SARGODHA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lauded the role played by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in counter-terrorism in the country and said the nation was proud of their professional capabilities.
In an interaction with airmen including officers and staff at the Mushaf Ali Mir Airbase, the prime minister said PAF always played a vital role in the country’s defence.
He mentioned the contribution of PAF in operation Zarb-e-Azb by achieving the desired targets in eliminating terrorists.
“The falcons of Pakistan Air Force are our pride,” the premier told PAF airmen.
He congratulated the troops on the successful culmination of ‘Highmark’ exercises, conducted every four years to enhance PAF’s operational preparedness.
The prime minister said PAF played a significant role in the country’s defence by working in association with armed forces and navy.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given a comprehensive briefing at the Command and Control Centre on High Mark’s successful culmination and achievement of its objectives.
Earlier, on his arrival, the premier was received by Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and senior officers of the PAF. Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif accompanied the prime minister. Nawaz was presented a guard of honour.
The prime minister also reviewed the parade and witnessed the fly-past of a formation of the F-16 fighter jets belonging to Squadron 9 and the SAAB aircraft.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2016.