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  1. The Russian Army has some of the fiercest ground forces in the world. A fierce army needs fierce weaponry, no? In steps the AK-47, developed by Mikhail Kalashnikov in 1949. Over the course of almost 70 years, the AK-47 has been the weapon of choice around the world. But, with the AK-12 and AK-15 ARs all set to replace this weapon in the Russian military, we can't help but wonder, does Russia have any other guns? Well, of course they do. This is not Counter Strike where everyone chooses the AK-47. So, let's take a look at 6 guns used by the Russian Army which don't get as much attention as they should because, AK-47 is life: #1 AK-100 Twitter The first gun on this list is part of the same AK family. It is meant for use in undesirable conditions and is cheap to make. It isn't suitable for long range attacks since it isn't the most accurate gun out there. #2 AK-74M Twitter Another gun that's a part of the AK family. We're starting to wonder if anyone apart from Kalashnikov made guns in Russia. Or maybe he was so good that no one else tried? Nonetheless, this gun is supposed to be better than the AK-47, but is it as popular? Hell no! #3 G3 Assault Rifle Twitter This was a popular weapon for the Russian forces from the 50s to the 90s. It was used by 75 countries at one point. Many countries still use it to this day. #4 AN-94 Twitter This rifle was created as a replacement for the AK-74. It was an excellent weapon but since it was too expensive to construct, only special units in the Russian military got to use it. So, it didn't achieve the same popularity as the AK-47. #5 SR-3M Twitter This light machine gun is effective and deadly. It's supposed to be a compact version of an Assault Rifle with roughly the same capabilities. Who wants to lug around an AK-47 in close quarters, right? #6 AS Val Twitter This is the favourite gun of the Russian Spetsnaz Elite. It is used mainly for covert operations since it came with a suppressor which prevented it from making much noise while firing rounds. It is also used by the KGB. We guess the only reason this gun isn't as popular as the AK-47 is because the Spetsnaz didn't want it to be.
  2. Today, representatives of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, and Indian Navy will be holding a meeting with top-level officials from the Defence Ministry to discuss the procurement of assault rifles for the Armed Forces. The main agenda of this meeting will be finalising the specifications of the assault rifles. © YouTube The Indian government is going to spend $250 billion over the next 10 years on modernising its Armed Forces. While this is great news for the Indian Defence sector, the problem comes from the involvement of PM Modi's Make In India campaign. Under this campaign, India is trying to build an indigenous defence industry with the help of foreign firms. For example, the collaboration between Lockheed-Martin and Tata Advanced Systems. (Read Full Story) In another example of why the Make In India campaign may not be the best bet when it comes to arming our defence forces, the 7.62 x 51 mm assault rifles which were built by a Rifle Factory in Ishapore, West Bengal, failed miserably during firing tests. © Twitter These guns were supposed to replace the AK-47s and INSAS rifles the Indian army is heavily reliant on right now. But, Army sources reveal they had many faults including, "excessive recoil," "excessive flash & sound signature," and were in need of a "complete redesigning of the magazine." The guns had an "excessive number of faults and stoppages to the extent of more than twenty times the maximum permissible standards." © Twitter Would you want to put a gun like this in the hands of an Army jawan patrolling our border? They can't be reloaded properly and aren't discreet at all. Of course not! Even last year, an indigenous rifle, the Excalibur, was rejected by the Indian Army for not meeting the standard requirements. Pushing the "Make in India" campaign down the Indian Army's throat is only delaying an upgrade they have been in desperate need of, for the last few years. While it is a great campaign for the economic growth of the country, at times, it seems to be doing more harm than good. Do you think the government should back off and let the Indian Army procure firearms from the best possible source instead?
  3. HEREFORD: Police in West Midlands have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre, reported the BBC. The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night. Police officials said there was nothing to indicate that there was a threat to the army centre and was not related to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London. The man?s motives are not yet known and he is in custody, BBC quoted police officials as saying. ?On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody,? said Asst Ch Con Martin Evans of West Mercia Police. He added that an "extremely sensitive investigation" was being carried out and added that additional police patrols would take place in the town to safeguard the citizens.
  4. RAWALPINDI: The historic Pakistan win in the Champions Trophy final has taken the entire nation by storm, be it citizens, politicians or our valiant soldiers. All of them have been overjoyed beyond estimates. Amid celebrations over the huge win, Pakistan Army soldiers too didn't hold back from expressing their emotions. DG Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor tweeted out images of ecstatic soldiers. The pictures show army jawans gesturing victory sign and dancing after Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs today. In another tweet, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is seen watching historic moments of Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said unilateral actions, such as drone strikes, are counter-productive and against the spirit of cooperation and intelligence sharing, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). ?Pakistan Army is capable of taking effective measures if actionable intelligence is shared,? said the statement from the military?s media wing. Gen Bajwa further said that focus is now towards transforming operational achievements in Fata into enduring peace and stability. The army chief elaborated that in order to achieve stability and enduring peace in the tribal areas, they region needs to be mainstreamed through reforms and the ?Pakistan Army fully supports all efforts towards that end?. ?Our brave tribal brothers, through their support, cooperation and resolve have enabled the security forces to succeed during the operations and now it is time to live a fearless and quality social life as citizens of Pakistan,? said Bajwa. Gen Bajwa added that the army would continue to consolidate gains achieved through various security operations. The statement added that the army stands with all other institutions of Pakistan to rid it of all menaces which are ?retarding its progress and prosperity?. Referring to Afghanistan, the ISPR quoted the army chief as saying that Afghanistan is our brotherly neighbour and a common enemy exists in both the countries. The army chief was on a visit of Peshawar Corps Headquarters and was briefed on the situation along the Pak-Afghan border, operations in progress and future operations and measures taken for border management.
  6. The entire country has a vast ocean of love and respect for the Indian army. The brave men in uniform ensure that the nation sleeps in peace. Adding another feather to the glorifying hat of achievements, our army men have now created history. © Twitter Four army men have set a new record of climbing the Mt. Everest without oxygen cylinders. A team of 14 set to climb the Everest, out of which Kunchok Tenda, Kelshang Dorjee Bhutia, Kalden Panjur and Sonam Phuntsok successfully managed it without the help of oxygen cylinders. “We had formed a team of 10 people with the aim to scale the Everest without using oxygen cylinder, and succeeded in sending four members to the top of the world without oxygen," Colonel Vishal Dubey, leader of the Snow Lion Everest Expedition 2017, told PTI in an interview. Indian Army makes whole Nation proud !! Sets a new WR after conquering the Mt. Everest without oxygen cylinders !https://t.co/shxzdhdXe0. pic.twitter.com/vHb4k8yHrL — Sports Talk 24 (@sport_talk24) June 3, 2017 More than 4,000 people have managed to scale the Everest, out of which around 187 have managed to do so without oxygen cylinders. A great achievement by a team of our Indian Army personnel for climbing the Mt.Everest without supplementary oxygen.#JaiHind #IndianArmy pic.twitter.com/uFE7jnBAlm — Kashyap Ajudia (@ajudia98) June 3, 2017 Here’s to more achievements and giving us many more reasons to celebrate our brave army men.
  7. Screenshot from the video tweeted by DG ISPR. RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Sunday released a video clip which showed destruction of Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) A tweet by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the video showed Pakistan Army?s response to unprovoked Indian firing on innocent citizens. On Saturday, the ISPR said five Indian soldiers were killed and many injured as Pakistan Army responded to unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the LoC. "Pakistan Army befittingly responded to yet another incident of ceasefire violation by Indian troops in the Tatta Pani sector along the LoC, destroying Indian bunkers in the exchange of fire," DG ISPR said. Earlier on Friday, two civilians were injured as Indian border forces violated the ceasefire agreement along the LoC, according to the ISPR. Indian troops had resorted to unprovoked firing in Nezapir Sector along the LoC, injuring the civilians. However, the Indian firing was effectively responded to by Pakistan Army troops, which silenced the enemy guns.
  8. RAWALPINDI: Five Indian soldiers were killed and many injured as Pakistan Army responded to unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said. Pakistan Army befittingly responded to yet another incident of ceasefire violation by Indian troops in the Tatta Pani sector along the LoC, destroying Indian bunkers in the exchange of fire, the DG ISPR said. Earlier on Friday, two civilians were injured as Indian border forces violated the ceasefire agreement along the LoC, according to the ISPR. Indian troops had resorted to unprovoked firing in Nezapir Sector along the LoC, injuring the civilians. However, the Indian firing was effectively responded to by Pakistan Army troops, which silenced the enemy guns.
  9. Gautam Gambhir has always been quite outspoken on matters related to the nation, especially the army, and it’s no secret that he’s a true patriot at heart. The batsman has once again called out the whole nation to unite and support the Indian Army. In a powerful video, in association with Fever FM, he requested everyone to end their ‘jhijhak’, or hesitation, and go up to every army personnel they see and thank them. © Twitter With a tape on his mouth, he first questions whether people love and respect the soldiers and then further poses a question that why don’t people get up to thank them for their service. For the innovative campaign called ‘Jhijhak ki Patti’, he posted a video encouraging everyone to share their selfies with army personnel in their uniform with a specific campaign hashtag. I have stepped out of my crease. Will you? @FeverFMOfficial @majorgauravarya @narendramodi @PMOIndia #BharatPositive pic.twitter.com/h8WZSJqCgx — Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 29, 2017 Gautam has proved earlier also that he’s not just all talk but also backs his words with affirmative actions. Recently, he made major headlines for extending help in educating a few unfortunate children who happen to be kids of the 25 CRPF soldiers, that succumbed to their injuries in the Sukma Naxal attack. He even donated his prize money for winning the Man-of-the-Match for one of the IPL matches towards the same cause.
  10. SRINAGAR: Forceful anti-India demonstrations were staged in Indian occupied Kashmir on Friday to protest against the award by Indian army chief to the army officer who tied a civilian to the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield in Badgam, last month. An Indian army vehicle using a Kashmiri youth as a human shield by tying him against the jeep?s bonnet. Photo: File Addressing a gathering at the historic Jamia Mosque, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that awarding the criminal officer for his inhuman act vindicated his stance that Indian forces? personnel were involved in war crimes and were patronised and encouraged by Indian leadership. Also read: Indian army uses Kashmiri youth as human shield; video goes viral The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and Shabbir Ahmed Shah in their statements in Srinagar appealed to the United Nations, International Court of Justice, and world human rights organisations to take cognizance of Indian atrocities on the innocent people of occupied Kashmir. People took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Hajin, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas, after the joint resistance leadership made the call for demonstrations. Read more: FIR filed against Indian army for using Kashmiri man as human shield The protests were led by Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Qazi Yasir, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi and Raja Merajuddin Kalwal. The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan, and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Indian police resorted to teargas shelling in different areas, triggering severe clashes between the protesters and police personnel. Many people were injured in the police actions. Thousands of people assembled outside Jamia mosque in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and demanded freedom from Indian subjugation. The Indian authorities continued to place Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah under house arrest to prevent them from leading the demonstrations. The leaders were not allowed to offer Friday prayers. Hurriyet leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt and Jahangir Ghani Butt, in their statements, expressed serious concern over increasing border tension between Pakistan and India. They said that peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute was essential for ensuring cordial relations between the two countries.
  11. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e3b57520f50616efa3f5f10d677178e7.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8yNy8yMDE3IDY6MDA6MDUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT11NDArLytnV01VQzFRQ0FOVGx3L1RnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] SRINAGAR: Widespread anti-India demonstrations were staged in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Friday to protest the Indian army chief's awarding of the army officer who used a civilian as a human shield in Badgam last month. An Indian army vehicle using a Kashmiri youth as a human shield by tying him against the jeep?s bonnet. Photo: File Addressing a gathering at the historic Jamia Mosque, All Parties Hurriyet Conference chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that awarding the criminal Indian army officer for his inhuman act vindicates his own stance that Indian forces are involved in war crimes and are patronised and encouraged by the Indian leadership. Also read: Indian army uses Kashmiri youth as human shield; video goes viral The joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and Shabbir Ahmed Shah in their statements in Srinagar have also appealed to the United Nations, International Court of Justice, and world human rights organisations to take cognisance of Indian atrocities on the innocent people of IoK. People took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Sopore, Baramulla, Islamabad, Pulwama, Hajin, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara, Bandipore and other areas, after the joint resistance leadership made the call for demonstrations. Read more: FIR filed against Indian army for using Kashmiri man as human shield The protests were led by Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Qazi Yasir, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi and Raja Merajuddin Kalwal. The protesters raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan, and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags at various places. Indian police resorted to teargas shelling in different areas, triggering severe clashes between the protesters and police personnel. Many people were injured in the police actions. Thousands of people assembled outside Jamia mosque in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and demanded freedom from Indian subjugation. The Indian authorities continued to place Gilani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah under house arrest to prevent them from leading the demonstrations. The leaders were not allowed to offer Friday prayers as well. Hurriyet leaders Zafar Akbar Butt and Jahangir Ghani Butt, in their statements, expressed serious concern over increasing border tension between Pakistan and India. They said that peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute was essential for ensuring cordial relations between the two countries.
  12. Currently, relations between India and China are quite strained. There are a lot of reasons including India’s NSG membership issue, China’s OBOR and CPEC initiatives along with their defence of Masood Azhar. While there really isn’t a possibility of a war between the two countries, sometimes things can get pretty heated at the Line of Actual Control. Just like this : The incident allegedly occurred in Arunachal Pradesh a while ago and, according to the video, there was an intense stand-off between the Indian and Chinese Armies. The video shows Chinese troops trying to break the stone wall, trying to claim the land as their own, but Indian soldiers are having none of that and literally push them back. There are some intense moments between the two armies but overall, the Indian soldiers are not that bothered, maybe because they know that the Chinese army don’t stand a chance in front of them. We don’t know what the future holds, but for now, the situation seems to be tense, to say the least!
  13. Every fan is awaiting the release of ‘Tubelight’ and the buzz around the Salman Khan starrer is insane already. Kar lo yakeen, #TubelightTrailer will be here tonight at 8:59 PM . @starindia @skfilmsofficial @kabirkhankk @amarbutala @TubelightKiEid pic.twitter.com/s4Bt0hJkiJ — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) May 25, 2017 The posters have a story to tell, his Chinese co-star Zhu Zhu has been Google searched numerous times and the storyline is already under the light. Kabir Khan, the director of the movie is known to go that extra mile when it comes to making a movie. The backdrop of the movie is all about army men and to ensure the authenticity of the movie, around 600 actors were actually trained by the Indian army to mirror the behaviour and pattern. © Twitter “When he asked the Indian army to train these actors for ‘Tubelight’, they happily agreed and took the actors under their shelter for a couple of weeks. They organized a boot camp for the actors and trained them rigorously to make them come across as real soldiers. The actors had a complete transformation and by the end of the training schedule, their mannerism and body language resembled that of actual soldiers. They even learnt to handle their weapons with the ease of veteran soldiers”, revealed a close source. © Twitter The movie tells the tale of a brother (Salman Khan) crossing the border in search of his other brother (Sohail Khan) who is serving the army. Source: Movie Talkies
  14. RAWALPINDI: Indian Army once again committed ceasefire violation at Line of Control, targeting United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) vehicle in Khanjar Sector, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. According to ISPR, the vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP Officers Major Emmanual of Philippine and Major Mirko of Croatia on a visit to LoC with UNMOGIP blue flag hoisted as per procedure. Both officers remained safe as they were off the vehicle in near immediate distance and now back at their location, the statement added.
  15. RAWALPINDI: Indian Army once again committed ceasefire violation at Line of Control, targeting United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) vehicle in Khanjar Sector, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said. According to ISPR, the vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP Officers Major Emmanual of Philippine and Major Mirko of Croatia on a visit to LoC with UNMOGIP blue flag hoisted as per procedure. Both officers remained safe as they were off the vehicle in near immediate distance and now back at their location, the statement added. Army says Indian claims of destroying Pakistani posts along LoC are false Indian army had claimed it had fired and damaged Pakistani posts along the LoC Six injured in unprovoked Indian firing at LoC Pakistan Army gives ?befitting? response to Indian hostility On Tuesday, Pakistan Army denied claims made by Indian Army of destroying Pakistani posts along the LoC. Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a tweet: "Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LoC are false." Indian army had claimed it had fired and damaged Pakistani posts along the LoC. Pakistan?s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit also denied the attack in Naushera sector and said he had not received any such report.
  16. File photo RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Tuesday denied claims made by Indian army of destroying Pakistani posts along the Line of Control (LoC). Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a tweet: "Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LoC are false." Indian army had claimed it had fired and damaged Pakistani posts along the LoC. Earlier this month, Pakistan Army categorically denied Indian army?s accusations of killing two members of an Indian army patrol near the LoC. ?Pakistan Army did not commit any ceasefire violation on line of control or a BAT action in Buttal sector (Indian Krishna Ghatti Sector) as alleged by India. Indian blame of mutilating Indian soldiers' bodies are also false?, an ISPR statement said.
  17. NEW DELHI: The Indian army has honoured its officers who had tied a Kashmiri man in front of a jeep as a human shield during a protest, according to Indian media reports. Ironically, Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles was awarded commendation for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations by Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to occupied Kashmir. Street protests flared in recent weeks as thousands of Kashmiris vented anger against abuses by Indian forces after the video emerged of the incident. Meanwhile, Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal has also triggered a storm on social media with his outrageous remarks that renowned Indian writer and human rights activist Arundati Roy should be tied to an army jeep. Rawal, a ruling party lawmaker, tweeted ?"Instead of tying stone pelter on the army jeep tie up Arundhati Roy!" Arundhati Roy is known for her has been a vocal critic of the army's role in occupied Kashmir.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar took notice on Sunday of the criticism of Pakistan Army on social media, directing the Federal Investigation Agency to take strict action against those found involved. The interior minister said that under the constitution it is not permissible to criticize national security matters and related institutions. It is unacceptable to ridicule Pakistan Army or its officers under the guise of freedom of expression, said the interior minister. The FIA was directed by the interior ministry to take strict action against those who partake in such practices.
  19. RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Saturday said that any misadventure by Indian Army across Line of Control will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences. Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Asif Ghafoor on Twitter said that Indian Army has been targeting innocent civilians on both sides of Line of Control in recent past. PR260/17 Any Indian Army misadventure across LOC 'll be a miscalc,shall be responded with full force & could lead to unintended consequences pic.twitter.com/tqFIAJfDCA — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 13, 2017 Earlier today, Indian troops committed several unprovoked ceasefire violations across the LoC throughout Saturday, injuring six innocent civilians, including four women. ISPR said that three people were injured during Indian firing in Baroh Sector after Nakial Sector. The injured have been identified as 58-year-old Zamurd Begum, 35-year-old Shazia Parveen and 17-year-old Muhammad Inzimam. “Pakistani troops aggressively engaging Indian bunkers firing on civilians,” according to Pakistan Army’s media cell. Indian border forces, without any provocation, also fired across the LoC in Karela, Kotkoterra, Khuiratta, Sabzkot, Baroh, Tandar and Khanjar sectors. “Pakistani troops befittingly responded to the unprovoked Indian firing, which began at 0700 hours [on Saturday] and continues till now,” said the statement. The civilians injured in the Indian firing, residents of Sohana village in Kotkoterra Sector, were identified as Haji Muhammad Younis, son of Abdul Aziz, Rehana Bibi, wife of Muhammad Asif and Samina Begum, wife of Tufail Mughal. Moreover, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday appreciated the state of operational readiness and high morale of troops, and praised the effective response to ceasefire violations by India along the LoC. General Bajwa visiting the troops deployed along Loc in Nakial Sector, where he was briefed on the situation by the local commander, ISPR said. On May 10, a civilian was killed while two others injured in another incident of unprovoked firing by Indian troops at the LoC on Wednesday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria had announced on Twitter on Thursday. “We condemn Indian acts of deliberate targeting of civilians,” the spokesperson had said.
  20. RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Wednesday withdrew an earlier tweet which had rejected a government notification regarding the Dawn Leaks, saying the issue had been settled after implementation of recommendations in the Inquiry Committee Report. In a press release issued by its media wing the Inter Services Public Relations, the Army said the tweet on April 29 was not aimed at any government office or person. "Recommendations as contained in Para 18 of the Inquiry Committee Report, duly approved by the Prime Minister, have been implemented, which has settled the Dawn leaks issue," said the ISPR. "Accordingly, ISPR's said Twitter post stands withdrawn and has become infructuous," it added. Pakistan Army reiterates its firm commitment and continued resolve to uphold the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and support the democratic process, the ISPR statement added. The development follows a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The meeting, which lasted for about 1.5 hours, was also attended by DG ISI Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar, and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also attended the meeting during the last half hour. DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor is expected to hold a press conference later today. Additionally, a scheduled media briefing of the interior minister was postponed until tomorrow. But the Interior Ministry also issued a notification, reiterating the earlier orders of the Prime Minister regarding the Dawn Leaks Inquiry Committee recommendations. However, the notification added that the federal government's action against former Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed had been endorsed by the Inquiry Committee's in its recommendations. Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had met the army chief and both discussed the Dawn Leaks issue among other things. PM Nawaz and COAS had agreed that the issues surrounding Dawn Leaks would be dealt with amicably. Sources had further said that the meeting was held upon PM Nawaz's wish. The April 29 tweet by the ISPR had come hours after the prime minister's office announced that PM Nawaz Sharif had approved the recommendations of the Dawn Leak inquiry committee. Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected. — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 29, 2017 The order from the PM Office had announced that it was withdrawing the portfolio of Foreign Affairs from Prime Minister Sharif's Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi. It had added that Rao Tehsin Ali, the principal information officer at the Information Ministry, will be proceeded against under the E&D rules 1973 on the charges based on the report findings. The PM's order had added that the role of the editor of Dawn Newspaper, Zaffar Abbas, and reporter Cyril Almeida would be referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Association (APNS) for necessary disciplinary action to be taken against them. The order also said that the APNS would be asked to develop a code of conduct for the media, "especially when dealing with issues relating to security of Pakistan and to ensure that stories on issues of national importance and security are published by abiding to basic journalistic and editorial norms". The English-language daily, Dawn, had published the story on October 6 in which journalist Cyril Almeida had written about an alleged civil-military rift during a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting over the issue of tackling jihadi outfits. The story stirred a major controversy last year, resulting in Almeida coming under fire from the military and government and being temporarily placed on the Exit Control List. The inquiry committee which investigated the matter comprised one member each from the ISI, MI and IB, Secretary Establishment Tahir Shahbaz, Ombudsman Punjab Najam Saeed, and an FIA director. Later that month, the Pakistan Army's top commanders expressed serious concern over the "feeding of a false and fabricated story of an important security meeting", terming it a breach of national security. The government called it a 'fabricated' story and termed the "purported deliberations" during the security meeting as speculative, misleading, factually incorrect, and an "amalgamation of fiction and fabrication". Following a preliminary investigation, the government relieved Senator Pervaiz Rasheed of his responsibilities as federal minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage pending a high-level inquiry.
  21. ISLAMABAD: Census material from first phase of 6th Housing and Population Census has been safely transported to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in Islamabad under Pakististan Army’s protection, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). The first phase of the population census, which covered 63 districts of all provinces including Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan, concluded on April 15. The second phase is in progress and set to conclude on May 25. Read more: Sixth population census begins in 63 districts across Pakistan The 6th Housing and Population Census began after a period of 19 years on March 15. The census were conducted in 16 districts of Punjab, eight districts of Sindh, 14 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 15 districts of Balochistan, five districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and five districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. In the second phase which commence on April 25, the census process will be conducted in 21 districts each of Punjab and Sindh, 18 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 17 in Balochistan, Islamabad Capital Territory, and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
  22. Like any other cause, our patriotism is dependent on comfort. While we stand for the national anthem in cinema halls, we litter on the streets. On one hand, we hail Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, and on the other, we don’t blink an eyelid when we see men peeing on the roads. We praise our army but we turn a blind eye to the conditions in which our armymen suffer. © Reuters Actor Akshay Kumar has time and again donated money to help the families of soldiers killed in war. What we don’t expect is an ordinary citizen with a 9-to-5 job stepping up to do the same, even more. Janardan Bhat is a retired SBI officer who has donated all his life savings, amounting to Rs 1 crore to the National Defence Fund. © ANI Deeply affected by the frequent reports of soldiers being slain in war, and the problematic conditions under which they function, Mr Bhat decided to do his bit. He had saved a fair bit of money from his earning at SBI and had also invested in places. Together with his wife, he donated all his savings towards the army fund. While a state of war is never desirable, it can't be helped if we already have tension at the border. Our soldiers have protected our borders with their blood, sweat and tears and continue to do so. The least this country can do for them is to be grateful to them and express it in whichever way it can.
  23. Ever since the news came out that Pakistani troops have killed and mutilated two of our jawans, along the LoC in Poonch district; a blanket of gripping tension has wrapped both the countries. However, the Indian Army has made its stand clear that they will not sit quietly after this brutal incident. They will give a fitting response to Pakistan’s “despicable act” with their “appropriate” retribution. An undated video has now surfaced where the Indian Army is seen using an anti-tank guided missile to savagely destroy Pakistan’s bunkers along the LoC. According to a report published in The Times Of India, sources said, “The incident took place last month during an unprovoked ceasefire violation from Pakistan. I cannot confirm exact location at this point of time.” While everyone is anticipating this to be army’s reply to the soldiers’ incident, sources suggest that it wasn’t in retaliation to it. In fact, their revenge is planned but the sources didn’t reveal the details of it. A senior Army officer further added, that “the retaliation for Pakistan army’s inhuman act will be executed at a time and place of our choosing.” One of the jawans, after hitting the target successfully, can be heard saying “Sir, the shell has hit the target, we have brought it down.” Source: The Times Of India
  24. CHAMAN: Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz, on Sunday, said that the Pakistan army had to destroy four to five Afghan posts after Afghan forces attempted to enter Pakistan. "Anyone who tries to make Pakistan's territory disputed will face similar consequences," Lt. General Riaz said while speaking to media outlets in Chaman. The commander said that attempts to enter Pakistan were a "foolish mistake," which was not beneficial for both countries. Read more: "The border will remain closed till Afghanistan changes its behaviour," Lt Gen Riaz said. The general visited those injured in the attack at the Chaman Civil Hospital. 50 personnel of Afghan forces killed, over 100 injured: FC IG Over 50 personnel of the Afghan forces were killed, while more than 100 were injured when Pakistani forces retaliated to their firing and shelling, Balochistan Frontier Corps Inspector General Major General Nadeem Ahmed said on Sunday. "We are not pleased to announce this but the Afghan commanders are responsible for this," he said while briefing the media on the Chaman border firing issue. "We had informed them about our census activity." He added they carried out census in the areas that are situated within the Pakistani border. While talking about the Afghan forces' attack, the IG said census was carried out in Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir for four days until April 29 when they started to hinder the process. "But we restrained so that peace is not disrupted." The next day a meeting between border forces was held where the Afghan authorities told their Pakistani counterparts to resume the census process after three to four days. "We informed them, but our positive attitude was misused," he said. "The Afghan forces entered villages on Pakistan's side and used locals as human shields so that they could make a position for attacks." However, on May 4 the Frontier Corps personnel started the operation and by May 5, got hold of their areas back. "We could have done this earlier, but we knew civilians reside in the villages on the border." When the Afghan forces found out they were losing their position, they started firing, killing over 10, including one pregnant woman and injuring more than 40, the IG added. The FC official said he was thankful to the tribal people of Chaman as they were ready to help and also donated blood. He told the media another flag meeting would be held in the evening, to discuss the border situation.
  25. Demonetization is behind us as the last notes from the old currency have vanished from our lives. But not for RBI, who has a peculiar problem at hand. The government bank has a huge stock of old currency notes, Rs 1640 crore to be precise, waiting to be destroyed. © Reuters It is estimated that banks have collected roughly 16.4 billion old currency notes by now, and these remain to be systematically destroyed. These notes will be shredded after being counted and verified, and currently, the RBI is not equipped with enough staff to handle the work. The bank has asked the Indian army to help in the process as a senior official told The Hindu, “We could not have hired just any agency for this task.” © Reuters Currently, there are 3-4 shredders in each RBI office that are run in two shifts every day but clearly, that’s not enough when the amount to be shredded is of mammoth proportions. After the demonetization scheme was announced by the PM on 8 November, 2016, a sum of over Rs 15 lakh crore has been demonetized. Targeting black money hoarders, the scheme saw the country scampering to exchange old notes and switch to digital money.