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Our Great Master of the Sky – Rashid Minhas Shaheed

Some Interesting Facts Of His Life!

The SHAHEEN of Iqbal who sacrificed his life to defend his Islamic State is known as Rashid Minhas Shaheed, who received the honors of Nishan-e-Haider at his younger ages. He was born in Lahore on 17th February, 1951. His passion became an example of patriotism for the youth.

Rashid Minhas was an air force pilot. He martyred but still alive in the heart of Muslims. He is the national hero of Pakistan and the whole nation remembers him every year on his birthday to pay great tribute to his bravery action.

Rashid Minhas Shaheed Biography

He was born on 17, February  1951 at Karachi Sindh Pakistan to a Muslim Rajput family of the Minhas clan. He always wanted to join the Air Force and defeat the enemy. He loved to fly planes and his passion increased when he joined  Pakistan Air Force. His best day was when he had his first solo flight.

Rashid Minhas’s father Abdul  Majeed Minhas was a civil Engineer and an Alumna of the NED. University in Karachi.

Education and Career

Education and Career

His father Abdul Majeed Minhas wanted Rashid to admission in St.Mary’s school in Rawalpindi. But Rashid against the wish of his father entered in the PAF School in Lowe Topa in 1968. Later, he completed his Military training at the Pakistan-Air-Force Academy in 1969. Rashid was linked with the PAF since his birth, as he born at the PAF Hospital at Drigh Road Karachi.

 

He was fascinated with aviation history and technology. He had a technical mind, heaving to drive at the age of 12. His personal library included a book on Electronics and Astronomy, besides other subjects. His hobbies included reading, Photography, Hokey, and Billiards.

In his childhood days he used to collect different models of Aircraft, warplanes and fighter jets. He got his early education from Karachi and upon reaching the tender age of 17, Rashid Minhas joined the Pakistan March 1971 as a Commissioned G.D.Pilot.

 

Inspiration by Blood

Rashid Minhas Shaheed was greatly impressed by his brother-in-law named Major Nasir Ahmed Khan who was a recipient of the Sitara-i-Jurat. Rashid kept calm temperament and also had inherent qualities of mind and character. Some of his other relatives were also serving in the Armed Forces. He was free from the greed of making money. He was a modest boy not given to boasting.

His father said;

‘Although the grief of my son’s death is unending, I am proud that he laid down his life for a noble cause and for the integrity and honour of the country and Nation’

Martyrdom

Rashid said’

We are soldiers prepared to lay down our lives for the nation’

On the 20th of August 1971, the hour before noon, he was getting ready to take off in a T 33 Jet trainer in Karachi, Pakistan. When Minhas was taxiing toward the runway an instructor pilot, Lieutenant Matiur Rahman stopped him and climbed into the jet. He took the control of instructor’s seat.

The Jet took off and turned toward India. Rashid requested that he send his message and he confirmed the Hijacking. Minhas struggled physically to wrest control from Raman, Some 32 Mills From the India border, the Jet crashed near Thatta. Both men were killed.

Martyrdom

Young Rashid touches the height of Glory. The govt of Pakistan honored him with the biggest military award Nishan e Haider.

Legacy

  • At Kamra, the base of Pakistan Air Force was renamed as PAF Base Minhas, in the memory of Rashid Shaheed. it is also called Minhas-Kamra.
  • Rashid Minhas Road is a main road in Karachi. This road was named in the honour of Minhas Shaheed.
  • In December 2003, a two rupee postage stamp bearing his image was issued by Pakistan Post. Totally 500000 copies were printed.

The sacrifice of  Officer Rashid Minhas is a shining example of our new generation.

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