islamabad - The 65th birth anniversary of Rashid Minhas Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider), who lost his life for the cause of motherland and frustrated the nefarious designs of his instructor to hijack the Pakistan Air Force plane in 1971, was celebrated across the country.

Rashid Minhas joined the Pakistan Air Force on March 13, 1971 as a commissioned GD pilot. Minhas laid down his life for the nation on his very first solo flight. All of a sudden, on his very first solo flight, his instructor Matiur Rehman jumped onto his aircraft and demanded that the plane be taken to India. Minhas foiled the enemy’s plot and crashed the plane at a distance of 32 miles from the Indian border.

In this way, Minhas defied the enemy and embraced martyrdom like a valiant officer.

The Kamra airbase in Attock has been attributed with Rashid Minhas’ name and he was buried at the Army Graveyard in Karachi.