Staff Reporter Islamabad
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Friday that the nation pays homage to young pilot officer Rashid Minhas on his martyrdom anniversary.
In a message on the day of martyrdom of Rashid Minhas, the minister said that Shaheed officer created history of determination and loyalty by sacrificing his life for his beloved homeland at a young age.
The nation will always remember the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country, said the minister.
To pay homage to Pakistan’s valiant son and the youngest recipient of Nishan-e-Haider, Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, the Directorate General Public Relations of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has released a short documentary on his 50th martyrdom anniversary.
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed was born on February 17, 1951. Having a dream of defending the aerial frontiers of the motherland, he got commission on March 14, 1971 in the 51st GD (P) course, said a PAF media release.
He was later posted to No 2 Squadron stationed at Maripur (Masroor) for an Operational Conversion Course, where he was destined for sublime heights by Almighty Allah.
On August 20, 1971 an unforgettable saga of bravery was crafted with his ultimate sacrifice.
On this fateful day, Rashid Minhas vanquished the iniquitous intentions of his instructor pilot Flight Lieutenant Mati-ur-Rahman, who 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.