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1965 GALLANTRY AWARDS
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Abdul A K Raja
Tamgha-i-Basalat

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A. Ghaffar Mahmood
Tamgha-i-Basalat
Abdul Masood Khan
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
 
 
 
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