Self-serving politics threaten not only to strain Pakistan’s relations with the United States, but heighten tensions in the geostrategic region of Balochistan, a vital node in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative that has been earmarked as home for China’s second foreign military base.
Pakistan’s short-sighted political battles are being fought at a time of worsening relations with the US over alleged Pakistani support of militants and concern that the US may withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran. This potentially creates a dilemma for China, which is heavily invested in Pakistan with more than US$50 billion committed to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a collection of infrastructure projects. Continue reading
Amid mounting global pressure on Pakistan to act against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and entities linked to him, a UN Security Council team will visit the country this week for an assessment of Islamabad’s compliance with the world body’s sanctions regime.
The two-day visit of the UN Security Council’s sanctions monitoring team will begin on Thursday.
“The monitoring team of the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee will be here on January 25 and 26,” a senior Pakistani official was quoted as saying by Dawn. Continue reading
A storm has damaged parts of a Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system while it was being shipped to China, RIA news agency said on Friday, quoting a Russian official.
China became the first foreign buyer of the system from Russia under a contract signed in 2014. The vessel has brought back the damaged components to Russia’s port of Ust-Luga for evaluation, Mariya Vorobyova, spokeswoman for the military and technical cooperation service told RIA. Continue reading
Martin Luther King said, “We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear”. In Pakistan, those journalists, activists and students who have chosen to act with great courage to criticize the unlawful conduct of the military, vis-à-vis illegal abductions, torture, murder, oppression and corruption, find themselves and their families in the midst of horrifying and dangerous circumstances.
In the last few months alone, almost every major newspaper has covered stories from Pakistan of journalists, bloggers and students either being abducted and tortured or beaten in broad daylight by “unknown” assailants. This is not the first time Pakistan has been confronted with the phenomenon of enforced disappearances. After all, under military dictator Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan agreed to abduct, torture and effectively sell its citizens to the United States under the policy of extraordinary renditions. * Continue reading
Pakistan is reluctant to launch a military operation against leaders of an infamous militant group for fear of provoking a deadly reaction, according to a senior official who is working to improve soured US-Pakistan relations. The US suspended $2bn in security assistance to its ally Pakistan after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of “lies and deceit”, saying it was playing a double game by hosting the leadership of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network that the US was trying to defeat.
But Aizaz Chaudhry, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, said efforts to oust leaders of the group were complicated and that Pakistan was still in the process of “sniffing out” remaining members. “We will continue [our efforts to flush out Haqqani], of course without fighting them, because we don’t want to start another war in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the bulk of the Haqqani leadership had moved to Afghanistan. Continue reading
As bad as American President Donald Trump describes US-Pakistani ties today, they can get far worse. Over 16 years that included hundreds of deadly US drone strikes — Osama bin Laden’s killing on Pakistani soil and accusations Pakistan helps insurgents that kill Americans — the reluctant allies never reached one point of no return: Pakistan closing the air routes to Afghanistan.
It’s an action that could all but cripple the US-backed military fight against the Taliban. It could also be tantamount to Pakistan going to war with the United States. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE DRIVE
Some of Russia’s Su-30M2 Flanker fighter jets and Su-34 Fullback fighter-bomber aircraft performed a series of touch-and-gos on a highway, with this reportedly being the first time those two types of aircraft have ever done so. Su-27 Flankers and Ka-27 Helix helicopters also took part in the exercise Rostov region, which included mock air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, as well as simulated combat search and rescue operations.
According to a statement from Russia’s Ministry of Defense, “complex weather conditions” prevented pilots from actually landing and then taking off again, but there were no specific details about the conditions. TV Zvezda, the Russian military’s official outlet, said it is rare for the country’s combat aircraft to practice on roadways during the winter in general. Continue reading
In order to keep an eye on Indian Navy’s operations, China is planning to deploy a nuclear submarine at Gwadar Port in southwestern Pakistan. China has begun work on infrastructure required to station nuclear submarines at the Gwadar Port, which is being built and financed by Beijing for what it called ‘trade purposes’.
However, the likely deployment of nuclear submarine vindicates India’s long-standing discomfort that the real purpose of China’s involvement in Gwadar is strategic more than trade. Continue reading
China is in talks to sell Germany state-of-the-art machinery and technology critical in the manufacture of high-performance jet engines, a senior government scientist has revealed.The machinery produced turbine blades capable of withstanding temperatures several hundred degrees Celsius higher than the melting point of metallic alloys, the scientist said.
The scientist, who is involved in the negotiations, asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. Continue reading
The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, saying it killed her as she allegedly planned to collaborate with the US against the ‘mujahideen’ if she returned to power, says a book by the banned terror group.
“The return of Benazir Bhutto was planned at the behest of the Americans as they had given her a plan against the ‘Mujahideed-e-Islam’. Baitullah had received information of the plan,” the book claimed, in a reference to slain Pakistani Talibanfounder Baitullah Mehsud. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE DRIVE
The Turkish military says it wants to make sure there is a secure link between its future F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and the Turkish Air Force’s main computer networks that will prevent the inadvertent sharing of classified information. This comes as many of the countries involved in the international stealth fighter program increasingly worry about the security of the jet’s main data transfer setup and as the United States expresses concern about Turkey’s growing ties with Russia.
Earlier in January 2018, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, the country’s top military procurement arm, also known by its Turkish acronym SSM, launched a competition to buy the necessary equipment and software to connect the F-35s to the rest of the Air Force’s systems, Defense News reported. SSM’s cybersecurity and electronic warfare division is in charge of the project and is asking for anyone interested in submitting a bid to do so by the end of February 2018. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Asahi Shimbun
To the alarm of India, China is waging a submarine sales offensive at bargain prices to nations with Indian Ocean coastlines. To date, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand have either purchased or agreed to acquire Chinese submarines.
China’s aggressive marketing of submarines has got India worried about Beijing’s intentions in light of the Asian power’s steady maritime advances in the region, as well as Pacific waters. Continue reading
SOURCE: EXPRESS UK
The move comes as China looks to expand its military with the aim of having the best army in the world by 2030.The Long March 2D booster was sent into space from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
According to the dictatorship, the satellite is designed for remote-sensing of land resources, and the technology will analyse vegetation, water, impervious surfaces, nutrients, and soil.However, the launch comes just after two other space missions launched over the past few days. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE ASIAN AGE
One of the Chinese military’s most recent cutting-edge acquisitions that is expected to be the backbone of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) for the next 20 years, the Chengdu J-20 stealth fighter aircraft, has started its operational role about two weeks ago in the People’s Liberation Army Air Force by training for battles that are India-centric amid the realisation that control of the skies will be pivotal in case of a possible India-China conflict.
The “real” combat training exercise of the fifth generation secret stealth fighter started from the first week of this year and is believed to have taken place in Tibet, which the state-controlled media referred to as a “plateau”. Continue reading
SOURCE: Taiwan News
The Taiwan-manufactured Sky Sword II missiles will see their usage and adaptation expanded so they can help Taiwan’s Air Force tackle the threat from China’s Sukhoi Su-35 jets, reports said Wednesday. The Taiwanese weapon was developed in the 1990s as a medium-range air-to-air missile at the National Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST, ???).
According to a report in the Liberty Times, the sea-to-air version of the Sky Sword II (???) will be distributed to the Taiwan Navy’s Lafayette frigates from 2020 to 2028. In addition, Indigenous Defense Fighter (???) jets will see their number of missiles double from two to four per plane, a move targeted at China’s Chengdu J-20 stealth aircraft and Sukhoi Su-35 jets. Continue reading