First time in history a Pakistani Hindu youth has become the only person from the minority community in Pakistan to join the country’s, Air Force. He is identified as Rahul Dev and he has been recruited as a General Duty Pilot Officer, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) confirmed in a tweet.
Dev hails from the Tharparkar district of Sindh province and the exact age of the young pilot still remains unknown. However, those inducted in PAF at his level are often around 20.
Sharing the picture of the young man, the PAF recently tweeted, “Good news during #COVID19 tense situation. Thar rocked again…Congratulations #RahulDev who hails from a very remote village of Tharparkar has been selected as GD Pilot in #PAF.”
Good news during #COVID19 tense situation. Thar rocked again …. Congratulations #RahulDev who hails from very remote village of Tharparkar has been selected as GD Pilot in #PAF #PakistanAirForce. pic.twitter.com/5GuDmen705
— PAF Falcons (@PAF_Falcons) May 1, 2020
The official Radio Pakistan on Wednesday also said it is “for the first time in Pakistan’s history” that a Hindu youth has been recruited as a general duty pilot officer in PAF.
Last year, Kainat Junaid became the first woman from Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province to have been selected for fighter pilot training.
Junaid not only secured the top position in PAF’s test for General Duty Pilot but also became Pakistan’s first female fighter pilot to serve the country alongside her father. Her father Ahmed Junaid is a Squadron Leader in the PAF.