Can Pakistan launch a drone strike in the Punjab Valley to help the Taliban?

Taliban fighters were fighting in the Panjsh Valley, northeast of Kabul, and it was virtually the last area of ​​resistance against the Taliban.

In the past few days, there have been claims that Pakistani drones have been used to target anti-Taliban positions in support of the Taliban.

One source in the claim was Afghan journalist Tajuddin Saraush, who claimed that he had been told by Panjshir Governor Kamaluddin Nizami that “Pakistan had used drones to bomb Panjshir.”

Another claim is that some targets have been attacked from the air and that is possible only by Pakistan.

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বুরাক ড্রোন

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Photo caption,Burak drone

Again another demand has spread through social media. It is said that Pakistan is interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

However, the Taliban have rejected these demands as much as Pakistan has denied them.

Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman General Babar Iftekhar told the BBC that these were “completely false” and called the claims “India’s irrational propaganda”.

“Pakistan has nothing to do with what is happening inside Afghanistan, be it in Punjab or elsewhere.”

Although the United States has long accused Pakistan of aiding the Taliban, the country has denied the allegations.

However, parts of the military and intelligence agencies were in contact with various groups in Afghanistan, such as the Taliban.

পাঞ্জশেরে তালেবান বিরোধী যোদ্ধাদের একটি অবস্থান

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Photo caption,A position of anti-Taliban fighters in Panjshir

Pakistan has its own drone?

Yes, there is.

In March 2015, the country itself announced that it had used drones in military operations against insurgents in North Waziristan.

They used their own Burak drone, capable of carrying laser-guided missiles from the sky to the ground.

The Burak drone was designed and developed by the National Engineering and Scientific Commission in Pakistan.

There are also reports that Pakistan has built long-range drone capabilities with the cooperation of Turkey and China or both.

Last year, it was reported that Pakistan had bought the Chinese-built Wing Lung II, which was used by the UAE during the Libyan conflict, according to a BBC investigation .

One of these reports, however, aroused considerable curiosity; And that is that Pakistan has procured Chinese CH-4 drones.

These drones can be used for both intelligence gathering and attack.

Defense Journal Jane Defense Weekly says it’s an excellent unmanned vehicle.

It is mainly used for surveillance, which can stay in the sky for more than 30 hours continuously.

Another variant is the CH-4B, which can carry up to 345 kg of explosives, but can only stay in the sky for 14 hours.

It is not yet clear which of these Pakistan has and Pakistan has denied the possibility of long-range drones.

And their Shaper-2 drone can fly in the sky for up to 14 hours. They have more drones, which are mainly used for surveillance but cannot carry missiles.

পাকিস্তানী ড্রোন থেকে তালেবান বিরোধীদের লক্ষ্য করে হামলার খবর এসেছে

PHOTO SOURCE,REUTERS

Photo caption,Pakistani drones have reportedly targeted Taliban insurgents

Can Pakistan use drones in Afghanistan?

There is no solid evidence at the moment, but some doubts or assumptions have been made.

Sources monitoring Pakistan’s drone program have shared an image of Ariel, which looks like a CH-4 drone.

This is from July 12 this year and Google Earth is clearly showing pictures of four drones at Bahawalpur air base.

It can be used to review Pakistan’s drone capabilities, but this does not mean that it has been used in Punjab.

Justin Bronck of the London-based Royal United Service, however, says China’s CH-4 uses a Chinese-operated satellite communication network.

According to him, “the Chinese may not want to give Pakistan a chance to cross the border.”

In that case, a direct radio control link from the ground station of CH-4 will be required, which is difficult but not impossible to send at a significant distance from the soil of Pakistan.

There are also questions about what Pakistan wants to achieve by attacking Punjab.

Dr Maria Sultan, an Islamabad-based military analyst, said such attacks did not appear to have any strategic implications.

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