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"Love song to Earth" released to inspire action at UN climate conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 5 (APP): Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.


Pakistan takes issue of Indian ceasefire violations to UN Security Council -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 5 (APP): Pakistan has urged the U.N. Security Council to "take notice" of the escalating incidents of firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region and the Working Boundary in which a large number of civilians have been killed and injured, it was officially stated Friday.


Pakistani general appointed force commander of UN mission in Western Sahara -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General BAN  Ki-moon Friday announced the appointment of Pakistani Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam, who is currently Inspector General of the Frontier Corps,  as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).



Pakistan welcomes joint ventures with Bosnia in power, construction sectors: President -
app24-04president-beijing.jpgBEIJING, China, Sep 4 (APP): President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said Pakistan values its ties with Bosnia and Herzegovina and said it would welcome joint ventures and investment in power generation, construction and textiles.
 


UN to vote on Palestine flag raising draft resolution next week: Envoy -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 4 (APP): The UN General assembly is set to adopt a resolution next week that would allow the Palestinian flag to be raised at the gates of United Nations building in time for Palestine Mahmoud Abbas' visit to New York, the Palestinian representative to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said Thursday.


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PCB announces increased Central Contracts of players
KARACHI, Sept 5 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Saturday announced the enhanced Central Contracts of the players for the year 2015-16.
 
Mubashar steers Bahawalpur Region to 6-wicket win over Lahore Blues
ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP): Faisal Mubashar scored unbeaten 53 to guide Bahawalpur Region to a comfortable six wicket win over Lahore Region Blues in the first semifinal of Haier Mobile T-20 Cup, Qualifying Round here at Rawalpindi Stadium on Saturday.
 
PCB announces central contract for 27 players
ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced central contract for 27 players in four categories for the year 2015-16.
 
Pakistan Disable team defeat B'desh by six wicket
ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP): Pakistan Disabled Cricket team continued their winning streak when they defeated hosts Bangladesh by 20 runs in ICRC International T20 Cricket Tournament at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka.
 
Mohammad Asif eying dramatic return to int'l cricket next year
ISLAMABAD, Sep 5 (APP): Pace bowler Mohammad Asif is eyeing a dramatic return to international cricket in Pakistan's tour of England next summer after the expiry of his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
 
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PAF to enhance potency by inducting latest version of F-16s PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, June 25 (APP): Adding potency to PAF’s fleet, three most modern F-16 aircraft would be inducted at the newly upgraded base under the Southern Air Command of the country on Sunday.Delivery of Block-52 type of F-16 aircraft, especially designed to ably meet with the country’s present and future needs is a part of goodwill gesture by the United States.Pakistan is the second country after Israel to get these state of the art aircraft from the US.

Total 18 aircraft, equipped with Modern Electronic Warfare gadgets like Sniper Pods, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Threat Warning System (TWS), Beyond Visual Range missiles, and Night Precision Guided missile have to be supplied to Pakistan by the end of the current year and three of them would be reaching as part of the first batch at the newly upgraded airbase Shahabaz (Jackobabad) of the PAF.
The Base, prior to this was being used as Forward Operating Base (FOB) by the PAF but very recently it has been upgraded to home F-16 Block 52 aircraft by installing state of the art gadgetry, equipment and radar system.
The aircraft including two D class and one C class would directly fly from the USA (Tuscon) and after making almost 8 hours flight would land at the Shahbaz base on Saturday.
“The induction of the F 16 Block 52 into PAF’s arsenal would go a long way in enhancing the potency of the PAF and would offset the technological superiority of the adversary in the domain of air power,” a spokesman of PAF told mediapersons while briefing about the induction of the aircraft.
The effects of inclusion of this aircraft and the associated weapons in PAF’s inventory would be further boosted by the addition of the Mid Life Update (MLU) modified F16s in early 2012.
PAF’s F16 fleet along with the locally developed JF 17 and the recently acquired Airborne Early Warning fleet would pose a formidable challenge to the enemy’s offensive designs.
He said that the aircraft can simultaneously carry a variety of arms and ammunition with the capability to engage the adversary in different types of attack and combat environment.
About the technical training for the repair and upgradation of F-16, he said a total of 113 PAF personnel including 32 Officers and 81 technicians have already completed their training at USA and are waiting to manage and operate these aircraft in Pakistan.
In addition to that, he said 8 pilots of PAF have been imparted operational training of the aircraft in USA and they will transfer the skill to other pilots in the country by performing as master trainers.
Meanwhile, he said that a Technical Support Team of the US comprising, technicians, engineers and experts from Lockheed Martin (the manufacturer of the aircraft), besides other officials of the US Air Force.    
For the existing fleet of 40 F-16 aircraft MLU programme would also start in the current year.
 
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