The navy’s media wing, Inter-Companies Public Relations (ISPR), has remembered the sacrifice of martyred Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Nishan-e-Haider) on his fiftieth loss of life anniversary on Friday.
The DG-ISPR mentioned in a Twitter message, “On fiftieth Martyrdom anniversary, we bear in mind with reverence, bravery & supreme sacrifice of Nationwide Hero Pilot officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, Nishan-e -Haider.
“In line of obligation, Pilot offr Rashid Minhas lived as much as nice traditions of Pakistan Air Power defending the motherland.”
The courageous son of Pakistan was born on February 17, 1951, in Karachi. He belonged to the well-known Minhas clan of Rajputs.
His childhood fascination with plane and aviation led him to what he really was destined for. Minhas embraced his true ardour after faculty and earned a level in navy historical past and aviation historical past from the College of Karachi.
He was commissioned as a pilot within the Pakistan Air Power in 1971.
Minhas was taxiing in direction of the runway when a Bengali teacher pilot, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, signalled him to cease after which climbed into the trainer’s seat. The jet took off and turned in direction of India.
Minhas radioed PAF Base Masroor with the message that he was being hijacked. The air controller requested that he resend his message, and he confirmed the hijacking. Later investigation confirmed that Rahman supposed to defect to India to affix his compatriots within the Bangladesh Liberation Struggle, together with the jet coach.
Nonetheless, Minhas did the one factor inside his management and compelled that aircraft to crash simply 32 miles from the Indian border, intentionally sacrificing his life for the honour of Pakistan.
Minhas spent his early childhood in Lahore. Later, the household shifted to Rawalpindi.
Awarded with Pakistan’s prime navy honour Nishan-e- Haider, Minhas grew to become the youngest man in historical past and the one member of the Pakistan Air Power to be honoured with this award for his valiant feat.
Titled a nationwide hero, the Pakistan Air Power base at Kamra was renamed PAF Base, Minhas, typically referred to as Minhas-Kamra.