Islamabad, 3 November 2022 (TDI): Today, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, received a visit from Alfred Grannas, the German ambassador.

Both sides discussed areas of mutual interest, and regional developments were also part of the discussion.

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) gave an overview of the PAF’s modernization plan, which includes judicious acquisitions from allies, infrastructure improvements, and training reforms.

The Air Chief further emphasized the unmatched strategic relationship that exists between the two nations and reaffirmed his commitment to strengthening the already strong military-to-military connections between the two nations.

According to CAS, Pakistan appreciates its strong diplomatic, economic, and defence ties with Germany since they share the same views on all crucial matters pertaining to regional peace, security, and stability.

The dignitary paid a visit and expressed his sincere sympathies to the people of Pakistan for the loss of life amid the destruction brought on by floods. He also thanked the Pakistan Air Force for its efforts in providing relief and rehabilitation to flood victims.

The ambassador lauded the Pakistan Air Force’s extraordinary advancements throughout the years, particularly through indigenization, and the professionalism of PAF personnel.

He also expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to maintain regional stability and promised to do his part to advance diplomatic ties with Pakistan on all fronts.

Both sides agreed to further consolidate existing military-to-military ties, particularly in the training and operational domains.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is the Pakistan Armed Forces’ branch responsible for aerial combat.

In addition to being responsible for Pakistan’s aerial defense, the PAF also serves as the country’s strategic airlift capacity and, when necessary, provides air support to the Pakistan Army and Navy.

As of 2021, the PAF operated at least 970 aircraft, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and had more than 70,000 active-duty troops.

“To provide, in conjunction with other inter-services, the most efficient, assured, and cost-effective aerial defense of Pakistan,” is its major mandate.