Armed forces prepared to deter and defeat any threats: Air chief


Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman on Thursday said that Pakistani forces were aware of prevailing situation in the region and fully prepared to meet all challenges.
He was addressing a passing-out parade of graduating and commissioning cadets and graduates from Flying, Aeronautical Engineering, Air Defence and general services at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Risalpur, said a PAF statement issued here.
He said, “Today we are living in uncertain times when nation faces many internal and external threats. In recent military operations against militants and criminals have undoubtedly proved that military in Pakistan has the capability and the will to full-fill its obligations.” Air chief said, “By the grace of Allah, Pakistan Air Force has inducted state-of-the-art weapon systems and its modernisation drive is on track.”
He said PAF did not want to accumulate huge inventory of weapons and its endeavour is to develop capabilities that are required to deter and defeat all internal and external threats. Air Chief congratulated the graduating cadets and their parents on successful completion of training. Later, Rao awarded trophies to the award holders
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Trophy for being Best in Flying Training was awarded to Pilot Officer Rana Ahsan Ashfaq while CJCSC Trophy for being Best in Aeronautical Engineering was awarded to Pilot Officer Kamran Zia.
Chief of the Air Staff (COAS) Trophy in Flying was awarded to Pilot Officer Talha Sarwar whereas COAS Trophy in Aeronautical Engineering was awarded to Pilot Officer Muhammad Adnan Khan. Pilot Officer Muhammad Zeshan received Sword of Honour for being best performance in College of Flying Training and Pilot Officer Muhammad Adnan Khan was awarded Sword of Honour for being best performance in College of Aeronautical Engineering.
Aviation Cadets Muhammad Fahad and Muhammad Aitizaz lifted Trophy for overall best performance in the Air Defence Course and Trophy for Over All Best Performance in Admin & Special Duties Course respectively. Significant event of the ceremony was colourful air display by “Sherdils Formation” of K-8 aircraft. Parents and relatives of graduating officers and cadets, senior civil and military officials were also present on the occasion.