June 3, 2020

#Pakistan will #respond with full might to any #Indian military adventurism: #DGISPR

Web Desk ::Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar has emphatically stated that Pakistan is ready and will respond with full might to any Indian military adventurism.

Talking to a private channel today, he said the Indian side saw its manifestation just last year.

He warned there will be uncontrollable and unintended consequences of any military adventurism. He said let’s not play with the fire.

Major General Babar Iftikhar rejected the Indian allegations of so called launchpads and infiltration.  He said Pakistan has never denied access to the UN Military observer Group and the International media on its side of the border.  He said things can become clear if the Indian side also allows access to the UN military observer group.

Babar Iftikhar said situation at the line of control is very serious. The Indian LOC violations alone this year has martyred seven civilians and injured ninety others.  He said the Indian quadcopters have violated Pakistani airspace several times and in recent days we shot down their flying machines.

The DG ISPR said Pakistan has always given a befitting response to the Indian fire without targeting the civilian population across the line of control.

He said India is targetting innocent women and children in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Babar Iftikhar said Indian plans to mount aggression against Pakistan in the next few months to divert the world attention from its failures and embarrassment on multiple fronts including the border issue with Nepal, mismanagement of coronavirus and its dwindling economic situation.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa have also referred to the Indian false flag operations.

The DG ISPR said the Indian steps in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir have backfired. He said the whole world is witnessing the worst human rights violations in the occupied territory.

He said the United Nations, the US, the European Union and the human rights groups have also felt and raised questions on the tide of Islamophobia in India.

June 3, 2020

#Pilot Blamed for PK-8303 #PlaneCrash In #Karachi

Web Desk ::CAA blames pilot for Karachi plane crash. A number of violations made by the captain of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft that crashed on May 22 have been highlighted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). A report was sent to the safety department of PIA by the Additional Director Operations of Civil Aviation Authority. The report highlights that the pilot of Airbus A320 aircraft did not follow many of the instructions of the air traffic controller (ATC).

In the report it was highlighted that the plane was at high altitude before its approach point and the ATC did warn the pilot about it. The aircraft was at 3,500 feet at four nautical miles which is considered high from the approach profile.

Also, the aircraft speed was over 250 knots before landing. This is higher than the required acceleration. The captain was warned twice by the air traffic controller to turn the aircraft to 180 degrees and maintain the required altitude. However, these instructions were ignored.

Also, the report included a written response from the air traffic controller and approach tower controllers. These have been submitted to the investigation team on May 26 during the probe of the crash.

“Both engines of the aircraft were badly damaged after hitting the ground as the plane landed without opening landing gear. It seems that the captain forgot to open the landing gear while maintaining the speed and altitude of the aircraft, said the air traffic controller.”Then later on the captain took permission again to land which was given. He told ATC that both engines are not working and alerted for an emergency. The captain told ATC and the approach tower controller that he was calm and will try to land the aircraft.  But the aircraft fell short of its destination by less than a mile and crashed in a residential area.

Taking everything into account this must also be taken into account that the pilot is no more to defend himself. What is important now is to not repeat the mistakes that lead to such incidents.

Survivor recalls horror of PK-8303 plane crash - SAMAA

June 1, 2020

On #NationalOliveDay here’s how to make delicious French Tapenade at home!

Web Desk :: On National Olive Day here’s how to make delicious French Tapenade at home! For me tapenade is a taste of Provence. Crushed olives, piquant tasting and utterly delicious spread onto a piece of bread, perfect with a glass of wine or Pastis.

A taste of summer, of sunshine, the spirit of southern France on a spoon. According to food historians, tapenade was born from Romans preserving olives in oil which turned into a tasty mush.

It’s a classic French appetizer, offered in bars, restaurants, cafés and homes. Everyone seems to have their favourite way of making it. Tinned tuna fish is often added, chopped parsley, And, it’s so easy to make tapenade at home. It takes just a few minutes to blend and serve.

Classic French black olive tapenade recipe

Serves 5-6 people

25g tinned anchovies (some people like to use half anchovies/half tinned tuna)
25g capers
100g black olives (stoned) (the better the quality, the better the taste, Kalamata olives for instance, are perfect)
Clove of garlic
Leaves from a sprig fresh thyme (optional)
1.5 tablespoons olive oil
Black pepper (ground)
Squeeze of lemon juice (optional)

Drain the capers, anchovies (and tuna if your’e adding it) and put all the ingredients – except for the olive oil and pepper – into a food processor and blend to a rough puree.

Once it’s evenly blended, add the olive oil slowly on a slow speed. If you like your tapenade to have a bit of a citrus lift, squeeze the juice of half a lemon in at this point.

You won’t need to add salt, thanks to the anchovies, but now’s the time to add some ground black pepper according to taste.

The tapenade will keep for a few weeks in a tightly closed dish in the fridge. If you can keep it at all that is. This is a delicious little treat and very moreish!

Bowl of black olive tapenade and a slice of bread spread with tapenade