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Pakistan Air Force Observes Martyrs’ Day

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) observed September 7, as Martyrs’ Day at all PAF bases throughout the country. The day started with special prayers and recitation of Holy Quran for the Shuhada of 1965 and 1971 Wars and those who laid down their lives in action since the creation of Pakistan.



Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, PAF was the Chief Guest during a Martyrs’ Day Ceremony held at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. Addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said that PAF has a proud history of sacrifice, valor and professionalism. Brave sons of the soil have always responded to the nation’s call and marked glory with their blood during 1948, 1965 and 1971 Wars, Operation Sentinel and Operation Swift Retort. Pakistan Air Force has evolved due to the great legacy of our forefathers and we are striving hard for the advancement in space, electronic warfare, cyber, niche technologies and indigenous defence capability to ensure our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Air Chief appreciated the efforts of PAF personnel for relief and rescue operations during the recent floods. He further expressed solidarity with Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their indigenous and just struggle for self-determination. To pay homage to the martyrs, the Air Chief laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument and offered fateha. Principal staff officers, officers, airmen and PAF civilians attended the ceremony. 
Earlier in the day, a wreath laying ceremony was also held at the grave of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, (Nishan-i-Haider) in Karachi. Air Officer Commanding Southern Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Zaeem Afzal, offered fateha and laid floral wreath at the grave of the Shaheed on behalf of Chief of the Air Staff, PAF.

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