Of dreams, and blood!

Ravaged villages, chained in smoke,
everywhere, everywhere I see
Bloodied, hopeless hope,
bruised eyes, rendering a plea
Stone pelting terrorist,
an innocent, blitzing tank
Faris swelled his chest,
and was shot at point blank
Trigger happy mercenaries,
sunless walls, curfewed street
Caged, worse than the aviaries,
assassination, humiliation, incarceration, repeat
Should I light candles, and bash,
the mind ponders, at the recourse
or should I be a fighter pilot, and ash,
lest there be any remorse
Should I be a state head, and condemn,
orthodox, like a Twitter status
Or should I stay silent amid this mayhem,
denial, slumber, sans hiatus
The long, excruciating silence,
indifferent, vain, deliberate betrayal
Louder than the bombs, and the sirens,
nauseating to the core, painful, disloyal
Oh Jerusalem, you’ll always have my heart,
there will be spring, there will be dawn
even though we’re a thousand miles apart,
I will be here, albeit everyone else’s gone
Stand and speak, for every whisper counts,
Syria, Kashmir, Iraq, Palestine
Fight, liberate, save, denounce
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Death Before Disgrace!

The immortal bygone,

The epic wings

Dusk to dawn,

Smoke rings

Intend rigorous,

Precise sight

The wit vigorous,

Ravening fight

Soaring high,

Blitzing flares

Slashing sky,

Mothers’ prayers

Roaring sound,

God’s scheme

Heaven bound,

Smiling gleam

Reiterating intent,

Nation’s brace

Never bent,

Death before disgrace!

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Dedicated to Squadron Leader Bilal Hasan Babri, my best friend and mentor. May you rest in eternal peace brother!

Avian Bond: Je Suis Pigeon

May 28 holds inordinate prominence in Pakistan’s history. May 28, 1998 was the day when Pakistan reiterated its existence forever by attaining the supreme deterrence by testing its nuclear arsenal in the mountains of Chaghi. May 28, 2015, Pakistan launched its first ever Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Pigeon (AMRAAP). The pigeon named Avian Bond was launched from an unknown Air Force Base in Pakistan amidst the presence of the senior most hierarchy of the Armed Forces and top notch scientists of the country. Allegiance stimulating, sky shattering slogans induced goose bumps as the pigeon flapped its wings at its launch and straight away headed due East.

Top Secret Photograph of Avian Bond, captured during his training at an undisclosed PAF Location
Top Secret Photograph of Avian Bond, captured during his training at an undisclosed PAF Location

Avian Bond, a 6 months old Pakistani pigeon endured the toughest 3 weeks training with Pakistan’s Special Services Group (SSG), recently declared the best elite force of the world by the Business Insider Australia. Avian Bond, for his exceptional service was then selected by the Pakistan’s most-feared-by-the-world intelligence agency ISI for a covert operation “Coo’s Coup” against India. Avian Bond the pigeon then joined an Air Superiority Fighter Squadron of Pakistan Air Force for his fighter flying training spanned over 4 weeks come the end of which he was declared a combat-ready wingman and rendered ready by the Air Force to undertake the mission.

Avian Bond, Pakistan Air Force’s pigeon, essentially equipped with the unconventional stealth technology, swooped at speeds of Mach 0.007 and landed in an undisclosed war zone in Pathankot India. It was a matter of time before Avian Bond the pigeon had gathered all the “Only eyes to read” and “Top secret” information from Indian Air Force Base at Pathankot and took off straightaway for Pakistan. It was some 10 NM West of Pathankot that Avian Bond, flying at ultra-low levels was intercepted by Indian authorities on ground around 1600 hours. A highly trained professional fighter pilot, Avian Bond transmitted all the information through the secured radio transmission to the concerned authorities in Pakistan and obliterated any proof whatsoever before he was captured.

Avian Bond, Reporting for duty
Avian Bond, Reporting for duty

Apprehension of Avian Bond the Pakistani pigeon is probably the biggest breakthrough the Indian intelligence agency has had since its unwarranted inception. We decree that Avian Bond be treated in conjunction with the Geneva Convention 1929 guaranteeing rightful rights to the POWs.

Avian Bond, the pigeon’s service to Pakistan will never be forgotten and will be reminisced for the generations to come. Pakistan Air Force has launched a Combat Search And Rescue (CSAR) mission to recover Avian Bond the pigeon from India. We do not leave our pigeons behind.

#JeSuisPigeon #JeSuisAvianBond #BehindEnemyLines

Gender gerrymander: The tale of a blackmailing damsel

The term “Male Dominated Society” is neither for nothing nor does it alone mean, against the common misconception, of subjugating the women to physical violence or even biases towards them, comes a chance to attest and exhibit supremacy in any form. Even a demeaning nod at the idea of an achievement by the opposite gender is as derogatory as the worst form of it may be. One doesn’t have to advocate “feminism” or “masculism” to believe in the gender equality, which on the contrary, is the only crucial reason to give birth to sexism.

I deemed it necessary to reiterate and lay out straight my strong advocacy of gender equivalence for two reasons – Generally to mortify the pseudo literal literati liberal brigade and primarily, to express my utmost detestation of anyone exploiting the said idea in blackmailing for their (not so) ulterior motives. One such extortionist would be ex air force officer Fatima Shafi. Hiding behind the mask of “feminism”, equipped with nothing but utter lies, opportunists like her do more harm to the real cause of feminism than any misogynist ever did.

In an article on US based airline ExpressJet’s official website, Andrea Feminella writes about, and quotes Miss Fatima Shafi, first officer at ExpressJet.

Fatima Shafi was once commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in short service commission in the engineering branch for a contract period of 10 years’ service. After having completed her initial training at the air force academy, Miss Shafi was posted to the flight lines of a Mirage fighter squadron completing her tenure in which she was then posted to an F-16 fighter squadron as the engineering officer, something officers in engineering branch take pride in, and rightly so. During her tenure as the engineering officer at the F-16 squadron, she expressed her “earnest desire” to fly the fighter jets in air force and was denied as the “change of branch” was against the policy. Come the end of her official contract of 10 years, Fatima opted not to extend her commission and retired from the service, some 6 years ago and ended up at ExpressJet. Fatima appeared in the Nobel Prize Ceremony held in Norway in the honour of Malala Yousafzai and well, thought Pakistan-bashing earns laurels and some limelight, something she has been fantasizing since her days in service in the air force where merit unfortunately for her is the only criteria to progress.
It is now that Miss Shafi in a recent spree off her inaptitude has started to malign Pakistan in general and the air force in particular. I reckon it my obligation to paint a true picture for the people who might have come across her venom spewing low self-esteemed conscience through her baseless article and to cure her “selective amnesia”.
Time to set a few facts straight before we advance.
Fatima Shafi in her LinkedIn profile states:
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Well ma’am, let me align your true North here for you. Pakistan is one of the very few countries of the world and the only Muslim country to have had appointed a woman a General, General Shahida Badshah.
She further states at one point in her profile:
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I’ve yet to see on god’s earth, a more otiose and futile argument than that. Really? I mean you royalty, were commissioned in the “Engineering Branch” of the air force and you could not have flown the fighter jets in your another 8 lives for the air force policy clearly only validates officers of “Flying Branch” to be flying, and well I just cited the policy, not a case of inaptitude at your end, you can thank me later.
Let me walk you through the unraveled history Miss Shafi, you once upon a time somewhere down the line volunteered for a basic para jump course at Pakistan Air Force Academy Risalpur under Special Services Wing, failing to qualify for which after several attempts, you were taken off from it for your meagre physical standards. More than 30 women in Pakistan Air Force are qualified as paratroopers, something that has nothing to do with the gender bias but surely with physical standards.

Fatima Shafi in no situational awareness denunciates Pakistani culture for women quoting humiliatingly as: “Where I’m from, education for girls is a pastime, not a necessity. You only went to school so your mind wouldn’t wander. Your brain needed to be occupied until it was time for you to get married.”

Let’s just trust practically successful Pakistani women who believe in the merit Miss Fatima, unlike you, to answer that:

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ExpressJet quotes Fatima Shafi in utmost obliviousness on its official article as: “Girls weren’t even allowed to visit fighter squadrons,” said Fatima. “For me to be assigned there was unheard of, so I just did my job.”

Ah the devious duchess speaks fib as she speaks, it right here is an embarrassment in itself to be even clarifying the stance of the air force as women are flying fighter jets and are continuingly inducted as flyers, and one of them even has earned the most coveted “Sword of Honour” too, something that has all in the world to do with aptitude and excellence, something you Miss Shafi are oblivious of.
Miss Fatima, if you had done only a diminutive homework, Pakistan does have distinguished and renowned flying clubs in Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad and Karachi. Opting for Florida could only have been your personal choice as Pakistan has women flying commercial jets too here.
Just to remind you Miss Shafi, Pakistan is one of the fewest countries to have had a woman Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a woman Speaker of the National Assembly Fehmida Mirza. Conqueror of the highest mountain of the world Mount Everest, Samina Baig also hails from Pakistan.

We here in the Air Force, Fatima, do never keep gender prejudices. We fly on each other’s wings, that’s trusting each other with each other’s lives which makes your every argument invalid and null and void. Guess I showed your groundless unsupported baseless article to the women flying with us here in Air Force and well, they laughed out heartily at the lack of sagacity in your accusing assertions.
Speaking on the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Norway might have been a dream come true for you Miss Shafi, but paradoxically it takes more than just Pakistan bashing and maligning and a “photo-Op” to have an asteroid named after you.

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Behind Enemy Lines: Captain Muath Al Kasaesbeh

“Royal Jordanian Air Force fighter pilot Lieutenant Muath Al Kasaesbeh ejected safely over Raqqah, Syria (territory held by ISIS), after his F-16 developed a technical malfunction while on a strike mission against the terrorists.”10377240_745729332175096_1513856156683959280_n

This was the news we got on December 24, 2014 while stepping out for a routine training mission, and as fighter pilots, we knew Muath’s safe ejection from an uncontrollable fighter jet could not be cherished, for Muath had to eject behind the enemy lines. We knew his fate instantly, for this wasn’t a conventional enemy he was up against, we’re talking about terrorists here, who have no code of conduct or rules to fight. They will go to any extreme to terrorize the people.

The most feared happened on February 3, 2015 when ISIS released a video of Muath caged and in an orange jump suit, soaked in gasoline while one militant lights a torch, and then lights a line of fuel in the sand leading toward the cage. Muath embraces martyrdom and we lost another brother for a greater cause, defending his motherland.

Soldiers do not fear death, they embrace it, they embrace it the day they take their oath. Muath proved to what extent a soldier, a fighter pilot can go in defending his country.

Although hailing from Al Karak, a small town some 140 miles South of Amman, Jordan, Muath wasn’t just a Jordanian but a brother in arms to us, a symbol of courage and resilience who was equally loved by his family and comrades. From the East to the West, everyone knows now, of the great stature of this 26 years old fighter pilot. He not only in his life proved his mettle as a fierce fighter, but his martyrdom too united not only the Jordanians worldwide but substantiated to be an eye opener for the Muslim Ummah as well.

Pakistan and Jordan enjoy the most cordial and fraternal relations which date back to the very independence of the two countries. Pakistan Air Force and the Royal Jordanian Air Force in specific have ties beyond the mighty Himalayas. PAF fighter pilots flew RJAF Hunters and shot down Israeli jets successfully defending Mafraq Air Base during the Six-Day Arab Israel War for which they were awarded Jordan’s “Order of Istaqlal”. King Hussein had a special love for PAF pilots and visited PAF Base Sargodha during his tenure to witness aerobatics and later used to call them to Jordan as well. PAF and RJAF have been under taking joint air exercises ever since strengthening the brotherly bonds further attesting the nations’ love for each other.

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PAF and RJAF pilots train and get posted on mutual exchange program undertaken by both the respected Air Forces.  It is for the same reason the martyrdom of Muath Al Kasaesbeh was felt to the core in every heart of a Pakistani in general and a PAF pilot in specific.

Prayers were offered for Shaheed Muath and the bereaved family at Air Bases. One for we lost a comrade and secondly PAF like RJAF is fighting the same menace, the terrorism, as a front-line force. Muath’s martyrdom has only strengthened the resolve that we will not bow down to a bunch of scumbags who abuse and escapade the religion for their monstrous ambitions.

We offered our heartfelt condolences to Captain Muath’s family and the Kasaesbeh tribe in Jordan through his personal flying instructor at F-16, Lieutenant Colonel Faisal, flying with us in Pakistan.

“He was like a son to me”, he said in a firm tone. “He lived to make people happy, and even after his death, he has united them. The nation stands behind the King”

King Abdullah, a pilot himself like his esteemed father, King Hussein, led from the front. Like the head of a sovereign nation must do, he cut short his visit to the US and rushed back to his people. Queen Rania joined Jordanians in the streets and walked with them holding vigils for Muath.                                                   2566055900000578-0-image-m-95_1423234719327  Jordan vowed an “Earth-shaking” response proportionate to the magnitude of the tragedy of all Jordanians” to eliminate terrorism from its soil and strike back even harder, for revenge is the best revenge. “Jordan will continue to fight terrorism till our military runs out of bullets and fuel”, the Warrior King said.

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There have been reports and denials of King Abdullah gearing up and co piloting an RJAF bomber jet, leading a strike against ISIS himself. Nonetheless, just the mere notion rippled in spirits in people across the globe. What an indomitable leader of an indomitable nation. The world leaders must take heed from his nerves and audacity.

Jordan's King Abdullah is welcomed by Safi al-Kasaesbeh, the father of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, as he arrives to offer his condolences at the headquarters of the family's clan in the city of Karak

King Abdullah also visited the bereaved Kasaesbeh tribe and met Muath’s family too while Muath’s No.1 Squadron flew a missing-man formation (a formation fighter pilots fly to honour their lost wingman, where 4 fighter jets set course for overhead in a V- formation and No.2 pulls up abruptly into the skies indicating their wingman has ascended to the heavens) over his hometown on recovering from a strike against ISIS.

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Muath’s martyrdom has renewed and reiterated the world’s response in fighting off this peril of terrorism. While we all condemn and restate our resolution, let us remember Muath how he was, not how ISIS wants us to. He is not only a Jordanian fighter pilot, he is a symbol of renunciation and denial to kneel down to the terrorists come what may. Captain Muath Al Kasaesbeh, you fought well comrade. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

Vengeance: In the loving memory of the martyred children of Peshawar

Divine twitters

spirits alive

Desire glitters

angels arrive

Aching echoes

innocence slain

Divinity bows

sensing the pain

Mothers’ bellows

Lord’s throne

Bound to the woes

inclusive alone

Of endless tales

and untold yearns

His mystic trails

no one discerns

Littlest caskets avow

heaviest of all

Akin now

ranking tall

O’ my nestlings

I promise you

With my rumblings

and silent adieus

Rise and shine

will not forget

Every breath of mine

and blood to beset

I will fight

In truest essence

and divine might

So help me Lord

In war and promises

and everything for

Vengeance !