Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim, Passed Away at CMH Rawalpindi
ISLAMABAD 07 JANUARY, 2013: Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim, the former Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force and a veteran of 1965 and 1971 wars, breathed his last at CMH Rawalpindi, after prolonged illness. He was 81 years of age.
His funeral prayers were offered at sports ground, PAF Complex, Sector E-9 Islamabad and was buried with full military honours at Sector H-11 graveyard, Islamabad. He has left behind a widow, two daughters and a son.
Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force has expressed his extreme grief on the sad demise of former PAF Air Chief. The Air Chief further said that Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim very ably led PAF both in peace and during the Soviet-Afghan War. The Air Chief acknowledged historic contributions of Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Anwar Shamim that transformed the Pakistan Air Force on modern lines that included induction of state of the art F-16 Fighting Falcons, Chinese A-5 aircraft, state of the art Air Defence System and the creation of Regional Air Commands.
Air Chief Marshal Muhammad Anwar Shamim was born on 1st October, 1931, in an educated family from Haripur (Hazara). He became a member of the then functional University Air Squadron, to begin his childhood dream career of a fighter pilot in Pakistan Air Force. He joined RPAF in 1950 and on completion of his pilot training at the Royal Australian Air Force, he was granted commission in March, 1954.
Some of the major courses include, Flying Training and Jet conversion from Australia, Flying Instructors, Staff College, National Defence College and Senior Officers Inter-Defence Management Course from USA.