Islamabad (Agencies): Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu on Tuesday said that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is alive to the evolving regional situation and fully prepared to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan.
According to a PAF media release, September 7 is observed as Martyrs’ Day at all PAF bases across Pakistan.
The day started with special Du’aa (prayer) and Quran Khawani for the Shuhada (martyrs) of 1965 and 1971 wars and those who laid down their lives in action since creation of Pakistan, said a PAF media release.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu was the chief guest of the Martyrs’ Day ceremony held here at Air Headquarters.
Addressing the ceremony, the Air Chief paid tribute to all heroes of Pakistan Air Force who responded to the nation’s call with unparalleled courage and put their lives ahead of others for a cause greater than life.
On this special day, he extended reverence to the generations of Kashmiris who have laid down their lives fighting for freedom.
He assured Kashmiri brothers and sisters of resolute commitment and steadfast moral, political and diplomatic support.
To pay homage to the martyrs, the Air Chief laid wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument and offered “Fateha”. Principal Staff Officers, officers, airmen and PAF civilians attended the ceremony.
Earlier in the day, a wreath laying ceremony was also held at the grave of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, (Nishan-i-Haider) at Karachi.
Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, Air Vice Marshal Zaeem Afzal offered ‘Fateha’ and laid wreath at the grave of the Shaheed on behalf of Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
Similar wreath laying ceremonies were also held at the graves of PAF Martyrs all over the country.