Monday, December 12, 2011

The true colors of Pakistan

As if there needed to be another example of how Pakistan is anything but a friend and ally. After kicking us out of a (not so)secret airbase used for unmanned drone surveillance and attack against the enemy Pakistan claimed to be helping us thwart, they now have decided to shoot down any unidentified aircraft in their airspace. Since the only "unidentified" aircraft in Pakistani airspace would belong to our military, we will be the ones being shot our friend and ally in the war on terror.

Time to stop all jizya payments to Pakistan and let them fend for themselves. We do not need friends like this.

From MSNBC December 12

Pakistan says U.S. drones in its air space will be shot down

Downed drone in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan will shoot down any U.S. drone that intrudes its air space per new directives, a senior Pakistani official told NBC News on Saturday.

According to the new Pakistani defense policy, "Any object entering into our air space, including U.S. drones, will be treated as hostile and be shot down," a senior Pakistani military official told NBC News.

And if it turns out the object is that "first contact" we have been waiting for, Pakistan could be responsible for the destruction of Earth. Klaatu Barada Nikto.

The policy change comes just weeks after a deadly NATO attack on Pakistani military checkpoints accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, prompting Pakistani officials to order all U.S. personnel out of a remote airfield in Pakistan.

Pakistan told the U.S. to vacate Shamsi Air Base by December 11.

A senior military official from Quetta, Pakistan, confirmed to NBC News on Saturday that the evacuation of the base, used for staging classified drone flights directed against militants, “will be completed tomorrow,” according to NBC’s Fakhar ur Rehman.

Pakistan's Frontier Corps security forces took control of the base Saturday evening after most U.S. military personnel left, Xinhua news agency reported. Civil aviation officials also moved in Saturday, Xinhua said.

Pakistani Military Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had issued multiple directives since the Nov. 26 NATO attack, which included orders to shoot down U.S. drones, senior military officials confirmed to NBC News on Saturday.

It was unclear Saturday whether orders to fire upon incoming U.S. drones was part of the initial orders.

The Pakistani airbase had been used by U.S. forces, including the CIA, to stage elements of a clandestine U.S. counter-terrorism operation to attack militants linked to al-Qaida, the Taliban and Pakistan's home-grown Haqqani network...

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