PAF obsessed with Ind to notice US drones in its border?
But after the apparent insult they were subject to, Pak is finally talking tough. The Pakistani Air Force (PAF) seem to have assured its government that no foreign fighter planes or helicopters will be allowed to violate its air space. They also said in strong terms that if ordered the PAF can shoot down the US drones.
With the Pak Air Chief Marshal, Rao Qamar Suleman admitting air surveillance failure on that dreadful night that got down Osama. He also explained the flaw and said that the American helicopters were not detected since the radars in the Western borders were not operational on May 2. He also rubbished reports that said that the Pakistani radars were jammed.
While the the Pak government officials have a lot of tought questions to be answered on the violation of its territorial integrity, there were reports in certain section of the media that seem to suggest that Pak's pre-occupation with surveillance in the LOC in India and Kashmir in particular led to the lack of timely information in the western borders that led to the American forces going unnoticed. Pakistan however refutes the claim by saying that their radars on the western borders were “on rest".
The over obsession with regards to India is substantiated in the fact that Pakistan came to know about in the evening of Dec 21, 2008 about the movement of Indian forces near the border following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The close watch on India was further accentuated when the Pakistan Air Force night fighters mobilized their forces soon after.
In a last ditch effort to save some face over the insult, sources within the defence commented, “Osama bin Laden declared war not only against America but also against Pakistan Army, we lost 3,500 soldiers, we arrested most of his close comrades but Americans never took us into confidence about the May 2 operation and even after the success of their unilateral operation, they tried to humiliate us in their traditional arrogant style but we will not tolerate their arrogance in future."
The source added, “Let them come again from the west or even from the east and the world will see our real action."