War hero MM Alam passes away

Published: March 18, 2013
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This undated photograph released by the Pakistan Air Force shows MM Alam standing next to his F-86 Sabre. PHOTO: PAF

This undated photograph released by the Pakistan Air Force shows MM Alam standing next to his F-86 Sabre. PHOTO: PAF

KARACHI: Retired Pakistani fighter pilot Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam passed away in Karachi on Monday due to prolonged illness, reported Express News.

Alam was admitted to Pakistan Naval Station Shifa hospital in December last year and had been under treatment since then.

Alam was an North American Aviation F-86 Sabre flying ace and an air commodore, 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.

M M Alam, was born on July 6, 1935 in a well educated family of Calcutta in then British India. He completed his secondary education from Government High School in Dhaka In 1951. Alam joined the PAF in 1952 and was granted commission on October 2, 1953.

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  • Nabeel
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:20AM

    Awesome guy! Personally knew him. Was hated in Air Force for his dedication and honesty!

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  • Asad
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:20AM

    My hero…. May ALLAH bless you.

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:21AM

    A Great National Loss.

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  • Mar 18, 2013 - 10:25AM

    He was a nightmare for India.

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  • Imdad Ali Shah-Dubai
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:25AM

    Rest in peace Sir. Nation will always remember you in golden words!Recommend

  • Irtiza
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:27AM

    A hero forever.

    May Allah grant his soul eternal peace.

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  • Shahid Niaz
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:30AM

    Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon.
    A akistan Air Force legend no more.
    May his soul rest in peace in the hereafter.

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  • JD
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:34AM

    Inalilahe Wainailaihe Rajeoon. May Allah bless him with the highest place in Jannat.

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  • Ludite
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:38AM

    The nation will always remember him. I wish we could pay a tribute to his bravery through a film. #Legend

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  • Tabish Bilgrami
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:38AM

    I salute you sir.
    May the soul rest in peace! The government must ensure that the families of such people are well looked after…..

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  • Yousaf Malik
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:45AM

    ET webdesk should stop copy pasting all the stuff from Wikipedia.

    No where in Pakistani armed forces the term “One Star General” is used coz unlike USA where a Brigadier General is a General rank in Pakistan Air Commodore, Commodore and Brigadier are considered Field Rank rather than General Rank.

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  • Mar 18, 2013 - 10:45AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeon.
    A true war hero and an ace fighter pilot. He defended the territory of Pakistan like a man possessed with the burning desire of honor, integrity and preserving the homeland. His kind are few and far in between and Pakistanis will always hold dear his memory. The country and the PAF deeply indebted to M M Alam. RIP M M Alam. Salams

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  • Nasamajh
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:48AM

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihe rajiun

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  • Hawk Eye
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:50AM

    The Real Knight…RIP

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  • Mar 18, 2013 - 10:51AM

    Now this guy was a True Patriot, when the thousands of Bengali soldiers committed treason and mutiny in 71, he chose to stay on and be part of the country that his fore fathers had worked so hard to achieve.

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  • Sohaib Irshad
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:54AM

    Rest in Peace sir. May Allah forgive all your sins and place you at a blessed place. I love you! You deserve our prayers and attention not jerks etribune is obsessed with.

    Inna lillah e winna ilahe Rajeon!

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  • passivevoices
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:54AM

    He retired as an air commodore even though he is the best fighter pilot PAF ever had. He can genuinely be branded as a “hunter of the hunters”. Now that the ultimate Hunter has taken him to his eternal abode, he will live forever in history, and the hearts of hundreds of millions of people who will evaluate his feat with fondness and cherish his memories. Read more at: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/14256604-obituary-war-hero-m-m-alam-passes-away

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  • SI
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:55AM

    May Allah bless his soul and give him the highest place in paradise. We need more war heroes like him.

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  • Fawad
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:59AM

    Sir, nation salutes you. You’re great hero and leader. RIP

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  • Asad Malik
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:04AM

    Ina lilahi wa inalilahi ra’jayoon. May he be granted a place in heaven. Ameen

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  • Shakeel
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:08AM

    Rest in Peace Sir. May ALLAH bless you with higher places in Jannat, ameen. You are and will be a hero of the nation. Salute

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  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:08AM

    He was our Enemy at that time but He was a great warrior, hence respectable for every one.
    As an Indian i “Salute to a brave soldier”

    Guylam Rasool”Kuldeep sharma”
    New Delhi

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  • AlChemist
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:08AM

    Rest in peace sir. You are a hero for generations to come.

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  • Queen
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:10AM

    He was the pride of Pakistan. May Allah bless his soul Ameen

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  • Hassan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:13AM

    May Allah rest your soul in peace. Our Hero!

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  • Omer
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:14AM

    Even though I am anti-war but I still salute this great man for the feat he achieved fighting for Pakistan. You will never be forgotten Sir.

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  • Abdullah
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:19AM

    Can anyone provide with his Janaza details, would be appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Haris
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeon.
    One of Pakistan’s heroes, may Allah bless you with eternal bliss.

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  • Adil Mulki
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:34AM

    May his soul rest in Peace.
    Respect respect respect!

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  • Faraz Zubair
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajyoun. A great hero departs!

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  • Haider
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:41AM

    My childhood hero..! May Allah bless this great man’s soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

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  • Impressed
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:44AM

    Inna Lillah e |Wa Inna Ilaihe Raji’oon

    Will always remember you and tell kids your stories for generations.. May Allah reward you among the highest in Jannah

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  • Rana
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:47AM

    Salute!! May Allah Mighty Grant Him Jannah….

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:57AM

    May Allah bless you with highest reward in Jannah…….Rest in Peace Sir MM ALAM.

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  • I-umaid
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:58AM

    Ina Lilahi Wa inalilahi Rajeewoon !!!!! We will always remember you Sir….

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  • Muzammil
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:02PM

    Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon!
    A great personality and a great person! May his soul rest in peace!

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  • Zuhair
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:04PM

    RIP Sir. Respect

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  • Amer
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:06PM

    Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon.
    Today we have lost a LEGEND. May Allah bless him and grant him a high place & reward in Jannah. Ameen.

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  • Waqas
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:14PM

    Salute for this hero of Pakistan.

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  • Azmat Ali
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:17PM

    May his Soul rest in peace.. Ameen

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  • ZF
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Rest in Peace انا للہ و انا الیہ راجعون

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:30PM

    Proud of Pakistan , Mat Allah rest soul is peace

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  • name
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:33PM

    “he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record”

    Wow, you guys are excellent at fisherman stories. the fish keeps getting bigger with each repetition.

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  • mind control
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:34PM

    Alam was a North American F-86 Sabre flying ace and one-star general, who served with the Pakistan Air Force.

    Was he an ‘AMERICAN’ who also served Pakistan?

    Does this mean that Pakistan imports not only aircraft but also pilots?

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  • Careless Whispers
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:38PM

    Your Legacy will live on Sir

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  • Commentor
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:41PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Ina Lilahi Wa inalilahi Rajeewoon !!!!! We will always remember you Sir….

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  • Tayyab
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:43PM

    Muhammad Mahmood Alam was a hero of our nation i salut him May ALLAH Give his family strenght and bless his soul !! do you know know guyz he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute the first four within 30 seconds establishing a world record. he has a nick name called “Little Dragon”.

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  • Respect
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:45PM

    I commend this great soldier but dont get this world record nonsense. In pakistan everything is a world record. Just honor the soldier for his bravery in fighting for the nation.

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  • RizwanKhan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 12:46PM

    May Allah bless your soul sir. You are our real hero and a national asset. Pakistan need real men like sir.

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  • Triz
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:06PM

    Pride for the nation, may Almighty rest his sould in peace.

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  • ab
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:10PM

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihe rajiun. one of the most inspirational figure in Pakistan. as a child when i came to know about him i wish to become him. i pray for his highest place in jannah.

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  • nadeem
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:15PM

    An inspirtation for the whole nation, Sir Alam, you will be missed.

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  • S.R.H. Hashmi
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:17PM

    That was the time when we had fighters like M.M. Alam, who could shoot down five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, first four of which in less than 30 seconds.

    Compare that with the situation now, when we have all the sophisticated fighter jets, plus the missiles, plus nuclear bombs but dare not touch the drones, lest it upsets our enemies.

    And we are trying all means to stop the illegal drone attacks, like passing resolutions in the assemblies, our civilian and military leaders making strong statements, and we are even planning to take it up at the United Nations, as if UN would solve the problem. However, we won’t do one thing that could stop these, for which we have the capability as told by a former air chief, Air Chief Marshal Tanvir Mehmood Ahmad.

    Khuda Hafiz, M.M. Alam, RIP. What a pity we don’t get people like you any more.

    Karachi

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  • Zeta
    Mar 18, 2013 - 1:32PM

    True Son of Soil. Real Patriot. Tough Soldier

    May Allah bless you with highest place in Jannah

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  • Yousaf Ali
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:04PM

    A true hero…May Almighty rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen.

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  • Abbas
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:07PM

    So proud of him , Sir M.M. Alam , see you INSHAHALLAH in the hereafter R.I.P

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  • Adnan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:09PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeon.
    Yeh Ghazi Ye Teray Pur-Israr Banday
    Jinhain Tunay Bakhsha Hai Zoq-e-Khudai
    Do-Neem In Ki Thokar Main Sehra-o-Darya
    Simat Ker Pahaar In Ki Haibat Se Raa-ee

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  • maestro
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:11PM

    A real loss. He was my childhood hero! And will always remain so. Allah aap koh jannah day Sir. Ameen.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:17PM

    @S.R.H. Hashmi:
    well sais! Today pilots are not needed, video only experts instead, to shoot down drones, helicopters(abbotabad intrusion) and missile invasions. Pilots function is limited to air displays.

    Rex Minor

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  • Parvez
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:23PM

    @mind control: You have a VALID point and I’m waiting for ET to clarify.

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  • karachi 5
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Rest in peace Sir!!! You will be always adored.

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Mar 18, 2013 - 2:47PM

    A real hero who taught people by his actions that if you have the courage and will to do something, you can..May Allah shower his blessing on the soul of this great Pakistani..

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  • The Shaikh
    Mar 18, 2013 - 3:03PM

    A true Pakistani Hero!

    May Allah bless him in the after-life!

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  • M Ali Khan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 3:08PM

    @mind control:
    ‘North American’ in this case refers to ‘North American Aviation’, the name of the company that produced the F-86.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NorthAmericanAviation

    and before you wonder, very few countries in the world actually produce their own jet fighters.

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  • Salim
    Mar 18, 2013 - 3:29PM

    A true Patriot and a true Pakistani full of valour, courage and respect.A must follow personality.May ALLAH grant him HIGHEST PLACES IN JANNAT-UL-FIRDOUS.AAMEEN.

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  • Anjum Amin
    Mar 18, 2013 - 3:53PM

    For him Pakistan always came first. May Allah grant his soul peace (Aameen)

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  • Saim Baig
    Mar 18, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon.

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  • Adnan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 4:22PM

    Good to see that comments are pouring in to pay homage to a national hero.

    People sometimes complain that this nation has not produced many heroes, so the youth can idolise them. Our history is filled with so many heroes, it is up to our media to highlight them and bring to the attention of our youth and world. I live in a small British Island where people are crazy about sports and kids including my son go to play Squash. But no one is aware of the Mighty Jahangir Khan, the greatest squash player ever. People loves Hockey here, but they do not know that once Pakistan ruled world of hockey by virtues of names like Ishlauddin, SamiUllah, Hassan Sardra and many others. People do charity over here but do not know the name of Abdul Sattar Edhi, a living legend that our country has produced. I hear on our media news of birthdays of some Indian actor or actress, but never heard that it’s Jahangir, Ishlauddin, Abdul Sattar Edhi’s birthday.

    It is time for our media to focus on these personalities and bring them into focus all around the world.

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  • Zubair
    Mar 18, 2013 - 4:48PM

    A true Hero Indeed! May Allah Shower his blessing on your soul sir. The entire country is praying for you

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  • Ali
    Mar 18, 2013 - 5:12PM

    Response for RESPECT:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyingaces
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aviators
    whobecameaceina_day

    The world records of M. M Alam are globally recognized in the aviation history.

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  • Super Star
    Mar 18, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @Deen Sheikh

    He was not a Bengali soldier for your information. He was an ethnic Bihari. It was natural for him to support Pakistan.

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  • s
    Mar 18, 2013 - 5:27PM

    Inna Lillahe wa Inna Elaihe Rajeoon.

    May ALLAH grant him the highest reward and save him from grave’s torment. We need more heroes like him and absolutely proud of him and Pakistan

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  • Gill
    Mar 18, 2013 - 5:39PM

    He was completely out of picture and I never saw him speaking on any national occasion. Even our media didnt try to reach to him so that we could hear how he sounds and what he thinks. May God bless him with Jannah.

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  • Awais
    Mar 18, 2013 - 5:44PM

    Great Warrior!

    Innalillahi Wainnailahi Rajion

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  • Mar 18, 2013 - 6:25PM

    @deen sheikh

    he was not a bengali, he was a bihari and had shifted to east pakistan after the partition

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  • Hamza
    Mar 18, 2013 - 6:33PM

    @mind control:
    Clearly your mind is being controlled so much that you cannot think straight !! This is the name of an airplane ! Alam was a “North American F-86 Sabre” flying ace! He was an ACE who flew a “North American F-86 Sabre” For reference

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NorthAmericanF-86_Sabre

    He for once was a true patriot !! Please do not try to tarnish his memory!

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  • Ayaz
    Mar 18, 2013 - 7:12PM

    Salute to you sir, May ALLAH grant u place in Jannah

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  • Mar 18, 2013 - 8:01PM

    @mind control: For someone named mind control, it is ironic that you are so pathetically incapable of using your own mind.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Mar 18, 2013 - 8:05PM

    RIP Air commodore Alam, the nation is grateful and proud of you and your services.

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  • AK
    Mar 18, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Sir, You will always be remebered in our hearts ! May Allah Grant you best possible place in Jannat. Aameen

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  • Imran khan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 8:55PM

    Express has just written a fewlines on a war hero???
    Had it been veena malik it would have been a atleast half a page.
    This is a shame. I rather spend my time on other news papers.

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  • Tamoor Rindh
    Mar 18, 2013 - 9:45PM

    Sir, nation salutes you. You’re great hero and leader. RIP

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  • saad
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:17PM

    hero .may allah bless his soul . amin

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  • A H Lodhi
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:21PM

    An outstanding Shaheen of the PAF. May you rest in peace. The nation will never forget your courage and service.

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  • Terry
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @mind control:
    North American was the company that manufactured F86 Sabres. Had the honor and privilidge of knowing him personally. Great person, very humble and kind, soft spoken. He never liked to be revered as a hero. When ever some one talked about his great feat of downing so many Indian planes in one sortie, he used to say, it was all because of divine help and nothing else. May Allah shower his mercy and infinite blessings on the departed soul.

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  • Romm
    Mar 18, 2013 - 10:46PM

    I salute you Sir

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  • jawwad Hasan
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:35PM

    true idealogical pakistani great loss

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  • Terry
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:37PM

    @mind control:
    Your mind seems to be in some one else control. A little research on google will tell you what does that line about North American means

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  • Sid
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:42PM

    “during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, during which he downed five Indian aircraft.”

    As evident, I could count that as many as 11 IAF jets downed by him that can be counted on his plane and not just five. I believe that his major achievement that made him legend is the record downing of five plans in just half hour of dog fight that is a record by any fighter pilot in the modern history or ever.

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  • Terry
    Mar 18, 2013 - 11:50PM

    @name:
    It has always been the same number of aircraft shot within same time span. i.e. the fish size has been always same. What makes you say, the fish has been getting bigger every time the story was narated. You must be part of Indian media which has been working tirelessly to make Alam’s record controversial but with little success. There are numerous well researched internationally respected publications that bear testifimony to this historic feat. It is well known fact that the Indian Airforce performed miserably in 1965 war, yet its media tirlessly tries to glorrify its pilots. With its size and quality of the aircraft IAF possessed at the time, should have overwhelmed PAF and made it completely in-effective. The case was the other way round. The sabre slayer stories are for the consumption of the local populace which lives in Bollywood fantasy world. Let the historic facts be brought to surface and facts be stated for the new generation. And this should be applied to both side.

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  • akhan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 12:29AM

    Thank you and may you rest in peace …

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  • QB
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:40AM

    May Allah bless him and forgive his sins. We are proud of him. One of the rare news items on ET :)Recommend

  • Khawar
    Mar 19, 2013 - 2:40AM

    @name: @mind control: Thanks, shining India.

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  • The Khan
    Mar 19, 2013 - 3:54AM

    I am always in awe with such men. #Legend. #Ultimaterespect

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Mar 19, 2013 - 6:45AM

    @Ashhar Lodhi:

    “He was a nightmare for India.”

    TRUE!

    I remember when I was a child, my mother used to say “sleep or MM Alam will come”. And I would go to sleep instantly.

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  • Farrukh
    Mar 19, 2013 - 7:57AM

    Salute to your greatness….Mujahid of Allah…May Allah set his soul rest in peace…we always luv u M M Alam…

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  • Haseeb
    Mar 19, 2013 - 9:10AM

    The Heros never Died
    May GoD blless him

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  • yousafhaque
    Mar 19, 2013 - 9:45AM

    @Nabeel:::Thankyou for telling the reason for the cold shoulder given by the people concerned to the news of the death of a Legend.You have removed the un-easiness that I was feeling since yesterday because the man was/is my Hero

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  • Sehar Tariq
    Mar 19, 2013 - 10:08AM

    Its a shame that all a newspaper like ET could come with for this national hero is this copy paste job. Alam deserved better. Lesser men than him receive much more space in your paper on a daily basis. Tragic.

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  • saqib rao
    Mar 19, 2013 - 10:36AM

    Muhammad Mahmood Alam was a hero of our nation i salut him May
    ALLAH Give his family strenght and bless his soul !! do you know know
    guyz he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute the first four
    within 30 seconds establishing a world record. Ina Lilahi Wa inalilahi Rajeewoon !!!!! We will always remember you
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  • Dr Omar
    Mar 19, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeon!

    To quote Winston Churchill: “Never in the field of Human Conflict have so many owed so much to so few!”

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Mar 19, 2013 - 11:58AM

    An unforgettable PAF’s hero who did that what the others can’t think now ain’t amongst us.May Allah Almighty rest his soul in Jannat-ul-Firdous and peace……

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  • Canzeon
    Mar 19, 2013 - 12:36PM

    He was a solid, genuine hero – and during that far far away childhood we used to look up to him with an awe that was hardly possible in later years for the more recent luminaries. May Allah bless his soul in peace(Amen).

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  • S
    Mar 19, 2013 - 4:09PM

    May Allah Rest his soul in Peace.
    He was loved by Nation
    His services to this country will not b forgotten

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  • Candid1
    Mar 19, 2013 - 7:15PM

    He is the kind of role models Pakistanis need today. Extra-ordinary achiever, yet extra-ordinarily humble. He did what he had to do superlatively well, and never boasted about it. Pakistan is still on the map because of selfless service by the people of his generation, and that is the spirit we need now. Rest in peace MM Alam, thank you for your love, devotion, and duty to us as a nation, and may Allah shower you with his blessings and mercy.

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  • Creative
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:08AM

    I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You, I Love You sir.

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