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UN chief calls for strong international cooperation to overcome global challenges -
UNITED NATIONS, May 25 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the international community was enduring a “time of test” amid explosion of world conflicts, humanitarian crises and human rights problems, and called for strong international cooperation and bold action to overcome those challenges.


US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The United States Senate early Saturday rejected the extension of the Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 to help the government in preventing future terrorist attacks.


UN to recognize peacekeepers service in world's hot spots; five Pakistanis to get posthumous awards -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony next week the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year.


Modest global economic growth set to continue for rest of year: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP):  A new United Nations report released Friday says that modest paced global economic growth continues, and predicts a gradual improvement in the situation over the second half of 2015 and into next year.


UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on mosque in Saudi Arabia -
UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's terrorist attack targeting a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and  called for bringing the culprits to justice.



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Top four batsmen set huge total of 375
LAHORE, May 26 (APP): Pakistan, showing excellent bating performance after a long time, set a target of 376 runs and broke a six years old record of highest runs in an innings of ODI with Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Pak gives highest target to Zimbabwe at Gaddafi stadium
LAHORE, May 26 (APP): Pakistan scored highest runs in the One-Day International at Gaddafi Stadium against Zimbabwe breaking the record of Sri Lanka which made 357 runs in 2009.
 
Zimbabwe defences officials gives go ahead signal for Pakistan tour
KARACHI, May. 26 (APP)- Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Wilson Manase, has said the landmark decision to tour Pakistan was taken after he had spoken to the Zimbabwe’s defence department and was told that it was all right to play in Pakistan.
 
Pakistan women’s team off to Amman to defend BFAME bridge crown
KARACHI, May. 26 (APP)- Pakistan women’s, Open and Seniors teams left here for Amman (Jordan) to take part in the 18th Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East (BFAME) being held there from May 27 to June 4.
 
Sajjad, Shahram advances in Asian 6-Red Snooker last-8
KARACHI, May 26 (APP): Pakistan’s fancied cueist Muhammad Sajjad and with Shahram Changezi advanced in last-8 round of Asian 6-Red Snooker Championships after contrasting victories in Kish island (Iran) 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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