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August 20th is observed as martyrdom anniversary of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas.

Having joined the air force, Rashid Minhas was commissioned on March 13, 1971, in the 51st GD(P) Course. He began training to become a pilot. On August 20 of that year, in the hour before noon, he was getting ready to take off in a T-33 jet trainer in Karachi, his second solo flight in that type of aircraft. Minhas was taxiing toward the runway when a Bengali instructor pilot, Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, signalled him to stop and then climbed into the instructor's seat. The jet took off and turned toward India.

Minhas radioed PAF Base Masroor with the message that he was being hijacked. The air controller requested that he resend his message, and he confirmed the hijacking. Later investigation showed that Rahman intended to defect to India to join his compatriots in the Bangladesh Liberation War, along with the jet trainer. In the air, Minhas struggled physically to wrest control from Rahman; each man tried to overpower the other through the mechanically linked flight controls. Some 32 miles (51 km) from the Indian border, the jet crashed near Thatta. Both men were killed.

Minhas was posthumously awarded Pakistan's top military honour, the Nishan-E-Haider, and became the youngest man and the only member of the Pakistan Air Force to win the award.

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A mountain keeps an echo deep inside. That's how I hold your voice. - Rumi

Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat.

Shared by @_the.lost.soul

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Groom is in the air, instead of love.

Photography: @dannyakramphotography

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Salute to the silent warriors of the nation.

We are at peace because they are always at war.

August 14, 2017.

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More from the F9 Park airshow on 14th August 2017.

A video collage of performances by Solo Turk, Saudi Hawks, PAF JF-17 etc.

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Saudi Hawks stole the show at the airshow over F9. Here they are performing a maneuver called phoenix formation.

Video by @_the.lost.soul

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Sona Tower | The Mall | Rawalpindi

August 14, 2017

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Spectacular fireworks over Minar e Pakistan as clock turned midnight.

Image by @sbj_shah

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Office of Rawalpindi Cantt Board | The Mall | Rawalpindi

14th August 2017.

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To the guardians of our freedom, on land, air or sea, from the remote region of Siachen Glacier to Arabian Ocean.

A grateful nation says Thank You.

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