Risalpur : Twenty-seven commandos of Pakistan Army Special Services Group (SSG) were injured in a road mishap on Monday. As per details, an over speeding vehicle, carrying the SSG commandos to Attock from Peshawar, overturned in the Aman Garh area of Nowshera on GT Road. As a result, the army commandos sustained severe injuries. While eight of them are stated to be in a critical condition and have been admitted in the Combined Military Hospital. Those who have been severely injured are: Driver Muzammal, Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Imran and Bakht Shad, besides Naik Arif, Ali Raza Khanum and Shahid. Other injured were discharged from the hospital after giving them first aid.
Islamabad—On the directive of Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, the compensation cheques from PAF’s own Non-Public Funds were disbursed today to the affectees of Rashakae (Mardan) Air Crash, which took place near PAF Academy Risalpur few days ago.
Air Vice Marshal Syed Hasan Raza, Air Officer Commanding PAF Academy Risalpur handed over the payment cheques of Rs 0.425 Million to Mr Zafar and Rs 0.35 Million to Mr Niaz against the House & household damages of their respective houses. The damage assessment was carried by PAF’s Damage Assessment Committee.
The Govt of Pakistan pays Ex-Gratia compensation to the affectees of Air Crash / accidents from its Public Funds after the finalization of formal Board of Inquiry. As the Board of Inquiry will take sometime for completion, the Air Chief while taking into account the losses of Air Crash affectees, directed to pay 50% compensation immediately from PAF’s own Non Public Funds. Rest of the amount will be disbursed to the affectees sooner the Govt of Pakistan approves funds after finalization of Board of Inquiry.
PAF has also paid an amount of Rs 10,000/- each to 08 persons who received minor injuries. These minor injuries were treated free of cost at PAF Hospital Risalpur and CMH Nowshera.
The convoy was of 16 Azad-Kashmir regiment which going to Mansehra camp from Dir Bala. A double-cabin was attacked by a motorcyclist. Convoy’s cover commander Captain Kashaan was travelling in this double-cabin. Sepoy Tauqeer embraced martyrdom on the spot while injured personnel were transferred to CMH Nowshera. Injured include: Captain Kashaan, Lance Naik Liaqat, Naik Afzal, Sepoy Tahir, Sepoy Zahid, Havaldar Imtiaz (Driver).
Risalpur: The Graduation Ceremony of No 128th GD(P), 72nd Engineering, 86th Air Defence and 11th A&SD Courses and Commissioning Parade of 130th GD(P), 76th Engineering and 12th A&SD Courses was held at PAF Academy, Risalpur. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force honoured the ceremony as the Chief Guest.
A total of 84 Under Training Officers and 16 Cadets were graduated and 117 Cadets were commissioned on the occasion. The ceremony included the award of branch insignias to the graduating cadets and trophies to the front-runners. The Chief Guest awarded the Champions Banner to No. 1 Squadron of the Academy.
While speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest said, “PAF has highly sophisticated aircraft, air defence systems and other supporting equipment that will be assigned to your care as sentinels and custodians of the country’s aerial frontiers.
To keep these precious national assets in the highest operational state, and accrue maximum advantages out of it, it is incumbent upon every one of you to exercise your professional acumen and technical expertise to the maximum.
The oath that you have taken today symbolizes the trust that nation and PAF have reposed in you, which puts an important and sacred responsibility on your young shoulders. I am confident, you will Inshah Allah acquit yourselves of your duties in a most dignified manner, in line with the aspirations of the nation and traditions of the PAF.”
Pilot Officer Muhammad Imran Afzal of No 128th GD(P) and Pilot Officer Atta-ur-Rehman of 72nd Engineering Courses were awarded trophies for Best Performance in General Service Training, respectively. Chief of the Air Staff Trophy for Best Performance in Flying Training and Engineering were awarded to Pilot Officer Muhammad Fahad Gul and Pilot Officer Faizan-ul-Haq Rajpoot, respectively.
Trophy for Best Performance in 11 A&SD course was awarded to Pilot Officer Saad Zafar and trophy for Best Performance in 86th Air Defence course was received by Aviation Cadet Sergeant Omar Akram. Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Flying Training was won by Pilot Officer Muhammad Suhaib Alam and Pilot Officer Faizan-ul-Haq Rajpoot received Sword of Honour for Overall Best Performance in College of Aeronautical Engineering.
The ceremony was followed by an exhilarating aerial display by the PAF Academy Aerobatics team ‘Sherdils’ and paramotor glider formation ‘The Eaglets’. The ceremony was witnessed by high-ranking officials, diplomats, foreign dignitaries and a large number of guests of graduating/commissioning Under Training Officers and Cadets.