Shamsi Air Base under UAE control: Air Chief
Posted by Mirza Hassan on May 13th, 2011 // No Comment
Islamabad: Pakistan Air Chief Rao Qamar Suleman has disclosed that Pakistan’s Shamsi Air Base is under the control of United Arab Emirates, not in the control of Pakistan Air Force, sources said.
While briefing in-camera session of parliament on Friday, the Air Chief said our radar system was not jammed at the time of when US Navy Seals helicopters conducted a raid in a compound in Abottabad. He said “I do not know where from the helicopters who participated in the Abottbad operation that killed Osama Bin Laden were flew.”
When Rao Qamar revealed that Shamsi Air Base is under control of UAE, Senator Ishaq Dar of Pakistan Muslim Leageu-Nawaz questioned that who allowed UAE to run Shamsi Air Base.
On a question, The Air Chief said Pakistan Air Force has capacity to shot down drone missiles but we need authority from government.
Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha confessed that the US operation was our intelligence failure. But he said 9/11, 7/7 and 26/11 were also intelligence failures of CIA (USA), MI6 (UK) and RAW (India), and they (nations) supported their intelligence agencies in critical stages. However, Pakistan’s ISI is being severely criticized over the failure of May 02.
He apologized from the nation and the parliament over the incident. He said he is ready to resign if parliament demanded. He said he wanted to resign but Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani convinced him not to resign.
Pakistan Opposition Leader Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that if it was an intelligence failure then it is also decided that who is responsible. He said that it is also assured that such kind of failure would not happen in future.
Pakistan is passing through very crucial time, the DG ISI added that this time is not for point scoring and all the political parties should gathered on a single plate form to save the country.