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Pakistan renew its commitment to UN peacekeeping at first-ever defence chiefs conference -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to the “noble cause” of United Nations peacekeeping, the world body’s flagship activity that helps countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace.


At UN, Pakistan urges action to end violence against religious, ethnic minorities in Mideast -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 28 (APP):  Pakistan Friday called for U.N. Security Council action to end the religiously and ethnically-motivated violence sweeping the Middle East by promoting a global consensus for resolving the challenges confronting Iraq, Syria, Yemen and “most importantly” Palestine.


US says Pakistan making sincere effort for Afghan peace -
WASHINGTON, March 28 (APP): Pakistan is making a “sincere effort” towards Afghan peace and it wants to make the best use of the “new environment” by aiding a negotiated political settlement to the conflict in the neighboring country, U.S. Special
Representative Dan Feldman said.


UN leader calls on defence chiefs for ‘unity and backing’ on UN peacekeeping -
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 27 (APP): At the first-ever United Nations Chiefs of Defence Conference Friday,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to senior military officials for more troop contributions from States around the world and for political will and purpose.


IMF okays release of $ 501.4 million for Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, March 27 (APP): The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday approved immediate release of $ 501.4 million tranche for Pakistan as the Fund’s Executive Board completed the sixth review of Pakistan’s economic performance.


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Australia skipper Clarke decided to quit ODI cricket after World Cup

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): Australian skipper Michael Clarke has decided to retire from One-Day Internationals after Sunday’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) final against New Zealand here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

 
Aussies enjoys edge but Kiwis can topple them with fighting spirit in CWC final on Sunday

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBURNE, March 28 (APP): Though Australia enjoyed the edge but fighting qualities, innovative brand of the game and flair can help New Zealand to topple the favorites in the final of Cricket World Cup (CWC) here on Sunday.

 
NZ captain McCullum rates his team’s chances as 50-50 in World Cup final

From Ehsan Qureshi

MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Saturday rated his team’s chances against Australia in the Cricket World Cup final as 50-50.

 
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 breaking records, capturing hearts: Richardson
MELBOURNE, March 28 (APP): ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has been a record-breaking tournament and has cemented the event’s position as one of the most popular sporting spectacles in the world, according to statistics released here on Saturday.
 
President SFP serves notice on Haider Lehri for holding illegal elections
KARACHI Mar. 26 (APP): President Softball Federation of Pakistan (SFP) Mohammed Saleem Khan has issued show cause notice to federation’s secretary general Haider Lehri for holding unconstitutional elections of the federation at Lahore on March 21 last.
 
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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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