Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pakistan Army Declares Soldiers Buried In Siachen As ‘Shuhada’

Rawalpindi: Pakistan army has declared all the soldiers who buried under an avalanche in the Gyari Sector last month in as martyrs “Shuhada”, Inter Services Public Relation said.

“52 days have passed since the tragic incident of Gayari. Notwithstanding the resolve of troops employed on search operations, excavation work is taking time due to constraints imposed by terrain and weather. Through their untiring efforts, bodies of three shuhada have been recovered, so far,” the ISPR said in a statement.

“Nature and magnitude of the calamity is suggestive of no probability of recovering any person alive. In this back drop, religious leaders of prominence from all sects and factions were consulted. Aspects related to socio religious dimensions / implications, requirements to initiate the process of documentation, and reduction of the sufferings of the bereaved families have been evaluated in detail. From this deliberate exercise, it has been decided to declare the remaining brave soldiers as “shuhada”,” the statement added.

“This is being done with mixed feelings of pride, grief and above all unflinching resolve to continue all out efforts to recover the bodies of all shuhada.”

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Russia Tested New Inter Continental Ballistic Missile

The highly-symbolic launch came just days after alliance formally activated the first stage of a missile defence shield whose deployment Russia has bitterly opposed out of fears that it may target its own vast nuclear arsenal.

"The dummy warhead reached its target area at the Kura test range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The set goals of the launch were reached," Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces spokesman Vadim Koval told Interfax.

A military source told the agency that the launch was only the second ever conducted in the top-secret programme.

The source said the first failed on September 27 when the missile suffered an undisclosed malfunction and crashed six miles from the launch site. The rocket still has no formal name but is being billed by the military as a "fifth generation" weapon that substantially upgrades the technology used by its already-feared feared Topol-M and Yars systems.

Various sources told Interfax that the new missile was better equipped to penetrate the new US-backed missile defence system in Europe whose first stage Nato official activated at its Chicago summit on Sunday.

"This is one of the ... measures being developed by Russia's military and political leadership in response to the US deployment of a global anti-missile system," former strategic forces director Viktor Yesin told Interfax.

Little is known about the new weapon except its purported ability to better avoid being shot down.

The Russian missile "uses a new type of fuel that helps reduce the time required to operate the propellants in the active stage of the rocket's trajectory," one military source said.

Officials believe this makes it more difficult to detect and easier to manoeuvre. Interfax said the weapon is also equipped with individual warheads that can change course to avoid being shot down.

Russia has hundreds of missiles capable of raining down nearly 2,000 nuclear warheads on the United States and its other former Cold War-era foes.

But much of the force is built on technology developed in the Soviet era that Russia fears may become obsolete by the time NATO'S shield becomes fully operational by the scheduled date of 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a massive new armaments programme during his successful election to a third term and made a visit to a military factory one of his first high-profile stops after his May 7 swearing in.

Putin's predecessor and protégé Dmitry Medvedev warned the West last year that Russia will have to deploy new rockets on the borders of NATO'S European partners such as Poland should its concerns not be addressed.

The army's top general Nikolai Makarov this month also warned the United States that Russia reserved the right to pre-emptively strike Nato targets once it feels its shield posed a significant threat.

US President Barack Obama has sent multiple negotiating missions to Moscow and was earlier this year caught by an open microphone telling Mr Medvedev that he intended to negotiate more on the issue should he win re-election in November. News reports did not specify the missile's actual range nor the number of warheads it can carry.
Source: AFP
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Siachen Avalanche Clearance Update

RAWALPINDI: Clearance efforts continued round the clock at Gayari Sector in Siachen since the avalanche hit the camp more than a month ago.

Simultaneous efforts are being undertaken to tackle effects of water on the site in the shape of pondages, cutting and crevasses. The water has started draining and has resulted into quick reduction of water level in the lake to the tune of 27 feet.

Excavation work has resumed its full pace despite difficulties posed by seepage of the water at the sites, hazards of crevasses / cutting by water and sinking effects for plant equipment.

Meanwhile during physical inspection of the area, some equipment was found.

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MQM Condemns Violence, Arson And Bloodshed on The Pretext of A Rally


Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) has strongly condemned the killing of innocent people, including women and children, by the firing of armed terrorist on the pretext of a rally in Karachi. The committee also condemned the torching of vehicles and setting on fire shops and markets in various areas. The committee said that the rejected elements that had taken out the rally in Karachi had planned the firing beforehand which was used as a pretext for violence and arson. Rockets were in fired in Boltan Market, Denso Hall, Pan Mandi, Jodia Bazar, Kharadar and other adjoining areas. Indiscriminate firing was done on the pedestrian and passer-byes and vehicles parked in market areas, and before shopping centres were set ablaze.

Public property was damaged and police stations were attacked with rockets, hand grenades, and other sophisticated and lethal weapons. Innocent people, including women and children received bullet injuries and died because of the intense firing of armed assailants. The elements involved in today’s violence and arson were the same that had taken on the police with heavy weapons sometimes ago.

The way Karachi was forced into violence and bloodshed on the pretext of the rally has demonstrated that the rally taken out by the rejected elements was the part of a planned conspiracy to create bloodshed and law and order situation in the city. It was not for expressing love for Sindh.

The Co-ordination Committee regretted that effective action was not taken by police, rangers and other law-enforcing agencies against the terrorists who went on a shooting spree and soaked the city in the blood of innocent people.

The Co-ordination Committee extended sympathies to the bereaved families who lost their loved-ones in the violence and bloodshed and prayed for the eternal peace of the deceased.

The Co-ordination Committee demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad, and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take serious notice of the unrestrained violence and mayhem in Karachi on the pretext of a rally and bring the elements responsible for the loss on innocent lives to book. The committee also called for effective steps for protecting the life and property of the people.

The Co-ordination Committee appealed to the general public to restrain their emotions in spite of the terrorist acts and maintain peace and order at every cost.

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MQM Condemns Murder of JSQM General Secretary Muzaffar Bhutto

Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has strongly condemned the brutal murder of the general secretary of JSQM Mr Muzaffar Bhutto. He has demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the concerned federal authorities to hold high level judicial inquiry into the disappearance of the slain leader for over one year and his brutal murder. He said that the elements involved in the murder should be arrested and brought to justice.

Mr Hussain extended sympathies to Chairman of the JSQM Mr Abdul Wahid Aresar, and other leaders and workers of the party and prayed for the divine forgiveness of the departed soul. He said that the MQM shared their grief equally. He also prayed for the courage and patience for the bereaved family members and supporters to bear this loss.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Operation IPL - Sting Operation By India TV

India TV sting blows the lid off murky deals among players, organizers, owners and big guns of Indian cricket. Many IPL players confessed on hidden camera that they get much more than their prescribed auction amount under the table as black money.
Shockingly, it was also revealed that big players of Indian cricket are involved in fixing the matches.
Some players even disclosed that they attempt to negotiate a larger financial contract with some of the other IPL franchises that is a serious non-adherence to the IPL player guidelines. Once deal is finalized the players are paid under the table.
The governing council of Indian Premier League earlier had imposed a one-year ban on Ravindra Jadeja and four-match ban on Manish Pandey for negotiating with other team owners for a larger financial contract.
India TV sting also revealed that spot-fixing is not only prevalent in IPL but First class matches are also fixed and beautiful ladies played an important role in match-fixing.
T Sudhindra, one of the Deccan Chargers player, had bowled a no-ball in last year’s first class match on India TV reporter’s insistence. He also assured to change his team in future if he was paid Rs. 60 lakhs.
Kings XI Punjab player Shalabh Srivastava demanded Rs. 10 lakh for bowling a no-ball in a IPL match.
Mohnish Mishra, playing for Pune Warriors India, confessed that he was getting 1.45 crore from its owner Sahara whereas he was in the 30 lakh slab. According to BCCI guidelines uncapped players were not to get more than Rs. 30 lakh.
Reporter: Sahara mein kitna matlab…? 1 crore bataya than a aapne..? nahi dedh crore?
Mohnish: 1.45
Reporter: Ek crore paintalis lakh?
Mohnish: Han
Reporter: Usmein se kitna 30 lakh Aapko?
Mohnish: Maine ek black mein liya hai bus. paintalis lakh liya hai white mein. paintalis lakh mein 30 lakh wala slab hai wo unke hisab se aayega jo BCCI ka rule hai.
There were many more other revelations in the sting operation that probably for the first time in cricketing history, senior and junior cricketers playing in rival teams jointly fixed the outcome of matches.
A clear pattern has supposedly emerged where a particular bowler has bowled easy deliveries and dropped catches, while his 'partner in crime' went on a scoring spree.

Watch IPL Sting Operation Part - I

Watch IPL Sting Operation Part - II

Watch IPL Sting Operation Part - III

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lashkar Terrorists Or Businessmen? Indian Media & Intelligence Agency RAW Blunder

LAHORE: The Mumbai Police released photos of five men belonging to the terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who had sneaked into the Indian metropolis. Meanwhile, three of suspects identified in the photographs approached a police station in Lahore late on Wednesday, requesting protection.
According to the Times of India, Police and Indian intelligence held a high level meeting after an alert, along with coloured pictures of suspected attackers was issued on Sunday, May 6. Central intelligence agencies had warned that five LeT members, aged between 25-30, had managed to sneak into Mumbai via the sea route. It was believed that the men wanted to attack vital city installations. On Monday, May 7, after police and other security officials met, security was heightened for key Mumbai installations.
A senior police officer who attended police commissioner Arup Patnaik meeting said the central alert states that the five LeT terrorists entered Mumbai a few days ago and are currently hiding here. It also declares that their plan is to “sabotage” key installations close to the coast by “hiring a ferry from the Gateway of India” and “attacking them from the sea”.
Another Indian publication, India Today said that the terrorists planned to target ‘vital installations’.
In Lahore, after seeing their pictures reported by Indian media, three of those identified, businessmen Atif Butt, Mehtab Butt, and security guard Baber Shabbir, approached their local police station to request for protection.
Talking to media, they said that they owned and operated cell phone retail stores in city’s popular electronic market, Hafeez Centre for many years.
Muhammad Fayyaz Butt, the President of shop keepers committee at Hafeez Centre, while condemning the irresponsible actions of Indian media, told that Atif Butt had been running a mobile phone business under the banner of Sun Mobiles in Shop 25 on the lower ground floor of the Centre. Mehtab Butt had been operating a similar business in Shop26 on the same floor. Baber Shabbir was a security guard at the Centre.
Atif Butt had been running his store for the past 10 years at the centre, while Mehtab Butt had been operating his business for the past 12 years.
Meanwhile, Shabbir said he had been employed as a security guard at the shopping plaza for the past five years. He added that he was too poor to have a passport made, let alone travel to another country.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MQM Condemns Killing of Workers

MQM MNAs have demanded immediate arrest of the brutal killers of MQM workers Rao Gulsher, Sultan and Anwer Alam. They have demanded that serious notice should be taken of the killing of three MQM workers in the last three days.
Rao Gulsher was the worker of Jamshed Town Sector of the MQM Punjabi Seraiki Organizing Committee (Karachi). Sultan was the worker of Unit 76 of MQM Korangi Sector while Anwer Alam was the worker of MQM Society Sector. He was also a councilor of the Jamshed Town. In a joint statement the MNAs said that the MQM is the representative political party in Karachi and it is actively working for promoting peace, brotherhood and amity among various nationalities living in the city. They said that certain elements were targeting the MQM workers and office-bearers for their vicious objectives.
They demanded of President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take notice of the brutal killings of the MQM workers and bring the perpetrators to book.
They extended condolences to the families of Rao Gulsher, Sultan and Anwer Alam and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.
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Pakistani Crewmen Would Soon Be Reunited With Their Families: Altaf Hussian



Founder and Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Mr Altaf Hussain has assured the family members of the Pakistani crewmen of MV Albedo that they would be united with their loved-ones soon as the efforts for securing their release are in full swing. He was talking to the family members of the Pakistani crewmen in the Governor House in Karachi on Tuesday night.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad, Chief of the Citizen Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) Mr Ahmed Chinoy and noted human rights activist Mr Ansar Burney were also present on the occasion.
Mr Hussain said that he had asked President Asif Zardari to accelerate the efforts for the release of the Pakistani crewmen on MV Albedo. He said that he had also asked Governor Sindh Dr Ebad and CPLC chief Mr Chinoy to speed up the efforts in this regard. He said the difficult times were about to end and the families would be reunited with their loved-ones soon.
The family members talked to Mr Hussain and they were overwhelmed with emotions and feelings. Wife of Mr Jawed, captain of the hijacked ship, said that Governor Sindh and Mr Chinoy were making every possible effort for bringing back the captives from the custody of the Somali pirates. She said that she did not have the words to thank adequately.
Mishal, daughter of captain Jawed, also expressed her feelings and prayed for Mr Hussain and his fellows.
Ms Neelum Mujtaba, wife of chief officer of the ship Mr Mujtaba said that she had arrived all the way from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was confident that only Mr Hussain and Governor Ebad could help her. She also thanked Mr Chinoy for his cooperation.
Mother of Ahsan Ali, hailing from Jehlum, told Mr Hussain that she got hope after meeting Governor Ebad and Ahmed Chinoy.
Mr Hussain said that there was no need of expressing gratitude and thanks as everything was being done on humanitarian grounds. He said that it was our mission to serve the humanity as enjoined by Almighty Allah. He said that he had always emphasized upon Governor Ebad to help the people instead of resting in the governor house.
Mr Hussain commended Mr Burney and Mr Chinoy for their efforts in securing the release of the captives on MV Albedo.
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Russia Concerned Over Syrian Rebels Presence & Training In Kosovo

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has told the UN Security Council that his country is concerned about reports that Syrian rebels are receiving training in Kosovo.
Churkin said that if the reports are true, the presence of Syrian fighters in Kosovo would undermine international efforts to restore peace to Syria. Churkin added that "turning Kosovo into an international training center for insurgents of various armed units could become a serious destabilizing factor going beyond the Balkan region." Kosovo's Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj admitted that the Kosovar government is in contact with the Syrian opposition but explained that Kosovo was "among the first governments in Europe supporting the opposition in Libya and other Arab countries" in 2011 because "we were fighting for the same aspirations." Hoxhaj rejected claims Syrian opposition fighters were training in Kosovo. Based on reporting by Reuters Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/russia_syria_kosovo/24581071.html
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

M777 Howitzers Deal For India Signed

India has signed a $660 million contract on the purchase 145 M777 ultralight howitzers manufactured in the U.S. by BAE Systems Land & Armaments. The M777 is a 155-mm towed artillery gun, primarily used in mountainous areas, with a firing range of up to 30 km. It is also the first 155 mm howitzer weighing less than 10,000 lbs (4,218 kg).
Two months ago, a report from the independent Stockholm-based International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which researches conflicts, arms control and disarmament, placed India at the top of a ranking of the world's largest heavy arms importers. According to the report, India, the largest arms recipient, accounted for 10 percent of global arms imports between 2007 and 2011.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Pakistan Succesfully Tested Hatf III Missile

Pakistan Thursday conducted a successful training launch of Short Range Ballistic Missile, which can carry nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 290 kilometers, the army said. The launch of Hatf III (Ghaznavi) was conducted at the conclusion of the annual field training exercise of Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC), an army statement said. The exercise was aimed at testing the operational readiness of a Strategic Missile Group, a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said.
The field exercise of the ASFC was witnessed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne and other senior military officials and scientists. It is the second missile test by Pakistan in two weeks. On April 25 Pakistan had successfully launched a medium range ballistic nuclear capable missile Hatf-4 Shaheen-1A weapons system. Pakistan conducted missile tests following India test-fired its first Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Agni-V last month. The Thursday’s successful test has also been warmly appreciated by the President Asif Asli zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani who have congratulated the participating ASFC troops, the scientists and the engineers on their outstanding success, the army said. Addressing the troops in the exercise area, General Wynne commended the troops on displaying a high standard of proficiency in handling and operating the state of the art weapon system, the statement said. He said that the nation had developed a strong nuclear deterrence capability and expected that the officers and men entrusted with the task of deterring aggression would continue to train hard and maintain professional excellence. He said that Pakistan’s Armed Forces were fully capable of safeguarding the country’s security against aggression, the statement said.
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Friday, May 4, 2012

PN Gets FAC Missile Boat

PNS Azmat, Pakistan's first Fast Attack Craft (Missile), was commissioned in Pakistan Navy on Tuesday. A ceremony in this regard was held at the Xingang Shipyard, China. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila was the chief guest on the occasion. According to an official statement, the chief guest lauded the commissioning of the craft in Pakistan Navy as yet another achievement of the experts working on development of navy’s capabilities. Acknowledging the efforts of Chinese engineers and technicians for construction of FAC (M), the chief guest congratulated the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) and Xingang Shipyard for their full cooperation and commitment in commissioning of the craft as per schedule. The achievement was yet another example of Pak-China cooperation, he said.
The naval chief said the project of missile craft construction represented a quantum leap not only in defence production in maritime sector of Pakistan but also addressed a longstanding operational requirement of the Pakistan Navy. The collaboration in the project would open new avenues that would be milestones in defence cooperation between China and Pakistan. The naval chief emphasised that the induction of missile craft would not only supplement Pakistan Navy’s combat potential but would also afford the force an opportunity to distinctly uphold its forward presence in important areas, contributing to balance the power equation in the region. PNS AZMAT is the first of AZMAT Class Fast Attack Craft (Missile). The contract for construction of two fast attack craft (missile) was signed on the basis of Transfer of Technology (ToT). The first craft was to be built in China and the second at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW). The vessel being built in Karachi is equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, including surface-to-surface missiles and stealth features.
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