Sunday, October 20, 2019

FIRST COMPANY FIRST BATTALION OF FIELD ARTILLERY (EUROPEANS) MAY 1857-COMD BY MAJOR A.G AUSTEN IN 1858


FIRST COMPANY FIRST BATTALION OF  FIELD  ARTILLERY (EUROPEANS)
MAY 1857-COMD BY MAJOR A.G AUSTEN IN 1858







EX PAKISTAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BOSS'S ASSESSMENT OF PAKISTANS FATF FAILURE

ASSESSMENT IS FROM 2018

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1647398/6-financial-action-task-force-correctly-faults-pakistan/


Financial Action Task Force correctly faults Pakistan

Published: March 1, 2018
Financial Action Task Force meeting in progress. PHOTO: Financial Action Task Force
Financial Action Task Force meeting in progress. PHOTO: Financial Action Task Force
Financial Action Task Force meeting in progress. PHOTO: Financial Action Task ForceThe writer, a retired major general, has experience of operations, intelligence, counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency and military diplomacy at national and international levels. He can be contacted at nsc142@gmail.com
What does an ostrich do when it feels threatened? It hides its head underground! The ostrich feels that by not looking at it, the threat will go away.
It was no surprise then to see Pakistani ostriches — locally known as policymakers — bury their heads underground as they waited for the shrill threat of being grey-listed by the FATF to pass them by.
In the aftermath of this FATF grey-list fiasco, our government has once more cemented the fact that Pakistan has become a case study in how not to run a country’s fiscal, internal and foreign policy.
Once again, we watched as our policymakers instead of coming up with a solution themselves, looked towards China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to help in extinguishing the fire, which such a placement signalled in the international arena. Our “ allies” kindly obliged, only for our not so prudent foreign minister, interior minister and adviser on finance to tweet away that support and help by breaking confidentiality of closed-door meetings.
Pakistan has previously been placed on the FATF watch list from 2012 to 2015. This was due to its failure to pass the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act. In 2015, Pakistan passed the law and was removed from the FATF list. However, no serious action was taken against those groups and individuals designated as terrorists by the UN. This meant there was no catching or curtailing of UN-designated terrorists and financing entities (even if Pakistan had reservations) like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM), Hafiz Saeed and associated financial ‘charities’. The half-hearted measures taken were again an invitation for the FATF to put Pakistan on the watch list.
Over half a century of blundering has come home to roost. A consistent ostrich-like attitude has remained prevalent in policy formulation since 1963 once the US had decided that Pakistan and its worldview were different. The progressively changing international environment for the past 54 years has always been seen in a short-sighted, almost cavalier manner by Pakistan’s national security and foreign policymakers. Not good when we have to contend with Trump’s USA and how Pakistan is in its cross hairs although it can be argued that it was not any different during Obama’s time in office.
In the last week of August 2017, an embarrassing financial shock hit Pakistan’s premier Habib Bank Limited’s New York branch. The US authorities cited the bank branch for money laundering to a “good guys” list which included identified terrorists, illicit arms dealers, Iranian oil shippers and a money transaction business with Saudi Arabia’s private Al Rajhi Bank which had dealings with al Qaeda affiliates. What was truly disturbing was the citing of HBL’s failure to adequately identify, as per law, the Saudi bank’s politically exposed customers belonging to Pakistan’s dynastic ruling family. HBL resultantly had to close its US operations and pay a fine of $225 million (negotiated downwards from an initial $630 million).
The FATF had cautioned Pakistan in February 2017 and again in November 2017 during its International Cooperation Review about its support to LeT, JeM and Jamatud Dawa(JuD). Apparently these notices were also swept under the carpet.
In spite of FATF warnings and even private advice by its ‘friends’, the statements given by government officials have been nothing short of baffling. One minister retorted by saying that Pakistan had been on the FATF watch list till 2015 and despite that its economy grew. Another stated that Pakistan had taken many steps for checking terror financing and was winning the war against terrorism. Some even interpreted the three-month respite given by the FATF till June as a victory. However, facts on the ground belie these claims.
The armed forces and other law-enforcing agencies have undertaken meaningful kinetic operations. These operations have been very successful but are only one small part of the definitive solution to finish off the existential threat faced by the terrorism scourge. The Anti-Extremism bill is still stuck in the National Assembly because there seems to be a power struggle between the defence and interior ministries as to which should ultimately be in charge of its implementation. The National Action Plan (NAP) made with such fanfare after the Peshawar school massacre in 2014 remains similar to its acronym, “napping”. Out of NAP’s twenty points unanimously approved by all political parties, only two points relating to military action have been achieved. The rest of the eighteen points which require legislation, governance, financial oversight (exactly what the FATF has caught Pakistan for), madrassa regulation, etc, are all lost in oblivion. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) is the fulcrum for Pakistan’s anti-terrorism policy. It is also point 4 in NAP. That Nacta remains a mere point in NAP and nothing more.
What the (in) action of our government shows is ineptitude and lack of seriousness with regard to tackling the terrorism issue. Pakistan is a country beset by terrorism of all shades but has yet to agree on a definition of ‘terrorism’ across all parties.
The government seems to be fighting a war against its own judiciary, financial accountability mechanisms, law enforcement agencies and military, there is little wonder that terrorists (morphed from criminals, thugs and religious zealots) will continue to have a field day. The question really to be asked is, given our internal lack of governance, lack of foreign policy and corruption-ridden fiscal policy, why are our government officials baffled when the rest of the world does not believe our narrative on terrorism?
Jolts like being placed on the FATF’s grey list will continue with many more to come especially if we have a financial system only catering for certain groups or families to take the people’s national treasury abroad illegally and preachers of religious violence like Khadim Rizvis and Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah being mainstreamed and given electoral space.
The consequences that Pakistan faces due to this drift in its fiscal, internal and foreign policies are disastrous to say the least. Pakistan’s friends are in a quandary as we continuously place them in awkward situations. China has now to see first whether it can withstand economic pressure on its multi-trillion dollar business in the West.
Saudi Arabia has had to be placated by the deployment of our troops, about whose strength and role the defence minister has refused to brief parliament about. Turkey is stuck in Syria and seems to be replaying the history of what happened in Afghanistan when its neighbours helped its people with good intentions.
Postscript: Pakistan’s argument of respect and recognition for its sacrifices in the war against terror must be restructured. As it stands, the world does not believe in Pakistan’s narrative. Even its closest allies counsel privately on this. It is imperative that the policymakers and public intellectuals in this country realise that if Pakistan does not wrap up or reorient the internal circus that plagues it, then the doors of our allies will also close — CPEC or no CPEC.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2018.
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

SPANISH CUBAN CONFLICT







Russians

90 percent of fighting was done by RED ARMY and USSR - Americans contributed a great deal in material support - and won maximum in strategic terms —STALIN NEVER WENT TO A CHURCH BUT OPENED CHURCHES AS GERMANS CAME NEAR MOSCOW — HE NEVER WVEN ATTENDED HIS MOTHERS FUNERAL KILLED 20 million , enjoyed his vodka and ruled for 29 years — not affected by any “BAD DUA “ as fools in our part of the world call it - there is no morality in history - never was and there is no natural justice - nature is DUMB ———pavocavalry—-Stalin has declared a state of siege in Moscow: capital is now under martial law, & Red Army Order of the Day is: "Moscow will be defended to the last.”

Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery

Horse Gunners: The Royal Horse Artillery


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Emperor Maximilian I at the MET: "What the Sun is in the heavens, the Emperor is on Earth"







Emperor Maximilian I at the MET: "What the Sun is in the heavens, the Emperor is on Earth"
- Exhibition: “The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I” at the Met - OCTOBER 7, 2019–JANUARY 5, 2020 –
“The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I examines the profound significance of European armor at the dawn of the Renaissance, through the lens of Emperor Maximilian I's (1459–1519) remarkable life. On view only at The Met, The Last Knight coincides with the five-hundredth anniversary of Maximilian's death, and is the most ambitious North American loan exhibition of European arms and armor in decades. Including 180 objects selected from some thirty public and private collections in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, The Last Knight will explore how Maximilian's unparalleled passion for the trappings and ideals of knighthood served his boundless worldly ambitions, imaginative stratagems, and resolute efforts to forge a lasting personal and family legacy.”
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GENERAL MAP OF THE TO DEPICT SHASHDARAK BLAST 05 SEPTEMBER 2019

GENERAL MAP OF THE TO DEPICT SHASHDARAK BLAST  05 SEPTEMBER  2019





BLAST NEAR NATO/ISAF HQ AND US EMBASSY

https://www.rferl.org/a/kabul-blast-embassy-district/30147505.html


At least 12 people have been killed -- including a U.S. and a Romanian soldier -- and dozens more injured when a car bomb struck a checkpoint on September 5 in a neighborhood of Kabul that houses the embassies, government buildings, and local NATO headquarters.

The fundamentalist Taliban claimed responsibility for the late-morning attack.

It is the second major Taliban attack in the Afghan capital this week as U.S. and Taliban officials are said to be in an intense final phase of efforts toward a peace deal to end their 18-year conflict.

Another Taliban car bombing later on September 5, in a neighboring province, reportedly killed at least four civilians.

The Taliban, which is pressing for the departure of U.S. and other international troops in the negotiations, claimed that foreigners were among the dead in the September 5 attack in Kabul. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the suicide bomber had killed 12 "foreign invaders."

Reports said the checkpoint that was targeted was near the headquarters of NATO's Resolute Support mission.

NATO said in a statement later in the day that two members of that mission, a Romanian and an American, "were killed in action today in Kabul."

Romanian authorities have confirmed that a Romanian soldier on "a mixed patrol mission" was among the dead and another Romanian was seriously wounded.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis condemned the attack and stressed his country's "profound commitment to combating terrorism at the international level."

A large plume of smoke rose over the blast and sirens blared as first responders rushed to the scene.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a minibus packed with explosives had detonated on a main road in the Shash Darak district at around 10:10 a.m. local time.

Ten civilians were dead and 42 others were injured in the attack, Rahimi later tweeted.

Later reports put the number of injured at more than 100.

Agreement Reached 'In Principle'

Quoting a spokesman for Kabul's police chief, AP suggested the attack was also not far from offices of Afghan national-security authorities.

A draft agreement to end years of war in Afghanistan was said to have been reached "in principle" recently between U.S. and Taliban representatives after nine rounds of talks involving U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been briefing Afghan officials on its terms.

But completion of the deal is reportedly still contingent on final approval from U.S. President Donald Trump and assent among Taliban leaders.

The Afghan government is also said to be weighing its position on the agreement.

Afghan presidential Waheed Omer, who was talking to reporters at the time of the September 5 explosion, said the deal was proceeding with "excessive speed" and warned of difficult times ahead, according to AP.

A Taliban suicide attack late on September 2 killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100 others, also in eastern Kabul. The dead in that attack included another Romanian.

So far in 18 such attacks in the Afghan capital this year, at least 209 people have been killed and more than 1,000 others injured, according to dpa.






































BRAVERY BELONGS TO NO RACE OR CASTE OR RELIGION

BRAVERY BELONGS TO NO RACE OR CASTE OR RELIGION



BRAVERY BELONGS TO NO RACE OR CASTE OR RELIGION
BALOCHI HINDUS IN FOREFRONT OF DEFENCE OF KALAT AND DEWAN BECHAH MULL KILL ALONGSIDE MEER MEHRAB KHAN OF KALAT-FROM MY HINDU BOOTLEGGER FRIEND IN KALAT-INTERESTINGLY WHEN MY FATHERS FRIEND SYED TAJAMMUL ABBAS WAS ATTACKED IN SARGODGA CLUB IN 1996 AND KILLED HIS WHOLE ESCORT AND POLICE RAN AWAY AND THE ONLY MAN TO STAND BETWEEN HIM AND HIS ATTACKERS WAS HIS HINDU FRIEND FROM SARGODHA WHO LOST HIS LIFE-AS THEY SAY BRAVERY BELONGS TO NO RACE OR CASTE OR RELIGION --MAJOR A.H AMIN (RETIRED)


KELAT I GHILZIE DEFENCE OF 1842-ALL RACES OF INDIA INCLUDING HINDUSTANIS,BENGALIS,PASHTUNS, EVEN THE FIERY MEHSUDS COLLABORATED WITH THE BRITISH AT SOME STAGE WHEN IT SUITED THEM

KELAT I GHILZIE DEFENCE OF 1842
BATTALION RAISED FOR SHAH SHUJA DEFENDS A FORT FOR 4 MONTHS AND BECOMES A REGULAR BATTALION OF BRITISH INDIAN ARMY-MOST UNFAIRLY DISBANDED IN 1932

KELAT I GHILZIE REGIMENT –LATER 12THPIONEERS-SURVIVED 1857 AS STATIONED AT STAUNCHLY LOYAL TO THE COMPANY PASHTUN TERRITORY SHABQADAR-LESSON IS THAT ALL RACES OF INDIA INCLUDING HINDUSTANIS,BENGALIS,PASHTUNS, EVEN THE FIERY MEHSUDS COLLABORATED WITH THE BRITISH AT SOME STAGE WHEN IT SUITED THEM

DETACHMENT 43 BENGAL NATIVE INFANTRY WHICH PLAYED KEY ROLE IN DEFENCE WAS NOT GRANTED THE BATTLE HONOUR AS NOT QUALIFIED BECAUSE OF POLICY REASONS-AT BARRACKPORE IN 1857 AND DISARMED AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE-SURVIVED THE REBELLION AND LATER 1/9 JAT-NOW PART OF INDIAN ARMY




























GENERAL MAP OF THE TO DEPICT SHASHDARAK BLAST 05 SEPTEMBER 2019

GENERAL MAP OF THE TO DEPICT SHASHDARAK BLAST  05 SEPTEMBER  2019





BLAST NEAR NATO/ISAF HQ AND US EMBASSY

https://www.rferl.org/a/kabul-blast-embassy-district/30147505.html


At least 12 people have been killed -- including a U.S. and a Romanian soldier -- and dozens more injured when a car bomb struck a checkpoint on September 5 in a neighborhood of Kabul that houses the embassies, government buildings, and local NATO headquarters.

The fundamentalist Taliban claimed responsibility for the late-morning attack.

It is the second major Taliban attack in the Afghan capital this week as U.S. and Taliban officials are said to be in an intense final phase of efforts toward a peace deal to end their 18-year conflict.

Another Taliban car bombing later on September 5, in a neighboring province, reportedly killed at least four civilians.

The Taliban, which is pressing for the departure of U.S. and other international troops in the negotiations, claimed that foreigners were among the dead in the September 5 attack in Kabul. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the suicide bomber had killed 12 "foreign invaders."

Reports said the checkpoint that was targeted was near the headquarters of NATO's Resolute Support mission.

NATO said in a statement later in the day that two members of that mission, a Romanian and an American, "were killed in action today in Kabul."

Romanian authorities have confirmed that a Romanian soldier on "a mixed patrol mission" was among the dead and another Romanian was seriously wounded.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis condemned the attack and stressed his country's "profound commitment to combating terrorism at the international level."

A large plume of smoke rose over the blast and sirens blared as first responders rushed to the scene.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a minibus packed with explosives had detonated on a main road in the Shash Darak district at around 10:10 a.m. local time.

Ten civilians were dead and 42 others were injured in the attack, Rahimi later tweeted.

Later reports put the number of injured at more than 100.

Agreement Reached 'In Principle'

Quoting a spokesman for Kabul's police chief, AP suggested the attack was also not far from offices of Afghan national-security authorities.

A draft agreement to end years of war in Afghanistan was said to have been reached "in principle" recently between U.S. and Taliban representatives after nine rounds of talks involving U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been briefing Afghan officials on its terms.

But completion of the deal is reportedly still contingent on final approval from U.S. President Donald Trump and assent among Taliban leaders.

The Afghan government is also said to be weighing its position on the agreement.

Afghan presidential Waheed Omer, who was talking to reporters at the time of the September 5 explosion, said the deal was proceeding with "excessive speed" and warned of difficult times ahead, according to AP.

A Taliban suicide attack late on September 2 killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100 others, also in eastern Kabul. The dead in that attack included another Romanian.

So far in 18 such attacks in the Afghan capital this year, at least 209 people have been killed and more than 1,000 others injured, according to dpa.































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