CITATION OF PAF HEROS

Flight Lieutenant Saadat Mohammad Akhtar Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

During the Indo-Pakistan War, Flight Lieutenant Saadat Mohammad Akhtar Khan completed a total of 15 operational missions against the enemy airfields. He undertook the most hazardous missions to Ambala, Adampur, Jodhpur, Halwara and Pathankot. In all these missions he displayed great courage and valour, Flight Lieutenant Saadat Mohammad Akhtar Khan was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant S. Viqar Ahmed Abdi
Sitara-i-Juraat

On 7th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Viqar Ahmed Abdi was the navigator on an operational mission flying at low level by night where precise navigation was no easy task. He succeeded in accomplishing the mission with the desired accuracy. In so doing so he, as a navigator, displayed great skill and determination. In addition to this special mission, he undertook many more successful night bombing missions. For his excellent performance, Flight Lieutenant Viqar Ahmed Abdi was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Saifullah Khan Lodhi
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Saifullah Khan Lodhi was a navigator of exceptional ability and a completely dedicated officer. He possessed uncommon skill, enthusiasm and drive, which enabled him to make a valuable contribution towards operations. He undertook several operational missions most cheerfully and enthusiastically, invariably attaining outstanding results. It was on one such mission on 11th September, 1965 that he lost his life. For his extreme dedication to duty, Flight Lieutenant Saifullah Khan Lodhi is awarded Sitar-i-Juraat posthumously.
 

Flight Lieutenant Saif-ul Azam
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Saif-ul-Azam flew 12 ground-attack missions against the enemy in Sialkot, Wagha and Kasur Sector. In spite of heavy odd, he proved to be an extremely cool, calculating and aggressive fighter pilot. His spotting of the enemy's dug-in and well dispersed armor was most commendable and invariably resulted in success of missions. His own attacks were very well executed and were a source of inspiration to other members of the flights. On 19th September, 1965, in spite of bad radio-communication and having been separated from his formation , his qualities of aggressiveness and alertness earned him and Indian Gnat Fighter. For his exceptional flying, courage, alertness and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Saif-ul-Azam is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Sajjad A Khan
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Through singleness of purpose and devotion to duty Flght Lieutenant Sajjad Ashraf Khan has contributed a great deal to the efficient performance of Mobile Observer Units of 203 Squadron who were deployed all along the border from chhamb to Lahore.The quality of reporting ,the disciplined re-deployment and immediate functioning of Mobile observer units after they were over run or because of changing front, is a tribute to his inspiring leadership.During the operations this officer was responsible for setting up PAF Lahore Detachment near Sargodha, training of available Ground Signallers on GRC 410 Radifon sets and in setting up of Standing Control Centre from his own resources. Also on many occasions by personally going to 103 Maintenance unit and Central Ordanance Depot Rawalpindi to bring all possible spares of wireless sets as well as charging sets he ensured that rectification and supply of much needed equipment for wireless observer units continued unhampered. For his exemplary hard work and devotion to duty and initiative he awarded the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Sikandar Mahmood Khan
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Sikandar Mahmood Khan has flown 15 bomber missions during the Indo-Pakistan War. He undertook some of the most hazardous missions and completed every one of them successfully causing maximum damage to the enemy in complete disregard of his own safety. On many occasions, he was chased by enemy fighters and in spite of warnings by own radar controllers, he pressed home his attack and completed the mission most successfully. By this performance he has shown great courage and determination, and his coolness under such difficult circumstances has been of the highest order. For his courage and gallant performance, Flight Lieutenant Sikandar Mahmood Khan is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Syed Khalid Hasan Wasti
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Syed Khalid Hasan Wasti took part in 5 operational missions during the War with India. These missions were by night into enemy territory. Some of these missions involved flying over mountainous terrain under adverse weather conditions, while the other were flown at 300 feet above ground level. Such operations, therefore, called for skill and courage. He repeatedly pushed himself forward to take part in these difficult missions and always conducted them with great skill and determination. By so doing, he displayed the highest degree of enthusiasm and determination. In addition, his sense of humor and his usual cheerfulness were apparent at all times. For cool courage and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Khalid Hasan Wasti is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Syed Manzoorul Hasan Hashmi
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Syed Manzoorul Hasan Hashmi flew 20 strike and 2 Air Defence missions against the enemy. His strikes were directed against enemy concentrations on Jummu, Sialkot, Wagha-Kasur sectors. He led his mission in a most competent manner and achieved considerable success against heavily defended enemy areas. His own aircraft was hit on six occasions by Ack Ack and small arms fire but, undaunted, he pursued his attacks on the enemy. His formation achieved notable success on 21st September, 1965, in which he destroyed many heavy guns of the enemy which were shelling Lahore and earned him deep appreciation on own army's Area Commander. His cool, courageous and operational leadership in complete disregard to his own safety in the face of heavy enemy fire and devotion to duty are commendable. Flight Lieutenant Syed Manzoorul Hasan Hashmi is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

Flight Lieutenant S N A Jilani
Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Syed Nazir Ahmed Jilani fle a total of 31 F-86 missions during the period of operations.Of these 30 were Air Defence and one was close support mission. He flew several of these missions asleader and displayed an aggressive and enthusiastic attitude. His personal score was one Gnat destroyed and one hunter "probable".Therefore he recommended for Tamgha-i-Basalat.
 

Flight Lieutenant Syed Saad Akhtar Hatmi
Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Syed Saad Akhtar Hatmi as Flight Commander of a Fighter Squadron, led his formation in 30 Air Defence and 2 Strike missions and is personally credited with the destruction of one enemy Hunter and one Gnat in the air and two Tanks and Four vehicles. The Officer carried out all his missions during the operations with high professional skill, determination, courage and exceptional aggressiveness in the best traditions of the Pakistan Air Force. By his example, he infused his formation with confidence and aggressiveness. For his professional ability, devotion to duty and courage, the officer is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.
 

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