PAF fully committed to defending country’s sovereignty

ISLAMABAD: “Let there be no doubt in the minds of our adversaries that PAF is fully committed to defending sovereignty of the country with utmost might and with all possible means”, said Air Chief Marshal, Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Thursday.

He was addressing the graduation ceremony of 120th Combat Support Course and 40th BLPC

Course and commissioning of 10 cadets of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) as chief guest

at PAF Academy, Asghar Khan, said a press release issued here by media affairs directorate of PAF.

Mehdi Honardoost, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan was also present on the occasion.

Addressing the parade, the Air Chief said, “Certainly, your training at PAF Academy Asghar Khan has equipped you with ample knowledge in your respective professions. As officers, you will be required to establish your credentials by grooming yourselves at both professional as well as personal levels.” He said the PAF had taken a number of initiatives to reinforce its operational preparedness.

“By the grace of Allah Almighty and the commitment of our personnel, we have successfully achieved various strategic milestones.

“I am glad to share that our efforts towards indigenization and self-reliance have been highly rewarding; the world-wide acclaim received by JF-17 is a manifestation of our indigenous defence

production capabilities,” he added.

The Air Chief said that he strongly believed that PAF was fully capable to measure up to the aspirations of the people of Pakistan. “With the entire Pakistani nation at our back, the resounding success of Air Power employment in synergy with sister services helped in eradicating the menace of terrorism and restoration of peace to the country and the region at large.

“This has made the whole nation proud of its armed forces and especially PAF. I would like to reiterate that we are a peace-loving nation and want to live in peace with dignity and our desire

for peaceful co-existence is for regional stability”.

A total of 47 cadets including 09 Lady Cadets were graduated at the occasion. The Chief Guest

awarded branch insignia and trophies to the distinction holders.

Trophy for Best Performance in 120th Combat Support Course was awarded to Aviation Cadet Sidra Abdullah, while Aviation Cadet Sajid Mahmood received trophy for Overall Best Performance in 40th BLPC Course.

The ceremony was followed by a thrilling performance by “Eaglets”- the Para Motor Glider team

of the Academy. “Bravehearts and Sherdils”, the PAF Academy Aerobatics Teams also displayed an exhilarating aerial display at the occasion.

The well-synchronized drill presented by Hamza Flight was an icing on the cake, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the guests.

Earlier, on his arrival at the Academy, the chief guest was received by Air Vice Marshal Imran Khalid, Air Officer Commanding, PAF Academy Asghar Khan. The ceremony was witnessed by

high-ranking military and civil officials, diplomats, foreign dignitaries and a large number of guests of graduating cadets.