Air Cdre M KAISER TUFAIL (Retd) recalls
the contribution made
by F-6s in the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
The US embargo on military
sales to Pakistan at the outbreak of the
1965 Indo-Pak War was received with dismay
and disbelief by the PAF, whose combat
and training aircraft were totally of
US origin. Already starting to get outclassed
by more modern aircraft, the F-86Fs, F-104s
and B-57s were now plagued by spares support
problems that rendered them virtually
worthless in the PAF. The C-in-C of the
PAF, Air Marshal Nur Khan who had cannily
led the force during the war, sensed the
criticality of the situation and started
an immediate search for suitable aircraft
from new sources.......more
Heroes Carry Quaid’s Message
Gp Capt SULTAN M. HALI highlights the
role of Christians
who excelled in their areas of responsibility
in the Pakistan Air Force.
“We are starting with the fundamental principle
that we are all citizens and equal citizens
of one state. No matter what is his colour,
caste or creed, is first, second and last
a citizen of this state with equal rights,
privileges and obligations.....
Pakistan will provide its minorities an
ample field for the outlet of their genius
and they should come forward and play
their role as true citizens in making
Pakistan one of the greatest nations....
(Founder of Pakistan)...........more
for Policy Reappraisal
Cdre (Retd) KHALID IQBAL calls for a national
debate to reassess the viability of our
Pak-US policy in the Afghanistan context,
and take corrective actions.
presence of foreign military boots on
Afghan soil is now over eight years
old. Military gains of initial years
were not appropriately consolidated
through a prudent political process.
The installed political dispensation
soon started sliding down to lows of
corruption, inefficiency and, as a corollary,
got slaved to the dictates of expediency.
Things have ever since been moving from
bad to worse. Military reversals were
either swept under the carpet or attributed
to imagined scapegoats. Pakistan has
all along been a favourite punching
bag, at the receiving end of the “do