Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad launched to fight terrorism across country, reports Ajai Shukla. Even those sceptical of Pakistan's insistence that it is cracking down on jihadists of every hue are now admitting that something has clearly changed from the days when only token action would be taken against 'India-focussed' groups. On Wednesday evening, the Pakistan army announced it had launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country. This includes counter-terrorism operations, aimed at ... Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
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The defence allocations, presented as part of the Union Budget on February 1, highlighted the drawbacks that plague our defence planning. Once again, the military emerges as an over-manned, poorly equipped, early twentieth century force; with a bloated salary ...Business Standard, 1 month ago
This is the first time the Pakistan army has publicly backed the arrest of India-focused jihadis, says Ajai Shukla. A day after Pakistan's government arrested Muhammad Saeed, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba, along with four associates and issued orders against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its humanitarian aid front, the Falah-e-Insaniyet Foundation, the Pakistani street is abuzz with speculation about what motivated this crackdown. Pakistani government sources discreetly suggest that Saeed ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Possible US envoy says India must get assurance against China, reports Ajai Shukla. As President Donald Trump's administration and policies take shape, Ashley Tellis, whom the Washington Post identifies as America's likely next ambassador to New Delhi, has urged America's new president to continue former Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama's policies towards Asia, and India in particular. Writing in the publication Asia Policy, Dr Tellis has recommended that Trump should '(take) the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The IAF has just 33 squadrons, 9 short of the 42 squadrons needed to tackle China and Pakistan together, says Ajai Shukla. On December 28, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the retiring Indian Air Force chief, declared in New Delhi that the IAF requires 200 to 250 medium fighters in addition to the 36 Rafale multi-role fighters that were contracted with French vendor Dassault earlier this year. The 36-Rafale contract was signed for €7.8 billion (Rs 55,600 cror/Rs 556 billione). Another ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The army and the air force both have new chiefs, an opportunity for fresh ideas and approachesBusiness Standard, 2 months ago
As the United States and China joust for supremacy, India might remain on the sidelines with its limited resources, says Ajai Shukla. After being sworn in as Americ'’s 45th president on January 20, Donald J Trump has trodden the promised tough line towards China, vowing to "build a military might so great... that none will dare to challenge it". US conservatives are already drawing triumphal parallels with Ronald Reagan's defence spending spree in the 1980s that induced the former Soviet ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Pakistan's new army chief has begun setting the stage to act against groups like LeT and JeM.Ajai Shukla reports. In Pakistan, a new year and a new army chief appear to be heralding a new approach towards reining in anti-India jihadis like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Business Standard learns from senior Pakistan army sources that General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who took over as chief of the army staff (COAS) from General Raheel Sharif on November 28, has told key ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'A month after assuming charge, Parrikar promised a policy within six months to "end or at least reduce" terrorist infiltration across the Line of Control.''However, infiltration continued apace, leading to high-profile terrorist attacks in Gurdaspur, Pathankot, and Uri.''During this phase, he made the controversial suggestion that India should fight terror with terror, hinting at supporting terror groups to strike in Pakistan,' observes Ajai Shukla. IMAGE: Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar ...Rediff.com, 2 days ago
Beyond the British and Russian strands interwoven into the Indian Navy's equipment profile and the strong drive towards indigenisation evident today, its future in aircraft carriers appears increasingly linked with America. Ajai Shukla reports. The navy on March 6 decommissioned Indian Navy Ship Viraat, the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, 58 years after she entered operational service with the Royal Navy in 1959. During this period, she sailed over a million kilometres, enough to ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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