Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman NI (M), Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force held meetings with the government and military officials of Azerbaijan during his official visit to the brotherly country.
At the start of the visit, the Air Chief laid floral wreath at the grave of the national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev and his wife Zarifa Aliveva. Later on, he met with Mr. Yaqub Eyyubov, 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Colonel General Kamaladdin Heydarov, Minister of Emergency Situation of Republic of Azerbaijan. During the meetings, Air Chief underlined the importance of expanding mutual cooperation and resolved to take it to further heights. He talked about Pakistan’s support to Azerbaijan on the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh and reiterated that Pakistan would stand with Azerbaijan in the hour of need. He also thanked the Azerbaijan government for their support to Pakistan on the burning issue of Kashmir.
The Air Chief also called on Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov, Air Force Commander of Azerbaijan in his office. Both dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional and mutual interest. The Air Chief pledged to meet the timelines of the contract for the provision of Super Mushshak aircraft to Azerbaijan. Moreover, he also discussed the prospects of training Azerbaijan Air Force personnel at PAF institutions.
Later in the day, the Air Chief visited Military Academy of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan to deliver a lecture on “Application of Airpower in Asymmetric Warfare”. Addressing the audience, the Air Chief said that air power with its basic characteristics emerges as the best option in asymmetric warfare and its unique attributes and capabilities provide a wide array of opportunities for application in this form of warfare. He also highlighted PAF’s pivotal role in the fight against terrorism and said that PAF, in synergy with armed forces, had successfully rooted out the menace of terrorism from the country. He further said that although Pakistan had suffered the most in the war against terrorism, yet it had not diminished its resolve to fight for ensuring peace in the region.
COAS Visits Parents of Lieutenant Arsalan Alam Shaheed
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited parents of Lieutenant Arsalan Alam shaheed on September 25, 2017 at his village near Murree who embraced shahadat at newly established Pakistani border post in Rajgal, Khyber Agency on September 23. COAS offered fateha at grave of the shaheed and interacted with the great family. While paying tribute to shaheed Lieutenant Arsalan Alam, COAS said, “Army and the nation is proud of their shuhuda who have rendered supreme sacrifices in the line of duty. Lieutenant Arsalan Alam being the only son of family with three sisters preferred his country over himself and his family. No power can harm us till the time we have such valiant sons of soil and their brave parents in Pakistan.” He further said, “On the contrary, some people/hostile agencies from abroad are trying to destabilize our country and also criticize Army. They fear Army being a hurdle to achieve their nefarious designs.” COAS also said, “Pakistan Army shall continue to perform in the best interest of the country and will stand by with the nation against all challanges. Pakistan’s enemy is our enemy. Use of force is the prerogative of state alone.” COAS also stated that we shall restore peace and rule of law, whatever sacrifices it may cost.