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Thursday, 16 April 2015

From Today's Papers - 16 Apr 2015

Pak team in Saudi to ease tension
Islamabad, April 15
Pakistan today sent a high-profile delegation to Saudi Arabia in an effort to ease the tension following its refusal to cede to the demands made by the Gulf Kingdom for troops to fight Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The delegation is led by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif — also the younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — and included Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

Last month, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had led a high- level delegation to Riyadh to hold talks over Saudi Arabia’s request for troops to support a coalition led by the oil-rich kingdom in fighting Houthi rebels, allegedly backed by Iran.

Foreign office spokesperson said that the delegation has left for the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The delegation is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz and Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and try to calm the anger of Saudi government over Pakistan’s decision to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict, diplomatic sources said.

The royal family, having personal ties with the Sharifs, is reportedly not happy with Pakistan’s decision, as they wanted substantial support in the form of ground troops, air power and naval warships to fight in Yemen.

However, there is a widespread opposition to Pakistan joining the war in Yemen, and several politicians and retired army officers have cautioned the government against becoming part of a conflict that has sectarian faultlines and can create domestic troubles.

Pakistan enjoys close ties with Saudi Arabia, but has equally good relations with neighbouring Iran which has criticised the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are key Sunni Muslim countries, and the kingdom over the years has provided crucial economic support to Pakistan to help its crippled economy. — PTI
Chinese Naval Ships to Use Pakistan's Port After Colombo Snub
Beijing:  Pakistan's Gwadar port which has been taken over by a Chinese firm could guarantee maintenance and supply for China's naval ships in the Indian Ocean after the new Sri Lankan government declined permission for Chinese vessels to dock in the country.

"The Gwadar port will also guarantee China's naval ships' maintenance and supply in the Indian Ocean. The move is widely seen as crucial for China, especially as it is unlikely that Sri Lanka will open its ports to Chinese naval ships," Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia Studies at Shanghai Institute for International Studies told state-run Global Times.

The new Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Srisena reversed his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's policy of allowing Chinese submarines to dock in Colombo, following India's concerns.

Zhao said the port will serve as a major route to the Indian Ocean for Chinese goods, which will have far-reaching significance for China's Xinjiang region's economic development.

Xinjiang is planned to be connected through an economic corridor with Gwadar through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Chinese experts however warned of inherent risks about the project in view of militancy in the Balochistan region.

Experts cautioned about obstacles as the port area suffers from a lack of water resources, housing, transportation and other facilities to provide for a large workforce, the Global Times reported.

Wang Dehua, an expert with the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, who has been visiting Gwadar Port since 2007, said that detailed plans on building highways, railways and pipelines are the second step.

"Building such infrastructure has inherent risks and difficulties, he said, due to the high mountain ranges and security issues caused by militants operating in the region.

These difficulties can be overcome, but may take time," he said.

The port will formally commence operations by a Chinese company this month which is projected as a key transportation hub of the planned China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Indian Army contingent to take part in Moscow parade
NEW DELHI: A 71-member marching contingent of the Indian Army will take part in the 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow's Red Square on May 9, an event that would be witnessed by President Pranab Mukherjee.

This is the first time that the Indian Army is taking part in the Moscow Victory Day Parade, which is held to mark the day of Nazi Germany's surrender to the erstwhile Soviet Union in 1945.

Defence sources said that a contingent of 75 soldiers from the Grenadiers Regiment w ..

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Army chief Dalbir Singh reviews Jammu and Kashmir security situation at Northern Command

JAMMU: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh today visited Udhampur-based Northern Command in Jammu and Kashmir and reviewed overall security situation of the State.

The meeting assumes significance in wake of Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed meeting five top Commanders, including chiefs of Northern and Western Commands and 3 4 Corps commanders looking after the operational command of Jammu and Kashmir, where Mufti government is batting for revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act ( ..

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No eyeball to eyeball, it's Baisakhi in Ladakh
Forget incursions, it is time to party at Indo-China border in Ladakh. Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Beijing, the Indian army and People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China held a meeting in Chushul Sector of Eastern Ladakh pledging to maintain peace and tranquillity along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Indian army delegation was led by Brigadier JKS Virk while senior Colonel of PLA represented China in the meeting that was held on the occasion of Baisakhi festival on the LAC.

The border personal meeting included the ceremonial address by both the delegation leaders. The delegations exchanged greetings wishes and presented vote of thanks to each other "reflected the mutual desire of maintaining and improving relations at the functional level on the border".

"Thereafter a cultural programme showcasing the vibrant Indian culture and traditional grandeur was organised by the Indian Army," said Colonel SD Goswami, defence spokesman at Northern Command.

The defence spokesman noted that both the delegations interacted in a free, congenial and cordial environment. "The delegations parted amidst feeling of friendship and commitment towards enhancing the existing cordial relations and maintaining peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)," he said.

Col Goswami said both sides also sought to build on the mutual feeling of upholding the treaties and agreements signed between the governments of the two countries to maintain peace and tranquillity along the LAC.

Tuesday's meeting comes a month ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's proposed visit to China. Modi is scheduled to visit Beijing next month which is being seen as major diplomatic milestone in Sino-India relations.

Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country which shares its borders with both Pakistan and China. India shares a 3,488-km border with China while Jammu and Kashmir shares 646 Km of Line of actual control (LAC) with China.

However, the incursions and transgressions by PLA has been a cause of worry for the people in Ladakh division. In April 2013 Indian and PLA were engaged in a major face off when the Chinese troops had crossed 19 kilometer deep inside the Indian Territory at Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector on LAC and set up the tented posts. The 20 day standoff ended on May 5 2013 when troops from both sides withdraw to the pre-incursion positions on the LAC.

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