Captain Muhammad Sarwar
Capt Muhammad Sarwar was born in 1910 in Village Sanghori, District Rawalpindi. He was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment in 1944. During the Kashmir Operations as a Company Commander in the 2nd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, he launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position in the Uri Sector. On 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed wire barrier, he got shahadat when his chest was hit by a burst of automatic fire.
Naik Saif Ali Janjua
Nk Saif Ali Khan was born on 25 April 1922 in Khandbaz Tehsil Nakial (Azad Jammu & Kashmir). He was enlisted in the Royal Corps of Engineers in British Indian Army in 1941. After completing his service in the British Indian Army in 1947, he came back to his native town and started establishing Haidri Force with the support of Sardar Fateh Muhammad Karailvi. On 1st Janaury 1948, Haidri Force was raised as “Sher-e-Riasti Battalion” under the command of Lt. Col. Muhammad Sher Khan. Saif Ali Janjua was appointed as a Naik and made platoon commander. His platoon was given the responsibility to defend Budha Khanna. The enemy attacked his post with two companies and heavy Arty fire but despite facing all odds, he led his jawans while setting personal example of bravery despite being hit on his chest by Arty fire, he retained his position and frustrated the assault. Due to severe injuries he embraced Shahadat 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 initiated the gazette notification to declare his Hilal-e-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e Haider.
Major Tufail Muhammad
Maj Tufail was born in 1914 in Hoshiarpur. He was commissioned into the 16th Punjab Regiment in 1943. In August 1958, Major Tufail Muhammad, a Company Commander in the East Pakistan Rifles, and his patrol encircled an Indian post in the Lakshmirpur area. And, though mortally wounded in the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, Major Tufail Muhammad continued to lead his troops till the Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners. He embraced shahadat the same day i.e, 7 August 1958.
Major Raja Aziz Bhatti
Maj Raja Aziz Bhatti was born in 1928 in Hong Kong. He was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment in 1950. On 6 September 1965, as a Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, he chose to stay with his forward platoon under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB Canal. Throughout these days he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell and embraced shahadat on 10 September 1965.
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas
Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas was born on 17 February 1951. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Pakistan Air Force in 1971. On 20 August 1971, he was taxiing for take off on a routine training flight when an Instructor Pilot forced his way into the rear cockpit, seized control of the aircraft and took off. When Rashid Minhas realised 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 32 miles short of the border on 20 August 1971 and embraced shahadat.
Major Shabbir Sharif
Maj Shabbir Sharif was born on 28 April 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. He was commissioned into the Frontier Force Regiment on 19 April 1964. In Dec 1971, as commander of a company of 6 F F Regt, he was ordered to capture high ground near Sulemanki Headworks defended by more than a company of India’s Assam Regiment supported by a squadron of tanks. In a well organized action, for the next three days and nights after crossing a minefield and massive obstacles and killing 43 soldiers and destroying four tanks, Major Shabbir Sharif and his men held two enemy battalions at bay. He embraced shahadat by a direct hit in the afternoon of 6 December 1971.
Sawar Muhammad Hussain
Sawar Muhammad Hussain was born on 18 June 1949 in Dhok Pir Bakhsh (now Dhok Muhammad Husain Janjua). He was enlisted as a driver on 3 September 1966. Although only a driver in the 20th Lancers, when war broke out in 1971 Sowar Muhammad Hussain took an active part in every battle in which his unit was engaged unmindful of any danger, no mater how grave. When he spotted the enemy close to a minefield near the village of Harar Khurd in December 1971, on his own initiative he directed accurate fire at the enemy resulting in the destruction of 16 enemy tanks. He was hit in the chest by a burst of machine-gun fire and embraced shahadat on 10 December 1971.
Major Muhammad Akram
Maj Muhammad Akram was born on 4 April 1938 in Dinga, Gujrat District. He was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment on 13 October 1963. Maj Akram and a company of 4 FF Regt, which he commanded in the forward area in Hilli district, in East Pakistan in 1971, came under incessant air, artillery and armour attacks. But for an entire fortnight, despite enemy superiority in both numbers and fire power, he and his men repulsed every attack, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. He embraced shahadat during this epic battle on 5 December 1971.
Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz
L/Nk Muhammad Mahfuz was born on 25 October 1944 in Pind Malikan (now Mahfuzabad), Rawalpindi District. He was enlisted in the Army on 25 October 1962. Serving in ‘A’ Company of 15 Punjab Regt when war broke out in 1971, he was deployed on the Wagha-Attari Sector where his company was pinned down by unceasing frontal and crossfire from automatic weapons. Although his machine gun was destroyed by an enemy shell, he advanced towards an enemy bunker whose automatic fire had inflicted heavy casualties. Even though wounded in both legs by shell splinters, when he reached the bunker he stood up and pounced on the enemy, in the encounter he was hit with a bayonet. Although unarmed, he got hold of the enemy and did another bayonet strangling with him. Due to serious injuries he embraced shahadat on the night of 17 December 1971.
Captain Karnal Sher Khan
Capt Karnal Sher Khan was born on 1 January 1970. He was commissioned in the Army on 14 October 1994. He emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control. He set personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended the five strategic posts, which he established with his jawans at the height of 17,000 feet at Gultary, and repulsed many Indian attacks. After many abortive attempts, the Indians on 5 July 1999 ringed the posts of Capt Karnal Sher Khan with the help of two battalions and unleashed heavy mortar fire and managed to capture some part of one of his posts. Despite facing all odds, he led a counter-attack and re-captured the lost parts of his post. But during the course, he was hit by the machine-gun fire and embraced ‘SHAHADAT’ at the same post on 7 July 1999.
Havildar Lalak Jan
Hav Lalik Jan 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. He volunteered himself to be deployed on the front positions located at the jagged peak in May 1999. He repulsed back many aggressive ventures by the enemy and imposed colossal losses on them. On 7 July 1999, he 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 shahadat on 7 July 1999.
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