1965 Gallantry Awards

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1965 Gallantry Awards

By inflicting heavy losses on the IAF, the PAF saved Pakistan from the deeper and more sinister motives of the enemy.In both the wars, the gallant air warriors served as a deterrent to the enemy designs, against heavy odds. Their mettle was tested and they always came out with flying colours. PAF personnel are always regarded as the fine breed of brave men who have vowed to keep the pure skies of Pakistan clear from predatory forces.


Air Marshal

M. Nur Khan - Hilal-i-Juraat

Air Marshal M Nur Khan assumed command of Pakistan Air Force in July 1965. During 1965 war he set a personal example by flying several operational missions that kept the morale of his officers and men at an exceptionally higher level. His inspiring leadership and selfless devotion to duty significantly affected the course of air war in which the PAF managed to dictate terms to an overwhelmingly larger and better equipped enemy. For his valour, courage and distinguished leadership during 1965 war, he was conferred upon the gallantry award of Hilal-e-Juraat.


Group Captain

Eric Gordon Hal - Sitara-i-Juraat

Group Captain Eric Gordon Hall in his capacity as Station Commander, Chaklala, played a very vital role during the war with India. All operations were conducted very successfully under exemplary guidance and inspiring leadership of Group Captain Eric Gordon Hall. No task was too hazardous for him. To set an example, he personally flew and led several operational missions that kept the morale of his officers and men at an exceptionally high level. For his courage and example beyond the call of duty, Group Captain Eric Gordan Hall was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Mohammad Zafar Masud - Hilal-i-Juraat

As Commanding Officer of the most important operational station of the Pakistan Air Force, Group Captain Mohammad Zafar Masud showed great qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and organizing ability in the conduct of air operations against the enemy. On the day and night of 7th September, 1965 in particular, when the enemy made five successive attacks on our air fields and thier installations with Canberra bombers, Hunter and Mystery fighter bombers, the cool courage and determination with which the whole station faced the attacks and heavy damage inflicted by its fighters on the enemy aircraft, clearly indicated the high morale and professional efficiency achieved by the station personnel under the command of Group Captain Masud. For his contribution to the success of the Pakistan Air Force operation against the enemy during of the war, Group Captain Mohammad Zafar Masud was awarded Hilal-i-Juraat.


Wing Commander

Ayaz Ahmed Khan - Sitara-i-Basalat

Wing Commander Ayaz Ahmed Khan displayed great perseverance, drive and initiative in molding a vital element of Air Defence Organization into a competent and efficient organization. The results of his efforts were so clearly evident in War as this Organization played the most significant part in the air defence of Pakistan. Not content with supervising this vital task, the officer asked to be allowed to carry out offensive missions in bombers and flew several such missions at night against the enemy . For his leadership and devotion to duty and display of great courage, He was awarded Sitara-i-Basalat.

Mohammad Ghulam Tawab - Sitara-i-Juraat

Wing Commander Mohammad Ghulam Tawab started taking part in operations from the very first day the hostilities began. He provided top cover for the first strike against Pathankot. During the War, he flew sixteen air defence missions and eight close support sorties. He took part in bombing of the Srinagar airfield and Jammu radar. He was responsible for destruction of ten enemy tanks and twenty vehicles. Such active participation in operations set an excellent example for all the fighter pilots at Peshawar. Wing Commander Mohammad Ghulam Tawab was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

M Anwar Shamim - Sitara-i-Juraat

Wing Commander Muhammad Anwar Shamim in his capacity as Officer Commanding, fighter-bombers wing, made significant contribution to the high morale and aggressive attitude of the pilots who flew from this station. He efficiently managed the changing air defence and other requirements and ensured, while fully meeting these requirements, that the pilots got sufficient rest and other comforts to enable them to fly intelligently and confidently. During the operation, he led 14 air defence/escort missions and 5 ground attack missions. His leadership during these operational missions was aggressive and confident and served as a very good example for his pilots to follow . He accepted long hours of duty, including operational sorties at odd hours of the day, with enthusiasm. Wing Commander Muhammad Anwar Shamim was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Masood Ahmed Sikandar - Sitara-i-Juraat

Wing Commander Masood Ahmed Sikander, in the capacity as Wing Leader, proved to be an excellent operational commander. He flew with zeal and enthusiasm and completed seventeen close support sorties and three air defence missions during these operations. Whilst attacking enemy armor, he was wounded when his aircraft was hit by ground fire. For his valour, courage and excellent leadership Wing Commander Masood Ahmed Sikander was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Nazir Latif  Sitara-i-Juraat

During the nights of 6th, 7th and 8th September, 1965, Wing Commander Nazir Latif led a flight of bombers on high and low level bombing of enemy airfields. Against intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition, he pressed home his attacks with great determination, courage and a high degree of accuracy. On two occasions, his aircraft was hit by anti aircraft guns but he flew back his aircraft and led the flights back to the base. For exceptional flying skill and valour displayed by him in the bombing operations against the enemy, the officer was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Salahuddin Zahid Butt - Sitara-i-Juraat

Wing Commander Salahuddin Zahid Butt is an exceptional transport pilot who applied his ability to the fullest limits in carrying out operational missions against the enemy. He flew a total of 8 sorties which included supply dropping and Para trooping over enemy territory. The hazardous operations were carried out with great skills and determination. Throughout the period of operations, he was a source of inspiration to all the other aircrew of the Wing. The success of all transport operations and its impact on the enemy reflected great credit to the ability and leadership of this officer. In recognition of his personal example, achievements and his contribution to the overall success of all transport operations, the officer was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.


Squadron Leader

Abdul A K Raja - Tamgha-i-Basalat
A. Ghaffar Mahmood - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Abdul Masood Kha - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Abdul Masood Khan flew many special missions in a transport aircraft over an important enemy airfield where he dropped paratroops. He succeeded in penetrating the enemy's concentrated radar defence to accomplish the mission. In doing so, he displayed great skill, determination, professional ability and courage. Squadron Leader Abdul Masood Khan was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Aurangzeb Malik - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Azim Daudpota - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Azim Daudpota flew 15 strike and 5 Air Defence missions. He controlled and conducted his missions very ably and was always looked up to by his subordinates. He gave precise and clear-cut instructions in the air and was responsible for wrecking many tanks, guns, vehicles, etc, in the face of heavy enemy ground fire. His great moments came on 21st September, 1965, when his formation destroyed many enemy medium guns at Wagha-Attari Sector. For his leadership, devotion to duty and complete disregard for personal safety, Squadron Leader Azim Daudpota was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

G. M. Khan - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Ghulam Mohammad Khan has been associated with intelligence work for the last six years. He has worked in various capacities at Inter services Intelligence Directorate as well as Directorate of Air Intelligence, Air Headquarters. For the last two years he is carrying out duties of Assistant Director of Air Intelligence (Operations). In this capacity he was responsible for producing and maintaining upto date record of operational intelligence about the Air Forces of interest to the Pakistan Air Force. Squadron Leader Ghulam Mohammad Khan had applied himself to his duties most enthusiastically and worked with extreme devotion throughout. During the period of emergency he was observed to have totally  dedicated himself towards the cause of service and gave his undivided attention not only to his primary duties but also to any other assignments beyond the scope of his duties. Because of his zeal the Directorate was able to produce useful  information which helped in accurate and effective delivery of attacks on Indian Air Force targets. Squadron Leader Ghulam Mohammad Khan was the only Air Force Officer who had visited operational areas across the cease fire line to bring the photographs of the Indian Vampires shot down there. He went unarmed by road without any assistance, searched the wreckage and completed his mission in the area which was being continuously shelled by the enemy at great personal risk. For his devotion to duty and courage he was awarded of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Jamal Ahmed Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

During the Indo-Pakistan War, Squadron Leader Jamal Ahmed Khan flew 29 Air Defence missions and one Photo Mission. He took part mainly in night operations. He was one of two pilots who were credited with the shooting down of a Canberra aircraft. His contribution to deterring the weight and accuracy of enemy night bomber's attacks was commendable. He carried out all his missions with aggressiveness. For his exceptional devotion to duty and courage, Squadron Leader Jamal Ahmed Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

M. E. A. Bhuya - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Mir Abdul Rashid - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Mir Abdul Rashid made a valuable contribution to the operational effectiveness of the Pakistan Air Force by carrying out extensive surveillance of radar stations in India and by carrying out aerial photography of vital areas in enemy territory. He always responded most enthusiastically and courageously to all calls made on him in this regard and invariably set an inspiring example for his colleagues. In one particular sortie, after the aircraft was severely disabled, he showed tremendous coolness, courage and piloting skill to bring the aircraft back safely to his base. Squadron Leader Mir Abdul Rashid was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Middle coat's performance during the operations has been outstanding both on the ground and in the air. He worked continuously with no regard to fatigue and much beyond the call of duty. He kept the morale of the Squadron very high and guided his pilots in a highly professional manner. He flew 17 Air Defense Sorties and 3 Photo Sorties over the forward bases. For his leadership and devotion to duty Squadron Leader Mervyn Leslie Middle coat was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Mohammad Mahmood Alam - Sitara-i-Juraat

On 6th September, 1965, during an aerial combat over enemy territory, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam flying as pilot of an F-86 Sabre Jet, shoot down two enemy Hunter aircraft and damaged three others. For the exceptional flying skill and valor displayed by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam in operations, he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat. On 7th September, 1965, in a number of interception missions flown by Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam against the enemy aircraft attacking Pakistan Air Force Station, Sargodha, Squadron Leader Alam destroyed five more enemy Hunter aircrafts. In less than a minute , which remains a record till today. Overall he had nine kills and two damagers to his credit. For the exceptional flying skill and valour shown by him in pressing home his attacks in aerial combats with the enemy, Squadron Leader Mohammad Mahmood Alam is awarded a bar to his Sitara-i-Juraat.

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.

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.

M. Younus - 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. Inspire 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 successfully 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 inspire of black-out and poor light conditions. He awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.

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.

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.

Shuaib Alam Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Shuaib 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 Shuaib Alam Khan was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Shabbir Hussain 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.

Sayed Sajjad Haider - Sitara-i-Juraat

Squadron Leader Sayed Sajjad Haider displayed 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.

Sultan Muhammad - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Squadron Leader Sultan Muhammad has shown exemplary qualities of leadership and devotion to duty before and during the war with India. As Officer Commanding No.210 Wireless observer Wing, his energy, drive and thorough training specially  of Ground Signalers of his wing, resulted in remarkable  performance by his units who had been deployed all along the border. Though both the Squadrons in the beginning 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 traveling 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 sets 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 was awarded 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 operations. Throughout this period he showed great enthusiasm for undertaking day and night interception missions as well as visual reccee missions. Apart from his overall aggressive flying he also destroyed one Mystere. Therefore he was awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Arshad Sami Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan flew the maximum combat missions during the war with India. His enthusiasm and aggressive spirit was of the highest order and was responsible to ignite the spirit of competition amongst other pilots in its most effective form. He led formations in the battle area with exemplary determination and brought back excellent results. He has been credited with one aircraft,15 tanks and 22 vehicles destroyed and 8 tanks and 19 vehicles damaged and 2 heavy guns destroyed. He never looked tired or apprehensive in the face of heavy odds but kept on inflicting maximum damage to the enemy as his only objective. For his outstanding devotion to duty and bravery, Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Amanuallah Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Amanullah Khan carried out 26 strike missions and one Air Defence mission against the enemy. He flew in a most aggressive and alert manner and was responsible for inspiring great confidence in his formation members. His leadership left nothing more to be desired. He participated in attacks on Amritsar and Ferozpur Radar, Gurdaspur Railway Station, Ammunition Train at Dhariwal and many other close support missions and invariably achieved most convincing results against heavy, enemy ground fire. On 21st September 1965, his formation achieved great successes in the destruction of enemy's heavy guns which were shelling Lahore. For his aggressive, and determined leadership and display of unbeatable courage in the face of heavy enemy ground fire, Flight Lieutenant Amanullah Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Amjad Hussain Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

On the morning of September 7, Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan engaged two Mysteres at low level, attacking Sargodha airfield. He fired at one aircraft but as his target was flying at a very low altitude it was ineffective. The two aircraft detected him and took evasive action. Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan out maneuvered the Indian pilots and destroyed both aircraft. The second, aircraft blew up in the air and the debris struck his aircraft and froze its flight controls. Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan ejected at 50 feet above ground level. This narrow escape from death had no ill effects on the pilot and within a day he was available and more than willing to continue his duties. For his dedication to duty and courage, Flight Lieutenant Amjad Hussain Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Cecil Chaudhry - Sitara-i-Juraat

On 6th September, 1965, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry was No. 2 in a flight of 3 F-86 aircraft led by Squadron Leader Rafiqui. Their target was Halwara airfield of the Indian Air Force. This formation of 3 F-86s was intercepted by 10 Hunter aircraft of the Indian Air Force. During the engagement, the leader's guns stopped firing and he handed over the lead to Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry, who very ably and aggressively continued the fight against heavy odds. About 60 miles inside enemy territory, he destroyed two enemy Hunter aircraft with his gun attack. His courage and professional ability in such adverse circumstances was outstanding and he successfully managed to return to base after having lost contact with other members of the formation. On 15th September, 1965, in spite of insufficient information from Ground Radar, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry pursued his attack aggressively on enemy bombers and chased them 150 miles from his base. During the engagement, he destroyed one enemy Canberra bomber. The services rendered by him were beyond the call of normal duty and contributed a significant share towards Pakistan Air Force achieving air superiority. For these acts of courage, dedication and professional ability, Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Dilawar Hussain - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain was one of the greatest sources of inspiration for his Squadron mates throughout the operation. He displayed great keenness to operate in the battle area and great commitment and determination in the face of heavy odds was most inspiring. He flew at all times in a manner that befits the best of the fighter pilots of the Pakistan Air Force. His personal score of enemy tanks and aircraft on the ground was three aircraft and eight tanks destroyed, one aircraft and four tanks damaged, one armored vehicle and thirteen others destroyed, nine vehicles and one gun damaged. He flew a total of ten Air Defence sorties and 17 Strike/Close support missions. On one occasion, he continued his mission without being in the least bit apprehensive after having been hit by ground fire. For his courage and high spirits in the performance of his duty, Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Ghani Akbar - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Ghani Akbar flew 13 ground attack and 12 air defence missions during the Indo-Pakistan War. He destroyed one aircraft in a ground strike mission and was credited with 5 tanks destroyed and 5 damaged during close support missions. Throughout he flew aggressively, fearlessly and in a most professional manner. For his flying ability, determination and courage he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Hakimullah - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Hakeemullah was a pilot flying the star fighters  (F- 104), he showed exceptional skill and enthusiasm in the deterring the enemy from achieving its aims. In one of his missions, he forced an enemy Gnat to force-land his aircraft in Pakistan territory.

Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri in the Indo-Pakistan War flew a total of 13 operational missions to Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara, Jodhpur and Jamnagar. The officer displayed great courage and determination in reaching his targets in spite of very heavy odds and against tough enemy opposition. His accurate and aggressive mission-planning has contributed significantly towards the success of our bomber raids against the enemy airfields. In all these missions he displayed great, courage , determination and complete devotion to duty. In spite of his serious stomach ailment, the officer remained fit throughout the period of operations and voluntarily offered his services for every mission much beyond the call of duty. For his outstanding devotion to duty, courage and velour, Flight Lieutenant Iftikhar Ahmad Khan Ghauri was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Imtiaz Ahmad Bhatti - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieuteanat Imtiaz Ahmad Bhatti was one of the two pilots who were on an air patrol when they were directed to intercept enemy aircraft attacking our ground forces in Chamb area. This was the first air encounter of the Indo-Pakistan War. Though heavily out-numbered, Flight Lieutenant Bhatti fought with exceptional courage and professional skill and shot down two Vampire aircraft in this engagement. This set an inspiring example for others to emulate. For his gallantry, determination and dedication to the Service he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Javed A Khawaja - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Javed Ahmed Khawaja was a pilot in the T-6G Squadron during the period of war in September , 1965. During this period his only concern was to hit and destroy the enemy; and he showed complete disregard for his own safety. On 11th September,1965,while flying over enemy territory ,he was hit by small arm fire from the ground. But his eagerness to hunt for the enemy was so high that he yet pressed his attack on an enemy communication centre and completed his mission. For his offensive spirit, courage and desire to destroy the enemy he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Khawaja A Ahmad - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lientenant Khawaja Altaf Ahmed as Flight Commander of the photo Reece Squadron flew 10 operational Photo missions covering vital enemy targets with determination and cool courage. He pressed home his missions with success even when exposed to serious danger from enemy aircraft of better performance. Subsequently too he has flown courageously over the battle zone on several hazardous sorties, For his courage and devotion to duty he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Muhammad Ahmed Khan - Sitara-i-Basalat

During the period of operations against India, Flt.Lt. Muhammad Ahmed Khan flew 47 sorties evacuating casualties from the forward areas and airlifting arms and ammunition for the troops in the front line. By doing so, Flt. Lt. Muhammad Ahmed Khan displayed a keen sense of duty and considerable enthusiasm in making his contribution to the war effort. He was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Basalat. During the war, he displayed outstanding qualities of courage and keenness to undertake the most arduous missions from the very onset of operations. This was a source of inspiration to others since he was one of the youngest crew members in the bomber organization. On the first day of the operations, when only experienced aircrew were being selected for the first strikes, Zulfiqar insisted on being included. He was eventually detailed for a mission to Jodhpur which was very successful. For his determination, courage and tenacity, he was awarded the Sitara-i-Basalat.

M. Arif Iqbal - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Arif Iqbal has been the Flight Commander in No.9 Squadron since 14th June, 1962. He has shown great keenness in all spheres of Squadron training .During the National Emergency of September, 1965 Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Arif Iqbal displayed a tenacity of mind and spirit that was an inspiration to the other pilots of the Squadrons. He worked hours that should have normally exhausted him, but his cheerful spirit and loyalty turned him into a pillar of strength. He was ever willing to fly and did so whatever he was required to do so, therefore he recommended for the award of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

M. Afzal Chaudhry - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Afzal Choudhary has performed his duties extremely well during the period of Indo-Pakistan war .He always worked willingly and cheerfully even beyond the call of his duties. He flew all types of mission with great enthusiasm and helped keeping the morale of his subordinates high. Therefore he recommended for the award of Tamgh-i-i Basalat.

Mohammad Akbar - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Akbar was responsible for programming of pilots for various duties. He was under extreme pressure of work but was able to exercise complete control over the Squadron and attached pilots and ensured adequate rest for everybody. In addition, he flew as much as was possible and completed every mission in highly professional manner. His personal conduct was a true reflection of his determined efforts. He flew 13 strike and 10 air defense missions. During the strike missions he was credited with two aircraft destroyed, one aircraft damaged on the ground, two tanks destroyed and 3 damaged; 5 vehicles destroyed and 3 damaged and 4 guns damaged. Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Akbar was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Mohammad Saleem - Sitara-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Saleem flew about 15 ground attack missions against the Indian Army and 18 Air Defence sorties. He led a number of missions in an able manner and was responsible for the destruction of many enemy guns, tanks and other valuable military equipment in the face of heavy enemy ground fire. His alertness, courage and aircraft-handling were of a high order and his presence in the formation was a source of inspiration to others. For his devotion to duty, courage and valuable services to the country and Air Force, Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Saleem was awarded Sitara-i-Basalat.

M. Tariq Habib Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant M.Tariq Habib Khan was one of the pilots who struck the enemy airfield at KalaiKunda in the first strike mission against the enemy from East Pakistan. He flew three operational sorties and many other Air Defence missions and carried out these missions most courageously with success against heavy odds at great risk and in complete disregard for his personal safety. In one of these sorties , he engaged 4 Indian Air Force Hunters thus diverting their attention from other Pakistan Air Force aircraft who were attacking the enemy airfield. Later, he himself managed to evade the Indian Force aircraft and returned to base safely in a crippled aircraft. During all these operations, he destroyed three Canberras and one C-119 on the ground and one Hunter in the air. Flight Lieutenant Tariq carried out all his missions with determination, courage and at great personal risk. For his act of bravery and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Mohammad Tariq Habib Khan was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Nazir Ahmed Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Nazir Ahmed Khan took an active part in the air operation during the war with India. These operations involved flying over hazardous terrain in adverse weather condition by night as well as flying at extremely low levels. Such operations called for outstanding flying ability and great courage. He carried out these missions with great skill and determination, and his achievements are a tribute to his ability. Flight Lieutenant Nazir Ahmed Khan was, therefore was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Chaudhry Rizwan Ahmed - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant Chaudhry Rizwan Ahmed undertook a total of seven operational missions in enemy territory. Apart from his exceptional professional skill as a navigator, he was associated with the planning of all missions undertaken by the Squadron. By his objective thinking and sound ideas on the use of airborne radar equipment, a very high degree of accuracy in aerial delivery missions under blind flying conditions was achieved. In addition to this contribution, he was always available for strenuous flying duties even after long tiring hours of planning, and consistently displayed a great deal of zeal and stamina. His achievements made him stand out as a navigator who combines professional skill with a rare sense of objectivity. Flight Lieutenant Ch. Rizwan Ahmed was, therefore, awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Syed Mohammad Ahmed - Sitara-i-Basalat

Flight Lieutenant Syed Mohammad Ahmed flew a total of 19 ground support operational missions from 6 to 19 September, 1965. On 19 Sep. 65, his aircraft was very badly damaged by the enemy Ack Ack during a raid against a heavily defended enemy target. The pilot displayed extreme coolness, presence of mind and determination and managed to bring the crippled aircraft back to base. His controls unfortunately jammed on the final approach and he was seriously injured. During the entire period of the War, the officer volunteered to fly every operational sortie that was available. His enthusiasm and keenness was a source of inspiration to the officers around him and, considering the fact that he was not employed on full flying duties before the start of the hostilities, his performance throughout had been outstanding and highly commendable. His aggressive manner of attacking enemy targets was most inspiring and contributed significantly towards the destruction of each target that was assigned to his formation. For his outstanding devotion to duty and courage, Flight Lieutenant Syed Mohammad Ahmed was awarded Sitara-i-Basalat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Syed Shamsuddin Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

Since the commencement of hostilities, Flight Lieutenant Syed Shamsuddin has completed a total of 14 successful bombing missions against enemy airfields at Ambala, Halwara, Adampur, Pathankot, Jamnagar and Jodhpur. Everyone of the attacks undertaken by Flight Lieutenant Shamsuddin was delivered with great accuracy, causing maximum damage to the enemy in spite of very stiff enemy opposition. The officer always volunteered to undertake any mission that was available and the results produced by him have been most satisfying. His coolness under difficult circumstances has been inspiring and he has set an example of great courage, determination and valor for his associates. For his outstanding courage and bravery, Flight Lieutenant Syed Shamsuddin Ahmed is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

William D Harney - Sitara-i-Juraat

Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney's performance and professional ability during the current operations has been of the highest order. The officer has, in spite of a hand injury, voluntarily undertaken all available bombing missions and especially the most hazardous ones to Ambala, Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara and Jodhpur. In all the missions he has excelled in qualities of leadership, courage and devotion to duty. His mission planning and execution of the missions has been of the highest order in spite of very heavy odds. He has always reached his targets and made very significant contribution to accurate attacks. The officer has during the Indo-Pakistan War completed a total of 14 operational missions and every one of them has been of significant importance to the overall superiority of the Pakistan Air Force. For his courage dedication to duty, Flight Lieutenant William D. Harney is awarded Sitara-i-Jurat.

Yousaf Ali Khan - Sitara-i-Juraat

While leading the fighter formation of two aircraft's over Chamb Sector, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Ali Khan was attacked by 4 Hunters. During the engagement, when he had got behind the enemy, two more Gnats attacked him. His left elevator was shot away but he continued fighting them till the enemy aircraft broke off. He showed great courage and determination in engaging overwhelming odds and bringing home the damaged aircraft. On 13th September, 1965, he shot down another Gnat. For his consistent determination, courage and aggressiveness, the officer is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.

Yousaf Hasan Alvi - Sitara-i-Juraat

In the current operations, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi completed a total of 13 missions against Indian Airfields. His professional ability was of the highest order and he has displayed coolness, courage and determination in every one of his attacks which has resulted in the destruction of many Indian installations and airfields. He has conducted bombing attacks on Adampur, Halwara, Pathankot, Jamnagar and Jodhpur with such precise accuracy that he was always selected for the most difficult tasks. He showed determination, courage and singleness of purpose, in execution of every mission he undertook. For his outstanding bravery and devotion to duty, Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.


Flying Officer

M Ehtisham Akram - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Flying Officer Mohammad Ehtisham Akram is a photo reccee pilot. He has flown four operational missions .On 7th September ,1965, he made two attempts to reach Amritsar but could not penetrate because of enemy fighter aircraft. He pulled back into Pakistan, waited and made a third attempt and completed the task. On 10th September ,1965, even though his F-104 aircraft escort was removed by sector operation Centre, he went ahead and completed the task given to him. During this mission he was attacked by I.A.F Mystere aircraft but successfully evaded the enemy and returned to base. Flying Officer Ehtisham has shown courage and determination to complete the task given to him. Therefore he awarded Tamgha-i-Basalat.

M Masud Akhtar - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Throughout the period of operations Flying Officer Mohammad Masud Akhtar has flown as a wing man most confidently and aggressively. During this short war he has flown nearly 50 hours. He was flying Wing man the day a flight of four hunters were engaged and shot down. He kept his wing leader covered continuously during this engagement. For his experience, he is the best wing man in a wing. So he recommended for the awad of Tamgha-i-Basalat.

Shafique Haider - Tamgha-i-Basalat

Ziauddin Hasan - Sitara-i-Juraat

On the nights of the 6th ,7th and 8th September, 1965, Flying Officer Ziauddin Hasan flew as navigator of the leading aircraft of bombers which attacked the enemy airfields. Despite intense enemy anti-aircraft fire and some fighter opposition, Flying Officer Hasan navigated the bomber fights with cool, courage and accuracy and thus contributed to the success of bombing mission. For the high degree of professional skill, courage and determination shown by Flying Officer Ziauddin Hasan in the air operations against enemy airfields, he is awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.



Ghulam Abbas - Tamgha-i-Juraat

Corporal Technician Ghulam Abbas was N.C.O. I/c of a unit during the War. He was ordered to deploy his unit in the Kasur sector. When he reached there, he was advised by the Army personnel that the area was not safe but he told them that this was his place of duty and he would execute the orders given by his superiors. On 10th September, 1965, the enemy artillery shells started falling within about 200 feet of his post but he continued carrying out his job without any fear. His personal example of devotions to duty and courage was a source of inspiration to his fairly inexperienced subordinates and the Unit kept on functioning perfectly. On 11th September, 1965, the shells started falling within a few yards of his post but even this did not deter him from carrying out his duties. He told three of his men to sit in the trench and the remaining two, including himself, kept on manning the observation post and the operator's seat. Thus, his team continued functioning efficiently in spite of heavy shelling by the enemy.

M  Omar Ali - Tamgha-i-Juraat

During the War, Corporal Omar Ali was NCO I/C of a unit attached to a forward Brigade. In spite of frequent strafing bombing and shelling by the enemy, Corporal Ali performed his duties most efficiently. His unit was one of the first to report the four enemy Vampire aircraft which were shot down on 1st September, 1965. On 5th September, 1965,his unit was strafed by four enemy Hunters and it was noticed that Cpl. Ali continued to work along with his operator when everyone else had taken cover. He remained unconcerned about his personal safety and went on performing his duties even under enemy fire. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty was a great source of inspiration to his subordinates.

Sher Mohammad - Tamgha-i-Juraat

During the War, Corporal Sher Mohammad was manning a Light Ack. Ack. gun at P.A.F. Station, Sargodha. On 6th September, 1965, while Indian aircraft were strafing and rocketing the base, Corporal Sher Mohammad courageously performed his duty by keeping up an accurate fire against the invaders and damaged one enemy aircraft. This was the first engagement of P.A.F. guns against the enemy and determined fire by Corporal Sher Mohammad greatly enhanced the morale and fighting spirit of the P.A.F. gun-crew.


Master Air Crew

Mohammad Ashfaq - Tamgha-i-Juraat

Master Aircrew Mohammad Ashfaq while performing the duties of an aircrew during the War, undertook the maximum number of missions against the enemy. In addition to flying several missions, he personally supervised the ground handling of the a/c which involved a great deal of time and effort. He most conscientiously devoted himself to the work assigned to him with utmost enthusiasm without any regard for personal comfort or the dangers involved. In spite of long hours of work on the ground as well as in the air, his cheerfulness and willing co-operations was commendable.


Air Crew I

Mohammad Hafeez - Tamgha-i-Juraat

During the War, Aircrew 1 Mohammad Hafeez undertook a large number of missions against the enemy. As an aircrew, he displayed great keenness and extreme dedication to his duties with least regard for his personal comfort or the hazardous nature of these operations. In addition to flying operations, he personally supervised the loading of aircraft before undertaking the missions. In spite of long hours of work on the ground and in the air, he remained cheerful and showed remarkable co-operation at all times.