Spiralling inflation and not the Kashmir issue is the biggest problem haunting the people of Pakistan, a survey conducted by Gallup International in all four provinces of the cash-strapped country has said. The study, which was published by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan on Tuesday, said 53 per cent of respondents believe the country’s economy, specifically increasing inflation, is the biggest problem facing the country.

Worries of inflation is followed by unemployment (23%), the Kashmir issue (8%), corruption (4%) and water crisis (4%), the survey has said. The survey also mentions fears over political instability, power crisis, dengue outbreak among other issues. Gallup Pakistan said the survey’s sample comprised men and women from across the four provinces — Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. Continue reading


Afghan and Pakistani forces engaged in cross-border clashes for a second day, hours after Pakistani mortar and rocket fire into Afghanistan killed three women in eastern Kunar province, Afghan officials have said. The fighting first broke out on Sunday afternoon when Afghan forces and local militiamen tried to stop Pakistani forces from allegedly establishing a military installation along the disputed border, said Abdul Ghani Musamem, spokesperson for the governor of Kunar.

He said the shooting lasted over three hours and also wounded four civilians in the remote Nari district, which lies along the border. He said communication with the area was difficult because of the isolated location. Pakistani forces were again firing mortars down on villages inside Afghanistan after fighting resumed Monday morning, said Gen. Mohammad Ayub Hussainkhail, an Afghan commander for forces on the eastern border. Continue reading


Engine flaws and a lack of training have been identified as the likely causes of two accidents that hit the Chinese air force in the space of little over a week – one of which claimed the lives of three airmen. Deaths from the crashes, which happened within a span of 10 days, included a helicopter pilot who took part in the National Day grand parade at the start of the month.

A number of military sources said that as the air force stepped up its exercises – part of President Xi Jinping’s call to strengthen the “combat readiness” of the military – more accidents would happen as increased drills exposed technical problems and inadequate training. “[If these problems are not resolved], it is foreseeable that more accidents will happen because the top brass is pushing for more drills and exercises across the military,” said one source close to the air force.

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Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur has regretted that the world is silent over the atrocities being committed in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). Speaking at a function, whose footage went viral on Monday, he warned that “if the tension with India escalates on the issue of Kashmir, Pakistan will be forced into a war.” He regretted that the world was doing nothing to resolve the issue.

He said: “Those standing with India on the Kashmir issue would have to face the consequences. “If one missile would be fired at India, the other would go to its supporter. They must get ready for it,” the minister warned. Later, when a TV anchor asked the minister in his show: “If a Muslim country supports India, even then missile would be fired at that country”, Gandapur said, “yes”. Continue reading


Turkey will soon reach a deal with Russia over the purchase of 36 Su-35 fighter jets, Turkish sources told Daily Sabah on Friday. Ankara and Moscow are also discussing potentially co-manufacturing a few components of the jets, including its precision weapons and ammunition, the sources added.

Ankara and Moscow have been in talks over the sale of Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets since late September. During a visit to the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019 on August 27, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was shown the last generation of Russian stealth aircraft, Su-57 fighter jet. He also examined Su-35 fighter jets, Ka-52 military helicopter and Mi-38 transport helicopter. Continue reading


Angola has received upgraded Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30K fighter jets, Head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Wednesday on the eve of the Russia-Africa summit.

“Our Su-30K fighter jets have been delivered to Angola,” Shugayev said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV Channel. Deputy Director for Development at the Belarussian 558th Aircraft Repair Enterprise in Baranovichi Alexander Vorobei said in May that the deliveries of 12 upgraded Russian Su-30K fighters to Angola had been completed. The fighters were upgraded for Angola upon approval from Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport. Continue reading


Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday urged the international community, especially the UN Security Council, to work towards ending, what he called a “persistent clampdown” imposed by the Indian government in Kashmir. Pakistan has been unsuccessfully trying to drum up international support against India for its decision to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcate the state into two union territories.

After India’s decision on August 5, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner from the country. Continue reading


After being forcibly displaced from Myanmar, 25-years old Sulaiman got married to teenager Nure Kayda last year in the refugee camp. Now they have a three month old daughter.  Sulaiman, teacher of a learning centre at camp 15, said: “A child is a gift from Allah, and we wanted it so that we can forget our sorrow.” Health care professionals working at the camps in Cox’s Bazar said ‘‘Although there are multi – level approaches to generate awareness among these people about birth control methods, it seems like we have  failed to some extent.’’

In a recently published population report on displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said some 91,000 children were born inside the camps after the latest Rohingya exodus in 2017. Continue reading


Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s condition continues to be serious and his son has alleged that his father is being poisoned in jail, Dawn newspaper reported.

Nawaz Sharif is currently lodged in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail on corruption charges. According to the news report, Hussain Nawaz, son of Nawaz Sharif, has alleged that reduction in platelets of his father might be the result of some kind of “poisoning”. Tweeting from London, he said: “Thrombocytopenia as manifestation of poisoning. If anything happens to Nawaz Sharif — you know who are responsible for this.” Continue reading


Pakistan People’s Party President Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan “has no capability” to complete his term as all political forces of the country and people belonging to all spheres of life had no other option but to go on an agitation against the “puppet government”.

The PPP leader made the remarks to the media while visiting the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre here on Sunday, Dawn news reported. He said the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was not competent to steer the country to the right direction, which was the reason that everyone across the country was raising voice against its “anti-people” policies. Continue reading


A Mushshak trainer aircraft belonging to the Army Aviation crash-landed in a paddy field near Wazirabad in Punjab’s Gujranwala district on Saturday, security and rescue sources said. Both the pilots remained safe in the incident. According to sources, the two-seater aircraft had taken off from Rahwali Cantt for a training mission, with Capt Ahmad and an instructor on board.

The plane developed a technical fault while flying over Dilawar Cheema near river Chenab, forcing the pilots to make a crash-landing in a paddy field. Continue reading


Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has started receiving the 5th Generation Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon stealth fighter. The Mighty Dragon combat aircraft have been commissioned into one of the top PLAAF squadrons, which China’s Global Times called an ace unit.

PLAAF spokesperson Shen Jinke said the J-20s will help the ace unit, which has shot down or damaged 59 enemy aircraft, better perform its duties of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity. The single-seat, two-engine J-20 has been developed by Chengdu Aerospace Corporation with China claiming the jet is a match for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II of the United States of America. Continue reading


Pakistan’s “Project Azm” whose centrepiece involves development of its own fifth generation fighter has accelerated, with first of the four “conceptual design phase” cycles being concluded. The MoDP yearbook stated that the AvRID Secretariat has completed the first cycle of the conceptual design. It stated, “The first cycle of the conceptual design phase has been completed. The first configuration that was designed based on the challenging performance requirements of PAF will go through three more cycles within the conceptual design using higher fidelity analysis tools and codes.”

The Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) is the highlight of the much-anticipated Project Azm, which outlines the PAF’s ambition for developing a state of the art aviation industrial base within the country. This aviation industrial complex will support the defense capabilities of the country, alongside fulfilling civilian and commercial aviation needs. Continue reading


Turkish forces that launched multiple artillery rounds near a U.S. Special Operations outpost in northeastern Syria on Friday have known for months that Americans were there, according to four current and former U.S. officials, raising questions whether Turkey is trying to push American troops farther from the border.

The incident occurred on a hilltop base overlooking the town of Kobane as Turkey continues an operation launched Wednesday against Syrian Kurds, some of whom the United States has partnered with for years in its campaign against the Islamic State. The incursion has focused on an area 60 miles west of Kobane, but U.S. officials contend Turkey has long-term aspirations to control a much larger swath of Syria. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Pakistan Airforce has initiated ” Project AZM” under which they plan to commence development of a 5th-generation fighter jet which will go on to replace aging Mirage-III/V and the older lot of F-16 fighter jet from PAF’s fleet. What PAF claimed was supposed to be an indigenous program, basically will be a product designed and developed completely by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) which is a Chinese aerospace conglomerate which previously developed JF-17 fighter jet specifically for Pakistan.

China which has developed J-20 and J-31 Stealth fighter aircraft on its own had offered Pakistan in past , J-31 fighter aircraft which was presumably rejected by the PAF due to the high procurement and maintenance cost of the dual-engine fighter due to which CAC was rather asked to come up with low-cost options which apparently got leaked blowing the cover of PAF’s attempt to brand it as an indigenous program in first place. Continue reading