Indian Army successfully test fires Agni-II IRBM for the third time। Agni-II is nuclear capable। The firing on February 20 in full operational configuration। DAC clears proposals worth Rs 15,935 Cr (approx $2.2b) । The approval covers purchae of Rifles, Carbines and Light Machine Guns for the Army, Navy and Air Force । New weapons are required by the Indian Army’s for effective engagement of Pakistani infiltrations । Leading Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away । Globally respected for her liberal views, she was a strong pro-democracy activist । SpaceX Launches the World’s Most Powerful Rocket, and aboard it, Mr Musk’s electric red sports Car । “It’s kind of silly and fun, but silly and fun things are important,” he said Feb 6। Mr Elon Musk owns both SpaceX, the world’s biggest space company, as well as Tesla cars। SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has ferried payload to Space Station but this time, rocket is turbocharged। For the first time, NASA was not involved in launching such a heavy rocket। Singapore Airshow Opens Feb 6 । Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Airbus, Sikorsky, and the global biggies are taking part । Honeywell Provides Fuel Made From Mustard Seeds For Trans-Pacific Flight । Russia views India as a Privileged Partner, says Rostec CEO Chemezov । US Carrier Carl Vinson to make first ever visit to Vietnam in March । Carl Vinson woll dock at Da Nang, apparently boosting bilateral military cooperation । Happy Republic Day to All Indians । Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s । India successfully test fires 5000-Km A380s ICBM। Defexpo to be held April 11-15 in Tamil Nadu, India’s southern state। HAL receives RfP for 83 LCA Tejas from IAF। The new LCAs will have AESA combat Radar। IAF had announced the decision for new LCAs sometime back। INS Kalvari commissioned into Indian Navy December 14। Prime Minister Modi ceremonially inducted the Scorpene class boat in Mumbai। Built by state-run MDL with French collaboration, Kalvari is the first submarine inducted after 2000। Modi described the Kalvari as a fine example of Make in India। Five more Kalvari Class submarines are to be commissioned over the next couple of years।
February 23, 2018
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Are Pakistanis bad People!

I have often thought about this, and my conclusion invariably is that they are as good or as bad as any other people the world over. That is they are as normal as us and anybody else.

As a foreign correspondent and Chief of Bureau, Middle East, based in Dubai for India’s then premier news agency UNI in the 1980s, I came across both the Indians and Pakistanis working happily in newspapers. In fact, the Khaleej Times of Dubai had its entire management from The Dawn newspaper of Karachi, and each one of them was a professional and a gentleman. I recall, with respect, Mr Muzammil Ahmed, Mr MJ Zahedi, Mr Tahir Mirza (later editor of The Dawn), Mr Salim Asmi, Mr Maroof Khwaja, and so on. So was the soft-spoken editor of the Gulf News, Mr Aziz Siddiqi.

In fact, I jointly hosted receptions for both Mehdi Hasan and Ghulam Ali (top singers), and apparently I had the privilege of offering wines and whiskey on some occasions. Muslims are not allowed to buy liquor in the Gulf countries.

Indians and Pakistanis work comfortably together in various countries and industries globally. Privately, their diplomats display warmth. This is how it should be mutually.

Yet, there is hostility between the two countries, dictated apparently by the Army GHQ in Rawalpindi and its ISI spy agency. The Pakistani establishment has not reconciled to its own misdeeds and their disappointing results, and keeps on aggravating its hope of harming India through covert campaigns and proxy wars.

When Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Abu Dhabi in May 1981, the Pakistani establishment issued audio tapes to inflict insulting jokes against her, and the Pakistani ambassador was summoned by the UAE foreign office and warned not to misbehave with their honoured guest. In 1984 sometime, both the Pakistani ambassador and consul general were urging the Dubai police not to send an Indian Sikh terrorist to India. And again, when seven Sikhs hijacked an Indian Airlines plane to Dubai through Karachi, they were given a Walther PPK pistol. Initially Pakistan denied, but when Interpol pointed out that it was part of a lot sold to Pakistan by the German manufacturer, it said “yes” but that the pistol was somehow lost and that it didn’t know how the weapon reached the hijackers.

What white lies!

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has disclosed that the Pakistani army has deployed 207,000 troops in Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa to suppress the people there. That is a huge number of military personnel and clearly indicative of the struggle the Pakistani military faces from the people in these regions.

It does not matter that Pakistan does everything in the name of religion, for there is no justice, religious or political, in its actions.

Pakistan will be at peace with itself and others, to its own advantage and the welfare of its people, if its military model of proxy governance gives way to the civilians. Pakistan has good and capable people; let them rule.

Do be strong, but Just and Peaceful. It will bring you peace and prosperity and your neighbours will bless you.

Gulshan Rai Luthra




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