

Mehak Gulab Jun 01, 2016 03:00pm

Shoot down drones b4 they hit any target inside Pakistani territory. This repeated violation happens under the very own military & politicians radars so actions should be initiated rather than condemn the drone strikes!

Ali Jun 01, 2016 03:08pm

His job is to stop them not just to give a suggestion or opinion that it must stop.

Sanjay vats Jun 01, 2016 03:10pm

Army chief stop giving statements. Act if you are serious

Skeptic Jun 01, 2016 03:14pm

In other words, the General is tell everyone that we can't shoot them down; will not shoot them down; and don't want to shoot them down - because of the retaliation.

There is a tacit understanding between the two governments, that Pakistanis will look the other way when US drones strike anywhere inside Pakistan - including perhaps ISB, or KHI.

Tariq Rashid Jun 01, 2016 03:21pm

@Hitesh They usually does that does does you mean...

VV Jun 01, 2016 03:37pm

Pakistan should stop supporting all forms of terrorism. Drone attacks will not be happen and is not required.

Khwarezmi Jun 01, 2016 03:42pm

Any second rate airforce can bring down a drone if they want to. The question is: what will happen then? What remains to be seen, after the Army Chief's strong message to the American ambassador, is if US will use drone strike over Balochistan again.

Remember: power only respect power. The last word's of Tipu Sultan comes to my mind.

faraz Jun 01, 2016 03:43pm

With respect, the presence of terrorists in our remote areas is regrettable more than a drone attacks which get rid us from them.

sabeeh Ahmad Jun 01, 2016 03:45pm

Afghanistan border should be fenced and govt should tighten its security there. Afghanistan has taken us for granted in accomodating their people as refugees in Pakistan. It hasn't replied in reciprocal basis. Border should be fenced and no visas issuance without properly checking. Enough is enough..

AXH Jun 01, 2016 03:47pm

Shoot the drone down the next time it violates the territory.

Changez_Khan Jun 01, 2016 03:50pm

The Nation loves you General Raheel Sharif.

Pakistan Armed Forces Zindabad.

Adil Habeeb Jun 01, 2016 03:58pm

Merely releasing statement and showing off in media would not stop drone attacks and our sovereignty will remain on stack. Do something more General Raheel.

Asad Jun 01, 2016 04:00pm

Say it officially.

Zak Jun 01, 2016 04:02pm

@faraz but the odd thing is, the Taliban Mansour travelled to Iran, UAE, Qatar, Afghanistan, but he was killed by US, only when he was in Pakistan. US- friend or foe?

Asad Jun 01, 2016 04:04pm

Are these drones attack regrettable or condemnable/intolerable? will the drones now be shot down? should not US be asked to give formal apology and cautioned to refrain otherwise Pakistan hold option to act in self defense under threat.

Tony Singh Jun 01, 2016 04:04pm

@AXH "Shoot the drone down the next time it violates the territory." Easier said than done.

Zak Jun 01, 2016 04:05pm

@Rohit incorrect. US and Pakistan are at war with terrorism togather, but the approach to tackling it differs. Pakistan was trying to get this man to come to negotiations for peace but US by killing him has set the process back. One way of ensuring US troops stay in Afghanistan- don't let peace happen.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Jun 01, 2016 04:07pm

@Sohails only if the so called civilian government has the courage to give the order.

Dheeraj Gupta Jun 01, 2016 04:14pm

There have been numerous drone strikes in the past and i am yet to see some kind of action to prevent these strikes in the future. Everytime a drone attacks, politicians condemn, army warns but nothing happens after that. Drone attacks will happen in future but no one will do anything about it but same rhetoric.

Shahzad S Iqbal Jun 01, 2016 04:16pm

If we are not going to shoot the drones / intruders down then this statement or any statement from anyone is worth nothing at all....a very disappointed and concerned Pakistani I am after reading this statement...

Shahzad S Iqbal Jun 01, 2016 04:17pm

Armed Forces personnel talk through their guns and not through microphones....

Muqaddam Khan Jun 01, 2016 04:21pm

Pakistan is a sovereign country. US should respect and we must protect our sovereignty.

Ramesh Nakhwa Jun 01, 2016 04:24pm

@Rohit Even if it has the capability it should have the huts to bring down a drone.

R.S. Menon Jun 01, 2016 04:22pm


Not so easy to fence the border between Af and Pak. The Durrand line is not acceptable to Kabul. Is Pak ready to concede territory in favor of Af?

R.S. Menon, Bangalore

Truth Jun 01, 2016 04:28pm

if there are no terrorists hiding, there wont be a need for drone strikes.

Muhammad Jun 01, 2016 04:32pm

@Muqaddam Khan "Pakistan is a sovereign country. US should respect and we must protect our sovereignty" When we talk about sovereignty we often forgot that Afghanistan is also a sovereign country it is not a province of Pakistan we should also respect the sovereignty of Afghanistan secondly by allowing space to the terrorists we always invite trouble from the powerful

mohammed Jun 01, 2016 04:32pm


Rohit Jun 01, 2016 04:39pm

Yes , It must stop or US will have to pay a heavy price for its high handedness.@Harmony-1©

Care to elaborate how?

#respect the roar Jun 01, 2016 04:43pm

Hear comes the lion..!!!

Mehboob Ali Lalani Jun 01, 2016 04:46pm

Excellent. COAS is very candid and straight forward.

His endeavorings are praiseworthy.

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 04:48pm

Pakistan Govt under Gen Musharaff signed up for drone attacks on terrorists. Hence drone attacks have occurred in the past, are happening in the present, and will happen in future till terrorism is rooted out. Period.

splash Jun 01, 2016 04:48pm

@Rohit and that ll the starting of very bad time for pakistan.

Sidiqque Jun 01, 2016 04:54pm

US give us F16 and send your drones to our country to kill our Citizens. Nobody cares.

Basit Ali Jun 01, 2016 04:56pm

@Zak For us peace is only when Afghan Taliban rules Afghanistan that right?

Kulbhushan Yadav Jun 01, 2016 04:57pm

Pakistanis are funny people. How is this statement different than what NS said? He said the same thing but people are not happy with him. On the other than, COAS, whose job is to stop such attacks, mere issues a statement and whole country goes crazy in applauds and COAS is called Lion and what not. In my opinion, a COAS worth it's salt, would not just issue statements for media and twitter but would take some actions. But as we all know, everyone likes to play to the gallery.

Sidiqque Jun 01, 2016 04:58pm

I have read all the comments. People mind set to change. It seems everybody is not caring on Democratically elected Government. They are the supports of Military regime.

Frankenstein Jun 01, 2016 05:04pm

@ABCD we have state enemies in EU, UK should we start dronning them

Ahmed Jun 01, 2016 05:05pm

I dont get the point of these statements. No one's going to listen to these anyway. As long as you keep on protecting 'some' terrorists as assets, they will continue to target them. Its sad that the Pakistani political and military leadership showed anger over the targeting of TTP heads through drone strikes. The dual policy by Pakistan is regrettable much more than the US drone strikes. We dont have any control over those areas where drones strike, so what sovereignty are they talking about?

Ahmed Jun 01, 2016 05:08pm

@The End is Near LOL, you seriously believe that?

jm Jun 01, 2016 05:11pm

@ wali

you were once granted your wish of one day's life but you chickened out...that was after 9/11...v call was made to then COAS...

Asad Jun 01, 2016 05:16pm

Can't these drone be shot down, or we continue will have to confine to lip service?

Zulfiqar Baig Jun 01, 2016 05:20pm

Thank your General Sb.! the whole nation love you and salute you...

M Akram Jun 01, 2016 05:27pm

Gen. R Sharif is right to make this strong statement. Now he need to show that these are not just empty words action will follow next time round.

His linkage with Zarb-e-Azb is also right, because these illegal drone strikes only encourages sympathy for the misguided and murderous armed opposition within Pakistan.

inqelab zindabad Jun 01, 2016 05:28pm

@Zulfiqar Baig For making statements? Even bilawal is good at it.

Sea Hawk Jun 01, 2016 05:30pm

It will not stop mark my word. COAS can't do anything about it.

Jawaid kamal Jun 01, 2016 05:33pm

RS should figure out how Mulla Mansour got Pakistani passport, if we had taken care of that problem then,Drone would not be the issue

Arsalan Khan Jun 01, 2016 05:33pm

When a country's armed forces are incapable of stopping drone attacks on the country then what else one could expect from them. These attacks are with close cooperation of Pakistan Army and Americans while the Pakistanis are made fools by the these statements of CinC. Pakistan Army does not want to admit its duplicity in drone attacks and Talibans.

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 01, 2016 05:36pm

Bottom line is will America listen? Absolutely "NO"... All talk no walk Mr General...

M. Malik Jun 01, 2016 05:48pm

Even an ordinary villager in Pakistan knows and expresses the same views. I expected better from the head of the Army. The forces are supposed to act to protect the nation, not issue statements and lamenting its failures by showing 'feelings'.

Gokarn Jun 01, 2016 05:52pm

General Sharif is not correct. Killing of terrorists is not regrettable but commendable. Double standard of To kill one terrorist and making safe havens to another is not acceptable.

Zak Jun 01, 2016 05:56pm

@Basit Ali peace for us is when Afghan's chose who their leaders are, not ones imposed by outside countries.

Irfan_Sydney Jun 01, 2016 05:56pm

Army chief said that "Drones must stop because they are a threat to the sovereignty and security of the country" A number of Al Quaida members, Afghan Talibaans , Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (Daniel Pearl killer) Osama Bil Ladin, were killed on Pakistan soil. They were not threat to the sovereignty and security of the country ? What stops you from saying something about them ?

A Shah Jun 01, 2016 05:58pm

What a limp response. What if India had killed the Pakistani terrorists?

Muhammad Jun 01, 2016 06:02pm

ok Mr Army Chief. But Is Pak Army doing anything about this. or its just a line. like our politicians.

Mahmood Jun 01, 2016 06:09pm

If I say 'killing anyone, humans or animals is illegal,' does it carry any weight? It is like stating the obvious.

If I see a crime that could kill someone, about to take place, what do I do about it, to save a life? That is the question.

Pushpendra singh Jun 01, 2016 06:12pm

Do more, stop differentiating good terrorist and bad not harbour taliban and honest with your people atleast.drone will automatically stop.

ahaq Jun 01, 2016 06:13pm

It all started with the consent of PPP/Musharraf government. And now either it is out of control of Pakistani government or like past government has two version of activities one public view for Pakistani people and one private that is in consent with USA.

AXH Jun 01, 2016 06:13pm

@Tony Singh - "Easier said than done." Not if we are serious about it.

Mustafa R. Jun 01, 2016 06:17pm


'Pakistan should bring down the next Drone that violates its Air Space'

You will see that just a threat is enough when it is credible.

Syed Ali Jun 01, 2016 06:16pm

@Sohails Good point; now let's talk reality. From the military perspective may be Pakistan has the capability to shot down the drone; question is what would have been the consequences; it would take US minutes to destroy Pakustans infrastructure; and US congress and prople would have cheered the move; or may be US would have used drones to strike few Madrasas bastions of terrorism. Pakustan need to sign long term military alliances with China and Russia to salvage any dignity.

Mustafa R. Jun 01, 2016 06:18pm


'All words no action'

Sometimes words are enough.

Alam Jun 01, 2016 06:20pm

@ABCD just remove Indians and Americans from Afghanistan to ensure peace in the area.

R.S. Menon Jun 01, 2016 06:23pm

In the event of any of the major political parties can show the General as their PM candidate, that party is going to win the next general election of Pak.

R.S. Menon, Bangalore

Ali Jun 01, 2016 06:23pm

General Raheel Sharif is right that drone strikes are counterproductive, as people see US violating another country's sovereignty and killing its people. PM Nawaz Sharif's elected government faces the wrath for not stopping this transgression?

US should provide Predator drones to Pakistan. This would be the "best" solution, as the US will not be accused of violating another country's sovereignty to kill its people. Our government would assume full responsibility for drone killings on our territory.

Jiwan Jun 01, 2016 06:25pm

All talk, no action

Nida Jun 01, 2016 06:26pm

@Irfan_Sydney Why should the US care when double standards of having snakes on soil like them and Ghazi of Lal Masjid are known and even given blessings by we know who?

Mustafa R. Jun 01, 2016 06:28pm

@qaiser ahmed;

'Perhaps, we should ask the Turks the meaning of SOVEREIGNTY.'

You can ask but you can also observe. More Pakistanis know the name of Turkish president than any president in South Asia including our own.

malik nawaz Jun 01, 2016 06:27pm

There will be another Drone and same statements will come from our top brasses and life goes on.........................nothing will change my friend take my word.

Alam Jun 01, 2016 06:30pm

@Vaidyanathan Taliban or no Taliban Afghanistan seldom have peace. Every super power of past or present invaded Afghanistan for bringing peace in Afghanistan. Great Britain, USSR, USA all invaded Afghanistan. Pakistan had nothing to do with all these invasions. The resisting forces in Afghanistan always have name and presently they are Taliban. Peace in Afghanistan will prevail when US army with Indian stooges leave Afghanistan.

Sunil Jun 01, 2016 06:32pm

@Zak But cant dare to shoot down the drone.

Alam Jun 01, 2016 06:38pm

@Hitesh US promised to bring peace in Iraq and Afghanistan, but could not do what they promised. Already vacated both places. Before that they could not do what they wanted in Vietnam. They leave destruction when they abandon after failed adventure.

Alam Jun 01, 2016 06:40pm

@Wiq will automatically close after mulla Fazalullah is eliminated

Raja Jun 01, 2016 06:40pm

@NHA: ".... The US should have been protecting Mullah Mansoor to ensure the success of talks ....."

But, he refused to talk since 6 months despite china, america, pakistan & afghanistan wanted talks. He was killing 40 to 60 afghans per day. Protecting him means encourage the killing. What's your side?

Alam Jun 01, 2016 06:46pm

@VV mulla haibatullah, new chief of Taliban is not declared terrorist by US. He can visit any country including US.

IS IT SO SIMPLE Jun 01, 2016 06:47pm

@Jawaid kamal There is no need to figure out anything. The passport and ID was issued expressly by ISI. He knows that already. Don't be so naive.

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 06:51pm

Absolute double talk. This statement is meant for the gullible masses. It is well known that Pakistani military regularly provides the US military with coordinates for drone strikes.

Arshad Patel Jun 01, 2016 06:51pm

You all PM, Generals, Politicians have strongest words BUT actions! USA never step into a country without that country's permission. If it does without, the government of United States has to answer its people! And so far, no one has questioned them. That means the US intervention is with the BLESSINGS of that nation's rulers. People of Pakistan are aware of these facts. Unfortunately, they are very happy with the situation prevails in the country because their needs are fulfilled by hook or crook!!!

Basit Ali Jun 01, 2016 06:56pm

@Zak They already have an elected parliament

IS IT SO SIMPLE Jun 01, 2016 06:58pm

Pakistan does not possess technology to shoot down the drone. Tareq fatemi said this few days back on a TV interview. Americans can jam your Radars because they are made by them perhaps by Ratheon. So this is all empty talk from Rahil Sharif.

farid Jun 01, 2016 06:58pm

What a statement by the chief of staff?

BharatRakshak Jun 01, 2016 07:00pm

Why didn't you hunt down those Flying drones at first place ? I'm sure Pakistan is capable of that. A country must safeguard it's sovereignty by taking actions , Hallow talks won't help it.

Sunil Jun 01, 2016 07:00pm

If regrettable then its Pakistan job to take action against these terrorists.

Vijay Jun 01, 2016 06:59pm

@wali muhammad It is better to live 100 years.

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 07:02pm

As long as the Taliban has a policy that denies women who comprise 50% of the population their basic rights, it should be banned and not encouraged. US drone strikes are aimed at taking out these medieval minded evil elements. Pakistan should feel happy about this.

Great Desh Jun 01, 2016 07:04pm

We are obedient to USA.We have no choice.

Basit Ali Jun 01, 2016 07:04pm

@Jawaid kamal It is clear that the passport and transport were taken care by their handlers here ....lets forget the one who is killed and try and see if the new leader or leaders have passports or residence of which country

Khan Jun 01, 2016 07:06pm

Please do not plsy games with public . You knew about it and purposely kept quiet . If you did not know then you are neglecting you duties and resposibilities and should resign immediately as you failed to protect this country !

IS IT SO SIMPLE Jun 01, 2016 07:07pm

@Ali You have a funny logic. America does not need to give you any drones. They can shoot any terrorist once they decide. If america decides to come after you with all guns blazing you won't know where to run. So just chill.

Shivaji Jun 01, 2016 07:06pm

So what can you do about it General?

Khan Jun 01, 2016 07:08pm

@shakeel It reflects the inability and helplessness of the COAS !

Haroon Jun 01, 2016 07:11pm

Brother Wali, it is foreign office job to protest. its Army job to fight. Have anyone ever seen a General protesting after enemy incursion into his country. What a joke and what a great general.

RS Tirkie Jun 01, 2016 07:14pm

Yes USA is here to stay in Afghanistan like the way they are in Korea and Japan. US department of defense is the biggest landlord in the world. Unlike other imperial powers in the past, USA derives its strength from US dollar, which is the most accepted legal tender in the world and USA can borrow in its own currency from the world market. China cannot, Japan cannot and Russia cannot. All 6 trillion dollar which US government owes to foreigners can be printed in three months and paid back. May be this action will provide necessary inflation urgently needed in the western countries as deflation is a problem there. Afgan Taliban and Pakisatn cannot throw out USA in the same manner what Iran and Vietnam Did.

As far soviet union withdrawal from Afghanistan is concerned it was a negotiated withdrawal. Taliban were able to topple Nazibullah only after Yeltsin stopped supporting him.

Great Desh Jun 01, 2016 07:15pm

Its fact that sovereignty of Pakistan can be brought .USA has purchased it .So make some noises to fool people.

Syed Ali Jun 01, 2016 07:17pm

A better word for this situation is "deplorable" not "regrettable".

Kabir Jun 01, 2016 07:18pm

If you cannot do your job, we will do for you. If you play duplicity we will strike harder. Message is clear. Zarb-I-Azb is clearly a whitewash. Mansour was able to travel free more than 15 times out Pakistan to other countries. What is ISI doing? Are they providing funding for his travel? Game over for Army that has not been truthful

Rex Minor Jun 01, 2016 07:19pm

the chief added that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a national project and must be completed at any cost.

From the defense of the undefined border with Afghanistan, the guy has downgraded army role to protecting the highway which is planned to facilitate the chinese shipments of goods to the world. How about defending the grand trunk highway built by the moghuls from Delhi to Peashawar ?

Rex Minor

Rex Minor

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 07:21pm

Actions speak better than words. Take action if you feel that your sovereignty has been breached, whether by a friend or foe. See how other countries protect their sovereignty no matter what.

India's IAF force landed a US military plane with 205 marines on board in 2009 for violating its airspace. Turkey shot down a Russian SU20 jet in 2015 for violating its airspace.

r.k dhar Jun 01, 2016 07:23pm

Is this comedy going to help. Have guts and intercept destroy the drones when these violate ur airspace. But u can't because u r compentatiated with dollars pocketed by ur rulers civil and evil oh military. These token protests r just drama to please the poor illiterate gullible janta. Want to live and let live peacefully stop manufacturing sponsoring terrorists and secure the future of ur coming generations.

IS IT SO SIMPLE Jun 01, 2016 07:24pm

Most of the Pakistanis commenting here know very much in their heart that Pakistan cannot afford to shoot down american drone. America won't have to fight Pakistan militarily at all. Only tightening loans thru IMF WB and ADB will be enough. Plus restriction on trade and visa will bring disaster. So think logically and do not get over emotional.

Sim Jun 01, 2016 07:32pm

Agreed and fully support Mr General.

Kazim Khan Jun 01, 2016 07:33pm

How does a drone that attacks and kills a terrorist pose threat to the sovereignty and security of a country? Terrorists roaming free in the country pose a bigger threat than a useful drone.

Alla Bux Jun 01, 2016 07:33pm

Why don't we stop the drones with our famed J17s?

Kazim Khan Jun 01, 2016 07:34pm

@Vaidyanathan can't stop both.

A Shah Jun 01, 2016 07:39pm

Sir the only thing regrettable is your lack of action in protecting us.

Jawad Jun 01, 2016 07:40pm

There are measures which Pakistan can institute like call bring own ambassador from US, stop granting visa to US citizen, asking US to close its embassy or force to reduce its staff. such bold steps will certainly force US to reconsider its policies for Pakistan

alex Jun 01, 2016 07:44pm

@Zak i sure hope u r joking.

Tanvir Jun 01, 2016 07:47pm

@qaiser ahmed - The best comment ever on this topic.

Feroz Jun 01, 2016 07:46pm

No talk about stopping support to terror groups that have brought misery to Pakistan. Where is the new Taliban chief sheltered Sir ?

Kaleem Jun 01, 2016 07:50pm

Yes , shooting down the american drones is army's job but can somebody answer my question.Can u fight an army which spends on defence in one year what you would spend in over 50 years.Superior weapons and latest technology doesn't come from need money to buy all this stuff. your economy is struggling and you are totally dependent on IMF's loan and aid from the same country whom you talk about to please be sane enough and dont become emotional.And don't blame Raheel Shareef for not shooting down the drones.We must admit that as a nation we are not strong enough to confront America.Blaming only Army and air force for not doing enough will not be enough.Make your country great first to look into the eyes of America,then you can talk them on such matter and they will pay heed to your concerns also.

PACIFIC Jun 01, 2016 08:01pm

Answer is simple. Pakistan should stop harboring and giving safe heaven to Terrorists . Drone strikes will be automatically stopped . Worth noted that both Taliban leader and Bin Landen were killed on Pak soil - irrespective from where they came from .

Shivan Jun 01, 2016 08:04pm

@Assad Khan What do you suggest?

Tamil Guru Jun 01, 2016 08:11pm

@Syed Ali says :-> Pakistan need to sign long term military alliances with China and Russia to salvage any dignity.

Pakistan is late again. Russia China and India have had the "Russia-India-China Trilateral" RCI for many years now. Google it.

Syed Chishti Jun 01, 2016 08:22pm

There are no two ways about it.Under the present Geo-political environment developing in South Asia,it is imperative that due to India's nefarious designs&its counterproductive arms race policy that has stifled peace efforts in last 68 years in the region Pakistan must act vehemently.

Recent Indian efforts to form alliances with Afghanistan,India&Iran is designed to counter CPEC implementation, is much beyond it's already existing hostile alliances with other global powers leaves no other option for Pakistan but to follow as the COAS has reiterated,"that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a national project and must be completed at any cost."

Its in the US interest that it must continue supporting Pakistan in coordination and cooperation with China to create the balance of power in South Asia with its economic, political, & diplomatic might to maintain long term world peace globally.

Else the global peace across the world is already in tatters will further plunge into chaos.

Atti kawwa Jun 01, 2016 08:24pm

This is called leadership where NS fears COAS never.

AttisButt Jun 01, 2016 08:27pm

@k k tiwari Regrettable but not stoppable

This time Army wont stop it will get shot down and you will stop commenting then.

abc Jun 01, 2016 08:30pm

Pakistan has tactical nuclear weapons to be used against enemy forces who enter pakistan's territory. Wonder if COAS has guts to use a simple missile against these drones which are voilating your air space. Do shoot down a drone and see your all weather friend, your iron brother disappear like a wax brother.

Real Zak Jun 01, 2016 08:31pm

@Rohit incorrect. US and Pakistan are at war with terrorism togather, but the approach to tackling it differs. Pakistan was trying to get this man to come to negotiations for peace but US by killing him has set the process back. One way of ensuring US troops stay in Afghanistan- don't let peace happen.

So for you Talibans are best options to continue their leadership then. Drones are just for fun according to you, when they are bringing peace in that chaotic region. You are wrong mind it

M.Saeed Jun 01, 2016 08:32pm

But, drone were started during the time of previous COAS! Even there was an US air base at Jacobabad !

Real Zak Jun 01, 2016 08:34pm

@Basit Ali @Zak For us peace is only when Afghan Taliban rules Afghanistan that right?

Leave this Zak he doesn't know the basic things that why Drones are made in first place to counter those terrorists. Not to sabotage peace.

Real Zak Jun 01, 2016 08:36pm

@Zak I cant stop laughing at your jokes

krishna Jun 01, 2016 08:47pm

Many missed the point here. The person killed is a terrorist and the whole world including Pakistan knows it. He is enjoying pakistani freedom. Americans and allied forces are at risk. Either you take him out or else the world will take him out. Here it is USA who acted on behalf of NATO and other allied forces. You can grumble for drone- but not for permitting terrorist to roam around? How suicidal is the logic? Decide and follow through which is better? On top of it, you want F-16s as a donation(almost like) or aid from same USA ? Who are we fooling all these years? Hope Ostrich like attitude goes off and sanity prevails.

Abraham Haque Jun 01, 2016 08:57pm

@Nadeem the whole nation of Pakistanis have always stood behind the total destruction of Pakistan

Ravi Vancouver Jun 01, 2016 09:01pm

COAS action against all terrorists shall clear all millitants from Pakistan on completion of present action against millitants. This will ensure that embrassing incidents like killing of Osama and Mullah Mansour in Pakistan will not be repeated and there shall be no need of US using drones in violation of Pakistan's sovereignty to go after terrorists.

Abraham Haque Jun 01, 2016 09:02pm

@Khwarezmi what happened to him remember that also

East indian Jun 01, 2016 09:20pm

Why not use j17 or f16 to shoot down the drones?

noshin Jun 01, 2016 09:46pm

you should have shot down the incoming drone or ground offenders!!! statements are met for our politicians u are expected quite better off.

noshin Jun 01, 2016 09:54pm

chief justice of Pakistan and COAS better join news channels for commenting on the national issues!!!!

Mumbai indian Jun 01, 2016 09:54pm

The general is neither a Lion for saying these words nor he's a mere talker for not shooting down drones.

It does not take much military skill a courage to shoot down drones. But you need to be a financially independent nation.

Pakistan depends on U.S. aid and soon will depend on Chinese investment. Can't antagonize the people you are dependent on. Got to be practical.

Jaysekhar Jun 01, 2016 09:57pm

\ What is the treat to to Pakistan-the threat comes from its own politicians,and terror groups which is fostered by the Politicians-WHYNOT TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST THEM?

Hitesh Jun 01, 2016 10:12pm

@Alam - So do you think that the drone which killed mansour was operating in USA? It did fired from Afghanistan

last comment Jun 01, 2016 10:14pm

this is what IK has been saying ever since....

issak Jun 01, 2016 10:16pm

Pakistan needs to develop its own drone jamming technology or buy it from russia which proved very effective in syria or cooperating with iran that has alredy downed a number of israeli and US drones quite effectively ...or these violations of pakistani airspace will continue unabated..india is also keen on buying the predator drones from the US...time to take steps now ...

Zaman Shah Jun 01, 2016 10:41pm

@Pasha Pakistan is fully capable of stopping drones. There was need for political we have this.

DaveF Jun 01, 2016 11:07pm

@wali muhammad : 69 years completed, 31 more years to go...

dawood Jun 01, 2016 11:18pm

so its ok for terrorists to use pakistani land train themselves and blow up else where in the world. fix that first General

Np Jun 01, 2016 11:20pm

@Mustafa R. And what makes it credible?

Truth Watch Jun 02, 2016 12:20am

Does he speak form both sides of the mouth? One side with the US generals and the other with Pakistanis?

Davoud Jun 02, 2016 12:49am

Just rhetoric no action we have been hearing this since many years.

Kashmiri Nationalist Jun 02, 2016 04:03am

We need to reshift our focus towards liberation of my land, occupied Kashmir. The treacherous enemy has killed 1 lakh Kashmiris since 1989. Pak should be flying drones there to assist locals and support freedom fighters

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jun 02, 2016 04:59am

The Nation loves you General Raheel Shareef. You are great and honest man no doubt. Sir what about the drones that came forward in Panama Leaks? Isn't it part of financial terrorism against our nation. Why is the army is absolute silent when a child can see that this issue is being played with in this so called democratic parliament.

saeed Jun 02, 2016 07:36am

Bold and brave stance

Asad Jun 02, 2016 10:01am

What action Sir?, What action?, need action.

rehan Jun 02, 2016 01:42pm

The intense hatred Indians have for Pak Army is reassuring . It shows that Pak Army is on the right track :)

Mueid Jun 02, 2016 02:46pm

Action speaks better that words

Sohails Jun 02, 2016 03:36pm

@Syed Ali Who is to say that a drone over Pakistan is from the US or any other country? Shoot it down! It's a safety risk to Pakistani citizens to have foreign drones over our territory!

Abbu Jaan Jun 02, 2016 03:50pm

Clear volition of sovereignty of Pakistan, must protest in UN in order to lives of innocent Pakistanis.

khanm Jun 02, 2016 04:39pm

US drone strikes regrettable, must stop: COAS !!!! and they will...if you have the courage obliterate them form our skies. or tell us the truth that they have been granted the permission... Please dont make the political statements... honesty is the best policy...

Tapish Jun 02, 2016 05:06pm

The drone strikes can be stopped once the terrorists are finished.

Nazir Ahmed Junejo Jun 02, 2016 05:51pm

we are in need now to take a decisive action against the violation of our country's sovereignty.... really a laudable statement made by our COAS.

Zak Jun 02, 2016 06:17pm

@Basit Ali yeah, similar to the one elected in IOK, not elected by the people but selected by the invader.

Zak Jun 02, 2016 06:19pm

@Real Zak get of the substance and you should be alright, not to worry.

dawn Jun 02, 2016 06:28pm

As someone wrote 'we are too much indebted to USA to take action', esp our leaders (including forces officials) have heavy investments in USA.

Mustafa R. Jun 02, 2016 06:28pm


'It is better to live 100 years.'

That is why you lived 1000 years under foreign rule.

Kulbhushan Yadav Jun 02, 2016 07:13pm

@Mustafa R. Well so have you. The difference is, you changed your religion the other hindus dis not.

Naeem Jun 02, 2016 08:09pm

When you have an intelligence failure and terrorists roam freely in your country then others will step in to do the job.

sam Jun 02, 2016 08:13pm

How long will Pakistanis be fooled? Enough said. Just pretend not to understand!

romi Jun 02, 2016 08:16pm


yr right why fear the amricans

khusbo Jun 02, 2016 08:24pm


yes the nation loves him for not acting against drones

romi Jun 02, 2016 08:26pm

@Abbu Jaan

again UN ?

romi Jun 02, 2016 08:30pm


good lecture anyone listening ?

Girish Madang Jun 02, 2016 09:01pm

@Gulfraz - Then request him to perform another coup. That is already on the horizon as far as I see it.

joe Jun 03, 2016 06:02am

Pakistan first must have capabilities to deduct and bring down drone,then speak in that manner. Three helicopters entered Pakistan for 100 km did their job and no one knew what was happening.

khanm Jun 03, 2016 12:48pm

@Malika it is only words and words that is all we have to take our pain away

Asad Jun 04, 2016 11:00am

@joe you can not be sure and there is no any proof that no one was aware, talk/speech/criticism without action is all verbose. All understand it very well that we are paid to do such jobs, we are under heavy IMF loan, elite class is corrupt, there is gross injustices in society, there is ethnic persecution at the top level etc.. that's all enough for us to act and behave like slave.

Mustafa R. Jun 04, 2016 12:50pm

@Kulbhushan Yadav;

If we are just like you how come Urdu is so much better than Indian languages?