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Spectacular fireworks along New York City's East River mark U.S. Independence Day -
NEW YORK, July 5 (APP): Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers braved tight security to celebrate the U.S. 239th birthday with the traditional Fourth of July fireworks display Saturday night.


UN cites Cooperatives as vehicle to make sustainable development a reality -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): Cooperatives will play an invaluable role in the international community's roll-out of a sustainable development goals, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Saturday while marking the International Day of Cooperatives.


UN welcomes new Southeast Asian States' proposals on region's refugee and migrant issues -
UNITED NATIONS, July 4 (APP): The United Nations refugee agency Saturday welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set- up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.


Afghan Ambassador called to Foreign Office -
ISLAMABAD, July 3 (APP): The ambassador of Afghanistan was called to the Foreign Office Thursday evening and a demarche was made regarding detention of an official of Pakistan Consulate General at Kandahar by Afghan authorities.


Prime Minister to visit Norway on Tuesday -
ISLAMABAD, Jul 3 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif  will visit Norway on Tuesday (July 7) at the invitation of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to participate in the Oslo Summit on Education for Development.


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Leghari's ton powers Brothers CC in last-8 of in KG Ramazan cricket
KARACHI, July 3 (APP): Imtiaz Leghari smashed a whirlwind century to power Brothers Cricket Club Dadu into the last eight stage of Omar Associates 30th Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Tournament when they inflicted 96 runs defeat on Karachi Whites Blues here at the KG Ground on Friday.
 
Pakistan's Tariq to play for Bengal Warriors in PKL
ISLAMABAD, July 2 (APP): Pakistan's Mohammad Tariq will play for Bengal Warriors in the cash-rich Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) this season.
 
PCB to appoint former LCCA official as director game development
LAHORE, June 29 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board is all set to appoint a former interim chairman of Lahore city cricket association, Aizad Hussain Syed, as the director game development, national  cricket academy, ignoring the set criteria and merit.

 
PBF distributes sports gears among players
PESHAWAR, June 28 (APP): President Pakistan Badminton Federation Mian Iftikhar Hussain Sunday said that the so called sports pundits being head of various sportsorganizations over the years did nothing apart from their joyrides tours and protocol culture that badly damped Pakistani sports.
 
7th Ramadan Summer Squash League Matches begins
PESHAWAR, June 26 (APP): The 7th edition of the Ramazan Summer Squash League-2015 got under way here at PAF Hashim Khan Squash Complex on Friday.
 
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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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