Air Chief Visits Azerbaijan
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.