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US says no change to deal on sale of helicopters, counterterrorism equipment for Pakistan -
WASHINGTON, April 20 (APP): The United States on Monday said its one billion dollars sale of helicopters and other military equipment is very much on and there is no change in the counterterrorism relationship with the South Asian country.


World Bank praises Pakistans reforms progress; assures support for economic growth -
WASHINGTON, April 20 (APP): The World Bank has expressed appreciation for Pakistans economic upturn and reaffirmed its support for development of the key South Asian country.


UN chief urges finance leaders to 'plant seeds' of post-2015 development agenda -
WASHINGTON, Apr 19 (APP):  Financing will be key for the creation and unveiling of an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared Saturday, as he stressed that 2015 marked a time of global action for people and the planet.


UN chief slams suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad -
UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned Saturday's "barbaric attack" in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, and called for swiftly bringing those responsible to justice.



New Deputy MD IMF applauds Pakistan's economic recovery in meeting with FM Dar -
WASHINGTON, April 19 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar met with Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, the new Deputy Managing Director IMF, and briefed him about the excellent economic recovery, the Pakistani embassy said.



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Punjab A stuns PIA to storm in National Junior Hockey semis
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Punjab “A” stunned fancied PIA 4-3 on penalty shoot-out to storm in the last four round of 34th National Junior Under-20 Hockey Championship on Monday.
 
Kizilbash wins Swiss Team event
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Kizilbash accumulated 59.16 Victory points won the Karachi Bridge Association week-end Bridge Tournament, said a news release issued on Monday.
 
Series loss to BD a big blow admits Azhar
KARACHI, Apr 20 (APP): Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has said that the ODI series loss to Bangladesh with a match to go was a big blow to his side.
 
Remount Maroon wins Polo Cup Championship
RAWALPINDI, Apr 19 (APP):  The spectators were treated to a fine brand of Polo during final match of Remount Polo Cup Championship held at Rawalpindi Polo Ground here on Sunday.    
 
Foolproof security to be accorded to Zimbabwe cricket team: Commissioner
KARACHI, April 19 (APP): Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that fool proof security will be ensured to  the Zimbabwe team during cricket matches in the metropolis,  planned for next month.

 
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First indigenously manufactured JF 17 Thunder handed over to PAF PDF Print E-mail
pic15.jpgISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): Pakistan on Monday formally joined the international community of fighter aircraft manufacturers as JF 17 Thunder, the first ever multi role state of the art rolled out of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra and was included to the fleet of Pakistan Air Force. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was the chief guest at the ceremony that marked a milestone in the Sino Pak joint venture in air defence system.  Senate Chairman Farooq H. Naik, Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Defence Minister Ch Ahmed Mukhtar, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhaohui, Pakistan’s ambassador to China Masood Khan and three services chiefs attended the ceremony.

The sophisticated JF 17 Thunder, painted green in the colour scheme of national flag appeared with grandeur as the Prime Minister unveiled the fighter jet before the audience.  Manufactured with the cooperation of China, the event has been termed as a beginning of new era of Pak China friendship.   Addressing a select gathering of local and foreign dignitaries and PAF officials, the Prime Minister said the goals of progress and prosperity could not be achieved without achieving self reliance in the defence production.
He termed the manufacturing of JF 17 Thunder aircraft as the “achievement of an important milestone” in the government’s ongoing efforts to attain self reliance.
The Prime Minister assured full cooperation, support and patronage to the PAF in its projects and congratulated the entire nation, adding the national project would be remembered as a landmark in the country’s history.
Referring to present challenges, the Prime Minister said the fast changing technology intensive battle arena required intense involvement of air power which had emerged as a major player in conflict scenarios.
He said the role of air force also becomes vital in tackling the threat posed by the forces of extremism and militancy.
Under these circumstances, he said, a modern air force was a national requirement adding the government was making sincere efforts for a strong and well equipped Pakistan Air Force.
He said the PAF had repeatedly proved equal to the task even in most challenging times, measuring up to the expectations of the nation in safeguarding the sacred soil and skies of the country.
In the recent drive against militants, PAF side by side with Pak Army was endeavouring to root out terrorism from the country, he added.
The Prime Minister said, “The PAF has been able to achieve, both in the form of meeting its operational requirement by co developing a fighter aircraft and developing Pakistan’s Aviation Industry.”
He said following the example of Kamra, there should be more similar centres of excellence in other fields, to attract youth towards a more constructive approach to life that leads to a better and more prosperous future.
He appreciated that the JF 17 programme had provided  employment to about 5,000 people.
The Prime Minister also reiterated the government’s firm resolve in eradicating ignorance, illiteracy and backwardness to carve a respectable place for the country in the comity of nations.
Referring to long and trust worthy relations between Pakistan and China, the Prime Minister said, “It is not trade or economics that we collaborate and cooperate for, but our association and fraternal ties bind us in the everlasting embrace of friendship.”
He said, “China has always stood by us in our hour of need   its unflinching support and willingness, to go an extra mile for Pakistan, has been a source of great strength for the people of Pakistan.”
The Prime Minister said there has been significant contribution by China towards the socio economic development of the country.
Gilani thanked the Chinese friends for providing PAF the required technical assistance for the programme.
The Prime Minister said the Chinese calm sagacity, futuristic thinking and willingness to stand by its friends, even in the era of terrorism and extremism promised not only hope and stability but also acted as an example for others.
He also mentioned the Chinese cooperation in many other projects in the country and said it was a pride for the nation.
He especially highlighted the projects including Gwadar Deep Sea Port, Korakoram Highway, Heavy Mechanical Complex, Heavy Electrical Complex and Saindak Copper Project where China is helping the country. 
He lauded the PAF’s initiative for appreciating and putting to use the tremendous potential of Pakistan and jointly developing the industrial infrastructure. 
Chief of the Air Staff Rao Qamar Suleman highlighted the efforts of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra in establishing itself as a hub of aviation industry.
He lauded the support of Chinese government and Aviation Industries of China without which, he said the project would not have succeeded.
He said that 40 JF 17 Thunder aircraft would be produced by PAC Kamra within next three years and would be inducted in PAF replacing the existing aircraft. He added that the first JF 17 Squadron would be established shortly.
China’s ambassador Luo Zhaohui on behalf on the Chinese government appreciated the technical acumen of PAC Kamra in acquiring complex skills and expertise in fighter aircraft manufacturing.
He said the collaboration between the two peace loving countries in air defence was a major step for the region’s peace.
Earlier Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan, Chairman PAC Board Kamra in his welcome address gave an overview of the JF 17 project and highlighted the benefits of co production in terms of incorporation of modern technologies of manufacturing and skill enhancement of personnel.
The Prime Minister was presented two souvenirs, including a painting of JF 17 Thunder made by Squadron Leader Adnan Siraj and a handmade carpet weaved with the impression of the same fighter aircraft.
In visitor’s remarks, Gilani termed the production of the aircraft as “a testimony of the time tested all weather Pakistan  China friendship.”
The JF 17 Thunder, the light weight and low cost multi role fighter aircraft has high maneuverability and BVR capability. It has advanced aerodynamics configuration and high thrust. The JF 17 Thunder will replace the ageing fleets of A 5s, F 7Ps and the Mirages in the PAF inventory thus fulfilling a multi role task.
 
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