PKonweb Report — Pakistan has made all forward operating bases of its air force operational in response to threats from the Indian air chief.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman made this announcement on Wednesday during a visit to the forward airbases at Siachan where fighter jet squadrons held war exercises.
The PAF jets flew near Siachin during the exercises as they showed expertise and readiness for war on ‘short notice’.
Sohail Aman told reporters at Qadri airbase in Skardu after witnessing the exercises that no situation is difficult for the PAF. “PAF is a battle-hardened force and we continue to ensure our operational preparedness 24/7.”
The Air Chief said, “The nation should not worry about the enemy’s statements. We are peace-loving people but are ready to face all kinds of challenges.”
The air chief also said that the PAF is in complete synergy with its sister armed forces to carry out all operations to fight against terrorism.
News of Pakistan’s preparedness comes as a senior intelligence official from the United States warned that India is considering punitive actions against Pakistan.
“India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross-border terrorism,” US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
The Indian army claimed yesterday (Tuesday) that it had destroyed several Pakistani posts across the LoC. However, the Pakistan Army has rubbished Indian claims.
Indian air force chief BS Dhanoa, in a personnel letter signed on March 30, had asked his 12,000 officers to be prepared for operations at “very short notice.”
According to Indian media, Dhanoa’s personal letter has given rise to speculation about the current security situation, and was seen against the worsening situation in Indian-held Kashmir and along the Pakistan-India border.
Aman said PAF had proven to be the best in the world by carrying out Operation Zarb-e-Azb in a highly professional manner for the last two and an half years, without even a single incident of collateral damage.
“Pakistan will give a befitting response to any misadventure from the enemy…Our response to any Indian aggression will be remembered by their coming generations,” he stated.
Sohai Aman said said the PAF is fully prepared and capable to defend the frontiers of the country.
Terming the JF-17 fighter jet the ‘pride of Pakistan’, he said its most significant aspect is that it is made in Pakistan.
Separately, Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that Pakistan will forcefully present its case on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav during the next hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) scheduled for June 8.
Sadiq was talking to the media on Wednesday after a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security discussed Pakistan’s performance at The Hague court.
The international court had stayed Jadhav’s execution till a final outcome of the hearing. Jadhav was awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan for spying and subversive activities in the country.
The speaker told the media that all members of the parliamentary committee discussed the case as a national issue, leaving aside their political affiliations.
“The judicial process of the case will be discussed in the next meeting of the committee on May 30,” he added.
During the meeting, Sadiq said, the members gave their input and critically reviewed the situation. He said no political talk was made during the discussion.
“It’s an issue of national interest, and everybody has concerns and wants Pakistan to win this case at the ICJ,” he said.