Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said during a press briefing that “China understands and supports necessary measures taken by Pakistan to consolidate its position in counterterrorism operations, maintain domestic security and stability and safety of its people.” In recent years, Pakistan rigorously made efforts and progressed in fighting terrorism. Mr Geng expressed his condolences over the loss of innocent lives in the recent terror wave. Referring to the military operation, he said: “We believe with joint efforts of the government, army and people, Pakistan will surely claim victory in its fight against terrorism.”

Host: Saeed Akhtar

Co-Host: Rao Khalil and Hamid Habib

Analysts on Phone:

Abdullah Gul- Defence Analyst

China has not only economic but also strategic interests in South Asia. China is well aware of the fact that regional peace can only be ensured until and unless Pakistan will play its role effectively. Pakistan is playing role of a defensive wall between India and China who have border issue with each other. Operation 'Radd Ul Fasaad' is a positive and effective step taken by the government. In the past, two other operations were started for the same purpose and both were executed successfully. The recent Operation 'Radd Ul Fasaad' is also gaining successes right from the start and it will also be concluded successfully.

India approves $2.5bn missile deal with Israel

India on Friday approved a $2.5 billion deal with Israel to develop medium range surface-to-air missiles for the Indian army, The Hindu reported. The deal to build the missiles, reported to have a range of 50-70 kilometres, was approved during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the daily reported. Five regiments, which consists of 40 units and 200 missiles, are to be developed under the deal.

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