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Eight million civilians living in 'state of fear' in IS-held territory: UN expert -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 2 (APP): The Islamic State has engaged in widespread and systematic human rights violations of the most serious kinds in Syria and Iraq, brutally forcing some 8 million people to 'assimilate, flee or face death,' according to a United Nations expert.


UNHCR's Angelina Jolie, on visit to Mynamar, meets Rohingya Muslim representatives in Yagon -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): During her just-concluded 4-day visit to Myanmar, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie met with representatives of Rohingya Muslims, the South-East Asian country's persecuted minority community,  in Yangon on Friday, according to a UN press release and media reports.


UNHCR's Angelina Jolie, on visit to Mynamar, meets Rohingya Muslim representatives in Yagon -
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 1 (APP): During her just-concluded 4-day visit to Myanmar, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie met with representatives of Rohingya Muslims, the South-East Asian country's persecuted minority community,  in Yangon on Friday, according to a UN press release and media reports.


US appreciates Pakistan's constructive role in Afghan reconciliation process -
Washington, July 31 (APP): Appreciating Pakistan's constructive role in the Afghan reconciliation process, a U.S. State Department spokesman on Thursday encouraged the Taliban to seize a 'moment of opportunity' to make genuine peace and become part of the legitimate political system of Afghanistan.


Diplomats call for addressing root causes of refugee and migrant flows at Pakistan-organized event -
UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (APP): Senior diplomats and UN officials at a highly appreciated Pakistan-sponsored panel discussion on the plight of refugees and migrants Thursday called for addressing the root causes of the massive human movements -- conflicts, persecution and poverty -- in a bid to end this grave humanitarian crisis.


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Anwar Ali - an emerging all-rounder
By Muhammad Atif Noor
     
ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Down and out, but still manages to emerge victorious, only the green shirts, the unpredictable, can do such wonders.
 
Special Olympians bring great honour for Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): All praises for Pakistan Special Olympians who brought great honours for the country as  they continued their habit of winning medals, adding one more gold to their medal tally on the last day of Special World Games held in Los Angeles.
 
Pak futsal team leaves for Thailand
LAHORE, July 31 (APP): Pakistan futsal team left here on Friday for Thailand to participate in a 4-Nation Futsal Tournament being played in Bangkok.
 
PTTF name Pakistan team for Asian Table Tennis
KARACHI, July 31 (APP): Pakistan Table Tennis Federation (PTTF) Friday named a 11-member squad for the 22nd Asian Table Tennis Championship being staged at Pattaya (Thailand) from September 26 to September 3.
 
Wasim Akram to train young Pakistani pacers
ISLAMABAD, Jul 31 (APP): The Pakistan Cricket Board named 12 young fast bowlers to attend the camp with Wasim Akram at Karachi's National stadium from August 1.
     
 
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PAF to acquire 36  5th generation combat aircraft from China: PAF Chief PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD Nov 19 (APP): Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed on Wednesday said 36 high‑tech combat aircraft (CF‑20) would be inducted in the PAF fleet by 2010. These 21st century ‑ 5th generation ‑ aircraft are of Chinese origin and would provide an extra punch to the air force after induction, he said, while answering questions after a briefing to the visiting participants of National Media Workshop being organised by National Defence University at the Air Headquarters.

Air Chief Marshal Tanvir said that modalities are being discussed to acquire two squadrons of the aircraft for the PAF.

He said that the FC‑20 aircraft has been selected after hectic and lengthy deliberations besides considering a long list of the similar category aircraft of various origins.

He said the engine of the aircraft would be manufactured by Russia which is based on most modern technique called reverse technology.

He said that first squadron of indigenously developed fighter aircraft with the help of China ‑ JF‑17 (Thunder) would be inducted in the PAF fleet in the first quarter of 2009, enhancing agility of the air force whereby increasing its reach beyond 350 nautical miles.

In addition to that, he said that after laborious day in and day out efforts, the PAF has acquired the night‑war capability, due to which the country’s defence has been made further impregnable.

This capability has brought the PAF among a few air forces around the globe which have the ability to carry out war operations during night times. “This capability had become imperative to be achieved especially in the prevailing global and regional situations,” PAF chief said.

He said that the roll out of first batch of F‑16 (C & D) aircraft for Pakistan would be held in USA in January next, where he himself would be present to witness the auspicious occasion. The US would supply improved version of F‑16 aircraft to be inducted in the PAF by 2010.

In the surveillance field, he said the Swedish company would supply three SAAB surveillance aircraft to PAF by September next year while contract for acquiring four AWACS systems from China has already been signed.

He said despite economic constraints, all the important programmes of PAF are being run uninterrupted with the aim to make it a real force to meet the challenges.          

     In reply to another question, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir said that UAV technology was achieved earlier and drones are being manufactured indigenously.

Earlier, the participants were given a detailed briefing by the Vice Chief of Air Staff covering various aspects. Senior officers of PAF and National Defence University were also present.

 
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