India put international spotlight on Pakistan’s continued patronage to terrorism and terrorist organizations with a special mention to the D-Company– headed by Mumbai blast accused Dawood Ibrahim—during a debate at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Hitting out at Pakistan after it unsuccessfully tried to internationalize the Kashmir issue at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, India pointed out the neighbouring country’ role in arms trafficking, narcotics trade and in harbouring terrorists and terrorist entities proscribed by the UN.

“An organized crime syndicate, the D-Company, that used to smuggle gold and counterfeit currencies transformed into a terrorist entity overnight causing a series of bomb blasts in the city of Mumbai in 1993. The attack resulted in the loss of more than 250 innocent lives and damage to property worth millions of dollars. The perpetrator of that incident also, unsurprisingly, continues to enjoy patronage in a neighboring country, a hub for arms trafficking and narcotics trade, along with other terrorists and terrorist entities that have been proscribed by the United Nations,” India said during the debate. Continue reading


The World Bank has expressed its inability to take an independent decision on appointment of a neutral expert or court of arbitration for settlement of a long outstanding water dispute between Pakistan and India, saying the two countries will have to bilaterally choose one option.

“Both India and Pakistan should come together as to which option to take forward,” said Patchamuthu Illangovan, the World Bank’s former Country Director of Pakistan, on completion of his five-year term in Islamabad. Talking to Dawn, Mr Illango said Pakistan had made a request for appointment of a Court of Arbitration (COA) while India had sought a neutral expert to resolve their dispute on two hydroelectric projects. Because of two conflicting positions under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty, the World Bank was facilitating the two governments to find ways in resolving differences and move forward. Continue reading


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that Indian premier Narendra Modi’s Hindutva ideology that is based on hatred and racial superiority against minorities has destroyed the country’s secular image across the globe, ARY News reported. Addresses joint session of the Parliament, FM Qureshi maintained that Modi’s ideology has brought Indian to the brink of disaster and added that international media was also observing the Indian government’s Hindutva ideology.

“We cannot keep mum over construction of a temple at Babri Masjid site,” the foreign minister said and added that the government will continue to raise the Kashmir issue at all international forums. He said that Pakistan will continue to sensitize the world about the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir. Continue reading


Captain Deepak Sathe, pilot of the Air India Express flight who died after the plane crashed at Kerala’s Kozhikode airport on Friday, was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA). Seventeen people were killed and several injured when a Dubai-Calicut Air India Express flight with 191 passengers and crew on board overshot the runway and fell into a valley, breaking into two portions, on Friday evening.

“Capt Deepak V Sathe was from 58th course of National Defence Academy, Pune. He was from Juliet Squadron,” said Air Marshal Bhushan Gokhale (Retd). Continue reading


Nearly two decades after Sukhoi aircraft were imported, India received a fleet of five French-manufactured Rafale multi-role combat jets last week. The acquisition of the Rafale fighter jets is a much-needed capacity booster for the Indian Air Force (IAF), given the aircraft’s proven combat capabilities in air defence, electronic warfare and ground support. Their induction into the IAF will also support India’s management of the ongoing border stand-off with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in eastern Ladakh where India has already deployed multiple weapons platforms hardware including Sukhoi-30 and Mirage fighter jets.

India has got defence upgrade over the last 15 years mostly through imports. Since 2014, the country also started a massive programme to build domestic defence-industrial capabilities which have yielded slow but steady results. Defence-industrialisation is critical for India as it is linked to national security and the country’s profile in the Indo-Pacific region. Continue reading


An Arabic speaking General with over 20 years of enforcing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) diktat in Tibet, four Lieutenant Generals and three divisions commanders are currently overseeing the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) aggression on the 1597-km long Line of Actual Control bisecting Ladakh in India and occupied Aksai Chin in China.

With both the Indian Army and PLA locked in a stalemate after the latter’s reluctance to move its troops, the India-China military stand-off may well continue through this winter and beyond. It is led by the military architect of 2017 Doklam face-off which lasted 73 days, the 65-year-old Gen Zhao Zongqi, who is no stranger to military stand-offs. Continue reading


After the breakdown of talks at the level of the Corps Commander to restore status quo ante at friction points on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the division commanders of India and China are likely to meet in the coming days to arrive at a plan to reduce tensions in the strategic Depsang Plains. Official sources told The Indian Express that the meeting would be held at the Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO)-Tianwendian border meeting point on the LAC.

The Indian delegation will be led by the General Officer Commanding of 3 Mountain Division, Major General Abhijit Bapat, at the meeting which is likely to happen “in the next few days,” sources said. The agenda of the meeting, sources said, is to reduce tensions at the Depsang Plains where both sides have massed troops on the disputed border. More than 15,000 Chinese troops are estimated to have been deployed opposite Depsang, where India has also mobilised matching troops on its side, including an armoured brigade. Continue reading


Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane asked his top commanders to stay prepared for any eventuality while carrying out a security review of the eastern and central sectors during a two-day visit at a time when India and China are locked in a tense border dispute in Ladakh, people familiar with the developments said on Friday.

While the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh is the focus of the current border tensions, Indian forces are in a heightened state of alert all along the border with China stretching from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh. Continue reading


Five days after a Territorial Army soldier went missing in Kashmir, his family has found his clothes in an orchard near their house, and has appealed to militants to hand his body over if he has been killed. On August 2, Shakir Mazoor Wagay, 24, went missing after he left his home at Harmain in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

On Friday morning, Shakir’s father Manzoor Ahmad Wagay, while searching for his son, found his clothes in an orchardnear their house.“His clothes were torn and there were stains of blood on the ground,” Manzoor told The Indian Express. Manzoor informed the Army about Shakir’s clothes in the orchard, and an Army team immediately arrived with sniffer dogs. Continue reading


Security forces on Friday busted a terror hideout during an operation in Jammu and Kashmir”s Poonch district and seized two AK-47 rifles and four magazines, officials said. Poonch Senior Superintendent of Police Ramesh Angral said the hideout was busted during a joint Cordon and Search Operation by the Army and the Special Operations Group of Police in upper Kalssa forest area of Mangnar top.

Two AK-47 rifles and 4 magazines were recovered, he said. He said the operation was carried out on a specific input and it helped foil terrorists’ plans of creating disturbance in in the area. Continue reading


A Sri Lankan Air Force An-32 transport aircraft made an emergency landing at naval airbase INS Hansa on Friday after the aircraft suffered a technical glitch after taking off from the naval base. The aircraft, part of a three aircraft formation, had landed at Goa for scheduled refuelling while on their way to Ukraine for complete overhaul.

Indian Navy engineers detected the fault and repaired the aircraft and the three Antonov An 32s are now expected to fly out on Saturday.
The Sri Lankan Embassy expressed its appreciation to the personnel at INS Hansa for the immediate assistance. “We express our deep appreciation to the Indian Navy for rendering assistance to a Sri Lankan Air Force aircraft and the crew in Goa. It was indeed a gesture of true friendship and cooperation,” said the embassy in a statement. Continue reading


Taking another firm step towards development of new technology enabled products with diversified designs for our Defence Forces, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) is all set to build State-of-the Art Damage Control Simulator (DCS) for Indian Navy.

GSL signed the contract with Indian Navy for setting-up of DCS on 07 Aug 2020. With the signing of this contract, GSL has consolidated its position in supply of ship Simulators for Damage Control. As on date, GSL has built 06 simulators of various types for Defence Forces and has also recently exported one simulator to a neighboring country. All these GSL built simulators are in active service and are assisting the users in providing realistic simulation of possible naval scenarios at training establishments. Continue reading


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Indian Air Force (IAF) was recently told to study the proposed Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) project cleared for the Indian Navy to be designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and join to develop a spin-off air force variant of the jet minus the Naval engineered landing gear and tail section for aircraft carrier operations, but senior officials of the IAF seems to suggest that they have other plans regarding joining the TEDBF bandwagon.

Senior IAF official close to has informed that Top management is not too keen on the TEDBF program and will allow Navy to be lead program agency along with ADA/HAL in the TEDBF and wants to continue its focus on the Tejas Mk2 and AMCA programs and will not join TEDBF program initially because it will be easier to develop Air force version than a Naval version and if need be arise IAF can fund the development of air force variant at a later stage. Continue reading


Junagadh a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, nearly 200 km away from the border with Pakistan caught many Indians poor knowledge and background history of the area when Pakistan government announced new Political maps recently which included the former princely territory of 160 km² area ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty in British India.

Jinnah’s Queen, King, and Pawn’s theory were well explained by then Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, where Jinnah eyed King (Hyderabad), Queen (Kashmir) and the pawn (Junagadh) as areas which will expand further areas of Pakistan over what was already agreed as per partition terms. Many years later Junagadh and Hyderabad continued to be showcased in Pakistan’s Political map and somewhere in the mid-’70s, Pakistan quietly gave up claims on the former princely state of Hyderabad, which was in the heart of India, while political map still carried Junagadh but since it was missing from the administrative maps of Pakistan not many Indian knew about it. Continue reading


Two officers facing court martial for their alleged role in an incident of ‘friendly fire’ resulting in shooting down of an IAF Mi-17 chopper at Budgam on February 27, 2019 — a day after the Balakot strikes — have approached the Armed Forces Tribunal to stop proceedings and grant them access to the court of inquiry report.

The case has thrown up a tricky legal question. Usually, the court of inquiry report is shared with the accused so that they can prepare a defence. In this case, however, a special clause has been invoked to not share details on grounds of national security. Group Captain Suman Roy Chowdhury, the then second-in-command of the Srinagar air base as the chief operations officer (COO) who has been indicted, has moved the principal bench of the tribunal, pleading that the court martial be halted and the full proceedings of the court of inquiry report be supplied to him. Continue reading