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No. 17 Squadron History: 1988-1998

During the Afghan conflict, this squadron carried out ADA duties from PAF Base Samungli. From July to October 1988, it carried out ADA duties at Chaklala under the command of Wing Commander Shaukat Haider Changezi. The squadron participated in the PAF Fire Power Demonstration at Sonmiani Range on 25 March 1989, a performance which was witnessed by the then Prime Minister. The squadron also participated in ISAC-89 and won the trophy in the non-INAS aircraft category, while Flight Lieutenant Arif Khan was declared No. 1 pilot in the 'Sher Afgan-89 Armament Competition' among the non-INAS aircraft. In November/December 1989, the squadron participated in the exercise 'Zarb-e-Momin' while operating from PAF Base Farid and PAF Vehari. In March 1990, it participated in the Pakistan Day fly-past while operating from PAF Base Peshawar. The squadron also won the 1990 ACES Trophy. In October 1996, the squadron participated in ISAC-96 held at PAF Base Masroor. The squadron pilots also carried out banner tow duties for ISAC-96. Wing Commander Khalid Chishti was declared the Best Shot on the F-6 weapon system.

In 1998, prior to the nuclear tests at Chaghai, the pilots of 17 Squadron carried out standing CAPs under the command of Wing Commander Muhammed Jamil Memon.

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