Rashid Minhas Military Person

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas or Rashid Minhas Shaheed, NH, (Urdu: راشد منہاس) (February 17, 1951 – August 20, 1971) was a Pilot Officer in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) during the 1971 Pakistan-India War. Minhas, a newly commissioned officer at that time, is the only PAF officer to receive the highest valour award, the Nishan-e-Haider. He is also the youngest person and the shortest-serving officer to have received this award. He is remembered for his death in 1971 in a jet trainer crash while struggling to regain the controls from a defecting pilot: Matiur Rahman. Rashid Minhas was born on February 17, 1951, in karachi. A member of the established Minhas clan of Rajput, he was born to a family that had settled in Gurdaspur from Jammu and Kashmir. After the creation of Pakistan, the family migrated there and lived near Sialkot. Minhas spent his early childhood in Lahore. Later, the family shifted to Rawalpindi. Minhas had his early education from St Mary's Cambridge School Rawalpindi. Later his family shifted to Karachi. Minhas was fascinated with aviation history and technology. He used to collect different models of aircraft and jets.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 17th, 1951
Date of death
August 20th, 1971 at age of 20
Place of death


1. University of Karachi Colleges/University

The University of Karachi (Urdu: جامعہ كراچى) (or KU) is a public university located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It serves an on-campus student population of more than 24,000. According to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, it is ranked among the top three universities of the country. In 2008 the university entered the THE-QS World University Rankings for the top 500 universities in the world.

Type Public university
June, 1951
Main University Road, 75270 - Karachi, Sindh
Official web page www.uok.edu.pk
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Notable alumni by career
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People attended University of Karachi connected by profession and/or age

b. 1952., Military Person
Military Person
b. 1949., Author
b. 1951., Writer
b. 1951., Entrepreneur
b. 1949., Religious Leader
b. 1953., Politician
b. 1948., Writer

2. St Patrick's High School, Karachi Educational Institution

St Patrick's High School, located in Saddar Town in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, is one of the oldest educational institutions in Pakistan. The principal is Fr. Joseph Paul and vice principal Fr. Nobert Mendonca.

Ahmed Munir S.J. Shaheed Road, 74400 - Saddar Town, Sindh
Official web page www.stpats.edu.pk
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People attended St Patrick's High School, Karachi connected by profession and/or age

b. 1949., Politician
b. 1955., Politician
b. 1927., Politician
b. 1943., Politician
b. 1927., Religious Leader
b. 1929., Religious Leader
b. 1926., Athlete

Military conflicts participated

Indo-Pak War of 1971


December 3rd, 1971


December 16th, 1971

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The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 was the direct military confrontation between India and Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Indian, Bangladeshi and international sources consider the beginning of the war to have been Operation Chengiz Khan, when Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes on 11 Indian airbases on 3 December 1971, leading to India's entry into the war of independence in East Pakistan on the side of Bangladeshi nationalist forces, and the commencement of hostilities with West Pakistan. Lasting just 13 days, it is considered to be one of the shortest wars in history. During the course of the war, Indian and Pakistani forces clashed on the eastern and western fronts. The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces signed the Instrument of Surrender, on 16 December 1971 in Dhaka, marking the liberation of the new nation of Bangladesh. East Pakistan had officially seceded from Pakistan on 26 March 1971. Between 90,000 and 93,000 members of the Pakistan Armed Forces including paramilitary personnel were taken as Prisoners of War by the Indian Army.


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