Mohammad Ashfaque Arain, 7159/Iqbal

Air Comm. Ashfaque Arain

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Mohammad Ashfaque Arain, kit no. 7159/Iqbal House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1971 in 8th class and left the college in 1975 after completing his 11th Class.

He was born on 14 June 1958, and was married to Mrs. Naila on 3 November 1988. They have 2 sons - Talha and Hadeed.

Ashfaque was Senior Section Leader of Iqbal House. He was member of the College Athletics Team and 5000 meter Intercollegiate champion. He got a distinction in the Matric exams.

Ashfaque joined Pakistan Air Force immediately after leaving Petaro in Sept 1975.

He obtained a B.Sc. in Aero Science from PAF College Sargodha in 1979 and a B.Sc. in International Relations from Air War College Karachi in 1993. He also obtained an M.Sc. in Defence and Strategic Studies from Air War College Karachi in 1998, and an M.Sc. in War Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad in 2007. He also holds an MBA.

He has been a fighter pilot in addition to flying trainer aircraft. He has flown F-6, F-7 and F-16 aircraft. He was also an instructor pilot on F-16s and a instructor in the Combat Commanders' School.

His field assignments included command of a fighter squadron. He was also base commander of PAF Base Mushaf, Sargodha. He held various assignments at the Air Headquarters and was also the Air Attache at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.

Ashfaque was promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal on 27 May 2011, and became the first Petarian to attain a 2 star rank in the Pakistan Air Force.

He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military).

At present, he is posted as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad at the rank of Air Vice Marshal.