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Anwar Shamim

Pakistani Air Force air marshal

Died when: 81 years 95 days (975 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Anwar Shamim

Air Chief Marshal Mohammad Anwar Shamim (Urdu: محمد انور شمیم; 31 October 1931 – 4 January 2013) LOM, NI(m), HI(m), SI(m), SJ, OI, was a senior air officer of the Pakistan Air Force and was the Chief of Air Staff, appointed to the post in 1978 until retiring in 1985.

Born in Haripur, British India in 1931, he was a career fighter pilot who participated in conflict with India in 1965 and in 1971, before playing a crucial role as a military adviser to Jordan against the Palestinian insurgent groups in 1970.

As an air chief, Shamim is notable for taking initiatives to modernize the air force by successfully acquiring the F-16 Fighting Falcon from the United States under the Project Falcon in 1983, and acquiring the radar technology from the United States to strengthened his country's aerial defense.

During his tenureship, he played an influential role in the Zia administration, advising President Zia on policy matters involving the national security.

In addition, Shamim also holds the distinction of being the second longest serving chief of air staff of the Pakistan Air Force.

He was died in January 2013 and was buried with full state honours.

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