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).

Air Vice Marshal Sohail Gul Khan Promoted to Air Marshal Rank

Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Vice Marshal Sohail Gul Khan to the rank of Air Marshal, an official announcement said on Wednesday.

Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on 20 April, 1979 in the GD (P) Branch.

During his career, he commanded the Combat Commanders’ School, a fighters’ wing, an operational air base and an Air Command.

He has qualified the Combat Commanders’ course, Air War Course and National Defence Course. He has also completed his Masters in Defence Studies from King’s College, London and holds an MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad.

He has also served in China as a leader of the JF-17 development team.

He has also been decorated with an Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i- Imtiaz (Military).

Graduation Ceremony at PAF Finishing School

Graduation Ceremony of the 32nd batch of students of the PAF Finishing School Islamabad was held at the Officers’ Mess, Air Headquarters Islamabad.

Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Chief Guest awarded the certificates to the graduating students.

While addressing at the graduation ceremony the Chief Guest said, “The womenfolk have a vital role to play in the betterment of any society. The saying that “Hands that rock the cradle, rule the world” is an apt description of women’s contribution in shaping the destiny of a nation. In fact, no society can afford to ignore women that account for half of its population.

Earlier, the director of the school presented a report that highlighted the main aspects of the training, which are aimed at transforming young girls into useful members of the society. Later, Begum Rubab Farhat, wife of Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force presented the crest of Finishing School to the Chief Guest.

The PAF Finishing School was established in July 1996 for girls Students. It offers various courses in communication skills, languages, management, art of self presentation, domestic science, general culture, cuisine, protocol, art, child care, introduction to psychology and spiritual enrichment. PAF Finishing School is the first of its kind in Asia, which is a step by Pakistan Air Force towards the promotion of education and literacy in the country.

PAF Cheif Lauds Fazaia College for Earning World Recognition

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, awarded cash prizes to the faculty and students of Fazaia Inter College Islamabad for earning distinction to be chosen as the “Super School” in entire Asia by Royal Commonwealth Society.

The college earned the rare honour for Pakistan in general and PAF in particular for contributing more than 150 essays in the Essay Writing Competition arranged by Royal Commonwealth Society, says a press release issued here on Wednesday.

While talking to the students and faculty members of Fazaia Inter College Islamabad, the Air Chief appreciated the hard work put in by the Fazaia students to earn this international recognition, not only for their own institution but for the entire nation.

He also appreciated the guidance provided by the Professor Iffat Hashmi in motivating and encouraging the students for participating in the essay competition.

n recognition of earning the distinction, the Royal Commonwealth Society also chose the Fazaia Inter College Islamabad to celebrate the diamond jubilee event in connection with 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee event, various colourful events were planned at the college.

which included the poster competition with a theme “Beauty in Diversity”, face painting competition and a band display.

Large number of students and faculty participated in the event.

Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff

The government of Pakistan appointed Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan Pakistan Air Force (PAF) vice chief of the air staff. Khan was commissioned in the PAF General Duties (Pilot) Branch on March 6, 1977. He served as a fighter pilot in various fighter squadrons and has flown almost all the modern weapon systems of the PAF. He has commanded a fighter squadron, a fighter wing and an operational PAF airbase. Khan has qualified Combat Commanders’ Course and PAF Air War Course. He is also a graduate of the National Defence University (NDU) and holds a masters degree in defence and strategic studies. During his service in the PAF, he has remained on various important command and staff appointments and served as air attaché in India. Khan has also served as JF-17 chief project director and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Board (PACB) chairman at Kamra. He has received Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (military) and Sitara-e-Basalat.

Airmen Passing Out Parade Held at PAF base, Korangi Creek

Passing out of Aero Tech and Aero Support Entry was held here at PAF Base, Korangi Creek. A PAF press release here on Friday said that Air Marshal Waseem ud din, Acting Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, was the chief guest of the ceremony.
He said on the occasion that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is a highly professional force that is committed to provide an invincible defence shield to the aerial frontiers of Pakistan.
Addressing the Aero Apprentices and all invitees, he emphasized that Pakistan is facing daunting challenges of internal and external security.
In order to meet such challenges, Pakistan Air Force has taken bold decisions to induct hi-tech weapon systems. However, he added, that such developments call for a complete transformation and necessitate incorporation of a corresponding concept of maintenance in the PAF.
Pakistan Air Force ensures such balance through professional excellence and quality training that is periodically reviewed to incorporate contemporary training concepts and methodologies.
Pakistan Air Force while meeting the challenges of the defence also remains committed along with the nation in fulfilling its all national obligations.
A total of 310 Aero Apprentices including personnel from Pakistan Navy and friendly countries successfully completed their technical training.
Five trophies were awarded to the passing out Apprentices; Three in academics, one in General Service Training and one for the Overall Best Performance.
Asghar Khan Trophy for the Best in Aeronautics Technology was awarded to AC Muhammad Usman; Noor Khan Trophy for the Best in Avionics Technology was awarded to AC Muhammad Mansha; Zafar Chaudhry Trophy for best in Aero Support Technology from School of Aeronautics was awarded to AC Hassan Ejaz; Trophy for the Best in General Service Training was awarded to AC Wg Sgt Maqsood Aalam, and Chief of the Air Staff’s Trophy for the Overall Best Performance was awarded to AC Muhammad Usman. Air Commodore Tariq Nazir, Base Commander PAF Base, Korangi Creek, presented the course report. Felicitating the Aero Apprentices for this singular honour, thechief guest wished them bright future and success in their future assignments.
He also commended the instructional staff for their sincere endeavors and commitment to the cause of training.