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  1. It was a proud moment for the country when Nirmala Sitharaman became the defence minister in 2017. For those who don't know, she is the second woman defence minister that our country has had, after Indira Gandhi. © Twitter And today, it is yet another proud moment, not just for her but for every Indian as well. By going on a sortie in a Sukhoi- 30 fighter jet, she became the first Indian woman defence minister to do so. © Twitter Before the take off, Sitharaman met the air warriors of the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station Jodhpur. Smt @nsitharaman meets the Air Warriors at the Air Force Station in Jodhpur before her sortie on the Sukhoi-30 MKI #RakshaMantrifliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/qLoACwv2dw — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 17, 201 She then went on to sit in the rear seat behind the pilot while wearing the pilot's G-suit. It was followed by a briefing session of the supersonic jet by the pilot. Smt @nsitharaman in the cockpit of the Sukhoi-30 MKI, familiarising herself with the fighter aircraft, before taking off for a sortie #RakshaMantrifliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/uKtIbzOv7J — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 17, 2018 Have a look at this video of the jet taking off: Smt @nsitharaman takes off on the Su-30 MKI #RakshaMantrifliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/xC51hjeCSa — Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) January 17, 2018 Since the day she became the Defence Minister, she has been spending a lot of time travelling to the Army, Air Force and Navy bases to understand their operations and to review the operational preparedness and combat capabilities. And this was just another step in that process. Just like us, the internet was left beaming with pride after these pictures and videos were posted by the official twitter handle of 'Raksha Mantri'. 1. This Is Awesome Indeed. My kind of feminism: Nirmala Sitharaman is not only India's first full time woman defence minister but also the coolest one. Dons the uniform like a boss and flies a sortie of a Sukhoi MKI. Isn't it awesome?#RakshaMantriFliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/HdkzZN74e0 — Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) January 17, 2018 2. More Power To Her While Congress Defence Ministers were hardly leaving the South Block, @nsitharaman has been visiting every base and frontiers of the country and boosting the morale of our troops So proud to have a defence minister like her More power to you ma'amðªð¼#RakshaMantriFliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/DMh0zwPXD7 — Archie (@archu243) January 17, 2018 3. Proving Her Critics Wrong And How! WOW! Defense Minister #NirmalaSitharaman takes off on the Su-30 MKI. Slap on the face of those who questioned her appointment as the Defense Minister,being a woman. Truly Inspiring, shows that Women are equally capable as men ðª#RakshaMantrifliesSukhoipic.twitter.com/Hj8KtjsJeu — Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) January 17, 2018 4. Even Rajat Sharma Offered His Congratulations Congratulation @nsitharaman ji on flying Sukhoi MKI30 which has nuclear strike capability. #India is proud of its first woman Defence Minister #RakshaMantriFliesSukhoi @DefenceMinIndia — Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) January 17, 2018 5. This Will Definitely Serve As A Morale Boost. Its great to see a Raksha Mantri who is visiting, bases, borders areas, aircraft carrier and boosting the morale of our armed personnel. Great job ma'am @nsitharaman #RakshaMantriFliesSukhoi pic.twitter.com/wpOFE258Xd — ð®ð³SandeepSinghð®ð³ (@sandeepfromvns) January 17, 2018 6. Made Our Day Too Wow this pic made my day. Hearty congratulations @nsitharaman mam. pic.twitter.com/xYx2UGGkIF — Siddarth Pai (@siddarthpaim) January 17, 2018 7. This Is Just The Beginning Good to see defence minister @nsitharaman connecting deeply with the armed forces so actively. Hopefully she will help the forces get their just dues, overdue equipment, arms and armourments. There is much hope - here's to Indias armed forces becoming stronger. — ROCKYANDMAYUR (@rockyandmayur) January 17, 2018 8. We Second That Great job @nsitharaman u r definately taking India's prestige and glory to new heights https://t.co/g9dD26eJ2d — Naveen Kapoor ANI (@IamNaveenKapoor) January 17, 2018 The Sukhoi-30 MKI was developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.
  2. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain on Jan 14, 2017. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said on Sunday that defence equipment procured from the United States is unreliable. Addressing an event at his Sheikhupura constituency on Sunday, Hussain said the US, too, is not a trustworthy partner. He claimed further that the defence items purchased from the US do not work in times of need. "Our defence production is increasing. The army?s 80 per cent needs are being met domestically," said the defence production minister, adding that Pakistan is among 6-7 countries of the world that make their own fighter aircraft. Talking about the country's political situation, he said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan focuses on elections but cannot sit idle without getting married. "These people are bent on being mischievous and have hid behind a maulana," he said, referring to Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. "The conspiracies against Nawaz Sharif will be overcome by the people," said Hussain. He demanded the PTI chief to tell the people who gave him the duty to bring harm to the country. He added that the elections are around the corner, and the stage is set for the race.
  3. KARACHI: A man was killed in Khyaban-e-Ittehad area in the wee hours of Sunday. The police earlier maintained that the man, Intezar Ahmed son of Ishtiaq Ahmed, was killed in firing by unknown assailants, later it was disclosed that the law enforcement authorities also opened fire at his car as he failed to stop his car despite their instructions. Four policemen were taken into custody due to their alleged involvement in the case. The deceased?s father informed media that Intezar, who recently came back from Malaysia, had a fight with two men two days back, Fahad and Haider, sons of a lawyer and policeman respectively. SSP South Javed Akbar informed press that 15 bullet cases of 9MM were recovered from the crime site, adding that a girl was also with the deceased, who fled after the incident.
  4. RAWALPINDI: Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir visited on Wednesday Corps Headquarters in Peshawar and Khyber Agency, according to the Inter-Services public Relations press release. The ISPR statement said that the minister was briefed about the security situation, ongoing operations, border security management, the return of the Temporarily Displaced Persons and development projects. Dastgir interacted with on-duty officers and lauded their operational preparedness, combat readiness and high morale, said the ISPR. Earlier upon arrival at Corps HQ, the defence minister also laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada and met with Commander Peshawar Corps, said the press release.
  5. KARACHI: At least one person was shot dead late Tuesday night here at Khayaban-e-Roomi in the city's Defence locale when unidentified persons opened fire on a vehicle, police said. A second person ? who was also riding in the same car ? remained unharmed. It is yet unknown how many assailants had shot at the car, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) stated, adding that the incident was reportedly over "personal enmity". The deceased has been identified as Imran, the LEAs noted, adding the body has been shifted to Jinnah Hospital.
  6. Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan said that Pakistan just wants acknowledgement of its sacrifices. Photo: file ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan said that Pakistan just wants acknowledgement of its sacrifices. While speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Khan remarked that everything between US and Pakistan is out in the open now. "Pakistan is being made a scapegoat. We have given thousands of sacrifices and are still giving it. Pakistan does not want a price for its cooperation but wants it sacrifices to be acknowledged," he said. "We won't allow Afghan war be fought on Pakistani soil." He reiterated his earlier claims that the US has failed in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. "Even after spending trillion dollars and deploying thousands of soldiers, US was only able to control 40% of Afghanistan." Moreover, the US foreign minister has also accepted that the US failed in Afghanistan, Dastgir remarked. On the relations with India, Dastgir shared that Pakistan wants to resolve issues with India. However, when Pakistan wanted to build a relationship with its hostile neighbour, India implemented the Cold Start doctrine. It is saddening to see the continuous violation of the ceasefire agreements by Indian troops, he said, adding that Indian troops violated LoC ceasefire agreement more than 1,300 times in 2016.
  7. US Navy FA-18 Hornets park on the flight deck of the USS George Washington during the Annual Exercise 2013, November 28, 2013. REUTERS/Kyodo/Files WASHINGTON: The White House and US Republican congressional leaders, speaking after talks with Democrats, said on Wednesday lawmakers should not hold funding for defence ?hostage? to immigration policy. Speaking after negotiations with Democratic congressional leaders on funding the government, the Republicans said reaching a spending deal was important. ?It also remains important that members of Congress do not hold funding for our troops hostage for immigration policy,? it said, suggesting that Democrats had sought to link the two. The statement was issued jointly by the White House and the offices of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both Republicans.
  8. Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir. Photo: Courtesy BBC ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir has said it is not possible anymore for the US to dictate terms to Pakistan by withholding aid. Dastagir made the comments in an interview to BBC Urdu. He also said that the action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is part of Operation Raddul Fasaad and has nothing to do with the US. He added that the action against JuD is being taken after much consideration "to secure our future so terrorists can no longer kill our children in schools". With regards to bilateral relations, he said the cooperation between the US and Pakistan has almost ceased. "Today's Pakistan is a country post-Operation Zarb-e-Azb ? which has been created from the sacrifices of citizens, youth, and armed forces personnel," he said, adding that instead of learning from Pakistan?s experience in the war on terrorism the US is levelling allegations against it. The minister alleged to Indian involvement in the recent dive in Pak-US relations, saying New Delhi?s opposition to CPEC is the reason behind this. He stated that the US government has been told categorically that it should not pin the blame for its failure in Afghanistan to Pakistan. "India is using Afghan soil to launch attacks against Pakistan," he said further. The minister also informed that the strategic dialogue between the two countries remains suspended, saying that a "language of cooperation should be used while talking to each other". The Pakistani people, elected government, and armed forces have strict reservations on the threats by the US, he asserted. He said further that President Trump's statements and tweets are contrary to what has been conveyed to Pakistan by senior American leadership over time. Dismissing the deadline given by the US to take action against the Haqqani Network, the minister said Pakistan is an independent nuclear power which cannot be given such deadlines.
  9. Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir, in response to US President Donald Trump?s tweet, has said that Pakistan is fully capable of defending its motherland. The jawans of Pakistan Armed Forces and civilians have given great sacrifices in the war against terrorism, he told a private news channel after Trump lashed out at Pakistan with threats to cut aid over "lies" about militancy. Commenting on the tweet, Dastagir said Pakistan had extended unprecedented cooperation to the United States for eliminating Al-Qaeda from its soil and Afghanistan, besides fighting the war against terrorism. Pakistan does not have any safe havens for terrorists, he said. The terrorists from Afghanistan have targeted our armed forces and civilians due to which Pakistan has had to suffer a lot, the Defence Minister said. He made it clear that Afghanistan's war would not be fought from the soil of Pakistan. To a question, he said that Pakistan had started fencing to secure its border. Replying to a query, he said it was Pakistan?s mistake to provide bases to the US. Dastagir said that Pakistan could gain nothing from the US. Pakistan has had to face huge economic losses due to fighting the war against terrorism, he added. Trump on Monday threatened to cut aid to Pakistan after accusing the country of giving nothing in return except for "lies and deceit". In a tweet on New Year?s Day, he claimed that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan over $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years. Trump also accused Pakistan of thinking US leaders to be fools. ?They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!? Trump?s ?no more? holds no importance: Khawaja Asif 'Already told US we will not do more, so Trump?s ?no more? does not hold any importance,' foreign minister says Trump?s tweet drew a strong reaction from Pakistan. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has already refused to ?do more? for the United States. ?We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump?s ?no more? does not hold any importance,? Asif told Geo News. ?Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the US aid that it has received,? Asif added.
  10. DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad replaced his defence minister for the first time since 2012 as part of a government reshuffle announced by the state news agency SANA on Monday. "President Assad issued a decree, the first of 2018, naming General Ali Abdullah Ayoub minister of defence," the agency said, without providing any explanation for the surprise announcement. The 65-year-old was until now the chief of general staff of the armed forces and replaces Fahd Jassem al-Freij. Freij took over in July 2012 after predecessor Daoud Rajha was killed in the bombing of a command centre in Damascus, together with his deputy Assef Shawkat, who was Assad's brother-in-law . Ayoub was born in Latakia, a coastal city in the heartland of the Alawite community to which Assad belongs. The reshuffle also saw two other changes: Mohammed Mazen Ali Yusef was given the industry portfolio and Imad Abdullah Sara, previously the head of the state broadcasting corporation, was named information minister.
  11. Deputy Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Excellency Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aeysh called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Deputy Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia His Excellency Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al-Aeysh called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday. Matters of regional security and enhanced bilateral defence cooperation were discussed during the meeting, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The Deputy Defence Minister appreciated professional standing and performance of the Pakistan Army. The situation in the region remains tense after US President Donald Trump?s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as Israel?s capital. Pakistan views Palestine issue at par with Kashmir issue: COAS Ambassador of the State of Palestine called on Gen Bajwa at the GHQ today Earlier today, General Bajwa reassured the Ambassador of the State of Palestine His Excellency Walid A.M. Abu Ali that Pakistan views the unresolved Palestine issue at par with the Kashmir issue. General Bajwa said that both, the Palestine and Kashmir issues, have unequivocal public, moral, and political support of the Pakistani nation and the country will continue to support the principled stance on both regardless of the so-called reality of occupation. Abu Ali thanked the COAS for Pakistan?s support to the Palestinian cause. The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, earlier this week, had said that Jerusalem was the ?eternal capital of the State of Palestine? in response to US President Donald Trump?s announcement that he was recognising the city as Israel?s capital. President Donald Trump on December 6 recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital - a historic decision that overturns decades of US policy and risks triggering a fresh spasm of violence in the Middle East.
  12. The meeting's photo released by ISPR. RAWALPINDI: General Secretary Iraq's Ministry of Defence Lieutenant General Muhammad Jawad Khadum Al-Abadi called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters on Wednesday. According to a statement of the Inter Services Public Relations, matters of professional interest and regional security situation were discussed during the meeting.
  13. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrives at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, US, November 30, 2017. AFP/Brendan Smialowski/Files WASHINGTON: The US defence chief says he intends to ?work hard on finding the common ground? and ?work together? with Pakistan ? where he is due to arrive Monday for his first visit since taking over the charge of the Pentagon. James Mattis began his crucial, five-day tour of the Middle East ? including Egypt, Jordan, and Kuwait ? and Islamabad on Friday. He is set to meet Pakistan?s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Having underscored earlier that Washington wants to see progress in the Pakistan-US relations, the defence secretary will hold discussions on regional security, peace, bilateral issues, and the Afghan conflict ? something of key importance especially after US President Donald Trump announced the new regional strategy in August this year. Speaking to reporters travelling with him in the Middle East before his trip, the American defence head said, ?We have heard from Pakistan leaders that they do not support terrorism. So I expect to see that sort of action reflected in their policies.? Asked if he was going to press the Pakistani leaders to take more action against the insurgents, Mattis stated that the country was taking action in its own best interests and ?that?s not the way I deal with issues?. ?I believe that we work hard on finding the common ground and then we work together.? "There's plenty of collaborative areas, right now, still in effect. There's been some areas that we have lost over the years, because of disagreements about what we need to do," he said. "We'll discuss the South Asia strategy," the secretary noted, saying that he had already visited India and Afghanistan and it was a continued dialogue that the US had for the process to ensure peace in Afghan. "The US remains committed to a pragmatic relationship that expands cooperation on shared interests" while reinforcing Trump's call for action against the alleged safe havens, Mattis said. On Saturday, he had said indiscriminate action by Islamabad against the alleged terrorist safe havens inside the country are in the regional and Pakistan?s interest, US media reported. Mattis also said Pakistan has taken significant casualties ? both innocent people and its army ? from the terrorists. Commencing his trip to the Middle East and South Asia on Friday, he reached Egypt a day later and was due to travel to Jordan on Sunday, before arriving in Pakistan today. Mattis' final stop will be in Kuwait Tuesday, where he will meet Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
  14. Meet Rossiyana Markovskaya, who has been appointed as Russia's Defence Ministry spokesperson. СовеÑÑенно леÑнÑÑ A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Jul 16, 2017 at 8:06pm PDT Ðне, пожалÑйÑÑа, ÑÑÑднÑÑ Ð²Ð¾Ð´Ñ, две ÑÑопки! A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Mar 20, 2017 at 12:15pm PDT She has taken social media by storm because she is probably the best example to describe 'beauty with brains'. ÐеÑÐ·Ð½Ñ Ð½Ð° веÑÑине моÑалÑнÑÑ ÑÑÑоевð A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Nov 26, 2016 at 3:15am PST ÐÑÑка A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Jul 8, 2016 at 12:59pm PDT She is also known as the 'defence cutie' back home. Ðапекла на ÑоÑÑ Ð±Ð»Ð¸Ð½Ñиков A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Mar 11, 2016 at 3:46am PST She is a former journalist and a well known media figure in the country. "У Т-64ÐÐ- 2Ð46Ð-1, Ñ Ð¢-72Ð- 2Ð46Ри 2Ð46-2 Ñ Ð¢-80ÐÐ", -обÑÑÑнил мне ÑанкиÑÑ A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Aug 6, 2015 at 10:00pm PDT @mihailtfv ÑпаÑибоð A post shared by РоÑÑиÑна ÐаÑковÑÐºÐ°Ñ (@_rossiyana_) on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:29pm PST Now imagine if she was also the 'defence against the dark arts' teacher at Hogwarts. Phew!
  15. In the statement issued here Saturday, US Defense Secretary also said that Washington wants progress in Pak-US relations US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Saturday that indiscriminate action against terrorist safe havens inside the country are in regional and Pakistan?s interest. The statement comes ahead of his scheduled visit to Pakistan on Monday. In the statement issued Saturday, US Defense Secretary also said that Washington wants progress in Pak-US relations. Mattis on Friday began his five-day tour of the Middle East and Pakistan. "In Afghanistan, we have heard from Pakistan leaders that they do not support terrorism. So I expect to see that sort of action reflected in their policies," Mattis said during his visit to Egypt. "They have said that they do not support havens for any terrorists, and Pakistan has taken significant casualties - both innocent people and their army. So we expect them to act in their own best interest, and in support of peace and regional stability," he said. "I'm making my first trip to Pakistan as secretary of defense ... The US remains committed to a pragmatic relationship that expands cooperation on shared interests while reinforcing President Trump's call for action against terrorist safe havens," he said. "They know this. In many cases, they are. But what we're looking for is to broaden the common ground and make certain that no terrorist organisation is seen as able to operate from a haven there," he said. Mattis will visit Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait during his tour. The US Secretary of Defense will meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa and hold discussions regional security, peace, Afghan conflict and other bilateral issues. His final stop will be in Kuwait Tuesday, where he will meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
  16. US Defense Secretary James Mattis delivers remarks at the White House in Washington, US, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will visit Pakistan on December 4, according to the Pentagon. Mattis embarked on a five-day trip to Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, and Kuwait on Friday, the Pentagon said. The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis will land in Pakistan on December 4 (Monday) to meet with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa for the discussion on regional security, peace, Afghan conflict and other bilateral issues. Mattis is scheduled to meet with leaders in each nation ?to re-affirm the enduring US commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa, and South Asia?, Pentagon said in a statement. He is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Defense Minister Gen Sedki Sobhi today (Saturday). Mattis will then go to Jordan on Sunday, where King Abdullah II will host a conference on combating extremism in West Africa. Attendees of the meeting in Jordan will include representatives from many countries in Africa and Europe. His final stop will be in Kuwait Tuesday, where he will meet with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. On November 24, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif had confirmed that US Defence Secretary James Mattis would conduct a one-day visit to the country. Mattis had earlier visited India in September and the Pentagon said the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia. In 2016, the United States designated India a "Major Defence Partner" and Trump has sought to further boost military ties, praising India for contributing to regional peace and stability and purchasing US military equipment. Rex Tillerson visits Pakistan On October 24, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Pakistan is important regionally to the joint Pak-US goal of providing peace and security in the region. The statement by the US secretary of state was made during a meeting between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other high-ranking Pakistani officials during Tillerson's tour to South Asia and the Gulf region. "Pakistan is important regionally to our joint goals of providing peace and security to the region and providing an opportunity for greater economic relationship," said Tillerson. Abbasi said that the country is committed in the war on terror and the country is looking forward to moving ahead with the US and building a tremendous relationship. ?The US can rest assured that we are strategic partners in the war against terror and that today Pakistan is fighting the largest war in the world against terror,? said Abbasi. Tillerson meets Abbasi, underscores Pakistan?s regional importance Tillerson has expressed concerns about 'safe-havens' in Pakistan The US Embassy, in a statement released, said the secretary of state reiterated President Trump?s message that Pakistan must increase its efforts to ?eradicate militants and terrorists operating within the country?. ?The Secretary outlined the United States? new South Asia Strategy and the vital role that Pakistan can play in working with the United States and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan that can bring stability and security to the region,? said the statement from the US embassy. During the meeting, Tillerson also expressed appreciation for Pakistan?s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. ?The Secretary also expressed his gratitude to the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Army for their cooperation in securing the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity,? added the statement.
  17. ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Friday confirmed that US Defence Secretary James Mattis would conduct a one-day visit to the country on December 3. Mattis had earlier visited India in September and the Pentagon said the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia. In 2016, the United States designated India a "Major Defence Partner" and Trump has sought to further boost military ties, praising India for contributing to regional peace and stability and purchasing US military equipment. The foreign minister also said that two important conferences would be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and would be attended by senior government representatives. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa would be attending the conferences. The Islamic military alliance, formed by the kingdom earlier, and Pak-Saudi relations would be discussed during the visit.
  18. The power of social media is that you can use it as a tool to glorify yourself, create an impact and reach out to millions out there. Or, simply use it to earn flak. Sadly, the official Twitter handle of the Defence ministry of Pakistan is the on the receiving end today. The handle tweeted a so-called 'viral' image of an Indian girl. Yes, no problem in that, except, the message that the image was carrying was actually morphed. The image has the girl standing outside the Jama Masjid carrying a placard that reads “I am an Indian but I hate India, because India is a colonial entity that has occupied nations such as Nagas, Kahmiris, Manipuris, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Sikkim, Mizoram, Goa." The girl in question here is Kawalpreet Kaur who was quick to call out the handle. The account of @defencepk has been suspended by twitter for posting my unverified & morphed pictures. Grateful to all who reported it in large numbers. The message of the picture shouldn't be lost in these dark times. No nation wants lynchings & killings. Only bigots wants hate. — Kawalpreet Kaur (@kawalpreetdu) November 18, 2017 The original image is actually quite different and the beauty of social media is that nothing is hidden. Other than running malicious campaigns against several Pakistani journalists/activists, defencepk was also morphing photos to further its propaganda: pic.twitter.com/qK7ZLQM29G — Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) November 18, 2017 Lots of people from both the countries came forward, calling it a bad political propaganda and supported the suspension of the account. Although I am Pakistani, but glad you managed to do that. Spreading hate isn't the way forward. — Kalim Khan (@Kallerz37) November 18, 2017 I am Pakistani and appreciate the suspension of this account. Hate mongers should not be allowed to operate no matter where they belong to and what their religion is — Muzammil Rafique (@mrafique76) November 18, 2017 There were jokes about the account, calling it a 'parody' account. I am an Indian. I use to enjoy the posts by that handle. Because they were funny..we ALL KNEW it was fake. It sounded like a parodyðð. I dont think anyone took it seriously ðððððð — Nitin Kapoor (@NitinKapoor2020) November 19, 2017 Eventually the outcome is that people from both countries united on Twitter and called out this unwanted need to lynch and create hatred which is not supposed to be there in the first place. Finally there account is suspended for spreading hatred, false, morphed and photoshop images. I strongly condemn these kind of mentality, we strongly believe in love, peace and harmony. #wepakisantiagainstextremism we demand to block their website and all social pages. — Karak Tea (@cafepiyala) November 18, 2017 I totally agree with you! No nation want lynching & killing but do not use word 'Muslims'. Bcoz thr are many parts in India where Hindus are also lynched & killed in Muslim dominated areas. We should all stand against lynching whether it's Hindu or Muslim! — #SayNoToReservation (@dpk3232) November 19, 2017 It's amazing to know that all hearts beat as one, and no matter what the politics of the two countries create, in the end we all respect each other as humans with no border of religion or region dividing us, at least on social media.
  19. The CSF is a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations The US Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly authorised $700 billion in national defense spending for next year, a substantial increase over Donald Trump's request, and sent the measure to the president for his signature. The bill has allocated Rs35 billion for Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). The CSF is a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Regular payments to Pakistan under the CSF programme began in 2001, when Pakistan joined the US-led coalition in Afghanistan as a "frontline ally" Pakistan in March this year received US$350 million under CSF, the State Bank of Pakistan said in a statement. The National Defense Authorisation Act of 2018 is a negotiated compromise between the two chambers of Congress. The Senate passed it Thursday on a unanimous voice vote, two days after it cleared the House on a vote of 356 to 70. The bill is some $26 billion above Trump's initial military budget requests, and about 15 percent higher than the authorization in 2016, the last full year of Barack Obama''s presidency. It provides for $626 billion in base budget requirements, $66 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, or warfighting, and an additional $8 billion for other defense activities. $4.9 billion is reserved for Afghanistan security forces, including a program integrating women into the country'?s national defense. The figure is substantially more than Trump?s baseline missile defense request, at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea over its testing of nuclear devices and ballistic missiles.
  20. In light of all the sexual harassment allegations that have taken over Hollywood, Drake is doing whatever he can to make sure his concerts are a safe environment for all of his fans. And, this latest incident is proof that he will go to any lengths to help protect all the concertgoers. Currently, the rapper is in Sydney as part of his Boy Meets World Tour, and while performing at an after party, he noticed someone in the audience 'touching and feeling up girls'. He paused his performance and threatened the guy for inappropriately groping female concertgoers. Fan made videos started doing the rounds on the internet instantly, and it seemed like he was in the middle of performing 'Know Yourself', when he and the crowd belted out the infamous one-liner, 'Running through the six with my woes.' Right after that, he proceeded to tell his DJ to pause the track so he could directly address what was going down. I got this close to Drake threatening to jump into the crowd to start a fight with a guy groping a woman in the audience. Violence against women, 6 God says no.ð¦ð¦ð¦ð¦ð¦ð¦ð¦ð¦ #heropapi #protecterofthepeople #6god #legend #viewsfromthe6 @champagnepapi For licensing and usage, contact: licensing@viralhog.com A post shared by louisesukari (@louisesukari) on Nov 15, 2017 at 7:04am PST And, he did not hold back! He said, “If you don't stop touching girls, I will come out there and **** you up.” As soon as he said that, the audience started applauding him. He decided to make himself completely clear, and repeated his threat. He went on, “I'm not playing. If you don't stop putting your hands on girls," he continued, "I'm gonna come out there and f**k your ass up.” Obviously, the crowd went wild and continued to cheer him on. © Instagram/@louisesukari After putting down the mic, Drake could be seen still talking to that same guy. The whole concert was halted for a few moments, and continued after he had calmed down. It's sad how this is not even an uncommon thing to happen at concerts. Last year, Eddie Vedder had to do the same thing during a Pearl jam concert. Pausing the concert, he called out the unruly fan. “Hey! Hey mister! Hey, hey, get your finger out of that woman's face motherf-”, he said, “Hey mister â all the fingers are pointing at you. Clear out, mister.” In another incident, Sam Carter, lead singer of the Architects, had to pause a concert for a similar reason. Talking about the whole thing later, he said, “I saw a girl, a woman, crowdsurfing over here, and I'm not gonna f-ing point the piece of shit out that did it, but I saw you f-ing grab at her boob. I saw it. It is f-ing disgusting and there is no f-ing place for that shit."
  21. SANAA: The Saudi-led military coalition carried out two air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses said. Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, witnesses said. The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes.
  22. SANAA: The Saudi-led military coalition carried out two air strikes on the defence ministry in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday, witnesses said. Warplanes continued to circle in the skies above Sanaa after the strikes, witnesses said. The Huthi rebel media outlet Al-Masirah also reported the two air strikes.
  23. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (L) talks to US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis (C) and Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson (R) as they pose for a family photo during a NATO defence ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, November 8, 2017. AFP/John Thys BRUSSELS: With Daesh crumbling in Iraq and Syria, North Korea defiant over its nuclear ambitions, and Russia looming large, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis faced a host of pressing issues as he began talks with NATO allies on Wednesday. NATO defence ministers are meeting over two days at the alliance's Brussels headquarters as US President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing to press key player China to do more to get Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes. The North Korean nuclear crisis will be the focus of a working dinner on Wednesday, where ministers will be joined by the EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini. Tensions have soared since Pyongyang carried out its sixth nuclear test ? its most powerful to date ? and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the crisis demanded a united international effort. "All NATO allies agree that we have to put strong pressure on North Korea because North Korea is responsible for reckless behaviour, irresponsible behaviour developing nuclear weapons and by developing missiles," Stoltenberg said. "We have to put pressure on North Korea to reach a peaceful negotiated solution. Pressure is the path to peace." What follows Daesh? Wednesday's talks were also to look at efforts to revamp NATO's command structure to help it better combat the rising threat from Russia. Mattis will hold a separate meeting on Thursday with partners from the coalition fighting Daesh in the Middle East, where the extremists continue to lose territory. As he flew to Europe, Mattis told reporters that coalition partners are looking to the United States for a clear plan about what follows the physical defeat of Daesh. "Maybe three-quarters of the questions I am getting asked now is (about) going forward. [] They are now saying: 'What's next? How is it looking?'" Mattis said. Following back-to-back losses, including of their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds of Raqa and Mosul, Daesh fighters are down to defending their last holdouts along the Euphrates River valley. America's military involvement in Syria has until now been focused solely on fighting Daesh, but with the extremists on the ropes, Washington must articulate its longer-term interests and what role, if any, US forces will play in Syria. A French source said allies were keen to hear what Mattis had to say about the role of Iran ? a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ? following Trump's tough rhetoric against Tehran. "We are wondering how the speeches by top US officials on the need to push back the Iranian presence in the region is going to manifest itself in real terms in the military strategy," the source said. Mattis supports a UN-backed effort in Geneva, which has run in parallel to a Russian and Iranian-led process, to reach a diplomatic solution. Afghanistan and beyond NATO has been in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in late 2001 to dislodge the Taliban in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Despite a 16-year war and hundreds of billions of dollars in investment in Afghan institutions and security forces, the country remains beset by corruption and an ongoing security crisis that is killing thousands of local soldiers and civilians each year. NATO will boost its training mission to the local soldiers from around 13,000 troops to around 16,000, Stoltenberg said Tuesday. According to diplomatic sources, the US would contribute around 2,800 troops, while other NATO allies and partner countries would supply around 700 more. Mattis arrived in Brussels from Helsinki, where he attended a forum called the Northern Group, a little-known meeting of northern European nations focusing on the continent's military and security challenges, particularly from Russia. Moscow frequently sends warplanes into the skies around the Baltics, and Europe remains anxious about Russia's military intentions, especially after the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The threat of Russian cyber attacks will also be high on the agenda, with ministers set to agree on ways to integrate the new form of warfare into NATO planning and operations.
  24. TEHRAN: The Iranian Minister of Defence Brigadier General Amir Hatami, during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said that Iran sees Pakistan's security as its own, reported IRNA. "Respect for territorial integrity, solidarity and national sovereignty of the regional countries is among the fixed principles of the Iranian foreign policies," said Hatami. Speaking in regards to regional and international developments, the Iranian defence minister said the arrival of Gen Bajwa in Iran is a move which will fortify bilateral relations in the areas of security and stability. Hatami also added that relations between Pakistan and Iran "are in line with strengthening defense capabilities of both neighboring countries". Stressing on the development of ties with Iran's neighbours, the defence minister, he said Pakistan has a long border with the country and also a common religion and culture. Hatami also expressed hoped that cooperation between the two countries will lead to the establishment of peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan. The defence minister also reiterated that Iran supports Pakistan's defence and military achievements "within the framework of strengthening regional security and stability". On Monday, Bajwa was welcomed by top Iranian military officials, including Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri. General Bajwa held delegation-level talks with his Iranian counterparts and also held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) The talks focused on issues related to the geo-strategic environment, the Afghan situation, the growing threat of Daesh in the region and security along the shared border between the two countries. The army chief said during the meetings that Iran and Pakistan are two brotherly neighbours with shared history, culture and religion. The army chief is on an official three-day visit to Iran. The Iranian visit by the army chief was preceded by Iran's Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost calling on General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters.
  25. Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon leaves 10 Downing Street after the weekly meeting of the cabinet in central London, October 31, 2017. AFP/Tolga Akmen/Files LONDON: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday following a highly-publicised allegation of sexual harassment, the first politician to step down in a developing scandal at Westminster. "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct. Many of these have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces that I have the honour to represent." "I have reflected on my position and I am, therefore, resigning as Defence Secretary," Fallon wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, saying he would continue to serve as a member of parliament. Fallon had earlier this week apologised for an incident in 2002, in which he had put his hand on a political journalist's knee, but he was not being investigated over the incident. May responded to the resignation by thanking Fallon for "a long and impressive ministerial career". "I appreciate the characteristically serious manner in which you have considered your position and the particular example you wish to set to servicemen and women and others," she wrote in a letter. The prime minister has called for rules on MPs' behaviour to be toughened after the emergence of several allegations of sexual harassment at Westminster.