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PAF’s Saga in December ’71 Air War

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“Mr Jinnah was right” when he wanted “Peace within and Peace without” for Pakistan to make its rightful place in the comity of nations. He was right when he desired an Air Force “Second to None” for Pakistan. This was the key message of former senior Pakistan Air Force officers and eminent diplomats at the National Seminar on “PAF’s Saga in December ’71 Air War”. The event was organized by the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) in Islamabad.

Air Marshal Masood Akhtar (Retd), former Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Training), PAF was the Keynote Speaker, while other eminent speakers included Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman Board of Governors, Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad (ISSI); Air Commodore Jamal Hussain (Retd), PAF veteran and Defence Analyst; Ambassador Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi Qureshi, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh, Bhutan, and New Zealand. The seminar was chaired by President CASS Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd), while Air Vice Marshal Faheem Ullah Malik (Retd), Director Warfare & Aerospace moderated the proceedings.

The seminar was attended by senior serving and retired military officers, war veterans and scholars.

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This article is published at CASS Website. CASS ( “Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies”) is an independent think tank located in Islamabad, Pakistan. CASS is unique in its specialization of Aerospace, as the only think tank in Pakistan to carry out systematic research in the domain. The aerospace sector is a key driver behind globalization, playing a pivotal role in national security, economic development and in supporting long-term economic growth to facilitate a country’s integration into the global economy.