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UN welcomes signing of agreement on Afghan unity government -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): After months of deadlock, the United Nations has welcomed Sunday’s agreement signed by Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani  and Abdullah Abdullah, to establish a government of national unity as an important step to move the country towards a period of stability. 


US welcomes Afghan agreement on government of national unity -
WASHINGTON, Sep 21 (APP): The United States has congratulated Afghan politicians Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr.  Abdullah Abdullah, on the two lead election candidates’ striking an agreement on formation of a government of national unity.


UN chief lauds Pakistan's efforts to provide relief to flood-hit people, offers world body's help -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the efforts of the Pakistani government in providing relief to the flood-affected people across Pakistan, and offered United Nations help, if requested.



Ban welcomes actor Leonardo DiCaprio as new UN Messenger of Peace -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday welcomed at the world body's headquarters in New York UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he has hailed as the world body's "new voice for climate advocacy."


UN kicks off its women global gender solidarity campaign -
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): Launching one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, opened a star-studded event in New York Saturday evening with strong calls on men and boys worldwide to raise their voiced for gender equality today and women's empowerment.


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British High Commission hosts international rugby matches
ISLAMABAD  Sept 21 (APP): The British High Commission hosted friendly rugby matches between the Pakistan Rugby Union and an international team of British, Canadian, American and Australian players here Sunday.
 
Ghosal beat Nasir to shatter Pakistan’s double gold dream in Asian Games squash
From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (APP): Saurave Ghosal of India shattered the dream of Pakistan of striking a double gold in the squash  event of 17th Asian Games when he defeated Nasir Iqbal 3-1 to cruise into the semi-final round of Asian Games Squash competition at Yeorumul Squash Courts on Sunday.
 
South Asian Netball Championship to start from Oct 22
ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) will organize second South Asian Men Netball Championship 2014 here at Pakistan Sports Complex from  October 22-25, 2014.
 
IOC chief Bach assures support to Pakistan in promotion of sports
From Ehsan Qureshi
 
INCHEON, Sept. 21 (APP): International Olympic Committee (IOC) Chief Thomas Bach has assured his full support to Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) in the promotion and development of sports.
 
Spectacular Dilber leads Pakistan to 2-0 triumph over China in Asian Games Hockey

From Ehsan Qureshi

INCHEON, South Korea, Sept 21 (APP): Spectacular Muhamad Dilber scored a goal and helped in making the other to lead Pakistan to a vital 2-0 victory over China in crucial “B” tie of Asian Games Hockey Tournament at Seonhak Hockey Stadium blues turf on Sunday.

 
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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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