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‘Pak-China joint military drills to improve ability to deal with multiple security threats’

ISLAMABAD: China has said joint exercises of China and Pakistan armed forces, training and competitions will help improve ability to deal with multiple security threats and jointly maintain regional peace and stability.   The Chinese defence ministry’s spokesperson stated this while responding to a question during a briefing in Beijing. He said these exercises would also help the militaries of participating countries to enhance understanding and deepen mutual trust. Read More: China keen on military drills with Asean,…

Pakistan Army and Air Force test joint fire power capability

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army and Air Force on Saturday tested their joint conventional fire power capability in Central Command exercise at Jhelum firing ranges. Commander Central Command Lt General Azhar Saleh Abbasi briefed the audience about aims, objectives and conduct of the exercise.  The exercise marked culmination of a process aimed at integrating all available fire power assets/ sensors held with both Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force through an optimised near real time Sensor – Shooter Grid in a Network…

Israel gets first joint US military base

TEL AVIV: Israel on Monday inaugurated with its US ally a joint missile defence base on Israeli soil, the first ever, a senior Israeli air force officer said. The new facility, at an undisclosed location in southern Israel, was announced as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due to meet US President Donald Trump in New York on the fringes of the UN General Assembly. "We inaugurated, with our partners from the United States Army, an American base, for the first time in Israel," Brigadier General Tzvika…

Turkey, Qatar launch joint military exercises: reports

ISTANBUL: Turkey and Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in Qatar that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said. The exercises come as Ankara presses on with its unequivocal backing of Doha in the crisis triggered by the political and economic isolation of Qatar by Gulf and other Arab states led by Saudi Arabia. Turkish state media said that the Turkish frigate TCG Gokova had docked in Doha earlier this week carrying 214 soldiers who would take part in the exercises. The…

Pakistani religious scholars issue joint fatwa against suicide bombing

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani religious scholars from all the sects have joined hands against terrorism and extremism and issued a joint religious decree on the advent of Ramadan proclaiming suicide bombing Haram (unlawful), ARY News reported. The scholars termed militancy and anarchy against Pakistan an unlawful act (Haram) in the joint fatwa (religious edict). “Those promoting suicide bombings are rebels and such elements are violating the law, hence they should be dealt with iron hand,” said the fatwa presented in the…

PTI decides to boycott joint parliament session

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to boycott joint Parliamentarians’ session to be held on Wednesday (today) in Islamabad, ARY News reported. Chairman PTI Imran Khan said the joint session will result in nothing substantial except for "endorsing Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister who has lost all moral authority". “We will continue our National Assembly boycott till either Nawaz Sharif resigns or presents himself for accountability according to the Terms of References (TORs) decided by the opposition,” he…

Imran rejects PM’s offer for joint visit to IDPs camp

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited PTI chairman Imran Khan for a joint visit to camp of displaced persons of North Waziristan, however Khan has rejected the offer, ARY News reported Thursday. Sources, told that Khan had refused to accompany the PM in IDPs camp owing to his concerns that KP government was not consulted before launching of military offensive in Waziristan areas. Khan said even the prime minister did not release funds for IDPs that were demanded by the KP government. PTI leader Imran Ismail…