The country is celebrating Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Day today on September 7, a ceremony to commemorate the martyrdom of Rashid Minhas was held in this regard. 

The day is being celebrated across the country to pay homage to the martyred pilots who lost their lives during the 1965 war.

At the ceremony, a smartly turned out contingent of PAF presented a salute to the pilot.

Air Vice Marshal Ahsan Rafique and Rashid Minhas’s brother Anjum Minhas laid floral wreaths at the grave and offered fateha.

On this occasion, Air Vice Marshal Rafique said, the air force has proved its mettle in every battle.

On August 20, 1971, Rashid an under-training pilot, was taxying T-33 Jet trainer for take-off, when a Bengali pilot instructor, Flight Lieutenant Mataur Rahman, forced his way into the rear cockpit.

Rashid was posthumously awarded Pakistan's highest military honour, the Nishan-e-Haider, announced by then president General Yahya Khan.

He became the youngest man and the only member of the Pakistan Air Force to win the award.