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Chairman Privatization Commission to announce Pakistan's power sector privatization plan in US -
WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (APP): Chairman Privatization Commission Mohammad  Zubair will announce Pakistan's power sector privatization programme at a roadshow being held in Washington on Thursday (Oct 8).

Ex-UNGA president charged with bribery; Ban 'shocked' -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (APP): Former U.N. General Assembly President John Ashe was arrested Tuesday and charged in a bribery scheme in which he is accused of accepting more than $1 million in exchange for lucrative government investment contracts.

UN chief voices alarm at growing number of deadly incidents in Israeli-occupied West Bank -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (APP): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced 'profound alarm Tuesday at the growing number of deadly incidents in the Israel-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

UN highlights importance of public spaces for poor and vulnerable citizens -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (APP): Marking World Habitat Day, which is observed every year on the first Monday of October, top United Nations officials today urged the creation of "Public spaces for all."

Mideast would be better off if Saddam & Muammar Gaddafi were still in power: Trump -
NEW YORK, Oct 4 (APP): Republican presidential front-runner Donald  Trump said Sunday the Middle East would be better off if Saddam Hussein  and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power.

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Abouelghar wins International Squash Championship
ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): World No 38 Mohamed Abouelghar of Egypt defeated his country fellow World No 31 Omar Abdel Meguid on Tuesday in the final of Serena Hotels-Chief of the Air Staff International Squash Championship played here at the Mushaf Squash Complex. 
Wasim urges PCB to make a biometric lab
ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): Former cricket stars on Tuesday urged the cricket authorities in the country to arrange for early checking of suspect bowling actions by spinners after a third Pakistani off-spinner, Bilal Asif, was reported for this offence in the series-winning match against Zimbabwe.
Saqib, Raheem wins in IBSF World U18 Snooker
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): Pakistan’s Muhammad Saqib collected his second win while Abdul Raheem registered his first victory in the inaugural IBSF World Under-18 Snooker Championship at St.Petersburg (Russia), Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) announced on Tuesday.
Anam grabs 4-7 as Pakistan makes clean-sweep in women series vs BD
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): Spinner Anam Amin grabbed four wickets and consistent Bismah Maroof scored another fine 41 runs as Pakistan made a clean-sweep against Bangladesh in the international women’s series when they defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the second One-day international on Tuesday.
Shoaib Malik reaclled in Pakistan's Test squad after 5 years
KARACHI, Oct 6 (APP): All rounder Shoaib Malik has been recalled in Pakistan's Test squad for the Test series against England, after the lapse of five years, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday.
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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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