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Pakistani history is full of many unsung heros and amazing stories that are not as widely known or recognized as they deserve to be. While negative news, images and stories make up most space on all the media and reach out far and wide, many inspiring people and accounts go unnoticed. Today I want to introduce one such story to be proud of. This is the story of “Alam Khan Brothers”.
Alam Khan Brothers refer to nine brothers born to Mehboob Alam Khan and Amir-un-Nisa Begum. Mehboob Alam Khan worked in the Survey of India at a supervisory position. What sets these brothers apart is that all nine joined defence forces, fought for Pakistan in 1965 and 1971 and earned huge respect. Two of the nine brothers embraced shahadat, one in 1967 while on duty and the other in 1971 during the war. Their mother Amir-un-Nisa was once asked how she felt about having all her sons in the forces and on war front at the same time. She said if she had more sons, she would have happily sent them to...
A personal analysis based on happenings.
1. Undoubtedly Altaf Hussain is ill and may leave for eternal adobe anytime
2. AH is involved in money laundering and Dr Imran Farooq murder
3. MQM has tried its level best to become national party, but due has not been able to its founding concept despite changing its name and collaborating with electables in other areas of Pakistan
4. MQM cannot get of maintaining militant wing.
5. Irrespective of what their leaders say MQM cannot be absolved from being pioneering bhatta culture in Karachi.
6. Recent revelations of its undeniable connections with RAW may result in banning of the party.
If this happens how will those survive who have been minting money being in MQM, through government contracts when in official seat, bhatta if not part of government and international funding for continuing anti-state activities. Besides many of those will face serious criminal charges.
What is the solution?
Mustafa Kamal backed by Malik Riaz funding....
Combat Experience : The Confession of a Soldier.
The following is an open letter I wrote a few weeks ago to a brother of my friend who was about to deploy to Afghanistan for Operation Resolute Support. Today is April 25, ANZAC Day, and I have decided to share this letter to all of you and for those who may have experienced combat, it would be a staunch reminder of how it was, for those who are about to experience combat, I hope you will find out what you are expecting in this letter, and to those of you combat is a distant sense for you, I hope you found solace to those of us that went thru.
So, what war in the middle east looks like?
I was 22 when I went to war in Iraq, as a freshly commissioned 22 years old 2nd Lieutenant. I was just out of OCS after attending 2 and a half years in college. I was given command of 43 people (The platoon FO is not under my command).
My first command started as a 19C (Cavalry Officer) but was pulled to provide disembarked infantry support as an...
Now this is what you call a slap in the face. Tarek Fatah, the new found avatara of Hindutvadasis in India who is used as a loudspeaker to puke venom against Pakistan (his country of birth) is discussing how India has never been a single country and its union will break up into individual states.
Three officers of Indian spy agency RAW defect to the West
Last Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 13:17
News Delhi: In a major setback for the country, three officers of India's external spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) have 'willingly' disappeared. All these defections took place in last three months.
According to a report in the Sunday Guardian, all three of them are now likely to be in a large Western country, which has a history of accepting and facilitating such disappearances of Indian intelligence officers.
The Cabinet Secretariat, the controlling body of the RAW, remains tight-lipped on the issue. Several emails seeking its response on the issue did not get any acceptance or denial from the body.
All three officers, one of whom was posted at a senior level, had already shifted their families that western country before disappearing. The news report says that two of these officers were looking after South Asian countries whereas, the third officer was...
GWADAR: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at the Peace and Prosperity seminar on Tuesday, said Indian intelligence agency RAW is actively involved in destabilising Pakistan.
“Hostile intelligence agencies are averse to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” said the chief of army staff.
Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan, added General Raheel Sharif.
He urged those involved in such activities to leave the approach of confrontation and focus on cooperation instead.
Read: No indigenous armed movement in Balochistan: IG FC Balochistan
Referring to CPEC as a corridor of peace and prosperity, he added that CPEC is the grand manifestation of the deep-rooted ties between China and Pakistan.
“It (CPEC) will bind all these nations together and bring about an economic transformation through enhanced connectivity,” said Raheel Sharif.
Final stages of military operation
General Raheel also...
K-P improves on key educational indicators - The Express Tribune
In the last few years, a new practice has emerged in the education sector — that of rankings in achievements in education. The phenomenon of rankings in the development sector per se, is not new. The World Bank started its world development reports (WDR) over 35 years ago. But it was the advent of UN Human Development Reports in the 1990s that swayed development discourse in a new direction. Initiation of rankings on educational achievements in Pakistan, is a relatively new phenomenon.
Last month, the Academy of Educational Planning and Management launched the ‘Pakistan Education Statistics (PES) 2014-15’ report. This piece denotes how such reports add value in informing where a province or region is and what type of course corrections can be envisaged to better the faltering results.
Five years after the 18th Constitutional Amendment (April, 2010), the provincial and regional governments exercise greater autonomy...
Two gunship helicopters sought for operation against Chotu Gang in Rajanpur
RAJANPUR: Police personnel on Tuesday sought two gunship helicopters for aerial operation against Chotu gang in Rajanpur.
Operation conducted against Chotu Gang has entered its tenth day while the Rangers and police personnel have made special ships to advance towards Kacha Moro, Kacha Jamal 1 and Kacha Jamal 2.
However, 1,600 personnel belonging to Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), Rangers, army and Punjab police have cleared around 70 percent Kacha area while more than 50 check posts have been established.
Regional Police Officer (RPO) Bhawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan, District Police Officer (DPO) Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur are also participating in the operation to encourage security officials.
Meanwhile, a control room has also been formed in Rahim Yar Khan whereas Inspector General (IG) Punjab is frequently inspecting all the activities.
A helipad was also established in the area.
Islam and Democracy in Indonesia
Tolerance without Liberalism
Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics
AUTHOR: Jeremy Menchik
DATE PUBLISHED: January 2016
Indonesia's Islamic organizations sustain the country's thriving civil society, democracy, and reputation for tolerance amid diversity. Yet scholars poorly understand how these organizations envision the accommodation of religious difference. What does tolerance mean to the world's largest Islamic organizations? What are the implications for democracy in Indonesia and the broader Muslim world?
Jeremy Menchik argues that answering these questions requires decoupling tolerance from liberalism and investigating the historical and political conditions that engender democratic values. Drawing on archival documents, ethnographic observation, comparative political theory, and an original survey, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia demonstrates that Indonesia's Muslim leaders favor a democracy in which individual...
I would like to make huge announcement. The winner of Poster of the year contest 2016.The winner is not just selected on basis of content of the post or votes by supporter but on basis of behavior, contribution and balanced argument as well.The user is observed and then it was finally decided to award him the title.
So, the winner is:
P A R I K R A M A- The first Indian poster and winner!
The eternal struggle of Stealth vs Jammer on Air-Sea Battle
Stealth vs Jamming, it's seems like a millions dollar question these day, but is arguably the (at least one of the) most discussed topic in Naval and Air Doctrine within the US military circle at least. Probably world wide.
The question arise when the US Air Force have been focusing its force on stealth, keen to replace all their legacy fighter into stealthy F-35, while the Navy go another direction, with the bulk of the investment are still on the Growler, even tho they were back on board the stealth train.
Normally it would not be much if one branch favor one thing and the other branch favor the other, but when you have a joint doctrine between the two, like the AirSea Battle doctrine that become official in 2010. Problem started.
According to AirSea battle model (Which would be discussed later on this article) Air Force all-stealth composition would be undermined or even compromised by Navy non-stealth units (such...
Pakistan's C4ISR (Part 1): Introduction & Overview
An introduction and overview of Pakistan’s implementation of C4ISR
Link: Pakistan’s C4ISR (Part 1): Introduction and Overview
08 March 2016
By Bilal Khan
Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) is a term commonly used to describe the idea of using a network to communicate and pass data between connected assets. These assets can range include aircraft, surface warships, armoured vehicles, ground stations, and even individual personnel. In the modern warfare environment, connecting new information to the right actors is vital to one’s capacity to survive and succeed on the battlefield. The reasons are obvious. Situational awareness at the tactical and strategic level are key, especially if one intends to properly understand a problem, and in turn, deploy the correct solution. Precise and objective decision-making can save lives, accrue gains, and win battles, which in...
Canadian province Ontario plans to trial universal basic income
'As Ontario’s economy grows, the government remains committed to leaving no one behind'
Ontario has announced it could soon be sending a monthly cheque to its residents as it plans to launch an experiment testing the basic income concept.
While officials in the Canadian province are yet to release any specific details of the project – including how much will be given to residents who participate – the finance ministry has published a report confirming the government’s intention to roll out the experiment.
The general concept of basic income involves a government handing out a flat-rate income to every single citizen within a country, either by replacing existing benefits or to top them up.
Proponents of the idea say it would save on welfare administration costs, reduce the poverty traps of traditional welfare states, be fair to people who have jobs, and give people more autonomy in general.
Continue from last time
The History of CSAR mission
While usually when people start talking about CSAR, what immediately pop up in your head is a lone helicopter appear out of hostile controlled sky and some special force personnel rappel out of the helicopter and put a wounded man on a stretcher and the helicopter land heroically under fire and extract the team of SF and the wounded man....
All that is true, but actually the concept of CSAR was started way before the age of flight (let alone the age of helicopter). The earliest example of CSAR is hard to determine, as many of Land base or Sea base battle could effectively turn into a Combat Search and Rescue, in effect, Battle of Alesia can be seen to display some of the trait of a CSAR operation, where Commius forces were dispatched to search and rescue (in this case, lift the siege) of Alesia in order to rescue Vercingetorix.
The first modern day CSAR operation were conduct during the height of WW1, when the age of flight...
While PTV cameramen, when covering events like the Pakistan Day Parade, never fail to disappoint us with their inability to capture the occasion with some decent substance specially when covering the flypast and aerial displays.This is all the more frustrating since they have plenty of time to prepare and are well aware of the entry and exit point of the participating aircraft formations, still the cameras are placed at silly angles, never taking the back light into account and more focused on the VIP stand. Last year for the full dress rehearsal, a friend captured the Flypast and the air display with a hand held camera and I'm sure you will agree that he did much better job than the so called PTV professional cameramen. Enjoy the spectacle and watch out for the lead F-16 run in.
The Foreign Office directed a secret coded message, through Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria Abdul Sattar, to Munir Khan who soon met Dr. Raja Ramana at the Imperial Hotel at Vienna, Austria. There, his Indian counterpart confirmed the possible surgical attack on Pakistani nuclear facilities. During their conversation, Munir Khan told the Chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission that an Indian attack on Pakistani nuclear facilities would trigger a possible Pakistan retaliatory strike on Indian nuclear facilities at Trombay, which will result in the release of radioactivity causing a major disaster. Dr. Raja Ramana held a meeting with Indira Gandhi and conveyed Pakistan's possible response. Indira Gandhi immediately postponed the surprise attack, and subsequently the matter was shelved. Following these events, Indian and Pakistani officials met for negotiations and agreed that both countries would not attack each other's nuclear facilities.
Before and after Chagai nuclear...
The Indian Economy 1947 - Present Day, 2016 ---------- Part 1
This is a multi part series.
The idea is to break each and every individual era under different Prime Ministers of India who along with Finance Minister and Cabinet have shaped whole economy of this country.
This series is inspired from the works of @WAJsal who have presented a magnificent write up about the history of Pakistan. Essentially, i was inspired to document the economic history of our country and the kind of challenges to issues in hand.
I hope i can do justice to this topic. This series has rich dose of political stuff also intermixed with the basic economic stuff.
In case of errors, please feel free to correct me.. and guide me to including correct perspective things ... also if i offend any one, pls forgive me...
The Historic Start - "A Tryst with Destiny"
Jawaharlal Nehru gives his "tryst with destiny" speech at Parliament House in...
TTP chief Fazlullah living in Afghan region where govt has no control: Afghan envoy
ALI AKBAR — PUBLISHED 10 MINUTES AGO
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal speaks at the Afghan consulate in Peshawar.—Photo by the writer
PESHAWAR: Chief of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, resides in an area of Afghanistan where the Afghan government has no control, said Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal.
Mullah Fazlullah has been in hiding in Afghanistan since he fled the military operation in Swat in 2009. He has continued to live in Afghanistan after becoming the head of the TTP following the killing of his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud in a November 2013 US drone strike.
Pakistan has on a number of occasions in the past demanded of Afghanistan to hand over Fazlullah, but Islamabad’s pleas have gone unheard.
Talking to media at the Afghan consulate in Peshawar on Thursday, Zakhilwal said that the current environment is conducive for...
Here are an article I wrote a few months ago, this is quite a long article so I have break it down into 3 parts. I will put all 3 parts online over the next 2 weeks. So please stay tune
Inside : Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Operation
A couple of month ago, while replying to a post about armoured ambulance, I had the chance to interact with a fellow member @DESERT FIGHTER about Medical Evacuation. And seeing that CSAR is nothing more than a few paragraph on Wikipedia, I was going to write an article on skills about Combat Search and Rescue Technique, but I never did find the motivation and time to do it. And while replying to the post I have finally muster enough motivation to do the proper research and reach out to some of my old buddies which specialise in Combat Search and Rescue Operation.
Upon finishing this article, reader will have a brief knowledge on
The definition of Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
The history of CSAR mission
The tactics employed by CSAR mission
Analysis: Pakistan Should Get a Light Anti-Ship/Cruise Missile
Analysis: Pakistan Should Get a Light Anti-Ship/Cruise Missile
The Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) ought to be inspiration for a new AShM/ALCM
02 March 2016
By Bilal Khan
The inclusion of the C-802A anti-ship missile (AShM) and Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) has given the JF-17 Thunder credible air-to-surface strike capabilities, especially at stand-off range (i.e. outside of the range of an enemy’s defensive or return-fire). However, while these missiles offer key benefits in certain respects, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) could gain from the added inclusion of a lighter ALCM that could double as an AShM, especially from a tactical standpoint.
There is nothing inherently wrong with either missile, especially when takes into account their respective design aims: The C-802A is a capable and versatile AShM that could be deployed from various launch platforms, such as aircraft, surface ships, and...
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