Born on 17 February 1951, the martyr of Pakistan Nation and the youngest Nishan-e-Haider holder Rashid Minhas (a brave son of soil) commissioned on March 13, 1971, in the 51st GD (P) Course as a general duty pilot in the Pakistan Air Force. Minhas was the only PAF officer to receive the highest valor award, the Nishan-e-Haider.
He was taxying for take-off on a repetitive drill flight when an Instructor Pilot forced his way to rear cockpit clutched control of the aircraft and took off. Assault by the traitor senior pilot inside the cockpit of trainer fighter plane made Minhas unconscious for a brief moment of time. When Minhas got conscious and realized that the fugitive pilot was heading towards the enemy state India, he tried to regain control but was unable to do so.
Comprehending the situation, he deliberately smashed the controls and forced the aircraft to crash 32 miles short of the border on 20 August 1971.
For this act of prodigious courage he was awarded Nishan-i-Haider, the award which takes precedence over all civil and military awards of Pakistan.
rashid minhas picked death over indian tea. that’s a loud message man!
— Ranting Pakistani (@RantsPakistani) August 20, 2019
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