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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said has said Pakistan is a peace-loving country, and pursues peaceful relations with international community, especially with neighbours.

Addressing Induction of Chinese built Karakoram Eagle AWACS aircraft to Pakistan Air Force in Karachi today, he said Pakistan is determined to safeguard its national interests and uphold its sovereignty against any aggressor.

He said history of Pakistan Air Force is replete with acts of heroism, sacrifices and professionalism.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan Air Force is playing a key role in the operations against terrorists and has always remained steadfast in safeguarding national security against any threat be it external or internal.

He said the entire nation takes great pride in the significant successes achieved by PAF in the precise targeting of terrorists' hideouts.

Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt said induction of Karakoram Eagle AWACS would revolutionise the force to effectively counter all threats against Pakistan's aerial frontiers and add a new dimension to national security.

Karakorum Eagle AWACS can detect aerial as well as sea surface targets at fairly long ranges regardless of their height. It maintains link with ground command and control centers to provide comprehensive air picture.

With the addition of AWACS, Pakistan air defense is now able to look deeper in enemy territory, be it land or sea. After an early detection, AWACS can direct own fighter aircraft to intercept or neutralise the emerging threat, well before it can threaten our national assets. AWACS ability of detecting sea targets would also enhance the capabilities of Pakistan Navy.


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