Islamabad - Every year the 7th of September, as day after the annual celebration of the Pakistan Defence Day, is celebrated as the Air Force Day in a different manner by remembering the values of sacrifices and professional commitment of the heroes of 1965 war.

According to a report aired on a private news channel, the primary mission statement of the PAF was given by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan during his address to the passing out cadets of the Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur on 13th April 1948.

On September 6, 1965 war broke out between India and Pakistan, the first

PAF F-104 kill of an Indian Air Force Mystere IV with one of its Sidewinders came on the afternoon of September 7, making it the first combat kill with a Mach 2-capable aircraft.

Pakistan attacked India using F-104, F-86, B-57 and RT - 33A. On September 7, 1965 the PAF claimed a heavy toll on the IAF with Sqn Ldr Muhammad Mahmood Alam in his F-86 Sabre claiming as many as four IAF Hunters.

In addition to brunting the Indian army’s attacks in several sectors, and inflicting severe damages to some IAF bases, PAF had destroyed 104 IAF aircraft for a loss of 19 aircraft. India cannot forget Pakistan Navy operation `Dwarka’ carried out during 1965 Indo-Pakistan war while Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on September 6 and 7 during the war had gunned downed 50 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft in the air-battle and caused damaged to eight others.

This was the first use of Pakistan Navy in any Indo-Pakistan Wars and was one of the significant naval events of Indo-Pakistan war and Pakistan celebrates September 8 as `Victory Day’ for Pakistan Navy.

A fleet of seven ships comprising PNS Babur, PNS Khaibar, PNS Badr, PNS Jahangir, PNS Alamgir, PNS Shah Jahan and PNS Tipu Sultan set sail for `Dwarka’ and bombarded the Indian town.

The report added that the first nine shells hit directly on the Indian Naval Radar station destroying most of the infrastructure, killing 13 sailors and two officers. The Naval Radar Station was being used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) to attack Pakistan territory but, after the effective attack by the Pakistan Navy, IAF had to suspend its operation.

The PAF during the war remained in virtual control in vital battle areas as the IAF after September 7, showed growing reluctance to engage an aerial combat.

Squadron Leader (r) Ali Akbar said “We were flying in Indian air space, inviting them to come out and fight with us, but they was reluctant.”

He recalled that PAF leadership also exhibited a classic example of unconventional means utilizing its C-130 fleet for night bombing.

The 1965 battle saw the best of the PAF’s war-fighting abilities, he added. Similarly, he said that MM Alam rewrote the history on September 7 by setting new records while defending Pakistan’s Airspace against the aggressors shot down five Indian aircraft in less than sixty seconds”.

However, Pakistan Air Force decidedly enjoyed ascendency over the Indian Air Force, which was five times bigger in size; a fact corroborated by international defence analysts.