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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...
As it was long stated by Pakistan, the Indian Govt has financed the murder of over 60,000 innocent Pakistani people through its vicious proxy war waged against the Pakistani civilians from Afghanistan. This campaign of terror was India's attempt to dismember Pakistan through internal instability as it did so in East Pakistan in 1971.
Using the US lead war on terrorism as a cover in Afghanistan, the Indian secret service Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) cultivated a partnership with Afghan Intelligence the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to facilitate its proxy war in Pakistan.
This nexus gave birth to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has killed over 60,000 innocent people in Pakistan, destroyed more than 2000 schools and was also responsible for the barbaric murder of 140 school children in Peshawar on 16th December 2014.
TTP was lead by Commander Hakim Ullah Mehsud, his second in command was Commander Latif Ullah Mehsud who oversaw the financing aspect of the...
Here is my entrance for poster of the year contest!
For those who missed part 1:
Before reading i would suggest skimming through part 1 to get the general idea as to where part 2 starts from. Enjoy!
The Founder of Military rule in Pakistan
On 8th October 1958, Iskander Mirza declared Martial law in the country. Ayub Khan was made Chief Martial law administrator. Secretary of Iskander Mirza states, who was an eye witness of the steps that were being taken, states that:
Translated:“The Process of Derailing democracy which was started by Ghulam Muhammad was finished by Iskander Mirza. It was completely unnecessary to abrogated the Constitution of October 1958. Pakistan was not facing any International threat(or not in a state of war), the only internal threat that was present was that, if general Elections were held Iskander mirza would have to say goodbye to presidency….”
On October 27, Iskander...
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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