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Perveen Shakir's poem about Rashid Minhas

On Friday, 20th August, 1971, the jet trainer of the 20-year-old Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas, still under training, was attempted to be hijacked by an instructor pilot from the same unit, who wanted to join the Bengaldesh Libration Army in India. Left with only once way of stopping the aircract from entering the Indian territory, Minhas forced his own aircraft to crash at a point some 32 miles from the Indian border. He was posthumously awared the highest military award, Nishan-i-Haider and remains one of the best-loved heroes in Pakistan.

Apparently this poem was written soon after the incident in 1971.

Rashid Minhas

Source: Press clippings in the family archives of Rashid Minhas

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