Myanmar’s army said on?Sunday that a mass grave of 28 Hindus had been discovered in violence- wracked Rakhine state, blaming the killings on Muslim Rohingya militants. The announcement could not be independently verified in a region that has been seized by communal violence since Rohingya militant raids on August 25 triggered a sweeping security crackdown.
“Security members found and dug up 28 dead bodies of Hindus who were cruelly violently and killed by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists in Rakhine State,” a statement posted on the army chief’s website said. Continue reading
A Pakistani columnist and writer has saidIslamabad is only interested in taking it missile programmes forward to realize its military goals, and not keen to instill a sense of curiosity about science in educational institutions and in students.
Echoing sentiments somewhat similar to what Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj”> Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had expressed about Pakistan at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly session in New York, columnist Irfan Husain in a opinion piece published in the Dawn said, “I have been struck by the absence of contribution from Muslim states in the exploration of our solar system, or, indeed, in any serious study of the cosmos. Many Muslim scientists have been part of this effort to enhance our understanding of the universe, but they have done so in the West.” Continue reading
Pakistan said it conducted a successful test of the firing of an anti-ship missile from a Sea King helicopter in northern Arabian Sea on Saturday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the missile firing demonstration, a press release issued by the navy said.
The anti-ship missile successfully hit its target. According to the navy spokesperson, Zakaullah said the successful firing demonstration was a testament to Pakistan Navy’s war preparedness and professional capabilities. The naval chief also visited fleet units stationed in the sea and witnessed exercises involving the naval fleet. Continue reading
Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington+ that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.
State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday.It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone. Continue reading
Exercising its right-of-reply at the United Nations, Afghanistan made a scathing attack on Pakistan by listing a record number of instances of the terrorists being sheltered by Pakistan. Kabul also accused Islamabad of providing safe-havens to 20 internationally-recognised terrorist groups and said that “Pakistan remains the main source of insecurity in the region”.
Afghanistan’s First Secretary to the U.N., during the general debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, said “An erroneous claim by one-member-state regarding the presence of safe-havens and sanctuaries in Afghanistan – such reference is a deliberate attempt by the government of Pakistan to divert international attention over its longstanding failure to take effective action against various terrorist groups and sanctuaries on its territory. Continue reading
At least eight militants belonging to Pakistan’sLashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group have been killed in airstrikes conducted in the southernHelmand province of Afghanistan”> Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) confirmed the airstrikes, which killed eight militants in Nawa district of Helmand, the Khaama Press reported.”A total of eleven insurgents were killed in the airstrikes, including eight members ofLashkar-e-Taiba and at least six militants also sustained injuries in the airstrikes,” the statement further added. Continue reading
China has added a new nuclear-powered submarine to its fast expanding fleet but experts believe that it is not the most advanced version as speculated earlier, official media reported on Thursday. The new submarine is stated to be 69th conventional and nuclear submarines, according to unofficial estimates by global defence think-tanks.
A new nuclear submarine has been turned over to the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), state-run Global Times on Thursday quoted an official with the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) as saying. However, experts believe that this submarine is not the most advanced Type 096, which is China’s next-generation strategic nuclear submarine, the report said. Continue reading
Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.
Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a ‘dangerous organisation’ as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. Continue reading
Amid US hysteria over Turkey’s purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, and concerns among some Russian observers that the sale will mean having Moscow’s latest air defense technology falling into NATO’s hands, RIA Novosti military analyst Andrei Stanavov outlined why armchair experts really have nothing to worry about.
Last week, Ankara reportedly made the first payment on the delivery of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey. The deal provoked a furor in Washington, prompting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to respond by saying that his country was free to make independent decisions about its national security. US Senator Ben Cardin even proposed ‘automatic sanctions’ against Ankara over the deal. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Washington Post
He was often called “the man who saved the world,” and in some sense, he did. On the night of Sept. 26, 1983, in a period of Cold War tension, Stanislav Petrov, a lieutenant colonel on duty at a missile attack early-warning center south of Moscow, was jolted by an alarm of a U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile attack on the Soviet Union. What happened next offers lessons for today. They are worth recalling now that it is being reported that Petrov, 77, died May 19, living alone outside Moscow.
The alarm on that September night was the result of data passed from Soviet early-warning satellites monitoring for possible missile launches by spotting the heat from a rocket engine against the dark background of space. Continue reading
Pakistan is ready with a tough diplomatic policy if the US imposes any sanctions on it or lowers Islamabad’s major non-NATO ally status over failure to crack down on terrorists, according to a media report.
Pakistan’s new strategy comes after US President Donald Trump, while unveiling his new policy for South Asia and Afghanistan, criticised Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists. Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has approved a proposal to increase the civilians’ share in the senior hierarchy of the country’s powerful spy agency – the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
Abbasi on September 15 approved the proposal to increase the number of directors general (DGs) ? the highest civilian post in the agency ? from one to four, Dawn reported on Sunday. The post of civilian DG in the ISI is a grade 21 position, equivalent to a serving major general of the armed forces. Previously, there was only one civilian DG post in the intelligence agency. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
The UN Security Council has criticised the Myanmar government for condoning violence against Rohingya Muslims in its Rakhine State leading to a humanitarian crisis with lakhs fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh fearing persecution. The current crisis is the fallout of a coordinated attack on multiple police posts on August 25 by more than 150 Rohingya militants in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships in the north Rakhine State.
The same night, 12 Myanmarese troopers died after militants claiming to belong to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army tried to attack an army base. Continue reading
A headquarter of the ISIS terrorist group has been found operating from a flour mill in Pakistan’s Peshawar.The security sources in Pakistan said that the mill was located in the outskirts of Peshawar and it was being used as the headquarter, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
The headquarter was found in a raid by the security forces.At least two terrorists were killed during the operation – one identified as the leader of the terror group and another companion. Continue reading
China has put on display its first unmanned combat helicopter AV500W for foreign buyers in the northeastern Tianjin city in a bid to enlarge scope to market its military drones abroad, a media report said today.
Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), the state-owned aircraft manufacturer, has put the reconnaissance cum combat helicopter on display at the fourth China Helicopter Expo, the largest of its kind in China. Continue reading