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IAF surprises everyone by flying the same aircraft that Pakistan claimed to have shot down


By: Talat Mohsin

On Airforce Day, IAF debunked Pakistan’s claim of shooting down Sukhoi-30MKI by making it fly with the other aircrafts today. Pakistan, had claimed that it had shot down the aircraft in the air battle on February 27, a day after Indian jets had bombed Balakot to attack the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Not only this, the aircraft, whose call name is Avenger 1, was piloted by the same two man crew who flew the Sukhoi-30MKI on the day of the battle. The IAF has said that Pakistan claims were a way to hide the loss it suffered by the destruction of its own American made F-16 which wing commander Abhinandan Vartaman had shot down before getting shot down. The wing commander was awarded the Veer Chakra for shooting down the F-16.

The Avenger1 aircraft flew in the Avenger formation. In the formation three nimble french origin Mirage-2000 flanked by two larger Sukhoi-30MKI, the extreme Sukhoi being the “Avenger1”.

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria acknowledged the crowd today at the Hindon Airforce Station by saying-“We acknowledge the contributions of all personnel of commands, stations and units who silently and professionally contribute to the success of the airstrikes on the terrorist camps at Balakot earlier this year.”

As many as 46 flights of Pakistan International Airlines were operated without passengers: Report


By: Talat Mohsin

According to a media report, Pakistan International Airlines flew around 46 flights sans passengers in the year 2016-17. The airline suffered loss of about 180 million Pakistani rupees.

The figures were revealed via an audit report, a copy of which is present with Geo TV. The report also said that 36 additional flights for Hajj and Umrah routes also flew without passengers and no enquiry was launched despite the administration being informed of the matter.

The revelation has caused more tension to grow in the country, as the economy of the country is already in a state of havoc. The country also faces the threat of a blacklist from the Paris-based anti-money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Last month, the PIA had come in the news for laying off nearly 1000 surplus employees to reduce operational costs. This news will undoubtedly add a few more problems to their already overfilled bucket.

Trump backs out on his offer of mediating between India and Pakistan, calls the Kashmir issue “bilateral”


By: Talat Mohsin

After repeatedly offering to help India and Pakistan find a common ground on the Kashmir issue, Trump has backed out on his offer, calling it a “bilateral issue”.

Trump had offered to mediate the issue on three different occasions in the past month. On all these occasions, the official US government office was in the favour of a bilateral settlement between the countries. Seems like the president and his office are on the same page again.

India has maintained its stance and has called the Kashmir issue as bilateral and scrapping of the article 370 an internal affair. Donald Trump had earlier claimed that India had asked for his help on the burning matter at hand. But the Indian government refuted the claim. Later the president’s office set the matter straight when it stated that the president had offered his help, India had not asked for it.

Prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet Trump in Biarritz, France on the side lines of the G7 summit. Even though India is not a part of the G7, the Indian premier was personally invited by the French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the summit.

After landing, Modi had his first bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Modi is also expected to take a walk and have conversation with the French President. Modi also addressed a session on biodiversity on the side lines of the prestigious summit. He highlighted India’s efforts towards reducing plastic, conserving water , harnessing solar energy and protecting flora and fauna for sustainable future.

Trump talks to Modi and Imran; says tough situations, great conversations


By: Talat Mohsin

On Sunday US President Donald Trump spoke with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan, with the aim of reducing the escalated tensions between the two nuclear-armed countries.
On Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to post about the call where he said that he had talked to the premiers about “trade, strategic partnerships” and that he has also urged the two countries to work our their differences.

The relations between the two neighbors had always been sour. But the latest step taken by the Indian government to revoke article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been severely criticized by Pakistan. In addition, Pakistan has cut all trade and transport ties with India.

The White House issued a statement on the phone call to the Indian premier. It said: “The two leaders further discussed how they will continue to strengthen US-India economic ties through increased trade, and they look forward to meeting again soon.”

On Trump’s call to Imran Khan, the White House said that the call was to “discuss the need to reduce tensions and moderate rhetoric” with India over Kashmir.

China backs up Pakistan’s request for a meeting of the UNSC


By: Talat Mohsin

India has learnt today that after being requested by China, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has agreed to hold a closed door meeting to discuss the Kashmir issue.

Earlier, Pakistan had requested the world body on three different occasions to discuss the changed dynamics in Kashmir, but it’s requests were denied. But after China backed it up, the UNSC has agreed to accept the prolonging request. The closed door meeting is most likely to be held on August 16, but without Pakistan in the room.

The meeting is being held to discuss the abrogation of the article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which gave special rights to the state. The former state has now been turned into a union territory.
According to sources, earlier Pakistan was seeking for an open door meeting with having the right to speak. But when it’s plea was denied, China stepped up to support Pakistan’s cause.

India had earlier told the international community that revoking the article was an internal matter and had also advised Pakistan to accept it.

Meme fest on Pakistan’s condition in CWC 19


Australia, India, and England have already qualified for the semi-finals and New Zealand are on the verge of qualification. Pakistan is left with an almost impossible task to play further for the trophy. From their match 1 till now, fans used to draw comparisons after finding similarities between their 1992 winning campaign and 2019 World Cup. Some even extrapolated the comparison to the future Prime Minister post. Here are some of the memes doing round on the internet.

Pakistan to freeze assets and imposed travel ban on Masood Azhar


Just within days after UN designated Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, Pakistan banned Masood Azhar’s assets and future travels. Was Pakistan deliberately holding back from helping India?

In a notification issued Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, “the Federal Government is pleased to order that the Resolution 2368 (2017) be fully implemented” against Masood Azhar. The government directed officials to take actions “as appropriate for the implementation of sanctions” against the JeM chief, according to the notification. Masood Azhar is also banned from selling or purchasing arms and ammunition.

In a major diplomatic win for India, the United Nations designated Pakistan-based Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal by the US, the UK and France to blacklist him.

Pakistan violated cease-fire 513 times since Balakot Air Strike


Cease-fire violation by Pakistan is not a new thing. They are quite habitual but this is quite extreme. They violated it 513 times since IAF struck terrorists launch pads in Pakistan. The Pakistan army has also used heavy weaponry like Mortars and Artillery Guns in over 100 of their missions.

“513 ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken place along the Line of Control, in the last one and a half month. Pakistan used heavy weaponry over 100 times during these violations,” GOC16 Corps, Lieutenant General Paramjit Singh told reporters.

“Whenever Pakistan carries out such violations, we also retaliate effectively. As per our sources, Pakistan Army has suffered five to six times more casualties than the casualties on the Indian side,” Singh added.

India retaliated the 14 February Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives through Air Strike by IAF on 26 February. IAF fighter jets targetted terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad’s advance training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. Islamabad retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations the next day. However, the IAF thwarted its attempted.

Mission Shakti: India Becomes the 4th Country to develop Anti Satellite Weapon


India has now become a space power. Election Commission is probing on Modi’s tweet. China wants peace in space and Pakistan wants the banishment of India. All due to one reason – Mission Shakti.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the DRDO-developed anti-satellite system A-SAT successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. India became the 4th country, after USA, Russia, and China, to develop and test successfully an Anti Satellite (A-SAT) weapon.

What Are A-SATs?

A-SATs are missile-based systems to attack moving satellites. So far the United States, China, and Russia were the only ones who’ve reported the ability to shoot down space objects from ground or airborne sources. The development of such systems has a long history — fuelled by the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union. There are different kinds of systems — those that can be launched from the ground or those vaulted from planes.

“The ASAT weapon is likely to be the most potent military tool for the armed forces over the next few decades, notwithstanding a revolutionary technological breakthrough,” according to Arvind K. John, an analyst with New Delhi-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation.

Pakistan Decries Mission Shakti and China wants peace

Pakistan called on the international community to condemn the act and strengthen international laws regarding the militarization of space. “We hope that countries which have in the past strongly condemned demonstration of similar capabilities by others will be prepared to work towards developing international instruments to prevent military threats relating to outer space,” said a spokesperson for the Pakistan government. The spokesperson reiterated that Pakistan has been a strong proponent of Prevention of Arms Race in Outer Space. He said, “Space is the common heritage of mankind and every nation has the responsibility to avoid actions which can lead to the militarization of this arena.”

China, on the other hand, was guarded in its reaction to the launch of the anti-satellite missile. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, in a written response to a question from news agency PTI on India successfully test-firing an anti-satellite missile, said: “We have noticed reports and hope that each country will uphold peace and tranquillity in outer space.” China conducted such a test in January 2007 when its anti-satellite missile destroyed a defunct weather satellite.

Election Commission probing Narendra Modi’s Speech

The Election Commission said it is studying this morning’s announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the anti-satellite missile test, Mission Shakti. The opposition parties had raised a clamor after the announcement, claiming the Prime Minister was trying to gain political points two weeks before the national elections, and that it was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

The Model Code is a series of dos and don’ts for the caretaker government and political parties, which comes into effect as soon as the elections are announced.

The event is a leap forward in India’s space and military technology. The accomplishment is remarkable because this technology is indigenous. China calling for peace and Pakistan’s desperation themselves proves the significance of Mission Shakti. PM’s comments might get into the radar of EC but it won’t affect much to his Propaganda. Congratulations DRDO for making our country proud.

‘Digital India’ endorsing party BJP’s site under maintenance


The crusaders of Digital India are finding themselves in the doldrums. The official site of BJP was hacked yesterday and it is ‘under maintenance’ since then. BJP denied hacking but everyone knows that! Screenshots of the hacked home page showed an unflattering meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, captioned with language containing abusive terms. We all know that cyberspace has also become war-field for Indian and Pakistani hackers.

That meme pokes fun at a clip in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks past the prime minister as he extends his hand, expecting her to shake it. A caption above the meme said, in abusive language: “Brothers and sisters, I’ve fooled all of you. Brothers and sisters, we’ve fooled all of you. More to come! Many, many congratulations!” Below the meme was a video with the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

The BJP website was down at the time when this story was last updated. Congress could not resist taking a swipe at its arch-rival. “If you’re not looking at the BJP website right now — you’re missing out,” said Divya Spandana, head of social media for the main opposition party.

Today, BJP sources denied the website had been hacked. “The website wasn’t hacked. It’s just a technical issue which is being fixed. No complaint has been lodged with the police. The website will be operational at the earliest,” a source in the BJP’s information technology cell said, requesting not to be named.

But Subimal Bhattacharjee, a cybersecurity expert contested the claim. “Some level of wrongdoing has happened. Someone did gain access to the website. BJP’s website is one of the most active political websites here with a lot of content,” he told NDTV.

“It’s good that instead of coming up with a back-up website, they are working to fix all the loopholes,” he added.

Let’s hope BJP retains its site as early as possible. Site under maintenance doesn’t look good for their propaganda.