I used to think that the episode of struggling of Rashid Minhas Shaheed with his instructor and finally never letting him take the plane to India is controversial and lot of time claimed that the Nishan-e-Haider award was politically motivated and perhaps the young Pilot Officer never deserved it.
I know I had been so cruel and was totally blind.
I once read that to become hero just pretend that you are not afraid.
But when death comes in front of us how many of us who claim to be a hero would react?
Me....I am sure it will be a hard time for me...hmm
No one just to prove his courage....faith...loyalty and patriotism would take his own life. When he already had gained so much in his life and had a bright future in front of him. He by every means would get the chances to prove himself if only he could get a chance to live longer.
Even than lot of us could face the death and stare in its eyes without fear but sometimes death don't need fearless....it needs NICK OF TIME people. Who can make decisions and scarifies their lives with intention to save some other human or to save their respect...dignity...loyalty or promises made to oneself that even death would not made one do that.
It is not about why and what the instructor wants....it was all about Minhas self respect....patriotism....loyalty to his country and his sense of taking things straight forwardly.
What wrong is wrong and he cant let it happened or at least he tried to stopped it. And in this course of reluctance he faced death.
He was alone...young and inexperienced yet he was fearless...intelligent and loyal.
What makes him a hero in my eyes is his decision in the time where there was no time at all.
I searched alot about his early life and his sources of inspirations but couldn't find them on net.
I am happy that KHURRUM ALI SHAFFIQUE SAHIB.....
of Society of Iqbal Studies (SOIS) with the collaboration of Al-fatha Academy (founded by Ibn-e-Safi) is publishing a life history of Rashid Minhas Shaeed (Nishan-e-Haider).
The book would be in market and leading book stores on 23 March 2010.