Nation remembers Rashid Minhas on his 50th martyrdom anniversary

Nation remembers Rashid Minhas on his 50th martyrdom anniversary

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): The 50th martyrdom anniversary of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, Nishan-e-Haider, is being observed today (Friday).

The Pakistan Army has also paid tribute to Rashid Minhas who embraced martyrdom at the tender age of 20 during the 1971 war, on his 50th martyrdom anniversary.

“On 50th Martyrdom anniversary, we remember with reverence, bravery & supreme sacrifice of National Hero Pilot officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, Nishan-e–Haider,” Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said in a message on Twitter.

In the line of duty, he lived up to great traditions of PAF defending the motherland, it added.

Rashid Minhas born on 17 February 1951 in Karachi and was commissioned as GD-Pilot in the PAF in March 1971.

The young pilot sacrificed his life for the country during the 1971 war, while trying to thwart an attempt by his senior to fly a jet trainer to India.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has released a short documentary to pay homage to the youngest recipient of Nishan-e-Haider Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, on his 50th martyrdom anniversary.

The brave son of the soil accepted to sacrifice his life but did not allow the country's dignity to be tarnished.

In a statement, the PAF said Rashid Minhas will always be remembered as an icon of bravery and sacrifice and will remain a beacon for our future generations.