Pakistan Air Force (Pak Fiza’ya) is the air arm of Pakistan Armed Forces, its primary role is aerial defence of Pakistan and its secondary role is to support to the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy. Apart from its major responsibilities, PAF provides strategic air transport and logistics capability to Pakistan.
Founder of the Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah gave the primary mission statement of the PAF during his address to the passing out cadets of the PAF Academy Risalpur on April 13, 1948, i.e. “A country without a strong air force is at the mercy of any aggressor, Pakistan must build up its own Air Force as quickly as possible, it must be an efficient Air Force, second to none. ”
History of Pakistan Air Force
On 14th August 1947, the Royal Pakistan Air Force (RPAF) was established with the independence of Pakistan from British India. Total strength of RPAF was 2,332 at that time, a fleet of 16 Hawker Typhoon fighters, 24 Tempest II fighter – bombers, 2 Auster aircraft, 2 H.P.57 halifax bombers, ten Havilland tiger moth biplanes, and 12 North American Harvard trainers. On 23 March 1956 prefix Royal was removed when Pakistan gained the status of Republic, since than we called it Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
During last few years Pakistan’s significance with reference to War on Terror increased to the large extent, the Western European countries and the United States lifted their defense related sanctions on Pakistan, this opportunity enable Pakistan to once again seek advanced Western military hardware. Since the lifting of sanctions, Pakistan Air Force is active in evaluating potential military hardware, such as land based air-defense systems, radars, new fighter planes etc.
Multi-role Light Combat Aircraft JF-17
The advanced multi-role light combat aircraft JF-17 fighter aircraft was inducted in the Pakistan Air Force a few months ago, this fighter plan was jointly developed by Chengdu China and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. Now there is good news for the nation that the production facilities have been setup in Pakistan for the production of such an advanced aircraft. This cost-effective and advanced aircraft can easily meet the tactical and strategic needs of the Pakistan Air Force. The aircraft already manufactured are equipped with the Pakistani/Chinese avionics and missiles, while upcoming aircraft will be equipped with more advanced missiles and radars. The Pakistan Air Force also plans to induct some Chengdu FC-20 fighters and Chengdu J-10 by 2015.
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OGDCL is the largest E&P Company in Pakistan. Listed on all three stock exchanges of the Country, the Company has market capitalization of Rs. 588 billion. 95% owned by the Government of Pakistan and rest by the general public, the Company stock has 21% weightage in KSE 100 index.
OGDCL is listed on all three stock exchanges in Pakistan. It is also listed on London Stock Exchange since 2006. It is the local market leader in terms of production, acreage, and reserves.
Establishment of OGDC
OGDC was established in 1961 dated 20th September. Its responsibility is to plan and promote Pakistan’s oil and gas prospects and also to undertake well thought out and a systematic exploratory programme.
Self Financing Entity
OGDC’s first year of self-financing was 1989-90. During this first year of financing, it was obvious a target to generate sufficient resources to maintain development and exploration in Public Sector Development Programme. It generated enough funds to increase the country’s reserves and production as well as to meet its own debt obligation.
Conversion into Public Limited Company
In 23 October 1997, OGDC was a statutory Corporation. Afterwards, it was converted into a public limited company and currently known as OGDCL (Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd).
Sound Equipment Base
The Company has a sound equipment and operational base which includes drilling rigs, workover rigs, a geological field party, seismic crews, engineering centre, geological analysis laboratory, cementing units, wireline logging unit and data logging unit. OGDC follows its strategies to drive operational achievements of the company. Strategies includes expanding exploratory efforts, maintaining committed exploration effort level, maintenance of distinct balance commercial portfolio of exploration blocks in order to hedge risk.
Increase in Production and Reserves
Different strategic techniques are employed to optimize production from existing fields, applied improved oil recovery techniques to accelerate exploration efforts.
Human Resource Establishment
Over the years, the Company has grown into a fully integrated E&P business, whose strength lies mainly in its highly qualified professional human resource base – a pool of professionals who can undertake and supervise almost all phases of E&P business from carrying out preliminary geological surveys to operation of integrated oil and gas processing plants.
There are over 11,000 employees on payroll in the Company. It is the leading E&P Player of Pakistan and the flagship of the country’s E&P sector.
• Data Acquisition Engineers
• Field Geophysicists
• Vibrator Technicians and Vibrator Operation
• Drilling Technicians and drillers
• Shooting techniques shooters
• Workshops techniques and Mechanics
• Communication officers and Radio officers
The Company is following an aggressive growth strategy. On exploration front, it holds the exploration acreage totaling 75,905 Sq. kms, which is the largest acreage held by any single company in Pakistan. Two major projects of the Company Dakhni Expansion Project and Qadirpur Additional Gas Capacity Enhancement Project are in progress.
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