Chinese officials are issuing new warnings about the spectre of global religious extremism seeping into the country, following reports of fighters from China’s Muslim minority fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq.
Sharhat Ahan, a top political and legal affairs party official in Xinjiang, on Sunday became the latest official from a predominantly Muslim region to warn about China becoming destabilised by the “international anti-terror situation” and calling for a “people’s war.” Continue reading
Contingents of Chinese and Turkish armies are to participate in the Pakistan Day parade for the first time, the army said on Monday.Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet that Chinese soldiers will take part in the parade being held on March 23, to mark the Pakistan Day celebrations.
“A Turkish military band will also participate in the parade, ” the tweet added. Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to develop his country like India and get rid of terrorism, but the powerful army and the ISI does not let him do it, an Indian-American Republican donor has said.
“Nawaz Sharif is trying to take Pakistan in the right direction. I do not know for sure, but it seems like that if it was just him they would get rid of the big disease terrorism. They would really like to develop like India. But ISI and military does not let him do it,” said Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition. Continue reading
Pakistan on Sunday inducted a China-made advanced surface-to-air missile defence system to boost its aerial defence and combat emerging threats, army said.”Pakistan Army inducts low-to-medium altitude air defence system (LOMADS) LY 80,” army said in a statement.
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the chief guest at the induction ceremony held at army auditorium in Rawalpindi. Continue reading
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Last month North Korea conducted an IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) test with a range of 310 miles (500 km), although speculation by South Korean intelligence suggested it could have flown up to 1,243 miles (2000 km). This test followed a prolific seriesof tests by DPRK in 2016, raising concerns in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.
The test, which was undoubtedly for signaling purposes, was conducted on February 12, 2017 and tallied with the Japanese-US summit held on January 10. The leaders of the two countries issued a joint statement that signaled their disapproval of the test and a pledge for renewed effort to cooperate more closely against the problematic Kim Jong-Un regime. Continue reading
Pakistan’s powerful military continues to play a strong role in the country’s national security and foreign affairs, the US State Department’s Office of Inspector General has said.
“The Pakistani military continues to play a strong role in national security and foreign affairs. The country faces external and internal challenges to its stability from crime and terrorism,” it said in a report on the inspection of US Embassy in Islamabad and its other consulates in Pakistan. Continue reading
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Afghanistan has warned Pakistan to desist from using radical terrorists as a “foreign policy accessory”, saying peace talks cannot progress if it pretends to be a “selective victim”.
“Let me be very clear. The conflict in our country is not homegrown, as some desperately and deceptively try to portray. On the contrary, it is the nexus of illicit narcotics, violent extremism, and state sponsorship of terrorism with regional dimensions and global consequences,” Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mahmoud Saikal said at a Security Council debate yesterday on the situation in Afghanistan. Continue reading
A top US military general has said the new Pakistan Army chief has shown signs he is taking action against the Taliban and the Haqqani network but he needs to be “more persistent” in the fight against terror. Gen Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command or CENTCOM, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Pakistan Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has begun action against the terrorist groups his predecessors were reluctant to target. Gen Votel said Pakistan Army recently supported Gen John Nicholson, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in some places on the border, making sure they were doing the activities on their side of the border. He called the actions “a move in the right direction.”
“But what we need is that (they) be more persistent and continue to focus in that particular area,” Gen Votel said. Continue reading
Five soldiers of the Pakistan Army and more than 10 suspected militants were reportedly killed in a cross-border “terrorist attack” on three Pakistani border posts along the Pak-Afghan border area on Sunday night, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
ISPR in a statement said “terrorists” from across the border had targeted the posts late on Sunday night in Mohmand Agency. Continue reading
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However, some experts feel that China might have much more superior fire power than is visible externally. Such assessment is based on the fact that after disintegration of the USSR, China employed many Russian scientists from the disintegrated CIS states (other than Russia) to improve its military might. Continue reading
Pakistan government on Thursday approved the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to bring the impoverished and politically deprived tribal region at par with the rest of the country.
Vowing to plant their flag in China and that blood will “flow in rivers”, a new video released this week purportedly by the Islamic State group shows ethnic Uighur fighters training in Iraq, underscoring what Beijing sees as a serious threat.
China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people from western China’s Xinjiang region, have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for militant groups there, having travelled illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey. Continue reading
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Bangladesh Air Force has issued a tender to procure 08 x Multi-Role Combat Aircraft(MRCA) in the financial year 2017-18 with an option for additional 04 aircraft in future.BAF plans to employ these
Fighter aircraft for Air Defence role, Offensive Counter Air Operations role, Anti-Surface Force role and Maritime Air Operations role to assist Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy.
A quick look at the tender documents suggests Technical requirements attached with the tender is tailored made for Russia to respond with the recently introduced Mig-35. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
There are several Muslim-majority countries where Mahershala Ali’s Oscar win for his role in Moonlight won’t be celebrated. That’s because he belongs to the minority Ahmadi sect.
In countries such as Malaysia and Pakistan, Ahmadis are reviled by hardline Sunni Muslim groups as heretics, apostates and even infidels.So much so that Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations, deleted a tweet on Monday that noted Ali was the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. The tweet, however, was spotted by eagle eyed Twitter users who saved screen grabs.Ali, who was born aChristian, converted to Islam in his final year at graduate school after the woman who would become his wife, Amatus Karim, invited him to an Ahmadi mosque. Continue reading
SOURCE: The New York Times
For years, North Korea has rattled the world with its nuclear tests and its threats to visit a nuclear holocaust upon the United States. Now, the finding by the Malaysian police that Kim Jong-nam was assassinated with VX nerve agent is a stark reminder of the North’s lesser-known weapons of mass destruction: a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.
Mr. Kim, the estranged elder brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was killed on Feb. 13 when two women rubbed his face with the nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the police said on Friday. Continue reading