Parliament to decide about future logistic support to NATO: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Monday that Parliament would decide about the future logistic and defence cooperation with International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

“The matter is under discussion in the Parliament while the Prime Minister has also given a policy statement on the issue,” he told reporters after reviewing F-16 (Block 52) fighter aircraft which were formally inducted in PAF fighter jets fleet here at Shahbaz Airbase.

He said that the induction of F-16 (Block 52) fighter jets in Pakistan Air Force (PAF) would strengthen air defence of the country as this new aircraft was very modern and capable machine. Regarding the use of this aircraft in war against terror, he said it was our policy to ensure minimum use of air force in the operations being conducted inside the country.

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said owing to inflation and reduction in value of rupee against dollar, there was decrease in overall defence budget. He dispelled the impression that 70 percent of the budget had been allocated to Pakistan Armed Forces.

He pointed out that actually the defence budget was about 18 percent of the total budget out of which about nine percent went to army. Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani along with Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Rao Qamar Suleman reviewed a F-16 (Block 52) aircraft and went to its cockpit.

He was briefed by PAF pilots and other officials regarding functions and technical and operational capabilities of F-16 (Block 52) aircraft.

The Chief of Army Staff had a 45-minutes flight on F-16 (Block 52) aircraft.