War hero MM Alam admitted to Shifa

Published: December 16, 2012
MM Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute in the Indo-Pak war of 1965. PHOTO: FILE

MM Alam downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute in the Indo-Pak war of 1965. PHOTO: FILE


Retired Pakistani fighter pilot Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam has been admitted to the Pakistan Naval Station Shifa, a naval hospital.

“He is under treatment and I hope he will get well soon,’’ said Group Captain Tariq Mahmood, spokesperson for the Pakistan Air Force, in a telephone interview from Islamabad. The chief of air staff also visited Mr Alam at the hospital.

Alam was a North American F-86 Sabre Flying ace and one-star general, who served with the Pakistan Air Force. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (“The star of courage”).

He received a Pakistani military decoration for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, during which he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2012.


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  • Kamran
    Dec 16, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Alam, you are a symbol of courage and bravery for entire nation. You are a lightening in dark times of terrorism and fear. May Allah give you health and May our youth learn from your life.


  • The Khan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Prayers for our hero


  • Tufan Agha
    Dec 16, 2012 - 11:59AM

    Salute to my hero. I am praying for his early recovery.Recommend

  • sheikh
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:21PM

    is the mm alam road named after him?


  • Huma
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:34PM

    respect and prayers.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:42PM

    Praying for Hero’s speedy recovery …Get Well Soon Sir


  • Amer
    Dec 16, 2012 - 12:53PM

    I wish him a speedy recovery. May Allah bless him.


  • afzaalkhan
    Dec 16, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Prayers for our hero, sir God bless you a grateful nation can never thank you enoughRecommend

  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 16, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Squadron Leader MM Alam’s heroics were lies he spread in collaboration with John Flicker. His claims of ridiculous exploits were exposed after the war. If what he said were true, MM Alam should be the first known time traveler. Because, within a few seconds, he downed planes that took off hours apart, in fact almost half-a-clock apart. As usual, Pakistanis were ready to believe anything as long as it is ridiculous.


  • Pak Air
    Dec 16, 2012 - 2:28PM

    He downed first four Indian aircraft within 30 seconds…Oh my GOD what a fighter..


  • Dec 16, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Sir MM Alam is not only war hero but world Record holder- Pride of Pakistan and of Air Force! -An inspiration for all fighter pilots not only from Pakistan but from all around the world ! Generally hero(s) dont have a good private life, and same is the case with Sir MM Alam. He did not have any personal life as DID NOT marry through out his life ( no wonder why?) He dont have kids ! When I used to live in PAF Base Fasial Karachi, Sir MM Alam used to live in a single room near officers mess, since retirement. He lived in that PAF Base Faisal after retirement for more than 18 years (min). May Allah give him patience and we all pray for his good health. Respect !


  • yasir
    Dec 16, 2012 - 3:10PM

    yes young man.


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Dec 16, 2012 - 3:48PM

    The foundation of Pakistani mind is built on irrational and fanciful beliefs!


  • Dec 16, 2012 - 4:20PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    why u r being jealous and twisting the facts :)


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:31PM

    A great hero of Pakistan.

    All our prayers are for you M.M. Alam.


  • Much Amused
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Downed 4 aircraft in 30 seconds? Give me a break people. Even if the 4 aircraft had lined up as ducks it was not possible for them to be shot down by mere two cannons which the F-86 was equipped with. Perhaps it took more than 30 seconds?


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 16, 2012 - 4:39PM

    @Pakistan Politics:

    why u r being jealous and twisting the
    facts :)

    Yep! i am jealous that Pakistan figured out time travel technology :) :)


  • Ali Syed
    Dec 16, 2012 - 5:12PM

    @Mandeep Vaid: You guys are so cute at times…


  • Tch tch
    Dec 16, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: Nice try Indian troll, But you arent a Pakistani


  • Noble Tufail
    Dec 16, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Salute to a hero, and prayers for a speedy recovery.


  • ishrat salim
    Dec 16, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Pride of Pakistan & Air force….may Allah swt give him shifa…Aameen.Salute you Sir….


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 16, 2012 - 6:51PM

    @Tch tch:

    Nice try Indian troll, But you arent
    a Pakistani

    That’s exactly why I don’t believe in time travel and FTL engines.


  • Lala Gee
    Dec 16, 2012 - 7:06PM

    @Mandeep Vaid:
    @Yuri Kondratyuk:

    How could that be possible. We are taught that India won all the wars, 1948 and 1965 wars as well. Oh! Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan were gifted to Pakistan by the Indian Army.


  • DeArtiste
    Dec 16, 2012 - 8:24PM

    ET you are doing a great job! I can see Indians, foreigners coming here and commenting on your blogs pretty frequently. I want more and more presence of International community here… Way To Go Guys! ;)


  • Concerned
    Dec 16, 2012 - 9:50PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: A time traveller? The Indian Hunters were part of the same squad and were in formation. I’m not sure if MM Alam was busy timing how long it took him to down the IAF aircraft, but surely it can be concluded that he was extremely quick. The PAF is probably the most distinguished branch of Pakistan’s armed forces, given that it denied aerial supremacy to India in both major wards and remains potent to this day.


  • Concerned
    Dec 16, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Perhaps it can be ascertained that the Indian mind is fixated with attempting to portray Pakistan as a delusional country. There are several delusions we are aware of, but the heroics of the PAF during the war of 1965, and the service of this great man, MM Alam aren’t a delusion.
    We have survived as a nation because of men like him, and there are still brave men who will put their lives on the line to this day. Thank you, sir, for inspiring generations of Pakistanis. I wish you a speedy recovery.Recommend

  • S
    Dec 16, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Salute to our heroes


  • yousaf
    Dec 16, 2012 - 10:18PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:::M.M.Alam is our HERO for the last 47 long years and we WANT to keep him that way.If one begins fo judge heroes according to your standards then I am afraid you will hardly find any HERO in entire human history.btw for your kind information heroes serve a people as BEACONS to find their path in life and that is a must for every living being.You may disagree with me but I am not going to change my stance,MM Alam IS our hero and will remain so,thats all


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:49AM


    The PAF is probably the most
    distinguished branch of Pakistan’s
    armed forces, given that it denied
    aerial supremacy to India in both
    major wards and remains potent to this

    The so called supremacy of PAF was limited to 1965 where it had technological upper hand over IAF (MiGs were just pressed into service and pilots weren’t fully acquainted or trained). Otherwise, the claim that PAF pilots being better than IAF is a myth (just the same way one Pakistani being able to defeat a dozen Indian soldiers).


  • karachiwala
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:28PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    Hey Yuri…Go lick your Afghan wounds first and then comment
    And what was the name of the Soviet pilot who was shot down by the PAF?


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:42PM


    Hey Yuri…Go lick your Afghan wounds
    first and then comment

    Nice try at ad hominem attack. But, as I have stated so many times in these forums, “Yuri” is just a moniker.


  • Mistake!
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Dear Editor, PNS stands for Pakistan Navy Ship not Pakistan Naval Station which you have written in your report. Please confirm that from the Hospital itself.


  • M.S.Ibraheem
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:00PM

    @Much Amused:
    Uhh if you knew anything what you were talking about you would never have posted such a comment. Ignorance and confidence can be fatal.
    The aircraft were all Hunters in a line astern formation basically making them sitting ducks for Alam. Especially when he pounced from the clouds at a higher altitude than the returning formation.
    Lastly, you are very misinformed and extremely confident with your ignorance, the North American F-86 Sabre, the one Pakistan flew did not have cannons. This Korean war era aircraft had 6 .50 calbre browning heavy achine guns, 3 on either side of the cockpit. So basically your stupid assertion goes out the window since a single .50 cal can make chicken wire out of any aircraft even today. 2 cannons lol. howd you make that up ?


  • Muhammad nazir khan
    Jan 5, 2013 - 1:00PM

    we proud on MM ALAM. We salute to our hero and pray for his quick recovery


  • Adeel
    Jan 30, 2013 - 9:31PM

    hats off!!!!!!!!!!! what a pilot..!!! un belivable!


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