From the onset of the hostilities he displayed distinct qualities of patriotism and aggressiveness to achieve positive results.
This was a source of inspiration to other aircrew. Unfortunately, he was unable to return from his second mission of the war on 5 December 71.
Squadron Leader Ishfaq displayed exceptional determination and tenacity under adverse conditions that existed at his base from 4th morning of December till the night he went for his last mission.
For his dedication, courage and display of excellent fighting spirit he was awarded Sitara-i-Juraat.