KARACHI -- The firing range in Sonmiani reverberated with echoes of sophisticated bombs and aircraft bullets as the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) demonstrated its firepower capability on Wednesday.
According to the information received here, President Dr Arif Alvi was the chief guest on the occasion.
Air Marshal Haseeb Paracha, the deputy chief of the air staff for operations, in his inaugural address briefed the audience on the recently concluded PAF Inter Squadron Armaments Competition and significance of the firepower demonstration.
Speaking on the occasion, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan said: 'The changing dynamics in the region call for greater focus on operational preparedness. Today's firepower demo is a sequel to our consistent efforts for war readiness.'
He said the nation took pride in the PAF and reposed confidence in its potential for national defence. The PAF was fully prepared to overcome any challenge and keep the enemy at bay, he added.
President Alvi said that Wednesday's event showed the unparalleled professionalism, incomparable skills and matchless teamwork of 'our brave air warriors'.
He said: 'Pakistan wishes to maintain peaceful relations with other nations, especially our neighbours. Yet, we are not oblivious to (the need for) safeguarding our national interests and sovereignty.'
He added: 'I am confident that the armed forces of Pakistan are ever ready to face any internal or external challenge. The entire world witnessed our response to India's violation of Pakistan's airspace in February, when PAF once again proved its mettle in the air battle over Kashmir and re-established deterrence.'
Highlighting the situation in occupied Kashmir, the president said that Pakistan would always stand by the people of Kashmir in their just struggle for self-determination.
The firepower demonstration began with a low-level sonic boom by two Mirages flying over the firing range...