KARACHI: Air Force Day is being observed on Tuesday (today) with national zeal to commemorate the dexterity and valour of the defenders of air space of the country against Indian aggression in September 1965 war.
In the 1965 war, the valiant Pakistani pilots despite limited resources not only annihilated Indian air aggression but also inflicted humiliating defeat on India through unprecedented skill in the warfare and insurmountable courage.
The PAF’s Muhammad Mahmood Alam, commonly known as M M Alam, shot down five Indian Air Force Hawker Hunter Mk 56 fighters in less than a minute.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with Defence and Martyrs’ Day held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday night, Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reaffirmed Pakistan Army’s support to the Kashmir cause and the people of Indian occupied Kashmir.
The COAS said the world must know that without peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue, peace and stability will remain elusive in the region.
“Pakistan’s Armed Forces are capable to fight all external and internal threats in a befitting manner and that Pakistan has achieved self-sustainability in defence capabilities and made the country’s defence impenetrable,” he said.
He said the armed forces, with the support of the nation, had achieved unprecedented successes in the fight against terrorism and in bringing normalcy to the country.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa termed restoring peace in war-torn Afghanistan mandatory for sustainable development of the South Asian region.
He said inclusive setup in Afghanistan was expected and it will definitely change the fate of the war-hit country.
Meanwhile, addressing the main ceremony of Defence and Martyrs Day at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan’s armed forces were fully prepared to meet challenges of the changing times.
He said Pakistan had increased capacity of its defence production and moved towards self-reliance in defence equipment by manufacturing JF 17 airplane, Al Khalid Tank and Navy’s ships.