As peaceful activists continue to disappear mysteriously from the country, civil rights activist Jibran Nasir urged the government to arrest the admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’, a forum on Facebook, which claims to be the “internet’s most authoritative source for news and discussions on Pakistan military”.

 “The government must arrest admins of ‘Pakistan Defence’ page and bring them to court for inciting violence against missing activists,” the activist said on Twitter. Continue reading


The provincial police chief of the southern Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq has said notorious Haqqani terrorist network with the support of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were behind the deadly attack on governor’s compound.

Speaking during a press conference, Gen. Raziq said the Haqqani network and ISI were working since a long period of time to target the provincial leadership. Continue reading


The head of the Xinjiang government was quoted by the official Xinuha news agency on Tuesday as saying that security along the China-Pakistan border would be further tightened “to prevent terrorists from entering or leaving the region illegally in 2017”.

This is being seen as China’s signalling its displeasure with Pakistan over its inability to stop terrorists from sneaking into its restive border region of Xinjiang. Continue reading


China’s newly formed Rocket Force launched 100 ballistic missiles last year while army conducted scores of live drills, official media reported here today, as the 2.3 million strong PLA, the world’s largest army, adopts a more aggressive posture with massive structural revamp.

Each combatant branch of the PLA – the Army, Navy, Air Force and Rocket Force – has confirmed that realistic training drills and exercises were intensified last year under military reforms initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, state-run China Daily said in a lengthy feature on how the Chinese military is transforming itself. Continue reading


Afghan officials are pushing to create a “safe zone” for Taliban insurgents in a bid to wean them away from traditional sanctuaries inside Pakistan, in a radical and contentious strategy to de-escalate the conflict.

The plan underscores desperation in Afghanistan for out-of-the-box solutions to tackle the 15-year insurgency, as peace bids repeatedly fail and U.S.-backed forces suffer record casualties in stalemated fighting. Continue reading


Pakistan on Monday successfully test-fired its first ever submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-III, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said.

The range of the missile is 450 kilometres, the DG ISPR said.Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa congratulated the team behind the launch and the nation on the development, Maj Gen Ghafoor said. Continue reading


Defence Minis­ter Khawaja Asif’s remarks during a TV programme on Friday that former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif is poised to head a Saudi-led military alliance sparked a debate on Saturday with many criticising the general for the decision.

The minister had indirectly confirmed during a Geo News programme that Gen Raheel had been made the chief of the 39-nation coalition established to combat terrorism. There was no official confirmation or denial from the government, the Inter-Services Public Relations, Saudis or even from Gen Raheel’s side on Saturday. Continue reading

SOURCE: Foreign Policy Magazine

When does it help to have an erratic, unpredictable commander in chief? This is not a circumstance most foreign-policy professionals want to contemplate, but here we all are.

When it comes to steering the American ship of state through waters where trust-building is essential, such as working with allies and establishing new partnerships with leaders of other states, uncertainty about the president’s motives and core beliefs is likely to be debilitating, if not disastrous. A president prone to unschooled comments — for instance about NATO or the U.S. alliance with Japan — could quickly unravel the hard work of generations of his predecessors. Continue reading


In yet another sign of Beijing’s growing Naval might, a fresh image has emerged of a Chinese diesel-electric submarine in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia after an extended deployment in the Indian Ocean. In a report yesterday, NDTV showed a Google Earth image of a Chinese nuclear submarine which had docked in Karachi in May last year – a matter of serious concern for the Indian Navy which is worried about Chinese submarines tracking the movements of its own ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean.

 Images on the Royal Malaysian Navy’s official Twitter page show images of what is thought to be a Type 039 ‘Song’ class diesel electric submarine at Kota Kinabalu along with a large support ship. And in a statement to The Wall Street Journal released last night, the Chinese Defence Ministry is reported to have said that the submarine had docked in Malaysia for supplies and a crew rest period while returning from what Beijing insists are anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia. Continue reading


Russia has apparently delivered an initial batch of four advanced Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E jet fighters to China.

The aircraft appropriately arrived at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force training center in Cangzhou, in China’s Hebei province, on Christmas day from the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association plant in Russia, according to the Moscow-based Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies’ Russian language BMPB blog. Continue reading

SOURCE:  IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

Turkey’s military is on track to receive its first serially-produced Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this year, a well-informed Turkish defence industry source told IHS Jane’s .

Known as Anka-S, the production standard UAVs are fitted with additional capabilities above and beyond those of the two Anka-A and single Anka-B prototypes already built by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Continue reading


The Afghan leadership has reportedly invited Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to visit Afghanistan.This was announced in a statement tweeted by military media wing’s chief Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.

The Inter-Services Public Relations chief said that General Bajwa telephoned Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and his Afghan counterpart on Saturday and felicitated them on the eve of New Year. Continue reading


A report by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has noted that at the current rate of influx of Chinese nationals into Balochistan and after completion of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the native population of the area will be outnumbered by 2048.

This trend has sparked fear of marginalisation among the Baloch citizens, who are unsure of how will the unskilled people of the province maintain their lives without land ownership which is their only asset.  To address this concern, the FPCCI has recommended that the government should provide a sense of security to the natives by including them in the legislative process and by providing them with technical and vocational training to ensure their share in the economic sphere, reports the Nation. Continue reading


The US government has announced sanctions against seven Pakistani entities allegedly associated with the country’s missile programme, says an official notification.

The notification by the US Department of Commerce said that the entities added to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) list “have been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. Continue reading


Slain Afghan Taliban supremo Mullah Mansour, who was killed in a US drone strike inside Pakistan, was issued a Pakistani national identity card in 2005, interior minister Chaurdhy Nisar admitted on Friday.

Khan, however, blamed the past government of overtly issuing ID cards and passports to foreigners.The minister said the incumbent government paid enough attention to the issue of fake CNICs and passports, adding that it was not only difficult, rather it is impossible to work honestly in the country. Continue reading

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