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SAARC leaders vow for peaceful, prosperous South Asia -
KATHMANDU, Nov 27 (APP): The leaders of SAARC region Thursday resolved to develop South Asia into a peaceful, stable and prosperous region by enhancing regional connectivity and increased cooperation in trade, energy, security and infrastructure.


PM leaves for home after attending SAARC Summit -
KATHMANDU (Nepal), Nov 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left here Thursday for home after attending the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), held in the Nepalese capital on November 26-27.


Pakistan to host SAARC summit in 2016 -
KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 27 (APP): Pakistan will host the 19th summit of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad in 2016, the concluding session of 18th SAARC summit announced on Thursday.


PM attends SAARC's retreat, concluding session -
app12-27pm-kathmandu.jpgKATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday attended the retreat and concluding session of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held here on the second day of the 18th summit.


Sharif, Modi's warm handshake at SAARC's conclusion receives big applause -

app59-27pm-kathmandu.jpgBy Shafek Koreshe

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 27 (APP): After weeks of speculation and tension, the leaders of Pakistan and India finally shook hands, breathing in a fresh lease of life into the eight-member regional grouping of SAARC.



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Pakistan is progressing, peace loving country, says Denmark Ambassador
PESHAWAR, Nov 27 (APP): Denmark Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Jesper Mollar Sorensen has said that Pakistan is a progressing country and its peoples are more enthusiasts, committed and hard workers.
 
Cricket fraternity offers its deepest condolences on Phillip's death
ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (APP): The Cricket fraternity on Thursday offered its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Australian batsman Phillip Hughes who passed away following an injury he suffered during a first-class match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
 
Rashid, Rizwan get selectors' nod for Champions Trophy
KARACHI, Nov 27 (APP): Half back Rashid Mehmood and forward Muhammad Rizwan Senior got selectors nod and were named in an 18- member Pakistan squad for next month's 35th edition of Hockey Champions Trophy staged in Indian city of Bhubaneshawar from December 6 to 14.
 
Dazzling Sajjad sails into 16-round of IBSF World Snooker
KARACHI, Nov 27 (APP): Pakistan's Muhammad Sajjad maintained his dazzling run in the IBSF World Snooker Championship by sailing in the last 16-round in Bangalore (India), said a statement received here on Thursday.
 
Moin expresses shock over Phillip Hughes’ death
ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 (APP): Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan on Thursday expressed deep sorrow and grief over the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
 
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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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