Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited PAF's newly built Air Power Centre of Excellence in Sargodha

SARGODHA (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday visited Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Mushaf Air Base in Sargodha and became the first Prime Minister to take part in a PAF excercise. He lauded PAF’s operational capabilities and comittment towards securing Pakistan’s air space.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman greeted the prime minister at the Sargodha air base. Abbasi visited the newly built Air Power Centre of Excellence. Morever, the prime minister was briefed about Saffron Bandit exercises.

PAF briefed the prime minister about Air Power Centre of Excellence, which is an institution with advanced equipment. The centre will host multi-national Saffron Bandit exercises in October.

The exercises will involve squadrons from 19 countries. The prime minister was also briefed about PAF’s role in development and prosperity in the country. Abbasi showed great interest in PAF’s aviation city project in Kamra. The project is built, keeping in view modern architectural standards.

According to the PAF spokesperson, Abbasi took part in the exercise by sitting in an F-16 aircraft. On the other hand, Sohail Aman participated in the exercise in his F-16 aircraft.

Abbasi became the first Prime Minister to take part in an air exercise while sitting in an aircraft. Prime Minister Abbasi was sitting in the rare cockpit during the flying mission. Upon landing Abbasi met with Air Force combat officers and ground crew.

Abbasi showed satisfaction over PAF’s use of advanced technology. He lauded PAF’s operational preparedness and commitment towards securing Pakistan’s air space.