Air Marshal (R) Shahid Lateef


Pak airforce Personnel

Designation: Former VCAS
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Pakistan Air Force - PAF

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Air Marshal Shahid Lateef joined the PAF in September, 1971 and was commissioned in April, 1974. As the top appointment holder in PAF Academy, he graduated with top honours, and was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour. Due to his outstanding performance on the Chinese F-6 aircraft, he converted on to the French Mirages at an early stage of his career. Then he was selected in the elite group of first six PAF pilots to undergo F-16 conversion in the USA. Shahid Latif was the first pilot to ferry the F-16 from USA to Pakistan in 1982, and subsequently, formed part of the pioneer team for training pilots in Pakistan on the F-16 weapon system. He along with these very pilots flew numerous combat missions in defense of the country at the height of Afghan war in the 1980s. He was sent to UAE where he was entrusted with the command of a Mirage squadron; this honour is unprecedented in the Arab countries as only the locals are given such sensitive and prestigious appointments. With this high- profile record, he was selected to command a fighter squadron, fighter wing and a fighter base in the PAF.

On being promoted to the rank of Air vice Marshal, he was handed over the JF-17 project; a programme that was not able to take off due to serious difficulties, forcing the PAF to continue to operate obsolete equipment. Through his relentless efforts, the JF-17 was picked up from the drawing board and ultimately launched into the skies. The completion of this modern fighter aircraft in less than three years is a record in the recent aircraft development history. It was due to his persevering commitment and the unparalleled progress made by this project that he led this very prestigious national strategic programme for five years as the Chief Project Director. The PAF and indeed the country are indebted to him for this supreme contribution that he has made towards building up the operational capability of the PAF. The aircraft has tremendous potential for export and could thus play a major role in uplifting the national economy by earning hundreds of millions of dollars for Pakistan. 

The JF-17 has entered into the PAF and it would go on replacing all aircraft on the PAF inventory except the F-16s which have a remaining life. After this proud achievement, AVM Shahid was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and appointed as the Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations). One and a half year later, he took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. He is a graduate of Naval War Course and the Armed Forces War Course. He has led the PAF in many war games held at the National level. Despite his enviable career, he is a very polite, humble and God fearing individual. He is married and has four daughters.

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Shaikh Ahmed, ( Temple, TX,United States) Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:54:47 AM (MDT - USA)
I admire you on all the aspect of your and my life, because of you today I am in US, I was at PAF Drigh Road Station when my Dad was posted from other place. I also tried to become a cadet of lower tope when it was created I thing it was about 1952 when we all was transfer to Drigh PAF I used to play cricket with Sq.-Leader Imtaz Ahmed who was our wicket-keeper of Pakistan Cricket Eleven. First I was trying to get into the lower tope School. were you must have been. you remind me of my past. May Allah bless you and Family.

Rizwan Ali ( bahawalnagar,Pakistan) Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:52:45 AM (MDT - USA)
sir, you r the true son & representative of pakistan. I like & get benefits from your mature,sensible & unbiased analysis.

Qazi Irfanullah ( Toronto,Canada) Monday, October 27, 2014 4:06:29 AM (MDT - USA)
Dear Mr. Air Marshal Shahid Latif, I am proud of the fact that Pakistan Air Force had a soldier like you. Thank you for developing and inducting JF-17 in our Air Force in a such a short duration: a feat unparalleled in history. I keenly follow all your programs/talk shows. Your analysis and views are very honest, focused, balanced and pragmatic. Masha-Allah very clear thinking. Now we know why you were awarded the coveted Sword-of-Honour. May Allah always be with you. May you always continue to provide guidance to the general public, particularly the youth who follow you through your programs. It will be great honour for me if someday I can shake hands with a Great personality like you. May Allah always keep you in His protection and shower his blessings on you and your family.

Aaisha Khan ( Bradford,United Kingdom) Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:45:26 AM (MDT - USA)
Sir you are a great asset of Pakistan. You have provided great service to my beloved country during your service in PAF . May Allah bless you with good health and long life. I Love watching your analysis on current political issues of Pakistan. Please continue your noble Job by providing your analysis on current issues to help us to develop political understanding.

Muhammad Nasir ( Chakwal ,Pakistan) Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:13:29 AM (MDT - USA)
Sir I think God has chosen you to educate the nation through your analysis.sir if you are promoted as air chief marshal than we can not watch you on TV shows .sir your this character is best than to become a chief.

ali jaffar ( punjab,Pakistan) Sunday, June 8, 2014 3:55:10 PM (MDT - USA)
sir g. u r great

M.Shahid Ashraf ( Bahawalnagar,Pakistan) Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:12:00 PM (MDT - USA)
Sir, ma ap ky talk shows regularly dakhta ho. ap ke baton sy kafi guideline milte ha.mara khawish ha ky ap ko milo.

mazhar ( lahore,Pakistan) Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:00:25 AM (MDT - USA)
u r great sir . good job. defend our pak army . main ap ka her show dakhta hoo .muje apne mulk or apny army se bohat piyar ha .

ali akbar ( frankfurt,Germany) Tuesday, February 4, 2014 4:59:00 PM (MDT - USA)
salam sir. ap mujh ko bht achy lagty hen ALLAH ap ko lambi zindgi dy ammen or ap isi tara hamesha pakistan ki khidmat krty rahen.

Khawar ( London,United Kingdom) Friday, January 3, 2014 7:52:57 PM (MDT - USA)
Hats off to Air Marshal (R) Shahid Lateef, great man seriously. Fan of his big time. God bless him...

Qaiserjan ( Rawalpindi ,Pakistan) Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:15:30 AM (MDT - USA)
Hats off sir for your candid views and approach . The way you defend forces are awesome try to make it more articulate and one more suggestion for kindly launch your own think tank organization may be that would betterment for the nation .

shabir naqvi ( rawalpindi,Pakistan) Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:11:29 AM (MDT - USA)
aoa sir v r proud of u for defending armed forces view point in traitor hamid mirs capital talk of 5 dec 13 in the presence of paid ex army mulla inam ur reman who was s[peaking language of his pay masters. May Allah bless u with health and prosperity.

Muhammad Kaleem ( Rawalpindi,Pakistan) Sunday, December 1, 2013 9:30:44 AM (MDT - USA)
Respected Sir Assalamo Aliakum It is indeed a great honour for me to write these few lines. Sir I am really impressed with your analysis which you give on varoius TV channels. We need persons like you who can really guide us to work for the betterment of this country. I must admit that our political are very illitreate about the happenings around us day by day. May God give more knowledge, confidence and speaking power so you can guide us about the latest situation around us and about our internal threats.

muhammad saad ( rawalpindi,Pakistan) Saturday, November 30, 2013 10:22:16 PM (MDT - USA)
shahid sahib ap jo kam kar rahe hain bohat acha kar rahe hain pak ko ap jaise he logun ki zarorat hai.

Alia Arif ( Manchester,United Kingdom) Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:55:46 PM (MDT - USA)
It is heartening to know such high calibre people are looking after Pakistan

Wrt Off(R) Abbas Ali Med Astt ( Islamabad,Pakistan) Tuesday, November 5, 2013 4:54:14 AM (MDT - USA)

MUHAMMAD KALIM TAHIR ( LAHORE,Pakistan) Saturday, October 19, 2013 3:38:56 AM (MDT - USA)

Idrees Zafran ( Gujar Khan,Pakistan) Saturday, October 5, 2013 6:07:09 AM (MDT - USA)
salaam to a great son of Pakistan.....

rafi ullah khan ( wah cantt,Pakistan) Saturday, September 28, 2013 11:57:13 AM (MDT - USA)
ekha ap ne aj makaron ko lajwab kar dea hame ap jese mukhles admi ki zarorat he hemat na haren mujh jese lakho log ap ke sath hen admiral sab

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