Pakistan Air Force pilot Rashid Minhas’s 50th death anniversary is being observed on Friday (today).
The Pakistan Army has also paid tribute to the National Hero Pilot, Rashid Minhas Shaheed.
“On 5Oth Martyrdom anniversary, we remember with reverence, bravery & supreme sacrifice of National Hero Pilot officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, Nishan-e -Haider. In line of duty, Pilot offr Rashid Minhas lived up to great traditions of Pakistan Air Force defending the motherland,” stated DG ISPR.
He was born on February 17, 1951. He received his early education from Karachi. At 17, he joined the PAF as cadet pilot.
Rashid Minhas is the only Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officer who received the highest Pakistani military award ‘Nishan e Haider’ in 1971 and the youngest to receive this highest honor of gallantry.
He also served as a youngest and short service officer in the Pakistani Defense Forces Aerial Warfare Service.
On this day in 1971, as a pilot still under training, Rashid was taxing out a T-33 Jet trainer for take-off, when a Bengali pilot instructor, Flight Lieutenant Mataur Rahman, forced his way into the rear cockpit. In mid-air Rahman knocked Minhas out, seized control of the aircraft and headed towards India and Rashid did the only thing within his control and forced that plane to crash just 32 miles from the Indian border in Thatta, deliberately sacrificing his life for the honour of Pakistan.