Ex-Chief of Air staff Anwar Shamim dies at 81

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall (R) Muhammad Anwar Shamim passed away at the Cantonment Medical Hospital in Rawalpindi after prolonged illness on Friday. He was 81 years old.

Air Chief Marshall Anwar Shamim has left behind his wife and his three children, two daughter and a son.

Anwar Shamim was a retired four-star air-force general officer who was the 10th Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force from July 23, 1978 to March 5, 1985.

Air Chief Marshal Shamim was promoted as four-star General and assumed the command of the Pakistan Air Force on 23 July 1978. He was a war hero considered to be the most decorated military officers in the Pakistan Armed Forces.

He had received the several military awards including Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz.

Anwar Shamim held the record of being the second longest serving PAF chief since Asghar Khan in the 1960s.