President Arif Alvi conferred military honours upon Pakistan Air Force pilots Wing Commander Noman Ali and Squadron Leader Hasan Mehmood for downing two Indian jets on 14th August, Pakistan’s Independence Day.
Wing Commander Noman Ali was conferred Sitara-i-Jurat and Sq Leader Hasan Mehmood Siddiqui was awarded Tamgha-i-Jurat, the ISPR informed. President Arif Alvi had approved awards for the two fighter pilots along with Pakistan civil awards for other 116 individuals including some foreign nationals in recognition of their excellence and courage in their respective fields.
88 are honored with Sitara-e-Basalt, 94 are given honorary certificates and 13 were given COAS commendation card. While 23 are awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz military, 112 Sitara Imtiaz military and 137 soldiers are given Tamgha-e-Imtiaz Military.
In February, Pakistan and Indian fighter jets engaged in aerial combat following the Pulwama attack on Indian military which claimed the lives of nearly 40 Indian troops. On February 27th, Pakistan Air Force jets foiled India’s second attempt of intrusion in Pakistan from LOC in Kashmir. Wing Commander Noman Ali Khan had drowned Indian pilot Abhi Nandun’s plane Mig 21 while Hassam Mahmood Siddique had shot another plane whose debris was found in IHK.
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