Nation pays tribute to Rashid Minhas Shaheed Nishan e Haider

Nation pays tribute to Rashid Minhas Shaheed Nishan e Haider

Nation pays tribute to Rashid Minhas Shaheed Nishan e Haider on his 50th martyrdom anniversary.

The Directorate General Public Relations of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has released a short documentary.

It aims to pay homage to Pakistan’s valiant son and the youngest recipient of Nishan-e-Haider, Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed.

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed was born on February 17, 1951.

Nation pays tribute to Rashid Minhas Shaheed Nishan e Haider

Having a dream of defending the aerial frontiers of the motherland, he got commission on March 14, 1971 in the 51st GD (P) course.

PAF later posted him to No 2 Squadron stationed at Mauripur (Masroor) for an Operational Conversion Course. He had destiny for sublime heights by Almighty Allah.

According to the PAF media release, on August 20, 1971 an unforgettable saga of bravery crafted with his ultimate sacrifice.

Finally, Rashid Minhas vanquished the iniquitous intentions of his instructor pilot Flight Lieutenant Mati-ur-Rahman.

Ironically, the latter tried to hijack his training jet T-33 towards India.

Rashid battled to take back the controls of the aircraft and finally preferred to crash the plane before it could cross the border.

The brave son of soil accepted to sacrifice his life but didn’t allow the country’s dignity to be tarnished.

An icon of bravery and sacrifice

Later, the Government of Pakistan awarded him with the highest gallantry award Nishan-e Haider.

Notably, the government conferred the highest award in recognition of Rashid Minhas’s supreme sacrifice and indelible courage.

“He will always be remembered as an icon of bravery and sacrifice and will remain a beacon for our future generations,” it said.

Earlier, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar posted a tweet.

Therein he eulogised the chivalrous son of the soil Rashid Minhas Shaheed for his sacrifice.

He said on 5Oth Martyrdom anniversary, we remember with reverence, bravery and supreme sacrifice of National Hero Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, Nishan-e -Haider.

According to him, in line of duty, Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas lived up to great traditions of Pakistan Air Force defending the motherland.


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