—Abbasi becomes first ever PM to take part in PAF exercise training mission
SARGODHA: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday appreciated the role of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as guardians of the aerial frontiers of the country.
The prime minister visited an operational air base of the PAF. On his arrival at the Base, he was received by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, PAF chief of air staff.
The prime minister lauded the PAF role in Pakistan’s ongoing fight against terrorism. The prime minister was briefed about the operational preparedness of the PAF and other contributions.
The prime minister was briefed about the operational preparedness of the PAF and other contributions, and also informed about the role played by the force during the war on terror, disaster management, and relief operations.
He also visited newly established Airpower Center of Excellence (ACE) and attended a briefing on the ongoing exercise Saffron Bandit. Envisioned by the air chief, ACE is a premier institution which has been equipped with state of the art facilities and infrastructure.
Besides training the PAF personnel, this institute would also train the combat crew of friendly air forces by conducting multi national, training exercises.
The prime minister was also informed that the first-ever multinational exercise is going to be held in October this year which would be participated by the personnel from 19 air forces.
The PAF’s contributions in the field of education were also elaborated wherein various campuses of the Air University and Fazaia Medical college have been established in different cities to provide quality education.
Moreover, the PAF has also established schools for the special education to make them useful members of society.
PM Abbasi took a keen interest in the Aviation City project, which has been established in Kamra to bring in an innovative approach in the field of aviation. This city would mainly focus research and development initiatives with the help of industry academia linkage.
During his visit, the prime minister also flew an exercise training mission in F-16 aircraft of the elite No 9 multirole squadron. The air chief, sitting in another F-16 aircraft also participated in the training mission. It was the first time in the history of Pakistan that a prime minister participated in a flying mission sitting in the rear cockpit of a fighter jet.