According to the annual report from the US defence department, China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan. There is nothing new or startling in this observation, but it has nonetheless captured headlines.
In fact, China began building its first overseas base in the African nation of Djibouti last year which is already home to Camp Lemonnier, a large US installation responsible for counter-terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf and East and North Africa. Continue reading
Following his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar in Kabul, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has had similar discussions with senior Pakistan government officials in Islamabad.
According to the Dawn, the Chinese and Pakistani delegations focused their discussions on the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and the relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.According to sources, Beijing is proposing a trilateral mechanism for cooperation for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and better coordination on counter-terrorism actions between Pakistan and Afghanistan. An announcement in this regard is expected on Sunday. Continue reading
Accusing Pakistan, especially its armed forces and its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of promoting a willful campaign of cross-border terrorism in the region and the border areas, scores of Afghans took part in a protest march in Central London, and demanded that Islamabad stop its policies of spreading instability in their country.
Over the past six months, the leadership in Afghanistan has repeatedly and stridently charged Pakistan with cross-border terrorism and of funding terrorists, and even gone to the extent of rejecting Islamabad’s recent offer of 500 million dollars for development projects in Afghanistan. Continue reading
Chinese scientists have claimed a major breakthrough in magnetic detection technology which could find hidden metallic objects, including minerals and submarines.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China’s largest research institute, said in an article this week that a “superconductive magnetic anomaly detection array” has been developed in Shanghai and passed inspection by an expert panel, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
As many as five people have been killed and 14 wounded in a powerful explosion in Balochistan provincial capital Quetta, near the office of IGP on Gulistan Road early Friday.The blast took place near Jinnah Check post which is heavily guarded area due to a busy cantonment area where government offices, Balochistan Police Chief office and a girls college are located.
The eyewitnesses said the blast occurred in a vehicle. The security personnel of police and FC have cordoned off the area and the injured have been shifted to nearby Civil Hospital. The security forces have kick-started search operation in the area, Samaa TV reported. Continue reading
Afghanistan cannot blame Pakistan for all its ills, as terrorist attacks happening there originate in that country, says Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry, Islamabad’s envoy in Washington.
His Afghan counterpart Hamdullah Mohib argues that Afghanistan is not alone in blaming Pakistan; other neighbours, including Iran, also accuse it of interfering in their internal affairs. “Only the fish (of the Arabian Sea) do not because fish do not complain.” Continue reading
The Pakistani military has shot down an Iranian “spy drone” over Panjgur in Balochistan, some 45km inside Pakistan territory on Tuesday.The incident has opened a new front for Pakistan as downing of an Iranian spy drone by PAF JF17 is first of its kind in the history of two Islamic neighbours, which share a 900 kilometre long porous border.
Wajahat Khan, a multimedia journalist and a national security expert, confirmed the news, tweeting: “Confirmed: Iranian spy drone shot down by PAF JF17 over Panjgur, Balochistan 45km inside Pak territory. Unprecedented. New front opening?” Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Despite Afghanistan’s strong reservations, Pakistan has started the fencing work along the whole Pakistan-Afghanistan border or Durand Line. According to Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, DG, Inter-Service Public Relations and Pakistan Army spokesperson, the work is part of Operation Radd ul Fasaad, Pakistan Army’s countrywide anti-terror operation and has been ordered by Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bahwa.
The whole work will be completed in two phases with high infiltration areas like Bajaur, Mohmand and Khyber Agencies are being taken in the first phase. According to his Facebook post, besides building up the fence, the Pakistan Army is also building new posts and forts to further beef up the security measures. Continue reading
SOURCE : UPI
Israel Aerospace Industries has announced a successful firing trial of its new long-range LORA missile against a pre-planned target.LORA, or long-range artillery weapon system, is made up of a tactical ground-to-ground missile with a range of nearly 249 miles and a precision range of 32 feet of better.
In the firing trial, part of a conclusive stage for the sale of the system to several customers, LORA was placed on a naval vessel for firing. Continue reading
SOURCE : REUTERS
President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, US officials told news agency Reuters.
Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Continue reading
SOURCE : ANI
Pakistan’s National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) has expressed its inability to patrol the length of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), citing insufficient funds and human resource.The department highlighted the situation during a meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Communication on Monday, reports the Dawn.
The department informed the meeting that almost double of its existing force would be required to effectively police the new and under-construction motorways that are part of the CPEC project. Continue reading
Two Navy sailors were martyred and at least three others wounded when their vehicle was attacked the Jiwani area of Gwadar district on Monday.The sailors were transporting iftar items during a routine run from Jiwani city when their vehicle was ambushed by four assailants on two motorbikes, a senior local administration official told DawnNews.
The assailants opened fire on the vehicle indiscriminately, leaving one man martyred and five wounded, he said.A spokesman for the Navy, however, said that three personnel had been injured. Continue reading
The Lahore High Court on Monday fixed July 3 as the date for the next hearing of a petition challenging Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s detention as it adjourned today’s hearing, according to reports.
Earlier, a division bench headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan had reserved the decision on June 7 after the Punjab Government submitted its reply over Saeed’s detention.According to reply, Saeed and his aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – were detained on the instruction of the federal government for their alleged involvement in activities damaging peace and security of the country. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar, the man India has been trying unsuccessfully to have designated as a terrorist at the U.N. Security Council for years, and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed helped Osama bin Laden and several other al-Qaeda leaders cross over to Pakistan in 2001 and helped settle them in places like Karachi and Abbottabad, where bin Laden was eventually killed in 2011, a new book by British investigative journalists reveals.
The book, The Exile by Cathy Scott Clark and Adrian Levy, that was released in India on May 29, comes at a significant time as a Pakistani court will rule on Monday on the legality of the current detention of Hafiz Saeed at his home in Lahore. Continue reading
Even ascelebrates the first flight of its E-series aircraft, the bulk of its near-term international sales opportunities center around the in-production C/D model.The aircraft manufacturer says that three sales opportunities are on the near horizon: new C-models for Botswana in Africa and for NATO members Slovakia and Bulgaria in Eastern Europe.
Elsewhere, Saab is offering either the Gripen C/D or E/F, depending on budget and capability, to Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Columbia, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Switzerland. Continue reading