Islamabad: (Parliament Times) “Pakistan Air Force, living up to its legacy, yet again made its mark through professional excellence and valour during Operation Swift Retort last year. Indeed, PAF prompt, measured and surprising response busted the aggressor’s arrogance” said the Air Chief while addressing a ceremony held at Air Headquarters, Islamabad to commemorate the PAF’s resounding victory in “Operation Swift Retort”. Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest at the occasion.
Addressing the audience, the Air Chief further said, “While I assure Pakistani nation, on the preparedness of PAF to counter threats, we will not compromise on sovereignty or territorial integrity of Pakistan. Let there be no doubt that, PAF is, and would remain, reassuring fundamental of national defence.” He added that prior to aggression last year, our national leadership had made it amply clear that no misadventure against Pakistan would ever go un-responded. He further said, “Today, I reiterate that commitment and caution; to respond to aggressor was our compulsion, but measured and calibrated response was entirely our choice. Make no mistake; PAF when responds to irresponsible act, we may not always exercise restraint.”
Former Air Chiefs and a large number of PAF officials witnessed the ceremony. Earlier, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force presented the Guard of Honour. Another important event of the ceremony was a spectacular fly past by two formations of PAF fighter aircraft including F-16, JF-17 and Mirage aircraft. The ceremony was rounded off with soulful performance by the young students of Fazaia School and College.