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SOURCE: SPUTNIK

The Pakistan Navy on Monday inducted the PNS Tughril, the first of four Type 054A/P frigates developed by China, in the Pakistan Navy Fleet, with the president of Pakistan hailing the friendship between the two countries and announcing that the Type 054A/Ps will serve to safeguard the sea routes of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
China and Pakistan signed the contract for four Type 054A/Ps for the Pakistan Navy in June 2018. The first hull of this class was launched in Shanghai in August 2020, and it was delivered to the Pakistan Navy in November 2021. The frigate is the largest and most advanced surface combat vessel China has ever exported, China State Shipbuilding Corp, the maker of the ship, said in a statement published when the ship was delivered.

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SOURCE: ANI

At least seven persons were injured in a US F-35 jet crash on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement Monday that the pilot of a US F-35 jet was conducting routine flight operations when the crash happened. However, he was safely ejected and was recovered by a military helicopter and he is in stable condition, reported CNN.

Six others were injured on the deck of the carrier. Three required evacuations to a medical facility in Manila, Philippines, where they are in stable condition, according to Pacific Fleet. The other three sailors were treated on the carrier and have been released. The cause of what the statement called an “inflight mishap” is under investigation, reported CNN.

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SOURCE: REPUBLIC TV

The United States has agreed to hold negotiations on the F-35 fighter jet deal with Turkic counterparts in later January or early February, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Sunday. The meeting comes after Akar earlier this month informed that the preparations were underway to resolved the issues pertaining to the deal.

“As for the F-35s, we asked (the US), we paid this much, how shall we go about it he compensation? The American side said they understood. We agreed at the end of January- the beginning of February. Our delegation will go to the US. Six F-35s for Turkey are in a hangar. We are discussing what will happen to them,” Akar was quoted as saying by the Turkish Milliyet newspaper.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

This past week, debate about inequality in China resurfaced after the contact tracing details of a migrant worker were posted on Chinese social media. 43-year-old Yue Mou’s movement that involved him taking up over 31 odd jobs in 14 days before he tested positive in Beijing were posted on social media.

Yue, who was looking for his son he lost in Beijing in 2020, did everything — from construction work to food delivery. “My family can’t afford it with less than 10,000 yuan a month. I raise six people alone. I give my parents about 2,000 yuan a month. My father is 76 years old, and my mother is 66. They are not on the subsistence allowances either. They have heart disease, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and they spend a lot of money on medicine,” Yue told China News Weekly.

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SOURCE: PTI

 The blind pursuit of “absolute national security” coupled with excessive defence spending can lead to the Soviet-style collapse, China’s top foreign policy advisor has warned the ruling Communist Party headed by President Xi Jinping. The pursuit of “absolute national security” can extract a heavy price, Jia Qingguo, member of China’s top political advisory body – the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) – has said, citing the collapse of the Soviet Union as proof of the pitfalls of putting military expansion over long-term security.

The collapse of the Soviet Union, officially known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR, ruled by the Soviet Communist Party has become a major lesson being taught in top Communist Party of China (CPC) schools across the country to avert decisions that lead to its fall.

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SOURCE: IANS

ABritish lawmaker of Pakistani origin on Sunday alleged that she was sacked from a ministerial role in the Conservative Party government in February 2020 because of her ”Muslimness”. Nusrat Ghani, 49, was appointed to a junior ministerial post at the UK’s Department for Transport in 2018 under former Prime Minister Theresa May. But she lost that job in a reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in February 2020, a move she told ‘The Sunday Times’ was attributed to her Muslim faith.

”At the post-reshuffle meeting with the whips I asked what the thinking was behind the decision to fire me… I was told that at the reshuffle meeting in Downing Street ‘Muslimness’ was raised as an ‘issue’, that my ‘Muslim woman minister’ status was making colleagues uncomfortable and that there were concerns ‘that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations’,” Ghani told the newspaper.

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SOURCE : THE PRINT

Nine months after a terror attack on Dasu dam killed 10 Chinese construction workers in Pakistan, the Imran Khan government has finally agreed to pay less than half of what Beijing demanded — $11.6 million. The government approved the amount to be given to the families of the Chinese workers killed or injured in the terror attack that took place on 14 July 2021.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Pakistan, which is the prime minister’s consulting forum, met Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin on Friday and took the decision. China had previously demanded that the Pakistan government pay $38 million to the families of 36 Chinese workers affected in the attack.

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SOURCE: IANS

Opposition lawmakers in Pakistan have sounded alarm over the ongoing chatter and calls for replacing the country’s parliamentary democratic system with a presidential system, demanding a debate on the matter in the National Assembly, Express Tribune reported.

The issue came up during a searing discussion when the opposition condemned what it termed “systematic and planned campaign”. Speaking on the floor on Friday, PML-N lawmaker Ahsan Iqbal said the rumours about presidential form of system were a matter of serious concern, adding it was deplorable that even after the passage of 75 years since the country’s inception, there was still no consensus on the parliamentary democracy.

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SOURCE: ANI

China will seek to use Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, which comes under the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, as a military base, according to an expert. In an interview with Junaid Qureshi, Director of European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), Professor Matthew McCartney, an economics scholar at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), talked about the various issues related to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in general and its flagship project, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), in particular.

He said it is inevitable that China would at some point “seek to use the port in Gwadar as a military base to ensure the steady influx of foreign resources, but China is a very pragmatic country and would be careful of any premature militarization of the port as that would result in widespread antagonization.” In 2015, China announced an economic project in Pakistan worth USD 46 billion.

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SOURCE: IANS

A gunman identified as Muhammad Siddiqui entered a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, and held the rabbi and three others hostage in an hours-long standoff. His demand was reportedly the release of his sister, imprisoned Pakistani terrorist Aafia Siddiqui.

The standoff ended late Saturday night and the gunman was dead, the Colleyville Police announced on Sunday. Meanwhile, the focus on Aafia Siddiqui shows just how deep-rooted terrorism in Pakistan has become, Michael Rubin wrote in a website, 1945.

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SOURCE: THE PRINT

For fourteen years, they raised every part of Afghanistan against me,” lamented the country’s Emir, Abdur Rahman Khan, in an 1897 letter to the imperial commissioner in Peshawar, about the network of the mullah of Hadda village, Najmuddin Akhundzada, “both in the plains country and in the hills, till thousands of men perished on both sides.”

“What calamities are there that they have not suffered, and what blood have they not shed, by his senseless commands?” Khan asked. Two centuries on, the sentiment may seem familiar to the generals in Islamabad who are grappling with their own ‘Hadda Mullah’ — Noor Wali Mehsud, the charismatic cleric who has rebuilt the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) jihadi group from the ashes of defeat into a resurgent force that has shown the resolve to take on the Pakistan Army.

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SOURCE: GULF NEWS

The year 2022 will be the most significant for Pakistan Air Force as it is set to replace its ageing fleet and modernise its fighter force to maintain superiority in air combat. The most anticipated news is the rollout of JF-17 Thunder Block III fighter jets built at Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, which will become the backbone of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fleet. The rollout ceremony of Block III was held in December and the first of the 50 jets will officially join PAF in early 2022.

Another noteworthy development is the reported induction of the advanced Chengdu J-10C aircraft in the coming months. Experts say that modern and more powerful aircraft would bolster Pakistan’s air power, meet future requirements, and balance power in the region.

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SOURCE: DALLAS NEWS

The hostage-taker at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville mentioned that he wanted to speak with Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-year prison sentence for assault and attempted murder of a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan.

Known as “Lady al-Qaeda” in counterterrorism circles, supporters from Pakistan to Texas view her as an innocent victim of the American war on terror. Both the Islamic State and the Taliban, who once again control Afghanistan, sought to trade Siddiqui for American and European hostages – reflecting her “superstar” status among militants. At one point, jihadists offered James Foley, a journalist captured in Syria and beheaded in August 2014.

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SOURCE: ET

Pakistan’s real motive in sponsoring terrorism and revival of Taliban dominated (Udaipur based Foreign & Defence policy related think tan) Usanas Foundation organized international conference, “Maharana Pratap Annual Security Dialogue,” from Jan 10-13. The conference’s theme was “Transnational Terrorism in the 21st century and Global Counterterrorism Response.”

The dialogue was organized in partnership with the Indian Council of World Affairs, MEA. This global conference hosted 25 prominent international experts from over nine countries, including the US, Israel, Australia, Sri Lanka, UAE,Egypt, Afghanistan, Singapore and Europe.

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SOURCE: BBC

A man has gone on trial in London, accused of plotting to kill a Pakistani blogger living in the Netherlands. A court heard that 31-year-old Muhammad Gohir Khan was hired as a “hitman” by figures said to be based in Pakistan.

He was arrested last June and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder. Lawyers said the intended victim, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, had set up a blog on Facebook making fun of the Pakistani military and detailing alleged human rights violations. Kingston Crown Court heard that Mr Goraya, who was living in Rotterdam at the time, “was known for speaking out against the activities of the Pakistani government and appears to have been targeted for that reason”.

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