Tahir Rafique Takes over As New PAF Chief

Air Marshal Tahir Rafique
Air Marshal
Tahir Rafique Butt took over as the new chief of the air staff of
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at a ceremony held here at the Air Headquarters
on Monday.
Outgoing Air Chief Marshal, Rao Qamar
Suleman formally handed over the PAF’s Sword of Command to Air Marshal,
Tahir Rafique Butt.
Both the outgoing and incoming air chiefs were presented separate guards of honour to formally mark the change of command.
Born in 1955, Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt received his early education at PAF Public School, Sargodha.
Subsequently, he joined Pakistan Air Force and graduated from PAF Academy, Risalpur in March, 1977.
After
doing his Fighter and Operational Conversion Courses, he has flown
various types of fighters and training aircraft on PAF Inventory.
He
is a qualified Flying Instructor and also a Combat Commander on
Fighters. He has commanded an elite Fighter Squadron, a Fighter Flying
Wing and two PAF Bases.
In staff jobs at Air Headquarters,
the Air Marshal has served as Deputy Director Plans, Director Flight
Safety, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (P-O) in Personnel Branch and
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Training).

In senior
staff assignments, the Air Marshal has the distinction of having served
as Director General National Accountability Bureau (KPK) Commandant
National Security College, NDU, Air Officer Commanding Southern Air
Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel).
Before taking over as air chief, he was serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.
Tahir
Rafique Butt is a graduate of Staff College, Turkey and National
Defence University, Islamabad from where he did his M.Sc in Defence and
Strategic Studies.
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