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Contents - October 2003

F-6s at War
Columnist 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

PAF’s Gallant Christian
Heroes Carry Quaid’s Message
Columnist 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....
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Founder of Pakistan)

Need for Policy Reappraisal
Air 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.

The 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 more” mantra..................more

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