Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu on Monday while celebrating the Defence and Martyrs’ Day said, “We pay homage to our ‘Shuhada and Ghazis’ for their epic deeds of heroism and owe them an eternal debt of gratitude.” In his message on the Defence Day of Pakistan paid tribute to Shuhada (martyrs) and Ghazis (who returned from the battle with pride), he said the day holds a special significance in the nation’s history, said a PAF media release. It symbolized the remarkable show of unity by the nation and was also a lasting reminder of professionalism, valour and sacrifice displayed by the Armed Forces of Pakistan, he added. The Air Chief underlined, “Certainly, the aggressor challenged the very existence of a peaceful but resolute state. Undoubtedly, Pakistan Air Force, in unison with sister services, delivered a knock-out punch to the enemy and set a legacy of fighting outnumbered.” On this day of national pride, he assured the nation that Pakistan Air Force was alive to the evolving situation in the region and remained fully prepared to defend sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. Upholding Quaid’s vision of being “Second to None”, PAF he said relentlessly pursued excellence in all domains. “On this special day, we also salute the generations of Kashmiris who have laid down their lives fighting for freedom. I assure our Kashmiri brothers and sisters of our resolute commitment and steadfast moral, political and diplomatic support,” he vowed. He concluded with his prayers, “May Allah Almighty guide our efforts and give us strength to safeguard the aerial frontiers of Pakistan; a commitment to which PAF has always measured up and will continue to do so in the times ahead Insha-Allah!” In his message, he also mentioned slogans of Pakistan Air Force Zindabad! Pakistan Paindabad! Meanwhile, a smartly turned-out contingent of cadets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Asghar Khan on Monday assumed duties of the guards at father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s mausoleum. The Pakistan Air Force held an investiture ceremony at the Mazar-e-Quaid or shrine of the Founder of Pakistan in connection with Defence and Martyrs Day here, said a media release. Air Officer Commanding Asghar Khan Academy Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Qaiser Janjua was the chief guest on the occasion. The contingent of Pakistan Air Force Academy Asghar Khan comprised a total of 44 cadets including four women and 40 men. The chief guest laid a wreath at the shrine of Quaid-i-Azam and offered Fateha. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Directorate of Public Relations on Monday released a short documentary “I am Prepared” on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs’ Day, highlighting the spirit of patriotism. The documentary paid homage to the martyrs of the homeland and renewed the pledge that every member of the Pakistan Air Force would play his or her full role in the defence and development of the beloved motherland alongside the entire nation, said a PAF news release.