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PAF cadet departs for America to attend US Air Force Academy

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    PAF cadet departs for America to attend US Air Force Academy
    June 16, 2017

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    By Irfan Ghauri

    ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Shahrukh Khan, 19, from Lahore, who was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy for four years of academic and military training, departed for the United States on Friday.

    “I’m excited to go, to learn about the world and people and their different backgrounds,” said Shahrukh, who plans to study engineering at the academy. “From a military standpoint, it will be a chance for me to excel. I learned a lot in Pakistan. The US Air Force Academy will teach me new and different things.”

    Shahrukh was among 12 students nominated by the Pakistani military to compete in the Service Academy Foreign Student programme. Under this programme, partner nations nominate outstanding young men and women for the opportunity to compete for admission to the prestigious US military academies. Due to the critical military relationship between Pakistan and the United States, Pakistan is one of only 12 countries designated by the United States Secretary of Defence as a priority appointment country.

    In February, Shahrukh and the other cadets completed the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) and interview portions of their applications at the US Embassy in Islamabad. The CFA is a test of strength, agility, speed and endurance used to predict a candidate’s aptitude for the physical programme at the military academies. In the interviews, the applicants demonstrated their strength of character and commitment to service in Pakistan’s armed forces.

    In May at the US Embassy in Islamabad, Brigadier General Kenneth Ekman congratulated Shahrukh, presented him books about America and gave him advice about his upcoming move to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.

    “I can attest to how much of an impact the service academy had on my military career and my life and fondly remember graduating with some exceptional partner-nation classmates, many of whom went on to become leaders in their services and defence establishments,” said Ekman, who graduated from the academy in 1991. “Shahrukh will have a perspective no one else in the class will have. He’ll help the class see things differently and understand Pakistan and the Pakistani Air Force.”

    Pakistan currently has one student enrolled in the United States Naval Academy, three in the US Air Force Academy, and four in the United States Military Academy. One of Brig-Gen Ekman’s classmates at the USAF Academy, Mukkarem Q Khan, also graduated in 1991 and served with distinction in the PAF for over a decade.

    “There can be no more rewarding experience in one’s life than to attend the US Air Force Academy,” said Khan. “It refines a human being academically, physically and emotionally, and exudes excellence unprejudiced by race, colour, religion or national origin.,” he added. “The inculcation at US Air Force Academy has always remained a source of strength and acumen for me – as a fighter pilot, as a family man and as a proud citizen of Pakistan.”

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    Induction starts in 2 weeks. Distant cousin of mine is starting her aeronautical engineering program at USAFA.
     
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    PAF cadets used to go to US for further education on scholarships, during 80's.
     
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    Always make us proud boys :pakistan:
     
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    its a good experience

    thre are two groups at work in USA

    one wants total hostilities towards Pakistan .. this group is funded and lobbied by Indian interests
    the other group instead wants to keep some ties with Pakistan and finds it better option to keep influence over Pakistan
     
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    we can't expect any good from those Indian Lobbies , we have make our own lobbies to counter it
     
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    Totally out of curiosity: Am I right in thinking that the ISI keeps close tabs on these students when they finally return to Pakistan?

    OK to be honest I know somethings due to which the question lingers in my mind. But this is an open forum...
     
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    I'm pretty sure Pakistan gave this student a NOC to attend USAF after a thorough background check and extensive application process. I would not worry.

    And so many Pakistan Army officers attended various staff colleges in US too.