Vol. I Issue. 20
Pak sets up hi-tech equipment to counter foreign raids in Waziristan
23 March 2012
In Waziristan, state-of-art equipment had been set-up on hundreds of border-posts to prevent Salala-like raids, according to military sources. Anti aircraft guns have been installed, apart from the sophisticated artillery and search technology, on the hill tops of South Waziristan region. Operational commander of South Waziristan, Major-Gen Asim Salim Bajwa said that these measures have been taken to stop Taliban raids and air strikes inside Pakistan's territory by outsiders.
US led NATO forces carried out fierce air-strikes in Salala check-post in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed last year on November 26. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani termed the airstrike as an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty and ordered the troop to counter attack without waiting for the orders in future if similar incident happens.
The soldiers in 850 check posts in the insurgency infested region are equipped with the latest night vision and thermal vision devices, each worth Rs. 7 million. Soldiers manning vehicle mounted machine-guns remain on twenty-four hour standby. Cobra helicopters and army gunships reach the crisis spot within few minutes in case of emergency. The army has captured all the hill tops in region to closely monitor militant movement and despite budget constraints, 147,400 military personnel are deployed across the insurgency infested region to keep the region under control.
Source(S): The Nation, April 2, 2012.
Gilgit under Pakistan army's control
Tension gripped Gilgit following fights between Shiites and Sunni communities. A curfew was imposed in the area after 11 people were killed. But fighting continued between the two sects despite of the curfew. The police, Rangers and Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts completely failed to take things under control. Finally, the army intervened and forced the violent sects backward to take control of the situation.
Source(S): Dardistan Times, April 5, 2012.
Pakistan Air force buys Advance EW system
Under a $54 million US Foreign Military Sales contract, Pakistan is getting a defensive electronic warfare system from ITT Exelis. ITT Exelis will provide its Advance Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare System, which incorporates digital radar warning receivers and advance jamming countermeasure system for the required protection against surface-to-air and air-to air weapon system. The sales deal comprises external pod-mounted AIDEWS for sixteen aircrafts.
Source(s): United Press International, April 4, 2012
Sri Lankan Army Chief visits Pakistan
Sri Lanka's Army Chief Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya visited Pakistan and was extended a warm welcome by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Both generals discussed military matters of mutual interest and also possibilities to increase the exchange of training programs between two militaries. Revival of sports exchange between Sri Lankan and Pakistani armies was also discussed. In an another meeting with Pakistan's Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid S. Wynne, the Sri Lankan Army chief was briefed on the state of military cooperation between two countries.
Source(s): Daily News, April 3, 2012.
Pak-UAE strengthen naval ties
The Pakistan's ambassador to UAE, Jamil Ahmed Khan, on his trip to Pakistan's naval ships Madadgar and Shujaat, said that Pakistan and UAE share well established relations and that co-operation between naval forces will further strengthen them. These naval ships are on a good-will visit to UAE. Ambassador Khan said that the joint exercise between the two countries is further demonstration of ongoing military co-operation between two countries and expressed his gratefulness for the UAE government for conducting such exercises. He also revealed to have received interest in Pakistan's naval production, and claimed that Pakistan is in the process of selling ships to interested countries.
Source(s): The Express Tribune, April 3, 2012.