Sargodha: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sitting in the rear cockpit of F-16 aircraft in full flying gear on Saturday.—Online
Sargodha: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sitting in the rear cockpit of F-16 aircraft in full flying gear on Saturday.—Online

ISLAMABAD: In a first for any prime minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday participated in an exercise training mission aboard an F-16 aircraft as part of the elite No 9 multirole squadron. In full flying gear, PM Abbasi sat in the rear cockpit of the fighter jet.

It was during a visit to the newly established ‘Airpower Centre of Excellence’ at an operational airbase of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in Sargodha when the prime minister took part in the mission.

Chief of the Air Staff Sohail Aman, sitting in another F-16 aircraft, also participated in the training mission.

After landing back, Mr Abbasi interacted with the combat air and ground crew of the squadron. He lauded the high morale of the aerial defenders while expressing satisfaction over the PAF’s operational readiness.

Premier praises the high morale of aerial defenders

He was briefed on various contributions of the air force, especially during disaster management and relief operations, and told that the new facility was equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure.

Besides training the PAF personnel, the institute would train the combat crew of friendly air forces by conducting multinational training exercises, Mr Abbasi was apprised.

He was briefed on the ongoing ‘Saffron Bandit’ exercise. The first multinational exercise will be held in October in which personnel from over 19 air forces will participate.

The PAF chief, who received the prime minister on arrival at the base, briefed him about the PAF’s contribution to nation-building. The PAF has started numerous vocational institutions all across the country to create job opportunities for the youth.

As regards the PAF’s contribution to the promotion of education, the prime minister was told that various campuses of Air University and Fazaia Medical College had been set up in different cities to provide quality education to young boys and girls. Schools have also been set up for special children to make them useful members of society.

The prime minister took keen interest in the Aviation City project, which has been established in Kamra to bring in an innovative approach to the aviation field. The project would focus on research and development initiatives.

Published in Dawn, September 10th, 2017

Opinion

Editorial

Updated 21 May, 2022

Band-aid measure

A more pronounced impact would have been possible had the cap on energy prices been removed.
21 May, 2022

Bilawal’s defence

BILAWAL Bhutto-Zardari’s robust defence at the UN headquarters of former prime minister Imran Khan’s Feb 24 trip...
21 May, 2022

Yasin Malik’s conviction

THE conviction of veteran Kashmiri freedom fighter and head of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik by an...
Updated 20 May, 2022

TTP peace talks

ANOTHER attempt to sue for peace with the outlawed TTP is being made, again facilitated by the Afghan Taliban that...
20 May, 2022

Beyond the law

THE senior judiciary should take care not to overreach in its zeal to ‘fix’ issues it ideally need not worry...
20 May, 2022

Political musical chairs

YET another political crisis is brewing in Balochistan, where old rivals Jam Kamal Khan Alyani and Sardar Yar...