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Matiur Rahman (military pilot)

Flt Lt Matiur Rahman
Native name মতিউর রহমান
Born (1941-10-29)October 29, 1941
Dhaka, Bengal province (current Bangladesh)
Died August 20, 1971 −30 years, 70 days
Thatta, West Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan (till March 1971) Bangladesh (after 1971)
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1963- 1971 (his death)
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Unit No. 2 Squadron
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 Bangladesh Liberation War
Awards Bir Sreshtho

Flight Lieutenant Matiur Rahman (Bengali: মতিউর রহমান) or M. Matiur Rahman (October 29, 1941 in Dhaka – August 20, 1971 in Thatta)[1] was a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force when the Liberation War broke out.

For his attempt to defect from the Pakistan Air Force, he was decorated with the Bir Sreshtho award by Bangladesh which is the highest honor given. The Bangladesh Air Force's Air Base at Jessore is also named after him.

Death

On 20 August, 1971 he attempted to hijack a T-33 trainer from Karachi, Pakistan to India in order to defect from the Pakistan Air Force and join the Liberation movement of Bangladesh. However, Flt Lt Matiur Rahman could not take the plane out of Pakistani territory. The plane crashed in Thatta, 40 kilometres from the Indian border, because of the struggle to regain control of the plane by Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas. His body, which was found near the crash site, was buried at the military graveyard at Masroor Air Base.[2] Matiur's widow, Milly, and his two infant daughters were imprisoned for a month by Pakistan Air Force, and were released on September 29, 1971.[1][3]

Grave transfer

Matiur Rahman's grave

After over 30 years of negotiations, Motiur's body was finally returned to Bangladesh on 24 June, 2006 for a ceremonial and highly symbolic reburial in 2006. He was buried at the Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, in Mirpur, Dhaka, with full military honours.[1] His original burial in a nondescript grave in Pakistan had been a sore point between Bangladesh and Pakistan for decades.

Matiur Rahman with Waleed Ehsanul Karim and Momtaz (later became Bangladeshi air chief)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Matiur's remains received in state honour, Daily Star, June 25, 2006.
  2. ^ Informative article in banglapedia.org.
  3. ^ Rahman, Milly, Bir Shreshtho Matiur Smarak Grantho, Agami Prokashoni, Dhaka, 2005. pages 70–73.

External links

  • Efforts to bring back Matiur's body
  • Article on Matuir
  • মুক্তিযুদ্ধ বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়
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