ISLAMABAD  – A ceremony was held to mark the birth anniversary of Air Marshal (r) Nur Khan at the PAF Headquarters on Wednesday.

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, former Air Chiefs, Farhat Nur Khan, relatives, friends and senior officials were present on the occasion.

Rao Qamar Suleman also unveiled a commemorative postage stamp launched by the Pakistan Post to acknowledge the services of great national hero who born on February 22, 1923, at Tamman, Attock.

Speaking on the occasion, Rao Qamar Suleman paid glowing tributes to Nur Khan and declared him an ace fighter pilot and a visionary commander of Pakistan Air Force.

He said Nur Khan showed his true colour when he was given the prestigious command of PAF on July 23, 1965. Nur Khan established the foundation of aggressive tactics, construed the time according to situation and adopted ways and means that were in the best interest of the service, he added.

Nur Khan was a statuesque man, who commanded the PAF during the country’s first real test since independence, during the Indo-Pak war in 1965.

Rao Qamar Suleman informed the audience that Nur Khan also equipped the PAF with modern aircraft, equipment and training facilities.

He also mentioned the efforts of Nur Khan for bringing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) at par with other international airlines by acquiring modern planes.

Nur Khan also rendered great services for the uplift of national sports of Hockey, Cricket and Squash and enabled Pakistan to reach the pinnacle.

He said the services rendered by Nur Khan were acknowledged both at national and international levels and he became a highly-decorated officer of PAF.

Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan said that Nur Khan was a patriotic, devoted and a decorated son of Pakistan. He said Nur Khan served the country brilliantly and led the PAF from the front in 1965 war.

Asghar Khan said that the country and PAF would never forget him. A documentary on the life and achievements of Nur Khan, produced by Pakistan Television was shown on the occasion.

The saga of epic quests and achievements ended when the legend expired on December 15, 2011, leaving behind a trail of courage, professionalism and dedication for the nation to cherish and follow. The PAF Auditorium was also named after Nur Khan. The Chief of Air Staff also presented a crest to Farhat Nur Khan.