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Pakistan Air Force Issued Orders To Shoot Down Any Foreign Drones, Including US UAVs

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| December 8 , 2017 , 13:15 IST

The US, under the administration of President Donald Trump, has added pressure on Pakistan to remove from its soil safe havens for terrorists, and recently said that if Pakistan failed to do so, US would.

Two weeks after a US drone strike targeting a militant compound in the tribal region of Pakistan near the Afghanistan border killed 3 militants, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief Sohail Aman announced that he has ordered his force to shoot down any drones violating Pakistan's airspace, including those of the US.

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Although in the past Pakistan has condemned foreign drone strikes on its soil, they never issued orders for shooting down of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

"We will not allow anyone to violate our airspace. I have ordered PAF to shoot down drones, including those of the US, if they enter our airspace, violating the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity," Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said.

US has reportedly been conducting missile strikes on militant positions in Pakistan since 2004. While after every drone strike, the Pakistan foreign office has issued condemnatory statements, adding that they would not allow such strikes on their territory, no shooting orders were issued.

According to Pakistani media reports, hundreds of civilians, including women and children have perished in the US attacks, apart from senior members of terrorist groups.