The Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday confirmed the downing of an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Balochistan's Panjgur area along the Pakistan-Iran border on Wednesday.

"The drone was hit by [the] Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as it was unidentified and was flying at around 3-4 kilometres inside Pakistani territory," the FO said.

The FO statement added that Islamabad had notified Tehran of the development.

"Pakistan has already shared the information about striking down of this drone with the Iranian authorities, indicating that the drone was struck down by our security forces as it was unmarked and there was no prior information about its flight," the FO said.

Official sources on condition of anonymity had confirmed on Tuesday that a JF-17 Thunder had shot down an Iranian drone which had ventured "deep inside Pakistani airspace" allegedly on a spying mission.

Security forces took custody of the debris after discovering the wreckage on Monday, but it is still unclear when the drone was shot down.

Opinion

Editorial

Back to bedlam
Updated 25 May, 2022

Back to bedlam

FEAR tactics have never worked in the past, and most likely will not this time either. The government’s ...
25 May, 2022

Balochistan blaze

THE forest fire on the Koh-i-Sulaiman range in Balochistan’s Shirani area is among a series of blazes to have...
25 May, 2022

Unequal citizens

INDIFFERENCE would have been bad enough, but the state’s attitude towards non-Muslims falls squarely in the...
Updated 24 May, 2022

Marching in May

MORE unrest. That is the forecast for the weeks ahead as the PTI formally proceeds with its planned march on...
24 May, 2022

Policy rate hike

THE State Bank has raised its policy rate by 150bps to 13.75pc, hoping that its latest monetary-tightening action...
24 May, 2022

Questionable campaign

OVER the past couple of days, a number of cases have been registered in different parts of the country against...