Contradicting Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif of allowing US boots on the Pakistani soil, the Pak Army has categorically declined the proposal saying, “Whatever has to be done on its land is done by Pakistan itself.”
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, had recently said in Washington, that Islamabad has offered the ‘US in-sync’ operations against the Haqqani network. Continue reading
Sensitive data about Australia’s F- 35 stealth fighter and P-8 surveillance aircraft programmes were stolen when a defence subcontractor was hacked using a tool widely used by Chinese cyber criminals, officials said today.
The 50-person aerospace engineering firm was compromised in July last year but the national cyber security agency, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), only became aware of the breach in November, technology website ZDNet Australia reported. Continue reading
China has inducted its much- publicised light battle tank, introduced in Tibet during the height of the Dokalam standoff with India, and for the first time the Army displayed its photo at a military exhibition here, a media report said today.
Developed by the China North Industries Group Corp, the country’s biggest maker of land armaments, the light tank, whose weight ranges from 25 to 35 metric tonnes, is equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension system that ensures good manoeuvrability and survivability in mountainous regions. Continue reading
SOURCE: NATIONAL INTEREST
The world is on the cusp of a dangerous hypersonic missile arms race, but three nations—Russia, China and the United States—have the power to stop it.
That is the main conclusion of a new report released by the Rand Corporation, entitled, “Hypersonic Missile Nonproliferation: Hindering the Spread of a New Class of Weapons .” Hypersonic missiles are defined as those traveling at speeds greater than Mach 5. That is, between 3,106 and 15,534 miles per hour or one to five miles per second. To put that in perspective, the report notes that this is six to more than twenty-five times as fast as modern airliners travel. Continue reading
Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighbourhoods.
Pakistan, worried by Islamist attacks, is building a fence to prevent militants criss-crossing the porous 2,500km (1,500 mile) frontier along the disputed colonial-era Durand line drawn up by the British in 1893. Continue reading
SOURCE: PAKISTAN TODAY
Pakistan is one of the main destinations for China’s arms exports while the country is rising in the arms trade, defence experts said.
Pakistan has recently signed contracts to acquire an undisclosed number of frigates from China and is also planning to buy eight submarines from the country, reports China’s State newspaper Global Times here on Monday. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
Had communist revolutionary Che Guevara lived on, he would have been 89 now but exactly 50 years ago, he was shot dead by the US secret agents with the help of the forces of Bolivia.In the decades of 1950s and 1960s, Che Guevara was the most popular anti-American voice and a hugely followed communist leader.
Che Guevara was born on June 14, 1928 in Argentina. He completed his course in medicine in Argentina. But, by the age of 27, he had become restless over widespread poverty and huge gap between the rich and poor. Continue reading
Afghanistan’s insurgent group Taliban has said, in a statement, that it is not tired of war even as the United States-led invasion that toppled the group’s regime has entered into its 17th year.
The statement further said that the Taliban represents the Afghan nation and called on the American forces to withdraw, the Khaama Press reported.However, the group has not commented over anything regarding the repeated calls by the government and the international community to participate in peace talks. Continue reading
The US-Pakistan relationship is in “serious trouble” and the mistrust between the two countries runs deep, an expert on the bilateral ties at a top American think-tank has said, a day after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister concluded his three-day visit to Washington.
Moeed Yusuf, a senior expert on Pakistan at the United States Institute of Peace, a top American thin-tank funded by the Congress said that the default position in Islamabad and Washington was very sceptical of other’s intentions. “The sense that I have is that this relationship is in serious trouble,” Yusuf told PTI yesterday. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Daily Star
China and India’s steady economic growth after centuries of stagnation is changing the economic landscape of Asia—lifting millions out of poverty. As economic interdependence between the two nations increases, their geo-political rivalry is also on the rise. Beijing and New Delhi have competing visions to expand their geo-economic interests and, perhaps, supremacy in the region and beyond.
China has launched its grand vision under the aegis of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. The ocean-based 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and the overland Silk Road Economic Belt to increase trade and connectivity are backed by Beijing’s deep pockets. Continue reading
A proposed sale of THAAD upper tier ballistic missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the State Department.The U.S. Foreign Military Sales deal would be worth an estimated $15 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency told Congress Friday.
“This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats,” the agency said in a press release. “This potential sale will substantially increase Saudi Arabia’s capability to defend itself against the growing ballistic missile threat in the region.” Continue reading
Saudi Arabia has agreed to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported on Thursday.
The report came during a visit by Saudi King Salman to Moscow.The countries also signed a memorandum of understanding to help the kingdom in its efforts to develop its own military industries, a statement from state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries said. Continue reading
The head of the French firm helping to build Australia’s $50 billion fleet of new submarines has admitted it faces a significant battle to find a qualified and experienced local workforce. Herve Guillou, CEO of French firm Naval Group, told Fairfax Media this week that the firm is practically having to recruit workers “one-by-one”. While there are many young, university-educated people they can train from scratch, older and experienced managers are hard to find.
“My worry is always that people confuse education with experience. These are very, very different,” he said. Continue reading
SOURCE: Al Jazeera News
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
The Geneva-based organisation ICAN was awarded “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons, and for its groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition on such weapons”, Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Nobel Committee, announced on Friday. Continue reading