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Youngest Pilot Shaheed Rashid Minhas Death Anniversary

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (February 17, 1951 – August 20, 1971) was a pilot in the Pakistan Air force. The youngest officer to receive the highest valour award, the Nishan-e-Haider.

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Air Force Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, while still under exercise, was taxiing for take-off on a routine flight on August 20, 1971 when a Trainer Pilot forced his way into the rear cockpit, seized control of the air jets and took off. Keeping his wits together, Rashid Minhas realized that the intruding pilot was heading towards India, he tried to regain control of the aircraft but could not manage it against the superior skill and experience of the seasoned trainer Flt Lt Matiur Rahman with only forty miles to go to cross over into Indian Zone, he made yet another effort to steer the aircraft back to the base. Realizing the futility of the struggle, he so interfered with the controls as to render the Instructor Pilot helpless and force the aircraft to crash 32 miles short of the border, knowing that it meant certain death. For the supreme sacrifice that he made for the honor of his country, Pilot Officer Minhas was awarded Nishan-e-Haider.

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