A high powered delegation composed of members from the Zimbabwe Defence Forces visited the Pakistan Embassy to pass their condolences following the untimely death of the first non-white Commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe, Retired Air Marshall Mohammed Abdul Azim Daudpota.

Air Marshall Daudpota, who served as the Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe from 1983 to 1986, died last Sunday in his native country, Pakistan.

Speaking at the Pakistan Embassy in Harare today, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga described how President Robert Mugabe had courted the services of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to provide technical and leadership support to the Air Force of Zimbabwe as the unrepentant Rhodesians in the force were resisting integration.

General Chiwenga added that the situation within the Air Force of Zimbabwe during post independent Zimbabwe in the early 80s was so untenable as the whites had gone to the extent of sabotaged air assets at Thornhill Air Force base.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Chancery of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Embassy, Mr Sajjad Ahmed Seehar thanked the government of Zimbabwe for honouring their illustrious son who served both Pakistan and Zimbabwe with distinction.

Meanwhile, the Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mugabe has delegated the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence and the Commander Air Force of Zimbabwe to proceed to Pakistan to pay their respects to the late Air Marshal’s widow, Mrs Sajjada, the family and the Islamic state.