1965’s war veteran M M Alam passes away

KARACHI: Air Commodore (retired) M M Alam, one of Pakistan’s best-known military heroes and a veteran of the 1965 war with India, has passed away today after a prolonged illness at the age of 78.

Alam, who had been in poor health for several months, died in Karachi, said a statement from the Pakistan Air Force.

President Asif Ali Zardari, the supreme commander of the armed forces, expressed sorrow at the death of Alam and paid tribute to his contributions towards defending the country.

“Alam was a source of inspiration who made the people proud through his valour and unmatched bravery,” he said.

Muhammad Mahmood Alam was born in Kolkata on July 6, 1935.

He was given the Sitara-e-Jurat, one of Pakistan’s highest military awards, for smashing five Indian jets in less than a minute during the 1965 war.

Alam was admitted to Pakistan Naval Station Shifa hospital in December last year and had been under treatment since then.