Legendary fighter pilot Group Captain (retd) Saiful Azam, who was awarded “Sitara-i-Jura’at” for his outstanding success during the Indo-Pak War of 1965, breathed his last in Bangladesh after a long illness on Monday. Azam was born in the East Bengal district of Pabna in 1941 and entered the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as a Fighter Pilot in October 1960.
During the war of 1965, he served in Squadron No. 17 at PAF Base Sargodha. Apart from inflicting heavy damage on the Indian forces during 12 ground attack missions, Azam also killed one Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft. He was named “Sitara-i-Jura’at” for his bravery and dedication to service.
In appreciation of his valiant efforts, he received service decorations from the Governments of Jordan and Iraq. He was also given the designation of “Moving Eagle” by the US government in 2001.
Air Staff Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan expressed his heartfelt grief at the sad death of the legendary war veteran, read the PAF press release. In homage to Group Captain (retd) Saiful Azam, the air chief acknowledged his heroic efforts during the Indo-Pak and 1967 Arab-Israel wars. “He was an outstanding war pilot who will still be recognized for his bravery and integrity”.