‘PAF can respond effectively to any threat’
KARACHI: In the event of any misadventure in the form of a strike, the Pakistan Air Force will respond immediately with full force, said Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman on Sunday.
PAF conducted a simple but impressive culmination ceremony of its triennial command-level major exercise code named ‘Saffron Bandit 2009-10’, at an operational Air Base, presided over by the air chief marshal.
Addressing the concluding session, Suleman said, “PAF’s combat training methodology has made a significant difference in our national counter terrorism effort, besides enhancing professional capabilities of our fighter aircrew.”
“Active PAF participation has resulted in success for the Pakistan Army with fewer casualties of our soldiers and importantly minimum collateral damage on the ground” he said.
He further said, “Our regional environment demands an ever vigilant role for the PAF. Besides the traditional threat, we are required to deal with the menace of terrorism for quite some time now.”
The air chief said regional volatility could lead to contingencies emanating in a short span of time. “Our preparations and response therefore has to be timely, precise and effect-based,” he said.
The exercise that lasted for over seven months sequentially included participation from all fighter squadrons of PAF.
An important aspect of the exercise was the successful streamlining of the joint force application concept in future battle scenarios. app