Armed Forces fully ready to protect national borders, people : Air Chief

APP21-07 ISLAMABAD: September 07 – Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force laying floral wreath on the Martyr’s Monument at Air Headquarters. APP

ISLAMABAD, Sep 07 (APP):Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan on Monday said Pakistan’s valiant Armed Forces were well versed in protecting national borders and people and were fully capable of defeating the enemy.

The Air Chief said : “On the memorable and historic day of September 7, I pay tribute
to all heroes of Pakistan Air Force who stood like a rock against enemy aggression.”

He was addressing as Chief Guest during a Martyrs’ Day ceremony held at Air
Headquarters here, said a PAF press release.

He said: “Today we salute our martyrs and veterans for their determination, courage
and spirit of sacrifice and renew our pledge that we will never allow any harm to our
sacred homeland.”

Highlighting the current situation in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),
he said : “We also express our solidarity with the Kashmiri brothers and sisters who have
been fighting against oppression and tyranny for seven decades.”

To pay homage to the martyrs, the Air Chief laid floral wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument
and offered “Fateha”. Principal Staff Officers, officers, Airmen and PAF civilians attended
the ceremony.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) observed 7 September as Martyrs’ Day at all PAF Air Bases throughout the country. The day started with special Du’aa and Quran Khawani for Shuhada
of 1965 and 1971 wars and those who laid down their lives in action since the independence
of Pakistan.

Earlier in the day, a wreath laying ceremony was also held at the grave of Pilot Officer
Rashid Minhas Shaheed, (Nishan-i-Haider) at Karachi. Air Vice Marshal Ghulam Abbas
Ghumman, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, offered ‘Fateha’ and laid
wreath at the grave of the Shaheed on behalf of Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air
Force.

Similar wreath laying ceremonies were also held at the graves of PAF Martyrs’ all over
the country.