UAV Downed in Pakistan

Unreported, apparently, outside of India, are reports that an American UAV was “shot down” on Saturday in northern Pakistan. A seemingly unconcerned Major General Arshad confirmed the crash, but blamed it on a “technical malfunction”, adding “The local residents have seized the equipment onboard the plane.” Not just any equipment, mind you, but what Daily India delicately calls “sensitive espionage paraphernalia.” An interesting choice of words, perhaps, but a wonderful, wonderful phrase nonetheless…

One wonders at the reticence of media outside the region, and the American military, to comment on the matter. Given recent reports that Pakistan is developing home-grown UAVs, I can’t help but wonder if the Pakistani security forces are trying to cover up the loss of a domestic prototype by attributing ownership to the U.S.

Published in: General, Security | on October 1st, 2007| Comments Off on UAV Downed in Pakistan

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