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Leaked audio of conversation of former Pakistani Chief Justice Saqib Nisar reveals he passed instructions to sentence former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “Institutions have asked to do so. Whether it is fair or not, it has to be done,” Justice Nisar can be heard saying. The term “institutions” here is synonymous with the military establishment. 

The former Chief Justice continues to say that Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz would have to be punished as well. “Even though there are no cases against Maryam Nawaz, she would still have to be punished,” he said. Speaking of the judiciary, Justice Saqib Nisar can be heard saying, “there will remain no independence of the judiciary, so let it be.”

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Much has been written and discussed about the quality of Chinese-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). While some argue that Chinese drones have proven cost-effective alternatives to American UAVs, others have pointed out the drones’ high crash rates and reliability issues when compared to their Israeli, U.S. and Turkish counterparts. Despite these issues, Chinese UAVs remain highly popular on the market today. This is likely not the least due to the fact that there are few strings attached to Chinese arms sales, enabling countries like the United Arab Emirates to deploy its Chinese-made UCAVs over areas where it wouldn’t be allowed to operate its U.S.-produced drones. 

One could further argue that the apparent low acquisition costs of Chinese UAVs make them an ideal choice for countries on a budget. Conversely, the price of some Chinese UCAVs actually approach or in some cases even exceed those of their Western counterparts. To give just one example, the acquisition costs of a single Wing Loong II UCAV is believed to be around 15 million USD for an international customer, roughly three times the price of a Turkish Bayraktar TB2.

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SOURCE: TNN BLOG

The Pakistani Cabinet on the 27 th July 2021 approved the National Cyber Security Policy. From the Pakistani angle this was necessary as it ranked seventh worst cyber-secure state in the world by the Global Strategies Index and the Global Security Index 2018 report.

The Pak National Cyber Security Policy is ‘aimed at realising the full potential of information and communication technologies for socio-economic development by assuring availability, confidentially, and integrity of critical infrastructure and information systems, while also providing reliable, secured, and resilient cyberspace for all.’ In short, the scope of Pak National Cyber Security Policy is to secure entire cyberspace of Pakistan including all information and communication systems used in both public and private sectors.

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SOURCE: hushkit.net

IAR-95 (TOP) FC-1 (BELOW)

It is an old and often repeated story that the Soviet MiG Project 33 fighter design influenced the Chinese/Pakistani JF-17, and in my opinion there is NOTHING in it. The FC-1 aka JF-17 had already well advanced through the original CAC conception, then through the Sino-US cooperation with Grumman under the Super-7 name – and finally by CAC with Pakistani participation. When the “Russians” stepped in, that at least in my opinion it was much too late to gain any substantial redesigns by adding Project 33 (often known incorrectly by its never allocated designation of MiG-33)-genes.

Additionally, I’m also convinced that the Project 33 ever progressed far to have anything to meaningfully contribute. All I have seen from the Project 33 are a few quite crude desk models and drawings, but I have seen no true detailed blue-print. As such, I’m quite sure, the Russian participation was to modify the airframe – eventually most of all the intake’s airflow – to fit a different engine. As such their contribution was mostly one of engine integration, similar to the integration of the AL-31FN to the J-10.

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SOURCE: Defense News

Pakistan’s armor modernization efforts are maturing amid a refocus toward archrival India and away from operations against the militant group TTP, otherwise known as Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan. With India having ordered the advanced T-90MS tank, built a large fleet of T-90A tanks and upgraded most T-72M1 tanks, Pakistan is countering with its own acquisition and upgrade programs for new types of vehicles and improved battlefield integration.

Though low-level acquisition continued throughout the TTP campaign, author, analyst and former Australian defense attache to Islamabad Brian Cloughley explained that necessity demanded larger programs be cut back or frozen.

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SOURCE: AIR RECOGNATION

Representatives of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have shown interest in Russia’s advanced Checkmate single-engine light tactical fighter and want to have a closer look at it, Head of Russia’s Rostec state hi-tech corporation Sergei Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow 2021.

“You have seen the aircraft yourselves. We have developed a nice and good aircraft. The United Arab Emirates has already shown interest in it and wants to look at the plane more closely and discuss it,” Chemezov said. The Checkmate will also arouse interest of other countries that will hold planned meetings with Rostec, he added.

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SOURCE: SPUTINIK

Moscow is in talks with Ankara about assistance in developing a fifth-generation fighter aircraft, Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Director Dmitry Shugayev told Sputnik on Sunday. “Russia has repeatedly expressed readiness to render assistance to the Republic of Turkey [in developing a fifth-generation fighter aircraft], and now we are negotiating this project,” Shugayev said at the Dubai Airshow exhibition.

In October, Ankara said that the US offered Turkey to purchase F-16 jets after it was excluded from the F-35 supply program.

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SOURCE: Aviation Week

Sukhoi’s single-engine fighter, the sensation of MAKS 2021 in July, makes its international debut in Dubai. But in a way it is a homecoming, because the stimulus that directly pushed Russia to develop the aircraft came from the Emirates. At IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Russia and the UAE signed an agreement to cooperate in the development of a next-generation light fighter. The head of Rostec Corporation Sergey Chemezov announced the signing of the appropriate contract later that year. The project, however, did not go any further.

Nevertheless, the development work had been set in motion and Rostec, to which the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) belongs, decided to continue the project without a foreign partner. In early 2020, Sukhoi started the detailed design work and completed a model aircraft in May 2021. The fighter is promised to make its maiden flight in 2023, and in 2027, full-scale production may start.

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SOURCE: HT

A US Congress report on Afghanistan has accused Pakistan of playing ‘active, disruptive and destabilising’ role in Afghan affairs, including through what it described as Pakistan’s support to the Taliban. “Many observers see the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan as a substantiative triumph for Pakistan, bolstering its influence in Afghanistan, and advancing its decades-long efforts to limit India’s influence there,” the bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, prepared by independent subject area experts, further said, adding that despite some ‘favourable’ comments top Pakistani officials, the regime’s power grab in the neighbouring war-torn nation may present challenges and complications for Islamabad.

The CRS report, which does not represent the official view of the US Congress and is prepared for lawmakers to make informed decisions on issues of interest, further warned that the United States could find itself ‘isolated’ if countries such as Pakistan, Russia, China, or Washington’s allies like Qatar, move towards greater acceptance of the Taliban. “This would weaken America’s leverage, and give the Taliban greater opportunities to evade or counter US pressure,” it said.

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SOURCE: HT

Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday grilled Prime Minister Imran Khan during the hearing on the 2014 terror attack on a school which was carried out by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from whom Imran Khan has recently removed the ban. “You are in power. The government is also yours. What did you do? You brought those guilty to the negotiating table,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed said.

In the 2014 massacre, 147 people, 132 of them children, were martyred when TTP militants stormed the APS-Warsak School, in Peshawar. Imran Khan was summoned by the apex court for Wednesday’s hearing. 

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SOURCE: ANI

Pakistan is buying US military weapons from the Taliban to strengthen the security against Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), according to news agency ANi citing a news report. Cross-border violence has escalated in Pakistan since the time the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August this year. Major operations are running against militants in North Waziristan-the stronghold of TTP after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.

The US weapons — which were seized by the Taliban after American troops withdrawal –are being openly sold in shops by Afghan gun dealers who paid government soldiers and Taliban members for guns and ammunition, The New York Times reported in October.

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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

The CPEC or the China Pakistan Economic Corridor is getting increasingly unmanageable with local Pakistanis unhappy with the Chinese soldiers and civilians working on the project. Pakistan has been forced to deploy more soldiers in the area.

The situation along the Karakoram Highway, which links China and Pakistan is not much better either. The Pakistan Army is patrolling a 170 km stretch of the highway between Thakot and Bhasha after the attack on Chinese nationals close to the Dasu Hydropower Project in July.

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SOURCE: TASS

During his recent meeting with top Russian Defense Ministry officials and heads of Russian defense industry enterprises, Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of delivering S-350, S-500 and S-550 surface-to-air missile systems to the troops, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

“Measures to adequately respond to the volatile situation near Russia’s borders were considered. Huge attention was paid to improving the country’s system of aerospace defense. The head of the state put a special emphasis on the importance of advanced development of domestic air defense and anti-ballistic missile systems, of delivering S-350, S-500 and S-550 systems to the Russian armed forces,” he said.

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SOURCE: TASS

A prototype of Russia’s Checkmate state-of-the-art single-engine fighter was delivered aboard an An-124 ‘Ruslan’ cargo plane to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its presentation at the Dubai Airshow, the state tech corporation Rostec told TASS on Tuesday.

“Indeed, a prototype of the Checkmate new single-engine fighter arrived in the UAE for its participation in the Dubai Airshow international exhibition. The plane was delivered to the Dubai World Central compound by an An-124 plane,” the state corporation said.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

A Middle East based magazine Breaking Defense has reported that Egypt is now eying additional orders of Rafale F4 and are looking to increase the number to 72 or 100 units by 2030, depending on Egypt’s financial capacity in next few years . Egyptian Air Force also operates 5 Russian Su-35 fighter jets and has placed orders for 21 more and according to the Breaking Defense, it claims that Egyptian Air Force are mighty impressed with the Rafale after Russian Su-35s radar failed repeatedly when the Su-35 played a role of aggressor against Rafale F3R.

Rafale’s powerful Spectra Electronic warfare suite not only attacked but also jammed Su-35 BAR phased array radar successfully multiple times, rendering Su-35 blind in the sky, later following it up being shot down by the Rafale in mock Beyond visual range dogfights.

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