ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he is convinced the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will play a leading role in case of any eventuality and will add yet another chapter to the history full of glory and valor.
“I am convinced that the PAF will be in a leading role in case of any eventuality and create yet another chapter full of glory and valor in the history,” he said while addressing the graduation ceremony of 130 general duty (pilot), 75 engineering, 89 air defense courses and commissioning parade of 133 general duty (pilot), 79 engineering and 14 A&SD courses at the PAF Academy, Risalpur on Thursday.
According to a press release issued, Prime Minister Sharif was the chief guest on the occasion while Chief of the Air Staff of the PAF Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt also attended the ceremony.
Addressing the aviation cadets, the prime minister said: “Pakistan is peace loving country. We have always worked for peace and we would continue to play our role to defuse tension at the borders and reduce any possibility of war. However, our enemy must know that Pakistan’s aerial defense is impregnable.
“The PAF is a potent and hard-hitting air force with the ability to strike and surprise the enemy in such a manner that it will repent the decision to opt for adventurism. In view of the current environment, PAF has enhanced its vigilance and it is fully committed and determined to give a befitting response to the enemy.”
The release said a total of 94 undertraining officers and 12 cadets graduated whereas 110 cadets were commissioned on the occasion. The chief guest awarded branch insignias to the graduating officers and aviation cadets and also gave away trophies to the distinction holders.
The chief guest awarded Quaid-i-Azam Banner to No 4 Squadron, the champion squadron of the academy. The Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for the best performance in flying training was awarded to Pilot Officer Hassam Hassan whereas Pilot Officer Umer Shahzad was awarded Sword of Honor for overall best performance in the College of Flying Training.
Pilot Officer Hamza Malik won the Sword of Honor for overall best performance in the College of Aeronautical Engineering. Trophy for overall best performance in 89 air defense course was received by Aviation Cadet Arif Rasheed.
The ceremony was followed by an exhilarating aerial display by the PAF Academy aerobatics team ‘Sherdils’ and para-motor glider formation ‘The Eaglets’.
Earlier on his arrival at the academy, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was received by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt and Air Vice Marshal Rashid Kamal, air officer commanding of the PAF Academy, Risalpur.
The ceremony was witnessed by parliamentarians, diplomats, senior military & civil officials, foreign military attaches, other dignitaries and a large number of guests of graduating/commissioning undertraining officers and aviation cadets.