Pakistan Army Test Anti-Drone Technology

Report: Pakistan Army Test Anti-Drone Technology

The Air Defence Unit of the Pakistan Army has conducted a successful experiment, downing drones in the Khudai Range near Muzaffargarh, according to a Pakistani daily.

Pakistan Air Defence Unit Commander Lt.-Gen. Ashraf Saleem revealed that four drones were downed with the help of 35mm radar, laser guns and 127mm guns. He said that the Air Defence Unit is equipped with the latest system that has the capability of downing every kind of drone, according to a report in The Post.

Pakistan will continue undertaking such exercises to strengthen the air defense of the country, Saleem said, adding that the demonstration of capability by the Pakistani soldiers has increased his confidence.

Commenting on the test, Brigadier (retired) Masood said that Pakistan has the capability of downing drones but the government does not want to spoil relations with the United States.

Source: The Post, Pakistan, January 19, 2010


American Embassy Employee Held in Two Bombings

The Nation has learnt that on November 18 [2009], a gentleman working
for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Mr. Abdul Ghafoor, (see photocopy
of his U.S. ID card), was stopped by [Pakistan] naval police and intelligence personnel in the morning as he was suspiciously monitoring the entry/exit of Zafar gate (at Zafar Chowk) and doing reconnaissance work on naval installations.

Unfortunately, the police high-ups did a double-cross on the [Pakistan] Navy by registering the case under PPC 420 468/471, dealing in fake documentation, etc., instead of registering the case under the [Pakistan] 1923 Official Secrets Act for [unlawful] spying, which carries a much stronger penalty.

This has led to some debate and conflict amongst the concerned agencies and one has to wonder where the pressure on the [Islamabad] police [which works under the Pakistan Interior Ministry led by PPP corrupt traitors A. Rehman Malik and Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi] came from for them to have diluted a very serious issue despite the clear accusations in the FIR (see copy).

Paramilitary man held for WFP suicide bombing

Rehman Malik did not reveal the identity of the man, but said he was also involved in the suicide attack outside the PN's headquarters. — File Photo by APP
Rehman Malik did not reveal the identity of the man, but said he was also involved in the suicide attack outside the PN’s headquarters. — File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday that a paramilitary soldier had been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Oct 5 suicide attack on the UN food agency’s office in Islamabad that killed five of its staffers.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for targeting the World Food Programme, saying the agency’s work was not in “the interest of Muslims”.

The minister did not reveal the identity of the man, but said he was also involved in the Dec 2 suicide attack outside the Pakistan Navy’s headquarters in Islamabad that killed one guard and wounded 11 others. Talking to journalists, Mr Malik ruled out the presence of controversial firm Blackwater in Pakistan. “I state again with full responsibility and as per available record that there is no Blackwater in the country. A hype is being created.”   [Blackwater in Pakistan: Gates Confirms]

He challenged those claiming the US firm’s presence to prove it through documents.

In reply to a question, the minister said that Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist in the Mumbai attacks, was being tried by an Indian court for the last one year. “We respect their (Indian) courts and they must respect ours,” he said with reference to Indian allegations on Hafiz Saeed, the head of Jamaatud Dawa.—AP/APP

Pakistan Nails RAW Terrorist Facilitator in Nowshera Raid

Afghan national spying for RAW held in Nowshera raid

By Mushtaq Paracha

NOWSHERA: The Crimes Investigation Department (CID) and intelligence agencies in a joint action arrested an Indian agent and recovered foreign currency, documents and satellite phone and computer sets from his possession in Hakimabad near here on Saturday.

Badshah alias Sharif, an Afghan national, was reportedly involved in a number of criminal cases besides providing funds to terrorists for carrying out sabotage activities in various parts of the province, official sources told The News.

The sources said that a team of the CID police and sleuths of the country’s premier intelligence agency raided a house in Hakimabad, a town near Nowshera Cantonment, and arrested the agent of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Foreign currency of 60,000 US dollars, three satellite phones, laptop, computer software and important documents were also recovered from the accused. The arrest was made on the pointation of an Afghan peshimam (prayer leader) Maulvi Hanif who was apprehended by the intelligence agencies from a sensitive place in Peshawar.

Maulvi Hanif was performing duty as prayer leader in a mosque in Peshawar Cantonment area for the last 14 years. According to Maulvi Hanif, he was an Afghan national and a member of RAW gang and had dozens of accomplices who were operating in sensitive areas.

Gates’ Denial of Indian Intentions to Assimilate Pakistan

[The one “existential” threat to Pakistan comes from India.]

Focus on western border, Gates tells Islamabad

Islamabad: The United States has asked Pakistan to shift its greater security role to the western border with Afghanistan as it is there that it faces an “existential threat” rather than on the frontier with India.

The visiting Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, has said Pakistan should commit itself to a greater role on its western border. He made these remarks during an interview with the state-run Pakistan Television while responding to questions why Washington believes Islamabad should commit itself to a greater role on its western borders.

“Well, I think… because it faces, in its own way, an existential threat on its western border,” Mr. Gates said.

Asked if there was no threat to Pakistan on the eastern border with India, he replied: “I said we understood Pakistan’s legitimate concerns. It also has an existential threat on its western border, and that is the more immediate threat.” — PTI

The Delusion That Racist India Is Light Unto Nations

India can fuel next industrial revolution

Shyam Ranganathan

Maldives President for partnership among Asian countries to take on challenges

India can provide the lead in use of renewable energy

‘G-20, rather than G-8, has to respond to challenges’

— Photo: V. Ganesan

President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed addresses the CII’s Partnership Summit 2010 in Chennai on Saturday.

CHENNAI: India has the intellectual capacity, strength and ability to fuel the next industrial revolution, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed said here on Saturday. He also called for partnership among Asian countries to take on global challenges.

Mr. Nasheed was delivering the keynote address at the 16th edition of the Partnership Summit, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He said India could provide the lead in use of renewable energy to combat climate change. “We did not advance out of the Stone Age because we ran out of stones,” he quipped. The world could not assume that there was still a future with fossil fuels.

Good governance

Democracy and good governance were essential for development and this prompted the Maldivian government to move towards a liberal economic regime.

“We believe in business over bureaucracy.” The government’s rightful place in the globalised world was in regulation, environment protection and provision of social security nets, he said.

Reading out the Malaysian Prime Minister’s address to the summit, International Trade and Industry Minister of that country Mustapa bin Mohamed said greater global economic integration was unavoidable but it was fraught with dangers to the disadvantaged.

“A value-free process”

Globalisation was a value-free process and it would make sense only if it was used to alleviate poverty and improve human lives.

“Globalisation is about change and the ability to respond to change. Countries differ in this regard and there should be flexibility in how we assess their ability to promote economic integration across borders,” he said.

While conceding that the World Trade Organisation, with all its imperfections, would continue to provide the framework for nations to discuss and negotiate, he called for a rules-based system, where wealthy nations would not overpower developing nations and where rules facilitated growth and greater economic integration.

Shift in economic power

Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said the economic and political power in the world was shifting and the G-20, rather than the G-8, had to respond to challenges.

India wanted a multilateral regime that was fair, equitable and met the needs of the poorest people, and would push for it in the next instalment of the Doha Round talks, he said.

Stalin’s call

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said the State was among the top three fastest growing ones in the country and invited industries to invest in the State.

CII president Venu Srinivasan said the shifting of the economic centre of gravity to Asia would have implications for the entire world in food and energy security.

India Importing Russian Uranium for New Reactor, Under US Agreement

India’s 19th nuclear reactor becomes operational

Press Trust of India

India’s 19th nuclear power reactor went into operation on Saturday night at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant near Kota, giving a boost to availability of electricity in North India.

The indigenous reactor of Rajasthan Atomic Power Project (RAPP-6) at Rawat Bhata, near Kota, attained its first criticality at 21:53 hrs on Saturday, posting a major milestone in the project completion process.

Rajasthan Atomic Power Project 5 and 6 comprises of two Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWRs) of 220MW each. The first unit, RAPP-5 achieved first synchronisation on December 22, 2009 and RAPP- 6, the second unit, an indigenous nuclear power reactor has now joined the fleet of 18 nuclear power reactors in operation.

With the operation of RAPP 5 and 6, the installed capacity has risen to 1180MW. The power will be shared by the beneficiaries of Northern Electricity Grid. Both Units 5 and 6 of RAPP are using uranium imported from Russia and are under India-specific safeguards agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency as per the separation plan of military and civilian nuclear power plants agreed under the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

With the operationalisation of RAPP6, the overall installed capacity of nuclear power in India has gone up to 4560MW. The reactors have been designed and built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), a public sector undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The Indian industry has played a major role in supply of critical equipment and in meeting construction schedules, Ranjit Raj Kakde, General Manager (Corporate Communications), said in a release.

The total nuclear power capacity is planned to be increased to 7280MW by completion of projects under construction in Karnataka (Kaiga 4) and Tamil Nadu (Koodankulam units 1 and 2). The long-term plans are to take the capacity close to 60,000MW through diverse reactors technologies and designs.

NPCIL is unique in having comprehensive capacity in the various facets of nuclear technology namely site selection, design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and life extension of nuclear power plants, Kakade said. PHWRs use natural uranium as a fuel and heavy water both as moderator and coolant.

Meanwhile, NPCIL, as part of its expansion plan of PHWRs, has designed 700MW PHWRs based on the experience of its540 MW built in Tarapur. Four 700MW PHWRs, including two at Rawat Bhata site, have been approved by government and construction is being taken up. These are slated for completion with a gestation period of 60 months.

India Plans to Use Cruise Missile Swarms Like US Uses Drones

Army plans induction of BrahMos with ‘surgical strike’ option

Rajat Pandit, TNN, 24 January 2010, 01:30am IST

NEW DELHI: Army is going in for a major induction of BrahMos Block-II land-attack cruise missiles (LACM), which have been designed as “precision

strike weapons” capable of hitting small targets in cluttered urban environments.

Sources say the defence ministry will “soon” approach the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for the green signal to arm the Army with two regiments of the BrahMos Block-II land-attack cruise missiles (LACM).

Swift induction of BrahMos Block-II is necessary because Pakistan Army is inducting its nuclear-capable Babur LACM, developed with China’s help to have a 500-km strike range, in large numbers. BrahMos-II can potentially be used for “surgical strikes” at terror training camps across the border without causing collateral damage.

One regiment of the 290-km range BrahMos-I variant,  which consists of 67 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12×12 Tatra vehicles and two mobile command posts, among other equipment, is already operational in the Army. It had earlier ordered two BrahMos regiments in the first phase at a cost of Rs 8,352 crore.

The BrahMos Block-II variant has been developed to take out a specific small target, with a low radar cross-section, in a multi-target environment.

The air-breathing missile, which flies at speeds up to 2.8 Mach (almost three times the speed of sound), of course, does not come cheap. With `multi-spectral seekers’ for `target-discriminating capabilities’, each missile costs upwards of Rs 25 crore.

Incidentally, Indian Navy too has inducted BrahMos’s naval variant on some warships, having earlier placed orders worth Rs 711 crore for 49 firing units.

While these missiles are fired from `inclined launchers’, Navy is also gearing up to induct `vertical launchers’.

This is significant since `vertical launchers’ are fitted under the warship’s deck, protecting them from the atmospheric conditions and imparting some stealth to the weapon system. It also allows the missile to be fired in any direction.

Two such modules, with 16 missiles, are to fitted in each of the three Kolkata-class P-15A destroyers being built at Mazagon Docks at a cost of Rs 11,662 crore.

BrahMos will also arm the three more Talwar-class `stealth’ frigates being built at Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad (Russia) under a Rs 5,514-crore project.

But the work on submarine and air-launched versions of BrahMos is still going quite slow. While talks with Russia are now in the final stages for BrahMos’ integration with Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, the missile will be tested for the first time from submersible pontoon launchers this year in preparation for their induction on submarines.

India and Russia have also begun preliminary work on a “hypersonic” BrahMos-2 missile capable of flying at a speed between 5 and 7 Mach, as reported earlier.

The armed forces’ eventual plan, of course, is to have nuclear-tipped LACMs, with strike ranges over 1,500 km. Unlike ballistic missiles like Agni, cruise missiles do not leave the atmosphere and are powered and guided throughout their flight path.

Cruise missiles, which can evade enemy radars and air defence systems since they fly at low altitudes, are also much cheaper as well as more accurate and easier to operate than ballistic missiles.