Pakistani forces capable to defend country's territorial integrity at all costs: Analysts
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Mushaf Airbase Sargodha today. He was briefed about operational preparedness of Pakistan Air Force and its various other contributions, especially in the area of disaster management, relief operations, education and health. The Prime Minister appreciated the critical role Air Force has been playing towards guarding aerial frontiers of the country and fighting the menace of terrorism.
Pakistan air force has dispatched jf-17 thunder fighter jets and early warning aircraft to join Pak-China air forces joint ongoing training exercise 'Shaheen vi.' According to the spokesman for people's liberation army air force Shen jinke, Chinese j-11 fighters, jh-7 fighter-bombers, kj-200 AWACS aircraft and ground forces are taking part in the exercise. The air forces of china and Pakistan began joint training exercises in china on Thursday, which will continue till 27th of this month. The "Shaheen" joint training was launched by the Chinese and Pakistani air forces in March 2011.
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Analysts Live on Phone:
Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defense Analyst)
It is good gesture of Prime Minister as he visited Mushaf Airbase Sargodha as it will definitely boost the morale of Air Force . There should be strong communication between military and political leadership. Pakistani jets played a vital role in war against terrorism by destroying the hideouts of the militants. Pakistan Air Force is a top class force and our pilots are top of line. It is also an achievement that Pakistan is locally manufacturing JF-17 Thunder jets in cooperation with China. On the other hand India had tried to locally manufacture arms and ammunition but failed and was forced to purchase from other countries.
Air Marshal (Retd) Shahid Latif (Defense Analyst)
Such joint exercises are aimed at enhancing bilateral relationship and defense cooperation between the two friendly neighbors and it is a routine activity. China is among our trustworthy countries and we should also have other joint military exercises as well. Knowledge and tactics are being shared between both countries. Pakistan Air Force is well equipped and our pilots are trained to hit the assigned targets accurately. Pakistan Air Force also played a leading role in destroying the hideouts of the militants in war against terrorism and even destroyed the tunnels that were being used by the militants for their movement.
China has appreciated Pakistan 's contribution for the international counter-terror cause. The appreciation was expressed by Political Bureau Member of Communist Party of China Central Committee Meng Jianzhu during a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif in Zhongnanhai Ziguangge. Meng Jianzhu said Pakistan and China should deepen anti-terror cooperation. The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is willing to keep close cooperation with China in combating terrorism.
Analysts Live on Phone:
Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert)
There is no doubt that China and Pakistan have been enjoying strong bilateral relations for the last many decades. China also responded to the statement of Donald Trump alleging Pakistan for having safe havens of militant groups by urging the international community to acknowledge the role of Pakistan against terrorism.
Dr. Hussain Shaheed Soharwardi (IR Expert)
China has always supported Pakistan in crucial times. India with the support of some other countries including United States tried its level best to isolate Pakistan in the world but China proved its true friendship with Pakistan in such times. China has also acknowledged the role and sacrifices of Pakistan against terrorism.