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Pak moves 24 UAVs to Mianwali airbase

Jammu, January 10
Pakistan has moved 24 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Mianwali airbase in Sialkot, about 15 km from the Line of Control (LoC), and has also moved in eight armoured regiments from its Fourth Corps to the “Chhamb Corridor”.

Highly-placed security sources said here today that the UAVs of Chinese origin have a range of 5 to 7 km and are all-weather aircraft.

“These UAVs have high resolution cameras fitted in them and are capable of transmitting hundreds of images within a few minutes to the command centres.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani army has ferried in the armoured regiments over the past 48 hours from its Fourth Corps stationed at Lahore.

These eight regiments have formed “defensive formations’’ soon after their arrival and are actively assisting Special Services Group personnel in the work of installing heavy calibre weaponry about a kilometre from the LoC.

Reports received here said the Pakistani army has moved its sixth division to Punjab from the Jammu region.

The personnel have been deployed across the Punjab border at Wagah, Attari and Gurdaspur region to bolster the ranks already deployed there. UNI


Pak receives 40 Chinese planes

Islamabad, January 10
Pakistan has received the first batch of 40 Chinese-made fighter aircraft under a deal unrelated to the current crisis between Islamabad and New Delhi, a defence official said today.

The first consignment of 10 F-7PG fighter aircraft was delivered to Pakistan in December and the rest would be delivered this year, a senior defence official said.

“The delivery of the planes and the deal itself have no connection at all with the current crisis between India and Pakistan. It was a deal which was made early last year,” the official said.

Pakistani officials have denied local press reports that China has supplied new defence equipment to Pakistan to bolster its capability in the current stand-off with India. AFPBack

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