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Country marks 46th martyrdom anniversary of Rashid Minhas today

Rashid Minhas

KARACHI: Today (Sunday) marks the 46th martyrdom anniversary of Pakistan’s National Hero Rashid Minhas, ARY News reported.  

Minhas, an under training pilot of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), was taxiing T-33 Jet trainer for a take-off on August 20, 1971 when a pilot instructor – Flight Lieutenant Matih-ur-Rehman – rendered him unconscious with a blow to the trainer’s head in a botched attempt to take the plan towards India.

Minhas regained consciousness just 32 miles (51 kilometres) away from the Indian border and managed to damage the control of the jet. He crashed the jet near Thatta.

The incident martyred Pakistani valiant officer and killed the instructor, wanted to take the fighter plane towards India.

Minhas was rewarded with the highest military award in Pakistan, Nishan-e-Haider, for his bravery and services to the country.

Rashid Minhas was born on 17th February 1951 in Karachi. He received his flight cadet training from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Risalpur. He had his early education from St. Mary’s Cambridge School Rawalpindi. Later, he was commissioned as Pilot Officer in Pakistan Air Force in 1971.

Minhas is the youngest officer who received the Nishan-e-Haider award. He is the only recipient of the highest honor of gallantry from Pakistan Air Force.

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