A Pakistani movie showing the JF-17 fighter aircraft jointly developed with China and referencing a dogfight with Mirage-2000s flown by the Indian air force premiered in Beijing on Wednesday. The first Pakistani film to be released in China in decades, Parwaaz Hai Junoon (The Soaring Ambition) will be released in theatres on November 13.
Its release comes in the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan in May 1951.Continue reading
Tensions are brewing between the Pakistan government and the US embassy in Islamabad after the latter retweeted a post by an opposition lawmaker, alluding to Prime Minister Imran Khan as a dictator and demagogue. Ahsan Iqbal, a former minister and a leader of the opposition PML-N party, had commented on a post by the Washington Post that said “Trump’s defeat is a blow to the world’s demagogues and dictators.”
“We have one in Pakistan too. He shall be shown the way out soon Inshallah (God willing),” Iqbal had tweeted, without directly mentioning Khan.Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
Governing Pakistan has never been an easy task, even for skilful and experienced politicians like Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto. But, Imran Khan’s lack of experience and understanding of the complexities of governance, and what many Pakistanis say, is his arrogance, have made him accident prone.
Pakistan has skilfully played its cards in the Islamic world, steering clear of historical, sectarian and civilisational rivalries between Islamic countries. But, carried away by his belief in his own infallibility, Imran believed that his stature would rise internationally by becoming a founding member of a new global Islamic grouping.Continue reading
Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Tuesday claimed that he will provide the people of Gilgit-Baltistan their due constitutional rights which they have been deprived of for over 70 years.
While addressing a jalsa as part of his political campaign ahead of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly election on November 15, Zardari said that if elected, the PPP will not only turn G-B into a province but it will also transform the lives of its people, reported Geo News.Continue reading
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia said they have signed a deal with to end the military conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region after more than a month of bloodshed. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan first announced the signing on social media in the early hours of Tuesday and the Kremlin and Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev later confirmed the news.
“The signed trilateral statement will become a (crucial) point in the settlement of the conflict,” Aliyev said in a televised online meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Continue reading
Azerbaijan has said its forces shot down a Russian helicopter near its border with Armenia by accident, expressing apologies to Moscow and readiness to pay compensation. “The Azerbaijani side offers an apology to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident,” the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday, adding the move was an accident and “not aimed against” Moscow.
It came shortly after Russia said one of its Mi-24 helicopters was downed in Armenia, killing two servicemen and wounding another.Continue reading
SOURCE: The Tribune
The failed, supposedly Fethulllah Gulen-inspired military coup d’etat in Turkey in July 2016 is known to have had the involvement of several Turkish Air Force officials, including pilots and some other senior functionaries.
Some rebel Turkish F-16s had even tried to shoot down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal plane then. The ensuing purge by Erdogan is known to have deprived the Turkish Air Force of 250-300 pilots, another similar number choosing to leave voluntarily on account of safety apprehensions.Continue reading
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s days were numbered, and his ‘fake government’ is about to end. While addressing an election rally in Chilas, Maryam said that the ‘turncoats’ should also be shown the way home, the days of ‘fake rulers’ have been numbered and the last push would be made on November 15, reported Dunya News.
She also alleged that rigging of votes was taking place even before the Gilgit-Baltistan elections, and that people should protect their votes and prevent them from being stolen.Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO that monitors the performance of the United Nations, slammed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his “blasphemy in the garb of freedom of expression is intolerable” statement saying “your presence on the U.N. Human Rights Council is intolerable”.
Imran Khan’s statement was an indirect attack on French President Emmanuel Macron who while defending the republication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons had said France has “freedom to speak, to write, to think, to draw.”Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is involved in “demagoguery” in the wake of French President Emmanuel Macron’s statements on freedom of expression and the dangers of radical Islamism following terrorist attacks in France, says lecturer Olivier Guillard.
In an opinion piece in Asialyst, a French online newspaper specialising in news from Asia, Guillard said Islamist anger against France has hit predominantly Muslim Asian countries, in particular, Pakistan and Bangladesh.Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday lashed out at three-time former premier Nawaz Sharif, describing him as a “jackal” who is trying to create “rebellion” in the Army by accusing it of involvement in the country”s politics and calling for a change in the military as well as the ISI leadership.
Sharif, the 70-year-old supreme leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) who was ousted from power in 2017 by the apex court on graft charges, had last month for the first time directly named Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and ISI head Lt Gen Faiz Hameed for interfering in the general elections of 2018 to ensure victory of Khan.Continue reading
SOURCE: Anadolu Agency
Iran, in an effort to develop strict security policies as the events that broke out in Tunisia at the end of 2010 spread across the Middle East in a short time, not only increased its influence in countries with a predominantly Shi’a population but also its leverage on determining the fate of conflicts in Syria and Yemen that Iranian-backed groups were involved in.
After the Assad regime suffered heavy losses against opponents, Iran became directly involved in the Syrian civil war under the guise of protecting sites considered sacred in Shiism. But, on suffering heavy casualties and receiving scathing criticisms, Tehran created many mercenary groups through the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Quds Forces.
These groups include the Fatemiyoun Brigade, which is reputed to have a large number of fighters recruited from among Afghani Shi’as, and the Zainabiyoun Brigade, designated as a striking force, whose membership is estimated at somewhere between two and five thousand, consisting of Pakistani Shias.Continue reading
The US Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to ready its C-17 Globemaster III transport planes for launching cruise missiles using a “palletized munition” deployment method tested on several aircraft earlier this year. The defense contracting giant announced last week it had received a $25 million contract from the US Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) Office to further develop the Palletized Munitions Experimentation Campaign.
According to a company news release, the contract aims for a system-level demonstration in 2021 to really flesh out what’s possible with this novel weapon-launching design.Continue reading
SOURCE: ANAND SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Martin-Baker confirmed that the company developed PK16LE ejection seat carried out the first successful ejection from the ill-fated JF-17 Block-2 Tail Number 17-241 which crashed near Pindigheb, Attock in Pakistan while the ill-fated aircraft was on a routine training sortie. Martin-Baker said that they never celebrate the loss of any aircraft but the first successful ejection of any seat program gives them enormous sense of pride on its products and Pilot’s life saved.
PAF in its official statement and most of the Pakistani media channels have not mentioned the Type of aircraft which went down recently but the OSNIT community was able to confirm from the Tail Number that it was a JF-17 Block-2 aircraft. Martin-Baker confirmation for the first time also confirms that the Second JF-17s crash which took over the Arabian Sea on 27 Sept 2016 while carrying out a Night sortie resulted in a fatality which again was never covered in Pakistani media.Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Netflix movie on the life and tenure of retired IAF officer Gunjan Saxena has been roiled by controversy since the release of its trailer in India but also seems to have triggered some of the Hardcore fans of the Pakistanis military establishments after it was trending as No 1 watched movies in recent times in Netflix Pakistan across the border.
Pakistanis took to micro-blogging site Twitter to shame fellow countrymen for watching a movie based on Kargil war, others wondered how many of the common Pakistani has Netflix connections in Pakistan to be ashamed off since the majority of them have not watched it. Many said that only a small percentage of super Elite have money to pay for the subscription of Netflix Pakistan, but many might have downloaded it from the Internet which is pretty rampant on Bollywood movies after Ban by the Pakistani government.Continue reading