Six JF-17's to escort Chinese PM into Pakistan

The JF-17s -- a symbol of deep Sino-Pakistan friendship – will guide the special Air China Boeing 747 aircraft.


APP May 21, 2013
Pakistan’s pride, a PAF JF-17 Thunder practicing aerobatics in Pakistan. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Six JF-17 Thunder fighters of the Pakistan Air Force will escort the aircraft of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as it enters Pakistani air space on Wednesday, at the start of his two-day State visit.

The JF-17s -- a symbol of deep Sino-Pakistan friendship – will guide the special Air China Boeing 747 aircraft of the Chinese dignitary to the Nur Khan Air Base, where a 21-gun salute will herald his arrival.

The JF-17s will fly past over the air base.

In a rare gesture of cordiality and warm feelings for China, President Asif Ali Zardari and the caretaker Prime Minister Justice(R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso will receive the chief guest on his first visit to Pakistan, since assuming office in March.

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Pakistani pedestrians walk past portraits of visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C), Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (R), and caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (L) in Rawalpindi. PHOTO: AFP

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President Zardari will host a luncheon for the distinguished guest in which all the major leadership of political parties have also been invited.

The Prime Minister will also host a banquet for his Chinese counterpart.

On the second day of his visit, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif will meet Li Keqiang.

The two countries will also sign a number of memoranda of understanding for close cooperation in various fields.

The Chinese Premier will also address the Senate of Pakistan on May 23.

He will also hold a joint meeting with the Senate Chairman and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

Later, he will visit the Pak-China Friendship Centre and witness a cultural show.

Prime Minister Khoso will bid farewell to the Chinese Premier on Thursday and the six JF-17s will escort the dignitary's aircraft till the aerial limits of Pakistan.

The Government and people of Pakistan look forward to the visit of Premier Li Keqiang and a warm welcome awaits him, a Foreign Office statement said.

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COMMENTS (98)

Shumaila | 8 years ago | Reply

@Rex Minor: Yes 21-gun salute is reserved for the President but the Premier was given an extraordinary welcome as part of special protocol. Also the Pakistan President visited the Air Base to personally receive the Chinese Premier along with the Prime Minister, which is a rare gesture as according to diplomatic protocol, the President doesn't receive PM. But for Pakistan, it is common to go an extra mile for China (particularly in terms of protocol).

Anon | 8 years ago | Reply

Why is there i picture of an F-16 in this article? Not the first time this paper has posted the first random pic they find just to make the article look better.

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