ISLAMABAD, Aug 14 (APP): Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman Sunday said the challenges confronted by the country demanded the greater unity among all ranks.

“Undoubtedly, the challenges we are facing today demand unity in our ranks,” the AIR Chief said in his message read out by Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Personnel) Air Vice Marshal Khalid Dabir at a flag hoisting ceremony here at the Air Headquarters.

He said, “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.

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.

“While celebrating our nation’s birth with traditional patriotic fervour, we must strive to be worthy of our ancestors’ tremendous sacrifices and prove ourselves true inheritors of the invaluable reward bestowed upon us by Allah Almighty.”

Pakistan Air Force celebrated the Independence Day of the country with fervour and dignity, said a press release.

The day commenced with special ‘Dua’ (prayer) after the morning prayer at all the mosques of Pakistan Air Force.

All airmen and civilian staff of the force assembled at their respective bases, units and headquarters to sing the National Anthem.

Similar flag hoisting ceremonies were also held at all PAF air commands, bases and other establishments.