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FATA Remains an Open Field
By Tariq Rizwan
The history of FATA is replete with sacrifices and unquestionable loyalty with the state of Pakistan since its inception. Despite its proximity to Afghan border and at the time when Afghanistan was in better shape, FATA people joined for Pakistan on the very first call of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Their role in the liberation war of Jammu & Kashmir in 1947-8, their active sacrifices in Afghan Jihad against the Soviets, protection of our western border without any lust for power and money, hosting millions of Afghan Refugees for decades, their struggle against the militants despite their hardships during the prolonged war on terror and their red carpeted welcome to Pakistan Army in the wake of 9/11 speak high of their loyalty and faith in Pakistan. For almost a decade, FATA people bore the brunt of the war on terror but there is not a single incident of raising anti-state slogan. Despite the fact of being fierce fighters...
Oh! what an absolute pleasure, was always the plan from the starting to interview an international member for the second interview. It was very kind of Austrelitz to agree for the interview. I wouldn't compare it to the first interview. love it and i'm sure you guys will like it too. Would like to thank Zaki bhai for his support along the way.
Will try to interview a Pakistani professional for the next one...
Please give a short introduction about yourself?
I'm 25 years old. Born and lived my whole life in Kolkata(Calcutta) in a typical middle class family. I'm still a student and finishing my masters at Calcutta University on History. I started with Biochemistry but switched to history later when i realized, that it what i enjoyed. I intend to do my P.H.D in history and also intend to take a course in stock investments as that is an area i would like to explore while pursuing my...
geography and the role defined by it for Pakistani provinces
Pakistan a sovereign state that emerged on the map of this world on 14 aug 1947 with the land area of 796,095 square kilometers is the land of diverse people and terrain. Which is divided into four province and federal administered area while Kashmir is the disputed territory between Pakistan and India.
Punjab being the most populous province with its huge water resources due to its five rivers and land area of 205,344 square kilometers out of which 70% is cultivate able quickly became the bread basket for the whole country.
while Sindh do have significant amount of cultivatable land (21255 sq. kilometers) but its crown jewel is its industrial and financial capital Karachi which have the GDP of 113billion $ and largest port in country.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa sits primarily on the Iranian plateau and comprises the junction where the slopes of the Hindu Kush mountains on the Eurasian plate give way to the...
India bombs Pakistani Cricket yet again.
Why are we not surprised that there is a bombing carried out in Lahore at this particular time, let me tell you why, because we all knew it was going to happen as soon as Pakistan Super League announced that the final of the PSL-2017 was going to be played in Lahore. So who exactly doesn't want the return of sports in Pakistan? - The answer to that is quite simple, its India. That is because India was behind the brutal terrorist attack on the Sri-Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009 in order to deny Pakistanis the sense of stability and normalcy which would have arrived with co-hosting the cricket world cup. Why would India allow normalcy to return to Pakistan when its pumping billions into terrorism to create the opposite in Pakistan?
According to security sources intelligence agencies had already warned of a major terrorist attack. Lahore was being seen as a potential hot spot for terrorist activity in light of a major sports...
The Following Article Was Published In 9th Feb Edition Of The Lahore Times & Is A Response To An Article Carried By Indian Defense News Titled: - IDN Take: Pakistan Says It Tested MIRV Technology, India Laughs. The Article Introspects The Mind Frame With Which The Indian Defence Establishment Is Responding To The Transformed Strategic Climate And Excavates The Ineptitude Of The Author Who Has Written The Said Malice Filled Article With The Aim Of Casting Aspersions On Pakistan’s Strategic Standing.
LAUGHTER THERAPY SERVES NO CURE: INDIA’S DELUSIONAL RESPONSE TO PAKISTAN’S TECTONIC LEAP IN MISSILE TECHNOLOGY
Formulated in the early 17th century and most fondly played up until now, Bluff is a game of acute deception. Proclaiming an upper hand, boasting thy credentials and starring through the adversary’s soul are tactics and skills which a Bluffer employees to psychologically obliterate his foe and provoke him into making the bellicose move. The adversary or “Gazer” as he may be...
Why is India Reviving Insurgency in Balochistan?
By Tariq Rizwan
The recent announcement of Prime Minister Nerendra Modi to support the Baloch cause of separate homeland in Pakistan’s province of Balochistan is quite alarming and against all the international norms. It is clear example of interference in the neighboring Pakistan. The self exiled Baloch leader Brahmdagh Bugti’s brutal acts in Pakistan followed by his desire to get Indian nationality reflects the growing chemistry of expansionist India with Baloch Sub Nationalists (BSNs) to use the later against the CPEC and deprive the people of Balochistan from the immense benefits of the project. Apart from the active support provided to BSNs through Afghan intelligence NDS, Indian effort through media is also an open secret. The ongoing propaganda against Pakistan on Balochistan, while twisting the facts through a website “Baloch Voice” and journals “Sangar Magazine and Sangar Publications” is also a strong indicator...
My first attempt on CPEC, I hope you will like it
CPEC for China
CPEC is one of the 6 proposed economic corridors of China under the vision of One Belt, One Road (OBOR). The idea is to establish new maritime silk route by enhancing regional connectivity and linking 3 billion people of 64 countries of the world in Europe, Asia and Africa by cost effective road, rail and sea links to boost industrial sector and to sustain future economic challenges. China has immense economic and strategic benefits from CPEC and I have highlighted some of them below
From Strait of Hormuz to Strait of Malacca
China imports about 7 million barrels of oil per day, over 80% of its oil passes through the strait of Hormuz located near Gwadar with total value estimates of about $400 million dollars a day at reasonable price of $70 dollar per barrel. After the oil is loaded from one of the oil exporting nations in strait of Hormuz (Kuwait-Saudi Arabia-Qatar-UAE-Iran and Oman) it passes...
Five forces behind Pakistan’s pivot towards Russia
‘Nations are born in the hearts of poets but they prosper and die at the hands of politicians’ said the most influential philosopher of Pakistan Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, as if to caution the young nation about the many challenges of statesmanship in an almost prophetic manner. A country is only as good as its statesmen, decision makers, thinkers, strategists, Generals, Spy masters and political leaders who are collectively known as the ‘intelligencia’. The decisions made by the ‘intelligencia’ have far reaching consequences for a country’s fate, especially if the state in question is an infant country with scarce resources, limited national power and is dearly wanted by its powerful neighbors due to its valuable geography. Pakistan was an example of such a country in the 1950s. It was a country surrounded by powerful neighbors like India, Iran, China and the Soviet Union, which they say could be seen...
@Side-Winder , please share it on our social media pages, thank you.
Moderation team came up with an idea of interviewing prominent members of PDF, none better than @niaz bhai to start this initiative with. Before i post the interview i would like to thank @niaz bhai for finding the time for us. It has been an honour for me and @Zaki to have interviewed him. I would also like to thank the admins and moderation team for their efforts. I would also like to thank a group of members for their help and effort.
It is a long interview, i promise it's worth it.
Last comments: It is an effort on our part, it will absolutely not be perfect. Please overlook any mistakes from our part. Please share it with others, do try to share it with our younger generation i think everyone can learn a lot from this interview.
Question: Being an old...
My job when I was in Afghanistan is to coordinate action and support between several SF team that litter over my AO (Area of Operation), these team usually deployed to a forward outpost that act as a LP (listening post) around the area.
These tiny LP is sort of an alarm system that went on and warn the main force that usually station not far from them, and when they notice any enemy movement, they will report in and we will provide land/air cover and target the enemy.
These outpost usually located in the foot of a hill, so they will be able to get a clear view on the area around the LP, to access these outpost, you will either need to get there by Humvee or Truck and hump about 50-75 meters up or Chopper in to a LZ usually locate in a clearing 100 to 150 meter above the LP and hump down.
Humping up is safer, but it will drain your energy, Flown in by chopper is easier but you pose as a big target coming into the hill then humping down the hill make you standing against the hill's...
I am starting this thread on my break hoping to create some interest in Tactical Discussion, I may not be here to update this thread as I am going back to school after summer holiday in Australia ended in Jan 30. I am going to write maybe one more artice on Miltiary Tactics and be sticking around before Jan 20 then I am going to disappear from this forum again
I hope that member such as @AUSTERLITZ or @Levina or @PARIKRAMA can update this thread and keep the tactical discussion open for everyone. Meanwhile if you have any question, i'll be around to answer them before Jan 20, afterward. I am sorry, but maybe someone else can help you
So, without further ado, here is the first article.
Battle Tactics 1 - Hammer and Anvil
Hammer and Anvil is a classical military tactics, it was used extensively by Alexander the Great during his conquest for half of the known world. Some historian even said it was Alexander the great who created this tactics, tho it's quite doubtful...
'This is cruelty': Survivors of Indian shelling on passenger bus recall frightening encounter
ABRAR HAIDER — UPDATED about an hour ago
The passenger bus that was targeted by Indian troops. ─ Photo by author.
Raja Ghulam, the driver of a passenger bus targeted by Indian troops near the Line of Control on Wednesday, showed immense bravery and presence of mind as his coaster was hit by Indian shelling and despite being injured, was able to prevent further loss of life.
Raja Ghulam, driver of the passenger bus targeted by Indian troops. ─ Photo by author.
"I received an injury to my neck but just kept one hand on it, speedily driving the bus with the other, and parking it behind nearby shops. If I had lost hope, nothing would have been left," Raja Ghulam told DawnNews.
At least nine people were killed and 11 others wounded when Indian troops targeted the passenger coaster in Azad Jammu and Kashmir's Lawat area. A total of three soldiers and 10 civilians...
UN Agency Says China Tops World Again in Patent Applications
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GENEVA — Nov 23, 2016, 5:28 AM ET
The U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China continued to set the pace worldwide for patent applications last year, filing a record 1 million that nearly all focused on its giant home market.
The World Intellectual Property Organization says China made up over one in three of a total 2.9 million patent applications in 2015, followed by the United States and Japan with about a half-million each. Domestic-only applications made up about two-thirds of the global total; only about 42,000 Chinese applications were for patents outside China.
Releasing an annual report on Wednesday, WIPO officials say the increase shows the strong demand for protection for intellectual property rights.
The agency says the computer technology, electrical machinery and...
With Love, From Turkey
Published inHilal English
Written By: Zainab Javed
In a global discourse, Pak-Turk relations have become a popular narrative, especially across social media. As recognized years ago by our founders, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Turkey and Pakistan complement each other’s national policies and ideologies and in recent times they have shown great sympathy and support for one another. Both nations have been forthcoming despite the 3,238 kilometers that geographically separate them. This bond can be attributed to more than just religious and cultural similarities, some linguistic overlaps or the shared love for good desserts and stagy television. In fact, the two brother nations have proven to be of service to each other multiple times over the past decades. More than anything it is instinctive and instrinsic acceptance for one another that has aligned the people of Pakistan and Turkey for long. The regard these nations hold for one another...
Gwadar Port opening on Sunday
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By Hanif Khalid
November 10, 2016
Print : National
ISLAMABAD: The civil and military leadership of China and Pakistan will open international port at Gwadar on Sunday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will see off Chinese containers leaving for Africa.
Heads of the armed forces, diplomats, chief ministers of Balochistan and other provinces and other dignitaries will be invited for this event in the next 48 hours.
Defying designs of India and its allies, loading of 300 containers will be completed on Saturday and they will depart from the port the next day.
To counter Gwadar, India has invested $12 million in Iran’s Chaubahar port, which is no match to Gwadar port. Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri is going to China on invitation next month.
1947: The Last Letter
At the peak of 1947 Jammu Massacre, a 17-year old bride in Bhaderwah was waiting for her professor husband with their midnight summer’s child in lap that two letters came. For Tahira Sultana, now widowed and retired, the letters are worth a fortune and the only possession detailing her father. But Bilal Handoo reports the letters are perhaps the first graphic detail of the build-up to the momentous events that changed J&K forever, apparently absolving commoners
Inside her home overlooking the Chenab, the story started on a sad note. Dusk had long dimmed Doda town when she showed a bundle of nerves before narration. Everything had quietened. In that hush hour, she started with a sweater that her father wanted her young seamstress mother to send to his perilous Jammu address. Sweater never reached him—just like that first class suit he had bought for his bride amid bloodbath.
Instead, came the heartbreaking news of the man, who was comforting his bride and...
30 Years ago international community came together to debate the challenges effecting our world. Until then development have been equated with economic growth only. In 1986 UN general assembly adopted Declaration on The Right to Development.
This defines development as economic , social , cultural and political process and constant improvement or well being of the entire population. It means development is the right of all individuals for active , free and meaningful participation in development and fair distribution of its benefits. It rejected foreign domination, racism, discrimination and all violations of human rights. It entrusted states with the duty to direct development for the wellbeing of all people and order them to work together. The declaration supported peace and disarmament and people right to self determination and sovereignty over thier natural wealth and resources. States have not always respected human rights in their development decisions. This has...
With great pride, I am sharing this photo here. This story has been told to me by my mother (who lives in Karachi) a few times and finally today here is a picture to relate to that historic event.
Basically, my Urdu speaking (and very large) extended family migrated from different parts of India before or around the Partition of 1947. According to my mother, there were Hindu-Muslim tensions to the point of threats to life to my maternal grandfather ("Nana") and other members of the family in India. My Nana and his brothers were very successful businessmen in India and they even gave Rs. 100,000 in cash to Quaid e Azam. But their love for the future country of Pakistan put them in grave danger.
Long story short, Quaid e Azam and Moh. Fatima Jinnah, along with other prominent Muslim League were invited to a big lunch event to my Nana's home in Ahmedabad India. You could see my Nana marked in the picture--standing besides at least one of his brothers. This picture, I think, is...
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