Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui
(18 July 1935 - 6 September 1965) was a well-known fighter pilot
in the Pakistan Air Force
. He is recognised for services to his country during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
, and is a recipient of both the Hilal-e-Jurat
(Crescent of Courage) and the Sitara-e-Jurat
(Star of Courage). He was commissioned in the 13th GD(P) Course on 10 June 1953 winning the Best Pilot Trophy
from Pakistan Air Force Academy
Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
He was shot down during attack on Halwara Air Base
along with Flight Lieutenant
Younis Hasan as his number 2 and then-Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry
as number 3. Flight Lieutenant Hasan also embraced Shahadat during the same mission. Guns of his F-86 Sabre
jammed right in the middle of the attack. Flight Lieutinent Chaudhry asked him to return back which he refused. He ordered Chaudhry to carry on the attack and provided cover to the tail of Chaudhry. His plane was badly damaged due to enemy fire and finally crashed on Halwara.
Honors and Legacy
's third biggest air base, Rafiqui Airbase
) is named after him. One of the largest roads of the Lahore
Cantonment is named Sarfaraz Rafiqui Road in his honour. Rafiqui Shaheed
Road in Karachi
is also named after him. In Peshawar, the Rear Air Headquarters and PAF School and Degree College, are located on Rafiqui Road.
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