The nation is paying tribute to the hero of 1965 war Muhammad Mahmood Alam, popularly known as MM Alam, by observing his sixth death anniversary today (Monday).
MM Alam was born on July 6, 1935, in Calcutta. He was bought up in Bengal which is in India and after the separation of Pakistan and India in 1947, his family migrated to the then called East Pakistan now Bangladesh.
MM Alam was granted commission in the Pakistan Air Force (then RPAF) on October 2 1953. MM Alam has been considered as a national hero of Pakistan, for his remarkable show of brilliance in the war of 1965 between India and Pakistan when was posted at Sargodha.
During the war, Alam was involved in various dogfights between the two neighboring countries while flying his F-86 Sabre fighter. In 1965 war, Alam downed nine Indian aircraft including six Hawker Hunters in the aerial fighting, and damaged at least two others.
On September 1965, MM Alam, in one mission, downed as many as five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the last four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record, with the total of nine aircraft downed in the war.
MM Alam retired from the Pakistan Air Force in 1982 and took up a residence in Karachi. He died on March 18, 2013, at the age of 77