Rashid Minhas is the youngest officer who received the Nishan e Haider award. He is the only recipient of the highest honor of gallantry from Pakistan Air Force.
Rashid Minhas was born on February 17 1951 in Karachi and had his early education from St Mary s Cambridge School Rawalpindi. He was commissioned as Pilot Officer in Pakistan Air Force in 1971.
Minhas was taxiing toward the runway on a routine training flight when an instructor pilot Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman forced him to stop and seized the control of the jet. Rahman took controls of the aircraft and took off and headed towards India.
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas received a message from PAF Base Masroor that he was being hijacked after which he tried to regain control of the plane but failed to do so.
Minhas managed to damage the control of the jet and crashed it some 32 miles (51 km) from the Indian border near Thatta and embraced martyrdom laying down his life for Pakistan and in the process killed Rahman foiling his plans.
Rashid Minhas Shaheed was awarded the Nishaan-e-Haider (Mark of the Lion) a prestigious award reserved for military gallantry.
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