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Govt committed to bring economic stability, end load shedding : PM -
MADINA MUNAWWARA, Mar 6 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said the government was committed to bring economic stability, end load shedding and terrorism from the country, so that peace and prosperity returns to Pakistan.


PM offers Isha prayers, Nawafil in Masjid-e-Nabwi -
MADINA MUNAWWARA, March 5 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday offered Isha prayers and Nawafil in Masjid-e-Nabwi and prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.


Top UN official calls for enforcing human rights amid rising tide of extremism -
UNITED NATIONS, March 5 (APP):  The world may be at a turning point as violent extremism and intolerance remain pervasive across the spectrum of global society, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday as he urged Member States to uphold the human rights principles underlying their communities in their fight against radicalism.


Libya crisis festering,UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity - UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 (APP): The overall situation in Libya is “deteriorating rapidly”
amid a growing terrorist threat and continuing violence, the United Nations envoy to the Arab country has warned the Security Council, as he urged national stakeholders to move firmly in defining the country’s future.


PM performs Umrah; prays for sovereignty, peace in Pakistan -
MAKKAH, Mar 5 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday performed Umrah and prayed for sovereignty, prosperity and peace in Pakistan.


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Gold medal for Nadeem Omar for meritorious services in sports
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) Zone-IV has announced a gold medal for cricket patron and sponsor Nadeem Omar for rendering meritirous contribution for promotion of sports, said a news release issued Friday.
 
Misbah suggests PCB for his successor
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who will retire from One-day Internationals after the ongoing Cricket World Cup has made a recommendation on his successor to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a leading cricket website reported on Friday.
 
Wasim Akram in line for Greatest All Time ODI cricketer
KARACHI, Mar 6 (APP): Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram is in line to become Greatest One-Day Cricketer, according to survey being conducted by leading cricket magazine, it was reported on Friday.
 
Azeem Ghumman to lead Dollar East in Patrons Trophy
KARACHI, Mar 5 (APP): Dashing opening batsman and former Pakistan Under-23 captain, Muhammad Azeem Ghumman has been named to lead Dollar East squad in Patrons Cricket Trophy Grade-II Cricket Championship starting at various parts of country from March 9.
 
Azeem Ghumman to lead Dollar East in Patrons Trophy
KARACHI, Mar 5 (APP): Dashing opening batsman and former Pakistan Under-23 captain, Muhammad Azeem Ghumman has been named to lead Dollar East squad in Patrons Cricket Trophy Grade-II Cricket Championship starting at various parts of country from March 9.
 
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PAF Chief says no problems in acquiring engines for JF-17 aircraft PDF Print E-mail
FARNBOROUGH, July 21 (APP)-Pakistan Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has rubbished claims that production of JF-17 Thunder warplanes has been hit by problems relating to procurement of Russian engines and said the manufacturing of the fighter planes in joint collaboration with China was proceeding smoothly.  The Air Chief was speaking to media on the occasion of his visit to Farnborough International Air Show where two PAF JF-17 aircraft are on static display.       

“There are no problems whatsoever regarding the supply of engines for these aircraft contrary what has been appearing in the international media,” he asserted.       
The Air Chief who visited the site where two PAF planes are on display and met the pilots and the ground staff, said he has been encouraged by the positive response of friendly countries who have shown interest in the aircraft.       
He said both Pakistan and China have evolved a joint strategy to sell these planes to the interested countries.       
The President of China Aviation Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC), Li Yu Hai who was also present on the occasion categorically stated that they have received no information from Russia on suspending the further supply of 100 RD-93 engines.     
The Pakistani Air Force chief added that China has also manufactured engines for this aircraft which are currently under testing and trials.
“We have to see how far these engines are successfully and then possibly induct them into JF-17”.       
He said Pakistan was looking to manufacture around 250 of these aircraft to replacing its present fleet of A-5s, FP-7 and Mirages.
According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, Egypt has launched negotiations with Pakistan in relation to licensed production of these single engine multimode fighter aircraft.       
According to the magazine, the Russian defence manufacturers are facing strong competition from China vis-à-vis their MIG-29s which carry a price tag of US $ 35 million as compared to 10 million dollars for FC-1 fighters.       
The magazine said  MIG-29s are currently competing with FC-1s in an Egyptian tender on the delivery of 32 fighters while the Middle East country is also negotiating with Pakistan.       
The Russian Federal Service for Military Technical Co-operation approved re-export of RD-93 engines to Egypt as part of the FC-1 fighter package in November 2007.       
While the PAF chief was visiting static display of JF-17, overhead an array of latest Western fighter planes including the state-of-the-art F-22 Raptor, F-16, F-18, Euro fighter Typhoon, British-made Hawke trainer thrilled the crowd with their aeronautical characteristics during the flying display.       
Pakistan plans to fly the JF-17 planes at the next 2012 show.  In the meantime, these planes will also participate in the Singapore International Air Show next year.       
The Commander of the Saudi Arabian Dharan Airbase also visited the site and evinced keen interest in JF-17. As he sat in the cockpit he was explained about its various features by wing commander Khalid who flew one of the planes from Pakistan. The PAF Chief also sat in the cockpit. Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Arif.  Project, Director, of JF-17 was also present on the occasion.       
Both Pakistan and China have set up a joint stall at the main exhibition hall and has been receiving numerous enquiries regarding the aircraft which has put on display for the first time at an international air show.       
The Pakistan Air Force officially inducted its first JF-17 squadron on February 18 this year.       
The JF-17 aircraft will be produced in blocks of 50 aircraft each where every succeeding block would be an upgraded version of the preceding block. Pakistan ’s share in co-production of the airframe of JF-17 aircraft would be more than 50%. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra, has the capacity to roll-out 15-25 aircraft per year.
 

 

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