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The PAF in the Afghan War
The First Encounter - February 11, 1986

Pilot: Flight Lieutenant Anwar Hussain (Leader), Flying Officer Amjad Bashir (No. 2)
Controller: Flight Lieutenant Zahid Bangash
Date: February 11, 1986
Area: Parachinar

A formation of two F-6's took off for a CAP mission, and once over the station, started to hold at 15,000 feet. Within a few minutes the controller saw two blips on the radarscope almost touching the border from the northeast of Parachinar. He immediately vectored the CAP towards the targets. The leader called 'tally' (visual contact) and manoeuvred to engage. Two more aircraft appeared on the radarscope. The leader was informed immediately, and again he called 'tally'. The bogeys had already violated the border and were now turning back. The CAP aircraft were happily placed behind them at 3 NM. The bogeys were maintaining speed close to Mach 1 and soon re-entered their their own territory. The controller, therefore, asked the leader to turn back. The leader said that he could get them and he was going for them. Saying this, he crossed the Pak-Afghan border. The controller kept urging him to disengage but the leader did not reply. Suddenly, four more aircraft appeared on the radarscope heading towards the F-6's. The controller passed their position to the leader who called 'tally' with four Mig-23's. Now there were eight enemy aircraft against two F-6's. The leader now realized that he was heavily outnumbered; he turned about, hit the deck, and returned to the Base.

 
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