Air War Col­lege show-cases Pak­istan’s real po­ten­tial

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

CHIEF of Air Staff Air Chief Mar­shal So­hail Aman has ex­pressed pride in declar­ing that our train­ing in­sti­tu­tions have been con­tribut­ing im­mensely to pre­pare PAF per­son­nel to cope with fu­ture chal­lenges in a con­fi­dent and pro­fes­sional man­ner. Ad­dress­ing con­vo­ca­tion of Air War Col­lege in Karachi, he em­pha­sized that PAF places high­est premium on qual­ity train­ing, which is in­evitable for achiev­ing ex­cel­lence.

The state­ment of the Air Chief is backed by ground re­al­i­ties as Pak­istan Air Force has pro­duced one of the finest pro­fes­sion­als in the world. It is be­cause of qual­ity of the man­power that PAF is rated high among air forces of the globe. The very fact that in Fri­day’s cer­e­mony apart from grad­u­ates of PAF, Pak­istan Army and Pak­istan Navy, of­fi­cers from ten dif­fer­ent friendly coun­tries in­clud­ing BD, Saudi Ara­bia, Turkey, Iran, Jor­dan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nige­ria and South Africa were there, is a tes­ti­mony of pro­fes­sional con­fi­dence of other coun­tries in ca­pa­bil­i­ties of PAF to im­part qual­ity train­ing and knowl­edge. This is de­spite the fact that the country faces both vis­i­ble and invisible hur­dles and tech­no­log­i­cal bar­ri­ers. The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, in fact, was re­flec­tive of Pak­istan’s lead­ing role in the re­gion and in the Mus­lim world as cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in many re­spects. In the past, Pak­istan earned great re­spect be­cause of shin­ing per­for­mance in dif­fer­ent spheres of life in­clud­ing PIA, bank­ing in­dus­try and diplo­macy but with the pas­sage of time things started de­te­ri­o­rat­ing be­cause of ap­a­thy and lack of re­quired level of com­mit­ment. Our mas­tery over com­pli­cated nu­clear and mis­sile tech­nol­ogy clearly shows that the country can per­form won­ders if our in­sti­tu­tions are pro­vided en­abling en­vi­ron­ment to flour­ish.

DE­TRAC­TORS of Pak­istan, their prox­ies around it and the lib­eral sec­u­lar ‘en­light­ened mod­er­ates’ within the country must be won­der-struck by the un­prece­dented homage to the de­parted soul of Am­jad Fa­reed Sabri, a 39-year old de­vo­tional vo­cal­ist in praise of the Prophet (SAW), as he won his place in the Heav­ens with his last pre­mo­ni­tion-bound prayer over a TV Show prior to be­ing slain by the mind­less agents of forces in­im­i­cal to Is­lam. No won­der none of them ut­tered a word to con­demn the cold-blooded mur­der. The paid as­sas­sins and their han­dlers must also have seen the boun­ties of their blun­der reaped by the de­parted soul who was given a rous­ing send­off world wide be­fore be­ing low­ered in his last abode be­cause he was an em­blem of peace, love and com­pas­sion for all mankind.

In hit­ting Am­jad Sabri who was a mes­sen­ger for global peace, and who in life had won noth­ing but friends, had not dam­aged a leaf nor bro­ken a twig leave alone hurt any hu­man be­ing and had no po­lit­i­cal or eth­nic lean­ings, the forces of evil have only fur­ther es­tab­lished who they were work­ing for under the smoke­screen of Je­had and in the process tar­nish­ing the im­age of the great Faith. Had they been wag­ing true Je­had as Holy war­riors, they would like the Afghan Tal­iban, have valiantly re­sisted for­eign in­vaders and not sheep­ishly at­tacked their own country as­sets, places of wor­ship, shrines, schools, in­no­cent men women and

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