“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”
Srinagar: After Indian Air Force chief asked his officers to “be ready at a short notice”, Pakistan Air Force has made operational all its forward bases.
“All forward operating bases of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have been made operational in response to Indian ‘threats’,” this was stated on Wednesday (today) following visit of Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman to Qadri Airbase in Skardu.
War exercises by fighter jet squadrons are taking place at the Airbase. Jet fighters of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) made flights near the Siachen Glacier.
The Pakistan air chief also participated in the exercises, flying a PAF Mirage jet himself.
Talking to media at the airbase, the air chief assured that “no situation is difficult” for the PAF. “The nation should not worry about the enemy’s statements,” he said adding, “we are peace loving people but are ready to face all kinds of challenges.”
On May 20, Indian Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa wrote a personal letter to each officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking them to “be prepared for operations, with the present scenario, at a very short notice”.
The Indian Express reported that the letter — signed and sent to the IAF officers on March 30 — covers a range of issues, especially those in the conflict-ridden state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Nearly 12,000 officers of the IAF have received the letter, which was written by Dhanoa after he assumed the role of IAF chief three months ago.
“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,” states the letter.
Addressing the 46th staff course convocation at the Naval War College in Lahore, Chief of Pakistan Navy Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah stated on Wednesday that a “strong, well-equipped navy is required to deal with the regional challenges facing the country”.
Cadets from various other countries also attended the ceremony.
“The navy will utilise all its resources to secure our coastal border,” said Admiral Zakaullah. The naval chief further added that the latest technologies will be brought to use to strengthen the navy.