Pakistan, Russia ink landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia have signed a landmark defence deal including the sale of 4 advance Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ combat helicopters to Pakistan.

The agreement was signed by top defence officials from both countries in Rawalpindi as per negotiations for the deal which had taken place in 2014.

Earlier in November 2014, both countries had signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement to strengthen military-to-military relations between them.

Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters

The Mi-35 helicopter is modernised version of the Mi-24 combat helicopter. It has new advanced onboard equipment and avionics. It is also incorporated with more powerful engine and a different tail rotor.

Currently, Pakistan has a number of ‘Mi-17’ combat helicopters. These combat helicopters were delivered to Pakistan by US in order to assist them to fight against growing militancy as part of its special defence package.


India to boycott Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 2015 meeting

India has decided to boycott the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) which is scheduled to be held in Islamabad in September 2015.

India took this extreme step in order to protest Pakistan’s (CPC 2015 host) unilateral decision of not inviting Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Assembly speaker Kavinder Gupta.

This decision was unanimously taken at a meeting of Speakers of all States and was announced by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

As per Indian delegates this unilateral decision of Pakistan not to invite J&K Assembly Speaker for CPC violates the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Constitution.

However, Pakistani delegates mentioned that they don’t recognise the elected Assembly and the government of J&K so they did not invite its assembly speaker.



CERN formally confers its Associate Membership to Pakistan

Pakistan was formally conferred Associate Membership status by European Organisation for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN).

The membership was granted after Pakistan formally completed the required internal ratification process. With this, Pakistan became the first Asian country to become member of CERN.

What it means to Pakistan?

It will open a new era of scientific cooperation between CERN and Pakistani scientific community. Henceforth, Pakistan can attend the meetings of CERN council  and also participate in the governance of the organisation. It will also open gateway for industries from Pakistan to bid for CERN contracts.

About CERN

  • European Organization for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN) is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.
  • CERN in French stands for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire.
  • It has 22 member states. Israel is the first and only non-European country with full membership status.
  • Location: It is situated in the North West suburbs of Geneva on the France-Switzerland Border. Established: It was established in 1954.
  • Main function: To provide the infrastructure needed for high energy physics research including particle accelerators.
  • It should be noted that, India is currently having observer status in CERN programmes.