Pakistan making efforts to purchase F-16s through third party: Defence Minister

09:54 AM | 21 Jul, 2016
Pakistan making efforts to purchase F-16s through third party: Defence Minister
ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Defense Khawaja Asif said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is engaging the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) to purchase F-16 jets through a Third Party Transfer (TPT) agreement after its deal with the United States for subsidized planes fell through earlier last month.

In a written reply submitted at the Senate, the minister said that the PAF was also exploring the avenues of acquiring Excess Defense Articles (EDA) of F-16s from other European nations.

At the occasion, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid informed the House that issue of violations of Line of Control (LoC) by India had been raised in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking in the Senate during the question hour, the minister said a letter had already been written to the United Nations Security Council and was being circulated among all its members to apprise them about the gravity of the situation in Kashmir.

He said that India had made a 460-kilometer long fence along the Line of Control and only 500 meters away from it.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad informed the House that NADRA had registered 127 million individuals, which include 105 million adults and 22 million minors against the estimated population of 200 million of Pakistani citizens in the country and abroad.

He said during Housing and Population Census process, there were 53 attributes (information) that would be collected through the door-to-door survey process.

However, he added NADRA had only 24 such attributes in its database and some partial information against 7 other attributes.

He said remaining 22 attributes that were required in the Population Census were not available in NADRA’s database.

Therefore, he said, NADRA database could not be used as a substitute of Housing and Population Census.

He added that from 10-05-2016 to 10-07-2016, 114 cases related to car thefts and robberies had been registered. In sectors I-9 & I-10, the crime rate was found comparatively higher during the period under report.


Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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