— Air chief says PAF lived up to legacy, again made mark through professional excellence
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Thursday conducted a ceremony at the Air Headquarters in Islamabad to commemorate the first anniversary of the “Operation Swift Retort” which resulted in the downing of two Indian planes – that had violated Pakistani airspace – last year today.
Addressing the event Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said that they were gathered today to commemorate “resounding victory” in ‘Operation Swift Retort’.
“Pakistan Air Force living up to its legacy yet again made its mark through professional excellence and valour.”
He said that the “prompt, measured and surprising response busted the aggressor’s arrogance”.
“No doubt our successes are attributed to blessings of Allah. Decades-long hard work, investment in PAF operational capacity by our predecessors and the heroic acts of our personnel, let there be no doubt that PAF is and would remain reassuring fundamental of national defence.”
“Ladies and gentleman Pakistan Air Force is one of the most respected and responsible air forces of a peace-loving country.”
The air chief said that Pakistan has been facing “diversified challenges”.
“Despite these PAF has continued on the path of professional consolidation over the last two decades while we solidified our professional training, capability enhancement remained our primary pursuit through indenization.
“Today our platforms complemented by advance precision weaponry follow illustrate a successful realisation of our homegrown technological pursuits alongside we place special emphasis on human resource development and force multipliers in making the robust architecture of Pakistan Air Force.”
He described the PAF as a “hard-hitting” force and “focussed on its mission”.
“My comrades while I assure [the] Pakistani nation on the preparedness of PAF to counter threats we will not compromise on sovereignty or territorial integrity of Pakistan.
“Remember, professionally we are second to none.”
The chief of air staff also witnessed a guard of honour and a flypast at the ceremony, which was also attended by various dignitaries.