LAHORE  - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad has said that MM Alam set a world record by shooting down 5 Indian fighter aircrafts in just 30 seconds and 4 more during the 1965 Pak-India war.
He expressed these views while delivering presidential address on the inauguration ceremony of eminent journalist Rafique Shahzad’s book “Mayanaz Hero- MM Alam” on the 2nd death anniversary of the great pilot. The sitting was jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.
Those who spoke on the occasion included Air Vice Marshal (r) Farooq Umar, Wing-Commander (r) Hammed Anwar, Lt Gen Dr Sohail Abbas Jaffery, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Khalid Butt, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Wasif Nagi, Aslam Lodhi, Group Captain (r) Muhammad Anwar Choudhry and Naz Gull Saeeda. A large number of people attended the event. Aziz Sheikh conducted the proceedings.
“In fact, the Pakistani nation consists of heroes like MM Alamd. As children, they should be imparted right kind of education and training in order to unleash their latent potential,” said Prof Dr Rafique.
He suggested that a lot of information is available in the form of manuscripts which must be transformed into the books. The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust is striving to inspire the 50 million-strong youth of the country by acquainting them with the unforgettable achievements of the great Pakistani heroes like MM Alam, he added.
Air Vice Marshal (r) Farooque Umar observed that Air Marshal Asghar Khan strengthened the PAF and ensured that the best possible training was imported to the PAF personnel that produced great pilots like MM Alam and Wing Commander Hameed Anwar. Asghar Khan must be paid tribute for his glorious services to the PAF.
Wing Commander (r) Hameed Anwar, MM Alam’s room-mate, remembered the latter as fearless, selfless, honest and down-to-earth.
Lt Gen (r) Dr Sohail Abbas Jaffery dwelled upon the blessings that Allah bestows on those who fight evil sacrificing their life and property.
Khalid Butt said that he had spent a large part of life serving the PIA in addition to journalism. He had always been close to the seniors of the PIA Noor Khan consolidated the PIA. He described Rafique Shehzad’s look as a monumental work.
Dr Aslam lodhi regretfully observed that, in stead of being promoted, he was dismissed from service, as he had refused to let the PAF aircraft be used for personal use.
Rafique Shehzad pledged that he would continue to work for the well-being and welfare of the members of the martyrs of the Pakistan Armed Forces.