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Pakistan on its national day on Thursday upped its Kashmir rhetoric with its High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit commenting on the aspirations of the denizens of the Valley. This has not gone down well with the Indian establishment that termed the statement beyond the diplomatic niceties.

In response to Basit’s statement, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Gopal Baglay said: “They (Basit’s statement on Kashmir) are not in keeping with diplomatic niceties and this is tantamount to interference in our internal affairs.” Continue reading


During LIMA 2017 in Malaysia, the Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace Joint Venture presented its BrahMoS anti-ship missile.

During a briefing for Mönch, BrahMos’ representative explained the current architecture of the system and recent developments.It was confirmed that the missile was designed for four different platforms – land (of the Indian Army, three missiles per vehicle, four vehicles in a mobile battery + one command vehicle), surface vessels, submarines and aircraft. Continue reading


Bangladesh on Thursday said that it would reach out to the UN to declare March 25 as Genocide Day globally, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistan Army on the same day in 1971. “The letter is ready…it will be sent to the United Nations by this month,” Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq told reporters.

“A delegation will go to the UN this month with a proposal to observe March 25 as Genocide Day globally while the foreign ministry, through the Bangladesh embassies and high commissions across the world, will campaign to get support from other countries in favour of our proposal.” The UN General Assembly in 2015 declared December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. Continue reading


The “controlling influence” of Pakistan Army and intelligence services on Islamabad’s “core state policies” is unlikely to allow any strategic shift in its ties with India, a top expert on South Asia has suggested.

“US policymakers, for their part, have come to terms with the reality of Pakistan’s deep state. As a practical matter, they find it nearly impossible to get anything important done on security issues without working through the Pakistani military and intelligence services,” Daniel Markey, from the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in an op-ed piece in The Cipher Brief. Continue reading


The armed forces should be prepared for conventional warfare along the country’s borders and advanced technology for military must be made available on a fast track mode, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said today.

He said that adequate focus must be given to ensure that “trial procedure” for procurement of military systems do not linger on for too long. Continue reading


Nearly a year back in my article (How India is building an impregnable Air Defence coverage in Western sector) I had mentioned the development of a New Long Range Surface to air missile which was revealed by DRDO few years back. New missile had a reported range of 150 km to 200 km.

Now Saurav Jha who is prominent Indian Defence Journalist in his latest tweet has confirmed the development of very long range Surface to air missile with a reported range of 250km dubbed as XRSAM. Continue reading


The might and muscle of Mahabharata’s epic warrior Bhima continues to be an inspiration, even to the country’s premier tech school.

A research group at IIT Kharagpur has designed the country’s first indigenous superpower drone and named it after the second Pandava. It’s just under a metre in length, but its uniqueness lies in the unmanned aerial device’s state-of-the-art protection shield, superior imagery and hitherto unknown abilities, say its creators. Continue reading


They were many who questioned the surgical strikes carried out by India across the Line of Control last year. However, there is proof to indicate that the strikes were indeed conducted and the number of casualties and violation along the Line of Control as well as the International Border have come down drastically.

Prior to the surgical strikes, violations by Pakistan were reported almost every single day. There were 228 ceasefire violations at the Line of Control and 221 at the International Border. However, post the surgical strikes in November 2016, the number of violations at the LoC was 22 and on the IB, 6. Continue reading


I not only understand but also relate to the tormenting experience of Asif Nizami and Nazim Nizami — the two representatives from the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia — who had gone to Pakistan on a tour to the Sufi shrines in that country to build bridges between the peoples and nations.

I, with my family, had undergone similarly harrowing circumstances in 2012. It was sheer good luck that we had come back safe and sound. Continue reading

SOURCE: Major (R) Gaurav Arya Blog

The exact date escapes me, but it was around the year 1190 AD when the Muslim armies of King Saladin clashed with the Christian knights of King Richard, The Lionheart. The war was for Jerusalem; a city believed divine by Jews, Christians and Muslims. Hundreds and thousands of soldiers, mercenaries and civilians had perished in the First and Second Crusades, and thousands more would die in the Third Crusades, some for the cross, and others for the crescent.

There was a third invisible power that was driving its agenda, ruthlessly and ferociously. They attacked Muslims and Christians both, and such was the finesse they exhibited while killing that soldiers of both armies had started to believe that it was the work of ghosts and jinns. They did not leave their footprints in the sand, so to say. Continue reading


Scotland Yard is facing allegations of using hackers in India to illegally spy on email accounts of British journalists, environmental campaigners and activists, an anonymous letter to the UK’s policing watchdog has claimed.

A letter believed to be from a whistleblower alleges that a secretive unit at the Metropolitan Police used contacts in the Indian police to obtain passwords and monitored targets for several years. Continue reading


Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat arrives in Dhaka on March 30 on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral defence cooperation with top Bangladesh officials.

He would be visiting Dhaka ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s tour of India next month when the two countries are expected to ink a comprehensive defence cooperation deal.Gen Rawat will fly in from Kathmandu at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Gen Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq. Continue reading


Almost 52 years after late Param Veer Chakra winner Abdul Hamid destroyed Pakistani Patton tanks in the famous battle of Asal Uttar on his jeep, his “driver” in the epic battle has demanded his contribution and valour in the war to be recognised by the country and the Army.

Grenadier Mohammed Naseem, 72 has claimed before a military court almost five decades after the battle with Pakistan that he was detailed to drive the rocket launcher-mounted jeep of Hamid and he assisted him with his full ability and exemplary courage. Continue reading


On the occasion of Pakistan Day, President Mamnoon Hussain said in his address that Islamabad is ready for dialogue with India over the Kashmir issue.

“We are ready for dialogue with India and want to resolve the issue of incomplete agenda of the division of the subcontinent, in accordance with the UN resolutions on Kashmir,” the Dawn quoted the President as saying at the celebration ceremony marked by military parade in the capital. Continue reading


The India-Pakistan row over Kashmir shouldn’t hold up Chinese projects in the region as the territorial issue doesn’t relate to China, according to a leading Chinese expert on world affairs who believes New Delhi and Islamabad should resolve the problem instead of dragging Beijing into it.

China needs to have access to ports such as Gwadar in Pakistan under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to move its huge shipments of cargo to other parts of the world, said Wang Zhan, a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s Parliament, and president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Continue reading

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