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SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE

In 1839 when the British forces attacked Balochistan, the Baloch ruler Khan Mehrab Khan, instead of accepting the occupation of the British, resisted the foreign forces. He along with many of his other companions were killed during this resistance and became immortal in Baloch history. After the invasion, the British drew the Goldsmid Line and the Durand Line, dividing Balochistan into three parts. The western part was given to Iran, one chunk of Balochistan was brought under Afghanistan’s administration, but the eastern part of Balochistan (currently occupied by Pakistan) remained with the British, as a semi-autonomous region.

The Baloch continued their unconventional resistance against the British forces until the British eventually conceded defeat and decided to leave the sub-continent and recognise the sovereignty of Balochistan. The then Baloch ruler declared independence on 11 August 1947 and Balochistan remained independent for 252 days and had its own Upper and Lower Houses—House of Commons and House of Lords. Pakistan first tried to trick Balochistan into joining the renegade part of India in the name of religion, but when both Houses of Balochistan unanimously refused to become a part of Pakistan, the Pakistan’s Punjabi army attacked the Baloch country and forcibly occupied it on 27 March 1948. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE PRINT

China has made great advancements in future weapons systems, many of which suggest that the Asian giant is planning a lethal battle against its adversaries, especially when it comes to space denial and disabling or destroying satellites. From directed energy weapons (DEW) to electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and mobile pulse generators, China has a plethora of options to choose from, most of which are difficult to get information on.

ThePrint takes an exclusive look at these systems through open source satellite imagery to understand the advances made by China. Continue reading

SOURCE: Jane’s Defence Weekly

The source said negotiations with the undisclosed country were ongoing and that other countries had also shown interest. Exact quantities or a potential contract value were not disclosed. The source also noted that trials had recently taken place in Pakistan.

The 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer was demonstrated to international delegates, includingJane’s , at Denel’s Overberg Test Range on 19–20 March. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is still undecided whether it will order a substantial number of T5-52s or upgrade its legacy G6 self-propelled howitzers. Continue reading

SOURCE: AFP

The Pakistan military said in a statement on Thursday that it had rescued four Iranian soldiers being held captive by a militant group in the country’s restive southwest. The rescue took place in Chaghi district of Balochistan province, near the Afghan border, the statement said. “Terrorists of a proscribed organization were reported to have entered Pakistan from Afghanistan side along with abducted Iranian soldiers,” it said.”After exchange of fire, four Iranian soldiers (were) recovered,” it continued.

The statement said the soldiers were being handed over to Iranian authorities, though it did not say when. It also did not say what date the rescue took place, or name the group holding the soldiers. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi expressed Tehran’s gratefulness for the rescue of the soldiers in an official statement issued on Thursday. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

In the aftermath of the growing international pressure on Pakistan to rein in Islamist groups active on its soil, China has decided to come in support of its ‘all-weather ally’. As per a report, China will sell long-range technically-advanced drones ‘Rainbow’ to Pakistan. Rattled by the surgical strike carried out by Indian Air Force on terrorist training camps in Balakot, Pakistan has decided to procure Chinese unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Rainbow CH-4 and CH5.

According to the intelligence agency’s report, Pakistan has decided to increase the number of drones in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir so that they can increase the surveillance on the international border including the Line of Control. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

 

Almost two weeks after the IAF air strike on Balakot training camps of Jaish-e-Mohammad, Pakistan has decided to increase the deployment of a new squadron of F-16 fighter plane across the border areas with India. According to Air Force sources, Pakistan has built a new squadron of the F16 fighter plane, which has been built in Mushaf air base. The report added that the squadron has been named ‘Aggressor’ and it will be known as number 29 in Pakistan.

According to Indian Air Force sources, the squadron 29 includes a total of eight F-16 fighter planes, which will be charged to take immediate action against its neighbouring country India, in case of an emergency. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan Air Force’s fighter jets on Monday carried out take-off and landing sorties from highways as part of its operational readiness, an official statement said. Pakistan has maintained high-level of alertness since the Indian Air Force carried out a ‘counter-terror’ operation in Balakot, inside Pakistan on February 26 following the Pulwama attack.

The PAF used multiple locations along different motorways and highways to perform off-runway operations. The exercise was conducted to demonstrate the capability of PAF in being able to sustain high tempo air operations, according to the statement. Continue reading

SOURCE: THE PRINT

Chinese fighters have reached Islamabad to take part in the Pakistan Day parade, days after Beijing put a technical hold on the fourth proposal seeking a global terrorist tag for Masood Azhar, the chief of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Pakistan observes its national day on 23 March, to mark the 1940 signing of the Pakistan Resolution, seeking a separate homeland for Muslims, by the All India Muslim League at Lahore’s Minto Park.

The parade this year will feature flypasts by Turkish F-16s and Chinese J-10 aircraft, besides paratroop contingents from the Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka armed forces. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The development and production of the JF-17 Block 3 are underway, said Yang Wei, a Chinese legislator and chief designer of the China-Pakistan co-developed fighter jet, as he aims to enhance the jet’s informatized warfare capability and weapons. “All related work is being carried out,” said Yang at a Thursday press conference featuring Chinese legislators and political advisers in aviation, China Aviation News reported Friday.

The third block will see the JF-17’s informatized warfare capability and weapons upgraded, Yang said.Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, told the Global Times on Monday that the JF-17 Block 3 is expected to be fitted with an *active electronically scanned array radar, which can gather more information in combat, enabling the fighter jet to engage from a farther range and attack multiple targets at the same time. A helmet-mounted display and sight system could also allow pilots to aim whatever he sees. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Bangladesh said Wednesday it would start relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from overcrowded camps to a remote island vulnerable to extreme weather, despite the plan attracting considerable controversy. Shelters and floodwalls have been constructed on Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only rose from the Bay of Bengal in 2006, in the hope of shifting 100,000 Rohingya refugees there.

Bangladesh has been talking about the island for years and the plan to relocate some of the nearly one million Rohingya refugees living along its border with Myanmar has stalled many times. The proposal to uproot the refugees remains unpopular among the Rohingya community and critics have raised concerns about the island’s ability to withstand violent storms during the monsoon. Continue reading

SOURCE: REUTERS

Pakistan’s military is taking a key role in the development of one of the world’s biggest untapped copper and gold deposits, which is currently stalled by a multi-billion dollar legal wrangle with foreign mining firms, multiple sources familiar with the situation said.  The Reko Diq mine has become a test case for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ability to attract serious foreign investment to Pakistan as it struggles to stave off an economic crisis that has forced it to seek an International Monetary Fund bailout.

Ten current and former provincial and federal government officials and mining sources familiar with the project in the Baluchistan region say the military has become the most important voice on the future of Reko Diq, which it sees as a strategic national asset. The military will not only be in a position to decide which investors develop the deposit, but an army-controlled engineering firm, Frontier Works Organization (FWO), is positioning itself to be a member of any consortium involved, these people said. Continue reading

SOURCE: PRESS TV

Pakistan’s Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan says his country will never recognize Israel, which he said is the Pakistani nation’s “number one enemy.”“We will never recognize Israel. Israel is Pakistan’s number one enemy,” said Khan in a public session in parliament on Thursday.Khan’s comments come in response to recent comments made by Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf.

Speaking at a news conference in the Emirati city of Dubai earlier, self-exiled Musharraf had called for strengthening of Islamabad’s relations with the Tel Aviv regime in a bid to counter Pakistan’s arch-rival India. Continue reading

SOURCE: FIGHTER JET WORLD

Hebei Satellite TV says that according to CCTV4 report on November 13, 2012, a PLA major general said that China was developing a new generation of 40,000-ton grade amphibious attack vessels. The warship is capable of carrying various kinds of landing equipment, with the core capability of joint marine and air delivery of forces.

Xiong Wei, the chief editor of the magazine Ordinance Knowledge, said: “Compared with China’s currently commissioned amphibious warships, the most important characteristic of the amphibious attack vessel is a large number of helicopters it can carry. on December 28, 2012, China’s bbs.tiexue.net posted the news of the successful maiden flight of China’s stealth VTOL J-18 fighter and a photo of the aircraft. There has been no official confirmation of the news, but there have been reports by media outside China about China’s development of that mysterious aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: FUTURISM

Russian weapons manufacturer Kalashnikov, maker of the ubiquitous AK-47 assault rifle, has unveiled a tiny drone that’s meant to destroy remote ground targets from a distance of up to 40 miles (64 km) away — by blowing itself up like a suicide bomber.

The “high-precision attack unmanned aerial system” dubbed KUB-UAV in a press release, was revealed earlier this month at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX), a major defense exhibition in the United Arab Emirates — and it could foretell the terrifying future of warfare. Continue reading

SOURCE: BLLOMBERG

China’s space ambitions are shifting into a higher orbit. Following its successful and world-beating trip to the far side of the moon, China is preparing to build a solar power station in space, as the world’s No. 2 economy strives to burnish its superpower credentials. With an $8-billion annual budget for its space programme, second only to the US, China is seeking to compete with its rival for economic, military and technological dominance.

Scientists have already started construction of an experimental base in the western Chinese city Chongqing. Initially, they plan to develop a smaller power station in the stratosphere between 2021 and 2025, a 1 megawatt-level solar facility in space by 2030, and eventually larger generators, according to the state-backed Science and Technology Daily Continue reading