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  • Pakistan plans military exercise with U.S.

    03/08/2010 10:08:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 87+ views
    UPI ^ | 03/08/2010 | UPI
    Pakistani air force joins U.S. counterparts in joint maneuvers over North America using the F-16 Fighting Falcon in late 2010, sources said Monday. Sources to the Pakistani newspaper The National said U.S. and Pakistani teams would participate in defense maneuvers in the United States. "The joint exercises have been planned in the wake of the quality performance of the Pakistani air force in air raids in the tribal areas as part of the war on terror as well as the recognition of its air power in South Asia," the source said on condition of anonymity. Pakistani military officials said air...
  • India expresses concern over US support to Pak army

    03/08/2010 9:01:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 111+ views ^ | 03/06/2010 |
    Government expressed serious concern over the US equipping Pakistan army with modern weapons and asked Washington to ensure that they were not used against India. "United States decision to provide sophisticated weapons (to Pakistan) is a matter of serious concern to India. The US should ensure that these weapons are not targeted against India", Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here Saturday. Noting that the issue had already been taken up with the US defence weapons, Pakistan , US, army Secretary during his visit to India recently, he said the American explanation that Pakistan army has to be strengthened...
  • India, Pakistan hold first talks since attacks

    02/25/2010 11:29:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 186+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 2/26/2010 | AFP
    ndia and Pakistan held their first formal talks in 14 months yesterday, seeking to put their volatile relationship back on track after it was derailed by the devastating 2008 Mumbai attacks. Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir met for three hours in New Delhi for talks that offered little hope of a breakthrough, but carried vital importance for regional peace and stability. Arguments over the agenda and a brief exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani border guards before the meeting augured badly for major progress, with the probable best-case scenario an agreement to keep...
  • The China Solution

    02/11/2010 6:10:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 423+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    India successfully conducted its fourth, and final, pre-service test of its Agni III IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) on February 7th. The fifty ton, two stage, solid fuel missile reached an altitude of 350 kilometers before heading down towards its target. A 2006 test was a failure, but tests in 2007 and 2008 were successful, as was the latest one. Over a year ago, India began preparations for putting the Agni III into service. This missile has a 3,500 kilometer range. Currently, the Agni series consists of the Agni I, with a range of 700 kilometers, and the Agni II,...
  • Indian Defence Minister Promises More Space in Armed Forces’ Modernisation for Private Sector

    02/10/2010 6:05:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/10/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony today said the private sector will be allowed to play an increasingly greater role in the modernisation of the Armed Forces. Speaking at a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to his Ministry on the subject ‘Ordnance Factories’, Shri Antony said Defence Public Sector Undertakings alone will not be able to meet all the requirements of the Armed Forces at the pace and time – frame envisaged by the Government. He however, ruled out corporatisation of the Defence arms industry saying “minus corporatisation, we will give more room to the private sector”. The Defence...
  • Why India's military needs an urgent update

    02/09/2010 11:37:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 350+ views ^ | 1/09/2010 | Pramod Kumar Buravalli
    When I heard the India Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik admitting last year that India lacks the air power to meet the myriad terror threats facing the country, I didn't blame him. He was and is still right. When you have identified adversaries in all geographical directions and just 29 operational squadrons in your air force, how can you claim to be a strong and sovereign nation? Can you protect all of your borders let alone airspace, cities and strategic installations? Can you even contemplate using the air force to launch a counter strike and a...
  • New Delhi looks to play facilitator in Indian Ocean region

    02/08/2010 12:10:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 283+ views
    The New Economic Times ^ | 01/08/2010 | The New Economic Times
    With Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters generating sonic booms over the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago on Sunday, even as the 3,500-km Agni-III missile created fireworks off the Orissa coast, India sent a strong strategic message across Bay of Bengal that it is ready to play the role of a security facilitator in the larger Indian Ocean Region (IOR). India might not want to be seen as a regional supercop in the IOR, nor as the prime mover of a naval military bloc in the Asia-Pacific region . But yes, it has legitimate security concerns in the IOR, which falls in its strategic...
  • China Takes Sides

    02/05/2010 1:39:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 237+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 02/05/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Pakistani officials continue to press the U.S. for missile armed UAVs, so Pakistan can go after targets it selects, and ease the American UAVs out of Pakistan. The U.S. doesn't trust the Pakistanis, who can be bribed, and often have divided (pro-Taliban) loyalties. Pakistani politicians don't care, or at least have learned to live with these two problems, and want control of UAVs so they won't continue getting criticized for allowing American UAVs to deal with hunting down and killing terrorist leaders. This is considered humiliating by many, if not most, Pakistanis. But if the Pakistani government were in charge,...
  • Pakistan nuclear arsenal safe: Top US spy chief

    02/03/2010 11:18:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/3/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Pakistan's military knows there were would "catastrophic consequences, primarily for Pakistan," if any of its nuclear bombs fell into the wrong hands, the top US intelligence official said Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair's comments came one day after he told the Senate Intelligence Committee that "vulnerabilities exist" in Pakistan's nuclear safeguards. "The Pakistan army takes very seriously the security of its weapons, and they know the catastrophic consequences -- primarily for Pakistan -- if they were to get loose," Blair told the House Intelligence Committee. "From what we see of the measures that they take, they are keeping...
  • Half of India's defence equipment outdated

    01/28/2010 1:50:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 426+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 1/13/2010 | Reuters/Economic Times
    At least half of the country's defence equipment is obsolete and needs urgent upgrade, a report said on Wednesday, underlining gaps in its defence preparedness in a region roiled by Islamist militancy and military rivalries. Only 15 per cent of India's equipment is "state of the art", according to the first comprehensive report on the country's defence sector prepared by global consultancy firm KPMG and the Confederation of Indian Industry. New Delhi changed its defence procurement policy last year to further open its defence sector to the world and local companies after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008, in which...
  • India – M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers

    01/27/2010 10:27:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 573+ views ^ | 1/26/2010 | Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Jan. 22 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS) and associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $647 million. The Government of India has requested a possible sale of 145 M777 155mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers with Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems (LINAPS), warranty, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, maintenance, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance, engineering and logistics support...
  • Indian Army New War Doctrine Analyzed

    01/22/2010 1:48:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 341+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 1/15/2010 | Dr. Subhash Kapila
    The Indian Army’s enunciation of a New War doctrine was long overdue in the light of India's embattled security environment. The last Indian war doctrine ‘The COLD START War Doctrine" which was a Pakistan-specific war doctrine was formulated nearly five years back. India’s two major adversaries, namely Pakistan and China, have in the last five years lapsed into stronger adversarial postures. A strategic review of India’s military postures and plans was certainly called for at this juncture. Pakistan today stands externally and internally besieged with distinct possibilities of disintegration and Talibanization and its nuclear weapons falling into the hands of...
  • Pakistan warns against 'massive' Indian arms build-up

    01/13/2010 10:29:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 445+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/13/2010 | AFP Via Space War
    Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email Search All Our Sites - Powered By Bing Pakistan voiced concern Wednesday over a "massive" arms build-up by rival India, warning that it could destabilise the regional balance. The National Command Authority (NCA), which oversees the country's nuclear assets, at a meeting took note of developments "detrimental" to the objectives of strategic stability in the region, an official statement said. "India continues to pursue an ambitious militarisation programme and offensive military doctrines," the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said. "Massive inductions of advanced weapon systems, including installation of ABMs (anti-ballistic missiles),...
  • Pakistan, India exchange nuclear site lists: ministry

    01/03/2010 10:00:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 201+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/1/2010 | Staff Writers vis Apace War
    Pakistan and India on Friday exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an annual accord, after a year of strained relations between the arch-rivals, Pakistan's foreign ministry said. The New Year's Day exchange is aimed at protecting the sites in case of war and was established under a 1988 agreement on the prohibition of attacks on each other's nuclear installations. "The governments of Pakistan and India today exchanged lists of their respective nuclear installations and facilities," a ministry statement said. It added that the lists were handed over to officers of the Pakistani and Indian high commissions in New Delhi...
  • We Few, Against The World

    01/01/2010 2:21:43 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 322+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/30/2009 | The Strategy Page
    In Pakistan, police have engaged the population to identify Islamic terrorist cells and prevent more bombing attacks (which are killing mostly civilians). As a result, police have recently seized 2.5 tons of explosives and interrupted at least six terrorist bombings. In the tribal territories, 700 retired members of the Frontier Corps (the border police) were called up to help deal with the terrorist threat. For over a decade, the Pakistani government has been split over how to deal with Islamic radical groups. Until the last few years, those officials and institutions who sought to protect Islamic radical groups, were able...
  • Pakistan's New Generation of Terrorists

    12/17/2009 11:57:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 238+ views
    CFR Publications ^ | 10/26/2009 | Jayshree Bajoria
    As an increasing number of suicide attacks rock Pakistan's major cities, concerns for the country's security are rising. In recent years, many new terrorist groups have emerged, several existing groups have reconstituted themselves, and a new crop of militants has emerged, more violent and less conducive to political solutions than their predecessors. Links between many of these new and existing groups have strengthened, say experts, giving rise to fresh concerns for stability. Pakistani authorities have long had ties to militant groups based on their soil that largely focused their efforts in Afghanistan and India. But with Pakistan joining the United...
  • India tests nuclear-capable ballistic missile

    12/14/2009 1:44:20 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 294+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/13/2009 | Space War Via AFP
    India successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile from a ship near the east coast on Sunday, a defence official said. The Dhanush, which has a short range of 350 kilometres (220 miles), is a navy version of the surface-to-surface Prithvi missile and can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads. The missile was successfully fired from a ship in the Bay of Bengal, said S.P. Das, director of Integrated Test Range, a unit of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation. "The test met all the requisite parameters," he said. The Dhanush was last tested in 2007. Last month, India conducted the...
  • The Taliban's Shadowy Partners

    12/08/2009 6:01:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 638+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    War On Terror: The anti-war crowd says the small number of enemy fighters inside Afghanistan doesn't justify sending 30,000 fresh troops there. They fail to understand the larger problem. Sen. Barbara Boxer complains al-Qaida is scarcely in Afghanistan. She cites an intelligence report leaked to ABC News that only 100 fighters are actually present inside the country, along with several thousand Taliban fighters. "I do not support adding more troops," the California Democrat argued, "because there are now 200,000 American, NATO and Afghan forces fighting roughly 20,000 Taliban and less than 100 al-Qaida." In other words, why are we even...
  • Pakistan's Military Corruption

    12/06/2009 2:38:10 PM PST · by gandalftb · 4 replies · 586+ views
    Jang, The News ^ | Sunday, December 06, 2009 | Rauf Klasra
    Billions of rupees of loans written off from Pakistan's state-owned banks...Army led institutions plundered the Army Welfare Trust, Rs14.49 million. General Kuli Khan, two Allied Bank loans written off: Rs1.8 million and Rs1.6 million against Janana De Malucho Textile Mills, owned by his father General Habibullah Khan. His brother Gohar Ayub Khan, Rs7.2 million written off against Rehana Woolen Mills.Lt General Azhar, Rex Breen Batteries, Rs16 million, Major General Mumtaz, Lt Colonel Shaukat, Major Tajuddin Rs1.2 million, Major General Ghaziuddn, Major General Umar, Rs8.5 million written off, Agriculture Development Bank.Air Marshal Azeem, Rs15 million written off, Pakistani Kuwait Investment Co....
  • Af-Pak policy: ISI must fall in line

    12/05/2009 1:42:28 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 327+ views
    he Economic Times ^ | 12/04/2009 | ET Bureau
    The Manmohan Singh government on Thursday said it was imperative for the international community to continue putting pressure on Pakistan to dismantle the safe havens that export terror into the neighbourhood. Responding to President Barack Obama’s Afghan policy, MEA spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said Pakistan has to be persuaded to root out these safe havens. `` India believes that it is in the interest of the international community to impress upon Pakistan that it must use all its influence and resources to implement its commitments to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and to deny sanctuary to all terrorist groups who operate...
  • US shares info with India on Headley's ISI links

    11/29/2009 1:54:21 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 514+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | 11/22/2009 | Indo-Asian News Service
    The US Saturday disclosed to India new information linking the anti-terror plot hatched by expatriates David Coleman Headley and Tahawuur Rana with some elements in the ISI and said it will reveal the name of a key Pakistani national linked to the Mumbai carnage in a week's time. The disclosure came when National Security Adviser MK Narayanan held talks with CIA chief Leon Panetta in New Delhi on Saturday, reliable sources said. The new information given by the US reinforces Indian investigations that have pointed to links between Headley and Rana, who were arrested by the FBI in Chicago last...
  • India says troubled by China-Pakistan military ties

    11/27/2009 1:20:54 PM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 664+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 11/27/09 | reuteurs
    Growing military ties between China and Pakistan are a serious concern to India, Defense Minister A.K. Antony said on Friday, in the latest display of a prickly rivalry between New Delhi and its neighbors.
  • Pakistan's President Hands Over Nuclear Powers

    11/28/2009 5:24:21 PM PST · by edpc · 10 replies · 978+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Sat Nov 28 | Sajjad Tarakzai
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) – President Asif Ali Zardari gave up control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal Saturday in a bid to fend off mounting pressures threatening to weaken his rule further and complicate the war on the Taliban.
  • Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties

    11/26/2009 10:23:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 400+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | 11/26/2009 | Saeed Shah
    Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari's insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month. "The reaction (from the...
  • The Pakistani state as a suicide bomber

    11/24/2009 11:38:50 PM PST · by cold start · 5 replies · 530+ views
    DNA ^ | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Venkatesan Vembu
    A year ago tomorrow, as no one in India needs reminding, Urban Jihad set sail from hostile shores, came aground in Mumbai, flickered live on our TV screens, and purveyed death across the city. Recovering from the monstrous invasion, a wounded and incensed India that had had enough of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism seriously contemplated letting rip against terrorist targets in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. But following entreaties to hold back in the interests of not diverting attention and military resources away from the larger goal of targeting jihadi forces in Afghanistan, it exercised tremendous restraint. A year later, look at where Pakistan stands....
  • India tests nuclear-capable missile

    11/24/2009 12:34:17 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 261+ views
    Space War Via AFP ^ | 11/23/2009 | Space War via AFP
    India carried out a night-time test of a nuclear-capable, medium-range ballistic missile off its eastern coast on Monday, a defence official said. The surface-to-surface Agni-II, which can deliver a nuclear warhead to targets within a range of 2,500 kilometres (1,560 miles), was fired from a mobile rail launcher on Wheeler Island off the coast of Orissa state at 7:50pm (1420 GMT). "It was a user training trial to handle the missile at night," the defence official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The Indian-developed 20-metre-long missile, which has a launch weight of 16 tonnes, is capable of carrying a one-tonne...
  • CIA paid millions of dollars to ISI since 9/11

    11/16/2009 4:17:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 659+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | 11/16/2009 | The Economic Times
    The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, "accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget", says a media report. The ISI also collected "tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA programme", which pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a newspaper reported on Monday citing current and former US officials. An intense debate has been triggered within the US government due to "long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda...
  • Pakistan rejects report questioning nuclear weapons' safety

    11/08/2009 8:43:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 310+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/08/2009 | Staff Writers via AFP
    Pakistan on Sunday angrily rejected a media report that raised fears of a militant takeover of the Taliban-hit nation's nuclear weapons and suggested that the US had a hand in protecting the arsenal. In the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh wrote that US officials had negotiated pacts with Pakistan to provide security for the nuclear arsenal in extreme circumstances. It also raised the possibility that the threat to the security of the nuclear programme might come not from Taliban rebels battling the government, but from a "mutiny" by fundamentalist elements within the powerful military....
  • Hillary Clinton faces angry criticism of US in Pakistan

    10/31/2009 12:39:32 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | October 30, 2009 | Saeed Shah
    Hillary Clinton faced anger during her visit to Pakistan after she attacked the failure of the government to tackle al-Qaeda. The US Secretary of State also faced angry questions about America's use of drone attacks inside Pakistan as she ended her three-day visit on Friday. Mrs Clinton was earlier forced to soften her criticism of Islamabad for its failure to capture of kill al-Qaeda's leaders.
  • The Front: The Taliban-Al Qaeda merger.

    10/20/2009 5:23:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,033+ views
    The New Republic ^ | October 19, 2009 | Peter Bergen
    On July 25, Najibullah Zazi, a lanky man in his mid-twenties, walked into the Beauty Supply Warehouse in Aurora, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. The visit was captured on a store video camera. Wearing a baseball cap and pushing a shopping cart, Zazi appeared to be just another suburban guy.Of course, not many suburban guys buy six bottles of Clairoxide hair bleach, as Zazi did on this shopping trip--or return a month later to buy a dozen bottles of "Ms. K Liquid," a peroxide-based product. Aware that these were hardly the typical purchases of a heavily bearded, dark-haired young...
  • Pakistani forces in heavy clashes in S.Waziristan

    10/17/2009 10:07:45 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 6 replies · 755+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | Oct 18, 2009 | Alamgir Bitani
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani forces fought fierce battles with Taliban militants on Sunday, a day after launching a long-awaited offensive aimed at bringing the writ of state to lawless tribal lands on the Afghan border. The offensive on the global Islamist hub of South Waziristan follows a string of brazen militant attacks in different parts of the country, including an assault on army headquarters, in which more than 150 people were killed. About 28,000 soldiers are battling an estimated 10,000 hard-core Taliban, including about 1,000 tough Uzbek fighters and some Arab al Qaeda members, after surrounding militant territory and...
  • Ground offensive begins in Pakistan al-Qaida haven (South Waziristan Stronghold Stompdown begins)

    10/17/2009 9:32:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 70 replies · 4,434+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/09 | Ishtiaq Mahsud and Munir Ahmad - ap
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – More than 30,000 Pakistani soldiers launched a ground offensive against al-Qaida and the Taliban's main stronghold along the Afghan border Saturday, officials said, in the country's toughest test yet against a strengthening insurgency. The United States has long pushed the government to carry out an assault in South Waziristan, and it comes after two weeks of militant attacks that have killed more than 175 people across the nuclear-armed country. That has ramped up pressure on the army to act. Pakistan has fought three unsuccessful campaigns since 2001 in the region, which is the nerve-center for...
  • Is Thermonuclear India a Fizzle?

    10/02/2009 9:26:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 2,492+ views
    GlobalPost ^ | 09/29/2009 | Jason Overdorf
    Days before President Barack Obama told the United Nations that he hoped to push through a universal treaty to ban all nuclear weapons testing by the end of 2010, a top Indian scientist threw New Delhi's security establishment for an atomic loop. Kasturiranga Santhanam, the coordinator of India's 1998 nuclear tests, went public with allegations that India's much heralded Pokhran II test of a thermonuclear bomb 11 years ago was actually a fizzle. "We are totally naked vis-a-vis China, which has an inventory of 200 nuclear bombs, the vast majority of which are giant H-bombs of power equal to three...
  • A nuclear-armed Taliban?

    09/30/2009 6:12:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 564+ views
    Space War ^ | 9/29/2009 | Lawrence Sellin
    A nuclear-armed Taliban? It may not be as far-fetched as it might first appear. The Taliban already control or have a significant presence in northwest Pakistan along a critical stretch of the Afghan border. Taliban units operate with relative impunity in the region surrounding Peshawar, Pakistan's major population, commercial and transportation center less than 100 miles from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad. Dominance of Taliban and al-Qaida forces in the pivotal northwest region of Pakistan provides not only a sanctuary and training centers for attacks on Afghanistan, but it has become a base of operations to weaken any pro-Western sentiments among the...
  • Pakistan needs energy help from Iran

    08/22/2009 9:59:57 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies · 623+ views
    UPI ^ | 8/21/2009 | Staff
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Tehran and Islamabad should move in harmony to expand bilateral energy relations as Pakistan struggles to overcome a looming energy crisis, officials say. Islamabad and Tehran in June signed a bilateral deal for the proposed 1,724-mile Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline. Pakistan would receive 750 million cubic feet per day from the South Pars gas field in Iran to generate electricity under the terms of a 25-year deal. Mian Shaukat Masud, the president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told a delegation from Tehran that Iran should increase energy exports to Pakistan, the...
  • India still Asia's reluctant tiger

    02/28/2008 2:08:28 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 23 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | February 28, 2008. | Zareer Masani
    Bangalore's hi-tech enclaves are an oasis of excellence With its economy growing at more than triple the speed of Britain's, India has become a global leader in information technology and other hi-tech products. But how has this been possible in a country where poverty is so widespread and where more than a third of people are still illiterate? In the words of Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen, "the danger of India moving in the direction of being half California and half sub-Saharan Africa is a real one." The contrast between hi-tech, silicon enclaves such as Bangalore and the primitive...
  • Impoverished areas of Africa and Asia face severe crop losses from climate change in 20 years

    02/01/2008 4:00:07 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 181+ views
    Physorg ^ | 01/31/08
    Impoverished areas of Africa and Asia face severe crop losses from climate change in 20 years Many of the world’s poorest regions could face severe crop losses in the next two decades because of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University’s Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). Their findings will be published in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Science. “The majority of the world’s 1 billion poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods,” said lead author David Lobell, a senior research scholar at FSE, which focuses on environmentally sustainable solutions to...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan in a Media Blackout due to Unrest

    11/03/2007 6:05:50 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 215 replies · 868+ views
    CNN | Nov 3 2007
    OK Freepers... Dice and slice...this breaking news. Pakistan has declared a State of Emergency.
  • Crunch Time in Pakistan

    10/23/2007 9:31:39 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 650+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Oct 22, 2007 | Bill Roggio
    Bill Roggio looks at the worsening situation in Pakistan and argues that only a determined effort against the Taliban and al-Qaeda has any hope of succeeding - and that this effort must be led by the Pakistani government itself, however difficult that would be to arrange.******************************EXCERPT*********************** The assassination attempt on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who returned to Pakistan after eight years in exile to reenter politics, serves to highlight the continually deteriorating security situation inside the Pakistan. Al Qaeda, with the help of their Taliban allies, has carved out a mini state in the Northwest Frontier Province, and threaten...
  • Benazir vows to live in country to continue struggle for democracy to save Pakistan

    10/19/2007 9:34:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 146+ views
    International - The News ^ | Friday, October 19, 2007, | staff
    KARACHI: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto vowed on Friday to live in country to continue struggle for democracy to save Pakistan despite heavy loss of lives incurred as a result of assassination attempt made on her life through a suicide attack on caravan of PPP, which was moving towards Mazar-e-Quaid after return of Benazir to Pakistan on Thursday. The suicide attack PPP caravan at Shahra-e-Faisal near Karsaz on Thursday night left at least 139 people dead including three police officers and over 550 were injured. Addressing a press conference here, she thanked God Almighty...
  • Where lynching is the order of the day (Vigilantism is BAD).

    09/13/2007 8:26:58 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 50 replies · 1,063+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2007. | Amarnath Tewary
    Vigilante justice has become common in Bihar Pics: Prashant Ravi Vigilante justice appears to have become the order of the day in the lawless northern Indian state of Bihar.The latest incident in which 10 men suspected to be thieves were lynched by a group of villagers in Vaishali district on Thursday underscored the people's frustration with the police. The villagers said that they were fed up with rising theft for the last two months in spite of informing the police regularly. "But when the police did not take any action we started patrolling our village ourselves to catch the...
  • World facing 'arsenic timebomb'

    08/30/2007 3:14:33 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 29 replies · 770+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2007. | Richard Black
    About 50 million people are affected in Bangladesh About 140 million people, mainly in developing countries, are being poisoned by arsenic in their drinking water, researchers believe. Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) annual meeting in London, scientists said this will lead to higher rates of cancer in the future. South and East Asia account for more than half of the known cases globally. Eating large amounts of rice grown in affected areas could also be a health risk, scientists said. "It's a global problem, present in 70 countries, probably more," said Peter Ravenscroft, a research associate in...
  • Monsoon floods devastate South Asia (killing at least 166 people, washing away villages, farmland)

    08/02/2007 2:47:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/2/07 | Wasbir Hussain - ap
    GAUHATI, India - Teeming monsoon rains have inundated wide swaths of northern India and neighboring Bangladesh, killing at least 166 people and washing away villages and farmland that 19 million people depend on, officials said Thursday. With rain-swollen rivers bursting their banks along the fertile plains south of the Himalayas, India sent soldiers to help evacuate people from some of the worst-hit areas. "I have not seen such flooding in the last 24 years. It's a sheet of water everywhere," said Santosh Mishra, a resident of the Gonda district in Uttar Pradesh, one of the areas soldiers were sent. Authorities...
  • Low caste Indians set to convert (to Buddhism).

    05/26/2007 8:24:03 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 21 replies · 1,153+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, May 25, 2007 | Zubair Ahmed
    The conversion is expected to be the largest in modern times Thousands of tribal and Dalit Hindus in India are to embrace the Buddhist faith at a huge gathering in Mumbai. The ceremony, which may be presided over by Tibet's exiled leader, the Dalai Lama, is billed as the largest religious conversion in modern India. The converts hope to escape the rigid caste system in which their status is the lowest. Right-wing Hindus have often opposed conversion, pushing some Indian states to restrict legal changes of faith. The organisers say the number of people to convert in Sunday's ceremony...
  • Persecution of Assam's Hindi speakers

    05/23/2007 5:56:32 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 549+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | Subir Bhaumik
    There has been a mass exodus of Hindi-speaking migrants (All pics by Subhamoy Bhattacharjee) Hindi-speaking migrants have started fleeing India's north-eastern state of Assam again after a week of massacres and bomb attacks left nine dead and more than 20 injured. Separatists of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) were blamed for the nearly 10 explosions in the third week of May, when attacks on migrants resumed in the northern districts of Dibrugarh and Sibsagar after a lull of three months. Then followed a spate of bombings stretching from the far northern district of Tinsukia to the western...
  • Pakistan Christians demand help

    05/16/2007 12:48:32 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 450+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, May 16, 2007
    The warning has terrorised Christians in Charsadda Christians in north-west Pakistan are demanding government protection following threats of bomb attacks if they do not become Muslims. An unsigned letter received 10 days ago said they had to convert by Thursday. Militants have been carrying out a sustained campaign to prevent "anti-Islamic" activities in North West Frontier Province (NWFP). Last week they blew up a number of music and video shops in the towns of Charsadda and Tangi. Living in fear The Christian community, a tiny minority, received an anonymous letter demanding they convert or face the consequences. The government...
  • Uttar Pradesh low caste landslide

    05/12/2007 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 11 replies · 697+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007
    BSP supporters see their party set for government Enlarge Image India's low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has swept to a historic victory in assembly elections in the key northern state of Uttar Pradesh.With all but a handful of results declared, the BSP had won 202 of the 403 seats to allow it to form its own government, Indian media reports said. It is the first time since 1991 that any party in the state has done so. Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has long been its most politically influential. I thank people of all castes and...
  • Low castes lead in Uttar Pradesh (Indian state).

    05/11/2007 6:05:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007
    BSP supporters see their party set for government Enlarge Image The low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is heading for victory in assembly elections in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, early trends suggest.Outgoing chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has admitted defeat to his rival, BSP leader Mayawati, and has said he will resign when results are confirmed. Trends show his party trailing with a possible clear majority for the BSP. Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has long been its most politically influential. But with caste and religion becoming the dominant factors in state politics in...
  • Sri Lankan rebels launch air raid

    03/26/2007 12:03:30 AM PDT · by fishhound · 11 replies · 550+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 26 March 2007, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK | na
    Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have bombed a military base near the international airport north of Colombo, in the rebels' first ever aerial attack. Three people were killed and 16 injured when light aircraft dropped two bombs, officials said, hitting a parking area for planes and helicopter gunships. The international airport - which was not damaged - was closed briefly. Tiger rebels attacked the airport and base in 2001, killing 18 and wiping out half of the national airline fleet. A statement from the Tamil Tiger rebel group, carried by TamilNet, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Katunayake base, which...
  • 'First' S Asian car rally begins

    03/15/2007 3:40:27 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 520+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 15, 2007 | Waliur Rahman
    The rally is intended to unify the region (Picture by Focusbangla) One of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's dreams came true when a South Asian car rally flagged off on Thursday from the south-east of Bangladesh.The rally - which organisers say is the first of its kind in the region - began from the resort town of Cox's Bazar. About 100 participants, including celebrities, sportsmen, government officials and journalists, packed 26 jeeps for the nearly 8,000km rally. They will travel through Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 'Expand goodwill' The rally, which finishes in April, will take drivers...