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Why Pakistan allow U.S Drone Strikes

It is estimated that there have been 423 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004.

Mixed sources say that there have been anywhere from 100 Civilian deaths to 3000 including up to 207 children.

Year       Attacks Casualties

Militants              Civilians                Other    Total

2004      1             3             2             2             7

2005      3             5             6             4             15

2006      2             1             93           0             94

2007      4             51           0             12           63

2008      36           223        28           47           298

2009      54           387        70           92           549

2010      122        788        16           45           849

2011      73           420        62           35           517

2012      48           268        5             33           306

2013      26           145        4             4             153

2014      22           145        0             0             145

2015      10           57           0             0             57

2016      2             8             0             0             8

Total      403        2,498     286        274        3,058

Pakistan’s government publicly condemns these attacks. However, it also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011.

According to secret diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks, Pakistan’s Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights, but in 2008 requested that Americans increase them.

the propeller-driven drones most commonly used to kill terrorists in Pakistan, would be child’s play for a Pakistani Air Force pilot to take down

They’re easy to detect on radar, and they fly around 100 mph (MQ-1 Predator or an MQ-9 Reaper)

The RQ-170 Sentinel, for example, is much more difficult to detect on radar, and its jet engines enable it to fly at just below the speed of sound.

In the months before Osama Bin Laden’s killing, Sentinel drones flew between the seams of Pakistan’s radar systems to spy on his Abbottabad compound.

Military experts still argue over whether the Sentinel that went down in Iran in 2011 was shot or simply malfunctioned.

 

Pakistan refuses to shoot down US Drones not because it doesn’t have the capability, but due to it’s political subservience to America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_strikes_in_Pakistan

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/19/why-many-people-in-pakistan-support-american-drone-strikes/

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NAfjFonM-Tn7fziqiv33HlGt09wgLZDSCP-BQaux51w/edit#gid=1000652376

https://www.quora.com/Is-it-difficult-to-shoot-down-a-military-grade-drone

 

 

 

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