The President Field Marshal Mohammed Ayub Khan flew into Sargodha at 8:30 a.m. and stayed?
The President Field Marshal Mohammed Ayub Khan flew into Sargodha at 8:30 a.m. and stayed at the airbase for about 90 minutes. He was accompanied by the Air Force Chief, Air Marshal Nur Khan. Also accompanying him was General Mohammad Musa Commander In Chief of the Pakistan Army.
The President paid rich tributes to the Air Force for their valorous and heroic performance against massive enemy attacks which will remain memorable in the history of Pakistan Armed Forces.
The President congratulated those who had received awards of gallantry and also to those who had not received - deserved his congratulations.
The President declared in a brief speech to the Officers and man of the Air Force that - He did not want war, but if it was forced on Pakistan, it would be countered as effectively as it was done in the past. He was confident, he said, that the Nation and the Armed Forces would face such an eventuality adequately.
The President, who was dressed in Field Marshal's uniform, visited the various sections of the base and was briefed about the 17 day war by the Air C-in-C.
The P.A.F. Officers and men were also addressed by general Musa who thanked them on his own behalf and on behalf of all the Officers and men of the Army.
He touched the hearts of the P.A.F. personnel when he told them how concerned the ground forces were for them when they provided them air cover. Our aircraft flew so low and the pilots so oblivious of their personal safety that the ground forces kept their fingers crossed for them.
The President also saw from a distance the I.A.F. Gant which was forced down at Pasrur. It is described as "Prize Possession" and is displayed at Sargodha base.