Top Level Promotions in PAF: Four Air Commodores Promoted

Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Anis-Ur-Rehman, Air Commodore Sohail Ahmad Malik, Air CommodoreMuhammad Salman and Air Commodore Ijaz Mahmood Malik to the rank of Air Vice Marshal.

Air Vice Marshal Anis-Ur-Rehman was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 29 March, 1982 in GD (P) Branch. During his career, he has commanded a Fighters’ Squadron, a Fighters’ Wing and an Operational Air Base. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and National Defence University. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Sohail Ahmad Malik was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 15 January, 1982 in Engineering Branch. During his career, he has served as Chief Engineer JF-17 Co-Production and as Managing Director at Aircraft Manufacturing Factory Kamra. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Salman was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 24 September, 1982 in Engineering Branch. During his career, he has commanded an Engineering Wing and has been working as Managing Director of Mirage Rebuild Factory at PAC Kamra. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Air Vice Marshal Ijaz Mahmood Malik was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 23 November, 1981 in Air Defence Branch. He has worked on all the main Air Defence Systems of Pakistan Air Force. During his career, he has commanded a Sector Operations Center and an Air Base. He is a graduate ofCombat Commanders’ School, Air War College and National Defence University. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

Gen Kayani Asks ISAF Commander to Curb Cross-border Attacks

ISLAMABAD, June 27: Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Wednesday held a hush-hush meeting with Isaf Commander General John Allen in Rawalpindi and Inter Services Public Relations kept quiet on matters taken up at the meeting.

But it is widely believed that the army leadership demanded actions by Isaf forces against Afghanistan-based militants who attacked a Pakistani checkpost in Dir on Sunday, killing 13 security officials.

Despite repeated attempts, newly-appointed ISPR Director General Maj General Asim Bajwa could not be contacted for his comments on the meeting.

But, according to sources, everything, including blocked Nato supply lines, operational details which the two sides regularly discuss and border incursions from both sides, came under discussion.

On many occasions in the past, the US/Nato forces and Afghan government have accused Pakistan of not acting against militant networks allegedly based in Pakistan, especially the Haqqnai network. Likewise, Pakistan believes that Nato and Afghan security forces have failed to act against militants crossing to the Pakistani side of the border from Afghanistan.

“Although it was a routine meeting, due to latest border incursion which resulted in the killing of 13 Pakistani security officials, it achieved prominence in the media,” a security official who follows such meetings said.

“Yes, these meetings are primarily meant to shore up cooperation between the two sides, because they are engaged against a common enemy across the Pak-Afghan border,” he said.

Talking to Dawn, a Foreign Office official said that Pak-US relations had witnessed so many twists and turns that nothing could be said with surety when and how Pakistan would reopen Nato supply lines.

However, he said, the two sides had not lost hope and believed that sooner or later they would reach some agreement and Nato forces would be allowed to use Pakistani routes for their supply lines.

Senators Visit Families of Gayari Shuhada

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production along with other senators, visited the families of Gayari Shuhada Lieutenant Colonel Tanvir Ul Hassan, Commanding Officer 6 Northern Light Infantry and Naik Ansar Mehmood at Chakwal on Friday. He laid wreath and offered fatheh at the Grave.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production along with other senators offering fathah at the residence of Gayari Shaheed Lieutenant Colonel Tanvir Ul Hassan at Chakwal.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed paid rich tributes to all shuhada of Gayari and pledged his support.  So far a total of 13 bodies of shaheed soldiers have been recovered. Meanwhile search and clearance operation at Gayari is making a smooth headway.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production along with other senators offering fathah at the residence of Gayari Shaheed Naik Ansar Mehmood at Chakwal.

All possible resources including over 300 troops, 48 Engineers plants and five dewatering pumps are working round the clock at the site.
Snow melting vehicle have also been employed for clearance operation.

Graduation Ceremony of National Security and War Course Held at NDU, Islamabad

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Khalid Shameem Wynne has said that “the security environment we face today and into the future is increasingly fluid and shaped by a dynamic mix of continuing and emerging challenges and opportunities. The concept of national security has evolved and broadened to include non-traditional threats such as transnational crime, natural disasters and pandemics”. He made these remarks while addressing the graduation ceremony of National Security and War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shameem Wynne awarding degrees during the graduation ceremony of National Security and War Course at National Defence University, Islamabad today.

While addressing the audience Chairman JCSC said “we are combating whole heartedly the menace of extremism and terrorism from our society. The people and the Armed Forces of Pakistan have taken up this challenge and our soldiers as well as innocent civilians are sacrificing their lives for this cause. He further said that Pakistan has every intention of preserving its territorial integrity. We seek nothing beyond secure frontiers and pose no threat to any country and will accept no pressure for standing up for our principles.
While dilating upon the peace and stability of the region. He said, “I must also point out that as long as the regional disputes, specially Kashmir, remains unresolved, stability will remain a distant dream, we must therefore continue for a just solution of the Kashmir dispute as it is only fair to all the people who dwell in this region”.
Congratulating the graduates comprising Armed Forces officers, civil bureaucrats of Pakistan and senior officers from friendly countries on successful completion of the course, General Khalid expressed hope that the enhanced knowledge, competence, capacity for analysis and decision making would make them an asset for a nation and the world at large, he also applauded the efforts of the faculty and management of National Defence University.
Earlier on arrival at NDU, Chairman JCSC was received by Lieutenant General Agha Muhammad Umer Farooq (President NDU).

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Pioneer Institution in the Country to be Awarded ISO-15189

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Rawalpindi was awarded ISO-15189 accreditation by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), in a prestigious ceremony held at Islamabad. Honorable Minister for Science & Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali was the chief guest at the occasion.  All six laboratories (departments) of AFIP were simultaneously accredited for this highly coveted achievement.  AFIP becomes the pioneer institution in the whole country to have satisfactorily met the criteria as per ISO-15198.
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Rawalpindi is one of the premier health care establishments of Pakistan Armed Forces.  Ever since its inception, it has gone from strength to strength in its stated mission of provision of diagnostic facilities, imparting postgraduate training in many disciplines of pathology and promotion of research and development activities.  As a quality conscious establishment, the institute has stringent protocols for the analysis, performance and systematic efforts to improve it. It received its ISO 9001-2008 certification in 2009.  The recent accreditation is based on ISO-15189 standards which specifies requirements for accreditation, quality and competence particular to medical laboratories.

New Book on Major Shabir Sharif (NH) Launched

A simple but impressive book launching ceremony on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed’s heroic life as military officer “What more can a solider desire” was held here in Rawalpindi today. Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was chief guest on this occasion. COAS while speaking on this occasion paid rich tribute to Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (NH) and appreciated the efforts of writer and all those who helped in writing of this book.

Colonel (Retired) Azam Qadri is presenting a book on the life of Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (NH) “What more can a solider desire” to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at GHQ Auditorium Rawalpindi today.

The book “What more can a soldier desire” is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars, of 1965 and 1971. Book has been written by Colonel (Retired) Azam Qadri. The writer has made the epic life of that legendary soldier more memorable through his remarkable effort of collecting and compiling the shining moments of Major Shabir’s career. Major Shabir Sharif embraced Shahadat on December 6, 1971in the Sulemanki Sector. Portion of the book is based upon the letters that Major Shabir wrote to the author, which contains and enumerate not only some historic facts about the Pakistan-India war of 1965, but also present a good reflection of his day-to-day life, as well as his personality.
Speakers which included writer of the book, Major Shabir Shaheed’s son, colleagues and close friends in military and from civil, spoke in detail about the life of great soldier who received highest gallantry award, Nishan-e- Haider in 1971 and Sitar-e-Jurrat in 1965 war. He can be regarded as the highest decorated military officer not only in Pakistan, but maybe internationally.
The book “What more can a soldier desire” not only galvanizes the desire of achievement, but also portrays the parts of Major Shabir Sharif’s life in a novel and impressive way. It is worth-reading.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior serving and retired armed forces officers, people from all walks of life including media and family members of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed.

COAS Visits Command & Staff College, Quetta

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Command and Staff College Quetta today. He addressed the student officers on professional matters. The address was followed by an extensive interactive session.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressing the officers at Command and Staff College Quetta today.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Muhammad Alam Khattak, Commander Southern Command and Commandant Command and Staff College Major General Sohail Ahmad Khan.