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Pakistan 8th most dangerous country in the world: Country Threat Index

Recently released Country Threat Index (CTI) by US-based intelligence think tank- Intel Center has placed Pakistan eighth in the list of the most dangerous countries in the world as of March 2015.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries in the world

Rank

Country

CTI Score

1Iraq

811

2Syria

717

3Nigeria

272

4Somalia

257

5Afghanistan

186

6Libya

157

7Yemen

132

8Pakistan

122

9Ukraine

103

10Egypt

74

 Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two South Asian countries in the list.

The rankings were prepared based upon CTI after examining the volume of terrorist and rebel alerts, messaging traffic, videos, photos, incidents and the number of killed and injured in a country over the past 30 days.

Intel Center is a Washington-based company established in 1989. It works globally for intelligence agencies a by providing them counterterrorism intelligence services. 

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Saudi Arabia along with GCC launches military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen

Saudi Arabia along with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and several other countries have started military operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The operations were stated after Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had requested to counter radical Houthi movement in the country and to defend and support the legitimate government of Yemen.

The military operation included series of airstrikes which targeted Presidential Palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

The countries included in the operation led by Saudi Arabia are Jordan, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan along with GCC member countries. GCC members involved are United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.

United States also has announced authorised logistical and intelligence support to Saudi Arabia led military operations, but has clearly mentioned that its forces will not participate in operations directly.

Indian Government also has issued advisory asking Indian nationals in Yemen to leave the country in view of the continuing fragile situation there.

Background

  • The security situation in Yemen deteriorated after the Shia Houthis rebels had seized power by dissolving Yemen’s government and parliament in January 2015.
  • Since then rebels had taken control of key government buildings in capital Sanaa including Presidential Palace. They also had taken control and seized city of Taiz, third largest city of Yemen.

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Sohail Aman appointed as new Pakistan Air Force chief

Sohail Aman on 18 March 2015 was appointed as Chief of Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

His appointment was approved by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and was promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal.

He will succeed Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt who retires from the service. Prior to this appointment, Sohail Aman was serving as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (operations) at Air Headquarters in Islamabad.

Sohail Aman had started his career in 1980 after he was commissioned in the GD (P) Branch of PAF. His more than three 3 decade long career in PAF encompasses a wide range of operational, training, command assignments and has flown various types of fighter and training aircraft on PAF Inventory.

He has been decorated with Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz awards for the recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services.

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