Pak-US vs Pak-China relations

By S.m. Hali

Decision makers in Pakistan are often torn between opting for strategic relations with the US or China: ties with either of the two should be mutually exclusive. However, as Pakistanis wonder whether Pakistan is a US ‘ally’ or ‘target’, China with its quiet unobtrusive help continues to win the hearts and minds of the people of Pakistan. The question here is, why is it that the US continues to pump money, train Pakistani security forces and provide technical support, yet it continues to draw flak? It is worth examining the reason for this dichotomy.

The Pak-US military relations have been like a rollercoaster ride. Historically, no US ally has faced as many sanctions from it as Pakistan. A brief history of the Pak-US military relations indicates that they commenced in 1954/55, with the signing of the SEATO/CENTO pact, after which Pakistan started receiving weapons and training from America. In July 1957, Pakistan permitted the US to establish a secret intelligence facility in the country and for the U-2 spy plane to operate from Badaber, near Peshawar. But when the plane was shot down by the Soviet army and its pilot captured alive on May 1, 1960, it embarrassed the US and brought Soviet ire on Pakistan. Since the Pakistani government was kept in the dark regarding the clandestine US operations, it asked the US to wind up its activities in Pakistan.

During the Indo-China war in 1962, the US supply of defence equipment to India, despite Pakistan’s objections, soured the Pak-US relations. On the contrary, the US did not come to Pakistan’s aid either in the 1965 or the 1971 Indo-Pak wars, despite a pact for mutual defence, forcing Pakistan to denounce its SEATO and CENTO membership. In addition, the Pak-US relations underwent a severe blow with Pakistan’s nuclear tests on May 28, 1998, and the ensuing sanctions. The ouster of then premier Nawaz Sharif in 1999 in a military coup led by General Musharraf gave the US government another reason to invoke fresh sanctions under Section 508 of the Foreign Appropriations Act, which included restrictions on foreign military financing and economic assistance.

Now let us examine Pak-China relations briefly. The relationship between the two countries began in 1950s when Pakistan was among the first countries, and the only Muslim nation, to recognise the People’s Republic of China and tried to build good relations with the newly independent country. Pakistan also helped China become a member of the United Nations and has been instrumental in helping it to maintain relations with the Muslim world. It has also played a leading role in bridging the communication gap between China and the West, through Henry Kissinger’s secret visit in 1971, which became the forerunner of President Nixon’s historic Beijing tour, establishing to the world that China was a lawful entity. Read more of this post

Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Behr IV

The opening session of Pakistan Navy war game Shamsheer-e-Behr IV held here on Monday. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was the chief guest of the event. A Navy press release said that speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister underlined the significance of war games in military planning process and said in todays’ fast changing world, regular conduct of war games to evolve new concepts and doctrines is extremely important.

He lauded the realistic stock taking, exhaustive analysis and objective decision making of the Force Commanders who earlier presented their detailed plans.

Earlier, on his arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of the Naval Staff along with the key naval commanders.

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Operations, Vice Admiral Abbas Raza, then presented an overview of the war game outlining objectives set forth and concepts to be tried.

He particularly stressed on the significance of naval base at Gwadar for ensuring an impregnable defence of motherland and relevance of Pakistan Navy under new and emerging challenges.

He added that being a tri-service event with representation of relevant ministries, Shamsheer-e-Behr IV is the Flag ship war game of Pakistan Navy that is held biennially to try various concepts which are then validated in subsequent Navy-wide field exercise before being developed into naval strategy. Read more of this post

Pakistan and Turkey are arm in arm all along

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F-16 Viper Super Sonic Jet Fighter with Bedford Pakistani Truck Art Work 😉

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Pakistan Vintage Photos

True but Hidden Face of Pakistan

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Thoughts of Foreigners after visiting Pakistan


The biased media intentionally hides the soft image of Pakistan from the World. The video consists of the views of some Foreigners who have recently visited pakistan. They have experienced the reality with their own eyes rather believing in the media.

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A Tribute to Pakistan Armed Forces

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Wake Up PAKISTAN

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Wake up Pakistan…..
Its time to wake and join the struggle against the UST (United States of Terrorists).

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A wake up call

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IBN-E-REHMAT:
Individual or national dreams can only be built with planning and right course of actions. If someone is keen to build a house, he will first think about the budget, determine the location to buy a plot, its size, design, covered area, choice of the contractors etc. His list may have several questions, some of them even riddled with fears about the dirty business tricks, official bottlenecks and finally his string of decisions. Similarly in the politics of hostility, the enemy prepares its master plan, based on his objectives, followed by the course of actions to execute all the tasks. But secret war demands a different set of action, stitched with bits and pieces, without being conspicuous, to ensure complete secrecy not to be intercepted or catching the attention of the intelligence.

This list may include such jobs which ultimately converge on a one-point agenda like the disintegration of Pakistan by first fomenting insurgencies, generating economic turmoil, tightening the noose around the necks of peoples of certain communities, to trigger a chain action, as recipe of an invisible warfare. If we prepare the list of all such tasks, it might run into hundreds. An intrigue, India played in former East Pakistan. Now Balochistan, Swat and FATA are its targets. Has our counterintelligence failed to detect? But our masses need to be educated. The purpose of this exercise is to highlight just one or two such moves to create awareness about the times to come. How one stroke by the enemy like the water issue can open up a Pandora’s Box for many other troubles – leading to the collapse of the whole edifice of our polity?

The list of such dirty acts by India to inflict harm to our dear country is quite long. If we sit and meditate all the mischief which the enemy has planned and executed during the last three years, it might require many volumes, to assess losses of human life and property during the suicide bombings, and the burning and looting spree in various parts of the country. Still worse, it (the enemy) might have even shifted the blame on some other country to avoid international condemnation. To start with the simple proposition, let us first start with the political dynamic that engulfed the business nerve centre of Pakistan, Karachi, a couple of weeks ago, as target killings helps the enemy to create chaos, an unfavourable climate for investment and inflict heavy losses beyond anybody’s guess. At the same time, it has also generated mistrust and eliminated the people, who our foes regarded as obstacles in their jobs.

At the same time, the list of any country’s vulnerability is also long. But the tragedy is that New Delhi intends to spare no event to cause as much damage as it could. There is no comparison between the loss of human life and property that Pakistan has had to sustain as a result of Indian machinations and the Indian claims in the Mumbai mayhem. Nobody can deny the fact that blowing up trains, setting public property on fire, target killing of innocent civilians and playing havoc with the security personnel is not the handiwork of any Pakistani, but the enemy’s agents.
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Why a True Pakistani Loves Pakistan?

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If you are a Pakistani Parent, a Pakistani Teacher or Professor or anyone else who has a responsibility to guide the future generations of Pakistan, then i beg you to transmit the message of this video to our younger generations as much as you can. There is a need to convey the importance and the value of this great gift of Pakistan which is given to us by our elders after crossing an ocean of Fire and sword. Nobody had given us this Pakistan on a plate, our forefathers had snatched the blessings of liberty from the jaws of slavery for us.

Today it looks very easy to sit in an Air conditioned room and point out the problems of Pakistan one by one without doing an effort to solve them out. In my opinion just taking birth in Pakistan is not good enough reason to entitle yourself as a Pakistani. This is not just a nationality, this is the name of a title, honor and respect which could only be achieved after deserving it.

Our elders left their everything to call themselves a Pakistani, what we have done till now???? Think please !!!

ہم لاۓ ہیں طوفاں سے کشتی نکال کے
اس مُلک کو رکھنا میرے بچو سمبھال کے

پاکستان زندہ باد
Long Live Pakistan

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