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Sri Lanka Sent Pakistan its Arms Wishlist
Posted 01 June 2007 - 10:48 AM
Pakistan should provide weapons and info and if needed should provide manpower to eliminate terrorism. Indian terrorism.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:49 AM
Yep. India is playing with Sri Lanka hence why India supplied faulty equipment to them. When Sri Lankans realized they were being cheated they turned to China and Pakistan for help. Did India offer to help defeat the terrorists realistically? Nope. The Indians had a hidden agenda for Sri Lanka and now it's falling apart, that's why they're feeling uneasy and showing knee jerk reaction. It's the India we've known for decades.
I doubt India is a big power but clearly having a big mouth. The reality is that it is manipulating Sri Lanka which is being terrorized by Indian terrorists.
Posted 01 June 2007 - 08:40 PM
Hamilton, Harry hit out at India
By Sunil Jayasiri
Two former commanders of the Army and Air Force yesterday came down hard on India over comments made by the Indian National Security Adviser that Sri Lanka should not seek weapons from Pakistan or China.
Former Army Chief Hamilton Wanasinghe said India should not tell Sri Lanka from where it should purchase military hardware or not. It is Sri Lanka’s choice, so the request is ‘unfair’,” General Wanasinghe who commanded the Army from 1988 to 1991 told the Daily Mirror.
Praising Pakistan and China for their continued support to Sri Lanka, the former Army Chief also said we had to depend on Pakistan and China at critical points of time in the past. “We can’t antagonize those two countries, as they were there when we needed them.” Accusing neighbouring India of creating Sri Lanka’s conflict, the former Army Commander said India was partly responsible for creating the problem for us. “The LTTE was created by India. That’s the truth.”
Meanwhile, former Air Force Chief Air Vice Marshal Harry Gunatilake said Sri Lanka had the freedom to go to any country to purchase weapons.
Claiming that it was a good thing that Sri Lanka first went to India to seek weapons, Air Vice Marshal Gunatilake said “Though India does not like to give defensive weapons to us, we had the decency to inform India. However we have the right to go elsewhere and buy what we want.”
Addressing the media in Chennai India’s National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said: “We are a big power in the region. We don't want the Sri Lankan government to go to Pakistan or China. Whatever may be its requirement, the Sri Lankan government should come to us. However, India will not provide weapons with offensive capabilities to Sri Lanka”.
Justifying why India provided radars to the Sri Lankan government, Mr. Narayan has said, “Radars are seen as a defensive capability. Hence, we have provided the Sri Lankan government with them.”
Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:27 AM
India trying to force Srilanka to buy its GARBAGE
The Sri Lankan media has lambasted India's National Security Advisor MK Narayanan for saying that Sri Lanka should not buy arms from China or Pakistan and that it should come to India for its military requirements even though New Delhi will not supply offensive weapons(even if they did, they most likely wont work in a crunch).
Daily Mirror carried a cartoon by Gihan Chickera on Saturday, which showed Narayanan standing near an overflowing garbage bin with the caption saying: "India can force Sri Lanka to buy its garbage."
In March, the Sri Lankan media had charged (JUSTLY) that the 2D radars given by India were not effective in meeting the aerial threat from the LTTE.
In its editorial The Island daily said that Narayanan's statement that India was a "big power" which could not allow China and Pakistan to enter its sphere of influence showed "arrogance, callousness and coercion that characterised the Nazi regime of Hitler."
On Narayanan's saying that India would not supply offensive weapons to Sri Lanka, the editorial asked: "Is he of the opinion that terrorism could be countered with broomsticks and brickbats?"
The Island warned that India could play "dirty tricks" if Sri Lanka did not follow its diktat. It could soften its stand against the LTTE "signs of which are already visible," it said.
Former Associate Foreign Secretary and foreign affairs commentator K Godage wrote in Daily Mirror that India had consistently had a "dog in the manger" policy vis-à-vis Sri Lanka's defence needs.
New Delhi had stood in the way of the US and Sri Lanka signing the Access and Cross Services Agreement (ACSA), while it was itself striking defence deals with the US. It was holding joint military exercises with China while preventing Sri Lanka from having defence dealings with China, Godage pointed out.
"It appears that the Indian government finds utility in the continuance of the conflict in Sri Lanka," he charged. But if this was not true, India should actively assist Sri Lanka in finding a peaceful political settlement of the Tamil question and subdue the LTTE with its might if it did not toe the line, he said.
Daily Mirror said in its editorial that India's bid to play "policeman" of the region was "objectionable" and hoped that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, known for his commitment to democracy and respect for the independence of nations "will not permit India to commit itself to the adoption of the attitude advocated by Narayanan."
However, as an advocate of a peaceful resolution of the Sri Lankan conflict, Daily Mirror asked Sri Lankans to "take a cue from the Indian attitude and gauge the nascent global view that political issues (like the Tamil problem in Sri Lanka) should be resolved not by use of arms but through dialogue and negotiations."
Posted 03 June 2007 - 04:52 AM
India is playing a double game imo. They are arming LTTE and at the same time trying to sell to The Government...anyone saw Blood Diamond?
Where can LTTE get its arms from? They certainly cant manufacture, the only smuggling routes point to India. Arming an organisation which 'started' the concept of modern-day suicide bombing.
Posted 04 June 2007 - 04:40 PM
It was due to the foreign interference and treacherous assistance being given by our own anti-national elements to the terrorist outfit in the Wanni jungles that we Sri Lankans were undergoing innumerable hardships for the last three decades. It is the constitutional obligation of the Sri Lankan government to go to any extent, to seek assistance from anyone, to deploy whatever the means possible and defeat its known and hidden enemies. Vulnerability of the Sri Lankan governments in the past to the dictates of each and every foreign syndicate, treachery and appeasement of the cowardly ruling classes not only failed to uphold this constitutional obligation but also saved the terrorists from the jaws of defeat several times and helped them strengthen militarily and emerge as the world’s ruthless and the most technically sophisticated terrorist outfit. It was to totally and mercilessly destroy this terrorist gang that all patriotic masses united as a single force and entrusted this responsibility with Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse by electing him as the President of this country. The latest Indian dictate over arms purchases is a challenge to our national integrity which should be opposed and vehemently condemned by all patriots.
After having consultations with Sri Lanka’s sworn enemy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi, India’s National Security Advisor M.K.Narayanan, a South Indian has boasted that India is a big power in this region, and Sri Lanka should not approach Pakistan and China for weapon purchases. He has also said that Sri Lanka can approach them for this requirement but they will not equip Sri Lanka with “offensive capability” . A highly despicable statement by a responsible and high ranking personality of the Indian government which has embedded in it the whole Indian policy vis-à-vis Sri Lanka’s current problem. Anyone would agree that this is a highly offensive statement against the sovereign state Sri Lanka that belittles our national integrity and self respect.
The statement in its elaborated form gives the message that India does not want Sri Lanka to get advanced weapons capable of defeating the terrorist outfit, India does not want to allow a complete defeat of the terrorist outfit, India does not want Sri Lanka to have better relations with countries that are considered inimical to it, India wants Sri Lanka to remain as a country totally dependent on it, India is not against the activities of the terrorist outfit which keeps Sri Lanka economically backward, India wants the terrorist problem in Sri Lanka to prevail unabated, and India is a hegemonic country that will not respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of any nation in the region and it will not allow any country in the region to rise and develop independently.
It is this despicable India that fathered the terrorist outfit by training and arming them. The bones of megalomaniac Prabhakaran and his inhuman gang would have perished without any trace of it, if it was not for India’s direct assistance at the beginning and indirect and clandestine backing after the murder of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
When the terrorist outfit attempted to capture Jaffna in the year 2000, India turned down Sri Lankan President’s request for advanced weapons and instead offered assistance to evacuate our soldiers from the Jaffna peninsula, so that the terrorists could capture Jaffna without any deterrence. This rejection compelled Sri Lanka to seek assistance from Pakistan and if not for the multi-barrel and other weapons provided by Pakistan, India and the terrorist outfit would have succeeded in achieving their objective. India also protested about use of Pakistani airforce personnel for training our pilots and the appointment of Col. Bassir Wali Mohamed as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, claiming that he was from the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI). It is reasonably believed that India’s external intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) masterminded the unsuccessful attempt on his life made by the terrorist outfit in Colombo.
When intelligence sources and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission confirmed that the terrorist outfit has developed an air-wing and acquired air capability, and also possess some light aircrafts, the former President wanted to acquire a radar system from China, a nation that is truly and genuinely friendly with Sri Lanka. India as usual obstructed this move by offering a radar system and thereby preventing further consolidation of friendly ties between China and Sri Lanka. The reliability of the radar and other defensive equipment provided by India has been proved highly doubtful.
Also, India grooms our spineless treacherous individuals who would blindly and obligingly act on its dictates, if installed in power. These individuals frequently visit India under various pretexts and get brief by India on political maneuvers. Also several agents of Indian and Sri Lankan origin are regularly used by India to criticize Sri Lankan government, the gallant forces and make despicable attempts to sow dissension among Sri Lankans, by making use of terrorist, pro-terrorist and reactionary media. Despite all these inimical activities Sri Lanka as a good neighbour, and a civilized nation has always stood with India, respecting its neighbourliness and historical ties, in all international activities and consulted India whenever it deemed necessary. India should know and understand that it too would need the assistance of countries like Sri Lanka if it wants to get the permanent seat in the U.N.Security Council which it is aspiring for since a long time.
Our gallant forces marching from Mavil Aru have successfully liberated the Tamil masses of the East who were enslaved, tortured and denied human rights by the terrorist outfit. They are now being resettled in their own villages with all basic amenities they require, and these resettlement activities have been highly praised by a recent UN report (UNHCR report dated 29.05.07). The government has rightly carried out its responsibilities as regards these people and it is the duty and responsibility of the government to accord the same rights to the Tamil masses in the North, safeguard their human rights and totally defeat the terrorist menace. In this exercise no one has the right to dictate to the government what military equipment it should buy and from where and whom it should be bought, or acquired.
It is pertinent to conclude this article by drawing attention to what President Rajapakse told about foreign countries in his recent interview with the popular Al Jazeera TV. Sri Lanka is not a colony of England, America or any other country. Sri Lanka is a sovereign state. So when they get involved it is important that they do not interfere in the internal affairs of this country
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 02:23 PM
Chinese arms, radar for Sri Lanka military
[TamilNet, Monday, 04 June 2007, 15:59 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s military has inked several significant defence agreements with China, including those for the supply of modern radar and large quantities of ammunition, press reports said. The deals with Beijing come amid public statements from India expressing discontent with Colombo’s military ties to China and Pakistan. An order for Chinese radars is being routed through a company owned by Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapakse, reports also said. Meanwhile, India could provide training, spares and servicing support for Sri Lanka’s soon to be acquired Mig 29 jets. Britain's Jane's Defence Weekly reported recently that Sri Lanka had signed a classified $37.6 million deal with China's Poly Technologies in April to supply its defence forces with ammunition and ordnance for the army and navy.
Another company, China National Electronics Import Export Corp is to provide Sri Lanka a JY 11 3D radar for $5 million over the next few weeks once the site for its location near Colombo is ready, IANS reported quoting Jane’s.
Reports of the purchases come as India’s National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan publicly insisted that Sri Lanka should not approach Pakistan or China for weapons.
''It is high time that Sri Lanka understood that India is the big power in the region and ought to refrain from going to Pakistan or China for weapons, as we are prepared to accommodate them within the framework of our foreign policy,'' Narayanan was quoted by Indian reports as saying last Thursday after a 45-minute meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi.
Gotabaya Rajapakse, Sri Lanka’s hardline defence secretary concluded the new contract for the Chinese radars, IANS reported.
The order is being routed through Lanka Logistics and Technologies Co Ltd that Gotabaya Rajapakse also heads, the report also said.
Colombo has declined to renew its long standing agreement with China's North Industries Corporation (Norinco) for defence equipment, opting instead for Poly Technologies, founded as a rival in 1984 by Beijing's military establishment.
IANS says there is speculation that the change from Norinco, which has maintained a bonded warehouse in the southern port city of Galle since 1993, was prompted by the debt of $200 million Sri Lanka owes the company.
The largest single order with Poly Technologies is for 120 mm mortar shells for the army, of which 70,000 rounds are priced at $10.4 million.
Other imports include 68,000 152 mm artillery shells ($20 million) and 50,000 81 mm high-explosive mortar bombs ( $3.7 million).
The Sri Lankan navy's requirement, valued at$ 2.7 million, includes a range of ammunition including 100,000 14.5 mm cartridges, 2,000 RPG-7 rockets and 500 81 mm airburst mortar shells.
There are also 50 Type 82 14.5 mm twin-barrel naval guns, 200 Type 85 12.7 mm heavy machine guns, 200 Type 80 7.62 mm multipurpose machine guns, 1,000 Type 56-2 7.62 mm submachine guns and 1,000 Type 56 7.62 mm submachine guns, Jane's reported.
Meanwhile, Jane’s is quoted as reporting that Sri Lanka’s director of Aeronautical Engineering, Air Vice Marshal Prashantha de Silva, is scheduled to visit Moscow to discuss the acquisition acquiring an unspecified number of MiG 29 fighters to boost Colombo’s power.
IANS quoted Indian defence sources as saying New Delhi, which also operates 60 odd MiG 29s, could play an 'important' role in Sri Lanka's proposed purchase of similar fighters by agreeing to provide training, spares, servicing and other logistic back-up.
Posted 11 July 2007 - 10:12 PM
Could be. A few years ago during a massive Tamil Tiger offensive on the Jaffna Peninsular the government forces were staring defeat in the face. We rushed a few 122mm MBRL systems to them and it saved the day.
I was thinking they could be KRL products but there is no way of telling really. they could have got some more from China.
Posted 13 March 2008 - 10:48 PM
Jane's Defence Weekly
Sri Lanka nears MiG-29 purchase
Jon Grevatt JDW Jane's Defence Industry Editor
Sri Lanka is in advanced talks with Russia over the procurement of five MiG-29 fighter aircraft, the head of the country's state-owned procurement agency has said.
Jayantha Wickramasinghe, chief executive officer of Lanka Logistics and Technologies Limited (the company created by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence in 2007 to procure equipment for the armed forces), said that the acquisition of four MiG-29SMs and one MiG-29UB was "well under way".
"Negotiations about these aircraft are continuing," Wickramasinghe told Jane's on 13 March. "We are discussing all possibilities."
The procurement follows the emergence of the air division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which used Zlin Z 143 light aircraft to bomb the airport and Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) base in Colombo in March 2007.
The aircraft would also augment four overhauled MiG-27s that were received by the SLAF in 2006 and 2007 from Ukrinmash, Ukraine's state-owned defence organisation.
Along with the procurement of new fighter aircraft from Russia, Colombo has plans for the acquisition of a number of other defence items, including mobile radars, utility helicopters, attack craft for the Sri Lankan Navy and transport vehicles and combat equipment for the Sri Lankan Army.
© 2008 Jane's Information Group
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Posted 14 March 2008 - 08:28 AM
Posted 28 March 2008 - 12:29 PM
India warns Lanka against deals with Pakistan:
Friday, March 28, 2008: Against the backdrop of Sri Lanka procuring arms from Pakistan, India’s National Security Adviser M K Narayanan has voiced displeasure over it saying it would "compromise" India's pre-eminent position in the region.
"We have to ensure that India's pre-eminent position in the region is not compromised by Sri Lanka seeking arms from elsewhere," he said while delivering Wednesday’s 25th P C Lal Memorial Lecture in New Delhi.
His comments came about a month after Sri Lanka admitted it was procuring arms from Pakistan in the wake of denial of supplies from India.
"We are facing a situation where the ceasefire (in Sri Lanka) could collapse. This could lead to a flash-point," said Narayanan. He said India wanted the Lankan government to treat its large Tamil population with dignity.
"But the Sri Lankan government would seem to have the single objective of a military victory against the LTTE without any devolution of power," Narayanan said.
The annual report of the Indian Ministry of Defence for the year 2006-2007 states that India is continuing to have security concerns with Pakistan on cross-border terrorism. Terrorist groups continue to operate freely in Pakistan.
India terrorists find shelter, support and training for operations across the border from elements in Pakistan. Recent incidents of terrorism and suicide bombings in some countries have demonstrated the ever-increasing reach of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations, such as the homegrown Lashkar-e-Taiba. India is committed to peace, friendship and good neighbourly relations with the people and the government of Pakistan, the Indian Defence Ministry report said.
In pursuance of this goal, Government of India has taken a number of policy initiatives. It has proposed several confidence building measures aimed at enlarging the areas a positive move, India and Pakistan have instituted a Joint Anti- Terror mechanism in November 2006.
"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." Collin Powel
Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:47 AM
The above article is a good reminder for the people who think we should reduce our military budget. India is just a country with a massive inferiority complex and they want to be something 'big' and 'super' and they think by bullying the small countries around them they can achieve that.
May Allah protect Pakistan from the external and internal threats... and may we always have the ability to defend ourselves, at least.
Arms for Peace?
Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:21 PM
The indians need to practice what they preach. If Sri Lanka is falling out of favor with India's supposed right to pre-eminance in the region, maybe it is because they feel their acquiescense to that Indian role in the 1980's led them to decades of frustration and warfare. The Indian's were always more interested in their own interests in Sri Lanka rather than stability.
Posted 30 March 2008 - 04:47 AM
Posted 02 April 2008 - 05:39 PM
Sri Lanka's SOS to Pakistan for arms
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FACED with stiff resistance from Tamil Tiger guerrillas, Sri Lanka has ordered emergency military supplies from Pakistan, reports Indian news agency IANS quoting official sources in New Delhi on Wednesday. In a development noted with some concern by the Indian establishment, the Sri Lanka Army has sought 150,000 rounds of 60mm mortar ammunition and as many hand grenades for immediate delivery, the sources said.
Sri Lanka has also requested $25m worth of 81mm, 120mm and 130mm mortar ammunition to be delivered within a month, the sources told IANS. Gen Sarath Fonseka, the Sri Lankan army chief who spent six days in India last month, has conveyed the requirements to his Pakistani counterpart, Gen Kayani, said the sources.
The Pakistani military has apparently agreed to supply the ammunition on an emergency basis from its War Wastage Reserve maintained in various army depots.
The SOS comes amid escalating fighting in Sri Lanka where the military is desperately trying to gain control of areas the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) holds in the island’s north. The current fighting is concentrated mostly in the districts of Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu, which along with Kilinochchi are commonly referred to as the Wanni region, as well as in Jaffna.
In Mannar, the military has been trying for months to advance into LTTE territory. And with rains starting around two weeks ago, the military push could slow down further.
The Sri Lankan military controls most of Mannar, Vavuniya and Jaffna. The Tigers are in control of the whole of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts.
Despite some gains, the military is finding the going tough in the north, in contrast to the eastern wing of the country that came under Colombo’s control in 2007 after the Tigers withdrew their forces.
The resistance the LTTE is putting up is making Sri Lanka turn to Pakistan to make up ammunition it is exhausting, the Indian sources said.
Sri Lanka started buying arms and ammunition from Pakistan in a big way from 1999. The total purchases until December 2007 were worth $50 million while there has been a sudden jump in the quantity of merchandise ordered this year.
Pakistan’s main military supplies to Sri Lanka include mortar ammunition, radio sets, hand grenades, naval ammunition and tanks.
The military links between Islamabad and Colombo worry New Delhi because this gives Pakistan access to Sri Lankan defence establishments and intelligence that analysts here fear hurts Indian security interests in the long run.
India mainly provides what it says are non-lethal military supplies to Sri Lanka. And while refusing it offensive weapons, New Delhi has publicly expressed displeasure over Sri Lanka’s military purchases from Pakistan and China.
Sri Lankan officials argue that they are free to go to any country for weapons supplies since India refuses to provide lethal weapons. Colombo says that in any case it keeps New Delhi informed about their shopping list.
A section of the Indian establishment feels that with so much military hardware pouring into Sri Lanka, the war in the island is unlikely to end any time soon.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 07:33 AM
Thursday, April 3, 2008, 11:38 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka has ordered emergency military supplies from Pakistan, Indian media reports quoting Indian official sources claimed.
Sri Lanka Army Chief Lt. General Sarath Fonseka had reportedly made the request to his Pakistani counterpart, General Ashraf Pervez Kayani, who agreed to supply the ammunition on an emergency basis.
“The Sri Lanka Army has sought 150,000 rounds of 60 mm mortar ammunition and as many hand grenades for immediate delivery,” media reports said quoting sources.
Accordingly, another $25 million worth of 81 mm, 120 mm and 130 mm mortar ammunition are to be delivered within a month.
To the consternation of India, Sri Lanka has sought military help from Pakistan as fighting escalated in the northern districts of Mannar, Vavumiya and Kilinochchi.
India only supplies non-lethal military hardware to Sri Lanka. Despite its refusal to provide offensive weapons, India is discontent over Sri Lanka's military purchases from Pakistan and China.
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