No fighter plane has come in with a bigger bang than the Rafale. TV anchors and studio strategists spent hours waxing eloquent about its capabilities—a lot of it real, a lot more yet to come with India-specific enhancements, and still more imagined. Many called it a game-changer.

In the olden days, there were separate planes for separate jobs. There were heavy bombers, interdiction bombers, interceptors, air superiority planes, ground attackers, short-range fighters, long-range fighters, spy planes and so on. Each type was designed, built and armed for specific roles. The current trend is to have more multirole planes and a few specialist planes. Continue reading


Rajiv Mehrishi, who completed his term Friday as Comptroller and Auditor General of India, said he did not make defence audit reports available online because “someone in Washington, someone in Beijing and someone in Islamabad may also be watching”. “The idea is to make (these reports) not too easily accessible. There is no need.” He said this was “not a government decision”, but “my decision”.

Parliament ko hum (report) de rahe hain, PAC ko hum de rahe hain (we are giving the report to Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee). It is not really a secret. At least we are not making it available on the tap of a button. Koi Washington me bhi dekh raha hai, Beijing me bhi dekh raha hai aur Islamabad me bhi dekh raha hai. Therefore, we took a decision,” he said. Continue reading


While it continues to engage India militarily and diplomatically, China has clandestinely ramped up the supply of critical surveillance equipment to Pakistan, which illustrates how the two countries are collaborating when it comes to tackling India. In a recent development, China has supplied at least 100 pieces of DJI surveillance drones, which the Pakistan military will be deploying at its naval assets, to monitor enemy (Indian) ship movements.

Dà-Jiang Innovations or DJI is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, South-East China, and is known for producing high quality surveillance drones. This development, as per sources who are monitoring the situation, has come even as Indian Navy had recently increased the deployment of its assets that are under the Eastern and Western Naval Commands, in the Indian Ocean region (IOR) to pre-empt any show of might by the Chinese navy. Continue reading


India and China can overcome their differences in the long term if they reach “some kind of equilibrium” but achieving this is one of the big challenges faced by the country, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday. Jaishankar made the remarks while participating in an interactive session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as part of its “India@75 Summit – Mission 2022” initiative. The event looks ahead at India in its 75th year of independence in 2022 and seeks to bring together stakeholders such as industry and government to work on a vision.

Replying to a question on whether India and China, which are currently engaged in a tense border stand-off, could be friends in the coming decades, Jaishankar said the two countries are neighbours and demographically unique as they are the only ones with populations of more than one billion. Continue reading


Turkey and Pakistan have grouped together to take on India through their Kashmir campaign as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the first leaders to back Pakistan’s position on abrogation of Article 370. Turkey also raised the Kashmir issue in the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019. Raising the Kashmir issue in collaboration is mutually beneficial for both the countries as it would help Pakistan to strengthen its position on Kashmir at the global fora and benefit the desperation of Erdogan to become the undisputed ‘Caliph’ of the Muslim Ummah.

The Turkish support to Pakistan’s global campaign against India on Kashmir and ‘Hindutva’ shall also elevate and enhance Erdogan’s position amongst the South Asian Muslims — the population on which he is banking to claim the leadership of the Islamic world. Continue reading


Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, whose remarks on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status had caused a diplomatic row with India, Saturday said he will not apologise “for speaking out against injustices”.

On Friday, Mahathir had admitted that his country’s ties with India strained due to his remarks on Kashmir during his tenure as the prime minister of Malaysia. Taking to Twitter, the former PM today clarified that he offered “no apology for what (he) had said,” adding that he is “sorry that it had affected our palm oil export to India.” “I don’t know if that is a high price to pay for speaking out against such injustices,” he said. Continue reading


Imran Khan is in trouble, to put it mildly. The Pakistan prime minister initially dismissed COVID-19 as common flu and had advised citizens to stay at home even if showing symptoms. When the pandemic raged beyond control, Imran’s answer was to implement a ‘Corona tiger force’, a youth recruitment program to “wage jihad” against the virus.

The virus was unmoved by such gimmicks. As the crisis deepened, an alarmed World Health Organisation shot off a letter in June slamming hasty lifting of lockdown in provinces without meeting any of the requisite conditions and expressed concern over Pakistan’s high positivity rate and lack of testing. Continue reading

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Bangladesh security agencies at the weekend say they have found details of a top secret meeting at an corporate guest attended by some military and intelligence officers trying to plot the removal of BD army chief General Aziz Ahmed. This meeting presided over by a pro-Pakistani adviser to PM , says BD intelligence officials, have “sinister connotations”.

Some of those in the meeting are aspirants for the top job, others of anti-Awami League dispensation. After a regime change plot by a ‘Major Power’ which had this ‘pro-Pakistani adviser’ leading the machinations with his son , Bangladesh agencies foiled the plot , partly by sheer luck when a retired military participant spilled the beans to a leading intelligence agency in the country by meeting its officer in Bangladesh embassy in Washington . Continue reading


The Indian government’s insistence on Kashmir being a purely domestic issue is “a fiction maintained only by a large security presence”, says a report released by the US Institute of Peace. The report by the Washington-based think tank, which is funded by the US Congress, argues that New Delhi’s claim will “be sorely tested by the disaffection that has intensified” among Kashmiris since Aug 5 last year when India illegally annexed the disputed territory.

“New Delhi will increasingly find it hard to manage its narrative about constitutional and political changes ushering in peace to Kashmir. Most indicators of violence in Kashmir have been on the rise since the August 2019 decision,” the report adds. Arguing that “this untenable situation” will motivate all sides to come to the negotiating table, the report suggests a fresh look at a solution arrived at in 2004-07 by back-channel interlocutors appointed by president Pervez Musharraf and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. Continue reading


With the Indian Army putting its foot down, New Delhi has finally declined to pull back its troops further away from the “Finger 4” on the northern bank of the Pangong Tso (lake), although the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has set it as a condition for its withdrawal from the territory of India.

The Indian Army early last month withdrew troops nearly 1.5 kilometers away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan Valley after the Chinese PLA did the same to create a “buffer zone” in order to avert a repeat of the June 15 violent face-off. It, however, rejected a similar proposal put forward by the communist country’s military recently for resolving the stand-off on the northern bank of the Pangong Tso. Continue reading


A former United Nations Security Council listed terrorist and convict was among the people Pakistani missions globally had lined up to mark the first anniversary of abrogation of special status for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani Mission in Afghanistan hosted a virtual meet in which Gulbadin Hekmatyar also known as the butcher of Kabul and was till 3 years ago listed by the United Nations Security Council. Hekmatyar’s links with Pakistani establishment are well known given the backing to him by Islamabad during the Afghan civil war in the 1990s. Present on the occasion was Pakistani envoy to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan.

In New York, the permanent mission of Pakistan to the United Nations invited Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was arrested by the FBI, for an event virtually. Continue reading


Bangladesh’s ties with India and China should not be compared as they stand on different perspectives, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday, describing Dhaka’s relationship with New Delhi as “historic” and “rock-solid” which cannot be hindered by anything.
Mr Momen’s remarks came after he visited a memorial complex at western Meherpur bordering India to pay tributes to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

“We must not compare the relationships” from an identical standpoint,” he told reporters. “Our ties with India are historic…rock-solid; it is a blood relation while economic issues mainly shaped our relations with China,” Mr Momen said. “Our victory is India’s victory. Our development is India’s development…nothing can hinder this (Bangladesh-India) relation.” Continue reading


Militants in Jammu and Kashmir have been facing a shortage of weapons despite Pakistan’s attempts to provide arms to various terrorist organisations active in the valley, Director General of Police (Jammu and Kashmir) Dilbag Singh said on completion of one year of the abrogation of Article 370 in the former state. The situation is that if Pakistan manages to recruit militants, it is not able to provide them with weapons, Singh told IANS here.

The DGP said that Pakistan has failed to facilitate weapons for the militants despite adopting various methods like the use of drones and infiltration of militants, with each carrying more than three firearms. Citing incidents between January to July this year, the officer said the security forces foiled several Pakistani attempts when it tried to sneak weapons into Jammu and Kashmir through drones in various districts bordering the Line of Control (LoC) and via Punjab by seizing caches of arms. Continue reading


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has time and again branded Pakistan a safe country for international cricket. While some teams like West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have started to tour Pakistan for international cricket, PCB’s claims suffered a big setback on Friday when a cricket match had to be abandoned after some terrorists opened fire at players, spectators at Kohat Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.

As per a report in The Daily Star, a large number of people had turned up to watch the match despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the final of the Amn Cricket tournament at the Dradar Mamazai area in Ismailzai tehsil in the upper part of Orakzai district. Continue reading


A 26-year-old Kashmiri youth was arrested by the Panchkula police on Saturday for uploading a video of a Pakistani leader’s speech about Kashmir and militancy on his WhatsApp status.

The youth, identified as Mohammad Kazafi, is a resident of Dildaar village in Kupwara district of North Kashmir. He works as a security guard at a hotel on Morni Road. He was booked under non-bailable Section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code which states that “whoever promotes or attempts to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religious, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communi­ties, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both”. Continue reading