Indian Anti-Tank Mine Was Found in Pakistan; NATO, Russia and Global Security; UK Fears Iranian Retaliation
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 10 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Pakistan says India-made anti-tank mine found in Nullah Dek
An India-made anti-tank mine was recovered from Nullah Dek near Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan’s Punjab province, India Today reported.
According to District Civil Defence Officer (Narowal) Muhammad Asim Wahla, labourers digging out sand from the Nullah Dek found the 14-pound anti-tank mine on Tuesday and informed police about it.
Police reached the spot and called the bomb disposal squad of the civil defence that defused the mine.
Nullah Dek enters Pakistan’s territory from India in Tehsil Zafarwal, in Narowal district, which is somewhere 125-km from Lahore.
The official said the anti-tank mine was made in India and such mines are sometimes found in the Dek after being pushed by the strong water currents of the Nullah from the Indian side.
Russian, NATO top brass discuss security issues
Russian Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has held a meeting with NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe Tod Wolters in Azerbaijan’s capital of Baku, Reuters reported, according the TASS Defense Ministry statement on Wednesday.
“The parties exchanged views on European and global security, ways to prevent incidents between Russia and NATO and the prospects for resuming dialogue between military experts,” the statement reads.
The Russian Defense Ministry added that Gerasimov and Wolters had also discussed “the fight against terrorism and maritime piracy, the situations in Afghanistan and Syria.”
In addition, they confirmed their interest in maintaining contacts.
On June 3, Gerasimov held a telephone conversation with Wolters who had been appointed as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe in early May.
UK Fears Iranian Retaliation against British-Flagged Tankers
A British warship escorted at least one UK tanker through the Strait of Hormuz amid rising tensions with Tehran following the interception of the Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar last week, Israel Defense reported.
The Isle of Man-flagged Pacific Voyager was accompanied by at least two military vessels for part of its journey through the Strait of Hormuz after sailing from Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia on July 7. The carrier had loaded a 2 million barrel cargo there, based on vessel tracking data.
Another Isle of Man-flagged tanker, British Heritage, diverted and failed to load its 140,000-ton cargo of crude at Basrah, Iraq, as planned on July 4 – the day Grace 1 was intercepted off Gibraltar. Instead, the vessel headed to Saudi waters where it has remained for the past 48 hours.
Twenty British-flagged vessels of 15,000 dwt or above have sailed through the Strait of Hormuz into Middle East Gulf waters since July 2, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence data. The UK Chamber of Shipping said it was working with the UK government and relevant departments in light of the threats made by Iran.
The escorts and diversions are seen amid hardening Iranian rhetoric following the interception and impounding of an Iranian-controlled very large crude carrier Grace 1. The chief of staff for Iran’s armed forces has said a British ship would be taken in retaliation.
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Source: TASS, India Today, Israel Defense