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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Amid the ongoing political turmoil in Pakistan, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday (October 20) ordered an enquiry into rumours that Sindh police chief was kidnapped by Pakistan army troops in order to put pressure on Karachi police to arrest Safdar Awan, the son-in-law of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

According to The International Herald, 10 Karachi police officers were killed in clashes that broke out in the financial capital of Pakistan. It also claimed that a ‘civil war’ has broken out following the violent clashes between police and the Army.

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SOURCE: Army Recognition

According to information published on October 16, 2020, by the Russian press agency TASS, Turkey has conducted the first test-fire with its new Russian-made S-400 air defense missile systems during a military exercise near the town of Sinop on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Three missiles of the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system were launched. All of them successfully hit the designated targets,” the military source said. In May 2020, the President of SSB (Turkish Defense Associations) Ismail Demir has announced the deployment of the S-400 surface-to-air missile systems with the Turkish armed forces.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday accused the country’s army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa of toppling his government, pressuring the judiciary, and installing the current government of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the 2018 elections.

“Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, you packed up our government, which was working well, and put the nation and the country at the alter of your wishes,” Sharif said addressing a large protest gathering of opposition parties in the eastern Pakistani city of Gujranwala.

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SOURCE: DAILYHUNT

As many as 12 Pakistani army personnel were killed on Thursday in two separate attacks in Balochistan’s Gwadar district and the North Waziristan tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In the first incident, at least six security personnel were killed after a convoy of the state-run Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL) was attacked on the coastal highway in Balochistan’s Ormara, Radio Pakistan reported.

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SOURCE: AP

Pakistan’s military said seven troops were killed in separate incidents on Wednesday in the country’s northwest, in a region along the Afghan border that until recent years had served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants.

Six soldiers, including an officer, died in North Waziristan, when their army patrol struck two roadside bombs, while a seventh soldier was killed in a firing incident in the border Bajur region. The military said the shooting had come from the Afghan side of the frontier.

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SOURCE: ANI

Pakistan government is under fire from the opposition for taking control of two islands previously under the regional government of Sindh province, with various politicians accusing the Imran Khan-led administration of planning to hand over these strategically-crucial islands to China as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) component.

Pakistan President Arif Alvi signed the Pakistan Island Development Authority (PIDA) ordinance last month to facilitate reclamation and urban planning on Bundal and Bhuddo islands, which are located south of Karachi, Nikkei Asia reported. Both islands are the largest along Sindh’s coast.

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SOURCE: ANI

Pakistani Muslim League (Nawaz) [PML(N)] vice president Maryam Nawaz on Monday said that the Prime Minister Imran Khan Government “would go home” before January days before the opposition holds its first power show in a campaign to oust the incumbent government.

The party vice president lashed out at the government saying that the PLM-N hadn’t been subjected to “such atrocities” even when retired General Musharaf was in power. “I don’t even recognise this a government,” she said, as quoted by Geo News. “This government does not deserve to be called a government.”

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

About 20,000 copies of books published by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have been distributed in Afghanistan’s southern provinces “motivating” local Afghans to join the jihad. The books have been sent via Torkham border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Other Afghan provinces were books have been distributed are Nangarhar, Logar, and Ghazni. 

Earlier pamphlets, letters were distributed among provincial employees and locals in northern and central provinces, asking them to quit jobs and join ranks with Taliban. The development comes even as US President Donald Trump has said that all American troops will be withdrawn from the country by Christmas 2020. 

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SOURCE: ET

Across Asia, populists and authoritarians have taken advantage of the pandemic to go after their political opponents. Last week, Pakistan’s already frail opposition was dealt a further blow: A case was filed against the former prime minister and stringent critic of the military, Nawaz Sharif, for “sedition,” while former president Asif Ali Zardari was formally charged with corruption. Sharif and Zardari lead different parties and are old antagonists; all they have in common is that they are now tentative and distrustful allies against the army-backed government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

It isn’t hard to see why the Pakistani state has escalated its attacks on the opposition. Zardari, Sharif and the Islamist cleric-politician Fazlur Rehman — three very unlikely fellow travelers — recently launched a joint movement to unseat the government. In exile in London, Sharif has delivered a series of belligerent, unrestrained speeches in which he has accused the military of being a “state behind the state” and of manipulating the election of 2018 that brought Khan to power.

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SOURCE: ENS

In the declaration drafted by Germany and presented at the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, 39 predominantly Western countries denounced China for gross human rights violations in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang and the autonomous region of Tibet, and for limiting political and personal freedoms in Hong Kong.

In the statement endorsed by the UK, the US and many EU countries, Germany’s ambassador to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, decried the “widespread surveillance [that] disproportionately continues to target Uighur and other minorities” as well as “forced labor and forced birth control including sterilization.” He also criticized the existence of political re-education camps in Xinjiang, where more than a million people had reportedly been detained.

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SOURCE: HT

Unfavorable views of China have soared to historic highs in many countries in a new global poll by Pew Research Center, with the highest in Australia.

A majority of those polled in each of the 14 advanced economies had negative views of China. But in nine of them, China’s unpopularity was at the highest Pew had recorded since it started tracking this subject more than a decade ago– in Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Sweden and South Korea.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

 Canada’s decision to suspend exports of some military technology over allegations the equipment was used by Azeri forces in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict shows a double standard, Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. “Turkey expects Canada to follow a policy free of double standards and to act without being influenced from those opposed to Turkey,” the ministry said in a statement.

“There is no explanation of blocking defence equipment exports to a NATO ally while … Canada does not see any harm in exporting arms to countries that have military involvement in the crisis in Yemen,” it said.

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SOURCE: NAVAL NEWS

The eight Type-039B ‘Hangor Class’ submarines will be a major boost to the Pakistan Navy. They will more than double the size of the Pakistan Navy’s submarine fleet.

The new submarines are variant of the Chinese Navy’s Type-039A Yuan Class. Construction will be split between the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW) in Karachi. KSEW previously participated in local construction of Pakistan’s French designed Agosta class submarines.

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SOURCE: Taiwan News

After many weeks of constant intrusions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) by People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) warplanes, Chinese state-run media announced that one of the nation’s fighter jets was taken down by a bird. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND), PLAAF aircraft violated Taiwan’s ADIZ on 10 out of 18 days between Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, in a total of 50 sorties. However, the PLAAF’s self-cultivated image of invincibility took a hit in recent days when one of its jets crashed after meeting its match in an avian adversary.

On Oct. 5, the People’s Liberation Army Daily reported that pilot Wang Jiandong (???) relayed encountering a bird strike shortly after takeoff. The engine’s in-flight shutdown warning immediately began flashing, and the display screen went black.

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SOURCE: THE DRIVE

Recent videos from Russia indicate that the country may be on the verge of introducing significant new air-to-air missile capabilities to its most advanced combat jets. One clip shows a Su-57 Felon advanced combat jet carrying one, or perhaps two, new variants of the R-77 medium-range air-to-air missile family, while another shows a Su-35S fighter jet, the latest variant of the Flanker series, test-firing a very-long-range R-37M long-range air-to-air missile.

The footage of the Su-57 with the K-77s was contained within a recently released official documentary commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center at Akhtubinsk. The video of the Su-35S firing the R-37M emerged in an official Russian Ministry of Defense video marking the same occasion late last week. This center is responsible for the state evaluation of military aircraft, including determining which air-launched weapons are cleared for frontline service.

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