Islamabad, December 23, 2015 (PPI-OT): The certificate award ceremony of the Basic Anti Terrorist Training Course was held at PAF Special Services Wing, Kalar Kahar today. A total of 226 PAF personnel including 60 Officers and 166 Airmen graduated in the course. For the first time in the history of Pakistan Air Force, five PAF lady Officers also completed Basic Anti Terrorist Training Course along with male counterparts. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the Chief Guest at the ceremony. Principal Staff Officers of PAF were also present at the occasion.
While addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said, “The level of training exhibited by you is truly unmatched, and I am sure that with this level of commitment and dedication no one can dare to harm us. This is our sacred motherland and we are here to defend it, come what may. We are a peace loving nation and want to live a peaceful life, but if our adversary wants to fight us we are ready to fight and die for our country”.
He also lauded the performance of PAF lady officers in the course and said that a nation with such brave daughters fighting shoulder to shoulder with men cannot be defeated. On this historic occasion, the Air Chief also announced to raise the status of Kalar Kahar to the level of a PAF Base.
The Chief Guest awarded certificates and trophies to the graduating personnel who underwent a strenuous and demanding course. Flying Officer Zainab won the trophy for best Lady Officer of the Course while Senior Aircraft Man Saqib was awarded the trophy for best in firing. Flying Officer Faheem clinched the trophy for Overall Best performance in the course.
The Air Chief himself went to the firing range and fired rounds with sophisticated weapons. The trainees presented live demonstration both in armed and unarmed combat situations. They also displayed their sniper shooting skills by taking out the targets with pin point accuracy. Another important event of the ceremony was rappelling in which the participants presented a thrilling display of shooting the targets while coming down from the hills.
The event also included a demonstration based on a live scenario in which Quick Response Force (QRF) was also employed. Later the trainees demonstrated an attack on a mockup terrorist hideout and cleared the area swiftly. The ceremony culminated with a breath taking freefall demonstration by PAF sky diving team “Shahpers”. These daredevils jumped from a height of 12000 feet and landed at the designated places with pin point accuracy.
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