Pakistan China largest ever military drones deal irks India

Pakistan China largest ever military drones deal irks India

NEW DELHI - 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 justify the deal as enabling Islamabad to combat terrorism.

Pakistan has long been accused of diverting funds and equipment it receives to battle terror and instead, use them at the border with India, India media has reported.

As such, the sale of 48 high-end armed drones which are capable of reconnaissance, surveillance and undertaking ground strike missions is likely to be viewed with scepticism, Indian media has reported.

State-run Chinese media Global Times said in an op-ed on Wednesday that helping Pakistan fight terror would also benefit India and that New Delhi ought not to over-interpret the deal.

While the Chinese drones help Pakistan rein in terrorism and improve its security situation in the future, they will also benefit India to some degree," read the op-ed which further urged all to 'see the bright side.'