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PAF s' Chief of the Air Staffs

Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, S Bt, SI (M), HI (M), NI (M)

Born in 1952, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed got his initial education in Lahore. Subsequently, after doing his F. Sc from PAF Public School, Sargodha, he joined Pakistan Air Force.

He graduated from PAF Academy, Risalpur in April, 1972 and went on to do Fighter Conversion Course and Operational Conversion Course.

He first flew the American F-86 (Sabre) and later all types of Chinese and French fighter aircraft on PAF inventory. He is an accomplished fighter pilot with rich experience on F-16s and Mirages.

He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and a Combat Commander on Fighters. He commanded an elite Fighter Squadron, the choicest F-16 Flying Wing, PAF Base, Sargodha and PAF Academy, Risalpur.

In staff jobs, the Air Chief Marshal has served as Deputy Director in Operations Branch, Personal Staff Officer to two Air Chiefs, Chief Project Director of F-16 Project, Senior Air Staff Officer at Northern Air Command, Peshawar and Director General, Air Weapons Complex, Wah.

At senior staff assignments, the Air Chief Marshal has the unique distinction of having served as Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Administration), Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations) and Vice Chief of the Air Staff. The Air Chief Marshal has also served the UAE Air Force as a fighter instructor pilot. He is a graduate of Air War College, Turkey and National Defence College, Islamabad from where he did his M. Sc in Strategic Studies.

Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed assumed the command of the PAF on 18 March, 2006. He is married and is blessed with four children, two of whom are pilots in the PAF.

In recognition of his meritorious and exceptionally dedicated services, he has been decorated with Sitara-i-Basalat, Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Mil), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Mil) and Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Mil).

Air Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmad has expressed PAF capability to be able to stop US drone attack inside Pakistan as a violation of Pakistan sovereignty. However such military actions needs approval from the government, before PAF goes on to take such action. Saying at one point: "The decision as to whether or not we want to start a war [with the US] will have to be made by the nation and the government."
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