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SOURCE: The Week

In 2018, Turkey announced a deal to supply four warships to Pakistan valued at around $1.5 billion. The contract was among the largest arms export deals signed by Turkey and involved the supply of a version of Ankara’s indigenous MILGEM stealth corvette. Corvettes are small warships (displacing around 1,500 to 3,000 tonnes) and can carry anti-ship, anti-submarine and air defence weapons.

A shipyard in Istanbul is building two MILGEM warships for Pakistan, while the remaining two ships are being built in Karachi. The MILGEM variant being sold to Pakistan would be larger in displacement and longer in length than the ones in Turkish service. Initial media reports said the Pakistani Navy would use a Chinese surface-to-air missile, the HQ-16, on its MILGEM ships. The HQ-16 would be meant to shoot down anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who retired as chief of Pakistan’s Navy in 2020, had, reportedly, even acknowledged that the HQ-16 would be fired from a vertical launch system (VLS) in the warships’ bow. Models of the MILGEM ships for Pakistan showed them having 16 VLS cells.

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SOURCE: ANI

Claiming a systematic genocide in Balochistan by Pakistani security forces, the Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) urged the Group of Seven (G7) leaders to investigate the heinous crimes by Pakistan in the region.

In a memorandum addressed to the G7 leaders, the Council urged them to send a UN fact-finding mission to investigate the extra-judicial killings and mass disappearances of the Baloch political and social activists. They also urged that the perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity in Balochistan should be brought to justice by initiating cases against them in the international court of justice in The Hague.

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SOURCE: Jagran News Desk

s part of Pakistan’s Mango diplomacy, India’s neighbour had sent mango consignments to over 32 heads of the nation in what is being reported as an attempt to strengthen the diplomatic ties. The gesture, however, backfired, because all 32 countries, including the US, Canada, China, Turkey, Russia, Bangladesh, Sri lanka and Nepal, refused to accept the mango consignments citing coronavirus restrictions and quarantine regulations.

The mango consignments sent on behalf of Pakistani president Arif Alvi were dispatched on Wednesday and included famous mango varieties such as the Chaunsa, Anwar Rattol, and Sindhari.

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SOURCE: NEWS18

China has passed a new legislation that bans defamation of military personnel, adding an array of legal tools to its 2018 law under which a Chinese popular blogger was punished recently for defaming PLA soldiers killed in last year’s clash with the Indian Army at the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh.

The legislation, which was adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Thursday, states that no organisation or individual may in any way slander or derogate the honour of servicemen, nor may they insult or slander the reputation of members of the armed forces, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Iraqi Air force’s F-16 fleet is facing serious issues after Lockheed Martin started pulling out of some of its contractors from the country due to repeated attacks on the airbase where they are usually stationed, Previous withdrawal of contractors has affected half the fleet, leading to poor maintenance that effected half the fleet and some being grounded for a while now. With the withdrawal of more contractors leaving Iraq in the coming weeks, it’s a matter of few weeks before the Iraqi F-16 fleet could have ground the whole fleet.

According to media reports, sensing an opportunity to get their hands on newer airframes with little flying hours, Pakistani air force (PAF) officials approached the Iraqi defense ministry officials and proposed to swap 12 F-16 for the sale of up to 24 Chinese made JF-17 fighter jet along with assurance to provide F-16 technicians and contractors from Pakistan in help maintaining other remaining jets, but the proposal reportedly was rejected by the Iraqi defense ministry.

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SOURCE: ANI

Successive Pakistani administrations have engaged in gross violations of human rights, suppressed dissent and curtailed religious freedom. It qualifies Pakistan to be designated as a terror sponsor State. Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaking to CNN’s Bianna Golodryga on the Israel-Palestine conflict, invoked an age-old anti-Semitic trope that the media was controlled by a certain group of people owing to their “deep pockets.” Golodryga was quick to hold the minister to account by pushing back and pressing him to clarify his claim.

The government in Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, has made several anti-Semitic remarks in the past. Ranging from a member of Parliament in his government calling for “jihad” against Israel to the prime minister himself stooping to the level of drawing parallels between “Islamaphobia” and the Holocaust, Pakistani politicians have a history of engaging in anti-Semitic bigotry, reported The Hill.

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SOURCE: NEWSX

Two nations are seeking to collaborate, China and Pakistan are likely to launch a new media company with a global reach to achieve “information domination”. It has been said that China has agreed for giving funding to establish this particular news channel in Pakistan. According to an Indian media report, the forum will be used by the leaders of both countries that would further their objectives and improve their global reputation.

It’s worth noting that Pakistan has tried the same thing in the past as well. In 2019, the country planned to establish an English-language television channel in alliance with Turkey and Malaysia to challenge the dominant Islamic narrative. This initiative, however, never got off the ground. As a result of Turkey and Malaysia’s lack of interest, Pakistan is said to have stopped communicating.

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SOURCE: THE WEEK

The countdown has begun. In less than 20 days, the US will withdraw from its biggest airbase, Bagram—that had been the heart of the operations in Afghanistan for two decades and held Taliban prisoners—to meet the September 11 deadline. While American forces are ready to go home, the next battle of counter-terrorism will be fought from a distance. As the US figures out the logistics, it is clear that Washington will need more help from Pakistan.

There has been a certain shift in the US towards Pakistan that will undoubtedly be watched closely by India. May was a hectic month for Pakistan-US ties. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met Moeed Yusuf, National Security Adviser of Pakistan, in Geneva. Pakistan Foreign Minister S.M. Qureshi visited the US—he is tasked with formulating a plan to improve US-Pakistan ties that have been less than warm—and there was a phone call from US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin to Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Javad Qamar Bajwa. Then, there was also the unannounced visit by CIA chief William Burns to Islamabad, a hush-hush affair.

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SOURCE: ANI

A protest in Bahria Town Karachi (BTK) against land grabbing turned violent as fast food franchises, several vehicles, a showroom and two offices of estate agents were set ablaze and police resorted to teargas shelling and firing rubber bullets.

The violent incident happened on Sunday after a mob forced its way through the main gate during a protest by the Sindh Action Committee (SAC) against a mega housing project. Thousands of people had arrived at the housing project from different parts of the province to stage a peaceful protest against ‘land grabbing’, ‘forced eviction of locals’ and ‘demolition of villages’ in the name of development, reported Dawn.

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SOURCE: Republic.

Pakistan is training terrorists in Hamas and fighters of the Palestinian militant group are receiving their military training from the country’s Army, claimed former Pakistan Envoy Raja Zafar ul Haq. In a sensational revelation, the senior Pakistan MP shared that the co-founder of Fatah in Gaza– Abu Jihad had told him that most Hamas fighters had received military training by the Pakistan Army. Raja Zafar ul Haq also claimed that the Pakistan Army had a Commando Unit specifically stationed in Gaza for the cause.

“In 1981, Abu Jihad was alive and I met him. He told me that whenever there is a war with Israel, those on the forefront are those who have received military training in Pakistan. This has happened, will happen and will continue happening,” he said in the video accessed by RepublicTv.

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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Israel-Iran relations remain tense, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that Tel Aviv may resort to unilateral action to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The Islamic Republic, in turn, has repeatedly said that it “has not sought and will never seek nuclear weapons”.

Israeli F-35 jet fighters arrived in Italy last week to take part in a large-scale two-week air exercise, which aside from the hosting country will also include the United States and the United Kingdom. This is the largest and most distant exercise that Israeli F-35 jets have participated in to date, the country’s military said on Sunday.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Iraqi military said on Sunday that air defences at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts U.S. Forces, intercepted and shot down two drones. The military said in a statement the drones were intercepted and shot down at a round 12:30 a.m. local time.

On May 8, an attack by an unmanned aerial surveillance system targeted Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base, but it caused no injuries. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Sunday’s attack. Armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed responsibility for similar incidents in the past.

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SOURCE:  IEEE

A six-propeller drone in November carried a 3-kilogram load from a heliport to a large cargo ship anchored 5 kilometers off the Port of Singapore, becoming the first drone in the world to do a nighttime offshore delivery. F-drones, the Singapore-based startup behind the milestone, is now building drones designed to autonomously deliver 100-kg payloads over a distance of 100km to ships and offshore platforms.

“I could’ve developed drones that fly over land, but Singapore being such a busy port had a bigger problem in the maritime industry,” says Yeshwanth Reddy, company cofounder and CTO. The startup is filling a crucial need for offshore deliveries, he says.

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SOURCE: PTI

Asignificant part of the Al-Qaeda leadership resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, including the group’s elusive leader Aiman al-Zawahiri, who is probably alive but too frail to be featured in propaganda, according to a United Nations report. The report, issued on Friday, said that large numbers of Al-Qaeda fighters and other foreign extremist elements aligned with the Taliban are located in various parts of Afghanistan.

Member states reported that a significant part of Al-Qaeda leadership remains based in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the core is joined by and works closely with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, the twelfth report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team said. Al Qaeda leader Aiman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri, is believed to be located somewhere in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previous reports of his death due to ill health have not been confirmed.

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SOURCE: PTI

he Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering has retained Pakistan on “enhanced follow-up” status for outstanding requirements, and Islamabad will continue to report back to it on the country’s progress to strengthen its implementation of anti-money laundering and combating financing terror measures, according to a media report on Saturday.

Pakistan was put on the grey list by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June 2018 and the country has been struggling to come out of it. The Asia Pacific Group (APG) is a regional affiliate of the FATF. The second Follow-Up Report (FUR) on Mutual Evaluation of Pakistan released by the APG also downgraded the country on one criteria.

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