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SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST

Two nuclear stories are again emerging as key issues for the United States. First, the Iranians have developed an enrichment capability that leaves them only several months away from a nuclear warhead, to complement the largest ballistic missile inventory in the region. And second, North Korea, already with an arsenal of nuclear warheads, is testing lots of new missiles, some reportedly capable of deploying a nuclear warhead and reaching the U.S. mainland.

Both threats are serious, and their origins are connected. The common thread is AQ Khan, a nuclear scientist and the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, who died just recently at eighty-five.

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SOURCE: IANS

“Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that he is not a rubber stamp Prime Minister and would take decisions as per the law,” claimed the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs in a TV show. However, just hours later he was asked to keep his mouth “shut” and explain his conduct by his ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI says that Dogar’s comments have created a “wrong perception” politically. But perceptions are being fanned by jubilant PTI’s supporters who are claiming that this was the “unprecedented” victory of the civilian government led by Imran Khan over Pakistan’s all-powerful military establishment, headed by General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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SOURCE: TRIBUNE PK

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday witnessed the commissioning of state-of-the-art HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence, the military said. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Commander Army Air Defence Command Lieutenant General Hamooduz Zaman Khan briefed Gen Qamar about strategic weapon system during a visit to Army Air Defence Centre Karachi.

“Induction of HIMADS will significantly enhance Comprehensive Layered Integrated Air Defence (CLIAD) shield of aerial frontiers of Pakistan as the system is fully integrated through a well-knit Digitised System on its inventory,” the official communiqué read.

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SOURCE: ANI

The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) held a meeting with the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) during which they highlighted the current status of enforced disappearances in Sindh province of Pakistan.

“Young people are abducted from their homes and produced by the state months later with false charges to keep them in prison,” the WSC said in a statement. The meeting took place on September 29. The WSC raised the case of Syed Zain Shah, against whom a terrorism case has been registered for democratically organising demonstrations in Bahria Town.

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SOURCE: SCMP

A former journalist has been detained in the southern island province of Hainan for making “insulting comments” about Chinese soldiers portrayed in a blockbuster movie about the Korean war. Police in the Jiyang district of Sanya identified the 40-year-old man as Luo Changping in a statement on Friday. It said Luo was being held on the charge of “infringing the reputation and honour of national martyrs” and the case was being investigated.

China introduced a law in 2018 making it a criminal offence to defame or deny the deeds and spirit of the country’s historic martyrs. Luo was detained two days after he posted a comment on social media about a new Chinese film, The Battle at Lake Changjin, saying troops who died in freezing temperatures in a 1950 battle portrayed in the movie were “stupid”.

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SOURCE: IANS

China had demanded that the Taliban break relations with all militant groups and take resolute action against the ETIM. But the Taliban has not fulfilled its promises so far. According to Afghan sources, the Chinese spy chief asked Sirajuddin Haqqani for extradition of prominent members of militant outfit ETIM.

Though the Taliban has repeatedly told the media that they have asked the ETIM fighters to leave Afghanistan but various intelligence reports suggest otherwise. The Chinese Ambassador in Afghanistan asked the Taliban leaders for details.

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SOURCE: IANS

Sindhs tallest leader Altaf Hussain endured all kinds of atrocities at the hands of Pakistan Army and ISI, yet he continues to fight for the rights of Mohajirs (migrants) and Sindhis. In this interview with Vivek Sinha, Editor-in-Chief News Intervention the founder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, says Sindh doesnt want to stay with Panjabi Pakistan anymore. Altaf Hussain wants a separate Sindhudesh.

Vivek Sinha: Taliban has captured Afghanistan with active help from Pakistan Army and ISI. How do you see Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and how will it affect the MQM’s movement in Sindh?

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

I dropped in just to inform you that I also own an offshore property like many of my fellow patriotic brothers. You can now call me your Offshore General. How I reached here is no mere coincidence, I planned my wealth before my birth. You all might have been in the womb, but I was in the Pandora box, though I never beat my dhindora.

People have been talking a lot about how my bro Shafaatullah Shah, who was General Pervez Musharraf’s aide in a previous life, got his $1.2million-apartment in London by dealing with the Indians. Let me set the record straight: One, the transaction only happened because Musharraf planned to make Mughal-e-Azam 2.0 with himself as Saleem and Aishwariya Rai as Anarkali. Two, Dawood Ibrahim was late on his monthly house rent in Karachi, so obviously the D-company had to pay. As you know, there aren’t any free lunches, except for me.

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SOURCE: PTI

In a surprise move, Pakistan Army on Wednesday transferred the powerful spy agency ISI’s chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed and appointed him as Peshawar Corps Commander. However, his replacement on the key post of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief was not immediately announced.

Hameed was appointed as head of the spy agency on June 16, 2019, in a military shake-up. He had previously served in the ISI as the head of internal security. He is considered as close to Army chief General Qamar Bajwa and was appointed as ISI head at a crucial time due to several external and internal security challenges.

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SOURCE: IANS

It is widely believed by the international community and global powers that the swift and shockingly fast takeover of the Taliban in Afghanistan has been possible due to the support of Pakistan, which is said to have been a major beneficiary of gains as a result.

However, the reality on ground in Afghanistan seems to be entirely different as many Taliban fighters see Pakistan as their next target of attack. The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has been formed on the basis Islamic values and teachings, which has been the prime demand of the group even during their two-year-long negotiations with the US, which led to the 2020 Doha Agreement.

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SOURCE: IANS

The window into the personal finances of individual Pakistani generals is especially rare and provides a glimpse at how top military officers – known in Pakistan as “The Establishment” – use offshore system to quietly enrich themselves while maintaining, until now, the military’s image as a bulwark against civilian corruption.

The revelations are part of the Pandora Papers, a new global investigation into the shadowy offshore financial system that allows multinational corporations, the rich, famous and powerful to avoid taxes and otherwise shield their wealth. The probe is based on more than 11.9 million confidential files from 14 offshore services firms leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and shared with 150 news organisations around the world.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has expanded its efforts to recruit Tibetan soldiers and has even asked local monks to bless the initiative. 

The PLA’s efforts to recruit Tibetans, first reported on 5 December 2020 by TIMES NOW, had rapidly increased.  The PLA has set up the STAU or Special Tibetan Army Units, and is trying to recruit from the Western Tibet area. They have even asked Tibetan monks to bless the units in an effort to get more support. 

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SOURCE: Shafaq News

The Iraqi government is planning to acquire 12 JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan and has reportedly allocated more than $600 million to fund the deal, local media reported Saturday. Reports quoting sources said the Western Asian country is the first Arab Islamic country to purchase fighter jets from Pakistan. Iraq earlier expressed interest in purchasing JF-17 Thunder Block 3 fighter jets jointly developed by Pakistan and China.

Reports claimed that a delegation from Iraq’s Ministry of Defense recently visited Pakistan, and a formal agreement is expected to be signed in the country’s federal capital in October.

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SOURCE: IANS

For Pakistan, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) cancer has been poison. While the ISI is convinced it can control and channel the forces it shaped, tens of thousands of Pakistanis have already died for the intelligence agencys mistakes. “For Iran’s own intelligence service, some Iranians tell me, the ISI has become a source of emulation,” writes Michael Rubin in National Interest.

While, in theory, the Pakistan Prime Minister appoints the ISI Director, in recent years the reality appears opposite: No civilian Prime Minister can serve without subordinating himself to the whims of the ISI. In the years since Bangladeshi independence and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, ISI dominance of Pakistan has grown. The US and NATO’s post-9/11 involvement in Afghanistan allowed the ISI to be the arsonist while it collected the firefighter’s salary, writes Michael Rubin in National Interest.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

Over the past week, a number of media outlets had reported that Argentina was planning to buy the JF-17 fighter, being jointly manufactured by Pakistan and China. The JF-17 began as a Chinese project for a light-weight, inexpensive multirole fighter, for which Pakistan contributed funds for development. While China has not purchased the aircraft, it is the Pakistan Air Force’s main fighter, with over 100 aircraft having entered service over the past decade. The Pakistan Air Force claims the JF-17 was used in the skirmish over Kashmir in February 2019. The aircraft has also been exported to Myanmar and Nigeria.

Last week, media reports claimed the Argentine government had requested budget allocation of $664 million to buy 12 JF-17 ‘Block-III’ fighters in a budget document. The JF-17 Block-III is the latest variant of the type and features a new electronically scanned radar and also more advanced electronics.

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