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Pakistan manufacturing spy aircraft, says air chief

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 14, IRNA -- Pakistan Air Chief, Air Marshal Rao Qamar Sulema, has said that the country is manufacturing its own spy aircraft and will soon be able to prepare pilotless plane equipped with missile technology.

Talking to reporters at Shehbaz airbase in Jacobabad in Sindh province he said Pakistan is making unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV drones) at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in the town of Kamra near Islamabad.

The media persons were taken to Shehbaz airbase to formally announce that the airbase is now under the control of the Pakistan Air Force.

He further announced that 14 used F-16s were provided to Pakistan by the US free of cost while 18 other are bought.

Meanwhile, the Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on the occasion that the parliament reserves the right to decide on resumption of NATO supplies.

He said that the final decision on whether Nato supplies will be allowed to pass through Pakistan for forces based in Afghanistan will be made by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

The army chief said that Pakistan and the US are cooperating on defence operations and Pakistani officials are taken into confidence whenever bordering areas are to be attacked.

Talking about the Coalition Support Fund, which was set up by the US Congress after the September 11, 2001, attacks to reimburse allies for costs in supporting the US-led war on militancy, General Kayani said that Pakistan was yet to receive 1.5 billion dollars from the US.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30817024

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