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DEFENCE

‘Pakistan self-sufficient in defence production’


Federal Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has said that Pakistan has become self-sufficient in defence production and captured the international market. Talking to mediapersons in Nowshera after his return from Dubai, he said that participation of Pakistan in Dubai... More

Aero India gets lukewarm response from industry, empty chairs greet defence minister


Aero India, the country’s largest air show, witnessed a gloomy start and got a tepid response from the industry Wednesday. The 12th edition of the biennial show began under the shadow of the collision of two Surya Kiran... More

Pakistan, Japan agree to enhance bilateral cooperation, defence ties


Pakistan and Japan have agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation and defence ties to strengthen the existing cordial relations between the two countries in general and two air forces in particular. The agreement was reached during the meeting... More

Between 2011 and 2018, almost 900 armed forces personnel died by suicide


Data tabled in parliament shows that between 2011 and 2018, there were 888 deaths by suicide of members of the Indian armed forces (Army, Air Force and Navy). Suicides were highest in the Army, which reported that 704... More

Pakistan Army Chief discusses defence ties with Saudi Crown Prince


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defence. The COAS has played a key role in... More

Indian Army accepts ‘Mark1-A’ version of Arjun tanks


An upgraded version of the Arjun tank, having better firing and mobility, has been accepted by the Army following month-long validation trials in Rajasthan. The trials were completed in December last and a report has followed. The Army... More

Pakistan, Malaysian navies conduct bilateral exercise


The Pakistan Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy on Sunday conducted bilateral exercise MalPak-II at Karachi. Royal Malaysian Navy Ships KD Kasturi and KD Mahawangsa had arrived in Karachi on Feb 7 to participate in the Multinational Exercise, AMAN-19. Upon... More

Vayu Shakti 2019: IAF demonstrates mega firepower at Pokhran


On Saturday, two days after the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group orchestrated a deadly suicide car bombing in Kashmir that killed some 40 troopers from the Central Reserve Policy Force (CRPF), 137 aircraft from the Indian Air... More

AMAN Exercises 2019: Securing peace in the global commons


‘Thou know’st that all my fortunes are at sea’, says Antonio in Shakespeare’s famous play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’. The same dictum is equally applicable to Pakistan, a country whose major reliance for all trade, in fact... More

Chinooks arrive but infrastructure nowhere in sight, reveals CAG


Even as the US-made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters have started arriving in India, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), while pinpointing several infirmities in the procurement process, has observed that the necessary infrastructure required for operating and maintaining... More

CAG report blames ‘inadequate training’ for 2014 Super Hercules crash that killed...


The Indian Air Force has found that one of the chief reasons why a brand new C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft crashed in 2014 and killed five crew members, including the pilots, was “inadequate training”, according to... More

Pakistan and China build friendship ties at Aman-19 multinational naval exercise but...


The Pakistan Navy has hosted the Aman – which means “peace” – exercises every two years since 2007 to promote regional cooperation and stability. India has never been invited, in a sign of the long history of... More

Aman-19: Pakistan Navy’s expanding influence


PNS Aslat and Saif fire a volley from their main guns towards a target buoy 4,500 yards away as helicopters buzz overhead and warships maneuver in the Arabian Sea during the culminating phase of Aman-19, the largest... More

Nasr missile and deterrence stability of South Asia


Pakistan has conducted successful test of short range surface to surface ballistic missile ‘Nasr’ on January 24th , 28th and 31st respectively, as part of the Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise, which included quad salvo on... More

Russia to the rescue of IAF, offers 21 MiG-29s to boost strength


Faced with a depleting strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is in talks with Russia to buy 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft that are lying with Moscow since the late 1980s. Top IAF sources told ThePrint that the Russians... More

India starts shortlisting firms for $4 billion naval utility helicopter deal


Almost two years after issuing an initial request for information, India's Ministry of Defence has issued an Expression of Interest for the supply of 111 naval utility helicopters (NUH) as part of a strategic partnership; it is... More

Exercise Aman, 2019: Understanding peace


The great exponent of sea power, the American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan, who died in 1914, is still read with attention by political leaders and their military advisers today. “Control of the sea,” he wrote in... More

Indian air force, navy stare at fund crunch next fiscal


The Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force will not have funds to pay for platforms and equipment they have agreed to buy (or have actually bought) in the past years in the coming financial year 2019-2020,... More

Chinese ships participate as multinational naval exercise kicks off in Pakistan


The sixth Pakistan-led multinational maritime naval drills, Aman 19, kicked off on Friday at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi with a colorful flag hoisting ceremony, with navies and observers from 46 countries including China, Russia and... More

Sri Lanka, Russia discussing Mi-17 helicopter deal


Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday. "There is... More

45 nations attend 5-day naval exercise in Pakistan


A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan's navy has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi as part of efforts to enhance cooperation in combatting pirates, terrorists and smugglers. Representatives from the navies of 45 nations,... More

COLUMN

Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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