Pakistan Army Heroes Martyrs – 11 Holders of Nishan-e-Haider

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Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed, HK

He was born on 25 April 1922 in Khandbaz Tehsil Nakial (Azad Jammu & Kashmir). He was enrolled in the Royal Corps of Engineers in British Indian Army on 18 March 1941. After retirement he helped in establishment of Haidri Force on 1 January 1948, as “Sher-e-Riast Battalion” under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Sher Khan. Due to his dedication, he was promoted as Naik and appointed as platoon commander. He set personal examples of gallantry and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy at Bhudha Khanna area where his post was located. He defended the post with chivalry and repulsed many aggressive ventures by the enemy. During the battle he was seriously injured and embraced Martyrdom on 26 October 1948. On 14th March 1949, the Defence Council of Azad Jammu & Kashmir adorned him with Hilal-e-Kashmir (posthumous) and on 30th November 1995, Government of Pakistan declared his Hilal-e-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e Haider.

Captain Mohammad Sarwar Shaheed, NH

He was born in 1910 in Village Sanghori, District Rawalpindi. He was commissioned in 2nd Punjab Regiment during 1944. Soon after the inception liberation move started in Kashmir against illegal Indian occupation. Company Commander Captain Muhammad Sarwar launched an attack against a strongly fortified enemy position in the Uri Sector and secured the area. On 27 July 1948, he moved forward with six of his men to secure passage through wire obstacle, during which he received a burst of fire at his chest and embraced martyrdom.

Major Tufail Mohammad Shaheed, NH

He was born in 1914 in Hoshiarpur. He was commissioned in16th Punjab Regiment during 1943. In August 1958, the Indian Army troops occupied the Lakshmipur area in East-Pakistan. Major Tufail Muhammad was tasked to recapture the occupied area. In the line of his duty, Major Tufail Muhammad launched attack on Indian infiltrated troops and set an example of bravery and leadership. In spite of being seriously injured, he continued to lead his troops in the heat of battle. Enemy troops were successfully evicted and area was recaptured. Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners. He embraced martyrdom the same day i.e, 7 August 1958.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, NH

He was born in 1928 in Hong Kong. He was commissioned in Punjab Regiment, during 1950. On 6 September 1965, as a Company Commander in Burki area of Lahore sector, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti chose to stay with his forward platoon, facing armour division attack under incessant artillery shelling for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB Canal. Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemy small arms, tanks and artillery shelling, he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to respond until he was hit by a tank shell and embraced martyrdom on 10 September 1965.

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, NH

He was born on 17 February 1951. He was commissioned as a pilot in Pakistan Air Force in 1971. On 20 August 1971 Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was to takeoff on a routine training flight when his Instructor Pilot forced him from the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When Rashid Minhas realized that the absconding pilot was heading towards India, he tried to regain control of the plane but was unable to do so. Knowing that it meant certain death, he damaged the controls and forced the aircraft to crash thirty-two miles short of the border.

Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, NH

He was born on 28 April 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. He was commissioned in Frontier Force Regiment on 19 April 1964. In December 1971 Major Shabbir Sharif, being a company commander, 6th Frontier Force Regiment, was ordered to capture high ground near Sulemanki Headworks defended by more than a company of the Assam Regiment supported by a squadron of tanks. Major Shabbir Sharif captured that area, killing forty-three Indian soldiers and destroying four tanks. Major Shabbir Sharif and his men repulsed counter attack by two enemy battalions. On 6 December 1971, he was directly hit by a tank shell and embraced martyrdom.

Sowar Mohammad Hussain Shaheed, NH

He was born on 18 June 1949 in Dhok Pir Bakhsh(now Dhok Muhammad Husain Janjua). On 3 September 1966 he was enrolled as a driver and after training joined 20 Lancers. During 1971 war, Sowar Muhammad Hussain took an active part in every battle with the unit. He spotted the enemy tanks close to a minefield near the village Harar Khurd. At his own initiative he directed accurate fire of recoilless rifles, resulting in the destruction of sixteen enemy tanks. During the battle, he received a burst of machine-gun in the chest and embraced martyrdom on 10 December 1971.

Major Mohammad Akram Shaheed, NH

He was born on 4 April 1938 in Dingha, Gujrat District. He was commissioned in 4th Frontier Force Regiment on 13 October 1963. Major Muhammad Akram was commanding a company in forward area of Hilli district, East Pakistan during 1971. Once attacked by enemy, he along with his men repulsed every attack, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Major Muhammad Akram was leading an anti-tank party in front of the forward defended locations and destroyed three tanks of the enemy. During the battle, he received bust of fire in the chest and embraced martyrdom on 5 December 1971.

Las Naik Mohammad Mahfuz Shaheed, NH

He was born on 25 October 1944 in Pind Malakan (now Mahfuzabad), district Rawalpindi. He was enrolled in Army on 25 October 1962. After training he joined, 15th Punjab Regiment. During 1971 war, unit was deployed in Wagha-Attari Sector where Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz participated in famous Pul Kunjry operation and captured the area. During the battle his machine gun was destroyed by but Muhammad Mahfuz advanced towards an enemy bunker and jumped inside. He got hold of an enemy soldier with his neck and killed him. He was stabbed with bayonets and embraced martyrdom on the night of 17 December 1971. Next morning cease fire was ordered and enemy commander himself praised him a lot while handing over his dead body rapped in Pakistani flag.

Havildar Lalak Jan Shaheed, NH

He was born on 1 Apr 1967. He was enlisted in the Army on 10 December 1984. He was serving in Northern Light Infantry Regiment when skirmishes broke out in Kargil in 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan of the Northern Light Infantry Regiment fought from the forefront to thwart heavy Indian attacks. He volunteered himself to be deployed on the front position located at the jagged peak in May 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan repulsed back many aggressive ventures by the enemy and imposed colossal losses on them. On 7 July 1999, Havildar Lalak Jan sustained serious injuries as enemies pounded the area with heavy mortar shells. But despite being injured, he retained his position and frustrated the Indian assault. Due to severe injuries he embraced martyrdom.

Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed, NH

He was born on 1 January 1970. He was commissioned in 27th Sind Regiment on 14 October 1994. Captain Karnal Sher Khan emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict at the Line of Control. He set up personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended five strategic posts, which he established with his soldiers at the height of 17,000 feet in Gultary area. On 5 July 1999, Indians, with the help of two battalions, managed to capture some portion of one of his post. Despite facing all odds, he led a counter-attack and re-captured the lost portion. Captain Karnal Sher Khan also chased the enemy and conducted many raids in enemy area. During one of such raid, he went inside enemy camp where he inflicted heavy losses. During the battle he received burst of fire in the chest and embraced ‘SHAHADAT’.

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