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PM Imran keeps himself away from taking a sortie of J10-C fighter jet during induction ceremony

Khan says these ‘vigorous dragons’ will address regional security imbalance

05:32 PM | 11 Mar, 2022
PM Imran keeps himself away from taking a sortie of J10-C fighter jet during induction ceremony
Source: Prime Minister of Pakistan (Twitter)

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has inspected the modern fighter jets J-10C after their formal induction into Pakistan Air Force however he opted not to fly in the combat aircraft.

The induction ceremony was held at the Minhas Air Base Kamra which was attended by three all services chiefs, federal ministers, the Chinese ambassador in Pakistan, and members of the diplomatic community.

A clip of the Prime Minister inspecting the new jet has amused Pakistanis and is currently doing rounds on social media. He sits in the cockpit while PAF officials brief him about the jet.

The premier, while congratulating the Pakistan Air Force, said that country can only remain independent for as long as it can defend itself. Expressing satisfaction that the PAF was equipping itself on the lines of modern and indigenous technology, he said the addition of these jets to the country’s defense system would help in addressing the regional security imbalance.

Addressing the event, the premier said that the induction of modern J-10 C fighter jets will not only improve the country's defense system but will also help address the security imbalance being created in the sub-continent.

Khan also thanked Beijing for providing the modern aircraft to the South Asian country in record eight months’ time. The entire nation has the confidence that their armed forces are fully capable to defend the motherland, he said while recalling Pakistan's response in the wake of the Balakot attack sent a clear message to the world that the country is fully capable to defend itself against any aggression.

Alluding to the better economic indicators including an increase in tax collection, remittances, and exports, the premier said that Pakistan is now heading in the right direction.

The Chinese made aircraft is a modern signal-engine delta wings fight jet. It is equipped with missiles that can hit targets up to 200-km, according to reports. It can also be equipped with a bigger active electronically scanned array radar than the one used by the JF-17 Block 3.

Earlier this month, Pakistan received the first batch comprising six fighter jets as the South Asian country has purchased a total of 25 J-10Cs from the all-weather friend China. The J-10C will participate in the Pakistan Day parade on March 23.

Back in December 2021, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed revealed the Pakistan Day parade on March 23, 2022 will feature a fly-past by Chinese multirole J-10C fighter jets.

“For the first time in Pakistan, the fly-past ceremony of JS-10 (J-10C) is being held. In response to Rafale, Pakistan Air Force is going to perform a fly-past with Chinese JS-10 planes. This is in response to Rafale, a complete squadron of JS-10 (J-10C) aircraft will fly-past.”

 “When F-16s were inducted 40 years ago, the whole nation was jubilant and now that time has come again as Pakistan is strengthening itself. There was an attempt to create an imbalance in the region however, the induction of the fighter aircraft has again created an equilibrium,” he said.

Khan was also presented a guard of honour after his arrival at the Kamra Air Base on Friday.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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