THIS is apropos of Karam A. Siddiqui’s letter (March 7). The writer has referred to some unnamed retired education officer and hero of the 1965 war. But the impression he has tried to create is that let alone any retired education officer, even a war hero can be shunted out for being very vocal against the service.

Second, he seems unhappy that there is disparity between the perks and facilities of officers of the flying and ground branches.

This is an unwanted criticism of a fine service and its conditions of service. PAF discipline does not prohibit criticism provided it is done respectfully and through proper channel and is meant for improvement of service conditions and not for venting personal grievances, real or imagined.

As regards the disparity, yes there is disparity in emoluments and career progression between officers of flying and ground branches. My own student rose to become air chief.

This should not surprise or be objected to by anyone who has a shred of knowledge what the air force is there for. It is to fight a war or prepare for war. Who in the PAF fights a war, it is the pilot.

Who gives life during training for war, it is the pilot. Who gives his life while fighting a war, it is the pilot and not an education or any other officer of ground branch who generally is exposed to risk no more than other citizens in the war zone.

Therefore, if an officer of the flying branch, called GDP, gets more, there is a reason for it.

GROUP CAPTAIN (r) S.M. ANWAR Karachi

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awakening
March 11, 2013 6:36 am
How PAF regarded MM ALAM was disicipline or Rasicm may ALLAH grand him best of Jannah, i wish Pakistan airforce is not punjabi airforce, Punjab and punjabi the root cause of every problem in Pakistan
Irfan
March 12, 2013 1:04 am
Does this warrant pilots to interfere into others' departments like being appointed degree college principals when they dont qualify to even become lecturers; and the managing director of PAC happens to be a pilot. Why have an engineering brnch then when we have these jacks of all trade?
Raza
March 11, 2013 7:22 pm
MM Alam is a legend in his own arena. I have listened to him speak and have also read about him. No matter for whatever reason he is criticized, his performance as an air force hero will stay unblemished.
Zahid
March 11, 2013 11:05 am
They don't even spare their own legends - Abdus Salam.
Farhan
March 11, 2013 3:16 pm
The problem is not the promotion but the pride one takes in branches other than GDP. The discrimination an education officer faces in his service is the problem to be discussed
farhan
March 12, 2013 7:55 am
Please dont abuse any particular group (punjabis) ... we are all muslims .. thats enough! This is cheap way to think on any issue!
M A Mufti
March 12, 2013 11:30 am
Sorry, I beg to differ. The pilot alone does not fight the war! It's a team effort by the engineering crew and the whole force that fights the war. What will a pilot fight with if his/her plane is not air worthy? Or the runway is not clean.
gangadin
March 12, 2013 1:22 pm
One more thing about Punjabi. Just look at the names of people that were awarded Nishan-e-Haider.
gangadin
March 12, 2013 1:27 pm
MM Alam was a very good fighter pilot but later in years became arrogant and forgot the basic discipline which made him a good pilot in the first place and therfore, he lacked leadership qualities and was eased out.
Azhar Hussain
March 12, 2013 1:33 pm
Here comes another one of our finest to interject ethnicity into the discussion. You see Punjabi every where you go is simply because of the percentage of population disparity. You go abroad and you will see us Punjabis (45%) more often than the Muhajir (7.5%); Sindhi (15%) Saraiki (10%); and Baloch (3.59%) & Pashto (15.49%).
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