PM Nawaz lauds PAF role in operation Zerb-e-Azb

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrived on a scheduled visit to Air Headquarters, Islamabad on Thursday and was received by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air force.

On his arrival, a smartly turned out contingent presented guard of Honour. The Prime Minister laid a floral wreath at martyrs´ monument and he was also introduced to the Principal Staff Officers at the Air Headquarters.

Later, the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt in his office. Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and matters pertaining to internal and external security were discussed.

Future developmental plans of PAF soliciting Government´s approval were also discussed in the meeting. He was also given a comprehensive briefing on the operational readiness of Pakistan Air Force and the role played during operation Zerb-e-Azb.

The Prime Minister lauded the lead role played by PAF for law enforcement during operation Zerb-e-Azb. The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction on completion of upgradation programs and induction of new equipment.

The PM assured full support of Govt for future development plans of PAF. The Prime Minister was also briefed about the Nation Building Measures taken by PAF in the form of education and sports.

Pakistan Air Force has worked relentlessly in rescue and relief for the victims of recent flood in Punjab and Sindh region. PAF has always stood shoulder to shoulder with the entire nation in helping Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif also accompanied the Prime Minister.