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PAF chief visits 1965 War hero M M Alam

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KARACHI: Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, chief of the air staff of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), visited Air Commodore (Retd) Muhammad Mahmood Alam (commonly known as M M Alam), a veteran of 1965 and 1971 wars, at his residence.

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According to a PAF press release issued on Friday, the air chief enquired about his health and well being. The war veteran, who was earlier hospitalized, has now shifted to his residence and is stable.

The air chief remains in constant touch about the health of Air Commodore (Retd) M M Alam and pays regular visits to him whenever he visits Karachi.

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M M Alam, who is a retired Pakistani fighter pilot of North American F-86 Sabre flying ace and served with the PAF, was the commander of No 11 Squadron when he was a squadron leader. He was already a notable leader and highly experienced pilot in 1965 when he was awarded the Sitara-e-Jura’at (The Star of Courage), a Pakistani military decoration, for his actions during the Indo-Pak War of 1965.

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In earning his decorations, Alam had downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute — the first four within 30 seconds — establishing a world record. He also excelled in gunnery competition, a skill that without a doubt contributed greatly to his becoming the first and the only jet ace in one mission.

Technical education is the key to success

“Technical education is the key to success,” said the air chief while chairing the annual meeting of Board of Governors at PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology (KIET) on Friday.

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Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, who is also the patron-in-chief of PAF-KIET, lauded the efforts made by the faculty for providing quality and meaningful education to the students that can bring significant and positive change in their lives.

Earlier on his arrival, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt was received by the PAF-KIET Chairman Air Marshal Azim Daudpota.

PAF-KIET was established in 2000 and is providing quality education in the fields of engineering, computer information, management sciences, electronics and media arts. The esteemed institution also offers doctorate degrees in the fields of electronics and computer sciences. Annually, more than 3,000 students benefit from this elite institution.

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