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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Communications Satellite PAKSAT-1R, as a part of Pakistan’s Space Programme 2040, was launched on Thursday at 2117 hrs on board China’s Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

Besides others, launch was witnessed by Secretary Defence Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali ®, Secretary Foreign Affairs, Salman Bashir, Director General, Strategic Plans Division Lt Gen Khalid Ahmed Kidwai ® and Ambassador of Pakistan to China, Muhammad Masood Khan, said a press release issued here.

PAKSAT-1R has a total of 30 transponders, 12 in C-band and 18 in Ku-band.

The satellite will be deployed at 380E in the Geo-stationary orbit and it will replace the existing satellite PAKSAT-1.

PAKSAT-1R has a design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, Internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East. This satellite now enables extending of communication services to all areas of Pakistan.

The National Command Authority (NCA) recently approved Pakistan’s Space Programme 2040 during its meeting at the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) on 14 July 2011.

Earlier, the contract for the development of PAKSAT-1R was signed between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in October 2008 during the visit of the President of Pakistan to China.

Pakistani engineers have worked closely with their Chinese counterparts during all stages of development of the satellite in China. Some experimental units developed at SUPARCO have also been integrated on the satellite for technology evaluation.

China and Pakistan have enjoyed more than 20 years of cooperation in Space Science, Technology and Applications.

The launch of Paksat-1R Satellite is a major milestone for both countries towards strengthening of this cooperation.

SUPARCO will continue its efforts for launching of other satellites including Remote Sensing Satellites, to ensure that the space technology applications fully contribute to socio-economic development and national security in Pakistan.

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U. S. Weapons Industry Makes Too Much Profit from Pakistan to Reject its Government

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Concerns over the reliability and loyalty of Pakistan’s government in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda are well established. But the compromised nature of Pakistan’s military and intelligence service has not stopped U.S. defense contractors from making million-dollar deals with Islamabad.

About $2 billion in aid is delivered each year from the U.S. to Pakistan. This generosity has translated into, among other things, spy planes, surveillance equipment and other spy gear.

Not satisfied with what it already has to snoop on its citizens and enemies, Pakistan wants to buy a ground-based surveillance system that “intercepts and locates the sources of enemy communications and then permits continued monitoring of them,” according to a U.S. government contract request sent out to bidders.

In addition to the intelligence buys, Pakistan can never seem to get enough of America’s top war-fighting hardware. Its air force includes F-16 fighters, and now it wants more—36 to be exact, for around $3 billion. Most of the big U.S. defense contractors are in on the deal, including Lockheed Martin, BAE Advanced Systems, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, United Technology and General Electric.

Of course, there’s no point in owning F-16s if you don’t have weapons to go with them, so Pakistan is ordering $650 million worth of missiles, launchers, bombs (including 700 one-ton bunker-busters) and bomb guidance kits. All of these will be provided by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Advanced Systems.

-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky

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Current directions in Artillery deployment and procurement

Capability requirements for the next decade

Tracked versus wheeled: Increasing the need for mobility in counter-battery

Why precision matters: Accuracy versus cost

Two Star General

Director General Artillery


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I see a very important sentence here. That is why I think Turkey is a sane country.

Monday, August 22, 2011


ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Besides an ongoing plan to develop a fighter jet program with the US or Europe, Turkey is seeking to broaden its fleet with a second option. South Korea’s KAI and Sweden’s Saab are the two possible partners, according to a Turkish procurement official. Turkey is supposed to take part in the design of the possible project

A Swedish Air Force JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft arrives at the Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria in this file photo. Turkey is considering to design, develop and produce a new fighter plane with Sweden’s Saab.

Turkey recently had held separate talks with aeronautical officials from South Korea and Sweden for possible cooperation in the design, development and production of a new fighter aircraft in the next decade, a senior procurement official said at the weekend.

“The companies are South Korea’s Korea Aerospace Industries [KAI] and Sweden’s Saab,” the official said.

KAI is the manufacturer of several military and civilian aircraft and satellites and is planning to produce the fighter aircraft KF-X. Saab is the maker of the multi-role fighter JAS 39 Gripen.

Turkey, whose present fighter fleet is made up of U.S.-made aircraft, also plans to buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II planes, a next-generation, multinational program also led by the United States.

But Turkish officials privately say they want another future jet fighter to be developed with a country or countries other than the United States, in an effort to reduce the country’s dependence on Washington.

Most of Turkey’s present fleet of F-16 fighters, being modernized by U.S. firm Lockheed Martin, and the planned future F-35s are open to U.S. influence. Only its older F-4 aircraft, modernized by Israel, and its oldest F-16s, being modernized by Turkey itself, technologically are free from this influence, the officials said. But these older aircraft are expected to be decommissioned around 2020.

“Turkey wants part of its fighter aircraft fleet to remain outside the technological and other influence of the United States. It believes this scheme would better fit its national interests,” said one Turkish defense analyst.

So as part of efforts to select a new fighter for the Turkish Air Force, Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, has been tasked with determining the specifications of the new fighter. It has until the end of next year to finish the process.

Turkey in the past has assembled and jointly manufactured some military aircraft, but this is the first time the country’s developing defense industry fully will be involved in the design of a complex weapons system, such as a jet fighter.

The country last year held an initial round of talks with South Korea’s KAI on the matter. But the South Koreans then offered only a 20 percent share of the project to Turkey, with another 20 percent going to Indonesia, opting for 60 percent of the program for themselves. Turkey wants an equal share in the development of a new plane and was quick to reject the offer.

“Now the South Koreans are coming much closer to the idea of equal ownership, and this is positive,” said the Turkish procurement official. “But there are still many more things to be discussed with them.”

In the meantime, Turkey continues to be interested in rival programs, and the recent talks with Saab officials reflect this situation, the procurement official said. “Sweden also is a potential partner for us.”

In addition to KAI and Saab, a consortium of European companies, also continues efforts to include Turkey in its program for the Eurofighter Typhoon project. This consortium is Eurofighter, whose members include Italian, German, British and Spanish firms.

Italy’s deputy defense minister said in May that the pan-European Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft was the only viable alternative to U.S. planes in this category, urging Turkey to join the ambitious European-led defense program.

“The Eurofighter is the only alternative to U.S. aircraft, and provides a great relief to world countries,” Guido Crosetto said in Istanbul on the sidelines of the International Defense Industry Fair 2011.

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Pakistani stands at DSEi 2011 shut down.

15 September 2011

By Gary Mortimer

Defence & Security Equipment international can confirm that the Pakistan Ordnance Factory stand and Pakistan’s Defence Export Promotion Organisation Pavilion have both been permanently shut down after promotional material was found on both containing references to equipment, which after close examination, was found to breach UK Government Export Controls and our own contractual requirements. HM Government fully supports the decision by DSEi to close the stand and the Pavilion.

We are currently investigating how this breach of our compliance system occurred. However, we believe that the immediate action we have taken highlights our commitment to ensuring that all equipment, services, promotional material, documentation and anything else on display complies with domestic and international law.

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Defence & Security Equipment international (DSEi) permanently shut down the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) stand and Pakistan’s Defence Export Promotion Organisation Pavilion after promotional material was found on both containing references to cluster bombs at the London expo.

A DSEi statement said that promotional material was found containing references, which on closer inspection were found to be in breach of UK Government Export Controls and the exhibitions own contractual requirements.

The statement posted on the DSEi website further read that the British Government fully supported the decision by DSEi to close the stand and the Pavilion.

The Pakistani arms companies were found distributing brochures bearing advertisement for banned cluster bombs at the expo.

Cluster bombs, are banned in UK under the UK export control act 2002. They are also prohibited under the explicit acknowledgement of the exhibitors.

Brochures obtained from Pakistan Government companies clearly list cluster munitions including 155mm artillery ammunition containing 88 sub-munitions (weapons having an area of effect damage).

A brochure obtained from the Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) lists the 155mm BB DPICM (artillery ammunitin containing 45 sub-munitions).

While a brochure obtained from Pakistan’s Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO, Stand S7-265) entitled “Public and private sector companies and their commercial products,” listed the government owned POF (page 9) as able to supply 155mm HOW HE ICM M483A1 (cluster munition containing 88 sub-munitions).

The brochure also listed the Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) [page 5, section e, sub point 3] being able to supply programmable sub-munition dispensers.

The objections were raised by a British Member of Parliament, Caroline Lucas. She also pointed out to the double standard of the exhibitors who were simultaneously holding a conference on cluster bombs, the “Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions” in Lebanon which seeks to eliminate the usage of cluster munitions.

The Guardian reported that some Pakistani arms manufacturing companies were also advertising gold plated sub-machineguns as ‘collectors items’.

Cluster bombs gained notoriety when the US used their infamous daisy cutters during their Afghan campaign.

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This order is for Pakistan


IDEX: Harris Corp. Inks Deal With Mystery Nation; Debuts Two New Products

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — U.S radio manufacturer Harris Corp. introduced two new products on the first day of the IDEX conference and announced a deal with an undisclosed Asian nation to sell 500 units of its battlefield, live streaming video system.

In one of the first deals announced at the show, Harris has sold 500 units of its FalconFighter systems to “a nation in Asia with emerging requirements for video on the battlefield,” a company statement said. Harris did not disclose the name of the country.

The system provides forces with enhanced capabilities for streaming live video from the field to commanders. One component of the system is the RF-7400E-VP, a lightweight body-worn processor that provides advanced video capabilities on the move.

It encodes video captured by an analog camera into an advanced video compression standard, thus reducing bandwidth and storage requirements, the company said. The converted video can be sent over Internet Protocol networks. It also offers a built-in recorder for post-mission analysis or training purposes, which continues to record when out of range of tactical radio networks.

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Tactical video – from front line to commander

Brian M Walters

Sunday, 20 February, 2011

The Harris Corporation comes to IDEX celebrating the delivery of its first FalconFighter modular soldier system to an Asian nation.

The customer had emerging requirements for video on the battlefield, and ordered more than 500 FalconFighter systems to provide its forces with enhanced capabilities for streaming live video from forward-deployed forces to commanders.

Visitors to the company’s display on Stand A20 in Hall 3 will learn that the FalconFighter system consists of rugged video cameras, the RF-7800S secure personal radio, power modules and the newly introduced RF-7400E-VP tactical video processor. The TVP captures video from any analogue camera worn on the battlefield and prepares it to be transmitted over tactical radio links.

The RF-7400EVP is a lightweight body-worn processor that provides advanced streaming video capabilities on the move. The TVP encodes video captured by an analogue camera into an advanced compression standard, reducing bandwidth and storage requirements. The converted video can be easily sent over Internet Protocol networks.

However, in addition to video processing and compression, the RF-7400E-VP offers a builtin recorder for post-mission analysis.

Andy Start, the company’s president, international business, told the Show Daily that the FalconFighter is a modular, flexible soldier system that can be configured to meet the widest variety of soldier requirements. “In this case, the system is addressing a need for the quick and seamless transmission of video from the field to commanders to aid decisionmaking and planning.”

The company announced today that it has introduced the RF-5410-FC Falcon Command system – a portable software application that provides advanced tools for managing and synchronising data across the battlefield. This is fully compatible with both military and commercial GPS, to deliver real-time troop positions for both friendly and hostile forces, sensor data and status information.

Falcon Command integrates the data with maps to provide vital battlefield intelligence, allowing the entire military enterprise to work on a common operational picture. Harris has also introduced the Falcon III low-profile RF-7800V-V511 vehicular/base VHF radio system. Designed to fit into space-constrained military vehicles, the V511 is a fusion of the RF-7800V VHF combat net radio with a 50W power amplifier, resulting in a radio form factor that is smaller and lighter than standard vehicular radio systems.


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Turkey Asked to Compete in Saudi Helicopter Bid, Sabah Says


By Benjamin Harvey - Sep 21, 2011 2:22 PM GMT+0200

Saudi Arabia’s military asked Turkey to enter a tender to produce attack helicopters for the Saudi air force, Sabah newspaper reported.

Turkish officials are in negotiations with Saudi counterparts regarding the Turkish-made Atak T-129 helicopters, which made their first test flights last month and are expected to go into mass production in the middle of next year, the Istanbul-based newspaper said. Sabah didn’t say how it got the information.

The helicopters are produced with parts and input from Turkish companies including Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi & Ticaret AS and are generating interest from Malaysia, Jordan and Pakistan, Sabah said.

South Korea officially invited Turkey to join a tender in April next year for 36 military helicopters, the newspaper said.

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No PR220/2011-ISPR Dated: Monday, September 26, 2011

An impressive opening ceremony of three weeks long joint Exercise (AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011) between Pakistan Army and Royal Saudi Land Forces was held today near Jhelum. National Flags of both the countries were hoisted. Inspector General Training and Evaluation, Lieutenant General Muzamil Hussain was chief guest on the occassion.

Speaking on the occassion Lieutenant General, Muzamil Hussain said that Saudi Arabia has always been a Pakistan’s special friend and armies of both countries maintain close ties with each other. He said joint exercise will provide an opportunity to troops of both the countries to benefit from each other’s experience. Defense Attache of Saudia Arabia Commodore Abdullah Saeed Ghamdi also attended the ceremony and said that both the nations have long lasting and strong historical relationship.

It is worth mentioning here that the joint Exercise aims at familiarization and sharing of information through an inclusive training programme in real time. This will also include collective training at unit and brigade level to observe drills and procedures in low intensity conflict operations. The Exercise will enhance the battle competence, of participating troops against intimidation operations.

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Navy Contract Awards for September 29

L-3 Fuzing and Ordnance Systems, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, is being awarded a $35,990,703 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 20,000 FMU-139C/B electronic bomb fuzes; 200 FMU-139 C/B D-2 dummy fuzes; 100 FMU-139 C/B D-5 cutaway fuzes; and 3,000 accessory kits for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Australia, Turkey, Pakistan, Korea, Bahrain, Malaysia, Finland, and Spain. Work will be performed in Cincinnati, Ohio (50 percent), and Orlando, Fla. (50 percent), and is expected to be completed in September 2014. Contract funds in the amount of $20,927,389 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposals; two offers were received. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($20,927,389; 58.15 percent); and under the Foreign Military Sales Program, the governments of Australia ($6,076,900; 16.88 percent), Turkey ($4,052,014; 11.26 percent), Pakistan ($2,386,981; 6.63 percent), Korea ($1,341,157; 3.73 percent), Bahrain ($396,093; 1.1 percent), Malaysia ($345,292; 0.96 percent), Finland ($268,630; 0.75 percent), and Spain ($196,247; 0.55 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-11-C-0090).

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Pak-Saudi wargames conclude

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RAWALPINDI: A three-week long joint exercise between Pakistan Army and Royal Saudi Land Forces concluded successfully on Friday.

It is worth mentioning here that the joint exercise (AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011), conducted near Jhelum, aimed at familiarization and sharing of information through inclusive training programme in real time.

This also included collective training at unit and brigade level to observe drills and procedures in low intensity conflict operations, says a press release issued by ISPR.

It may be recalled that Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia enjoy close brotherly relations since their inception.

This relationship has matured and strengthened further over the years and has long history of deeprooted cooperation.

Such Joint Military Exercises between armies of two brotherly countries aim to enhance existing bilateral relations and to benefit from each other's experience.

It may be mentioned that Chief of Army Staff (CAOS), Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Commander Saudi Land Forces, Prince Khalid Bin Bandar also witnessed this exercise on October 6.

During the exercise, one battalion each from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia participated in the exercise. PAF F-7 aircraft, Cobra Gunship Helicopters and MI-17 Helicopters were used during the exercise.

The troops also participated in various drills including para-jumping.

Pakistan Army and Saudi Land Forces Joint Exercises "Al SAMSAAM" series are being conducted biennial basis since 2004.

First two exercises of the series Al-SAMSAAM-I and II were conducted in Pakistan in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Al-SAMSAAM-III whereas, was conducted in Saudi Arabia in 2009. (APP)

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Ukraine Wins Engine Contract for Chinese L-15 Jet Trainer Production

AIN Defense Perspective » November 4, 2011 by Vladimir Karnozov

China¹s L-15 jet trainer is going into production with an afterburning engine from the Ukraine. (Photo: Chris Pocock)

November 4, 2011, 4:50 AM

China has ordered 250 AI-222-25F turbofans from the Ukraine to power production versions of the Hongdu L-15 advanced jet trainer. The –25F is an afterburning version of the AI-222 that was first flown on the Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) version of the L-15 in October 2010.

The original AI-222 was developed by the Ivchenko Progress design bureau at Zaporozhye for the Russian Yak-130 jet trainer, and was then fitted to three of the four L-15 prototypes. The new order suggests that China will not put the basic version of the L-15 into production.

The AI-222-25F develops 9,250 pounds (4,200 kg) of thrust at full afterburner, enabling the 21,550-pound (9,800 kg)-mtow L-15 LIFT twinjet to accelerate to Mach 1.6. At a price of $10 million, the Chinese aircraft is expected to sell well in international markets. The LIFT version can potentially carry air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.

The engines will be manufactured at the main Motor Sich factory, also in Zaporozhye. Some components will be provided by Moscow-based Salut, which manufactures the AI-222 for the Yak-130. Deliveries will begin later this year, and are due to be completed by 2015.

Progress general designer Igor Kravchenko told AIN that the AI-222-25F is the first-ever Ukrainian engine to be fitted with an afterburner. “With its development, Progress has mastered reheat technologies, which we are now seeking to apply on a fighter engine in the class of thrust up to 44,000 pounds [20 tonnes],” he said. In its primary 22,000-pound (10-tonne) version, this engine could replace Russia’s Klimov RD-93 on the FC-1 and its Pakistan air force version the JF-17 Thunder.

At the recent Aviation Expo 2011 in Beijing, Progress also offered the higher-thrust SBM1V version of the TV3-117 turboshaft that powers the Mi-17 helicopter. It would boost performance for hot/high operations, such as in mountainous western China. The country has recently taken delivery of 32 additional Mi-17s, and could acquire more from the new joint venture with Russian Helicopters.

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Pak-China military drill not targeted at India

Published: November 10, 2011

BEIJING (APP) - Brushing aside New Delhi media’s frenzy over joint anti-terrorism exercise, the Ministry of National Defence here has dismissed Indian reports that China and Pakistan are holding a joint military exercise to put pressure on New Delhi, and said the anti-terror drill is not targeted at any third country.

According to the annual exchange plan between China and Pakistan’s militaries, the two armies will hold the ‘Friendship 2011’ joint anti-terror exercise near Islamabad, The China Daily quoted the Information Office of the Ministry of National Defence.

“This is the first joint drill of the two armies this year and is not targeted at any third nation. It is aimed at enhancing the capability of the two militaries to handle non-traditional security threats and launch joint anti-terror activities,” the office said in a written reply.

The two-week exercise will begin on Nov 16, it said.

Fu Xiaoqiang, an expert on South Asian studies at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, while rejecting the report accused the Indian media of basing such reports on “hearsay evidence”.

“They always wear blinkers to examine China’s cooperation with Pakistan. For example, we all know there were many Chinese experts and engineers in Pakistan working on large projects. It was the Indian media which linked that with security issues,” he said.

Premier Wen Jiabao suggested that the Indian media should stop overplaying security issues and make more positive efforts to improve bilateral relations, when he visited the country late last year.

The premier said that, in recent years, there had been no conflict in the China-India border area. “But the border issue had been hyped as a rather serious problem.”

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List of Pakistani exhibitors at the 2011 Dubai Air Show. Total 7 aircrafts 3 JF17, 2 Super Mushaks, 2 K8s. Our Saab AEW&C will also be there but representing the manufacturer

Aircraft Manufacturing Factory

Aircraft Rebuild Factory

AVICON Pakistan

Avionics Production Factory

F-6 Rebuild Factory Pakistan

Global Industrial & Defence Solutions

Hadid International Karachi

Kamra Avionics & Radar Factory

Mirage Rebuild Factory

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex

Soaring High Inc

Edited by Boota

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President confers Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) on General Hou Shusen

ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday conferred Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) upon General Hou Shusen, Deputy Chief of General Staff of Chinese Peoples Liberation Army for promoting friendship between the two countries. The President conferred the award on General Hou Shusen at a special investiture ceremony held here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The citation, read on the occasion said the award was in recognition of his “consistent and valuable contributions in promoting relations and understanding between the two countries and armies.” General Hou Shusen also had a meeting with the President, along with his delegation, and discussed matters relating to Pak-China bilateral relations and defence cooperation.

The President termed China a factor of stability in the region and said the convergence of interests and unanimity of views on bilateral, regional and international issues, has brought the two countries further closer.

He said transformation of political and strategic relations into economic partnership, would boost socio-economic development besides contributing towards regional stability.

The President said the people and Government of Pakistan highly value fraternal relations with China, demonstrated by the fact that the government and people of China have always stood by it in times of distress. He said the two countries will always stand together under all circumstances.

The President expressed the hope that the visit of General Hou Shusen to Pakistan, at a time when the two countries were celebrating 60 years of their friendship and also holding joint military exercises, would help further deepen strategic partnership and defence cooperation between the two countries.

General Hou Shusen conveyed to the President the greetings and good wishes of President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China.

The President said Pakistan was proud of its time-tested and all weather friendship with China and expressed satisfaction over the current progress in defence cooperation between the two countries.

General Hou Shusen, Deputy Chief of General staff of the Peoples Liberation Army China, thanked the President for the award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) and assured that defence cooperation between the two countries, would grow with each passing day.

The ceremony was attended among others by Lt Gen Liu Yuejun Chief of Staff Lanzhou Military Regional Command, Maj Gen Dan Zhiping Deputy Chief of Staff PLA, Maj Gen Wang Kebin Dy Chief of Operation Deptt, General Staff HQ, PLA, Maj Gen Wu Bing Dy Chief of Military Intelligence Deptt, GS HQ, PLA, Senior Colonel Hang Keguang, Commander of Officer Training Base and other members of delegation.

Liu Jian, Chinese ambassador in Pakistan and senior officials of Chinese embassy were also present.

Minister for Defence Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Secretary General to the President M. Salman Faruqui, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Secretary Foreign Affairs Salman Bashir, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar, Maj ® Haroon Rashid and other senior officials were also present during the ceremony.

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