Islamabad - Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif yesterday said that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has played pivotal role in war against terrorism and has broken backbone of terrorists.

Addressing a ceremony of JF-17 Thunder aircraft induction to PAF-II Squadron at PAF base Masroor in Karachi today, he said PAF has proved to be leading air force in the world and the government is committed to equipping it with latest gadgets.

The minister said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and desires to have good relations with world particularly neighbouring countries. He said PAF has played effective role in Operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists. Addressing the ceremony, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said all resources will be utilised for the security and defence of country.

He said that PAF-II squadron had commendable achievements during the 1965 and 1971 wars and effectively defended frontiers and waters of the motherland. Air Chief said despite difficulties, we are committed to safeguarding the country. He applauded the Chinese cooperation particularly in manufacturing JF-17 Thunder aircraft.