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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...
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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...
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
Home / Today's Paper / National / Gwadar Port opening on Sunday
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...
1st November is marked as the day when Gilgit-Baltistan liberated itself from the Dogra rule. Gilgit Scouts, our forefather their efforts and sacrifices are dearly remembered. More details here:
Flag hoisting ceremony held in Chinar Bagh to mark GB Independence Day
Flag hoisting ceremony was held at Chinar Bagh, and floral wreaths were laid on the monument of martyrs who laid down their lives fighting against the Dogra occupiers and Indian Army, liberating the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
@Arsalan ,@shimshali ,@saiyan0321 ,@Side-Winder ,@waz ,@Moonlight ,@Kambojaric ,@Chauvinist ,@member.exe ,@krash ...
Pak IB claims Indian, Afghan counterparts looking to sabotage CPEC
Malaysia Sun (ANI) Wednesday 19th October, 2016
Islamabad [Pakistan], Oct.19 (ANI): The Deputy Director General of Pakistan's Intelligence Bureau (IB), Ali Ahmed Sabir, has reportedly told the Senate Standing Committee on the Cabinet Secretariat that intelligence agencies in India and Afghanistan are looking at various options to sabotage or damage the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
"The East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) are some of the potential threats to CPEC, as the former is directed towards China which is a prime stakeholder in the project," the Express Tribune quoted Sabir, as saying.
According to the Express Tribune, this is the first time that a state agency has publicly talked about a possible nexus between India's Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS) with regard to...
Nothing too serious. Just utilizing some free-time. I hope i am not repeating the same things... Thought it would be interesting to discuss this, especially in today's context when the debate is so hot in Media and. Enjoy and before posting i would like to thank @Joe Shearer , for his help in editing.
PS: fancy English is all his doings...
@Side-Winder , could you please look to share it on social media, give it more audience. Would be appreciated.
The ‘System’-By WAJsal
The recent comments made by former President Pervez Musharraf regarding Democracy and its ineffectiveness in Pakistan incited strong and harsh reactions from different democratic sectors, particularly the politician. These statements begged the same old questions in one’s mind, ‘whether democracy is actually the best system for Pakistan…’ and many such questions linked to...
Hong Kong's Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics for second quarter of 2016 [22 Sep 2016]
HONG KONG SAR: At the end of the second quarter of 2016, Hong Kong's external financial assets and liabilities amounted to HK$ 34,269.5 billion and HK$ 25,619.8 billion respectively. After netting out the external financial liabilities from the external financial assets, Hong Kong was a net creditor. Hong Kong's net external financial assets amounted to HK$ 8,649.7 billion (at exchange of 7.76:1, equivalent to US$ 1.1114652 trillion) at the end of the second quarter of 2016, compared with HK$ 8,480.9 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2016.
Updates of World's Largest Creditor Nations
1) JAPAN: As per latest Ministry of Finance report, at the end of second quarter 2016, Japan's net IIP stood at yen 354,341 billion (at exchange of 103.64:1 equivalent to...
The DAWN gate : Corporate media interests vs national interest.
By: Atta Rasool Malik
13 October 2016 - Islamabad
Recently, I have witnessed an unprecedented level of confidence in Pakistan Army high command to take on India after rhetoric of so called 'surgical strikes’. People in the helm of affairs of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force appeared to be very clear in regards to what and where to strike in case of any real attempt of a surgical strike by India. One of the Pakistani formation commander said’ “Yes. India has capability to carryout surgical strike in Pakistan but then we will not let it go. We will respond and will not care whether it is short or long war.”
He further added, “Our narrative during Kargil war was faulty that Mujaheedin had crossed the LoC and the Army had nothing to do with them. Resultantly, Indians kept pounding artillery shells on our posts like peace time drill and didn’t get desired bleeding as coordinated response from Pakistan Armed forces...
September 13 ,2016 BY Kim Petersen
What does the Rise of China mean for the rest of the world?
Interview with China Rising author Jeff Brown (Part 1 of 3
Punto Press, a small press dedicated to progressive titles, has published China Rising: Capitalist Roads, Socialist Destinations by Jeff J. Brown. The book is an effort to educate fellow Westerners about the realities of China and demolish the multiple layers of western disinformation and propaganda that demonize this nation with a 5000-year history.
Kim Petersen: First since you have years of experience in China. Whopper question to begin, yes, but as a lead-in could you sum up the major change(s) you’ve seen and what this bodes for the future of China and the world.
Jeff J. Brown: So, Kim, here is your whopper answer. China has never stopped adapting to what it needs to move forward, going back to liberation in 1949. During what I call the Mao Era (1949-1978), many reforms and measures were routinely implemented to...
Pakistan Navy : The Phoenix Rises
By: "Oscar" from team Pakistan Defence
Traditionally, the Pakistan Navy has been the stepchild within the branches of the Pakistani military. This has to do with the lack of understanding by the major decision influences within Pakistan’s military procurement programs; in this case, the Pakistan army, which tends to hoard the military budget(willingly or by virtue of size), followed by the Pakistan air force. Ironically, the Pakistan air force officers due to their greater exposure and generally better education in terms of military objectives in training (due to better quality syllabi and a much more selective plethora of candidates that become officers) are much more aware of Pakistan and its military deficiencies, but tend to be selfish when it comes to budgetary requests (as all individual branches within the world military forces are).
Another reason for the stepchild treatment has to do with the generally expensive nature...
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