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Pakistan appoints new Air chief

Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has been appointed the new chief of the Pakistan Air Force by President Asif Ali Zardari.

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 13:11 IST

Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has been appointed the new chief of the Pakistan Air Force by President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari took the decision on Sunday in consultation with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.

Suleman, who will be elevated to the rank of Air Chief Marshal, will assume the office of chief of the PAF when current incumbent Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed retires at the end of his three-year tenure on March 20. Suleman is currently the Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations).

Ahmed assumed command of the PAF in March 2006. Among his significant contributions to the force was an agreement signed recently by Pakistan and China for the serial production of 42 JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft.