A tribute to Shaheen Javed (Shaheed) [Re-posted]

Intro by Mr Haris Zuberi

[A Tribute to a hero of the PAF who sacrificed his life in a battle of time, yet managed to win with a prize of eternal life. In the line of duty on an ordinary evening in September 2001 this young man with hopes, dreams, love and ambition like all of us made the timely decision requiring nerves and determination of steel and put his own life last and those of his fellow countrymen on ground below his aircraft at the top.

He could have chosen the easy way out, but such has not been the tradition with these men in Olive Green overalls. And even more so since Shaheen Javed may have felt the urge to meet an old timer up in heaven and tell him he was more than able to keep the tradition alive! For Flying Officer Shaheen Javed had taken off from the very airbase, tarmac and very squadron that exactly 30 yrs and over one month earlier The PAF’s Nishan-i-Haider awardee Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas had taken off……both met similar fates and glory.]

Flying Officer Shaheen

Jiss DHAJ se koi maqtal mein giya, woh SHAAN salaamat rehti hai
yeh jaan tau aani jaani hai, iss jaan ki tau koi baat nahin…..

I still am nostalgic as ever about the memories and times of this sweet course-mate of mine who embraced Shahadat as his aircraft had crashed after a technical failure near Hub (Balochistan) on 27 September 2001 while on a routine training mission. Let me share with you today, the story of this heroic son of soil……..

He was real Shaheen……right as his name……and a thorough, well-bred gentleman….a high-professional flyer and a cheery fighter pilot. Right from academy days, he was unparalled in his profession. Days passed and we ended up at our parent units. And once I reported at my unit in Karachi.and saw him there…..he was in spirits……”I am here……posted.!!”, he said. The old relations were re-nurtured and we enjoyed like anything. Flying continued. Shaheen used to take off and land back……with all the prayers, wishes and safety measures taken. We met everyday with ever improving n zealous marks……

And this was the day when during an evening mission, with an emergency too much to handle for the pilots of his experience, he remained calm and announced it. He was guided n taken care of very well..the escort aircraft and the duty controllers did real well. With all actions summing up to nil results, when he was finally ordered to bail out of the aircraft…… He suddenly saw a population of 30-40 houses in front. “The aircraft would crush into them in seconds” he thought. “What can be done”, he tried to decide….. Safe ejection and avoiding populations n buildings n installments is always taught…..but how to avoid them with an aircraft which is out of control is probably never a part of theory….that is where the spirit works and it really does wonders.. Shaheen endeavoured to his last limits and somehow brought the aircraft away from the population while pulling out his ejection handle..successfully getting the population saved.

The act of diverting the aeroplane had made him eject in a wrong way and he suffered a serious injury. He came on ground………… bleeding all the way…..but there on ground no one would dare to go near him……..he could listen to the words uttered by the terror-stricken villagers, “yeh indian pilot hai. koi paas na jaiy iss kay…..” The innocent villagers could never make out simple things……..one of them went near the pilot and saw his name-plate and badges. He saw the pilot tossing his head in negative and heard him barely uttering the words, “Pakistan..Pakistan…..!!”…………and then that person realized and shouted,” paani laao….yeh pakistani hai….!!”……and the peasents ran for chhagals and mashkezaas and tried to pour it down the throat of Flying Officer Shaheen. He was continuously observed uttering something but no voice was being heard….only his lips would be seen moving………….he had gone to a life too much for us to understand……

And do not say of those who are slain in the way of Allah,”They are dead”. Infact they are alive, but you do not perceive that life. (Al-Quran)

…………Flying Officer Shaheen Javed Shaheed…….And he had been posted at Karachi……..in the same fighter Squadron that had loved and bred and groomed Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed (NH) some 30 years back. There, a portrait of his smiles right beneath that of Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed (NH)…………..that`s the proud heritage we carry today, with a pledge…….

“We regard the magnificient performance of PAF heroes, and the supreme sacrifice made by them as a debt of honour to be repaid in deeds of glory when the ocassion arises…………”

…………….I heard his news with a sigh and pride and sobs and what not…….!!! I miss him a lot today, but he probably has taught us lessons too great to be forgotten.

………………And today, the ever grateful villagers of Din Mohammad Goth never look towards the planes as the weapons of destruction…..they instead call them LIFE…..
May Almighty Allah Bless him with the best of the best – Aameen

(originally written for “MsnPakistan” – later published in ‘Hilal’ and ‘Sargodhian’)

سرحد پر کل رات سْنا ہے۔۔۔ کچھ خوابوں کا خون ہوا ہے

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قدر و قیمت میں ہے خوں جِن کا حرم سے بڑھ کر۔۔۔۔۔

An unforgettable account of Abdullah ibn Jahsh RA  and his friend Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas RA concerning an incident that took place during the Battle of Uhud. Let us read Sa’d RA’s story:

During the battle, Abdullah came to me and said, “Aren’t you making a dua to God?”

“Yes,” said I. So we moved aside and I prayed, “O Lord, when I meet the enemy, let me meet a man of enormous strength and fury. Then grant me victory over him that I might kill him and acquire spoils from him.” To this my prayer, Abdullah said Ameen and then he prayed:

“Let me meet a man of great standing and enormous fury. I shall fight him for Your sake, O Lord, and he shall fight me. He shall take me and cut off my nose and ears and when I meet You on the morrow You will say, “For what were your nose and ear cut off?” And I would reply, “For Your sake and for the sake of Your Prophet PBUH.” And then You would say, “You have spoken the truth . . .” Sa’d continues the story:

The prayer of Abdullah ibn Jahsh was better than mine. I saw him at the end of the day. He was killed and mutilated and in fact his nose and his ear were hung on a tree with a thread .

God responded to the prayer of Abdullah ibn Jahsh RA and blessed him with martyrdom as He blessed his uncle, the Leader of Martyrs, Hamzah ibn Abdulmuttalib RA. The Holy Prophet PBUH buried them together in a single grave. 

[Link:www.naseeb.com/journals/stories-of-sahabah-abdullah-ibn-jahshabdullah-ibn-masud-and-abdullah-ibn-sailam-10682]

Yes, he’s right about war…..and about dogs…

http://www.humsub.com.pk/60031/mashal-father/#more-60031

Sarhad-e-arz-e-watan! Teri hifaazat kay liye… Kitnay khursheed teri khaak kay kaam aaye thay….

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Masood! You were never fallen… You never will…

Sequel to the post: http://www.maddojazar.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/masood-a-dear-course-mate/

Sqn Ldr Syed Masood Hussain Shaheed, Sitaara Basalat was born on 26 August, 1977. He received his education from Central Model School, Lahore and Govt. College University Lahore. After intermediate he reported to PAF Academy Risalpur in 1996.

On 16 January, 2012, while he was in Turkey as instructor pilot, his aircraft (D-137 aeroplane) crashed during training near the Azmeer Airbase in Turkey Tuesday. This was an unfortunate incident, in which his Turkish under-training pilot Lt Serkan Sar (picture below) also crashed. A portion of the wreckage of the trainer aircraft was found in the sea near Izmir (Turkey). His funeral was held at Turkish Air Force Base Izmir, and later at PAF Base Lahore.

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As a mark of close relations between Pakistan and Turkey and high esteem and respect for the Shaheed officer, Turkish Air Chief Gen. Mehmet Ertem specially flew to Izmir to participate in the funeral services. Land Forces Commander of the Aegean Region, Izmir Air Base Commander and all officers of the Base paid homage to the Shaheed officer. Wrapped in Pakistani and Turkish flags, his body was flown to Pakistan on a special plane. The Shaheed officer was on an exchange posting to the Turkish Air Force.

Later, the Shaheed was buried with full military honours in his native town Baseerpur (Okara).

Masood – A dear course-mate…

Sqn Ldr Masood Hussain embraced Shahaadat in a plane Crash in Aegean Sea (Turkey) on 16 January, 2012.

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