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  1. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said that it is not right to say that we have resisted or had differences with all army chiefs. He added that he and his government has also had cordial relations with certain army chiefs. The former premier said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was affected due to the month long sit-ins "but inspite of that, the country progress". Sharif said this in an interview with the BBC on Thursday ? his first detailed interview with foreign news media since his ouster as prime minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 in the Panama Papers case. Nawaz was ousted by former army chief Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup in 1999. After the coup, he was jailed and later allowed to leave the country and go into exile.
  2. Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa. Photo: File QUETTA: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Quetta on Sunday, a day after a suspected suicide attack on a military vehicle in the city left eight soldiers and seven civilians dead. Sources said the army chief will visit the injured undergoing treatment in hospitals to inquire into their health and also chair a security meeting. The FIR of the attack, which took place on Saturday evening at the Pishin bus stop, is yet to be registered. Sources said experts of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency are expected to arrive in Quetta soon for aiding the investigation. The site of the incident remains sealed, with no thoroughfare allowed. The attack on the military vehicle left eight army officials and seven civilians dead and also injured around 40 people. 15 army personnel, civilians martyred, 40 others wounded in Quetta blast: ISPR COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack and called it 'an attempt to mar independence day festivity' Condemning the terrorist attack on Saturday, Gen Bajwa termed it an attempt to ?mar Independence Day festivity? in the city and declared that ?our resolve won?t succumb to any challenge?. The Balochistan Assembly and FC Hostel are situated near the site of the explosion and the area is categorised as 'sensitive', security wise. Following the blast, Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, accompanied by Quetta Corps Commander Lt Gen Aamer Riaz, visited the hospital to inquire into the injured being treated there. Meanwhile, newly-appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif condemned the attack, saying our brave armed forces stand steadfast against the coward enemy.
  3. SEOUL: North Korea said on Saturday that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new UN sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington. Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests. Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam. KCNA said on Wednesday a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate. In August 2015, 1 million North Koreans offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, raising additional tensions. North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on US Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.
  4. An official of the Special Services Group in Miramshah, North Waziristan in July 2014. Photo: AFP PESHAWAR: A major and three soldiers of the Pakistan Army laid down their lives during a military operation, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Wednesday. According to the army's media wing, Major Ali Salman ? who hails from a 'secret agency' ? was leading a team in an anti-terrorist operation in Timergara, Dir when they were killed in a suicide bombing. The ISPR said the incident took place on Tuesday night when an operation ? based on intelligence information ? against terrorists was under way. Three of the martyrs: Major Ali Salman, Havaldars Ghulam Nazir and Akbar As the army team entered the hideout of suspected terrorists in Sherotkai, a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing the army officials, while another was killed in retaliatory fire. It was stated that one suspected terrorist was also arrested from the site. The deceased were identified as Maj Ali Salman, Havaldar Ghulam Nazir, Havaldar Akhtar and Sepoy Abdul Karim. First phase of Operation Khyber-4 successfully completed: ISPR Valley associated with Brekh Top is now being cleared, says ISPR Pakistan launches nationwide 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' Efforts to include broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations by Rangers in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations
  5. Venezuela's military was on Monday hunting an ex-officer and a lieutenant who led uniformed rebels on a weekend raid to grab weapons from an army base, fueling fears the country's worsening crisis could tip into armed conflict. The defense minister and head of the armed forces, General Vladimir Padrino, said the ex-National Guard captain, Juan Carlos Caguaripano, and the lieutenant, Jefferson Gabriel Garcia, were behind the Sunday attack on the base in the third city of Venezuela by 20 men in uniform. Just before the raid, Caguaripano posted a video online declaring it part of a "legitimate rebellion... to reject the murderous tyranny of (President) Nicolas Maduro." Appearing with more than a dozen uniformed men, some armed, he demanded a transitional government and "free elections." Maduro said on state television Sunday that the attack saw a three-hour firefight in which two of the rebels died and eight were captured, including another lieutenant who was involved. Ten other attackers made off with an unspecified arsenal. Caguaripano and Garcia "managed to flee and a special operation has been deployed to find and capture them," Padrino said. He said Garcia had been in charge of the base's weapons depot and acted as an accomplice from the inside, while Caguaripano had been discharged from the army in 2014 after multiple disciplinary offenses. Padrino said most of the rebels were civilians with criminal records who were contracted in Venezuela by people with links to pro-opposition sympathizers in Colombia and the United States. He and Maduro described the attackers as "terrorists" and "mercenaries" and insisted they did not signify any fracturing of the army. "This group was not acting for ideals or nationalist principles. They were paid from Miami by extreme-right groups linked to the Venezuelan opposition as well as foreign governments that maintain a hostile and interfering attitude against the country," Padrino said. Loyal brass The defense minister insisted the military's loyalty to Maduro's government -- a third of which is controlled by current or former officers -- was unshakable. Questions were being asked, however, whether lower ranks in Venezuela's military were rebelling. The opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, said the country's crisis dividing Venezuela's society "is being seen... in the barracks of our armed forces." The head of the opposition-controlled congress, Julio Borges, has demanded the "truth" from the government about what happened on Sunday. But a powerful member of Maduro's Socialist Party, Diosdado Cabello, rejected suggestions of a troop rebellion. "There is no insurrection of any type. That is a politically inspired lie," he said. Nevertheless, analysts said discord could be seen in the lower ranks of the security forces. "There are indications of growing discontent in the middle ranks of the police and soldiers, even though military commanders remain allied to the government," said Diego Moya-Ocampos, of IHS Markit Country Risk in London. "You can expect new incidents to occur as this unease grows," he said. Venezuela isolated Venezuela's opposition has repeatedly urged the military to abandon Maduro, so far to no avail. The crisis in the oil-rich country is rooted in large part to the collapse of its economy due to a plunge in global oil prices. Public anger is widespread as people struggle for basics like food and medicine, and inflation has soared to triple digits. Maduro, however, blames an economic "war" that he says is fomented by the right-wing opposition in cahoots with the United States. Venezuela has become increasingly isolated internationally as Maduro tightens his hold on power through a contested loyalist assembly that started work last week. Opposition leaders are under increased threat of arrest after protests -- fiercely countered by security forces -- that have left 125 people dead in the past four months. The new "Constituent Assembly" elected in a controversial vote organized by Maduro and packed with his allies has moved quickly to clamp down on dissent since starting work last week. Its first act was to dismiss the attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who had broken ranks with Maduro to become one of his most vociferous critics. It has also created a "truth commission" that Maduro wants to use to prosecute opposition lawmakers and leaders for alleged "crimes." He has urged the commission to lift parliamentary immunity for opposition figures. The United States accuses Maduro of installing an "authoritarian dictatorship" that has turned Venezuela into an international pariah. The United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru have slammed the "illegal" sacking of Ortega. And Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil have indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the South American trading bloc Mercosur for its "rupture of the democratic order." Foreign ministers from 15 Latin American nations were to meet in Peru on Tuesday to decide what joint action they could take over Venezuela.
  6. RAWALPINDI: The Army leadership on Monday acknowledged the positive long term effects being achieved through Operation Radd-ul Fasaad, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, during the monthly Corps Commanders Conference, also appreciated the successful conduct of Operation Khyber-4 in the "most inhospitable terrain of Rajgal". Undertaking a comprehensive review of the internal and external security situation, the forum also deliberated upon the regional security situation, added ISPR. The Army leadership reaffirmed its commitment to regional peace and stability. "We look forward to a trust based mutual cooperation in this regard which can achieve the policy ends of enduring regional peace," said General Bajwa. The attendees of the conference were also briefed on the situation along the Line of Control (LoC). The army chief, expressing full satisfaction over the armed forces' commitment to national defence, said efforts must continue to defeat terrorism and militancy while ensure supremacy of the Constitution and establishing the rule of law. Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad was launched in February with the objective of eliminating terrorism across the country. The Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, civil armed forces as well as other security and law enforcement agencies continue to actively participate and support the efforts of the Pakistan Army to eliminate terrorist elements from the country.
  7. General Bajwa greeting troops in Rajgal RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said Pakistan is heading towards a state where the writ of state and supremacy of law would be ?second to none?, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). ?With the full backing of the nation, we are heading towards a normalised Pakistan where writ of state and supremacy of law would be second to none and where every Pakistani, whether in cities, tribal or far flung areas will be able to play their positive and rightful part in Pakistan's progress,? the ISPR quoted the army chief as saying. General Bajwa was visiting the forward areas in Khyber agency?s Rajgal valley, where the armed forces are conducting Operation Khyber-4 to clear the strategic valley from militant elements. The army chief was given a detailed briefing on the ongoing operation and was told that the Army has cleared 90 percent of the objective area. He also appreciated the professionalism of the Army and Pakistan Air Force (PAF), which was responsible for pin-point targeting of militant hideouts and strongholds, leading to fewer casualties in the ground forces. COAS visiting troops in Rajgal. -ISPR ?On completion of this operation Khyber Agency would be free of terrorists' influence thereby providing environment for return of TDPs and development prong to proceed,? said ISPR. Earlier, Commander Peshawar Corps Lieutenant General Nazir Ahmed Butt and IGFC KP North Major General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood, Commander Khyber-4 operation received the COAS on arrival in operational area.
  8. MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice President Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Saturday that the constitution prohibits people from criticising members of the judiciary and armed forces. Speaking to journalists he said that any person who is criticising the armed forces and judiciary of the country must review his/her action. The PTI leader called Supreme Court?s decision on Panama case, ?historic?. ?Every political party supports democracy in the country and accountability will further strengthen it,? he said. ?The country will emerge stronger after getting rid of corrupt elements.? Qureshi said that he had already predicted earlier that 45-day tenure premier cannot appoint 47-member cabinet; he will remain Prime Minister for next 10 months. He said that Shehbaz Sharif was not nominated for prime minister`s position because of NAB references against him and secondly, with him becoming prime minister, a race would have started within the party to become CM Punjab. Qureshi claimed that Shehbaz Sharif wanted his son, Hamza Shehbaz, to become CM Punjab ? however, the Nawaz?s camp within the PML-N did not agree with the proposal.
  9. RAWALPINDI: British High Commissioner Thomas Drew called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters today. A press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations stated that matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed at the meeting. The visiting dignitary acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan?s continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region, the press release stated further.
  10. BEIRUT: The Syrian army has reached the last Daesh-held town on the road to its besieged garrison in the east, a monitoring group said on Friday. Government forces are on the outskirts of Al-Sukhna, some 70 kilometres northeast of the famed ancient city of Palmyra, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The town is the last on the desert road to the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where a government garrison has held out under siege by Daesh since early 2015. Al-Sukhna and the oil and gas fields in the surrounding countryside have been held by Daesh since 2015. "Heavy fighting is ongoing between the two sides, with regime artillery and rocket fire," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. He said Russian warplanes were supporting the government advance. Daesh commanders fled into the surrounding mountains as the army neared the town, he added. Since May, the army has been conducting a broad military campaign to recapture the vast desert that separates the capital Damascus from Deir Ezzor and other towns along the Euphrates Valley. Already defeated in its Iraqi bastion of Mosul, Daesh is facing multiple assaults in Syria. The US-backed Syrian Defence Forces now control more than half of its most important remaining stronghold Raqqa.
  11. RAWALPINDI: The Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired a security meeting in Lahore and said regional actors and hostile agencies are fully involved in using terror as a policy tool. General Bajwa also said the key to defeating terrorism is participation at the national level. "We have fought terrorism as a nation. Key to success is national participation," the Inter-Services Public Relations quoted the army chief as saying. Referring to the recent terror attacks in Kabul and Lahore, he offered Pakistan's help to Afghanistan in eliminating terrorists safe havens in their border areas. "Concurrent blasts in Kabul and Lahore are testimony to the fact of our stance that both Pakistan and Afghanistan are victims of terrorism." He added that both countries will continue to suffer if these "actors are able to use Afghanistan's territory with impunity". General Bajwa also said the Army fully supports and stands with the police and other law enforcement agencies towards performance of their role as first responders. He added that the people should report suspicious activity to the security forces. During the meeting General Bajwa said such incidents can not lower our resolve to eliminate terrorism from its roots. He was also given a detailed briefing on the ongoing security operation in the country and the attack in Lahore. The high-level huddle came after a suicide attack on Lahore's Ferozepur road martyred at least 26 people, with nine policemen among them.
  12. Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa chairing a Corps Commanders Conference in Rawalpindi. Photo: File RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will chair a meeting at Corps Headquarters, Lahore today. According to the Inter Services Public Relations, the army chief departed from Rawalpindi earlier to head to Lahore to chair the meeting on security issues following the Lahore blast. Around 26 people, including nine policemen, were martyred and more than 50 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near Lahore's Ferozepur Road on Monday afternoon. Initial investigations have revealed that the bomber had help from two facilitators who accompanied him to the site of the incident. Lt Gen Sadiq Ali is the commander of the Pakistan Army's IV Corps, which is headquartered in Lahore. Less than 10 days ago, the army announced the launch of a new military operation in Khyber Agency. ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, addressing a press conference, had informed that the follow-up operation, Khyber-IV, has been launched in Khyber Agency's Rajgal Valley. The DG ISPR informed that the valley, next to the Afghan border, is being used by Daesh and other local militant groups. The army spokesperson had also given a country-wide breakdown of the operations undertaken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad, launched in February this year, stating that the security situation of the country has improved as a result.
  13. Photo: File Security forces have cleared two terrorist strongholds in Rajgal valley, Khyber Agency as army aviation and the artillery target hideouts as part of Operation Khyber 4, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Sunday. First phase of Operation Khyber-4 successfully completed: ISPR Valley associated with Brekh Top is now being cleared, says ISPR The forces have also secured the Spinkai top dominating Saprai pass as well as Star Kille. The statement added that two major passes entering from Afghanistan inside Pakistan have been secured and are now effectively under the army?s control. "Terrorists hideouts are being targeted by Artillery and army aviation. Operation is progressing as planned. Terrorists are on the run", said IGFC KP North Maj Gen Shaheen, Operational commander Khyber 4 Operation, as quoted by ISPR.
  14. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron and Chief of the Defence Staff French Army General Pierre de Villiers arrive in a command car for the traditional Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, July 14, 2017 - Reuters PARIS: General Francois Lecointre has been appointed as the new head of the French army, a military source said on Wednesday. Lecointre, a member of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's staff who served in the army in Bosnia, replaces General Pierre de Villiers, who resigned abruptly on Wednesday after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over defence budget cuts. In a statement, 60 year-old Pierre de Villiers said he had tried to maintain a French defense force with the ability to do an increasingly difficult job within the financial constraints imposed on it, but was no longer able to sustain that. "In the current circumstances I see myself as no longer able to guarantee the robust defense force I believe is necessary to guarantee the protection of France and the French people, today and tomorrow, and to sustain the aims of our country," he said. Macron had accepted his resignation, de Villiers added. A fierce row broke out last week between the two men just two months after Macron was elected, and just as France prepared for the military pomp of a July 14 Bastille Day parade where Macron's U.S. counterpart Donald Trump was the guest of honor. De Villiers, appearing before a closed-door hearing of parliamentarians - had used strong language to protest at the 850 million euro ($979.46 million) defense budget cut Macron was making as part of his efforts to rein in state spending. "I won't let myself be fucked like that," he said according to two parliamentary sources. "I may be stupid, but I know when I am being had." Macron had gone public with his rebuke. "I have made commitments, I am your boss," he said in a speech to dozens of top army officers and their families.
  15. RAWALPINDI/MUZAFFARABAD: Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Sunday and targeted a Pakistan Army vehicle across the Line of Control (LoC), which resulted in martyrdom of a soldier, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Indian forces fired on the vehicle at Athmaqam area across the LoC, the ISPR said in a statement, in fresh violation of the ceasefire agreement between the two countries. As a consequence, the vehicle plunged into Neelum River. Body of one martyred soldier has been recovered, while search is on for the remaining three, the statement read. Four Indian troops killed, two check posts destroyed by Pak Army on LoC: ISPR Five innocent people, including four women, were martyred However, the Pakistan Army retaliated to the cross-border fire and gave a fitting response to the enemy, it added. On July 10, five Pakistani civilians, including four women, were martyred after Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing Rawalakot sector, Satwal, Manwal, Tatrinote areas. The incident also left four others, including three girls, injured. In response, Pakistan Army destroyed two Indian checkposts leaving four enemy troops dead.
  16. RAWALPINDI: Inter Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor held a press conference on Sunday. Addressing the media, he said a follow-up operation, Khyber-4, has been launched in Khyber Agency's Rajgal Valley today. The ISPR DG said the area, next to the Afghan border, is being used by Daesh and other local militant groups. A division-plus size force will take part in the operation, he informed, hoping they plan to unilaterlly secure the int border, eliminate hideouts, and complete physical hold on Khyber Agency. The army spokesperson also gave a country-wide breakdown of the operations taken as part of Operation Raddul Fasaad (RuF), stating that the security situation of the country has improved after the launch of RuF. Talking about the situation on the Line of Control, he said so far 580 ceasefire violations have occurred to-date this year ? the highest in any year. "This indicates the Indian aim of diverting attention from political upheaval in Indian Occupied Kashmir," he claimed. The ISPR DG lamented that the Indian army has the choice of opening fire on civilian areas whereas the Pakistan Army cannot do that to Kashmiris across the LoC. "There will never be any foreign boots on our ground," said Maj Gen Ghafoor when talking about collaborative efforts against terrorism on the Pak-Afghan border. Referring to the ongoing phase-1 of fencing the Pak- Afghan border, he said on average there is a fort or check post every 1.5 kilometres. Talking about the military courts, he said at present 40 cases are under process at the moment. Regarding the 17 terrorists nabbed in Parachinar, he said there case in the military court will be fast-tracked. He ended the presser by relaying a message from the army chief: We are building peace in our country, brick by brick. Replying to a question on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, DG ISPR said the army chief is reviewing the proceedings of the case and will take a decision on his appeal on merit. When asked to comment on reports that the army is part of a conspiracy to remove the government, he said "I don't think it merits a response. I have shown you what the army is doing". In response to another question, Maj Gen Ghafoor stressed that there is no organised Daesh infrastructure in Pakistan and nor will one be allowed. ?However, Daesh is getting stronger in Afghanistan but is still far from making a base the way it did in the Middle East.? He added that splinter groups of TTP adopting the bandwagon of Daesh in Pakistan are already being taken care of by the security forces. ?It is the duty of every Pakistani to ensure the supremacy of the law and Constitution,? he said when asked about the ongoing political crisis in the country.
  17. Army chief was apprised of the significant reduction in sectarian killings in the province. -ISPR RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday reiterated his support for Balochistan and said the province was his prime focus, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). ?Balochistan is my prime focus and prosperity of people in Baluchistan at par with other provinces is the main objective," COAS said during his visit to the Quetta Garrison. During his visit the COAS was given a detailed briefing on the security situation in Balochistan at Headquarters Southern Command and Headquarters FC Balochistan (North). The army chief was apprised of the significant reduction in sectarian killings in the province. The ISPR statement added that terrorists in their desperation were now targeting law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and soft targets. General Bajwa also appreciated achievements of the Army, FC, police, intelligence and other agencies including provincial administration towards the improvement of the security situation. The army chief also hailed efforts in the socio-economic domain which resulted in the willingness of militants to surrender. The COAS also interacted with officers and soldiers and appreciated their morale and motivation. He further said the Army is for the people of Pakistan and shall continue to perform its duty with their full support. General Bajwa upon his arrival was received by Lieutenant General Aamer Riaz, Commander Southern Command.
  18. Calderwood appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace. -ISPR RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday met with Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations. The dignitary appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region, added the statement. Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.
  19. The Adarsh housing society is a 31-storey apartment complex in south Mumbai. Photo: Hindu Two former Indian army chiefs, General Deepak Kapoor and General NC Vij, along with other senior military officers have been indicted in a housing society scam in an inquiry, which was ordered by the Defence Ministry, according to Indian media. The Adarsh housing society, a 31-storey apartment complex in south Mumbai, was built for the families of veterans of Kargil war however politicians, bureaucrats and other military officers have become owners of the apartments. The scam surfaced in 2010 after which Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was forced to resign. Later, in April 2016, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on the direction of the Bombay High Court ordered an inquiry into the scam. The inquiry was conducted by a retired IAS officer, Rajan Katoch, and Lt Gen Ravi Thodge. In the report, Gen NC Vij has been held guilty of ?providing a protective umbrella to facilitate the alienation of the land?. On the other hand, Gen Kapoor was ?not directly connected with the case? but ?not well advised? in becoming a member of the society, adding that that it did not seem he had adequately weighed the implications of accepting an apartment in the complex. Former navy chief admiral Madhavendra Singh, who was also allotted a flat in the housing society, has also been named in the report.
  20. File RAWALPINDI: Five innocent people, including four women, were martyred and four others including three girls were injured on Burhan Wani?s first death anniversary, when Indian border troops opened unprovoked fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rawalakot sector, while in retaliation Pakistan Army destroyed two Indian check posts and killed four troops, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The latest incident of cross-border firing came on the day when thousands of Kashmiris observed Burhan Wani?s first death anniversary. The ISPR said that Pakistan Army befittingly responded and killed four Indian troops and destroyed their two check posts. "Pakistan Army befittingly responded on July 9, causing substantial losses to men and material. Two Indian Army posts firing on innocent civilians have been destroyed, four Indian soldiers killed," said a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations. "Indian troops committed ceasefire violation and martyred five innocent civilians and injured four others along LoC," said ISPR's statement. According to ISPR, the causalities occurred in Rawalakot sector, Satwal, Manwal, Tatrinote areas located along LoC. While, Pakistan on Sunday again summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Islamabad, JP Singh over continuous ceasefire violation at Line of Control by Indian troops.
  21. Artillery explosions and gunfire could still be heard during Saturday afternoon and a column of smoke billowed over the Old City riverside, the Reuters correspondent said. A US-led international coalition is providing air and ground support to the eight-month campaign to wrest back Mosul, by far the largest city seized by Daesh in 2014. Almost exactly three years ago, the ultra-hardline group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared from Mosul a "caliphate" over adjoining parts of Iraq and Syria. 'Fighting for every meter' Dozens of Daesh insurgents were killed on Saturday and others tried to escape by swimming across Tigris, state TV said. Most of those making a last stand were foreigners, it added. Iraqi commanders say the militants were fighting for every meter with snipers, grenades and suicide bombers, forcing security forces to fight house-to-house in the densely populated maze of narrow alleyways. "The battle has reached the phase of chasing the insurgents in remaining blocks," the Iraqi military media office said in a statement. "Some members of Daesh have surrendered," it added. The road where the soldiers celebrated was scarred with gaping holes from explosions and rubble from a flattened multi-storey shopping mall. Rubbish and ammunition boxes were strewn around and the only civilians seen were a group of about 15 women, children and elderly, some of them wounded, sheltering in a damaged petrol station. Security forces medics were giving them first aid. Months of urban warfare has displaced 900,000 people, about half the city's pre-war population, and killed thousands, according to aid organizations. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of Daesh's "state of falsehood" a week ago, after security forces took Mosul's medieval Grand al-Nuri mosque - although only after retreating militants blew it up. Stripped of Mosul, Daesh's dominion in Iraq will be reduced to mainly rural, desert areas west and south of the city where tens of thousands of people live. The militants are expected to keep up attacks on selected targets across Iraq. The United Nations predicts it will cost more than $1 billion to repair basic infrastructure in Mosul. In some of the worst-affected areas, almost no buildings appear to have escaped damage and Mosul's dense construction means the extent of the devastation might be underestimated, UN officials said. The fall of Mosul also exposes ethnic and sectarian fractures between Arabs and Kurds over disputed territories or between Sunnis and the Shi?ite majority that have plagued Iraq for more than a decade.. Mosul is a majority Sunni city who has long complained of being marginalized by the Shi'ite-led governments installed after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Meanwhile, Iraq's regional Kurdish leader said this week that the government in Baghdad had failed to prepare a post-battle political, security and governance plan.
  22. How sad is it that if not for the internet, so many things would have just vanished into thin air. Incredible stories of hard work, sacrifices, and prodigies would have just disappeared into the ether. A few days ago, on Facebook, I came across a weightlifting page that had videos of weightlifters from all over the world. A few minutes into the page, my attention was seized by an Indian lad clean and jerking 127 kg at the Youth Worlds competition. I was astonished and was immediately interested. A few minutes of research led me to the discovery of Jeremy Lalrinnunga. © iwf In a country where people barely know about weightlifting as a sport, this14- year-old champ secured second place in an International Weightlifting Competition. He was the youngest medalist and the second youngest amongst all male competitors. What hit me was that despite such outstanding performances, nobody was talking about him! He was winning laurels for the country and still, no media outlet had published any stories about him. This was reminiscent of what Sunil Chettri, the Indian football team captain once said- ‘we only talk about and celebrate an athlete after he/she does something remarkable in the sporting world'. Within the next 5 minutes of finding out about his achievements, I ended up on a 1.5 hour long phone call with him. What you'll read next, is the editorial reproduction of the same conversation. © iwf A Weightlifter In the Skin Of A Boxer Jeremy's journey began in Aizwal, Mizoram. In 2008, at a tender age of 6, he started training as a boxer under the guidance of his father, who was himself a senior national level boxer. After two years of rigorous hard work and hours of throwing jabs, Jeremy and his father went for the admission trials at the prestigious Army Institute of Sports (AIS), Pune. The trial went just fine, but the coaches saw a weightlifter in Jeremy, not a boxer. His potential was now realized and Jeremey's journey began in a sport that he knew nothing about. © iwf His first year at AIS was spent practising techniques of the two basic lifts- clean and jerk and the snatch; with a weightless pipe. Jeremy reckons that learning the skills initially was the hardest part. Also, from punching faces to lifting an empty bar isn't that exciting, anyway. A few years into training and Jeremy was lifting in the 100+ club at a mere weight of 50 kg. He stepped on the competition stage in 2016, at the Youth National Weightlifting Championship and ended up with a national record of a 90 kg snatch and a 108 kg clean and jerk. Coach Vijay at the Indian camp encouraged Jeremy to gain 6kgs of weight from 50 kg to 56 kg. As the weight class changed, so did the loads on his lifts. They went up. Since then, Jeremy has been always placed among the top 2 spots in every competition he took part in. The following are his achievements from just 2016-2017 alone: ● Youth World Weightlifting Championship Malaysia Oct-2016 107 Snatch(silver), Clean and Jerk- 127kg, Olver all silver ● 2016 Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championship- Gold Medal ● 2016 Youth Asia Weightlifting Championship- Silver ● 2017 National Weightlifting Championship Youth Category (3 gold) and Junior Category (1 gold and 2 silver) ● 2017 Thailand World Youth Weightlifting Championship 110 kg Snatch - silver, 130 kg clean and jerk - silver, over all silver. Jeremy's personal best in the clean and jerk is a whopping 136 kg. He enjoys the snatch more, which is also a strong 110 kg. The barbell back squat number will definitely put a lot of aesthetic dudes to shame- a mind blowing 170 kg. Bench Press- 75kg, Overhead Press- 65 kg and Deadlift - 150 kg. Jesus Christ! Jeremy's Training Split Monday, Wednesday and Friday: weight training in the morning and technique practice in evenings. © iwf Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: cardiovascular and speed training. Sunday is the only rest day. Jeremy stays away from his home either at the AIS or camps and tournaments. Athletes only get about 45 days off in a year. Diet © iwf Before training, he drinks ‘dalia' and the rest of the day he consumes white rice, potatoes, legumes and chicken. His favorite food is chicken which he can eat a ton of. Consumption of junk foods is limited to 2-3 times a month. For supplements, all athletes get whey protein, vitamins and minerals. Quality nutrition is extremely important for these budding athletes and we're glad that the AIS and Indian camps are providing perfect nourishment to them. © iwf Unlike most kids, Jeremy isn't interested in video games and plays football or boxes in his free time. He is a Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid fanboy. His ultimate goal is to win an Olympic medal for India and nothing short of that is going to satisfy him. At the age of just 15, Jeremy has a serious training background of almost a decade now. The entire MensXP Health team is wholeheartedly thankful to the Lalrinnunga family for raising such a talent and to the coaches at the Army Institute of Sports for spotting and developing an exceptional athlete like him. We wish Jeremy all the very best on his Olympic journey. This is just the beginning! Yash Sharma is a former national level Football player, now a Strength Coach, Nutritionist and Natural Bodybuilder. He also runs a YouTube Channel Yash Sharma Fitness via which he aims to educate all the fitness enthusiasts to maximize their gains by methods that are backed by science and applicable easily. Connect with him on YouTube, YashSharmaFitness@gmail.com, Facebook and Instagram.
  23. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday me with Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Zehri at the General Headquarters, said a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The security situation in Balochistan came under discussion during the meeting. Zehri thanked the army chief for the Army?s efforts in bringing normalcy to the province, added the statement. General Bajwa said that Pakistan Army considers it a ?sacred duty and pride to assist the province in realisation of its potential
  24. RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday conducted a training launch of short-range surface to surface ballistic missile Nasr, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the launch and said, "Nasr has put cold water on cold start". He also reiterated and expressed complete confidence in the effective command, control, safety and security of all strategic assets. The statement from the military's media wing added that Pakistan has successfully undertaken a series of training launches and tests during the current week for validation of Nasr's technical parameters. The currents tests validated the missile's enhanced range of 60 yo 70 kilometres and flight manoeuvrability. Nasr is a high precision weapon system with the ability to quickly deploy in the battle area. "This weapon system will augment credible deterrence against prevailing threat spectrum more effectively, including anti-missile defence," said ISPR. The army chief said war must be avoided at all costs and Pakistan's strategic capability is a guarantee against a highly militarised and belligerent neighbour. "Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability," said General Bajwa. The army chief on the occasion also appreciated the standard of training and operational preparedness of Army Strategic Forces and congratulated the engineers and scientists on the occasion, added ISPR. The launch was attended by senior military officials, scientists and engineers.
  25. Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah chairing the last apex committee meeting on Jan 2, 2017. Photo: File KARACHI: The Sindh Apex Committee will hold its 19th meeting today, which is expected to be chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa. This will be the first time the army chief chairs a meeting of the apex committee in Karachi. Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and other senior civil and military officials will be part of the meeting. Sources said items on the meeting agenda of the highest security body of the province include reviewing the security at Central Jail, Karachi as well as the recent escape of suspected terrorists from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The last meeting of the apex committee was held on Jauary 2, 2017 and chaired by the Sindh chief minister. CM Murad expresses reservations over federal government's response to NAP 62 banned organisations added to the first schedule