Pakistan's first Hindu GD pilot joins air force
Rahul Dev.–File photo
Social media is abuzz with the news that the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has inducted a young Pakistani Hindu from Tharpakar as GD pilot into its squad. His name is Rahul Dev and he comes from a small village in the Tharparkar District in Sindh.
The news was first shared by Rafique Ahmed Khokhar, principal staff officer to Interior Minister Brig (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah, through a tweet.
Congratulations to Rahul Dev on his selection as GD Pilot in Pakistan Air Force (PAF). He hails from a remote village of Tharparkar, Sindh. All our love and prayers for him. 💕 pic.twitter.com/3swnqJI9Cr— Rafique Ahmed Khokhar (@RafiqueKhokhar) May 1, 2020
Well-known TV anchor Nasim Zehra retweeted Rafique’s tweet and congratulated the young pilot on his success.
That smile reads sheer joy Rahul...all our love and prayers for a long, thrilling and outstanding career Pilot. Spread your wings far and wide...conquer those skies son ! @RafiqueKhokhar— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) May 1, 2020
Maheen Khan, who is part of UN’s SDGs team, also joined the voices congratulating Rahul on his unique achievement.
Congratulations Rahul Dev! Very talented youth in the hands of Umerkot and Tharparkar. They just need to reach out to opportunities. Well done 👍— Maheen Khan (@Iam_MaheenK) May 1, 2020
Blogger and author Shahid Hussain Raja also came forward to congratulate the young pilot. He expressed the hope that “he will become a role model”.
but not the last. there is always one who blazes the trail; others will follow him. he will become a role model— Shahid Hussain Raja (@Shahid_H_Raja) May 1, 2020
Zunera Hashmi, entrepreneur, journalist, digital strategist and contributing author, praised the young pilot in these words “some incredible gems coming from THAR, you be the next”.
@khemaniv104 some incredible gems coming from THAR, you be the next.— Zunera (@_Zunera) May 1, 2020
Tharparkar, a rural district in interior Sindh, has a considerable size of Hindu population, but lacks most of the basic facilities. In recent years, Tharparker has been in the news for child deaths caused by malnutrition.