KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Defence Ministry has said that there is no plan to purchase the Joint Fighter-17 (JF-17) Thunder multi-role fighters (JF-17) from Pakistan, as was reported in the international news media.

Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said “I have never heard of this. I am hearing this for the first time. We have no plan to make such a purchase,” reported Bernama.

He was asked about the media reports having quoted Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr Hasrul Sani Mujtabar, as saying that the Malaysian government was interested in buying the JF-17 from Islamabad.

Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan Dr. Hasrul Sani bin Mujtabar was quoted by state run news agency saying Malaysia was considering option of purchasing JF-17 Thunder from Pakistan and deal in this regard will be finalized after completing formalities.