General Public is requested to report any suspicious activity in Punjab, Balochistan and Sind regarding terrorists at universal no 1135 and for KPK at 1125. These numbers can be dialed directly without any code from mobile or PTCL No. COAS: Visited Sialkot, Working Boundary, area most affected by Indian violations. Met troops local residents. High spirits, full of Resolve. "Repeated Indian CF violations on WB/LOC in recent past, distraction for Pak from campaign vs terrorism, affects regional stability". Briefed on latest situation, "Let there be no doubt that any provocation along LOC and Working Boundary will meet a befitting response". Expressed solidarity with villagers affected by violations, paid rich tributes to their resilience. Nation united in defence of motherland. (@AsimBajwaISPR)
Chief of Air Staff
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt NI (M), T Bt
Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt HI (M), T Bt

Born in 1955, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt received his early education at PAF Public School, Sargodha. Subsequently, he joined Pakistan Air Force and graduated from PAF Academy, Risalpur in March 1977. After doing his Fighter and Operational Conversion Courses, he served as a combat pilot in various frontline fighter Squadrons. He is a graduate of prestigious PAF Combat Commanders’ School. Being a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), the Air Chief also has vast experience of instructional flying; he has a grand total of over 3700 hrs to his credit. He commanded an elite Fighter Squadron, a Fighter Flying Wing and two PAF Bases.

In staff jobs at Air Headquarters, the Air Chief Marshal has served as Deputy Director Plans, Director Flight Safety, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel-Officers) and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training). In senior staff assignments, the Air Chief Marshal has the distinction of having served as Director General National Accountability Bureau, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; Commandant National Security College, National Defence University, Islamabad; Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command; Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) and Vice Chief of the Air Staff. He is an alumnus of Staff College (Turkey) and National Defence University, Islamabad from where he earned MSc degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt assumed the Command of the PAF on 19 March, 2012. He is married and blessed with three children. In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with the awards of Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-i-Basalat. For enhancing bilateral cooperation, he has also been awarded “The Legion of Merit of the Turkish Armed Forces” by the Republic of Turkey and “Royal Thai Air Force Honorary Pilot Badge and Certificate” by the Royal Thai Air Force.

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