Shorkot: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that it is a matter of pride to participate in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Mirage aircraft. It is commendable to make Mirage aircraft capable of defending the homeland even after 52 years The only country that is using Mirage aircraft regularly, our engineers and technicians are our real heroes who are performing unparalleled in various fields despite limited resources. President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed these views while addressing a function on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Mirage aircraft at Sarfraz Rafique PAF Base Shorkot on Thursday.
He said that it was a matter of pride for Mirage aircraft to participate in the Golden Jubilee celebrations. He said that he was happy to know the history of PAF Heroes and Sarfraz Rafiqi Air Base today. The President said that it is commendable that Pakistan Air Force has made Mirage aircraft capable of defending the homeland even after 52 years. Pakistan is the only country in the world where Mirage aircraft have been kept operational even today. They have been adapted to modern technology through technology upgrades. He said that sometimes there were problems in the availability of supplies but our engineers and technicians overcame the difficulties with their skills. Referring to the difficulties in availability of supplies on the occasion of installation of Nuclear Power Plant I in Karachi, the President said that despite the difficulties, our experts not only operated the power plant but it is still operating successfully.
The President said that our engineers and technicians are our real heroes who are rendering unparalleled and proud services in various fields. He said that Pakistan Air Force is the only air force in the world which is not only flying Mirage planes but also ensuring the stability of defense of the country by adapting them to modern requirements. He said that the role of PAF in the invincible defense of Pakistan, despite being many times bigger than us in the aggressive measures and resources of our neighboring country, is very important. Earlier, President Dr. Arif Alvi arrived at PAF Rafiqi Base to attend the ceremony and was given a warm welcome. A colorful parade was held on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Mirage aircraft and the President was greeted while the President also inspected the parade.
On this occasion, the PAF Squadron performed a magnificent flypast and also saluted the President Dr. Arif Alvi. A Color of Awards ceremony was also held on the occasion of Golden Jubilee in which the President presented awards and souvenirs to the former and present officers and technicians of Pakistan Air Force for their outstanding performance. These awards were given for the best performance of Mirage aircraft. Awards and souvenirs were given to former and present service officers and personnel of Pakistan Air Force for making the defense of the country invincible. The parade was also attended by foreign cadets who are undergoing training in Pakistan. Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan presented a commemorative shield to President Dr Arif Alvi. Dr. Arif Alvi also inaugurated the Mirage Monument at Rafiqi Airbase. The Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Mirage aircraft were attended by former and current service officers and personnel of the Pakistan Air Force, their families and political figures.