A man was killed as Iranian border guards fired a mortar shell into Pakistani territory near the border with Iran on Saturday, a government official said.The mortar shell hit a vehicle in Balochistan’s Panjgur district, killing Kam Jan, a resident of Washuk who was travelling in the vehicle, Commissioner Makran Division Bashir Bangulzai told DawnNews.
The vehicle was also destroyed in the mortar attack that took place at around 6:30am, Bangulzai said.Levies and Frontier Corps personnel reached the site of the attack and started an investigation into the incident. The deceased man’s body was shifted to a basic health unit. Continue reading
The story of the night of May 1, 2011, when US forces killed Osama bin Laden, has been told and retold many times. The US government, US Navy Seals and intelligence analysts have given varying accounts of how it unfolded.
Now, for the first time, we see the events of that night through the eyes of his fourth and youngest wife, Amal, who has spoken to Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy for their book The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden about the last few minutes of the 9/11 mastermind’s life. Continue reading
The United Nations, close on the heels of OBOR Summit between May 14-16, has raised a red flag over economic, financial, social and environmental risks of China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) across a number of countries that are part of the mega connectivity project.
A recently concluded UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Study (UNESCAP) has warned of financial risks in countries in south and central Asia where China’s announced investment value under BRI is high compared to the relative size of the economy of the recipient country. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Three Chinese nationals were kidnapped by unknown people at gunpoint in Quetta, Balochistan, police said on Wednesday.
According to police, four men in an unregistered Grey Corollo abducted Li Xin Heng, Meng Li and Lu Ling – who work as instructors in a local Chinese language centre. Tahir, a passerby was injured in the firing that ensued when he tried to resist the abduction. He is out of danger, doctors said. Continue reading
SOURCE: RADIO PK
The Naval Chief, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah says Pakistan Navy is fully capable to thwart any aggression.
He was addressing the 46th naval course at the Naval War College in Lahore on Wednesday.He said Pakistan Navy will be equipped with the latest equipment to defend maritime borders of the country. Continue reading
US President Donald Trump wants to convert American grant to Pakistan for purchase of military hardware into a loan, the White House has said. Mr Trump in his annual budget to the Congress proposed the grant conversion, it said.
The Trump administration, however, has left it for the State Department to take a final call.Unlike parliamentary democracies like India and the UK, where the finance minister delivers the budget speech on the floor of the parliament, in the US the White House sends copies of the president’s budget proposals. Continue reading
It seems Pakistan has started to pay the price of its duplicity on terrorism. While the country continues to claim that it is fighting a war against terrorism on its own territory, it never stops sending its state-sponsored terrorists to India as part of its proxy war against New Delhi. Not only this, Pakistan never acknowledges the presence of terrorists on its land and, moreover, openly provides state-security to internationally-infamous terrorists like Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed.
With its diplomatic efforts, India has been successful in exposing Pakistan on all possible platforms of the world as a terror-state and there were also talks in the US last year to declare Pakistan a state-sponsor of terrorism. Continue reading
China’s plan for a maritime “Silk Road” to Europe is helping channel funds to Southeast Asia for roads, railways and ports. But amid the deals bonanza, one country risks missing out.
Despite strong historical and cultural ties to China, the tiny state of Singapore has found itself in Beijing’s crosshairs, in part for its stance over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. As other Southeast Asian leaders lined up to meet President Xi Jinping at a summit in Beijing this week for his Belt-and-Road Initiative, Singapore was represented by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong. Continue reading
Photos of the newest Sukhoi T-50-9 have surfaced on Russian aircraft spotter blogs and forums. According to Russian media the aircraft made its first flight to Komsomolsk-on-Amur on April 24, 2017. The flight remained secret and no public photos were made.
Between May 10 and May 12 Russian aircraft spotters began to see the new T-50-9 for the first time. The aircraft was identifiable by its new “bort” number, 509, and most significantly by a wild new pixelated paint scheme. The first photos came from the Zhukovsky region near Moscow. Some of the photos first appeared on the Twitter account of Vasily Kuznetsov with what appears to be a cell phone photo of a digital camera playback before the photos were even uploaded to the Internet. At least one air-to-air photo allegedly shows “509” with two 8,000 lt drop tanks. Continue reading
A detailed master plan for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) stretching out till 2030 has been revealed by Pakistan daily Dawn. The plan reportedly details China’s intentions and priorities in Pakistan for the next decade and a half.
According to the daily, the Pakistan Government has two versions of the long term plan. It is 231-pages long and has been drawn up by the China Development Bank (CDB) and the National Development Reform Commission (NDRC). Continue reading
SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA
The Chinese Dream ??? has been taking shape since the turn of the century. Keeping in tune with country’s national objectives, the Chinese Navy called PLA Navy or PLAN has been modernising to make itself true blue water navy. China has been sending its hospital ship ‘Peace Ark’ #866 and training ship ‘Zhenghe’ #81 on world tours for a long time. Since the last decade Chinese PLAN anti-piracy flotillas have been making forays into Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and beyond to Europe. The experiences of these longish missions the PLAN personnel felt the need for replenishment of ships and recoupment of its personnel.
China started consultations with Djibouti in early 2015, which fructified into a long-term deal (50 year lease?) of about 200 acres of land for a so called logistical support base. The work started in March 2017 along with the construction of Doraleh Multi-purpose Port being constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). Continue reading
Describing the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as the breeding ground for international terrorism, European Parliament (EP) Vice President Ryszard Czarnecki has said there is a need for the European Union and the United States to review their respective Afghan policy to foster long-term peace in the region, rather than pouring millions of Euros in aid to Afghanistan, and trying to win a war that cannot be won.
In an opinion piece titled “Time to Revisit the Durand Line” published in EP Today, Czarnecki warned that Pakistan will continue to interfere and destabilize areas across the Durand Line, with the objective of retaining control over it as it borders Afghanistan. Continue reading
The prototype of China’s improved J-31 stealth fighter has been ramping up test flights last month, stirring speculation that it will become the stealth fighter for Chinese aircraft carriers.
Rumors earlier surfaced of the viability of the J-31 program as the first prototype failed to fly with advanced avionics such as an infrared search and tack (IRST) sensor and stealth features including vertical stabilizers. Furthermore, although its manufacturer, the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), introduced the J-31 as an export fifth generation fighter during domestic and international air shows, neither the PLAAF nor overseas buyers showed interest in the project. Continue reading
SOURCE : PTI
Ten labourers working on a road project near Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port in the Balochistan Province were shot dead by gunmen on Saturday.
Gwadar Deputy Commissioner Naeem Bazai said the labourers were from Sindh Province.Eight of the labourers died on the spot while two succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital, Dawn newspaper reported. Continue reading
Pakistan’s army and spy agency ISI are pushing Sindh province towards a civil war, the head of the country’s fourth largest party has alleged and sought the intervention of the UN and the international community.
In a audio message, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain alleged that Pakistan army and ISI have “virtually taken control” of all Pakistan including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and all Balochistan. Continue reading