Islamabad, 23 March 2022 (TDI): Air Chief Marshal, Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, the Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) extended his heartiest congratulations to all Pakistanis in a message on the occasion of Pakistan Day, today.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan also shared a message for the nation on this occasion. Pakistan Day is celebrated every year on 23rd March to commemorate the Pakistan Resolution that was adopted on the same day in 1940. A National Parade is also organized on the day.

Following is the text of the message by Air Chief Marshal, Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu:


23rd March is a landmark in the glorious history of Pakistan. On this very day, the Muslims of the subcontinent for the first time formally articulated their demand for a homeland of their own.

On the strength of their unity and indomitable will, they eventually realized their dream of Pakistan under the inspiring leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Certainly, Pakistan Day is a symbol and reminder of the determination, sacrifice, and epic struggle of our forefathers for independence.”

He further said that “this year, the day has special significance, as the Nation will witness the newly-inducted-10C aircraft on the wing during Pakistan Day Parade, symbolizing PAF’s modernization strategy.

Let me assure you that we are continuously endeavoring to augment our potential in all spectrums. Our prime focus remains on Modernization through indigenization as well as collaboration with friendly countries.

To this end, PAF continues to harness new technologies like Stand-Off Weapons, Precision Munition, Electronic Warfare, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Artificial Intelligence.

Alhamdulillah! We have made good progress in enhancing our capability in Space and Cyber domains in line with the dictates of Modern Non-Contact Warfare.

The absorption of these cutting-edge niche technologies is made possible through focused Training and Human Resource Development. I am glad that through the Triple Helix Model of Innovation, major strides have been made in Aerospace Industry, Academia, and Government Linkages.

I am sure that these initiatives would pay dividends in the times ahead. Let us resolve on this day that we will not rest on our laurels but will redouble our efforts for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, as indeed the development of the Pakistan Air Force.

On this historic occasion, we also reiterate support to Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for self-determination. Let us bow our heads before Allah in humility for his benevolence, seeking strength and guidance to be the enduring guardians of Pakistan’s free blue skies, Aameen.

Pakistan Air Force Zindabaad!
Pakistan Paindabaad!