The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) celebrated Defence Day of Pakistan on Thursday with customary enthusiasm at all PAF Bases and installations.

Chief of the Air Staff PAF Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in his message on the auspicious occasion said, “Defence Day of Pakistan symbolizes the exemplary courage, sacrifice and unity of the Armed Forces and the people of Pakistan. The day holds a special significance in our history, as it revives the memory of our nation’s resolve in the face of aggression, thus showing the world that Pakistan knows how to safeguard its territorial integrity.”

The Air Chief further stated, “Undoubtedly, Pakistan Air Force, in unison with sister services, delivered a knock-out punch to its rival during the ensuing air battle. Many brave sons of the soil embraced Shahadat or returned with a glow of pride as Ghazi. We salute and pay homage to our heroes for their valorous deeds”.

This epoch making day was celebrated with a renewed pledge and determination to make “Fazaia” even more stronger and potent force to confront any challenge. The day started with special Duh’a and Quran Khawani for the Shuhada at all PAF Bases.

A unique feature of the day was the change of guards ceremony at the Mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam in Karachi.  Aviation Cadets from Pakistan Air Force Academy, Asghar Khan assumed guard duties at the Mausoleum to honour the Father of the Nation. Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Nadeem Sabir, Air Officer Commanding, PAF Academy Asghar Khan laid the floral wreath at the grave of the great leader.

A static display of PAF aircraft and ammunition was likewise held at PAF Base, Nur Khan (Rawalpindi), PAF Base, Masroor (Karachi), PAF Base, Peshawar, PAF Base, Samungli (Quetta) and PAF Base Lahore. PAF’s fighter aircraft including F-16, JF-17 Thunder, Mirage and F-7 PG performed aerobatics to pay tribute to the warriors of 1965 & 1971 wars. 

Students from Fazaia schools and colleges presented National songs at the occasion which were highly applauded by the audience.  A large number of people including women and children keenly witnessed the PAF’s aircraft and arsenal.

On this auspicious occasion PAF launched two motivational songs (“Wardi” sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan and “Aye Mujahid-e-Asman” sung by Najam Sheraz,) to evoke the patriotism of Pakistani nation. To pay tribute to Shuhada and veterans of PAF, a special programme “Mujahideen-e-Aflak Ko Salam” has also been produced by Pakistan Air Force which would be aired on electronic media on the eve of 7th September 2018.