Pakistan readied battle plans after Uri, says air chief

Published: November 25, 2016

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Thursday said Pakistan was “not worried about India at all”.

“India should show restraint and instead solve the issue of Kashmir as that would be better for them,” the air chief said as he spoke at 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS).

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He said Pakistan had “readied” its battle plans after “threats from India” after the attack in Uri sector. The air force chief also warned the neighbour against “acts of aggression”, as tensions escalate in the Subcontinent.

Aman said Pakistan could not ignore this kind of pressure. “We are well capable of responding in the face of any aggression,” he said. The PAF chief reassured the nation that Pakistan Air Force was very much capable of and ready to respond to any hostile activity.

Similarly, he continued, Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy were fully equipped and in high spirit and the enemy should understand our capacity and courage.

The air force chief also said that IDEAS 2016 is a combined effort of the armed forces and the government of Pakistan for self-dependence, by growing the local defence production industry instead of looking towards others for the country’s defence requirements.

He said all legal formalities, including acquiring of land, for the aviation city had been completed. “The aviation city, being set up at Kamra, would be a complete education and research city and would emerge as the centre of excellence for entire South Asia.

About Super Mushshak aircraft, the air chief said it had gained popularity in the world. “Many countries had shown interest in it. Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey had entered deals to purchase Mashshak aircraft.”

“Soon, we are going to engage in talks with some countries and hope, there may be good deal on JF-17,” he revealed to the media. He said the PAC was also upgrading JF-17 Thunder to make it more effective for the country’s defence; rather to get a good share in international defence market.

Not worried about any threat from India: Air chief

At the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex stall, Air Marshall Aman witnessed the ceremony of signing MoU between the PAC and a French company manufacturing defence products.

Air Commodore Waqar Haider and French company’s representative Julius signed the MoU. Under the agreement, the French company will extend technical support/expertise to upgrade PAF’s airbuses and other aircraft, etc., to French standard. (With additional input from Associated Press of Pakistan)

Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Sonya
    Nov 25, 2016 - 9:49AM

    I have exceedingly lost trust in such rhetorics – this PAF could not protect its own chief Musaf Mir, what to talk about? Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:37AM

    The Kohat air crash was due to human error. Not every incident is a conspiracy.Recommend

  • Saad
    Nov 25, 2016 - 10:44AM

    Why after Uri? Pakistani soldiers did not die in Uri attack.Recommend

  • ghazal- indian
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:17AM

    and which army / air force of the world says or can afford to say it is not ready for battle.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 25, 2016 - 11:18AM

    hahahhaaha….only Indians can go about a ‘surgical strike’ even when their officials admitted that it did not happen. Indian Army took the entire population for a ride. Pathetic losersRecommend

  • Rex Major
    Nov 25, 2016 - 12:43PM

    @Saad: Why after Uri? Pakistani soldiers did not die in Uri attack.

    Because he knows what you do not know.
    He knew even then how Uri came about and what India’s response would/could be.Recommend

  • Albert Xavier
    Nov 25, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Every wing of the armed forces of every country are always ready for war. Surprisingly the “atomic dhamaka” talk has come down these days.Recommend

  • Rebirth
    Nov 25, 2016 - 3:45PM

    Indians appealing to what happened almost 50 years ago under a ‘foreign’ Manekshaw, with Soviet help and as per Kissinger, Pakistani compliance, makes literally zero sense. But that goes to show how much they value their only victory in a span of a millennium. The timespan between 1971 and 2017, is far too huge. 70% of Pakistan’s population is under 30 and I’m sure it isn’t any different in India. In other words, the vast majority of both countries don’t even know about ’71 or what happened to Indira & Rajiv after that. New books and history will be written, folks. Save my words in your diaries. Recommend

  • Avtar
    Nov 25, 2016 - 5:20PM

    @Rebirth: Pakistan is in a similar situation. The challenge is how to mobilize the young to achieve peace between the two countries.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 25, 2016 - 6:56PM

    Is this guy going to replace Shatif?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Sad but true
    Nov 26, 2016 - 12:31AM

    @Rex Minor:
    Anyone with a moustache will do.Recommend

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