PAKISTAN AIR FORCE
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is the aerial warfare uniform service branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces, tasked primarily with the aerial defense of Pakistan, with a secondary role of providing air support to the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Navy. The PAF has a tertiary role in providing strategic air transport and logistics capability to Pakistan. As per 2017 IISS, the PAF has 70,000 personnel and this force operates 755 aircraft.
Its primary mandate and mission is “to provide, in synergy with other inter-services, the most efficient, assured, and cost-effective aerial Defence of Pakistan.” Since its establishment in 1947, the PAF has taken part in various combat operations, providing aerial support to Services’ operations and relief efforts.
PAF takes its pick of the finest young people out the whole country. It has now acquired new depths of human skills, professionalism, and initiative. Together, all branches of PAF are delivering unprecedented serviceability rates and efficient management out of all available resources. Poised on the threshold of tomorrow, PAF remains, as the Quaid said, “Second to None”; fully abreast with the requisite will and mechanism to live by its standards in the current millennium.
Under Article 243, the Constitution of Pakistan appoints the President of Pakistan as the civilian Commander-in-Chief. The Chief of Air Staff (CAS), by statute a four-star Air Officer Air Chief Marshal, is appointed by the President with the consultation and confirmation needed from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Pakistan Air Force is currently commanded by Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan.