The Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Shahid Niaz, Air Commodore Asim Zaheer and Air Commodore Ahmar Shahzad to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM) in the Pakistan Air Force.
According to a press release, Niaz was commissioned in PAF in January, 1984 in the engineering branch and has commanded an electronics wing during his career, among other appointments.
He is a graduate of the National Defence University and holds a Master’s degree in National Security and War Studies and an MS in Signal Processing from China. He is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).
Zaheer was commissioned in November, 1984 in the GD Pilot Branch. He has commanded a fighter squadron and an operational air base. He has also served as Air Attaché to France.
A graduate of the Combat Commanders’ School, Armed Forces War College and German General Staff College, Zaheer holds a Master’s degree in War Studies. He is also a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and the Tamgha-i-Basalat.
Shahzad was commissioned in November, 1984 as a pilot and has held similar operation commands as Zaheer.
He has also served as Air Attaché to USA and is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Armed Forces War College and Command & Staff College, UK. He holds a Master’s degree in War Studies (AFWC) and a Master’s degree in Defence Studies (UK). He is a recipient of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) and the Legion of Merit (USA).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2014.