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General Sahir Shamshad Mirza assumes charge as CJCSC

General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who is also recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), reviewed the guard of honour and March past.

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RAWALPINDI – Genral Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Sunday assumed the appointment of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in an impressive ceremony held at Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi.

Besides large number of serving and retired officers from tri-services, the ceremony was attended by former Chairmen Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, said ISPR in a statement.

A smartly turned out Joint Services guard presented salute as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee arrived at the venue.

General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who is also recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), reviewed the guard of honour and March past.

Earlier this week, the federal government appointed General Asim Munir as next Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as CJCSC.

Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza was serving as a commander for Rawalpindi Corps before being promoted as CJCSC.

The recipient of Hilala-e-Imtiaz (Military) has served at various senior leadership positions, including director-general military operations (DGMO), Chief of General Staff, and Adjutant General at the General Headquarters.

During his assignment at Military Operations, Sahir Shamshad Mirza also commanded 40th Infantry Division in Okara.

As DGMO, he was member of former Army Chief General Raheel Sharif s core team at the GHQ, which supervised the military operation against the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups in North Waziristan.

He has also served in United Nations-led peace keeping missions in foreign countries and was conferred with UN Medal for Service in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL Medal).

Mirza was commissioned in the 8th Battalion of the Sind Regiment as second lieutenant in 1985.

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SBP rebuts reports of holding payments to Google

SBP rebuts reports of holding payments to Google

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KARACHI – The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has rejected media reports as “baseless and misleading” about holding certain payments to Google.

The response from the central bank comes after reports surfaced that Google Play Store services will not be available to Pakistani users from December 1 as the SBP blocked $34 million in payments to the international service providers by suspending direct carrier billing (DCB) mechanism.

Later, Information Technology and Telecommunication Minister Syed Aminul Haque clarified that free Google Play Store services will continue to available to the Pakistani users. He also vowed to take up the matter with the Ministry of Finance to revert the decision of suspending payments to the international providers.

In a official statement, the SBP strongly refuted all such assertions and also explained that it has taken some steps to facilitate the domestic entities.

“The fact is that in order to facilitate the domestic entities, SBP specified certain Information Technology (IT) related services, which such entities can acquire from abroad for their own use and make foreign exchange payments there against up to USD 100,000 per invoice”.

Such services include, Satellite Transponder, International Bandwidth/ Internet/ Private Line Services, Software License/Maintenance/Support, and service to use electronic media and databases, it said.

Entities desirous of utilizing this option designate a bank, which is approved by SBP one time. Subsequently, after designation, such payments can be processed through the designated bank, without any further regulatory approval, the SBP explained.

However, during recent off-site reviews, it was observed that in addition to utilizing the aforesaid mechanism to remit funds for IT related services for their own use, Telcos were remitting bulk of the funds for video gaming, entertainment content, etc. purchased by their customers using airtime, under Direct Carrier Billing (DCB).

DCB is, in general, an online mobile payment method, which allows users to make purchases by charging payments to their mobile phone carrier bill.

The SBP highlighted that the Telcos were allowing their customers to purchase the products through airtime and then remitting funds abroad reflecting such transactions as payments for acquisition of IT related services.

Thus, in effect the Telcos were acting as intermediaries/ payment aggregators by facilitating acquisition of services by their subscribers.

Therefore, in view of the violation of foreign exchange regulations, SBP revoked the designation of banks of Telcos for such payments.

However, to facilitate their legitimate IT related payments, Telcos have been advised through their banks to resubmit their requests.

If any entity, including a telco, intends to operate as an intermediary/payment aggregator and such arrangement involves outflow of foreign exchange, it has to approach SBP, separately through its bank, for seeking special permission for providing such services under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act, 1947.
 

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Egypt and Bolivia expressed interest in buying JF-17 Thunder Block 3 aircraft

Pakistan Air Force plans to induct more than 50 JF-17 Thunder Block 3 into the fleet. Pakistan Air Force currently operates more than 135 JF-17 Thunder aircraft.

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ISLAMABAD: Egypt and Bolivia have expressed interest in buying JF-17 Thunder Block 3 aircraft.

The demand for Pakistani fighter jet JF-17 Thunder started to increase. According to sources, Egypt and Bolivia have expressed interest in buying JF-17 Thunder Block 3 aircraft.

Argentina, Iraq, Azerbaijan and others are also looking to buy these advanced fighter jets. Next year, the number of JF-17 Thunder aircraft in the world will increase to 200. Currently, more than 150 JF-17 Thunder aircraft are in use by Pakistan, Myanmar and Nigeria.

The Block 3 version of the fighter jet is equipped with advanced radars, digital systems, advanced avionics, lethal weapons. The JF-17 Thunder is the $15 to $25 million cheapest multi-role fighter jet for the developing world.

Pakistan Air Force plans to induct more than 50 JF-17 Thunder Block 3 into the fleet. Pakistan Air Force currently operates more than 135 JF-17 Thunder aircraft.

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