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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...
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Sunday became the first Pakistani to win two Oscar awards on Sunday.
Oabid won in the Best Documentary Short Subject for A Girl In The River in the 88th Academy awards. The documentary which sheds light on honour killings in Pakistan follows the story of a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family.
Honour killing issue would gain traction if film wins Oscar: Sharmeen Obaid
“I have another one!” said Sharmeen as she took the stage to accept the award.
“This week the Pakistani PM said he would change the law on honor killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!” she added.
The filmmaker also took to Facebook to announce, “Pakistan, we just won our 2nd Oscar!!”
In 2012, Obaid made history as she won the Academy Award for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012, Pakistan’s first Oscar.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy mingles with Hollywood bigwigs at Oscar luncheon
A Girl in the River: The...
MOD: SYMPATHIZING WITH A TERRORIST WILL LEAD TO A PERMANENT BAN!
Mumtaz Qadri Hanged In Adyala Jail Rawalpindi - Vidrail
Mumtaz Qadri hanged to death
Mumtaz Qadri, the security guard who killed Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer has been hanged to death in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
Mumtaz Qadri had filed a mercy plea before President Mamnoon Hussain after Supreme Court maintained his conviction in October last year.
Rumours started pouring in earlier today as his supporters started Twitter trend to call for protest against his expected hanging.
The protests have erupted in Hyderabad, Karachi and Lahore after the announcement by leaders of the movement to free Mumtaz Qadri.
Security has been beefed up across the country in the wake of Qadri's death.
Mumtaz Qadri hanged to death
Source: Mumtaz Qadri Hanged in Adiyala Jail
Conflict Armament Research issues damming report of India's Govt sanctioned companies supplying IED equipment to ISIS #HowIndiaSupportsISIS
Part 1: An analysis of the Pakistan Air Force’s decision to focus on F-16s
22 February 2016
By Bilal Khan
A recent episode of ‘Defence and Diplomacy’, a policy news and analysis show hosted by retired Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Group Captain Sultan Hali, offered a number of interesting insights into the PAF’s apparent modernization roadmap, particularly with regards to its fighter fleet. This analysis will touch upon a few key points raised in the episode (which also included retired Air Marshals Shahid Lateef and Yousuf Chaudhry), especially in regards to the PAF’s rationale for pursuing the F-16 as well as its reluctance to induct a comparable alternative, such as the Chengdu FC-20 (i.e. J-10).
For the foreseeable future, the PAF will center its fighter acquisition plans on the JF-17 and F-16. Before continuing into how the PAF would pursue each fighter, it is important to understand the driving forces behind the PAF’s decision. To put it frankly, the main issue is Pakistan’s...
The 'Hunter-Class' soldiers
The British Commandos were initially raised in the United Kingdom in June 1940, within days of the miraculous evacuation of Dunkirk, at Prime Minister Winston Churchill's direct request. The Commandos were supposed to strike back hard at German-Occupied Europe. These elite troops, all picked volunteers from regular British army, employed highly aggressive irregular fighting methods while carrying out their specialist 'hit and run' role from the sea. The Commandos were trained to conduct an unconventional form of warfare against the enemy and in the years 1940-41, they carried out a series of raids against the Wehrmacht in the Channel islands, Scandinavia and France. The Commandos were quickly lionized by the British public(starved of military success in 1940-41) and inspired fear among their opponents.
Commando armed with a tommy gun
Commandos in North Africa
In North Africa, the British forces, after foiling the Italian advance towards...
It is matter of great concern, that india is trying to control the foreign policy of independent states like US. At the same time it is dangerous for the stability of entire region. Indian lobbies continuously opposed sale of F-16s to Pakistan and they are worried that why US is selling F-16s to the country in a troubled relationship with india. However they failed to understand that how development of conventional capabilities of Pakistan is infact blessing for india as well?
Strong conventional war fighting capabilities of Pakistan and stable Pakistan is good for the stability of entire region. Peace is directly proportional with the stability and stability depends upon capacities and capabilities. Development of conventional war fighting capability and Nuclear threshold is interdependent on each other. Development of conventional strength of Pakistan will increse the nuclear threshold. Good for the india. I don't know why indian leaders can't understand that improvement in...
THE PAKISTAN NAVY’S FRIGATE OPTIONS
A look at how the Pakistan Navy might acquire new and used frigates
15 February 2016
By Bilal Khan
‘Frigates’ are surface warships. These warships are the mainstay of a naval fleet, often serving in roles such as patrolling a country’s maritime space, escorting other ships, and engaging in direct combat operations against enemy naval assets. A modern frigate is a multi-mission system, most often equipped for anti-ship warfare (AShW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and anti-air warfare (AAW).
It is important to understand that modern frigates, i.e. systems equipped with sufficient AAW capabilities, are indispensable naval assets. Yes, diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) have emerged as major threats for all surface combatants, but for one to possess the maximum possible flexibility in using their own SSKs, it is imperative they have the means to counter systems designed to track and hunt SSKs, such as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
The Root cause of Afghan & Syrian Conflicts (The Sect)
By: The Eagle
While going through the history and knowing the some of common facts of wars in Afghanistan and then in Syria respectively, few things came across my mind that the picture is intend to be the same though place and names are changed and number of parties. Rather to waste the time, I decided to ink down my observations that may help readers and members to see the facts by another aspect as well.
As usual, I use to say and indeed it is meant to express that here no such conspiracy theory or derailing of facts is intended though the words written here are merely my observations and findings that I observe by going through the subjects. It is also submitted here that I wouldn’t criticize a single person or party by going in deep of the occasions but I will try to draw a simple picture that how these incidents are co-related or can be viewed as more than coincidence. The history is all over there and is in the access...
The US Government on Friday, said it had approved the sale to Pakistan of eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radars and other equipment, in a deal valued at $699 million.
The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it had notified lawmakers about the possible sale on Thursday.
It said the sale would improve Pakistan's capability to meet current and future security threats.
US okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Pentagon says - Breaking News - Jerusalem Post
U.S. okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan -Pentagon
U.S. okays sale of eight Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon| Reuters
During the fall of 1940, daylight bomber offensive against England was called off. The Battle of Britain was finally over but the battle of Atlantic was not. British supplies continued to suffer losses at the hands of German U-boats and surface vessels. HMS Hood, pride of the British navy was blown up on May 24 1941. Three days later, battleship Bismarck, the jewel of Kriegsmarine was sunk by the Royal Navy. Hitler's "real war" however had not even started yet. He turned his attention towards the East and most of the Luftwaffe units stationed in France, Belgium, Denmark and Holland were transferred to Poland. On the fateful day of June 22 1941, three million men attacked Russia along a 4000 mile front stretching from Leningrad in the North to Kiev in the South.
To support it's Soviet ally, RAF launched "Operation Nonstop" which was dubbed as "Operation Nonsense" by German propaganda. The objective of this operation was to conduct day time and night time precision and...
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has informed Congress that it is committed to improving Pakistan’s precision strike capability, which is seen as a veiled reference to F-16 fighter jets.
In a document released this week, the US administration told US lawmakers that its Foreign Military Funding (FMF) to Pakistan would focus on seven priority areas “identified and agreed to with the government of Pakistan”.
These include “precision strike; air mobility and combat search and rescue; counter-improvised explosive device and survivability; battlefield communications; night operations; border security; and maritime security/counter-narcotics in support of counter-terrorism aims.”
Pakistani embassy says that despite reservations among some lawmakers, sale of F-16s is on
The document, sent to Congress with the administration’s budget proposals for 2017, identifies these areas as essential to enhancing Pakistan’s counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism capabilities.
POTENTIAL IN PAKISTAN-UKRAINE DEFENCE TIES?
A look at how Pakistan and Ukraine can engage in defence cooperation
10 February 2016
By Bilal Khan
Volodymyr Lakomov, Ukraine’s ambassador to Pakistan, expressed hope that Ukraine and Pakistan would strengthen their defence ties, particularly in the area of defence industry cooperation. The Pakistani mediaapparently even quoted Mr. Lakomov saying that Ukraine was “ready to cooperate” in the “supply and joint production of the world-known cargo plane ‘Antonov An-225.’” The An-225 Mriya is the largest aircraft ever designed, but only one was ever built. While the An-225 will not be an area of cooperation between the two countries, the idea that Ukraine is looking at Pakistan as a possible market, and potentially partner, for its aviation goods is definitely worth discussing.
For some background, Pakistan’s defence relations with Ukraine kicked-off in the mid-1990s, specifically in the area of main battle tanks (MBT). In 1996, the...
Let me share with you another fascinating untold secret story where Brasstacks was directly involved in defending Baluchistan and Pakistan from RAW backed rebellion of Akbar Bugti in 2005-6.
By 2004-5 while TTP was being prepared for rebellion in NWFP, RAW and CIA had already launched the rebellion in Baluchistan using Nawab Akbar Bugti as the new leader of the BLA. Akbar Bugto had started attacks on the gas lines and entire Pakistan was facing gas shortages. Power lines were being destroyed, convoys were attacked, all development works of OGDC had stopped and attacks on armed force shad begun.
In Pakistan, there was govt of Musharraf BUT the political leadership was Shaukat Aziz, Chaudrey Shujaat and Mushahid Hussian running the show. They all were of the shameless view that Pakistan must accept the terms and conditions of Akbar Bugti and this war is NOT supported by RAW but is the fight for the rights of the 'angry" baluch people. State of Pakistan must surrender to the...
ISLAMABAD: Banners requesting Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif not to retire on the expiry of his tenure in November this year have cropped up in the capital, though the army chief has announced that he was not interested in getting an extension.
The chief organiser of the campaign, Ali Hashmi, claimed that as many as 5,000 banners had been displayed in different cities of Punjab and Islamabad.
“The campaign has been started by a political party, ‘Move on Pakistan’, which was established three years ago with Mohammad Kamran, a businessman from Faisalabad, as its chairman. We have been working for education, health and peace,” Mr Hashmi told Dawn.
“Mr Sharif’s services for bringing peace in Karachi, Fata and Balochistan demand that he should stay as the army chief. Moreover, he speaks against corruption which is a biggest issue of the country. We believe that extension should be given to him because only he can address Pakistan’s issues,” he said.
“We had thought that...
Pakistan 1947, the Dilemma of Bureaucracy and Politics
By: The Eagle
Edited by: WAJsal
It is requested here that whatever I am going to write below & trying to create the picture is only based upon my observations due to the happenings of events and realities so far.
In following lines, I would try to come up with few key factors where the 2 systems like Bureaucracy and Politics failed, conflicted or misused. I will not discuss any specific person or group of people as it has been discussed to depths many times but only to draw the picture of mess and mishandlings nor it is intended here that total system was flop or every member was irresponsible.
The under mentioned observations of mine wouldn’t be the exact picture of these systems but to highlight the most probable issues which hurt our good governance mostly. The following details are not the definition of the above said systems but their implications and negatives for not applying on the right time, place or by wrong...
l already suggested @WebMaster and PDF adminìstration to create separate
legal section in strategic and foreign affairs corner on November 26, 2015.
@WAJsal @Icarus @Slav Defence @Xeric
need your views about importance of Lawfare and furthur implications of this idea
Lawfare is a recently coined phrase which has found traction in international political discourse and which has since been interpreted to refer to a variety of different elements.
The phrase has, however, aptly been summed up as a doctrine by David Kennedy, a renowned international legal expert of the Harvard Law School, in his article titled “Lawfare and Warfare” in the book “The Cambridge Companion to International Law”. (In the article Kennedy states: “The American military has coined a word…; `law fare' – law as a weapon, law as a tactical ally, law as a strategic asset, an instrument of war. [The US military] observes that law can often accomplish what might once have been done with bombs and...
“The Bitter Truth about Our Friendship”
By: The Eagle
US-Pakistan Relations during Democracy & Dictatorship and The F-16s Dilemma
As of now a days the subject has become more interesting in our community, here are the few lines that I am sharing with all the members in contexts of happenings as well as the current scenarios.
The below findings are based upon my observations in view of contexts occurred during past till today in US-Pak relations. The post hereby is shared only in the interest of readers that may look at the subject as per my view and observations. It is requested that, I merely tried to give an overview based upon prominent events though details can be searched and found on different forums of internet as well but no disrespect or conspiracy is intended in below lines. The readers may have different opinion yet no harsh criticism is intended but the mere picture is drawn in simple words regarding subject based upon history and my findings for the ease of member...
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