WASHINGTON: Pakistani pilots are flying in Libya, have been active in Saudi Arabia and might be flying Soviet Foxbat interceptors in Egypt, the ... magazine “Aviation Week” said. “There have been some indications that the Pakistanis, working with former RAF ... officers are working towards forming a training cadre which would be the core of a Pan-Arab air force for future fighting”, it said. … The magazine said Pakistan, having found itself with an air force too large to support in peacetime, now exports military skills and expertise.

[Agencies add from Rawalpindi,] a Pakistan Defence Ministry spokesman … characterised the report on the PAF and its pilots as “highly exaggerated, misleading and mischievous”. — News agencies

[Meanwhile, as reported by news agencies from Quetta,] the Deputy Speaker of the Baluchistan Assembly, Maulvi Shamsuddin was killed near Killa Saifullah in Zhob district today [March 13]. The Political Agent, Zhob … [said] according to reports … it was a murder case. … Officials said the young Deputy Speaker was going to ... Fort Sandeman from Quetta by car. … The ... incident took place near village Ghudki Alikhel.

Published in Dawn, March 14th, 2024

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