KARACHI: Pakistan’s hero of 1965 war M.M. Alam passed away here after a protracted illness. He was 78, SAMAA reported.
He had been admitted to the Pakistan Naval Station Shifa, a naval hospital in Karachi, for the treatment of lungs problem.
Earlier last month, there was a confusion on a news report posted on social media websites that the war hero has passed away, at times he was seriously ill.
Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam was a retired Pakistani fighter pilot. He had shot down nine Indian air force planes in one single mission of air-to-air combat – a rare feat in air battle – five of them were downed in less than a minute.
He was a recipient of the Pakistani military decoration, the Sitara-e-Jurrat ("The star of courage") for his achievement during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and establishing a world record of shooting down warplanes.
He was born on July 6, 1935 in Calcutta, British India. He was popularly known as "M.M. Alam" and nicknamed little dragon.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt has expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of M. M. Alam. -- SAMAA