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ISPR confirms US plane crash in Angoor Adda

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army on Wednesday confirmed that US spy plane had crashed in Angoor Adda area on Tuesday night. In a statement issued today, ISPR said US predator drone has crashed in Angoor Adda area of South. The ISPR said that plane crashed apparently due to mal-functioning. The wreckage of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) has been recovered from the site by the Security Forces personnel and the matter is under detailed investigation.

On Wednesday the U.S. denied any of its drones went down in Pakistan, but did say an unmanned plane crashed in Afghanistan, 60 miles from the Pakistani border. “Yesterday a UAV went down in western Paktika Province around 1:30 p.m. local time and it was as the result of engine issues. Once it went down it was immediately recovered,” said Capt. Christian Patterson, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 101 in Afghanistan

Previously reported that A suspected US unmanned spy plane crashed on Tuesday in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan. The drone came down near the village of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, the scene of several recent missile strikes by American drones, a senior security official said. This news triggered a new wave of conspiracy theories silently saying “war is started”. President Asif Ali Zardari statement endorsed while he said, “The people will have to realize that we are at war… terrorism cannot be eliminated by having wishes and hopes.” Though not clearly indicating but revealing very soul of it. President Asif Ali Zardari met U.S. President George W. Bush in New York on Tuesday and spoke strongly about protecting Pakistani sovereignty.

In the last few months, the U.S. has been launching almost daily drone flights over Waziristan and other districts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The drones that fly above Pakistan are typically operated by the Central Intelligence Agency. Drones have fired at least six times inside Pakistan since early September. U.S. has claimed it targeted senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan, family members of a major militant group’s leader and numerous Taliban fighters. calling them those fighters who have launched attacks on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, making 2008 the deadliest year there for both troops and civilians since the war began. However attacks have killed civilians to large extents, enraging Pakistani public. The vast majority of people here strongly oppose the militants who launch suicide attacks throughout Pakistan, but they are also intensely defensive of their borders.

However earlier it was stated that Taliban were responsible for the said crash; now it has been discovered that it was crashed due to mal-functioning. Hue and cry has been coming from the PM ans President regarding the violation of Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty; since Mike Mullen has coined the theory of inclusion of Pakistan to win Afghan war.

A spate of recent missile attacks by unmanned U.S. aircraft in Pakistan has strained ties between the allies. Pakistan has said such attacks are a violation of its sovereignty and the army has vowed to defend Pakistani territory.

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Rubab Saleem

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