Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed was commemorated at a ceremony held today on the eve of Pakistan Air Force Day.
Pakistan Air force day is being celebrated across the country to pay homage to the martyred pilots and air warriors who lost their lives during the 1965 war.
At the ceremony, a smartly turned out contingent of PAF presented a salute to Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed Nishan e Haider.
Air Vice Marshal Ahsan Rafique and brother of Rashid Minhas, Anjum Minhas laid floral wreaths at the grave and offered fateha.
Speaking at the ceremony, Air Vice Marshal Rafique said, the air force has proved its mettle in every battle.
On August 20, 1971 , Rashid Minhas an under-training pilot, was taxying T-33 Jet trainer for take-off, when a Bengali pilot instructor, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, forced his way into the rear cockpit.
In mid-air, Rahman knocked Rashid Minhas out, seized control of the aircraft and headed towards India.
With just 40 miles of Pakistan territory remaining, Rashid Minhas regained consciousness and tried to regain control of his aircraft.
Failing to do so, he did the only thing within his control to prevent the aircraft from being taken to India.
He forced the plane to crash just 32 miles from the Indian border, deliberately sacrificing his life for the honour of Pakistan.
Rashid Minhas was posthumously awarded Pakistan’s top military honour, the Nishan-e-Haider, announced by then president General Yahya Khan.
Rashid Minhas became the youngest man and the only member of the Pakistan Air Force to win the award.