Malaysia may buy JF-17 Thunder jet from Pakistan

Islamabad - Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan said Pakistan is a blessed country with an important strategic position.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Mon 21 Dec 2015, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 22 Dec 2015, 12:11 PM

Malaysia is mulling options to buy Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder multi-role aircraft from Islamabad built by Pakistan with Chinese cooperation, a top Malaysian official in Pakistan has indicated here.
"This (JF-17) jet fighter is considered an excellent production of Pakistan in the defence sector and a decision about the number (of purchases) would be taken very soon by the Malaysian government," Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dato Dr Hasrul Sani bin Mujtabar said in a media interview.
Pakistan and Malaysia, he said, are enjoying excellent relations in the defence sector as a result of Joint Committee on Defence of both the countries which plays role as an active forum.
Focusing on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, he said Pakistan is a blessed country with an important strategic position and it should take maximum advantage from this position for development and betterment of the nation through economic revolution.
"We are happy over the announcement of CPEC with a total volume of investment more than $40 billion and this project will attract multibillion dollars further investment to Pakistan as it is being considered as one of the biggest indicators for the better economic future of Pakistan," Dr Hasrul Sani added.
Talking about Pakistan as a trade partner, the high commissioner said: "Pakistan is one of the largest trading partners of Malaysia with a total trade volume of more than $2 billion and that could be enhanced further in the times to come."

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