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UN chief strongly deplores latest deadly attack in Ukraine -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (APP):  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday’s rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.


Obama likely to raise question of resuming India-Pakistan dialogue with Modi: Report -
NEW YORK, Jan 24 (APP): US President Barack Obama is likely to raise with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of how the two nuclear-armed neighbours can resume dialogue and reduce their hostilities when the two leaders hold talks during the American leader’s shortened trip to India, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.


Peshawar school massacre reflects Muslim suffering at hands of terrorists -
WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (APP): The United States has welcomed the additional Pakistani steps to wipe out militants operating on its soil and citing December 16, 2014 atrocious attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School underscored that more Muslims have been victims of terror than anybody else.


US backs Pakistan commitment to act curb violent extremism -
WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (APP): The United States has said it backs Pakistan’s commitment to take steps against militant groups operating on its soil without any discrimination. 


UN pays tribute to late Saudi King's role in advancing development, humanitarian causes -
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (APP):  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has "learnt with sadness" of the death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the late King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who passed away on Friday at the age of 90.


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UAE being considered as venue for Pacquiao- Amir Khan title fight
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): UAE is being considered as a venue for a title fight between Manny Pacquiao and British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan, if the proposed May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather and the Filipino ring legend doesn’t happen.
 
PIA jumps to top of points table in First COAS Challenge Hockey Cup
RAWALPINDI, Jan 25 (APP): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) moved to the top of the points table in pool A after a 4-2 thrashing of Police in a match of the First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup (COAS) here at the Army Hockey Stadium on Sunday.
 
Ajmal optimistic of getting cleared after retest
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who underwent official ICC retesting on his remodeled bowling action in Chennai on Saturday, believes that his “doosra” is within the legal limit now and is hopeful of being cleared to bowl again in international cricket.
 
Rookie Seifert, Nicholls tons stun Pakistan
KARACHI, Jan. 25 (APP): The batsmen duo of Tim Seifert and Henry Nicholls banged contrasting centuries as New Zealand Board President’s XI inflicted a six wickets defeat on touring Pakistan team in a practice game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, near Christchurch on Sunday despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s century.
 
ICC to take up to illegal bowling actions on Jan 28
ISLAMABAD, Jan 25 (APP): Issues relating to illegal bowling actions, anti-corruption and anti-doping matters will be discussed at the ICC Board Meeting to be held at its headquarters in Dubai on January 28-29.
 
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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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