Increase in Indian defence spending and poverty

By Afia Ambreen Recently, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee presented the 2012-13 budget to Lok Sabha, including a defence component of Ind Rs 1.93 trillion, or $40 billion, which is up 17 per cent on the previous year, and which once again indicates definitively India's war-mongering and attempts to ignite an arms race in the region. The rationale being given by the Finance Minister for the increase ...

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Security implications of Indo-Pak trade

By Mohammad Jamil B. Raman, former Additional Secretary in cabinet secretariat of the Government of India and former head of the counter-terrorism division of India's external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has raised the question of 'Security implications of economic relations with Pakistan'. He categorized the implications as low, medium and high. Under the head of low implications h ...

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Indian Strategic Move – Agni Missile–V Test

By Zaheerul Hassan On 19 April 2012 India entered Into Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Club after successful testing Agni-V. The three-stage, 17-metre tall Agni-V, weighing 50 tones, is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of 1.1 tonne. It is the most formidable missile in Indian arsenals which cover a range of more than 5000 Km. Agni-V, painted in white and black with an orange ribbon across, l ...

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Pakistan to help extricate than reinforce ISAF

By Asif Haroon Raja Among the seven agreements made by Gen Musharraf with Washington in September 2001, free passage of NATO containers from Karachi Port to Afghanistan via Torkham and Chaman and also air supplies were included. But for the supply routes, the ISAF couldn't have sustained war on terror in Afghanistan and also conducted covert war against Pakistan for such a long period. In spite of free flow ...

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US Court Reserves Decision To Re-Instate The Case Against Kamal Nath

By Zaheerul Hassan On April 18, US Federal Judge Robert Sweet heard on submission a motion filed by November 1984 Victims' requesting the court to vacate its earlier order dismissing the case against Kamal Nath and re-instating the same. The victims motion to reinstate the case argues that survivors of November 1984 Sikh Genocide, as a matter of law, has a right to conduct jurisdictional discovery to uncove ...

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Foreign agencies behind sectarian terrorism

By Sajjad Shaukat In the last few years, Pakistan has been facing suicide attacks, bomb blasts, abductions, targeted-killings ethnic violence coupled with sporadic battles of the security forces with the militants in some tribal areas and assaults on the security agencies, while, external secret agencies have also intensified sectarian terrorism in the country. As part of new wave of sectarian terrorism, at ...

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Mad race of arms:At what cost

By Faheem Belharvi The Indian defence officials' stance that its 5,000km range nuclear capable Agni-V missile is for defence of the country and not for offence, it is accepted as true and does not attract any criticism from the international community. But when it comes to Pakistan's peaceful minimum nuclear deterrence, and Islamabad rightly claims to have it only for peaceful purposes, nobody takes it seri ...

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Government acts on General VK Singh’s complaint, fast-tracks acquisition of weapons

By Faheem Belharvi With an eye on both China and Pakistan, the government on Tuesday approved a slew of measures to fast-track acquisition of weapons as well as boost infrastructure development along the borders for faster mobility of troops and equipment. The new steps significantly include seeking the Planning Commission's sanction for 14 strategic railway lines, mostly along the western and eastern front ...

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