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Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to media said that decision taken by India to remove special status of Indian administered Kashmir was the biggest blunder committed by India which has Internationalize the Kashmir Issue and even went in to say that Indian Prime Minister Modi has gone Mad. Selected Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan Niazi has been on a ranting spree about RSS+Modi+Hitler for committing a Hypothetical genocide in Kashmir.
Latest Pakistani media scan even suggests why Pakistan is reaching a delusional level even when nothing much of support is coming their way from the International community. Many are happy that Kashmir after a long time has been in international limelight but the fact is Kashmir has been under International limelight forever in recent times, especially after Uri, Surgical strikes, and Pulwama and Balakaot airstrikes so what’s new now even many Pakistani can’t answer. Continue reading
France is likely to offer additional Rafale aircraft to India during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the European country for the G-7 Summit on Thursday, sources told ET.
The French side, sources said, is set to offer an immediate sale of two more squadrons, which means 36 additional Rafale jets, to the Indian Air Force that has been grappling with depleting combat force levels. PM Modi is slated to meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday during which both sides will hold detailed deliberations on a range of subjects including key issues like defence and maritime cooperation. Continue reading
A majority of the debris created by India’s anti-satellite test of March 27 seem to have disintegrated, though more than 40 pieces are still moving around in space, according to the latest assessment of space debris by NASA.
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In a third major intrusion, China placed twenty ships in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Critically, the area has India’s commercial interest as ONGC Videsh Ltd has its oil block with shareholding from Russia’s Rosneft in the economic zone. Bejing has placed two of its coast guard ships near ONGC’s block. This is the second intrusion by the Chinese this year which began on August 13 at 1500 hours(local time).
In the second intrusion, six coast guard ships, ten fishing ships and two service ships along with H6 bomber, fighter aircraft and mid-air refuelers were also spotted. The Chinese have also placed speakers asking Vietnam drillers to leave. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will officially get its first batch of Apache attack helicopters at the Pathankot Airbase in Punjab on September 3. “Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will induct the most advanced choppers into the Air Force on September 3 in presence of top IAF and other senior officers,” IAF officials said here on Thursday.
The Apache Guardian attack helicopters, often called ‘tanks in the air’ as they are armed with deadly missiles and rockets, have arrived at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad. The Boeing-manufactured Apaches will be based at the Pathankot and Jorhat Airbases to cater for the western and eastern fronts. Continue reading
After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan decided to raise the Kashmir issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the law ministry is yet to frame its views on the move. On Tuesday, foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said Pakistan had decided to move the ICJ on Kashmir issue and the law ministry would share the details soon. On Wednesday, the ministry said no decision had been taken.
‘The Express Tribune’, a Pakistan English daily, has reported that opinion over the issue was divided. A senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader told the newspaper that senior party leaders were in touch with Ben Emerson, a London-based lawyer, who advised Pakistan to approach the ICJ on Kashmir issue. Continue reading
SOURCE: FIRST POST
Even as Islamabad is thinking up new ways of getting the Kashmir issue up and into world bodies including the International Court of Justice, there are many within the country – and outside – who are genuinely puzzled at this paroxysm of outrage and disjointed actions. There are, after all, few foreign ministers in the history of diplomacy who have tried to inflame nationals abroad into protesting and creating trouble on the streets.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s call was certainly heeded in the UK, where a horde of hooligans turned up outside the Indian Embassy intent on causing damage. If it didn’t resonate elsewhere, it’s because Pakistani nationals abroad are not prepared to put their residence and future status at risk for a country that seems to have gone over the edge in more ways than one. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE PRINT
Following its friend China’s lead, Pakistan has taken to using its civilian airports for military purposes as well. The old Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad could hold about a squadron of aircraft, 16 in hardened shelters and the rest on operational readiness platforms (ORPs). The new Islamabad International Airport, which replaced the old one last year, can hold at least half a squadron of fighters, with eight of them in hardened shelters and four on ORPs.
The Pakistan Air Force generally follows a policy of activating these dual-use airports for military use during emergencies. The activation of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport was observed on satellite imagery in the aftermath of India’s Balakot strikes. Continue reading
Pakistan said on Thursday that there were many offers of mediation on Kashmir, but any progress would be possible only if India accepted them. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
India maintains that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no role for a third party.
“There are mediation offers coming from many countries but we cannot move forward until India accepts (those offers),” Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad. Continue reading
The US is seeking a balancing act in South Asia after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories, according to a congressional report which said President Donald Trump’s offer to “mediate” on the issue may have contributed to the timing of New Delhi’s moves.
According to the latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) report – which runs into over 15 pages – the longstanding US position on Kashmir is that the territory’s status should be settled through negotiations between India and Pakistan while taking into consideration the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Continue reading
A day after 45,000 workers at ordnance factories across India began a month-long strike against corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), the government has said that a high-level committee may be set up to examine how the new changes can be made.
Officials said the focus will be on improving the OFB and the changes are aimed at making the factories accountable, more efficient, increase their production capacity and ensure timely supply of products. Making the OFB better functional is part of the defence ministry’s 100-day agenda.
Taking the offensive, India has refused to renew its 1989 agreement of sharing hydrological data during flood season with Pakistan and told the neighbour that it would only provide information on “extraordinary discharges and flood flows”. The agreement, a result of an earlier India’s goodwill gesture, was renewed every year. But the Indian position has changed, coinciding with heightened tensions over the abrogation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status and the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.
“This agreement was not renewed in the current year by us,” P K Saxena, Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters, told TOI on Wednesday. The decision, however, has nothing to do with the Indus Water Treaty signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 for sharing waters of the Indus system. “India as a responsible nation is committed to the provisions of the IWT,” said Saxena. Continue reading
SOURCE: FORCE ARROWHEAD MEDIA
The minister while on his visit to LCA Tejas Division and Rotary Wing R&D Centre was briefed on current developments, future proposals and projects of the company The minister of state for defence, Shripad Yesso Naik, paid a maiden visit to HAL facilities on August 21. He was received by CMD R Madhavan and senior officials of HAL at the helicopter complex.
The officials accompanied him during his visit to LCA Tejas Division, Rotary Wing R&D Centre, LCH, IMRH and LUH hangars. The minister was briefed on current developments, future proposals and projects of the company. Continue reading
Domestic telecom gear maker HFCL on Tuesday said it has bagged ?3,329 crore order from state-owned BSNL to build and maintain communication network of the Indian army under Network for Spectrum project.
The project is to be completed within 18 months. “HFCL has received its largest ever purchase order worth ?2,467 crore from Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for turnkey development, operations and maintenance of communication network for Indian Army,” HFCL said in a statement. Continue reading
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With more and more information ticking after the famous Air battle of Mig-21 vs F-16. News coming from official sources indicates that India might have lost Two Mig-21s that day had not Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had aggressively maneuvered in line of fire by three F-16s who were carrying out classic NATO hot-cold radar lock sequence over the Nowshera sector trying to take down lone Su-30MKI flying over 14-15000 feet which was trying to protect a vital military installations.
Three F-16s were positioned and Two Mig-21Bis which were fast approaching for interception of this jets were already in AMRAAMs No Escape Zone (NEZ) when Both pilots were ordered to fall back by Squadron leader Minty Agarwal who was fighter control at the operation room. Abhinandan knew that both he and his wingman “Alpha-2” were in NEZ and with Radar lock warning light already lighten up in both the aircraft they had to shoot or get shot down that’s when Abhinandan decided to overfly his “Alpha-2” and go after F-16B “Alpha-3” which was positioned on his right, which by that time had already fired an AMRAAM after Mig-21 Alpha-2” made a right turn to return. Continue reading