Exercise Azm-e-Nau 4 under way at National Defence University

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hosted Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff for discussions during Army War Game (Exercise Azm-e-Nau 4), which is currently underway at the National Defence University, Islamabad.

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This Army War Game is the culmination of the series of such exercises and aims at validation and crystallization of operational plans prepared in view of the emerging threat environment, said an ISPR press release issued here on Monday.Operational plans of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy are also being finalised in close coordination with the Army. The War Game will continue for two weeks.

PAF suspends “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says report

ISLAMABAD: Due to financial constraints and non release of funds by the federal government, the Pakistan Air force (PAF) has suspended its up gradation and development plan called “Air Force Development Plan 2025,” says a report of the Senate’s standing committee on defence Thursday.

The committee quoted Air Chief marshal Tahir Rafique in its report, who, it said, told the committee members during its recent visit to the air headquarters that the AFDP 2025 programme was launched in 2003/04 by former president Pervez Musharraf aimed at making it at par with modern air forces of the world.

He said under the plan, the PAF received money by the federal government till 2007.

“After 2007 PAF did not get a penny from federal government and had to shelve the plan,” the air chief was quoted as saying in the report by its Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

The report further said that due to suspension of the development plan, PAF had to close number of projects which have affected the overall up gradation in the country including air bases, jets and other facilities.

The report also quoted air chief as saying that the PAF was also not given full share in the defence budget and it received only 60 per cent of the whole budget allocated for PAF.

ECP not to include ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to defer inclusion of ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers for the upcoming general elections.

According to the ECP sources, any changes could not be made in electoral process after the announcement of election schedule.

The ECP sources said that there are various legal complications in the inclusion of ‘none of the above’ box in ballot papers, however, it added that the advice to include the new box would remain valid in the future.

Source: http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-95401-ECP-not-to-include-none-of-the-above-box-in-ballot-papers