A Pakistani minister on Sunday withdrew comments she made earlier that President Emmanuel Macron was treating Muslims like Nazis had treated Jews in World War Two. France’s foreign minister had demanded Pakistan authorities withdraw the comments posted on Twitter by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari.
She posted the remarks following a clash between Pakistan and France over the publication of images of the Prophet Mohammad by a French magazine.Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
France has decided against helping Pakistan upgrade its fleet of Mirage fighter jets, air defence system and Agosta 90B class submarines, a direct fallout of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s loud criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to mock religion following the murder of a French schoolteacher, people familiar with the matter said.
France has also told Qatar, one of the countries that bought the Rafale fighters, not to allow Pakistan-origin technicians to work with the plane over concerns that they could leak technical information about the fighter to Islamabad as the omni-role jet is the front-line fighter of India. Pakistan is known to share vital defence data with China in the past.Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
Relations between Pakistan and the UAE appear to be on a sharp downward spiral in recent weeks, particularly after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was critical of the UAE’s formalisation of its relationship with Israel, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity.
This has manifested itself not just in the arrest of pro-Palestine Pakistani activists in the UAE, but also of other Pakistani residents, sometimes for minor crimes. The people familiar with the matter said about 5,000 Pakistani inmates are housed in Al Sweihan Jail in Abu Dhabi alone.Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WEEK
US President Donald Trump mulled an attack on Iran’s major nuclear site last week, but was “warned off it by advisers who said it risked sparking a broader conflict”, a New York Times report claimed. The strike would have targeted Natanz facility, and induced a further spike in hostilities which had risen to its peak during the Trump administration.
Trump had unilaterally sworn off the Iran nuclear deal, imposed crunching economic sanctions, threatened war, and assassinated top Iranian military General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport. However, he had also, in the past, put his foot firmly down on military strikes; when there was a clamour for air strikes when Iran shot down a US drone earlier this year, Trump refused.Continue reading
The Covid-19 pandemic, ongoing political unrest and foreign debt limits have resulted in a slowing of Chinese investments in Pakistan as Beijing has put a hold on projects that are part of the USD 62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose government is criticised for being under military control, is also facing flak in his country for not prioritising and expediting big-ticket Chinese infrastructure investments, Asia Times reported.Continue reading
Maulvi Munir, a key member of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, had been killed by Afghan security forces during a battle in Kandahar province. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a press conference on Sunday, that Maulvi Munir, a key member of the Taliban’s Qatar office, had been killed in a clash with Afghan security forces in Kandahar.
According to Tariq Areen, Maulvi Munir was in charge of the Yaqub network, the commander of the Mullah Baradar and Mullah Shirin fronts, the former Taliban governor for Kandahar and a member of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar.Continue reading
SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE
The Pakistan army is using its long-standing ties with Sirajuddin Haqqani of the Haqqani network to secure a working relationship with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Sources, who are aware of these developments, said that deliberations over the modalities of this new relationship involving the Pakistan army on the one hand, and the Haqqanis and the TPP on the other, have been taking place for the last few months.Continue reading
The ship is part of a two vessel order with Damen, signed by the Pakistan Ministry of Defence in 2017. Both ships are built at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania. The first vessel, PNS Yarmook, joined the Pakistan Navy’s fleet in February this year.
Like her sister vessel, PNS Tabuk is a multipurpose, highly adaptable platform, capable of performing a wide variety of operations in a complex maritime environment. She is able to launch a helicopter and a UAV, as well as two RHIBs simultaneously.Continue reading
The two “aircraft-carrier killer” missiles that China launched in August travelled thousands of kilometres and hit their designated target, a moving ship, near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, according to a Chinese military expert.
This is the first time the Chinese side has revealed details of the missile launches, which were first reported by the South China Morning Post in August. The news was later confirmed by the US military. After the launches it was reported that the missiles fell into the South China Sea, but Wang Xiangsui, a former senior colonel who now works as a professor at Beihang University in Beijing, said they hit a ship, their intended target.Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused three-time former premier Nawaz Sharif of committing the “highest treason” by targeting the state security institutions.
Sharif, the 70-year-old supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who was ousted from power in 2017 by the apex court on graft charges, last month for the first time directly named Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI head Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for interfering in the general elections of 2018 to ensure the victory of Khan.Continue reading
The Biden administration is likely to be pragmatic in its dealings with Pakistan, pressing Islamabad to act on terrorism related issues and support America’s endeavours for peace in Afghanistan, according to a former top Pakistani diplomat.
There may be a resumption of the strategic dialogue process with Pakistan, but it will not be of the same level or scale as during the Obama administration, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, told PTI.Continue reading
A Pakistani movie showing the JF-17 fighter aircraft jointly developed with China and referencing a dogfight with Mirage-2000s flown by the Indian air force premiered in Beijing on Wednesday. The first Pakistani film to be released in China in decades, Parwaaz Hai Junoon (The Soaring Ambition) will be released in theatres on November 13.
Its release comes in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan in May 1951.Continue reading
Tensions are brewing between the Pakistan government and the US embassy in Islamabad after the latter retweeted a post by an opposition lawmaker, alluding to Prime Minister Imran Khan as a dictator and demagogue. Ahsan Iqbal, a former minister and a leader of the opposition PML-N party, had commented on a post by the Washington Post that said “Trump’s defeat is a blow to the world’s demagogues and dictators.”
“We have one in Pakistan too. He shall be shown the way out soon Inshallah (God willing),” Iqbal had tweeted, without directly mentioning Khan.Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
Governing Pakistan has never been an easy task, even for skilful and experienced politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. But, Imran Khan’s lack of experience and understanding of the complexities of governance, and what many Pakistanis say, is his arrogance, have made him accident prone.
Pakistan has skilfully played its cards in the Islamic world, steering clear of historical, sectarian and civilisational rivalries between Islamic countries. But, carried away by his belief in his own infallibility, Imran believed that his stature would rise internationally by becoming a founding member of a new global Islamic grouping.Continue reading
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday claimed that he will provide the people of Gilgit-Baltistan their due constitutional rights which they have been deprived of for over 70 years.
While addressing a jalsa as part of his political campaign ahead of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly election on November 15, Zardari said that if elected, the PPP will not only turn G-B into a province but it will also transform the lives of its people, reported Geo News.Continue reading