PAF Martyred

PAF Martyred of 1965 & 1971 War

Pakistan Air Force was established by British Government in 1933, Near Drigh Road, Karachi which is currently called PAF Base Faisal. In 1933, operation of Air Force was extended to the KPK (Old name was North West Frontier Province) with the name of Royal Air Force who also took part in the World War-II where number of PAF martyred sacrificed their lives. 

In Pakistan Air Force, our Heroes sacrificed their lives for this Pak Land and defended bravely. Currently, the famous Lady Pilot Martyred, Marium Mukhtiar, a fighter pilot, died by flying through FT-7PG aircraft near Kundian district, Mianwali on 24 Nov, 2015. She was honored as the first lady pilot of the Pakistan Air Force who embraced Shahadat. She was awarded with Tamgha-e-Basalat. 

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In the following, names, rank and detail of the PAF Pilots who got Shahadat in 1965 & 1971 War.


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Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmad Rafiqui

Pak No: 1429

Born: July 18, 1935

Died : September 6, 1965

Awards : Hilal-e-Jurat and Sitara-e-Jurat


On September 6, 1965, Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmad Rafiqui led a formation of three. 

F-86 aircraft on strike against Halwara airfield. The formation was intercepted by about 10 Hunter aircraft, out of which Squadron Leader Rafiqui accounted for one in the first few seconds. But then his guns jammed due to a defect and stopped firing.

However, Rafiqui refused to leave the battle area, which he would have been perfectly justified to do; instead, he ordered his No. 2 to take over as leader and continue the engagement while trying to give the formation as much protection as was possible with an unarmed aircraft. This was called on the part of Squadron Leader Rafiqui.

The end for him was never in doubt, but he chose to disregard it. His aircraft was shot down in the process, and he was killed but not before enabling his formation to shoot down three more Hunter aircraft.

Rafiqui’s conduct was clearly beyond the call of duty and conformed to the highest traditions of leadership and bravery in battle against overwhelming odds. For this and his earlier exploits, he (Martyred) is awarded Hilal-e-Jurat and Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Squadron Leader Munir-ud-Din Ahmed

Pak No: 5030

Born: 1927

Died: September 10, 1965

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat

During the war, a high-powered, heavily defended radar station near Amritsar was attacked repeatedly by the PAF fighters.

In all these missions, Squadron Leader Munir unhesitatingly volunteered to fly and, without regard for his safety, exposed himself to intense fire for long periods in an attempt to locate and destroy the target.

In the final successful attack on September 11, he made the supreme sacrifice when his aircraft was fatally hit. Before his last sortie, Munir flew eight combat missions and shot down an IAF Gnat on September 10.

For displaying courage and determination in the face of heavy odds and beyond the call of duty, Squadron Leader Munir-ud-Din Ahmed (Martyred) is awarded Sitara-e-Jurat.

Squadron Leader Allaudin Ahmad

Squadron Leader Allaudin Ahmad

Pak No: 5034

Born: October 3, 1930

Died: September 13, 1965

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Squadron Leader Alauddin Ahmed led his squadron in twenty combat missions against the Indian ground and air forces.

His leadership throughout the operations was cool, courageous and determined, which inspired the greatest confidence amongst pilots of his formations and resulted in the destruction of many Indian tanks and vehicles.

In his last sortie, he attacked and blew up an important ammunition train at Gurdaspur rail-head in complete disregard for his personal safety.

During this attack on September 13, his aircraft was damaged, and he was reported missing over enemy territory. Subsequently, it was confirmed that the officer died in this action.

For his exemplary leadership, courage and bravery, Squadron Leader Alauddin Ahmed (Martyred) is awarded Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Flight Lieutenant Younis Hussain

Pak No: 3857

Born: June 1, 1935

Missing since: June 9, 1965

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Flight Lieutenant Yunus Hussain fought in air battles aggressively, fearlessly and with excellent professional skills.

He fought singly against six enemy aircraft and shot down 2 Hunters during one such engagement. Though his plane was damaged in this encounter, he managed to safely bring it back to base.

On September 6, while attacking Halwara airfield, his small formation was intercepted by a large number of the enemy.

Although his aircraft was hit, he refused to break off the engagement in complete disregard for personal safety and was reported missing from this mission.

He became a symbol of courage and professional ability for other pilots. For his gallantry, courage, professional skill and devotion to duty, he (Martyred) is awarded Sitara-e-Jurat.

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas

Pak No: 5602

Born: February 17, 1951

Died: August 20, 1971

Awards: Nishan-e-Haider


On the morning of Friday, August 20, 1971, Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Martyred), a pilot still under training, was in the front seat of a jet trainer, taxing out for takeoff.

An instructor pilot from the same unit forced his way into the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and having taken off, headed the plane towards India. With just some 40 miles of Pakistan territory remaining, Minhas had only one course open to him to prevent his plane from entering India.

Without hesitation and living up to the highest traditions of the Pakistan Air Force, Rashid Minhas tried to regain control of his aircraft, but finding this to be impossible in the face of the superior skill and experience of his instructor, forced the plane to crash at a point 32 miles from the Indian border.

In doing so, Pilot Officer Minhas deliberately made the supreme sacrifice for the honour of Pakistan and the service to which he belonged.

For this act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty, the President of Pakistan is pleased to award the Nishan-e-Haider to Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas (Martyred).

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Squadron Leader Muhammad Iqbal

Pak No : 1431

Born : March 3, 1931

Died : September 11, 1965

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Squadron Leader Muhammad Iqbal flew many operational missions, which played a vital part in the success of the Pakistan Air Force during the India-Pakistan War.

He carried out these missions with determination, enthusiasm, outstanding ability, and significant personal risk.

His performance throughout was exemplary and highly inspiring for the personnel under his command.

For his outstanding leadership, valour, loyalty and invaluable services to the Pakistan Air Force and the country, he (Martyred) is awarded Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Wing Commander Syed Muhammad Ahmad

Pak No: 3731

Born: October 30, 1935

Missing since: December 4, 1971

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat and Sitara-e-Basalat


On December 4, 1971, one of our combat air patrols over Dhaka was engaged by an enemy formation. With the arrival of more enemy aircraft, the patrol was heavily outnumbered, and the leader gave a call for help.

Wing Commander Ahmad was immediately airborne, and his timely intervention enabled the patrol to return safely to base.

In the encounter, Wing Commander Ahmad’s aircraft was hit by an enemy aircraft, and he was heard to be ejecting in territory occupied by rebels. He was officially declared missing in action.

For his personal example, courage and devotion to duty, he (Martyred) has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat and Sitara-e-Basalt.

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Squadron Leader Khusru Shadani

Pak No: 3819

Born: January 8, 1935

Missing since: June 12, 1971

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Squadron Leader Khusro had retired from the PAF but was recalled for the war. Despite many personal problems, he showed great keenness, courage, determination and a fighting spirit.

On December 6, 1971, he volunteered for a bombing mission to Jamnagar airfield regardless of the consequences. He failed to return from the mission and was officially declared missing in action.

His fighting spirit, determination and devotion were examples to all aircrew of the unit.

For his outstanding courage and devotion to duty Squadron Leader Khusro (Martyred) has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Squadron Leader Muhammad Aslam Choudhry

Pak No: 3888

Born: November 14, 1937

Missing since: October 12, 1971

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Squadron Leader Muhammad Aslam Choudhry flew fifteen missions since the outbreak of war. As he had spent most of his service in training establishments, he had to start with a disadvantage in a fighter squadron. But he was a keen pilot and managed to polish up his fighter flying comparatively quickly.

He was always eager to fly operational missions. On December 10, 1971, while leading a section of 2 F-86s in Chhamb Sector on a close air support mission, his flight was engaged by 6 Hunters.

Being heavily outnumbered, he was presumed to have been shot down by one of the enemies. He was officially declared missing in action.

For his bravery, courage, determination and devotion to duty, he (Martyred) has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Flight Lieutenant Ghulam Murtaza Malik

Pak No: 4643

Born: November 15, 1941

Missing since: December 17, 1971 

Awards: Tamgha-e-Jurat


Flight Lieutenant Ghulam Murtaza Malik was an able and experienced navigator. He was a very active member of the squadron and always showed great enthusiasm and determination.

He flew two missions against the most heavily defended Indian airfields and showed great bravery and courage in executing these missions in complete disregard for personal safety.

On December 5, 1971, he was detailed as navigator on a bombing mission to Amritsar airfield. He failed to return from the task and was officially declared missing in action.

For his courage, determination and devotion to duty, he (Martyred) has been awarded the  Tamgha-e-Jurat.

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Flight Lieutenant Zulifqar Ahmad

Pak No: 4827

Born: February 20, 1948 

Died: December 5, 1971

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Flight Lieutenant Zulfiqar Ahmad was employed as a navigator on a B-57 aircraft.

Although he could not return from his very second mission of the war, he displayed outstanding qualities of courage and keenness to undertake the most difficult missions from the very onset of operations.

This was a source of inspiration to others since he was one of the youngest crew members in the bomber organization.

On the 1st day of the operations, when only experienced and mature aircrew were selected for the first strikes, Zulfiqar insisted on being included. He was eventually detailed for a mission to Jodhpur, which was very successful.

For his determination, courage and tenacity, he (Martyred) has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Flight Lieutenant Samad Ali Changazi

Pak No: 4615

Born: March 1, 1942 

Died: December 17, 1971

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Flight Lieutenant Samad Ali Changazi flew eleven missions on F-104s during the war. Despite his limited experience, he was very keen and aggressive.

He was responsible for destroying an enemy radar station and damage to one of their aircraft. In the last mission, disregarding the danger to his life, he pursued his attack on an enemy aircraft till an enemy missile shot him down.

For his act of courage and for sacrificing his life for the country’s cause, he (Martyred) has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

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Flight Lieutenant Fazal Elahi

Pak No: 4414

Born: January 1, 1944

Died: December 7, 1971 

Awards : Sitara-e-Jurat


Flight Lieutenant Fazal Elahi (Martyred) was a young and energetic pilot. He flew the first two missions to Srinagar airfield and subsequent close air support missions every day till December 7, 1971.

On December 8, his aircraft was hit by ground fire in Chhamb-Jurian Sector; the ground fire presumably hit a bomb fuse, causing the plane to explode.

Fazal always volunteered to fly irrespective of the danger of the mission. He displayed exemplary courage and determination at a young age despite limited experience.

He has been awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat.

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