Big Admission by West Punjab aka Pakistan:
In a speech in the National Assembly, Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq had said, “Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had in an important meeting pointed out that if Pakistan did not release Wing Commander Varthaman, India would have attacked Pakistan that night by 9 pm.”
“I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting which Imran Khan had refused to attend and the Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. The Foreign Minister said for god’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9 pm,” Sadiq told the Assembly.
Minister Fawad Choudhry accepted that it conducted the Pulwama attack in February 2019 under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In reply, Fawad Chaudhry dismissed Sadiq’s statement as lies and bragged that the Pulwama terror attack by Jaish was Pakistan’s collective achievement. He on Thursday made following categorical statement in the National Assembly:
“We attacked India after infiltrating in its own territory and the success in Pulwama was a success under the leadership of Imran Khan. It was a success of our community and the opposition is also a partner in this success.”
Chief of Defence Staff stops peace time activities.
General Rawat has made it clear to all the three Services that these are not normal times with troops as artillery and tanks have been deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. He has asked that all peace-time activities must be curbed at this stage.
“As situation in Eastern Ladakh can get worse any time in case of an accident, the armed forces must be ready for any scenario. It cannot be that while the entire Northern Army Command and Western Air Command are battle deployed in frozen condition, the rest of us can’t be engaged in peace-time activities.
The war-like situation in Eastern Ladakh:
Plus two dialogue:
A ‘two plus two dialogue’ is a term — adopted in foreign parleys — used for installation of a dialogue mechanism between two countries’ defence and external affairs ministries. To put it simply, ‘two plus two dialogue’ is an expression used to indicate that two appointed ministers from each country, the ministers of defence and external affairs in this case, will meet up to discuss the two countries’ strategic and security interests. The goal is to establish a diplomatic and security resolution mechanism in place at one go.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alongwith Defence Secretary Mike Esper is in New Delhi for the 2 days 2+2 ministerial meeting of the top foreign affairs and defence leaders of the India that is External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The two day meeting in New Delhi follows an earlier meeting that Pompeo had this month in Tokyo with his counterparts from India, Japan and Australia, which together make up the four Indo-Pacific nations known as “the Quad.”
Black day in Kashmir:
Kashmir is celebrating Black day today to commemorate the invasion of Kahmir by so called tribal raiders aided and abetted by newly created East Pakistan from Punjab. Interestingly Pakistan had entered into a Standstill Agreement with the Maharaja of Kashmir on August 12, 1947. but suddenly on this day that is the October 22, 1947, it unilaterally broke the Agreement and launched an invasion to forcibly capture Jammu and Kashmir using tribal raiders. The raiders, as is well known, raped, looted and pillaged the state with a ferocity that shocked the people till the Indian army came to the rescue.
Complicity of Jinnah:
Major General Akbar Khan in his book ‘Raiders in Kashmir’ explains how he diverted 4,000 military rifles of the Punjab Police transferred to the raiders. Similarly ammunition was also clandestinely diverted for use in Kashmir. There are many other books corroborating the brutal account of raid on Kashmir. Hence it is celebrated as Black day in the valley.
While Shashi Tharoor had audacity to praise this rogue estate in Lahore Literature Festival, he had no time to tweet about the Black day. Why?
The answer is obvious. It would amount to criticizing his favourite country his party created and nourished for all these years. The country where wheat is presently in short supply and being sold at Rs. 75/- a kg sugar is sold there for Rs. 125/-. Even if we discount the currency disparity, the price is still double of what these essential commodities cost in India. Therefore people are up in arms against the rulers which is the Army. There is a possibility of implosion but that will not make Shashi Tharoor to say anything as it is his favourite country. The day he made speech at Lahore LitFest, opposition parties were already coming together in Sindh province of Pakistan to protest.
What Indian Media did not show:
On Sunday 11-party anti-government Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance staged a massive rally in Karachi at a jam-packed Bagh-i-Jinnah in the shadow of the Jinnah’s mausoleum. The leaders of the opposition parties vowed that their struggle would continue till the fall of Imran Khan’s government. Sindhi People’s Party ‘owner’ Bilawal Bhutto addressed the rally and compared incumbent Prime Minister with dictators in these words:
Armenian and Azerbaijani forces continue to fight over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, killing and injuring each other.
Azerbaijan is a (Shia) Muslim-majority state whereas Armenia is a Christian majority State but it would be a grave error to relegate this war to Islamic-Christian dispute as the dispute is far deeper and both have strange friends. Armenia is supported by (Shia) Iran but Azerbaijan is supported by (Sunni) Turkey. Of course the Russia too intervened and brokered some kind of peace deal which may or may not work.
Azerbaijan is one of the birthplaces of the oil industry and its history is linked to the fortunes of petroleum, with pipelines used from the late 19th century. The total length of main pipeline in Azerbaijan is 4,600 kilometres (2,900 mi). Some of these pipe lines are: