The Pakistan Air Force recently held a ceremony to honor Squadron Leader Sarfraz Ahmed Rafiqui, a war hero from the 1965 war against India, for his exceptional bravery and courage.
The PAF paid tribute to Rafiqui and other soldiers who showed great valor during the conflict. The PAF also released a special video highlighting Rafiqui’s extraordinary achievements.
During the war, Rafiqui, along with his fellow pilots, successfully shot down three out of four Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft flying at a high altitude of 20,000 feet in the Chamb Sector on September 1, 1965.
Later, Rafiqui received orders to attack the Indian Air Base in Halwara while defending Lahore on September 6. Leading a group of four PAF fighter jets, Rafiqui fearlessly engaged in the mission.
Despite his aircraft’s machine gun jamming after shooting down an Indian plane, Rafiqui bravely continued the attack and selflessly protected his fellow pilots.
In recognition of his exceptional performance and unmatched bravery, Rafiqui was posthumously awarded the prestigious ‘Hilal-i-Juraat’ and ‘Sitara-i-Jurrat’ by the government.
The PAF commemorates the sacrifices made by heroes like Rafiqui, who demonstrated unwavering courage and dedication to the defense of their country. Their acts of heroism inspire future generations and stand as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the armed forces.