Rashid Minhas: A hero Pakistan lost 44 years ago today

Published: August 20, 2015


ISLAMABAD: The 44th death anniversary of Pakistan’s national hero, Rashid Minhas, was marked on Thursday with tributes paid to him for his services rendered across the country.

Minhas remains the youngest officer to receive the Nishan-e-Haider award from Pakistan Air Force (PAF). He showed an interest in aviation from a young age and completed his education in Karachi prior to joining the Air Force.

Minhas joined the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur as a flying cadet at the age of 17 and graduated from the academy as a general duty pilot in 1971.

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He was later posted to the PAF base in Masroor to train to become a fighter pilot where he completed his training.

On August 20, after receiving clearance for take-off from air traffic control, Matiur Rehman signalled the young officer’s T-33 jet to a halt after which Minhas was martyred.

His family hailed from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and was awarded the highest gallantry award, the Nishan-e-Haider.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Atif
    Aug 20, 2015 - 8:31PM

    He is alive…Recommend

  • sadaqat Ali
    Aug 20, 2015 - 10:27PM

    always remember ur heroes Rashi minhas was a grat man and a hero of usRecommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 20, 2015 - 10:53PM

    He was working for oppressors how can he be hero? Hero was the Bengali guy who was fighting for freedom of his nation.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Aug 21, 2015 - 1:35AM

    @Jalal: So if tomorrow I steal a laptop from my company and defect to a rival company I’ll be fighting for my freedom? sweet!Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2015 - 6:18AM


    very Interesting ! hijacking a plane and flying to another country is actually “fight for freedom of nation”. What exactly are you on? Rice and fish?Recommend

  • PakSal
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Brave son of the soil who foiled the enemies’ plans.Recommend

  • PakSal
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:49AM

    Brave son of the soil who foiled enemies plans by sacrificing his own life.Recommend

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