01 Oct, 1931 marks the date of birth of a highly decorated and acknowledged professional officer of PAF, Air Chief Marshal Anwar Shamim, whose contributions were acknowledged both at national and international levels. Not only did he receive an SJ for his gallantry, he was also the proud recipient of NI (M), HI (M), and SI (M). His foreign decorations included Al Istiqlal from Royal Jordanian Government; and Legion of Merit from the United States of America.
ACM Shamim was the 10th Chief of PAF and his notable contributions included the induction of the state-of-the-art F-16s, the acquisition of A-5s, and the creation of three Regional Air Commands resulting in efficient conduct of Air Operations as well as synergy of land-air & naval-air operations.
He also instituted a system of annual operational exercises like
‘Exercise Jet Stream’ to enhance PAF’s combat readiness.
ACM Anwar Shamim also served at various Command and Staff appointments, which included Deputy Director Operations at AHQ, Chief Instructor at the prestigious FLS (Fighter Leaders’ School), and Director Projects at AHQ.
During the Indo-Pak War of 1965, Wg Cdr Shamim was commanding No 33 Fighter Wing at Sargodha. He not only actively participated in the Air Operations during the war; but also played a key role in honing the skills of select group of fighter pilots under his command. In 1968, he proceeded to Jordan on deputation and served the Royal Jordanian Air Force as Air Adviser to His Majesty King Hussain Bin Talal for two years. During his service at Jordan, he played a key role in reforming the Jordanian Air Force. During Indo-Pak War in 1971, he was commanding Sakesar Air Base and was responsible for the Air Defence of aerial frontiers of northern sector of Pakistan.
ACM Anwar Shamim's services for PAF will always be remembered.
AIR CHIEF EXPRESSES GRIEF ON SAD DEMISE OF ACM (RETD) FAROOQ FEROZE KHAN
10 October, 2021: Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force has expressed his profound grief on the sad demise of former Chief of the Air Staff, and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Farooq Feroze Khan. The Air Chief extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the eternal bliss of the departed soul. Lauding the meritorious services of the late Air Chief Marshal, CAS said that ACM (Retd) Farooq Feroze Khan was an epitome of Professional excellence and grace, and would remain a role model for the coming generations of PAF officers, airmen and civilians alike.
Born on 17 August, 1939 ACM (Retd) Farooq Feroze Khan joined PAF after completing his Senior Cambridge from PAF Public School, Sargodha and was selected for training at the USAF Academy. He was commissioned in PAF on 04 January, 1959 in the 27th GD(P) Course. A graduate of Fighter Leaders School, Khan commanded No 9 Squadron, No 33 Wing and two fighter bases-PAF Bases, Sargodha and Masroor.
He also had the distinction of commanding a Fighter Wing in the United Arab Emirates Air Force for three years. He participated in both 1965 & 1971 wars; and was awarded Sitara-e-Basalat for his bravery and valour. He was also decorated with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military).
Some of his prominent Staff appointments included Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of Air Staff, Assistant Commandant of PAF Air War College, ACAS (Plans), AOC Southern and Central Air Commands, DCAS (Operations) and Vice Chief of the Air Staff. He was seconded to the Pakistan International Airlines as Managing Director before assuming command of the PAF in 1991.
He served as Chief of the Air Staff, PAF from 09 March 1991 - 08 November 1994. He also held the prestigious appointment of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from 10 November, 1994 - 09 November 1997. The late Air Chief Marshal also served as President of Pakistan Hockey Federation during 1990-91.