Posting on own blog after more than a year is wonderful experience. More wonderful is sharing thoughts about a childhood hero whose story in every known detail remains an inspiration to-date.
Sqn Ldr Sarfraz Rafiqui Shaheed, HJ, SJ was one of the finest fighter pilot in world’s aviation history. His actions before and right at the start of war of 1965 earned him Pakistan’s 3rd and 2nd highest gallantry awards i.e. Sitara-e-Jurat (SJ) and Hilal-e-Jurat (HJ) respectively. Combined together these awards make him one of the most decorated soldiers in modern military history.
Apart from being highly decorated, the character he showed in the last mission is beyond gallantry. While attacking an Indian base, he commanding a flight of three F-86s was met by a large number of IAF’s hunters. Sqn Ldr Sarfraz Rafiqui, Flt Lt Yunas and Cecil Chaudhry confronted an enemy of much larger magnitude. Rafiqui’s aircraft had some malfunction and his guns got jammed. He didn’t leave his comrades and in the process achieved Shahadat on September 6, 1965 along with Flt Lt Yunus. He was only 30 years old.
Nominated for Nishan-e-Haider, he was eventually awarded Hilal-e-Jurat. His body was never found.
May Allah SWT bless him with highest places in Jannah and let his life, valor and sacrifice be an inspiration for every Pakistani!