Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was the shortest-serving member of the Pakistan military, having joined the Pakistan Air Force in 1969 and embraced martyrdom in the line of duty in Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.
The Karachi-born officer became the youngest military personnel to have received the highest valor award after he commandeered his jet to crash following an attempt by his commanding pilot to defect to India.
DG, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Babar Iftikhar, has paid a heartfelt tribute to the martyr, adding that Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas lived up to the great traditions of the PAF.
Today we remember supreme sacrifice of Pilot officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed (Nishan-e -Haider) in the line of duty. Pilot officer Rashid Minhas lived up to great traditions of Pakistan Air Force serving the motherland.#OurMartyrsOurHeroes
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 19, 2020
On his 49th martyrdom anniversary, the social media is full of messages of love for the national hero who sacrificed his life for the motherland. Let’s have a look at how people are paying tribute to the martyr:
— Akbar 🛡️(🌏) (@AandA289) August 20, 2020
Our Air Force decidedly had an upper hand and destroyed 110 Indian planes as against its own loss of 19 planes; a fact corroborated by the independent international sources.@TeamISPOfficial@AmberQureshi16 pic.twitter.com/U7QEM2fjax
— Amber Qureshi (@AmberQureshi16) August 20, 2020
Minhas Airbase or Kamra Airbase is a PAF Airbase located at Kamra, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan. It was named in the honour of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, who was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for valor in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.@TeamISPOfficial pic.twitter.com/z0aH0wfUvc
— Mahboob Ul Hassan (@Mahboob58519719) August 20, 2020
Minhas was awarded with the highest valour award – Nishan-e-Haider – for his bravery. He became the youngest officer to have received this award.#RashidMinhasShaheed #وطن_کے_شاہینوں_کو_سلام #PakistanArmy pic.twitter.com/7YG8INgzT0
— 💫ٱسامہ جدون💫 (@Us_AMa_) August 20, 2020
— Amna khan (VFP) (@aimmm_k) August 20, 2020
— Safa Irfan 🌸🇵🇰 (@itzsafaah) August 20, 2020
Story of glory of Nishan-e-Haider rashid minhas.#RashidMinhasShaheed #ThursdayThoughts #NishanEHaider #lahorerain #PakistanArmy #PakistanAirForce #Pakistan #PakistanZindabad #وطن_کے_شاہینوں_کو_سلام #RashidMinhas #DGISPR #ImranKhan #PakistanBtsArmy pic.twitter.com/yZZgvYdaVQ
— Haider Studioz (@MalikEntertain3) August 20, 2020
Today marks the 49th Shahadat anniversary of brave ’Rashid Minhas Shaheed’. He is the youngest officer to receive Nishan e Haider for his valor. He embraced martyrdom at the age of 20.#RashidMinhasShaheed #PakistanAirForce #وطن_کے_شاہینوں_کو_سلام pic.twitter.com/c2ReZ3kDDO
— Sadia Manzoor 🇵🇰 (@The_Sadiaaa) August 20, 2020
The instructor wanted him to fly to India; however, the determined Rashid was not ready for it. The ferocious struggle continued for minutes and as the aircraft neared the Indian border,Minhas knew what he was supposed to do.@TeamISPOfficial @ISP_Wala pic.twitter.com/X5NfV9mIYL
— خانپوری چیتا (@ISP_Wala) August 20, 2020
— ABH.Khokhar (@Kashmir592) August 20, 2020
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