Karachi: M.M. Alam, Pakistani hero who downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute in 1965 war, passed away here after a protracted illness. He was 78.
Air commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam was a retired Pakistani fighter pilot, one-star general who served with the Pakistan Air Force.
In 1965, Alam 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.
His family moved to West Pakistan around 1971. Contrary to later accusations that also embittered him towards the establishment, ethnically Bihari Alam remained loyal to Pakistan and not to the newly created Bangladesh.
General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee expressed his condolences on the demise of Air Commodore (R) M. M Alam (national hero of 1965 war) Applauding his patriotism and sense of devotion toward Pakistan and Pakistan Air Force for which he is an icon to be followed.