Tribute Post | Legendary Brigadier TM a.k.a Man of steel | Died 29 May, 1989 | SSG | Pakistan Army

On 29 May, 1989, the SSG suffered the tragic loss of its legendary commanding officer, when Brigadier TM was leading the team of SSG paratrooper for a free-fall at Pakistan Army Aviation School, Raholi near Gujranwala, the jump was part of Army Aviation’s Passing Out parade. The incident happen during a demonstration jump from an Army's Mi-17 helicopter when Brigadier TM's main and reserve parachute failed to open. According to the investigation, his first Parachute didn't open and the ropes were badly mixed up. Brigadier TM attempted to cut the ropes with the dagger, and tried to open the backup Parachute. Unintentionally, he had released both back up and front parachutes, and the amount of velocity with which he was coming down was enormous. The moment he hit the ground, it was estimated that due to high momentum his body weight was about 200 tons.

Tariq Mahmood
August 20, 1938 – May 29, 1989 (aged 50)
Birth nameTariq Mahmood
NicknameMan of Steel
Place of birthRawalpindiState of British Punjab,British Indian Empire
Place of deathRaholi near GujranwalaPunjab province
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Army
Years of service1960-1989
RankUS-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier-General
Unit50th Airborne Division, PA
Special Service Group
Commands held3rd Commando Powinda Battalion
Shaheen Company, 1st commando battalion
Special Service Group
50th Airborne Division
Battles/warsOperation PANAM
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Operation Gibraltar
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
East Pakistan Air Operations, 1971
Sichen Operations of 1984
Soviet War in Afghanistan
Battle for Hill 3234
AwardsSitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) (2003)
Sitara-e-Jurat (1965)
Sitara-e-Jurat (1971)
Sitara-e-Bisalat (1973)

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