Malaysia to buy JF17 Thunder fighter jets from Pakistan

Malaysia is the latest country on the verge of acquiring state-of-the-art JF 17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft from Pakistan, a top Malaysian official in Pakistan revealed today. Morocco has also indicated its interest in buying the fighter jets.

High Commissioner of Malaysia for Pakistan Dato Dr Hasrul Sani bin Mujtabar said in a media interview "This [JF 17] jet fighter is considered an excellent production of Pakistan in the defence sector and decision about the number [of purchases] would be taken very soon by the Malaysian government".

Pakistan has been invited by the Marrakech Air Show to showcase the JF 17 in April 2016.

Regarding the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure and energy project he said Pakistan was a blessed country with an important strategic position and it should take maximum advantage from this position for the development of the country 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 multi-billion dollars further investment to Pakistan as it is being considered one of the biggest indicators for the better economic future of Pakistan" Dr Hasrul Sani added.

He went on to say “CPEC will change the entire economy of Pakistan and it will be a huge project which will open many windows of development in the country. It is not only beneficial to Pakistan and China but also for the entire region.

Pakistan is one of Malaysia's largest trading partners with trade volume in excess of $2 billion.

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