Pakistan Air Force day is being celebrated across the country today to pay homage to the martyrs of PAF in defending the country during the Indo-Pak War in 1965. The day commemorates the martyrs from the Pakistan Air Force who sacrificed their lives in the 1965 war as well as the 1971 war.
A notable event of the war was that Pakistan Air Force flying ace Muhammad Mahmood Alam shot down five planes of Indian Air Force in less than a minute. Another hero, Born on February 17 1951, Rashid Minhas remains the youngest officer to receive the Nishan-e-Haider award and was the first recipient of the highest honour of gallantry for the Pakistan Air Force.
Ceremonies were held at the tombs of Rashid Minhas and MM Alam in Karachi. Earlier, the 54th Defence Day of Pakistan was being celebrated yesterday all over the country with pledges to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan at all cost.
The day began with a 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in the provincial capitals. Special prayers were also offered after Fajr prayers for the independence of occupied Kashmir as well as for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.
The main ceremony for Defence Day was held at the General Headquarters in Rawal¬pindi, where Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa laid a wreath at the Martyrs Monument and observed a guard of honour.
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