ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shot down an Iranian spy drone in Balochistan on weekend, Pakistantribw.com reported.
PAF initially declined any comment, after the reports surfaced on Tuesday that one of its jets shot down the drone. But on Wednesday, foreign ministry spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, released a statement on the matter.
However, today, the foreign ministry spokesman, Nafees Zakaria released a statement on the matter.
He says the drone was downed on Monday as it flew up to 4 kilometers, or 2.5 miles, inside Pakistani territory, in the Panjgur sector close to the Pakistani-Iranian border.
Zakaria says Pakistani authorities have shared the information with Iran about striking down the drone.
The reports emerged Tuesday suggested that the drone was 46miles inside Pakistan territory in Balochistan’s Panjgoor area.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
There is no official comment by the PAF on the matter so far.
Iran, in recent months, has expressed concern over militants allegedly operating along the Pakistani border. Iran’s army chief recently warned that the country was willing to strike militants inside Pakistan — a threat that drew a strong protest from Islamabad.
Earlier, the Iranian security border forces had fired several unprovoked mortar shelling into Pakistan territory on Sunday. No casualties were reported.