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PAF Base Rafiqui, formerly known as PAF Base Shorkot (ICAO: OPRQ), is a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) airbase located near Shorkot, Jhang District, in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is around 337 km south of Islamabad. The base is served by a single 10,000-foot runway and a parallel taxiway that could be used for emergency landing and recovery of aircraft.

Rafiqui Airbase

Shahi Bengali Frontier
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
OperatorPakistan Air Force
LocationShorkot
CommanderAir Cdre Hamid Rashid Randhawa
OccupantsPakistan Air Force
Elevation AMSL492 ft / 150 m
Coordinates30°45′29″N 72°16′57″E / 30.75806°N 72.28250°E / 30.75806; 72.28250Coordinates: 30°45′29″N 72°16′57″E / 30.75806°N 72.28250°E / 30.75806; 72.28250
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
15R/33L 9,621 2,932 Asphalt

The base was renamed in honour of Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui, a highly decorated fighter pilot who led raids into enemy territory during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Rafiqui is famous for assisting his fellow pilots over enemy territory despite being heavily outnumbered even after the guns of his aircraft had jammed.[1]

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  1. ^ Active Bases PAF Official Website. Retrieved 8 August 2010.

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