Pak unlikely to get hold of US drone technology
Pak efforts for getting US drone technology are likely to remain unheeded.
Islamabad: Pakistan wants to get hold of the US drone technology to effectively combat terrorism on its soil, but the efforts are likely to remain unheeded, sources have said.
“This is rather impossible plan as the US neither has such policy nor any mechanism to oblige Pakistan,” the Nation quoted a noted defence analyst, as saying.
Another defence source confirmed that Pakistan has been successful in indigenous manufacturing of drones, but was interested in acquiring the US technology relating to weapons and reconnaissance systems installed on the pilot-less aircrafts.
Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, however, was still hopeful that the US would consider Pakistan’s demand arguing that Pakistan has its own policies and priorities.
The US’ pilot-less drones have been carrying out strikes in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near Afghanistan border, targeting Al-Qaeda and Taliban hideouts since 2004.
Several high-profile targets, including former Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, have been killed in these attacks.