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.
بلوچ رجمنٹ کی دو روزہ خصوصی کانفرنس بلوچ رجمنٹل سنٹر ایبٹ آباد میں منعقد ہوئی۔ تقریب میں چیف آف آرمی سٹاف جنرل قمر جاوید باجوہ کو بلوچ رجمنٹ کے کرنل انچیف کے رینک لگائے گئے۔ اس موقع پر شہیدوں کی قربانیوں کو سراہتے ہوئے آرمی چیف نے شہداء کے اہلِ خانہ کو یقین دلایا کہ دفاعِ وطن کی خاطر جانوں کا نذرانہ پیش کرنے والوں کے اہلِ خانہ کا پاک فوج بھرپور خیال رکھے گی۔ آرمی چیف نے یاد گار ِ شہداء پر پھول چڑھائے اور شہداء کی بلندیٔ درجات کی دُعا کی۔
Lieutenant Arsalan Alam Buried with Full Military Honours
Lieutenant Arsalan Alam Satti Shaheed was buried with full military honours after namaz-e-janaza in his native town Ghell, New Murree. He embraced shahadat while he was participating in Operation Khyber IV in Rajgal Valley against the terrorists. The officer had repulsed attack by the terrorists bravely before he received a bullet on his forehead and embraced shahadat. He was the only son of his parents.
Commander 10 Corps, Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza, General Officer Commanding 12 Division, Major General Azhar Abbas and large number of Army and civilian dignitaries attended namaz-e-janaza of the shaheed. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented guard of honour. Floral wreath from COAS was also laid on the grave of shaheed.
H. E. Mr. Martin Kobler, German Ambassador to Pakistan met Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ on September 21, 2017. Issues of mutual interest including security situation were discussed. The ambassador said that ‘Germany is grateful to Pakistan for its fight against terrorism’ and assured of his continued efforts in improving bilateral relations between the two countries.
Members of Defence Committees of Senate and National Assembly Visit GHQ
A delegation comprising members of Defence Committees of the Senate and National Assembly headed by Senator Lt Gen Abdul Qayyum (R) visited GHQ on September 18, 2017. The delegation laid wreath at GHQ’s Shuhada Monument and was given a detailed briefing on evolving security environment including situation on the borders and Pakistan Army’s efforts for peace and security. The delegation also had an interactive session with Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The session concluded with a resolve to continue our struggle against the menace of violent extremism through a synergetic, whole-of-the-nation approach based on the principle of ‘collective potential and shared responsibility’.