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SOURCE: ANI

With the decision of the Government of Pakistan to establish a new National Commission for Minorities and the recommendation of Prime Minister Imran Khan to include Ahmadi representatives in its makeup, it is predicted that not much is going to change in the country which ensures protection to minorities.

Giuseppe Milazzo, a Member of the European Parliament said in his article that interference by Prime Minister in an Islamic country will hardly ensure the protection of the minorities including Adhadiyyas. He wrote in EU Chronicle, “Michelle Bachelet’s personal letter to Imran Khan was leaked, no doubt to draw attention to the seriousness of the threats made by his own Cabinet Ministers. However, making a personal plea and calling on the Prime Minister of Pakistan to show “good leadership” may be insufficient in delivering results. Pakistan is an inherently religiously intolerant society and the risk of violence, and further persecution exists not only for the Ahmadiyya Community but also for the Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Sufi, and other religious minorities of Pakistan”. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

For Pakistani citizens, who are always told how China is their most reliable friend in the world, it was a shock to discover that Beijing does business mercilessly and unscrupulously, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States said. Husain Haqqani, who is also director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute, wrote in The Diplomat that Pakistan’s desire to maintain strategic relations with China has resulted in the construction of USD 62 billion worth of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which includes a set of infrastructure projects, being mired in insufficient transparency.

But a Committee formed by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to examine the causes for the high cost of electricity to Pakistani consumers has lifted the lid on corruption involving Chinese private power producers in Pakistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

Afghanistan’s former spy chief has warned that the Pakistan-backed Haqqani network (HQN) is helping banned Islamist terror group al-Qaeda to plan another 9/11-style terror attack against the West.In a series of tweets posted on Sunday, the former director of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah Nabil revealed that al-Qaeda continues to be backed by the HQN based in Pakistan.

“If state sponsors of terrorism in the region are not stopped we will see another 9/11-style attack in future. Al-Qaeda’s al-Zawahiri, Abu Muhammad Al Masri and Saif ul Adel are still planning attacks in the West with the backing of the HQN which is based in Pakistan,” he tweeted. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

Pakistan President Arif Alvi has promulgated an order to form a caretaker government as well as to conduct elections in Gilgit-Baltistan province, a move strongly opposed by India. The presidential promulgation came days after the Pakistan Supreme Court on April 30 allowed the federal government to amend a 2018 administrative order to conduct general elections in the region.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Order of 2018 provided for administrative changes, including authorising the Prime Minister of Pakistan to legislate on an array of subjects. India has conveyed its strong protest to Islamabad for its efforts to bring “material change” to territories under its “illegal and forcible” occupation after the apex court allowed holding of elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. Continue reading

SOURCE: IANS

The US government agencies have been funding the Islamic charities linked to terror groups based in Pakistan and the Middle East through InterAction, America’s largest alliance of international non-profit organizations. Publicly available official documents reveal that in January this year alone, the 1984-founded organization InterAction which has over 180 member organizations, received $5 million from the US government. In the last decade, the US Agency for International Development and the State Department (USAID) granted tens of millions of dollars to InterAction.

The DC-based organization, InterAction in 2017 launched a new platform called Together Project (TP) “to confront discrimination or targeted prejudicial regulations in the US due to their operating principles or religious faith”. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet is working on the use of an unpiloted mode during tests, a source in the defen?e industry said.

“The T-50 flying laboratory is testing an unpiloted mode. A pilot is in the cockpit during a flight but is just controlling the operation of all systems”, the source said. The Sukhoi Su-57 (formerly known as PAK FA, or T-50) is a cutting-edge fighter jet that performs the functions of a strike aircraft and a fighter and is capable of destroying all types of air, ground and naval surface targets. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

At the April 16 meeting of the International Monetary Fund that cleared Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request for $1.4 million aid to deal with the coronavirus crisis, the Indian representative on the board Surjit Bhalla had sounded a cautionary note.

Bhalla had noted a propensity in Islamabad to divert development funds for security and asked the IMF to track what Pakistan does with the money. The IMF should, Bhalla suggested, monitor to ensure that the Pakistan government’s resources freed up as a result of the IMF assistance are only used for emergency response to the Covid-19 situation and “there’s no diversion of these resources to other sectors such as security”. Or to service its huge debt liabilities. Continue reading

SOURCE: ALJAZERA

Abdul Qadeer Khan, who made international headlines in 2004 after publicly confessing his role in global nuclear proliferation, has petitioned Pakistan’s top court to say he is being “kept prisoner” by government agencies and not allowed to plead his case for freedom of movement.

Khan, widely described as the architect of the nuclear weapons programme in Pakistan that tested its first atomic bomb in 1998 to rival that of neighbouring India, was sacked from his official position after his confession, but granted clemency by then-President Pervez Musharraf. He has since lived a heavily guarded and mostly secluded life in an upscale Islamabad neighbourhood. Authorities say he is under guard for security reasons. Continue reading

SOURCE: FORBES

The Chinese Navy is building a string of overseas bases. So far the largest and furthest afield is in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. This strategically-located base appears ready to receive large warships, maybe even aircraft carriers. One aspect of the base is particularly interesting: It is a modern-day fortress built from scratch. If the Communist country was hoping to give off non-imperialist vibes as it expands its presence overseas, then it may have chosen the wrong architects.

And it is not just castle aesthetics, the base really is designed to be highly defendable on a scale rarely seen, even in war zones. Construction of the walls started in early 2016, and was substantially complete by spring 2017. The base has been built up since. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The deadly attacks in Afghanistan by Pakistan based terror groups after the recent peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban has revealed that Washington is losing the Afghan war to Pakistan, says an American expert. Afghanistan suffered two deadly suicide attacks on May 12. The first one hit the Dasht-e-Barchi maternity hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Kabul that killed at least 14, including 2 newborn babies and the other was at a funeral of a local police commander in Khewa district of Nangarhar, killing 24.

Both attacks were aimed at innocent civilians, the majority of who were women and children.While no group has yet claimed responsibility, the Afghan National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib hinted Pakistan based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba responsible for the attacks. Continue reading

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Ankara was unceremoniously booted out of the F-35 fighter programme in July 2019 after refusing to give up on its Russian-made S-400 air defence systems. The Pentagon claims the S-400 is incompatible with NATO air defence standards and says it poses an unspecified potential threat to the F-35.

The timely production of key components for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole combat aircraft has been put out of whack thanks to US lawmakers’ decision to kick senior development partner Turkey out of the programme, Breaking Defense has reported, citing a fresh report by the Government Accountability Office. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

A Chinese rocket, Long March 5B, fell back to Earth on Monday (May 11) after losing control. The body of the spent rocket became the largest piece of space junk in decades to fall towards Earth, said Spaceflight Now report. The Long March 5B rocket was reportedly launched on May 5 from the Wenchang launch center on Hainan Island in southern China, carrying a prototype for China’s next-generation crew capsule into orbit on an unpiloted test flight.

Spaceflight Now reported that the rocket’s launch on May 5 marked the debut of a new configuration of China’s heavy-lift Long March 5 rocket. On the Long March 5B, Chinese designers removed the rocket’s second stage and replaced it with a longer volume for payloads. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Over 40 people, including two newborn babies were killed in two terror attacks in Afghanistan on Tuesday (May 12). Several gunmen disguised as policemen attacked a Kabul hospital killing 16 people in the early morning today. Notably, part of this hospital run by an international humanitarian organization ‘Doctors Without Borders’.

In another attack, a suicide bomber targeted the funeral of a police officer in the Nangahar province, killing 24 people. The government and police officials were also present at the funeral when the attack took place. Continue reading

SOURCE: HT

Pakistan’s armed forces have sought a 20 per cent salary hike for their personnel for the 2020-21 fiscal even as the government is in the middle of cost cutting and austerity drive. According to a Defence Ministry memorandum the exercise would cost Rs. 63.67 billion to cover all three services—the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy.

The memorandum, submitted to the Finance Division by the Defence Ministry claims security personnel are feeling a salary crunch due to devaluation of the rupee and inflation in consumer goods and utility prices. The memorandum said that in the current financial year, 2019-20, the salary of officers up to the rank of brigadier (BPS 17-20) had increased by 5 per cent. “10 per cent ad hoc relief was awarded to JCOs/soldiers” of basic pay scale 1-16, it added. Continue reading

SOURCE: 5Pillars

Over 100 British mosques and Islamic centres have signed a letter to Labour leader Keir Starmer saying they would support a call for Muslims to abstain from voting for Labour unless it supports Kashmir’s right to self-determination. The letter came after Starmer described the Kashmir dispute as a “bilateral issue” between India and Pakistan after a meeting with an Indian lobby group at the end of last month.

Starmer’s comments caused outrage among Muslims and eventually led to several Labour Muslim MPs reiterating their support for Kashmiri rights. The Labour leader has since said that the party’s position on Kashmir has not changed and that it recognises previous UN resolutions on the rights of the Kashmiri people. Continue reading