KARACHI: Retired Air Marshal and former Governor Sindh Azeem Daudpota, who was, unequivocally, a hero of 1965-war passed away. He was 84.
Funeral prayers were offered at PAF BASE Faisal after Zuhr prayer on Monday.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Air Chief Marshal Suhail Aman and other dignitaries expressed grief on the passing of the National Hero.
The Air Chief marshal stated that Daudpota was a courageous pilot, distinct scholar and a true patriot. He was sincere to his profession, a guide and a role model, not only to the young pilots but to Muslims across the world.
He joined Pakistan Air Force on December 16, 1955. During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Azeem Daudpota as Squadron Leader fired missiles on Indian expansion at Atari sector, Wagah and silenced their canons. He was later honored with Sitara-e-Imtiaz for this act of valor.
Daudpota became the unofficial commander of Zimbabwe and in lieu of his services, the then president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe honored him with the second most prestigious honor of his country “Zimbabwe Order of Merit”.
He was made the chairman of PIA and he also served as governor of Sindh from October 1999 to May 2000.