THIS is apropos of the letter ‘PAF’s Kashmir hero’ (Feb 18) by Air Cdre (r) Syed Sajjad Haider on the occasion of the demise of an 87-year-old PAF hero Air Cdre (r) Syed Mansur Ahmed Shah (Polly Shah as he was known to his colleagues in the PAF).

It was a treat to learn about the late Polly Shah’s accomplishments, both during war and peace. Young serving officers of the armed forces look up to such fine officers who are held by them as their role models. Polly Shah was one of them.

Our country has produced so many heroes who have rendered invaluable service to the nation. We all owe a lot to them.

PAF’s 1965 war hero Air-Cdre (r) M. M. Alam (SJ and Bar) as a young and energetic squadron leader shot down five Indian Air Force aircraft within a minute in the 1965 war with India.

This is a great achievement, a world record. He has set very high standards of professionalism for the next generation.

I pray to Almighty Allah that our armed forces train their officers and men to the same levels of professionalism and patriotism.

Alam is hospitalised and needs our prayers for a miraculous recovery from his present state of ill health. Let us all pray for him. We owe a lot to him.


Updated Feb 26, 2013 08:06pm

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Comments (9) (Closed)

Feb 27, 2013 12:48pm
May he and his deeds RIP.
Feb 27, 2013 08:24am
Feb 27, 2013 12:47pm
still you lost, ask Gen Musa Khan
Rashid Sultan
Feb 27, 2013 06:44pm
Never heard about this alleged acheivement at the time. Why? They all did what was asked of them the only wzay threy knew how.
Mukhtar Ahmed
Feb 27, 2013 01:59pm
"shot down five Indian Air Force aircraft within a minute in the 1965 war with India." - really?
Feb 27, 2013 02:57pm
My Allah give health to M mM alam and give hidayat to new breed of armed forces personnel who now become DHA shah
Abdul Malik
Feb 28, 2013 03:17am
May Allah shower His choiest blessings on Sqn. Ldr., M.M. Alam.
Feb 28, 2013 04:40am
Lost where? India lost so badly
Feb 28, 2013 05:05am
I do know how can they verify that he destroyed 5 planes in 1 minute, who was there in the war with stop watch to see the time. All this looks non sense