SOURCE: THE HINDU
Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar, the man India has been trying unsuccessfully to have designated as a terrorist at the U.N. Security Council for years, and LeT chief Hafiz Saeed helped Osama bin Laden and several other al-Qaeda leaders cross over to Pakistan in 2001 and helped settle them in places like Karachi and Abbottabad, where bin Laden was eventually killed in 2011, a new book by British investigative journalists reveals.
The book, The Exile by Cathy Scott Clark and Adrian Levy, that was released in India on May 29, comes at a significant time as a Pakistani court will rule on Monday on the legality of the current detention of Hafiz Saeed at his home in Lahore. Continue reading
Even ascelebrates the first flight of its E-series aircraft, the bulk of its near-term international sales opportunities center around the in-production C/D model.The aircraft manufacturer says that three sales opportunities are on the near horizon: new C-models for Botswana in Africa and for NATO members Slovakia and Bulgaria in Eastern Europe.
Elsewhere, Saab is offering either the Gripen C/D or E/F, depending on budget and capability, to Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Columbia, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Switzerland. Continue reading
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The abduction and reported killing of two young Chinese in Balochistan has stirred angry calls for retribution among Chinese social media users, even as the Chinese government has played down the incident out of strategic considerations towards its “all weather ally” Pakistan.
Chinese internet users have even demanded action for China to send troops to Pakistan to bring the kidnappers to justice, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, even while Beijing has told State media outlets to play down the incident. Continue reading
As Beijing scrambles to befriend neighbouring countries and ease anxieties over its rising military power, social media users are demanding their government send troops to Pakistan to seek payback for the killing of two Chinese nationals.
Calls for action were stoked after Islamic State (IS), a terrorist group active in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for executing a young man and woman last week in Pakistan. Chinese officials have yet to directly confirm the deaths, but a spokesman from the Chinese foreign affairs ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing was investigating whether the pair – described in some reports as Chinese language teachers – were illegally preaching in Pakistan before they were abducted. In an earlier press conference, the ministry said it had been told by Pakistan that the pair had “probably died”. Continue reading
Two Pakistani diplomats based in a consulate office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad have been missing since Friday, when they set off by road back to their homeland, Pakistan’s foreign office said on Sunday.
Islamabad did not speculate who may be behind the disappearances but various Afghanistan-based Islamist groups have targeted diplomats in the past.”Pakistan has requested the Afghan Government that all efforts may be made to ensure early recovery of our officials and bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice,” the foreign ministry said in a statement Continue reading
Activists from the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) here protested against human rights violations and the atrocities by Pakistan against the Sindhi, Baloch, Pashtun, Kashmiri and Saraiki.
Pakistan ruled by a ‘tyrant Punjabi fascism’ has been committing heinous crimes against humanity, mass genocides, grave human rights violations to silence the secular, liberal, democratic voices and national independence movements of all the natural historic nations like Sindhi, Pashtuns, Baloch, Kashmiri and Saraiki¸ JSMM chairman Shafi Burfat said in a statement. Continue reading
Several demonstrators protested against the Pakistan Army outside the Karachi Press Club, alleging that the military establishment was responsible for extremism in the region.
In a video posted by Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) activist Zahid Sindhi on Twitter on Sunday, people can be seen shouting slogans – “Yeh jo dehshad gardi hai, iske peechhey wardi hai” (Men in uniform are responsible for the terror), “yeh jo mullah gardi hai, iske peechhey wardi hai” (the Army is responsible for extremism). Continue reading
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Originally scheduled to have flown for the first time by the end of 2016, at the time of writing Saab’s new-generation Gripen E prototype was due to fly before the end of the second quarter this year. Briefing reporters in mid-May, the company said that ground vibration tests had been completed and that the initial flight test software was being loaded. Chief test pilot Hans Einerth reported that the aircraft had conducted high-speed taxi tests at over 100 knots, and had proved to be very reliable, with only one BIT (built-in test) alert being recorded.
Saab (Chalet 379) has stressed that the six-month delay in flying the prototype was not due to any technical difficulties. Instead, the company decided to revise its test plan and delay the beginning of flight trials until the aircraft’s innovative avionics architecture had been fully qualified. Employing a concept known as DIMA(distributed integrated modular avionics), the Gripen E’s avionics segregate flight-critical functions from non-critical applications. Continue reading
The leaders of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) have slammed Pakistan for human rights violations in the region during the ongoing 35th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Speaking during the ongoing 35th session of the Human Rights Council, United Kashmir People’s National Party Foreign Affairs Secretary Jamil Maqsood expressed concerns over the deteriorating human rights situation in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan. Continue reading
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has said that new evidence regarding the murder of two Chinese nationals by the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Quetta, Balochistan, reveals that the couple were offered security cover, but they refused to accept it.
“They were offered security, but they refused to accept the offer,” the Dawn quoted the ministry, as saying.Security and intelligence agencies have looked into the background of the incident and reviewed photographs of the kidnapped pair to reach their assessment. Continue reading
The president of the UN conference drafting what could be the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons has expressed confidence that with “the necessary political will” more than 130 countries supporting the initiative can reach agreement by the July 7 target.
Elayne Whyte Gomez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told the opening of negotiations on a draft treaty circulated on May 22 that delegates were representing their countries but they were also “united together in historic commitment” to finalising a treaty. Continue reading
If you pass him by in his electronic parts and components shop in the Electronics Market in Karachi’s Saddar, Mohammad Ali Arabi would look like any other normal young Pakistani businessman. There is nothing out of the ordinary about him until you hear him conversing on the phone with someone in Mandarin.
“Seeing Ali Bhai speaking while making strange facial gestures by twisting his features to pronounce the words, at first we thought that maybe he was possessed or having some kind of a fit,” laughs another shop owner in the market. “But now we are used to his speaking the language of our Chinese friends. He is often on the phone with someone or the other in China,” the shopowner adds. Continue reading
Independent Russian military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov outlines why Russia’s Su-35S 4++ generation fighter aircraft may soon receive the capability to defeat the US’s fifth-generation F-22 Raptor stealth tactical fighter in air-to-air combat.
Earlier this month, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed that the military would be modernizing its fleet of Su-35 fighter jets.The decision to improve the planes was made on the basis of a thorough analysis of their experience in the Syrian conflict, where several problems were brought to light. Among them was an issue with stones from the runway being sucked into the planes’ air intake, as well as technical glitches affecting their lights and cockpit displays. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
When Aung San Suu Kyi emerged victorious in national elections in Myanmar, there were widespread expectations that given her iconic image in the west, her Government would receive substantial economic assistance from the US and the European Union. Suu Kyi had two priorities on assuming office.
The first was to establish ethnic peace in Myanmar, where minority groups have resorted to armed insurrection. President Thein Sein, who headed the Government earlier, had negotiated cease-fire agreements with a number of these groups. But, a number of influential and powerful groups continued with their revolts. Continue reading
China is walking an extra mile to operationalise China-Pakistan Economic Corridor under the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project but Beijing’s recent treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang region has lessons for Islamabad, which is relying heavily on the corridor to change its economic fortunes.
In a latest move, the Chinese authorities have banned the use of names such as Muhammad, Haji, Islam and Imam for babies in Xinjiang. Names that start with ‘Turk’ — such as Turkizat and Turkinaz — have also been banned. Continue reading