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 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.
The following is a selection from poetry which
appeared in press soon after this incident.