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Friday, 23 April 2010

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MiG 29 to be upgraded
Tribune News Service  New Delhi, April 22 MiG 29 will be equipped with new gadgets, including a cryptographic national secure mode (NSM) that will allow pilots to identify own assets.  The Russian Aircraft Corporation that is upgrading the aircraft has signed a contract with French major Thales to provide the equipment that will include a “2500 IFF combined interrogator transponder” (CIT) and NSM.  Thales today announced that it had bagged the contract from RAC. It did not specify if India would have to pay anything more, or would the French transfer the technology. The IAF has some five squadrons of MiG 29. Some are based in Adampur, Punjab, and the rest in Gujarat. IAF plans to shift its entire fleet to Adampur that is critical frontline base.





40 Indian fighter jets to be fitted with BrahMos missiles
ANI / Kuala Lumpur April 22, 2010, 12:47 IST  BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, which is a joint venture of India and Russia, will be fitted on the Indian Air Force's 40 Su-30MKIs fighter aircraft.  CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace Dr A S Pillai said: "The inclusion of BrahMos cruise missile will make the aircraft unique in firepower."  Dr Pillai was speaking to a Russian news agency at the Defence Services Asia-2010 exhibition here.  He also added that the first trials of the air-launched version were set for 2011 and the first test-flight with the missile on-board is scheduled for 2012.  The supersonic cruise missile has a range of 290-km and flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach.  The BrahMos missile is a successful joint venture of India''s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.  BrahMos missiles sea and ground-launch versions have already been successfully tested and put into service by the Indian Army and Navy.






Illegal detention and torture of a boy in Assam by Army
Submitted by admin3 on 22 April 2010 - 10:35pm.     ,  On April 13, 2010 about 20 armed men belonging to 11 Field Regiment camping at Labok in the jurisdiction of Lakhipur Police Station (PS) in the district of Cachar in Assam (India) abducted Kalam Uddin Choudhury alias Kala, a daily wage labourer aged about 22 years, son of Dolu Mia Choudhury of village Makhon Nagar under the Jirighat Police Station in the same district. They tortured and kept him in incommunicado detention for about 24 hours. During the raid at the dead of night, the armed forces allegedly beaten up and humiliated all the inmates of the house, vandalised household goods and forcibly took away 2 mobile phone handsets and other valuables with them. When on April 14, 2010 the villagers, with the help of Yasin Ali, Officer in Charge (OC) of Jirighat Police station, found him out in the said Labok camp, the army lodged a First Information Report vide Jirighat P. S. Case No. 12 of 2010 under section 120B and 384 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC) accusing Kala of hatching criminal conspiracy and extortion.  Information gathered from the family members of the victim, villagers and other persons related to the incident make it clear that Dolu Mia Choudhury is a respectable person in his village, although the family is very poor. He held the post of Secretary for many years in the Village Defence Party (VDP), a village level committee which is formed by, and functions under the supervision of, the local police station. His son Kala works as a daily wage labourer having some skills in masonry. In November, 2008 Niam Uddin of village Hatirhar, Lakhipur Police Station (Cachar), who constructs small buildings in Imphal, Manipur under contract, hired Kala and took him to Imphal where the later worked for about four months as was employed by his hirer. But all of a sudden Niam Uddin disappeared one day without paying Kala anything and for many days Kala could not trace him. Kala returned home in January, 2010.  After returning home Kala tried working at nearby places. On April 9, 2010 Kala suddenly saw Niam Uddin at Jiribam, a town in Manipur bordering Assam adjacent to Jirighat, and demanded his money, which according to him was Rs. 26, 000. 00 (twenty six thousand). An altercation ensued between them. According to Dolu Mia Choudhury, Niam Uddin told his son that if he would keep demanding money he would be taught a very bitter lesson which he would not be able to forget in his life.  And then..... Dolu Mia Choudhury stated that at midnight on April 13th when all were sleeping he heard someone heavily knocking at his door. The knockers were claiming to be police and demanding the door to be opened immediately, which he obeyed. They told him that they were from army and they needed to search his house. When he enquired about search warrant and asked why they came alone without being accompanied by police officers from local police station, or the president of Gaon Panchayat (elected village level local government body, village counterpart of municipality), or the secretary of the VDP, they told him to keep quiet and started beating and kicking him. They tied him with a pillar in the veranda tying his hands at his back. They also stuffed a handkerchief into his mouth. At the sound of scuffle and his muzzled shriek others sleeping in the house woke up and tried to rescue him. Everybody including his aged and sick wife, daughters, sons and daughters-in-law ended up being beaten, kicked and tied. And then the soldiers of Indian army entered the house and vandalised everything they could find. They took two mobile handsets and some other valuables.  At the hue and cry people living nearby got awaken and rushed to the spot. But there were army personnel at various points in the village road who stopped the people and sent them back forcibly by beating and abusing them. Present VDP Secretary Abdul Hoque Choudhury and some other members of the VDP such as Ajir Uddin, Nasir Uddin, Minhaj Uddin stated that they took their identity cards and badges provided by the police and ran towards the origin of the clamour and they also were stopped, their cards and badges were snatched away and they were also subjected to heavy beatings. But in other ways that were unknown to the army they could manage to reach the spot and they witnessed the subsequent events.  The witnesses stated that when they reach the spot they saw the army personnel asking Dolu Mia to produce ‘the gun’ according to them which he illegally possessed. Dolu Mia told them that he did not have any gun at which he received another round of beatings and kicking. The army personnel again searched the house, but in vain. Then one of the personnel called someone by the name of Monir Uddin and asked him to indentify the person who they wanted to pick up. Monir Uddin showed Kala and told them he is the person. They took him away with them without telling his family members and gathered villagers any reasons for such actions. The army also took signatures of Dolu Mia in three blank papers.  A group of villagers led by the VDP Secretary Abdul Hoque Choudhury went to Jirighat police station and woke up the Officer in Charge Yasin Ali. They narrated the whole story before him. The OC made a few phone calls and then told them that he could do nothing in the night. He asked them to come the next day early morning. The police officer with a few constables along with the villagers started searching for the boy. They searched each and every army camp within the jurisdiction of Jirighat police station. But the boy was found nowhere. The OC told them that without gathering information it is no use to continue search in this way.  On April 14th, the boy was indeed found in the Labok Army camp, which is under the jurisdiction of Lakhipur police station. His condition was very bad. He was losing his consciousness. The Jirighat police took him into custody and then sent him to Jirighat New Primary Health Centre. He was examined by Dr. D Das, medical officer there.  A few hours later N. K. Subeder, N. Shri Varman from 11 Field Regiment came to the police station and produced a letter bearing letter head of People’s United Liberation Front (PULF) allegedly written by Kala demanding money from someone. Kala vehemently denied it. He stated the police that the army made him to sign the paper at gun point. Other people present there from his village including Abdul Hoque Choudhury told the police that they knew Kala well and he is a very peaceful boy, who never even mildly assaulted any person. They told that they believed army is trying to frame him. Nevertheless, the police registered a case against Kala under section 120B and 384 of IPC as Jirighat P. S. Case No. 12 of 2010. He was produced before the Magistrate on 15 April and sent to the judicial custody.  Efforts also made to gather information about the person whom the raiding army personnel asked to identify the intended person. It came out that Monir Uddin of Ujan Tarapur under Lakhipur police station is a person known as “army informer” and has a reputation of framing people in exchange of a few thousand bucks. According to the local people, if any body has any enmity or grudge against anybody they can teach the intended person a lesson paying Monir Uddin a few thousand rupees. In turn Monir Uddin gives a feast to his friends in the army or maybe some money also and they will take the intended actions, claimed the local people.  Monir Uddin has also some serious criminal cases against him. In many of these cases he was accused of robbery, kidnap, murder, rape etc. A few days back he was arrested by Silchar police station but sometimes later he was also released mysteriously. Neharul Ahmed Mazumder, Secretary General of Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC) stated that there are reasons to believe that Niam Uddin (of Hatirhar) contracted Monir Uddin for a few thousand to teach Kala the lesson he promised when the later demanded his money. Monir Uddin activated his friends in the army and they done their job.  “The army for a feast or a few thousand Indian currencies acted like organized criminals flouting the Indian laws regarding search, seizure and arrest. They indulged in severe torture, incommunicado detention and other forms of gross violation of human rights guaranteed in the constitution of India and enshrined in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights of 1966 to which India is a party.”  BHRPC demands to the authorities to immediately:  1. Release the innocent boy named Kamal Uddin Choudhury alias Kala; 2. Register a First Information Report against the concerned army personnel for abduction, robbery, grievous hurt, torture, trespass, assault and battery, molestation etc; 3. Conduct prompt, objective and thorough investigation of the incident leading to prosecution of the alleged offenders; 4. Ensure a speedy, open and impartial trial; and 5. Take actions to rehabilitate the victim and his family financially, socially and psychologically with the payment of adequate reparation and other measures.  It is to be seen how the largest secular democratic country in world responds to these very minimal demands of a human rights group concerning very gross violations of human rights.







Pakistan Defence And Security Report Q2 2010 - New Market Report Published New report provides detailed analysis of the Defence market
Published on April 22, 2010  The political situation in Pakistan is complex and fragile, and what occurs will be crucially influenced by developments in neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan and India. The current wave of violence in Pakistan is probably transient, but a low level terror campaign could go on for many years. We believe there is a distinct possibility that violence in Pakistan's frontier regions could become semi-permanent. How things play out in the long term depend on whether the Pakistani government maintains its offensive in Waziristan and the situation in Afghanistan. If the Taliban in Afghanistan consolidates power in regions bordering Pakistan, it could provide a permanent safe haven for the Pakistani Taliban. The Pakistani military could therefore temporarily drive out militants from Pakistan only for them to return once Pakistani army operations have wound down.  While Pakistan's economy managed to come through the global financial crisis and a currency collapse to register 2.0% growth in FY08/09 (July-June), we do not see much to smile about ahead. The economy is performing well below potential - a situation we expect to continue as the country continues to be plagued by a woeful security environment, political instability, low investment spending and relatively tight monetary and fiscal conditions. We forecast real GDP growth to come in at a disappointing 2.4% in FY09/10, and 2.2% in FY10/11.  Pakistan's well trained and disciplined armed forces are the world's eighth largest military. However, budget constraints have reduced Pakistan's normally robust training tempo, which if not reversed will eventually affect the operational readiness of the military. In February 2010, the US proposed increasing military aid to Pakistan by US$500mn more than in 2009 to US$1.2bn.  The country's defence industry is able to produce almost all of the domestic military's ordnance needs and indigenously designed main battle tanks (MBTs). However, the majority of factories only produce precision components or parts. The most significant sub-sectors in the Pakistan defence industry are shipbuilding, with submarine assemblage capability, and ordnance. The military-industrial complex is capable of producing MBTs, trainer aircraft, surface-to-air and anti-tank missile systems, surface and subsurface naval craft, air-delivered munitions, small arms and a wide range of ammunition and explosives. Attacks on militants by US unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) have been a common occurrence in the past two years. In December 2009, the Pakistani government rejected any expansion of US drone attacks against militants and called for them to stop completely in January 2010. Nevertheless, US drone strikes continued throughout January, with attacks on North and South Waziristan resulting in the deaths of dozens of militants. In February 2010, Pakistan and the US said that a drone strike in January had killed the Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. A number of suicide bombings occurred in February 2010, including two blasts in Karachi that killed 25 people. One Pakistani non-governmental organisation (NGO) reported that militant attacks increased by 45% in 2009, claiming over 3,000 lives.






40 Indian fighter jets to be fitted with BrahMos missiles
22 Apr 2010, 1344 hrs IST,AGENCIES KUALA LUMPUR: BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, which is a joint venture of India and Russia, will be fitted on the Indian Air Force's 40 Su-30MKIs fighter aircraft.  CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace Dr AS Pillai said: "The inclusion of BrahMos cruise missile will make the aircraft unique in firepower."  Dr Pillai was speaking to a Russian news agency at the Defence Services Asia-2010 exhibition here.  He also added that the first trials of the air-launched version were set for 2011 and the first test-flight with the missile on-board is scheduled for 2012.  The supersonic cruise missile has a range of 290-km and flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach.  The BrahMos missile is a successful joint venture of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.  BrahMos missiles sea and ground-launch versions have already been successfully tested and put into service by the Indian Army and Navy.







* Army Chief visits areas of Rajouri and Poonch     
Jammu, Apr 22 (PTI) Chief of Army Staff General V K Singh today visited forward posts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and took stock of the situation at the border areas.  Singh, accompanied by senior army officers, including GOC-in-C of Northern Command Lt. General B S Jaswal, took stock of the prevailing situation in the border areas, a defence spokesman said here.  The Army Chief is also scheduled to meet the Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here this afternoon, he said.  On his maiden visit to the state after taking charge, Singh, arrived at Northern command headquarters at Udhampur yesterday after visiting Leh and Srinagar on April 20.  Singh addressed all officers of Udhampur and Nagrota garrisons and enjoined them to inculcate the deepest sense of professionalism whilst working in the interest of the nation.



Azme-e Nau tested Indian ‘Cold Start’ 
20. Apr, 2010 0 Comments  Pakistan Cold Started its “Azam e Nau” without preparation or fanfare. The purpose was to play out the scenarios and test hoq quickly Pakistan could respond to a lightning blitzkrieg strike from across the border. Bharati Cold Start doctrine wants to grab Pakistani territory and decimate the Pakistani armed forces within hours rahter than days or weeks. It seeks to emulate Israel’s Six day War where Israel had gained supremacy of air, sea and land within a few hours and taken out the combined Arab Armies. Of course Bharat is not Israel and Pakistan is not Lebanon. Indian ‘Cold Start’ Strategy: Azam Nau challenges Delhi’s wishes      * Why India did not attack Pakistan in 2002 and 2008?     * Responding to the “Surgical Strikes”: Neutralizing Delhi’s Cold Start strategy.     * After dramatic failure of “Cold Start Strategy” India comes up with cockamamy “96 hour Rapid Thrust” scheme  KHAIRPUR TAMEWALI, Pakistan — Pakistan is flexing its military might near the Indian border in massive war games analysts say are aimed at putting on a show of force for its nuclear-armed rival.  All branches of the military are taking part in the exercises named “New Resolve”, which despite the Taliban militant threat in the northwest have so far focused on drills for conventional war on the eastern border with India.  Fighter jets roared overhead, shots rang out and tanks lumbered through the desert sands in the biggest war games in two decades in the Khairpur Tamewali area of Punjab province, 600 kilometres (about 400 miles) south of Islamabad.  The Pakistan Air Force’s F-16s, French Mirages and Chinese-made F-7PGs engaged imaginary targets on the ground with a hail of bombs and missiles.  One advantage of “New Resolve” was to see what Bharat would do after the exercise was announced. The Pakistani had baited them, and waited anxiously to see if they would bite. It had worked. Within hours of the Pakistani announcement Bharat announced its own military exercizes. The Pakistanis were ready with stop watches to see how the much heralded Western Command could mobilize and meet them on the other side of the border–and they they waited—and they waited—and they waited.      * After dramatic failure of “Cold Start Strategy” India comes up with coc…     * Pakistan’s response to India’s Cold Start Strategy: Preemptive strikes     * Delhi’s Cold Start Strategy Frozen DOA (Dead on Arrival)  Up to 50,000 troops will take part in the games, which began on April 10 and will end on May 13 just 60 kilometres from the Indian border.  “The exercise seems to have nothing to do with the western borders,” retired Lieutenant General Kamal Matinuddin, a defence analyst, told AFP.  “The way the military demonstrated its prowess by quickly mobilising troops and the war machinery showed the war games are actually focusing on the eastern borders,” he added.  “Our armed forces must be capable of responding to emerging challenges on the eastern border by devising new tactics in response to new Indian strategy.”  India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947 — two of them over the fate of the Himalayan territory of Kashmir — and there have been repeated shows of military force on both sides of the border.  Recent tensions with India and reported new military strategy coming from New Delhi “have triggered a hot response from Pakistan,” defence and security analyst Brigadier Mahmood Shah told AFP after witnessing the exercises.  “Our military keeps on putting to test its doctrines on the western border with Afghanistan but we really needed to test our capabilities focusing on conventional war on the eastern border,” the retired brigadier said.  A campaign of suicide attacks and bombings in Pakistan blamed on the Taliban and other extremist Islamist groups has killed more than 3,200 people in less than three years across the nuclear-armed country of 167 million people.  The Bharati Cold Start looked good on paper and in powerpoints. The fact is that Bharat could not mobilize its forces rapidly and turn on a dime.  Pakistan has now created a rapid deployment force and intant missile response cell which can react to any Bharati aggression within 15 minutes. If the AWACs or the Satellites monitor any troop movement or activity on the forward air bases in Halwarah Adampur or Jamnagar—the short range Hataf 3 and hataf 4 missiles will first be fired over the bow and then long range missiles will target Bharati ais bases on the Eastern side in Tezpur. This is the only warning that Bharat would get. If troop movements are seen moving towards Sialkot, Lahore or Rann of Kutch, Hataf 3s will rain like cats and dogs and stop any advance in their tracks.  Pakistan has diverted troops to battle against Taliban militants increasingly seen as a threat to national security in the northwest, with the US also pressuring Islamabad to go after militants who attack in Afghanistan.  The military has launched multiple campaigns in the last year to dislodge Taliban fighters from their strongholds in the northwest — although the establishment still sees India as the primary threat.  But army chief General Ashfaq Kayani, who witnessed the exercises along with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other top civil and military officials, said Pakistan had no aggressive intent.  “We harbour no aggressive designs against anyone but self defence is our inherent right and we will protect Pakistan at all costs,” he said at a ceremony attended by reporters flown in to witness the spectacle.  He added that Pakistan’s army was “committed to play a positive role in contributing towards strategic stability in the region.”  Relations between Pakistan and India have been bedevilled by mistrust and tensions, exacerbated by the November 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.  In February, the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours held their first official talks since the Mumbai attacks, when 10 Islamist gunmen killed 166 people in the bustling financial capital.  India blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based militants and said talks could only resume if Islamabad took concrete steps to bring those responsible to justice and cracked down on groups operating on its soil. Pakistan war games show of force for India: analysts By Nasir Jaffry (AFP)



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