While many corrupt and disgraceful people have shamed Pakistan’s name, one unique man has been regarded a hero all over the world.

Recently, Air Commodore (retd) M. M. Alam,  Sitara-i-Jurat, passed away. Though the PAF is much smaller in size than the army, it has been very lucky to proportionally produce more legendary figures as compared to its sister services. Mr Alam was definitely one of the best the PAF has produced. He made a world record in less than a minute, i.e. he shot down five Indian fighter aircrafts in 55 seconds, thus becoming an ‘Ace’ pilot in the 1965 war against the arch rival India in the shortest possible time.

Indeed, this unique feat has never been achieved by any other fighter pilot in the world. Those 55 seconds in the murky weather of September 1965 unleashed an unprecedented fury into the veins of the Indian Air Force (IAF, which virtually broke its backbone

Having said that, I commend the present Chief of the Air Staff, who visited Alam from time to time during his illness, despite his busy schedule. However, it is shameful on the part of our political leaders, as none of the top-notch ever bothered to visit this unparalleled and unsurpassed hero, who will be remembered forever!


Karachi, March 20.