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An 'ontology' of Iran-Saudi "rivalry": From Churchill's snobbish sneeze to Abdullah's fear of snakes“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
We are living in a very beautiful world. Like the world in Alice's wonderland. Nothing is really what it seems. Everything has a deeper side that awaits for the daring Alice to expose and leave it for the thinkers to ponder on and understand its real significance. So let me be your Alice and guide you down the innards of this underworld; that is if you dare to stay with me through this journey, and be the jury!
Winston Churchill, the famous British statesman often used to boast between his puffs on a Cuban cigar and sips of Johnnie Walker, that he had created the country of Jordan with a stroke of his pen one evening after having a "particularly liquid lunch"; a thinly veiled reference to the involvement of...
JF-17 Thunder fighter to land at Marrakech Air Show 2016 in Morocco to pitch this capability to the African market. Rumor has it that RMAF is also interested to acquire the latest Block of the JF-17 fighters to augment its F-16 fleet recently acquired from Lockheed Martin.
Fingers crossed for team Thunder.
A look into how the Z-10, AH-1Z and Mi-35 would meet Pakistan’s requirements
25 January 2016 By Bilal Khan
The Pakistan Army Aviation Corps’ AH-1F/S Cobras form the mainstay of the service arm’s dedicated attack helicopter force. Originally acquired in the 1980s and reinforced after 2005 (as part of a U.S military assistance package), the near 40-strong Cobra fleet (Flight Global) has reached the point where a suitable successor must enter the pipeline, so as to ensure the Army’s close air support (CAS) capacities are not only maintained, but strengthened.
At this stage it seems that the Army has settled its future requirements through the selection of the Bell AH-1Z Viper, CAIC Z-10 Thunderbolt and Mil Mi-35 Hind. Pakistan secured a purchase for 15 AH-1Zs and 1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II laser-guided air-to-ground missiles (AGM) in a $952 million U.S. deal with Washington in April 2015. A few months later in August, Pakistan ordered four Mi-35s from Russia with a possible goal...
Arab Iran Stand-off
1. Introduction Iran and Saudi Arabia are neither natural allies nor natural enemies, but natural rivals who have long competed as major oil producers and self-proclaimed defenders of Shia and Sunni Islam, respectively.They crafted their ideologies in their own country and are promoting to neighbouring countries as well just to increase their influence. What they have is not only a clash of narratives, they have basically a huge divide, a war by proxy, a cold war taking place between Saudi Arabia and Iran.It's a war about geopolitics. It's about power. It's about influence. Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran -- two Middle Eastern powerhouses -- quickly deteriorated following Riyadh's execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. Hours after the death sentence was carried out, protesters in Shiite-majority Iran attacked the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The Saudis cut diplomatic relations with Iran over the attack on its embassy.Saudi Arabia suspended all flights to...
Dal Khalsa supports Hurriyat call for boycott of 26 Jan functions
It alleged that there was no let up in State’s indifferent and repressive approach towards struggling peoples. “… rather it had become more intolerant towards minorities.”
A Sikh organization on Friday supported the Hurriyat (G) call to boycott January 26 functions in Jammu and Kashmir.
While calling for a shutdown on the day, Geelani-led Hurriyat has appealed parents, teachers and common man to stay away from function organized on the day in the state.
“Dal Khalsa also expressed its full support and solidarity with the Hurriyat Conference (G) and dissenting voices of the 'seven sister' states of the North East who have given the call for boycott on this day to mark their protest,” read a statement issued today. The organization, which is planning a demonstration at Amritsar on the eve of India’s Republic Day, said the present constitution of India denies minorities their right to self-determination as recognized...
Why not attack TTP in Afghanistan?
We have been reading angry comments on the page since the BKU attack that the Pakistan Armed Forces are not responding against the terrorists who are residing in Afghanistan and are enjoying the hospitality of the Afghan security forces and its govt.
Let's make this one thing clear. Nothing and no one is too far from our reach in Afghanistan, we can launch a campaign inside Afghanistan to seek out and destroy these elements where they are. The military capability is present, so is willingness. The decision to start such a campaign lies with the people of Pakistan and the Govt.
The Military will do what the Govt asks them to do, if such a campaign is started, it will take years to complete and it will cost us financial resources and casualties of our soldiers. It will also create a situation where our right wing fundamentalists will start saying that Pakistan is bombing a 'fellow Muslim brotherly cousin country of Afghanistan'. They will...
Submission for Poster of the year 2016
The World in 2016 – 7 Pillars holding the Global Growth
3. The story so far
3.1 The China Story
3.2 The Global Story
4. Pillar 1 - Oil Prices
5. Pillar 2 - The Emerging Markets
6. Pillar 3 - The Commodity Markets
7. Pillar 4 - Power of the Consumers
8. Pillar 5 - Easy Money Access - Liquidity
9. Pillar 6 - Uncertainties - Political and Institutional
10. Pillar 7 - Global Economy's hope - India
Almost everyone knows why The Titanic sank, in the cold waters of the Atlantic on a starlit night in 1912. The tragedy of the Titanic was the result of ignoring risks of multiple nature. The ship was claimed to be unsinkable, which led to certain unconscious decisions on the part of people responsible for steering it, to ignore the risks and threats from sea and weather. The information on imminent risk – the icebergs – was taken too lightly. The confidence reposed in...
In the name of ALLAH, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.
Growing tension between Iran & Saudia, Middle East, Reasons, Beneficiaries and the Solutions
As we all are almost aware and discussed about growing tension between Iran and Saudi as well as Middle East and the affects of such war, I thought to share a few observations and opinions of mine in words to describe a picture. It is also mentioned here that on some points, I would have missed few things though I will try the best to capture the most and basic reasons within short as a view of situation and consistency of reading for the members.
The Middle East.
The Middle East has been a major center of world affairs; a strategically, economically, politically, culturally, and religiously sensitive area. The region itself has been known to the world as Islamic. Countries across the globe remember the Middle Eastern region as Islamic World and Holy Places of Muslims. Besides all those known facts, whenever the region comes...
Is There Potential in Brazilian-Pakistani Defence Ties?
A look at past, current and future areas of cooperation between Brazil and Pakistan
20 January 2016
By Bilal Khan
In 2008 Pakistan signed a $108 million U.S. agreement with Brazil for the sale of 100 MAR-1 anti-radiation missiles (ARM). The MAR-1 was a significant acquisition for the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Being an ARM, the MAR-1 became the means by which the PAF’s Mirage and JF-17 fighters could engage enemy radars, and in the process, air defence sites. It is worth noting that even the PAF’s prized F-16C/D Block-52+ is not equipped for SEAD [Suppression of Enemy Air Defence] missions.
The deal was also expensive, at least in relative terms considering that each missile ran for $1 million U.S. a piece, which is substantial for a tactical munition. Given the cost, it is possible that Pakistan was able to obtain something of significance in addition to the missile, such as an infusion of technological know-how.
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Source: Heavy firing reported at Bacha Khan University Charsadda | Page 6
PESHAWAR: Heavy firing was reported at Bacha Khan University Charsadda on Wednesday with eyewitnesses claim to have heard a blast.
The state-run PTV quoted DSP Charsadda as saying that three armed men entered the university premises and opened fire. Television reports added that a large contingent of security forces had reached the site.
Heavy fog is impeding the operation by security forces....
Investment, crowding out and govt role
AHMED JAMAL PIRZADA | IRFAN QURESHI — PUBLISHED ABOUT 17 HOURS AGO
Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Chinese Investors held at PM House on January 11.
PRIVATE sector investment has been declining at an alarming rate from an annual average of 13pc of GDP for 2001-09 to less than 10pc since 2009.
Given its importance for generating employment, sustaining stable consumption and freeing valuable government sources for allocation to other troubled areas of the economy, it is important to study the sources behind its decline.
Reckless government borrowing from commercial banks could explain one side to the story. This pushes up interest rates, crowding out private sector credit uptake and consequently investment. However, decrease in the SBP’s interest rates over the last few years and continued decline in banking spreads have failed to reverse the investment trend.
Even if it is conceded...
Operation desert storm:
This operation was US's entry into middle east, the first time US tried to determine destiny of middle east.
The main objective of op. desert storm was to expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait.
U.N. had put forth the deadline of Jan. 15 for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, which was never adhered to. Consequently, America began an air campaign against Iraq, which was the beginning of the so called "Gulf war".
Operation Desert Storm had commenced with air strikes against Iraq and its military, launched by US F-117 stealth fighters and cruise missiles, two weapons particularly dreaded by the Iraqi forces.
I am posting a few of the incidents which took place during op. desert storm, the incidents which transformed the airwarfare in the fury of op. desert storm.
1) Jan 17th, 1991, early morning hours.
An EF-111A Ravern breached the Iraqi air space as it entered western Iraq.
EF-111A was designed specifically to fly stable, at high speeds and down low. Its job that day...
Pakistan Defence Team is pleased to announce:'Poster of the year contest, 2016'.
In this contest, all title holders and professionals will be offered to take part and raise their pen over one subject only.This means, that we will restrict posters to write their views for single topic hence observing their depth and knowledge regarding specific subject.
The topic which is chosen is:
Arab-Iran growing tensions: Possible solution?
Posters can write articles highlighting their own regional issues.
Winner shall be announced after one week when all submission are made.
1-Think Tank Analysts
2-Think Tank Consultants
Last Date of submission:
Will be soon updated
Where to post:
Any queries will be highly appreciated...
Civil military cooperation is central to the manifestation of the principle of multiple line of operation. It constitutes a basic tenet during planing and execution of sub conventional operations. Civil military cooperation is necessary for shaping the operational environment to the mutual benefit of both military and civil actors and should be an integral part of the planning process right from the outset.
Civil military cooperation is defined as the coordination and cooperation in support of the mission between the military and civil actors including civil authority, the national or local population and NGOs.
Civil military coordination is defined as the essential dialogue and interaction between civilian and military actors to protect and promote humanitarian principles, avoid competition, minimize conflict, and when appropriate pursue common goals.
Delivering tangible results in SCW may require commanders to be allocated greater resources and...
What you can do in "Active Shooters" situation
this posts originally posted by Garandman an active member of one largest community military forum in Indonesia, now he is reside in US and have a broad knowledge of guns and other stuff related to security and safety things, he is asking one advice from his friend on how to facing an Active Shooters situation. Then this is the answer who is a professional in this field....
This is a rather lengthy email, so I'm going to start with some really good info from the Navy about dealing with an active shooter (it's from a business card that's being handed out):
1) Provide Security/911 with essential information:
-number of shooters;
-shooter's location and direction of movement;
-type of weapons or explosives;
-number of people at your location.
2) If an escape path is available, attempt to evacuate the premises:
-evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow;
-leave belongings behind;
-help others escape if...
CPEC and some politicians with new found voices have become a regular feature on national television, the opposing view has not been effectively conveyed by neither the government nor the media. All that's come out against this skullduggery is this one blog entry, about a rational reality that more people need to see for themselves.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, also known as CPEC consists of a proposed plan to establish a network of roads and rail link from the Pakistani deep sea port of Gwadar to the Kashgar Special Economic Zone and then deeper into China. The plan is intended to stimulate growth in other sectors as well and a set of gas/oil pipelines in addition to several industrial zones are set to be built around the CPEC serving as a nucleus.
Back in 2015 when China announced $ 46 Billion dollars in investment to make the CPEC a reality, it was touted throughout the political and social circles of Pakistan as the country’s big break, the game changer, the project...
Must Read !!!
After World War II people around the world thought that it was last major war on Earth.
This does not look appearing now.
In 1944 major countries of world sat in New Hampshire(Bretton wood conference) to declare Dollar as a world currency backed by gold(Gold Standard).
US had reserve gold to print paper money. US started printing money and was enjoying it From 1945 to 1965 everything was fine but in 1965 US had war with Vietnam and in the effect of war the US economy started to tumble.
Until 1970 US was printing more and more dollar to overcome financial crisis. This made countries to start disbelieving in dollar and ask for gold in return of dollar.US had printed more dollar than gold it had. Redeem of gold would have destroy US economy.
Therefore, US president Nixon ended gold back dollar and started printing more and more dollar to strengthen the economy.
Dollar value in international market was gradually plunging as it was only paper money not backed by...
The idea behind this thread is to provide introductory details with an overview on ammunition - conventional types.
The thread is divided into 6 major headings
Small arms, light weapons and canon ammunition
Each of these main categories are further expanded and are basically classified for Explosive Risk, Risk of Theft and Use in Improvised Explosive Device or IEDs
Note: IED or Improvised Explosive Device
An improvised explosive device (IED) is a bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventional military action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism. IEDs are commonly used as roadside bombs.
Source : Improvised explosive device - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Artillery includes weapons and ammunition that are in the range of 75 mm...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is mulling upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said Thursday.
The move could signal a historic shift in Pakistan’s position on the future of the wider Kashmir region, observers have said, dealing another potential blow to fragile peace talk efforts that received a boost after India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore in December.
CPEC: PPP voices concern over neglecting Gilgit-Baltistan
The proposal would see the mountainous region mentioned by name for the first time in Pakistan’s constitution, bringing it one step closer to being fully absorbed as an additional province.
Islamabad has historically insisted the parts of Kashmir it controls are semi-autonomous and has not formally integrated them into the country, in line with its position that a referendum should be carried out across...
Lets pay our tribute to the brave son of the Pakistan and one in a million who saved the lives of almost 2000 kids when he tackled a suicide bomber at his school gate in Hangu on 6 January,2014.We pray ALLAH grants you Jannat-ul-Firdos, Ameen.
Herald’s Person of the Year: Aitzaz Hasan - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
@Irfan Baloch @WAJsal @waz@Imran Khan @MaarKhoor @DESERT FIGHTER @MastanKhan @Oscar@Slav Defence
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