On 2 June 2021, as a gesture of hospitality and brotherhood, a contingent of JF-17 Thunder aircraft from No 18 Squadron of Pakistan Air Force presented ceremonial air escort to the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon as his VVIP aircraft entered the Pakistan Air Space. The JF-17 formation leader extended greetings to the dignitary. H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon reciprocated the same and thanked the formation leader.