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Of the 2010 Pakistani Shaheen 1 Missle Test

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Delivery of New F-16s to Pakistan Shows Deepening Relations 07:41 GMT, June 25, 2010 WASHINGTON | The Air Force is set to deliver the first of 18 new F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistani air force in a sign of deepening relations between the United States and Pakistan. Three F-16s are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on June 26, with 15 more to be delivered later this year and next, Air Force Maj. Todd Robbins, the Pakistan country director in the office of the undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs, said in an interview with American Forces Press Service. The F-16 is a multirole jet fighter sold to 24 countries around the world, according to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. The 18 being sold to Pakistan are the Block 52 versions of the aircraft, Robbins said, which will give Pakistan new capabilities, including day-night, all-weather and precision-attack capabilities. “They’ve not had [these capabilities] before, so this is a major milestone in the U.S. providing this capability, which older models [of F-16s] don’t have,” he said. “This will enable them to strike terrorists within their borders while helping them to avoid collateral damage. It’s an increase in capabilities that are beneficial to us all.”

In this handout photo released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, a Pakistan-made Shaheen-1 missile is launched at an undisclosed location in Pakistan on Saturday, May 8, 2010. Pakistan successfully test-fired two ballistic missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads, Saturday, the military said. (AP Photo/Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations, HO)

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    Of the 2009 Swat Offensive Operation

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    In addition to modernization of Turkish and Jordanian F-16s, TAI will modernize the F-16s that are in the inventory of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and thus become an important, reliable and preferential center of F-16 modernization.  (Handout)

    Smoke rises from Pakistan’s Lower Dir district where troops launched an offensive against militants April 27, 2009. A radical cleric, acting as the Taliban’s go-between in Pakistan’s restive Swat valley, broke off talks with the government on Monday after a military offensive began in a neighbouring northwest region. Several thousand people began fleeing Lower Dir, residents said, a day after security forces using artillery and helicopter gunships swung into action after being ambushed by the militants. REUTERS/Inam Khan (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    A Pakistani tank during a military operation against militants in Buner district on May 3. A peace deal in Pakistan appeared close to unravelling Monday as deadly fighting raged between soldiers and militants in the northwest, sparking Taliban threats of fierce resistance. (AFP)

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      Of the Pakistani Missile Test

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      Pakistan military says it successfully test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile. Rough Cut. (No Reporter Narration). (Reuters)

      German climber David Goettler at Nanga Parbat, Pakistan’s second-highest peak at 8,125 metres, on February 14, 2014 (AFP Photo/Marianna Zanatta, SMCM)

      Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief General Raheel Sharif attends the change of command ceremony with outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Kayani (not in picture) at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi November 29, 2013. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

      Soldiers from Pakistan team confer during the 6th annual Warrior Competition at King Abdullah Special Operation Training Center in Amman May 1, 2014. Thirty eight teams from 19 countries are participating in a competition to test their military skills at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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        Of the Pakistani Anti-Terror Offensives

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        Pakistani para-military soldiers take part in an anti-terror drill in Karachi April 26, 2007. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN)

        Soldiers in an armoured personal carrier (APC) take part in an annual army summer exercise Zarb-e Hadeed in Cholistan August 26, 2008. REUTERS/Asim Tanveer (PAKISTAN)

        Pakistan army tanks arrive at the base camp in Jamrud, a town in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal area Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 near Peshawar. Pakistan closed the main route used to ferry supplies to U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday after launching a fresh offensive against militants in the area. The road through the Khyber Pass in the northwest of Pakistan has come under increasing attacks by militants seeking to squeeze Western forces fighting a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan in recent months. (AP Photo/Ameer Zada)

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          Of the Pakistani Earthquake Island Rose Dead Octopus Waves

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          How Did the Pakistan Earthquake Create a Mud Island? September 25, 2013 The island appears to be primarily made out of mud from the seafloor, although photos show rocks as well, Barnhart told National Geographic. He has has been studying images and media accounts of the new island from his lab in Golden, Colorado. “It brought up a dead octopus, and people have been picking up fish on [the island],” he said. A similar mud island appeared off Pakistan after a 2011 earthquake there, Barnhart said: “It lasted a month or two and then washed away.

          Pakistan’s new quake island emits methane gas Sep 26, 2013  “There were dead fish on the surface. And on one side we could hear the hissing sound of the escaping gas,” Baloch stated. Baloch and his friends put a match to the fissures from where methane was emitting, and set it on fire. “We put the fire out in the end, but it was quite a hassle. Not even the water could kill it, unless one poured buckets over it,” he added. Muhammad Danish, a marine biologist from Pakistan’s National Institute of Oceanography, said a team of experts landed on the island on Wednesday and found methane gas coming out. “Our team found bubbles rising from the surface of the island which caught fire when a match was lit and we forbade our team to start any flame. It is methane gas,” Danish confirmed.

          Kraken (/ˈkreɪkən/ or /ˈkrɑːkən/)[1] are legendary sea monsters of giant proportions said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles.[2][3] The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works.”

          Methane in the Earth’s atmosphere is an important greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 25 over a 100-year period. This means that a methane emission will have 25 times the impact on temperature of a carbon dioxide emission of the same mass over the following 100 years. Methane has a large effect for a brief period (a net lifetime of 8.4 years in the atmosphere), whereas carbon dioxide has a small effect for a long period (over 100 years).

          Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani salutes during a parade while on a visit to the Sri Lanka Army headquarters in Colombo June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

          Pakistan’s Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani speaks to the media in Skardu, northen Pakistan after visiting the site of an avalanche in Gayari camp near the Siachen glacier April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

          An island that rose from the sea following an earthquake is pictured off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea September 25, 2013. A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting the new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast. The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline. Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon. REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

          People walk on an island that rose from the sea following an earthquake, off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea September 25, 2013. A major earthquake hit a remote part of western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and prompting the new island to rise from the sea just off the country’s southern coast. The earthquake was so powerful that it caused the seabed to rise and create a small, mountain-like island about 600 meters off Pakistan’s Gwadar coastline. Television channels showed images of a stretch of rocky terrain rising above the sea level, with a crowd of bewildered people gathering on the shore to witness the rare phenomenon. REUTERS/Stringer (PAKISTAN – Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

          The 7.7 quake struck with enough force to create a small island visible off the southern coast of Pakistan. (ABC News Screen Grab)

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            Of the Leo and Maya Snow Leopard Cub

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            Snow leopard cub with storybook beginnings makes debut at Bronx Zoo Aug. 27, 2013 How the unnamed cub ended up at the zoo is the stuff of storybooks — literally. His orphaned father, Leo, garnered global attention when a shepherd rescued him in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan at less than 2 months old. Leo was handed over to Pakistani authorities when he outgrew his home with the shepherd’s family, but the government was unable to care for him.

            Varuna presides over the relationship of man with the gods. He is the ruler of the “other side”, of the invisible world. The sudden favor of the gods and the elements, their unaccountable cruelty, cannot be understood. The behavior of Varuna, who rules over the invisible, cannot be foreseen; hence he appears a dangerous lord, a despot. “He is the owner of the magic-power (maya) through which forms are created. He represents the inner reality of things, higher truth, and order in their transcendent aspects, beyond the understanding of man. His absolute power is felt during the night and in all that is mysterious, while man-made laws, represented by Mitra, rule the day.  — Varuna (the Coverer or Binder), The Mysterious Law of the Gods : The Gods Of India

            A two-month-old snow leopard cub born June 13, 2013 at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois is pictured in this undated handout photo by the Chicago Zoological Society. The cub, which weighs about 10 pounds, is being kept in an off-exhibit den with his mom, Sarani until he is 3 months old. REUTERS/Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

            A snow leopard cub born on April 9 is seen in his enclosure in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit at the Bronx Zoo in New York, in this handout photo taken August 27, 2013. The male cub, which has not yet been named, was sired by father Leo and mother Maya. REUTERS/Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society/Handout (UNITED STATES – Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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              Of the Pakistani Whale Shark

              Residents gather as a whale shark is pulled from the water by cranes after it was found dead at Karachi’s fish harbor February 7, 2012. A giant whale shark washed ashore near Karachi fisheries harbor on Tuesday and was sold for 1.7 million PKR ($18,758), local media reported. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

              Staff of Karachi fisheries lift a carcass of whale shark in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012. The 40-feet whale was found dead near Karachi in the Arabian Sea. (AP Photo)

              A man stands on a dead whale shark before it was pulled from the water by cranes as residents gather at Karachi’s fish harbor February 7, 2012. A giant whale shark washed ashore near Karachi fisheries harbor on Tuesday and was sold for 1.7 million PKR ($18,758), local media reported. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN – Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY BUSINESS)

                Of the Pakistani Rhinoceros Nets

                A picture released by Inter Services Public Relations shows a Hatf-VII nuclear-capable missile being test-fired in Pakistan in 2007. Pakistan says it has successfully test-fired a stealth cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads

                Pakistani Army soldiers guard nuclear-capable missiles in Karachi in 2008. Pakistan on Sunday angrily rejected a report that it had been moving its nuclear weapons in unsafe conditions, saying nobody should underestimate its capability to defend itself

                Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, center, inspects a guard of honor after his arrival in Addu, Maldives, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. The heads of eight South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are meeting in this Indian Ocean archipelago on Nov. 10 and 11. (AP Photo/Sinan Hussain)

                Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar attends the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries foreign ministers meeting in Addu November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (MALDIVES – Tags: POLITICS)

                A crow sits on the horn of rhinoceros in Pakistan in 2005. Thieves made away with a second rhinoceros horn in Vienna, police announced Wednesday, after a first one was snatched at an auction house in the capital earlier this week. (AFP Photo/Arif Ali)

                A man casts his net into the Ravi river to fish, in the outskirts of Lahore November 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN – Tags: SOCIETY)A man casts his net into the Ravi river to fish, in the outskirts of Lahore November 11, 2011. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN – Tags: SOCIETY)

                Pakistani fishermen unfold their net in Karachi’s coastal area in Pakistan in backdrop of sun setting on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)Pakistani fishermen unfold their net in Karachi’s coastal area in Pakistan in backdrop of sun setting on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

                Pakistani fishermen are reflected as they unfold their net as the sun sets in Karachi’s coastal area, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)Pakistani fishermen are reflected as they unfold their net as the sun sets in Karachi’s coastal area, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

                Pakistani fishermen prepare their nets at the coast of the Arabian sea in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan) Pakistani fishermen prepare their nets at the coast of the Arabian sea in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

                Pakistani fishermen prepare their nets at the coast of the Arabian sea in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)Pakistani fishermen prepare their nets at the coast of the Arabian sea in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday, Nov 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)



                  Saudi-Pak Joint Exercise “AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011″

                  Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ( L) talks with Royal Saudi Land Forces Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Al -Saud, as they witness “Al-Samsaam IV”, a joint military exercise conducted by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in Mangla, in Pakistan’s Jhelum district October 6, 2011. Picture taken on October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

                  Security personnel keeps guard while Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (2nd L) arrives with Royal Saudi Land Forces Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Abdul Aziz Al -Saud, to address troops during the joint military exercise Al-Samsaam IV 2011, in Mangla located in Jhelum district October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN – Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

                  Pakistani and Saudi Arabian troops take part in a joint military exercise called Al-Samsaam IV 2011 atop a hill in Mangla located in Pakistan’s Jhelum district October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)

                    Of the Malaysian Elephant Tusks

                    The Pakistan airline plane that was forced to make an emergency landing because of a bomb threat is seen parked at Kuala Lumpur International airport in Sepang, Malaysia, early Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Two flights operated by Pakistan’s state-owned airline received bomb threats Wednesday and one of the planes landed in Malaysia, where the airport authority said the 164 passengers and 13 crew were being screened and the plane was isolated while being searched by police. Another Pakistan airline plane landed in Turkey. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA – Tags: CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

                    A Pakistan International Airlines plane is being towed on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur September 8, 2011. A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane en route to Britain from Pakistan made an emergency landing in Istanbul on Wednesday, and a second PIA plane was grounded in Kuala Lumpur after the airline received anonymous bomb threats. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA – Tags: CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

                    In this photo taken on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, Malaysian customs officers inspect elephant tusks which had been seized on Sept. 2, in Port Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities have confiscated some 695 African elephant tusks worth about 3 million ringgit ($1 million) destined for China, the third seizure of illegal ivory since July. (AP Photo)

                    Malaysia’s customs officials display the newly-seized elephant tusks in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur September 5, 2011. Two containers containing 695 elephant tusks worth 3 million ringgit (US $1 million) were seized by Malaysia’s customs department on Friday, as reported by Malaysia’s daily The Star quoting the customs assistant director-general. Picture taken September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Royal Malaysian Customs Department/Handout (MALAYSIA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW BUSINESS)

                    Malaysia’s customs officials display newly-seized elephant tusks in Port Klang outside Kuala Lumpur September 5, 2011. Two containers containing 695 elephant tusks worth 3 million ringgit (US $1 million) were seized by Malaysia’s customs department on Friday, as reported by Malaysia’s daily The Star quoting the customs assistant director-general. Picture taken September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Royal Malaysian Customs Department/Handout (MALAYSIA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW BUSINESS)

                    A Pakistan International Airlines plane is parked on the tarmac at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur September 8, 2011. A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane en route to Britain from Pakistan made an emergency landing in Istanbul on Wednesday, and a second PIA plane was grounded in Kuala Lumpur after the airline received anonymous bomb threats. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA – Tags: TRANSPORT CRIME LAW)

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