Convocation Ceremony of 25 Air War Course Held at Air War College, Karachi

The convocation ceremony of 25 Air War Course was held at Air War College, PAF Base Faisal Karachi, which was presided over by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force. The chief guest congratulated the recipients of certificates on successful completion of an important milestone in their career progression.

He expressed confidence that through the knowledge, skills and attitude acquired at the Air War College, the graduating officers would make a profound impact on the combat preparedness of their respective services.

He urged them to further build on this experience through continued quest for knowledge.

Commenting on the strategic environment he said, “New threats have transformed the security environment and warrant changed operational concepts, different sets of skills and level of preparedness. I am confident that Air War College has adequately prepared you for that.”

Earlier, Air Vice Marshal Azher Hasan, Air Officer Commanding, Air War College presented the course report, highlighting the focus on imparting quality professional military education which will cater for the ever changing threat scenarios, both internal and external. The convocation ceremony was attended by many high ranking civil and military officials.-PR

PNS Mehran Attack – 3 Navy Officers Court-Martialed

Almost a year after the attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi, three Pakistan Navy on-duty officers have been court-martialed for showing negligence and dereliction of their duties, leading to the brazen attack on the naval installation in May last year and the deaths of several naval officers and personnel of other security agencies.

“The court martial proceedings have been completed after being initiated on the recommendation of a Board of Inquiry that was constituted to investigate the PNS Mehran attack last year,” Commodore Irfan-ul-Haq, the chief spokesman of the Pakistan Navy, said on Monday. “I cannot disclose the names and the sentences awarded to naval officers against whom the court martial proceedings were conducted due to the confidentiality of the case” he maintained.

The Naval spokesman, however, confirmed that there were three officers who were sentenced by the court martial. Sources said the naval officers include Base Commander of PNS Mehran at the time of attack, Commodore Raja Tahir, Security Officer of Mehran Base, Lt. Commander Ibrar-ul-Hasan and Commander Mehran Base, Captain Mohammad Israr. Sources said the seniority of Commodore Raja Tahir was reverted up to one year while the remaining two officers’ seniority was reduced by up to six months each.

Over a dozen armed terrorists had attacked PNS Mehran on the night of May 22, 2011 and destroyed two P3C Orion Surveillance aircrafts, damaged another and killed several navy and other security agencies’ personnel.

PAF Faisal Base Commander Passes Away

KARACHI: The Base Commander of Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Faisal Base, Air Commodore Akmal Abbas Khan passed away following a cardiac arrest, on Wednesday.

According to the PAF spokesperson, Khan was battling ill health for almost a month. His funeral prayers were offered at the PAF Base Faisal and his body was flown to Lahore so he could be laid to rest in his hometown. Khan leaves behind his wife, a daughter and two sons.

PIA Flight Returns To Karachi After Hijacking Threat

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane was forced to return and land in Karachi after a passenger claimed that the plane could be hijacked. 

The PIA flight, which was flying from Karachi to Bahawalpur, was forced to land after there were threats of a hijacking.

PIA spokesperson had said that a passenger on board had informed those on board that the plane could be hijacked, and the captain taking safety measures took the plane back to Karachi.

PIA sources say the situation inside the plane is normal. All passengers are reported to be on board the plane, which is on the runway. Hijacker has been arrested after a successful raid by ASF, according to CAA sources.