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Ambassador Jilani highlights Pakistanís growth, investment prospects -
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (APP): Highlighting Pakistan’s tremendous economic prospects, Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said the country is on way to registering a heartwarming five plus economic growth rate this year.


Maleeha takes over as envoy to UN, pledging to forcefully articulate Pakistanís policies -
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (APP): Dr Maleeha Lodhi, assuming charge as Pakistan’s first female Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Thursday, vowed to “protect and defend” her country’s vital interests at the world body.


Threatening man at Pakistan embassy in Washington being questioned -
WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (APP): A man claiming to be a Pakistani and seeking issuance of a passport without presenting any documents caused a stir at the Pakistani embassy, which had to call in the diplomatic security to deal with the threatening individual.


John Kerry says Pakistan has vigorous commitment to counter terrorist -
WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (APP): U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said Pakistan has displayed a vigorous commitment to defeat violent extremists groups in the wake of December 16, 2014 terror attack on the Army Public School.



UN urges global switch by 2020 to smart syringes that disable after single use -
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (APP): The World Health Organization (WHO), a U.N. agency,  has called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new smart syringes that cannot be used more than once as an absolutely critical stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.


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Committee approves replacement in Afghan squad
KARACHI, Feb 25 (APP): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Shafiqullah Shafiq as a replacement player for Merwais Ashraf in Afghanistan’s squad for the tournament.
 
5-member Ski squad to leave for South Korea on Saturday
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): A five-member national ski squad, including one coach will feature in the forthcoming Asian Alpine Ski Championship, being held in South Korea.
 
PSB Junior Age Talent Hunt Squash entered semi-finals stages
PESHAWAR, Feb 25 (APP): Humam Ahmad, Ismail Khan, Rohid Asghar and Muhammad Ibrahim Mohib entered into the semi-finals of the ongoing PSB Junior Age Group Under-9 Category Squash Championship being played here at PSB Coaching Center Squash Courts on Wednesday.
 
Indian baseball manager predicts tough contest against Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Indian baseball manager, Dr Ashma Begum on  Wednesday predicted a tough competition between traditional rivals India and Pakistan when they meet on Saturday in the last fixture of 12th West Asia Baseball Championship here at Pakistan Sport Complex.
 
Yasir, Sarfraz should be given chance: Saeed Ajmal
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP): Pakistan ace spinner Saeed Ajmal feels Yasir Shah and Sarfraz Ahmed both should be given chance instead of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed in the remaining World Cup matches saying the players should now just focus on winning.
 
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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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