Rashid Minhas was born on 17th February 1951 in Karachi. He received his flight cadet training from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Academy Risalpur.
On 20th August 1971, Minhas’ trainer Flight Lieutenant Mutih-ur-Rehman hijacked his student’s trainer aircraft after rendering him unconcious. Rehman wanted to take the plane towards India.
Minhas regained consciousness just 32 kilometres away from the Indian border. He crashed the plane killing himself and Mutih-ur-Rehman in the process.
He was rewarded with the highest military award in Pakistan Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery and services to the country.