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PM expresses confidence on defence of Pakistan’s airspace

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Nasir-ul-Mulk on Monday said defence of Pakistan's airspace was in safe hands and the devotion to duty and professionalism of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was commendable. He said this during visit to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra. The prime minister was briefed about PAC's role in modernizing PAF and indigenous production of multi-role jet fighter JF-17. He commended PAC's ventures in planning, designing and production of state-of-the-art and modern jet aircrafts…

US fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska

WASHINGTON: Two US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday. The Russian TU-95 “Bear” bombers flew into a so-called Air Defense Identification Zone located about 200 miles off Alaska’s west coast, at about 10 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left…

In world first, Indian airline crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

TEL AVIV: Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT. "This is a historic moment," Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. "It is the first time that there is an official…

Qatar accuses UAE aircraft of violating its airspace

DUBAI: Qatar has filed a complaint to the United Nations about an alleged violation of its airspace in December by an Emirati military aircraft, state news agency QNA reported on Friday. The United Arab Emirates is one of four Arab countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt that have imposed travel, diplomatic and trade sanctions on Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Qatar has denied the charges. The QNA report said Qatar’s ambassador to the United Nations sent a message to U.N. Secretary-General…