January 1988, 23 squadron participated in air-to-air banner
firing. It provided air defence of the western borders from
PAF Base Samungli, during the Afghan conflict. A detachment
of the squadron consisting of twelve pilots and ten
aircraft, commenced air defence duties for Kahuta, at PAF
Base Chaklala, with effect from 4 April 1988. In March 1989,
the squadron participated in the Fire Power Demonstration
held at the Sonmiani Range. The squadron was awarded
Inter-Squadron Flight Safety Trophy for the year 1988. The
squadron moved from Chander for participation in Exercise
High Mark-89/Zarb-e-Momin. The activation for this exercise
lasted for a month, from 22 November to 23 December 1989. A
detachment of the squadron was attached to PAF Base Sargodha
for flying duties between 19 February to March 1990. On 14
March 1990, the squadron moved to PAF Base Masroor for
air-to-air firing and DACT Camp.
Four officers and five aircraft went to PAF Base Peshawar to
take part in the fly-past ceremony on 23 March 1991. The
squadron shifted from its old underground building to its
new premises in the Flying Wing Headquarters in the second
quarter of 1991. In September 1991, the squadron moved to
Mirpur Khas to participate in an air defence exercise. In
November 1991, the squadron moved to PAF Base Farid, where
it carried out another air defence exercise. The squadron
had the honour of winning Sarfraz Rafiqui Flight Safety
Trophy twice in a row for the years 1990 and 1991.
During exercise High Mark-93, the squadron was deployed at
PAF Base Risalewala. During 1995, it took part in Exercise
Saffron Bandit as well as High Mark-95. In February 1997,
the squadron moved to PAF Shahbaz for DACT with F-16s. The
Governer of Balochistan visited the squadron on 12 August
In May 1998, the squadron was deployed at PAF Base Sukkur.
The activiation of Sukkur continued for about a week, ending
soon after Pakistan successfully conducted its nuclear
tests. The squadron, under the command of Wing Commander G.
M. Abbasi, and supported by Wing Commander Irfan Idrees,
Squadron Leader Khan Maqbool, Flight Lieutenants Anwar Karim,
S. Atta, Waqas Mohsin, Zeeshan Saeed, Aamir Shaukat, Ali
Asher, Nadeem Afzal, and Nasir Jamal, had the honour of
taking part in this operational commitment.