Lost Hero from the past
Some people come and go but the greatest of all are the ones who leave their footprints behind. Rajesh Khanna is no doubt a great actor and will remain in our hearts forever. We all know history of Rajesh Khanna from his childhood till his death which is actually a great thing but does anyone know who was Rashid Minhas and what he did for us? When was he born and what he did for us?
There was news all over the media regarding achievements of Rajesh Khanna but I was really disappointed by the media and our people because there was no news on death of Rashid Minhas (who died on August 20th 1971). Is this how we honor our national hero. Not a single documentary was there to honor Rashid Minhas other than this old PTV drama.
Tribute to National hero Rashid Minhas Shaheed
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas or Rashid Minhas Shaheed (February 17, 1951 – August 20, 1971) was born on 17 February 1951. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force in 1971. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was taxiing for take off on a routine training flight when an Instructor Pilot forced his way into the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When Rashid Minhas realized that the absconding pilot was heading towards India, he tried to regain control of the plane but was unable to do so. Knowing that it meant certain death, he damaged the controls and forced the aircraft to crash thirty-two miles short of the border on 20 August 1971.
After his death, Minhas was honored as a national hero. For the supreme sacrifice that he made for the honor of his country, Pilot Officer Minhas was awarded Nishan-e-Haider. In his memory the Pakistan Air Force base at Kamra was renamed PAF Base Minhas, often called Minhas-Kamra. In Karachi he was honored by the naming of a main road, Rashid Minhas Road. A two-rupee postage stamp bearing his image was issued by Pakistan Post in December 2003; 500,000 were printed
Rashid Minhas Shaheed was not a one time hero. Rashid Minhas was pride of Pakistan. He was the bravest of all who created dent in the universe and left a legacy behind. Its upto us as Pakistani’s to carry his honor with us. To respect his services and to remember him forever for his noble sacrifice. GOD bless his national hero.