Islamabad: Today, 42nd Yom e Shahdat of pilot officer Rashid Minhas is being observed today.
Rashid Minhas was the first pilot officer of Pakistan Air Force to obtain Shahadat. Rashid Minhas was born in 17th February 1951 in Karachi and belonged to Rajput family. His family and other relatives were in Pakistan Army, though Minhas opted for PAF.
Rashid Minhas was fond of going to PAF and his dream came true on March 13, 1971 though it was a short lived one.
During his first flight as a pilot on August 20, 1971, his instructor Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman, entered the cockpit of the plane and forcefully tried to take the plane towards the direction of India. But Shaheed had other plans and he reversed the direction of the plane towards the ground forcing it to crash and not thinking about him, but for the country.
Before his death, Minhas sent a message to PAF Base Masroor via radio about the hijacking of the plane. In response, the air controller asked him to reconfirm the hijacking. The plane Rashid Minhas was in crashed in Thatta some 32 miles (51 km) from the Indian border because of the physical struggle between the two pilots.
PM Gilani gave Rs 400 million to the IB for secret operation without approval of the parliament.
Bbudget documents have revealed that the heavy amount of Rs 90 million announced by president Asif Ali Zardari for mausoleum of great mystic Moinuddin Chishti Ajmeri were paid by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs during their official visit to India.
It has also been revealed that the PM Secretariat spent Rs 180 million more than the allocated amount.
In the same way, the government paid one billion rupees for the purchase of armed vehicles to counter terror activities in Karachi.
Likewise, Rs 420 million were spend in order to fetch stranded Pakistanis from Libya.
So far as the Army is concerned, it spent Rs 14 billion more than the amount allocated to it.
Pakistan had to face the loss of Rs 4 billion in order to purchase wheat from abroad.
Prime Minsiter Yousaf Raza Gilani spent about Rs 4.5 million for renovation and embellishment of his residence.
During the sugar crisis, Pakistan had to face the loss of Rs 16 billion when provision of sugar was made possible with the cooperation of neighbouring country.
Foreign Ministry got supplementary grant worth Rs 200 million in the name of secret service.
For election of impermanent member in the UN, government of Pakistan spent Rs 430 million.
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army has declared all the victims of Gayari sector as ‘Shuhada’ (martyrs) on Tuesday, According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army has declared all the victims of Gayari sector as martyrs, as nature and magnitude of the calamity is suggestive of no probability of recovering any one alive.
Fifty-two days have passed since the tragic incident of Gayari took place and bodies of three martyrs were found during operation. Notwithstanding the resolve of troops employed on search operations, excavation work is taking time due to constraints imposed by terrain and weather, the statement stated.
In this backdrop, religious scholars from all sects and factions were consulted. Aspects related to socio-religious dimensions / implications, requirements to initiate the process of documentation, and reduction of the sufferings of the bereaved families have been evaluated in detail.
Therefore, it was decided to declare the remaining brave soldiers as “Shuhada”. This is being done with mixed feelings of pride, grief and above all unflinching resolve to continue efforts to recover the remaining bodies.