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PM Shehbaz Sharif pays tribute to PAF on completion of four years of Operation Swift Retort

PM Shehbaz Sharif pays tribute to PAF on completion of four years of Operation Swift Retort
February 27, 2023 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (APP) - Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said Pakistan was committed to ensuring peace with all countries; however, was mindful of securing its frontiers.

“While we aim for peace with all, we are mindful of our duty to defend the country,” he said in a tweet as the nation celebrated the ‘Surprise Day’.

The day marked the fourth anniversary to pay tribute to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) for downing two Indian fighter jets for violating the country’s airspace. One of the Indian pilots was captured but was later handed over to New Delhi as a gesture of peace.

The prime minister said: “Today the nation pays rich tribute to the PAF for a befitting response to the Indian violation of Pakistan’s air space on the pretext of false flag Pulwama attack.”

He stressed that Pakistan was ‘mindful’ of its defence and said, “Let no one make any mistake about it.”

Meanwhile, PM Shehbaz Sharif has expressed grief over the drowning of over two dozen Pakistanis in a boat tragedy in Italy.

In a tweet, he said: "The reports of the drowning of over two dozen Pakistanis in a boat tragedy in Italy are deeply concerning & worrisome. I have directed Foreign Office to ascertain facts as early as possible & take the nation into confidence."