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SOURCE: ANI

A 19-year-old man of Pakistani origin was on Friday charged for plotting a “lone wolf” attack inspired by the terror group Islamic State (ISIS) in New York City.According to a criminal complaint filed against Awais Chudhary, a US naturalised citizen born in Pakistan, the suspect was planning to carry out a knife attack in Queens area on behalf of the ISIS and wanted to record his attack to inspire others to commit such violent acts.

The suspect allegedly ordered a tactical knife, a mask, gloves and a cellphone chest-and-head strap to record the attack. He was arrested on Thursday night while trying to pick up those items from an online vendor’s retail location, Fox News reported. The next day, a court charged the suspect on one count of attempting to provide material support to a “designated foreign terrorist organisation”. His bail request was also denied. Continue reading

SOURCE: ET

After India and Afghanistan, Bangladesh has accused Pakistan of interfering in its internal affairs and attempting to create unrest.It has accused Pakistan-based Al Khidmat Foundation of organising a massive rally for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong area this week, ET has learnt. The foundation is allegedly supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and had supported Al Qaeda in the past.

As many as 200,000 Rohingyas participated in a rally in a camp in Cox Bazar on Sunday to mark two years since they fled Myanmar. This was the biggest Rohingya rally so far in Bangladesh. The Al Khidmat Foundation allegedly provided funds for organising the rally, even as the local authorities probe the growing network of the foundation in Bangladesh, people aware of the matter told ET from Dhaka. Continue reading

SOURCE: AFP

President Donald Trump on Thursday said that US troop levels in Afghanistan will drop to 8,600 if a deal is reached with the Taliban and that a permanent presence will remain.”We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. “We’re always going to have a presence.”

Trump also said that if another attack on the United States originated from Afghanistan “we would come back with a force like… never before.”US troops were first sent to Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil carried out by Al-Qaeda, which was sheltered by the former Taliban regime. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABP NEWS

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Secretariat faces disconnection of electricity supply over non-payment of bills running into crores of rupees. As per reports carried in the Pakistani media, the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Secretariat currently owes over 41 lakh rupees to the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).

IESCO issued a notice to this effect on Wednesday. For the previous month, this amount was 35 lakh rupees. According to sources close to IESCO, the Secretariat has failed to pay the dues in spite of several reminder notices. “This is a recurrent problem with the Secretariat. We will cut off the power supply if dues are not paid,” an IESCO source was quoted as saying by news agency IANS. Continue reading

SOURCE: TIMESNOW

In a further indictment of Pakistan, its western neighbour Afghanistan has now written to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) complaining about Islamabad’s move to target its border districts.

Demanding UNSC action against Pakistan, Kabul noted in the letter that Pakistani forces had been targeting and shelling its border districts. In a letter dated August 22, 2019, Adela Raz, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, complained to the UNSC about “continued violations of the territory of Afghanistan by the military forces of the Government of Pakistan”. Continue reading

SOURCE: Xinhua

Foreign interference in Hong Kong violates the international law and diplomatic norms, because Hong Kong is China’s internal matter, a Pakistani Senator has said. “China knows how to handle the situation (in Hong Kong) … We support China on the policy of Hong Kong,” Mushahid Hussain Syed, chairman of the Pakistani Senate’s standing committee on foreign affairs told Xinhua on Saturday.

Pakistan fully supports stability and prosperity of China’s Hong Kong and believes that it should not be undermined by any unrest, he said, adding that his country rejects any external interference in Hong Kong as it is an issue of China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

The eagerness of China to raise the removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status to the United Nations Security Council at the behest of Pakistan drew sharp reactions on social media on Saturday.

Twitter users sought to highlight Beijing’s silence on the violent clashes that have crippled life across Hong Kong for the past several days. Nearly 750 people had been arrested until Friday. Protests by pro-democracy supporters have entered 11th week. By contrast, J&K has remained peaceful despite Pakistan’s relentless efforts to stoke unrest in the Valley. All its attempts, including the close-door meeting at the UNSC with the help of China, have come to nought. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Russia will present export versions of its newest fifth-generation Su-57E fighter and Il-112VE military transport aircraft at the MAKS-2019 air show, the CEO of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheev, said on Friday.

“At MAKS-2019, Russian producers will present the hottest and the most-awaited novelties of the recent years, including Su-57E fifth-generation multipurpose fighter and Il-112VE light military transport aircraft. Rosoboronexport is ready to present these aircraft to foreign partners, if they wish to, and to open a new page in promoting ultramodern aviation systems to the global market. I am sure there will be a great interest in these models,” Mikheev said, as quoted by Rosoboronexport. Continue reading

SOURCE: AIN ONLINE

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (local acronym ODK) is halfway through an effort to relaunch the series production of the core engine (gas-generator) for the D30F6 reheated turbofan that powers the MiG-31 interceptor. The work is being carried out by the Perm Motor Plant (PMZ).

This company manufactured about 1,600 such engines in the 1979-1992 timeframe, each developing a maximum thrust of 152 kN (34,170 pounds). Due to the high utilization of the MiG-31 fleet over the past decade, the stock of spare engines is running out, and operators and industry need to replenish it by overhauling some engines through the replacement of worn-out parts in the hot section. Continue reading

SOURCE: Navy Recognition

If the Harba ASCM is a variant of the Babur, Defence and Strategic Studies speculates, then it would essentially be a long-range sea-skimming ASCM. Like the C-802 ASCM, the Harba ASCM would likely rely on an inertial navigation system (INS)-based mid-course guidance system coupled with a terminal-stage active-homing seeker. It is not known what kind of active seeker the Harba ASCM is using, though for anti-ship warfare (AShW) active radar-homing (ARH) is a widespread solution.

However, imaging infrared (IIR) could be an alternative, especially involving cases where strong electronic warfare (EW) and electronic countermeasures (ECM) jamming is expected (which can interfere or scuttle an ARH seeker). The key aspect of the Harba is its potential range – 450 km or 700 km (depending on whether it is derived from the Babur 3 or Babur Version 2, respectively). Continue reading

SOURCE: News Communique

Multiple Balochistan Freedom Fighter attacks in last 24 hours has spread scare among Pakistan Army and Pakistan Supporters in Balochistan.There was an attack on Pakistan Army’s Death squad members. There was another attack on Pakistan Army with rockets and automatic weapons in Panjgur. Balochistan Freedom fighters also attacked the stalls that were set by Pakistan Army to sell Pakistan flags and other material for celebrating 14 August.

In previous article Balochistan Independence Day – Freedom Fighters Blew Up Railway Track we covered the news of Balochistan Freedom Fighter attack that blew up the Railway Track. Freedom Fighters in Balochistan continue to fight a war for Independence from the occupying forces of Pakistan. 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

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG 50 years and counting, Pakistani Air Force’s love affair with French bird doesn’t seem to have completely diminished even when County produces JF-17 fighter jet with help of China, that it is eyeing to procure nearly 30 former Egyptian Mirage-V fighter jet from Cairo which has been long retired from the fleet. Over 170+ jets are still operational which makes up eight different Mirage variants which are carefully maintained at Mirage Rebuild Factory (MRF) at the Kamra complex.

First Inducted in 1967, even with rapid induction of JF-17, PAF plans to hold on to the old Mirage’s for longer than expected due to better range and weapons load capacity than the JF-17 which was supposed to replace them in the first place, It is not clear if the 30 Mirage-V fighter jet from Cairo can be put back in the air or not but it won’t be unusual if PAF does that. Continue reading

SOURCE: AMIT PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After Turkey and Pakistan signed their biggest-ever arms deal, for the supply of 30 T129 ATAK multipurpose helicopters for the Pakistani military for $1.5 billion. US-based manufacturer Honeywell and Britain’s Rolls-Royce has been blocked by US Administration for the supply of LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines which powers the T129 ATAK attack choppers.

US-made parts of the engines that are meant to power the aircraft have been denied export license from the US Department of Defense. Pakistan and Turkey agreed to seek a replacement variant for the engines but it will prolong the deliveries of the T129 ATAK attack choppers since it will need to go through re-certification of the engines. Continue reading

SOURCE: ABHAY KESARKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After been Snubbed by Russia on its effort to procure long-range air defense systems like S-300 and S-400 Air defense missile system, Pakistan is now reportedly setting its focus on procuring FD-2000 long-range air defence requirements from its old friend China and has expressed its desires to procure three to four FD-2000 long-range SAM systems to counter India’s Purchase of S-400 Systems from Russia.

HQ-16-based LY-80 medium-range (MR) surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems which Pakistan previously procured from China has a range of only 42km but with induction of FD-2000, Pakistani forces will have the ability to track and target aerial threats up to 125km. Continue reading