ISLAMABAD   -   Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu on Saturday visited operational base Skardu in the Northern Sector to carry out operational evaluation of PAF installations, newly constructed infrastructure, and equipment and support units.

Addressing the personnel, the Air Chief said, “This enhancement of the infrastructure and capability will augment PAF’s operational flexibility and enable generation of prudent response in the complex operational environment in the sector.  PAF is now better poised for added sustenance and innovative application of Air Power in the North,” a PAF news release said. 

The Air Chief added, “Besides maintaining the highest professional standards, there is a need of the hour that we must be ready to respond to any external and internal security challenge. The advancement in space, electronic warfare, cyber, niche technologies coupled with artificial intelligence has profoundly affected the traditional environment of national security. 

In order to provide safe and secure environment against all threats, the armed forces of Pakistan will continue to synergize their efforts by bridging the capability gaps through timely induction programs. 

PAF in synergy with its sister services is ever ready to counter any threat to the sovereignty of our sacred motherland. Pakistan Air Force would never be intimidated by stockpiling of weapons by the enemy.”

The Air Chief was briefed on the role and task of the various units with a focus on operational and administrative tasks and various projects of infrastructure development being carried out at the base. 

Later, he visited various installations where he interacted with the officers and airmen. Interacting with the air and ground crew, the Air Chief lauded the level of motivation and thorough professionalism of PAF personnel. Earlier on his arrival at the base, the Air Chief was received by Principal Staff Officers and base key staff.