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China to sell armed drones to Pakistan, state media downplays concerns in India

10 October, 2018 5:39 PM
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China to sell armed drones to Pakistan, state media downplays concerns in India

China's state-run media paints Pakistan as a victim of terrorism and feels India can benefit when Islamabad puts the armed drones to work against terrorists. No word on the country's support to terrorists, however.

A day after China's state-run media, quoting Pakistan Air Force's Sherdils Aerobatic Team, reported that the country would sell 48 armed drones to Pakistan, it attempted to justify the deal as enabling Islamabad to combat terrorism.

India's possible concerns, however, won't be a bolt from the blue because of lessons learnt in the past. Despite receiving billions of dollars to battle terrorism from the United States in years gine by, Pakistan has been unable to reign in home-grown terror networks - a fact US President Donald Trump blatantly highlighted in his first tweet of 2018.

More importantly, Pakistan's continued support to terrorists who target India has been amply highlighted and proven. In fact, New Delhi recently cancelled a bilateral meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of UNGA after security personnel were killed by Pakistan-based terrorists. Pakistan's decision to glorify terrorists in postal stamps has also angered India.

Under such circumstances, equipping the country with the Wing-Loong II drones warrants suspicion despite China attempting to portray Pakistan as a victim of terrorism that has been abandoned by the US.


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