Hackers forcing Indian pilots to listen to ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ as they land in Indian Kashmir

Hackers forcing Indian pilots to listen to ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ as they land in Indian Kashmir

Hackers forcing Indian pilots to listen to ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ as they land in Indian Kashmir

Pilots of Indian planes landing in Indian Kashmir are allegedly being targeted by ‘Pakistan hackers’ who are blocking their communication with the control tower and forcing them to listen to patriotic Pakistani songs, such as Dil Dil Pakistan.

According to the Times of India, hackers often tap into the frequency which Indian pilots use to communicate with Jammu Air Traffic Control (ATC) as aircrafts approach for landing. After blocking the communication, the alleged hackers start transmitting Pakistani patriotic songs on the frequency.

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While revealing that this has been happening for quite some time, a senior pilot told the Indian newspaper, “We are forced to hear songs like‘Dil, dil Pakistan, jaan jaan Pakistan.’ In such a situation, we revert to the Northern Control in Udhampur. This IAF-run ATC coordinates with aircraft when they are over 10,000 feet high and on descending below that level, we switch over to the Jammu tower.”

The Northern Control then calls up the Jammu ATC on landline to get the alternate frequency from them, he said, adding that the frequency is then forwarded to pilots which they use to communicate to Jammu on that frequency.

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This provides pilots ample time to get in touch with Jammu ATC as hackers are not able to hack into the alternate frequency in time. “We use VHF, which is line of sight communication and is known as ‘if you can see us, you can talk to us.’ Due to this, hackers frequently jam our frequency with ATC and start playing their music. This is a big irritant as we are in final stage of landing,” said another pilot.

Due to these incidents, the Jammu ATC is forced to change its frequency very frequently to minimize alleged cross-border hacking.

This article originally appeared on The Times of India

Series win: Pakistan A triumph by nine runs

Series win: Pakistan A triumph by nine runs

Series win: Pakistan A triumph by nine runs


A century by Zain Abbas, who was also involved in two solid partnerships, piloted Pakistan A to their third victory over Zimbabwe A by nine runs yesterday at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

The victory handed Pakistan a 3-1 series win in the five-match one-day series.

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Asked to bat first, Pakistan A posted a strong total of 310 runs in their allotted 50 overs with the help of two opening partnerships, both involving man of the match Abbas, who scored 108 off 117 balls.

Abbas built a 136-run partnership with Fakhar Zaman (81) and another 94-run collaboration with Umar Amin (52).

For Zimbabwe, Victor Nyauchi took three wickets.

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Chasing 311, Zimbabwe folded for 301-9 as Shadab Khan, Mir Hamza and Ghulam Mudassar took two wickets each.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

AHF Women Hockey Cup: Pakistan decimate Cambodia 11-0

AHF Women Hockey Cup: Pakistan decimate Cambodia 11-0


Five goals by Mayira Sabir guided Pakistan women’s hockey team to a lopsided 11-0 victory over Cambodia in their second fixture of the 4th Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Women Hockey Cup yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.

After looking rusty and settling for a share of the spoils in the 1-1 draw with Hong Kong in the opening fixture, the 55th-ranked Pakistan came out firing on all cylinders against the Cambodian minnows and were 1-0 up in the eighth minute when Ishrat Abbas converted a penalty corner.

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Three minutes later, Afshan Noureen doubled her team’s lead before Hina Pervaiz’s 18th-minute strike tripled their advantage, whereas captain Hina Kanwal got her name on the scoresheet in the 25th minute.

Mayira scored first of her five goals in the 33rd minute and Ishrat netted her second in the final minute of the first half as Pakistan headed into the interval with a comfortable 6-0 lead.

The second half was all about the in-form Mayira who ran circles around the Cambodian defence and struck in the 44th, 52nd, 53rd and 69th minutes. Also among the scorers was Kulsoom Shahzadi whose solitary strike came in the 59th minute.

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“This was a much needed victory to boost the confidence of our players before upcoming tough matches. Although Cambodia are not an experienced team, our girls are playing international hockey after three years so this was a job well done,” head coach Muhammad Usman toldThe Express Tribune

“The Cambodian team did make some attacks but our defence was strong enough to block them off before they got a sniff of the goal. We also saw three penalty corner converted which is a good sign,” he said, adding that the  team has two days before the next match against Singapore, allowing them to spend some additional time in training and hone their skills.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy: Tabish’s five-for guides Karachi Whites to win


Tabish Khan’s five-wicket haul steered Karachi Whites to their first victory of the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy yesterday as the team defeated PIA by five wickets in Pool B’s first-round fixture at the UBL Sports Complex in Karachi.

Resuming their innings on 148-8, PIA could only add 29 runs to their tally before Tabish picked up their remaining wickets to restrict them to 177 in 56.4 overs, taking his bowling figures to 5-29. Meanwhile, Azam Hussain took three wickets and Faraz Ali two.

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Chasing 185, Karachi Whites reached the target in 38 overs with five wickets to spare as Babar Agha scored 48 runs along with an unbeaten 36-run knock by Behram Khan.

In the other Pool B match, another five-wicket haul was the highlight as Attaullah helped Rawalpindi restrict KRL to 181 in their second innings, setting a target of 243 for Rawalpindi. At the end of play, Rawalpindi were batting on 156-6, needing 87 more runs to win on the last day with four wickets in hand and Sohail Tanvir (62) with Talha Qureshi (12) on the crease.

Meanwhile, FATA resumed their first innings on 241-5 and added 118 runs to take their score to 359. SNGPL, leading by 134 runs, began their second innings and declared after scoring 234-4 to set a target of 362 for FATA. At stumps, FATA were batting on 38-2.

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At the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, NBP picked up their first innings from 193-5 against Lahore Whites and went on to accumulate a total of 324 runs. By the end of the day, Lahore Whites were playing their second innings on 82-5 with a lead of 16 runs.

In pool A matches, Wapda’s Muhammad Irfan took five wickets to restrict Lahore Blues to 140 runs, forcing them to follow-on. As play closed, Lahore Blues were batting on 145-3 in their second innings, trailing by 45 runs.

At Arbab Niaz Stadium, HBL’s Ammad Butt bagged four wickets to help his team dismiss Peshawar for 239 runs in their first innings. HBL, leading by 223 runs, added 147 more to their total before declaring on 147-7, setting a target of 370. Peshawar finished the day on 86-2 in their second innings.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.


Janjua, Doval talk to dial down tension

Janjua, Doval talk to dial down tension

Janjua, Doval talk to dial down tension


Tensions are running high between Pakistan and India since the Sept 18 Uri attack. But behind-the-scenes efforts are ongoing to de-
escalate the situation. Officials familiar with these efforts have revealed that the national security advisers from Pakistan and India spoke on the phone twice during the last 48 hours.

The contact between Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua and Ajit Doval was aimed at defusing the current standoff that virtually brought the two hostile neighbours to the brink of war. A senior Pakistani official, who didn’t wish to be named, told The Express Tribune that Janjua and Doval had “candid and frank discussions” on the current strain in relations between the two countries.

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It wasn’t immediately clear who initiated the move, but key international players, particularly the United States, are believed to be pushing the two neighbours to re-engage.

Doval was told in categorical terms that while Pakistan sought de-escalation of tensions with India, it would hit back hard if the neighbouring country attempted any military misadventure, said the official.

Janjua also conveyed Pakistan’s displeasure to Doval over India’s “malicious campaign” of falsely implicating Islamabad in the Uri attack in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed.

Asked whether such contacts would help soothe frayed tempers on both sides, the official said the fact that the two NSAs have spoken to each other was itself a positive development.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed the NSAs’ contact. They have agreed on the need to defuse tensions, Aziz told The Express Tribune.

Despite his optimism, there is no change on the ground. Pakistan Army said Indian troops violated the ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) along three different sectors on Monday.

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Pakistan and India have been engaged in a vociferous verbal duel since the attack on an Indian military base in Uri, in disputed Kashmir region which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad militant group without any evidence.

Pakistan vehemently denied any role and insisted the Uri attack was either a ‘false flag operation’ or it was carried out by Kashmiris to avenge the atrocities being committed by Indian security forces in the occupied valley.

Last Thursday, India claimed that its troops had carried out ‘surgical strikes’ against alleged ‘terror launch pads’ on the Pakistani side of the LoC.

Pakistan, however, rubbished the Indian claim and said India’s mischaracterisation of routine cross-LoC fire was aimed at diverting global attention from the uprising in Kashmir.

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On Saturday, the army took local and foreign journalists to forward locations and areas where India claimed it carried out the so-called surgical strikes. The purpose of the rare visit facilitated by the ISPR was to give firsthand account to journalists about the situation on the ground at the LoC that otherwise remained off-limits for the media on both sides of the de facto border.

India itself has not yet come up with any compelling evidence to back its claim of carrying out surgical strikes.

International commentators have also started questioning the Indian assertion saying Indian forces lacked the skill to conduct such a sophisticated and swift operation in a highly militarized zone.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

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Indian, Pakistani soldiers trade fresh fire across LoC

Indian, Pakistani soldiers trade fresh fire across LoC

Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control on Tuesday. This marks the fourth time Indian forces have violated the ceasefire along the LoC in two days.

“Exchange of fire started at 0400 in the morning and continued till 0600 hours,” informed ISPR. “Pakistani troops mounted a fitting response to Indian firing in Baghsar, Broh and Khanjar areas in Bhimber sector.”

Earlier on Monday, both sides traded fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Istikharabad sector. According to the military’s media wing Pakistan Army gave a befitting response to the Indian side.

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“Pakistani troops are befittingly responding to Indian unprovoked firing, at Nezapir sector, which started at 1130 hrs,” ISPR said.

Two Pakistan Army soldiers were killed on Thursday as Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Bhimber, Kel and Lipa sectors.

According to the ISPR, exchange of fire took place in the Bhimber, Hot Spring, Kel and Lipa sectors, and lasted about six hours early on Thursday, the Pakistani military’s press wing said in a statement, adding Pakistani troops mounted a fitting response to unprovoked Indian firing.

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India claimed to have conducted surgical strikes along the LoC. “India’s claims of surgical strikes are baseless,” DG ISPR Asim Bajwa said in a statement. “There has been no surgical strike by India, instead there had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India.”

The military’s media wing added, “As per rules of engagement same was strongly and befittingly responded by Pakistani troops”.

The two nuclear-armed rivals declared a ceasefire in 2003, to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and Working Boundary.

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SBP, starts receiving, Rs10 coins,

SBP starts receiving Rs10 coins

SBP starts receiving Rs10 coins


The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has started receiving Rs10 coins from Pakistan Mint from Monday, according to the SBP spokesperson.

However, it may take two weeks before these new coins reach the public because the central bank needs time to supply them to its 16 offices across Pakistan.

“We will announce a date on which new coins will be available to the general public, but it may take two weeks,” the spokesperson said.

Pakistan Mint, a public sector institution, is located in Lahore and is responsible for minting coins and medals for the armed forces and the government. The currency note printing facilities of the government are located in Karachi.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 4th, 2016.

Apple still a star without Steve Jobs, but doubts linger

Apple still a star without Steve Jobs, but doubts linger

Apple still a star without Steve Jobs, but doubts linger


Five years after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the Silicon Valley tech giant is bigger and stronger, despite lingering doubts over its future without the visionary leader.

In financial terms, Apple has been an unstoppable juggernaut: Its profit for the 2015 fiscal year was a whopping $53 billion on revenues of $234 billion — both figures doubled since the final year of Jobs’s reign before he died of pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011.

Apple’s market value is more than $600 billion, below its 2015 highs but more than twice its level of 2011 and holding above Google parent Alphabet as the world’s most valuable corporation.

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Still, some analysts question whether Apple — which redefined the smartphone experience with its trend-setting iPhone introduced in 2007 and created a vast ecosystem of mobile applications — is losing momentum.

“It’s really hard to keep up the innovation cycle when you have developed a successful product,” said technology analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates.

“With each successful generation (of a product) it becomes harder. The question becomes, ‘What’s the next big thing?’ and it’s not clear what that is going to be.”

Vivek Wadhwa, a Carnegie Mellon University professor and former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was more blunt, saying Apple is living off its earlier innovations with little new to offer.

“We have seen no major innovations for Apple” since the Steve Jobs era, Wadhwa told AFP.

With the latest iPhone 7, Wadhwa said, “they market it well but it’s the same device all over again.”

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Apple has moved into new services such as streaming music and mobile payments, and is believed to be working on virtual reality and autonomous driving technology. But the bulk of its revenue and profits still come from the iPhone.

“They haven’t figured out what they want to deliver,” Wadhwa said.

“If they wanted an Apple car it should have been out there now to compete with Tesla.”

Jobs’s successor Tim Cook has won plaudits for his performance keeping Apple on a steady path, even though no one sees him as the same kind of leader.

“Tim Cook is an operations guy, he is great in getting the supply chain to churn out things,” said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

“He knows his limitations. He knows he is not the most charismatic presenter. He knows he is not Steve Jobs.”

Still, Dawson sees Cook as broadly successful in keeping Apple on track. He noted that Apple has doubled its spending on research and development since Cook took over.

“They stick to a certain price point and a premium experience, and that hasn’t changed from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook,” Dawson said.

Apple has succeeded not by being first in a market segment but by improving and perfecting certain products.

“They weren’t the first to make an MP3 player or smartphone or tablet,” Dawson said. “Apple bides its time and when it can make a significant contribution to a category it comes in and improves the experience. That was true in the Steve Jobs era as well.”

Dawson said it is not clear if Apple would be in a different place if Jobs were alive today, with the smartphone market largely saturated and touch competition from rivals.

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“People look at the iPhone and say nothing else has lived up to that, but there aren’t any other technology categories like that,” he said.

Wadhwa argued however that Cook has had chances to “reinvent” the company and has failed to do so.

“He’s basically an operations guy who is living in the past,” Wadhwa said.

Wadhwa posited that Apple, with its vast cash reserves, could buy Tesla and put its highly regarded chief Elon Musk in charge of the company.

“You need a crazy visionary leading the company,” he said.

“People have shown a lot of patience because we all love Apple. And I love Apple. So it’s not too late to save the company.”

Facebook launches buy-and-sell 'Marketplace'

Facebook launches buy-and-sell ‘Marketplace’

Facebook launches buy-and-sell ‘Marketplace’


Facebook on Monday launched a new online “Marketplace” allowing members of the huge social network to buy and sell with each other.

The new feature puts Facebook squarely in competition with local online selling platforms led by Craigslist, and offers an alternative to marketplaces like eBay. Facebook said the new program formalises what some members have already been doing in Facebook Groups for years.

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“Facebook is where people connect, and in recent years more people have been using Facebook to connect in another way: buying and selling with each other,” said product manager Mary Ku in a blog post. “This activity started in Facebook Groups and has grown substantially. More than 450 million people visit buy and sell groups each month — from families in a local neighbourhood to collectors around the world.”

The new feature helps facilitate this with “a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community,” Ku said. Marketplace will display photos of items for sale based on proximity, and users can adjust their location and search for specific items or categories such as clothing, household items or electronics.

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The new feature will be rolling out to over-18 users in the United States, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand in the coming days on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android, with additional countries and a desktop version in the coming months.

source the tribune