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'I Shall Rise'   ---   Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas | by Doc Kazi
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'I Shall Rise' --- Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas

Born on 17 February 1951, Rashid Minhas was commissioned as a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force. He was taxiing for take-off on a routine training light when an Instructor Pilot forced his way to rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When 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. For this act of extreme bravery he was awarded Nishan-i-Haider, the award which takes precedence over all civil and military awards of Pakistan

 

"Unless he rises above himself

What a poor thing is Man"

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Taken on May 5, 2015