THIs is apropos of the letter ‘PAF: discipline and equality’ by WG.CDR(r) Ahmed Shah Jan (March 27) in which he has expressed his exasperation as regards special perks and privileges being enjoyed by fighter pilots and which are not available to education corps officers.
He has also criticised the system of career progression and has called it a sore point. I fail to understand why Ahmed Shah Jan should compare fighter pilots with education corps officers. The job of a fighter pilot is highly specialised and immensely risky.
Every sortie is risk-prone and anything can happen to him whereas the job of an education corps officer is easy-going, not risk-prone and hardly challenging. It is the rule in the world that pilots are highly paid, be he a commercial pilot or a fighter pilot. Nobody cribs. Nobody should be jealous of them.
As regards career progression, one should be mindful that fighter pilots are the backbone of PAF. Hence they reach the top (only if they survive an air crash\getting shot down in combat). An education corps officer should not aspire to become an air marshal or air chief. Actually PAF should not reward ranks like Flt. LT and Sqdn Ldr to education corps officers, they should be simply called lecturer, assistant professor and so on as in any university. Then they will not compare themselves with fighter pilots.
SAFIR A. SIDDIQUI Karachi