ISLAMABAD: PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has assured the nation that Pakistan Air Force is ever ready to thwart the nefarious designs of the enemy.

“PAF’s pivotal role in Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a manifestation to its operational preparedness. No doubt, PAF always provides a level playing field  for all and strongly believes in merit and professionalism – the guiding principles  that inform all our decisions” he said in a message on Independence Day.

He prayed that May Allah Almighty guide our efforts and give us the strength to safeguard the aerial frontiers of the nation – a commitment to which Pakistan Air Force has always measured up with rare courage all along. 

The Air Chief extended warm greetings to all countrymen and women. He said this day signifies an epoch-making moment in our history that reminds us of the determined struggle and supreme sacrifices of our forefathers for a separate homeland. In their quest for freedom, the Muslims of the sub-continent stood united under the visionary and dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and bravely faced the daunting odds that came their way. With extraordinary fixity of purpose, they eventually realised their long-wished-for dream of achieving  an independent state. 

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said undoubtedly, the challenges we are facing today demand unity in our ranks. In these testing times, nothing but a sense of belonging and ownership with the country can inspire feelings of patriotism and self-sacrifice in the service of the nation. He said we must show compassion for others by being forthcoming and lending a helping hand to our brothers and sisters in distress. Indeed, Pakistan is our identity and through the spirit of nationalism we can promote national unity and supreme loyalty to motherland.

The Air Chief said this auspicious occasion provides us an opportunity to reflect on our journey since inception, chart our destiny and work with renewed vigour and enthusiasm for peace, progress and prosperity of the country. Certainly, added focus on quality education, together with indigenization will give greater impetus to our progress, he added.