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Nishan-e-Haider holders names

Nishan-e-Haider is Pakistan’s highest military award. The literal meaning of Nishan-e-Haider is the ‘Mark of Lion’. It is usually awarded to those brave soldiers of the land who gave an excellent performance in the battlefields to protects their homeland.

These are the heroes of the nation in a true sense who didn’t think of their own lives but sacrificed it for the sake of their country. Their gallantry and zeal will always be remembered.

It is pertinent to note that Nishan-e-Haider is only bestowed upon the Pakistan Armed Forces members.

History of the name Nishan-e-Haider

The name of the award Nishan-e-Haider has been given regarding Hazrat Ali (R.A). He (R.A) has been called Haider and was hailed as the bravest among all the bravest people on the earth. Hazrat Ali (R.A) was known as Asadullah (The Lion of Allah) and Yadullah (The Hand of Allah).

Nishan-e-Haider Recipients

The significance of Nishan-e-Haider can be calculated from the fact that ever since Pakistan has made, this award has been given to the 10 military personnel. Among these 10 recipients, 9 have been from the Pak Army while one from the Pakistan Air Force.

So, let’s discuss these Nishan-e-Haider holders names and their achievements on the battlefield.

Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar

Date of Martyrdom: 27 July 1948

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1947

Regiment: 2/1 Punjab Regiment

During the Indo-Pakistani war in July 1948, Captain Sarwar was the one who has volunteered to cut India’s barbed wires in order to make way for his comrades to move forward. While performing this valor act, he embraced Shahadat when the enemy’s heavy machine gun fired upon him.

Major Tufail Mohammad

Date of Martyrdom: 07 August 1958

Battle: Indo-Pakistan Border skirmish 1958

Regiment: 16th Punjab Regiment Border Guards East Pakistan Rifles

During an Indo-Pakistan Border skirmish, Major Tufail received injuries as a result of the enemy’s fires. However, despite being injured, he did not stop fighting for his nation and motherland.

He keeps on fighting until his troops lead and the Indian soldiers were driven out. He could not survive his wounds and embraced Shahadat on 7th August.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti

Date of Martyrdom: 10th September 1965

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1965

Regiment: 17 Punjab Regiment

Major Aziz Bhatti’s sacrifice is remembered by the entire nation. His gallantry has earned him Nishan-e-Haider. While defending his country at BRD Link Canal, he was attacked by the enemy for consecutive 5 days and nights.

On 10th September, he was attacked by the enemy tank shell and embraced shahadat at the spot.

Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas

Date of Martyrdom: 20 August 1971

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1971

Regiment: No. 2 Fighter Conversion Unit

Rashid Minhas was the first Pakistan Air Force officer who has received Nishan-e-Haider for risking his own life to save his country.

Though he was injured, he managed to take his aircraft around 32 miles away from the border so that it may not get into the hands of the enemy.

Major Muhammad Akram

Date of Martyrdom: 05 December 1971

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1971

Regiment: 4 Frontier Force Regiment

During the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971, Major Muhammad Akram and his followers have blocked the enemy’s rote in advance. The position was quite risky and they received heavy machine gun fires from the enemies.

However, for more than 2 weeks, Major Akram and his men were fighting courageously against the enemies. They were certainly undaunted. They were asked by the enemies to surrender by they refused.

At last, Major Akram embraced shahadat while fighting at the very close quarter battle.

Major Shabbir Sharif

Date of Martyrdom: 06 December 1971

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1971

Regiment: 6 Frontier Force Regiment

On December 6, during the Indo-Pakistani War 1971, Major Shabbir Sharif has fired on the enemy tank through his own anti-tank gun. As a result, he was attacked by the enemy’s tank fires and embraced shahadat in the afternoon.

Muhammad Hussain Janjua

Date of Martyrdom: 10th December 1971

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1971

Regiment: 20 Lancers (Armored Corps)

During the Indo-Pakistani War 1971, he figured out a minefield that was dug by the enemies near Harar Khurd village. He was always very passionate and daring to perform tasks for his country. So, he called an accurate fire at the enemy, destroying 16 of their tanks.

While performing the operation, he was hit by gunfire straight into his chest and embraced shahadat.

Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz

Date of Martyrdom: 17th December 1971

Battle: Indo-Pakistani War 1971

Regiment: 15 Punjab Regiment

During the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz’s machine gun was completely destroyed by the consecutive attacks of the enemies. Despite the destruction of his machine gun, he keeps on advancing towards the enemy with bare hands, fighting for his country.

Though he was badly injured by the legs, he reached the bunker and pounced on the enemy but got hit by them. However, he strangled one of the enemies and got attacked by the other and embraced shahadat.

Captain Karnal Sher Khan

Date of Martyrdom: 05 July 1999

Battle: Kargil War Regiment

Regiment: 27 Sindh Regiment / 12 Northern Light Infantry

Captain Karnal Sher Khan is remembered for a symbol of passion and courage during the Kargil War Regiment on the Line of Control. He has defended five posts and survived many attacks by the enemies.

On 5th July, his post was attacked by the enemy’s gun fires. He keeps on defending his post and the name of his country. For fighting for this cause, he embraced shahadat after he was hit by machine gunfire.

Havaldar Lalak Jan

Date of Martyrdom: 07 July 1999

Battle: Kargil War Regiment

Regiment: 12 Northern Light Infantry

Havaldar Lalak Jan was the one who has volunteered to be deployed on the front position while fighting for his homeland. His task was to only look after the army men, but his courage and passion have urged him to fight for this cause.

He sets examples of bravery and countered many attacked of the enemies. He sustained severe injuries during the counter-attacks. Despite wounds, he keeps on fighting and finally succumbed to his injured and embraced shahadat at the post.

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