CITATION OF PAF HEROS

Squadron Leader Mian M Ashfaq
Tamgha-i-Basalat

During the National Emergency , Squadron Leader Main Mohammad Ashfaq was detailed to work as Officer-in-charge servicing party for C-130B aircraft operating away from their home base. During this period , Squadron Leader Main worked selflessly and with complete devotion. He spared on effort in keeping the aircraft fully serviceable and making them available whenever required for the operational missions ,despite inadequate base facilities. On many occasions aircraft modifications were carried out at short notice because of change in role. This would not have been possible without his capacity for round the clock work. His job was further complicated by the fact that the aircraft had to be dispersed at different places and he had to arrange maintenance support at a short notice. By this personal example and devotion to duty, he inspired his men to give their best in this difficult period, he was awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Squadron Leader M Ishaq Baig
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Mirza Ishaque Beg was in command of care and maintenance party at Lahore from 8th September, 1965 to 23rd September , 1965. During this period he ensured that all arrangements for defence and denial , safe-guarding of petrol, oil and lubricants, Burmah Shell and ESSO Fuel Installations; round the clock working of operation room and Air Raid Warning System for Lahore and different cities of West Pakistan functioned effectively. His arrangement for denying PAF Lahore to enemy clandestine operations like landing of aircraft or pare troop dropping with the meager man-power available was excellent. He evacuated about sixty East Pakistani families to Kohat in an orderly and smooth manner. His cheerfulness and devotion to duty was a great inspiration to all the PAF personnel at Lahore who performed their various duties to the best of their capability. For his inspiring leadership and effective supervision, while under stress, Squadron Leader Mirza Ishaq Beg was awarded of Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Squadron Leader Officer M Yunis
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Mohammad Yunis took part in T-6G offensive missions behind the enemy lines during the period 6th September, 1965 to 22nd September, 1965. Inspite of the limited capability of this aircraft in the form of performance , navigational capability and weapon system, Squadron Leader Yunis repeatedly pressed home his attack by night on the enemy communications in the face of fire from the ground and sucessfully damaged two trains and blew up one small ammunition vehicle. This success is attributed to his offensive spirit, and hunting eye which enabled him to spot the enemy movements inspite of black-out and poor light conditions. He awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Flying Officer Najeeb Ahmed Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Najeeb Ahmed Khan was commanding a Bomber Squadron during the Indo-Pakistan War. He flew 17 bombing missions against various Indian Air Force operational bases and led his Squadron with courage during the most hazardous raids on Ambala, Adampur, Jamnagar and Jodhpur. He carried out the raid on the well-defended airfield of Ambala deep in enemy territory at great personal risk. The attack was conducted with great accuracy and outstanding professional skills. By his example, he inspired confidence, determination and aggressiveness amongst personnel of his Squadron. For his outstanding courage, inspiring leadership and dedication to duty, he is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Squadron Leader Rais Ahmed Rafi
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Rais Ahmad Rafi flew a total of 14 operational missions during the Indo-Pakistan War. The officer led his Squadron on most of the hazardous missions to Ambala, Adampur, Jamnagar and Jodhpur. He completed all the missions assigned to him in a highly professional manner and in complete disregard of his personal safety. The officer was a source of inspiration for other pilots in the Squadron and has set a fine example of courage, valour and determination. He invariably delivered his attacks with great accuracy and precision causing maximum damage to the enemy. For his courage and gallantry performance, Squadron Leader Rais Ahmed Rafi was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Squdaron Leader Shoaib Alam Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Shoaib Alam Khan flew fourteen operational missions very successfully. On all these missions, he displayed exceptional professional skill and navigated his aircraft with unerring accuracy to targets both by day and night. The confidence and enthusiasm with which he undertook missions to the most heavily defended targets deep in the enemy territory, set a very high example to all other navigators. Inspiring leadership and professional competence of Squadron Leader Shoaib Alam Khan was in large measures responsible for the highly successful operations of the bombers. His disregard for personal safety and comfort throughout the period of operations was in the highest traditions of the Pakistan Air Force. Squadron Leader Shoaib Alam Khan was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Squadron Leader Shabbir Hussein Syed
Sitara-i-Juraat

On 7th September, 1965, Squadron Leader Shabbir Hussain Syed led a flight of F-86 Sabre Jets on two separate strike missions on a well-defended enemy airfield at Kalaikunda. During these strikes, he and his flight destroyed on the ground 10 Canberra Light Bombers and two unidentified enemy aircrafts, and damaged two more. In an aerial combat following the strike, Squadron Leader Shabbir destroyed one enemy Hunter aircraft. For exceptional flying skill and outstanding valour in pressing home the attacks on enemy aircraft, Squadron Leader Shabbir Hussain Syed was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Squadron Leader Sayed Sajjad Haider
Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Sayed Sajjad Haider dislayed exceptional leadership, courage and flying skill in the operations against the enemy during the Indo-Pakistan War. He destroyed with four enemy aircraft, eleven enemy tanks and damaged, three tanks. Throughout the operations, his attitude both on the ground and in the air, was exemplary. He infused his pilots with aggressiveness. The strike mission which he led on 6th September, 1965, against Pathankot airfield, where his formation destroyed 13 enemy aircraft including nine MIG-21's, was conducted in the best traditions of the Pakistan Air Force. The formation carried out repeated attacks in the face of heavy Ack Ack. For the determination, courage and exceptional flying skill with which he flew and led his Squadron during operations against the enemy, Squadron Leader Sayed Sajjad Haider was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Squadron leader Sultan Muhammad
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Sultan Muhammad has shown exemplary qualities of leadership and devotin to duty before and during the war with India. As Officer Commanding No.210 Wireless observer Wing, his energy, drive and throrough training specially of Ground Signallers of his wing, resulted in remarkable performance by his units who had been deployed all along the border. Though both the Squadrons in the begining were without their Squadron Commanders, still the units were able to move to locations along Azad Kashmir territory and soon after re-deployed in their war time locations. The creditable performance and excellent reporting by most of his units, and the excellent discipline and devotion to duty by his units who were all in an area where there was heavy enemy air patrolling, air attacks as well as ground shelling is to a large extent due to his close supervision and untiring efforts before and during the war. In the Kasur Sector while moving on supervisory duties, on two occasions enemy aircraft buzzed his jeep but he kept on travelling undeterred. His efforts also enabled the charging sets repair and supply arrangement to be streamlined to an extent that a daily production of two to three charging became possible by the end of the conflict. For his hard work, drive and ceaseless efforts to keep the performance of his units in top state, he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat
 

Flight Lieutenant Aftab A Khan
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Aftab Alam Khan flew a total of 23 missions in the F-104 during the period of perations. Throughout this period he showed great enthusiasm for undertaking day and night interception missions as well as visual recee missions. Apart from his overall aggressive flying he also destroyd one Mystere. Therefore he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

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