The 72nd martyrdom anniversary of first recipient of Nishan e Haider, Captain Muhammad Sarwar (Shaheed), is being observed on Monday (today).
Raja Muhammad Sarwar Bhatti was born in a village, Singhori, of Rawalpindi district on November 10, 1910. He joined army as a soldier in 1929. He was commissioned in Punjab Regiment in 1944. He also participated in the Second World War from the side of British. In recognition of his services, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Following establishment of Pakistan, Raja Muhammad Sarwar joined Pakistan Army. In 1948, he was appointed as the company commander of second battalion in the Punjab Regiment. He was sent on an operation in Kashmir. Troops under his command made the enemies retreat to Ladakh area from Gilgit Baltistan.
During this operation, he was martyred in a mortar shelling by the Indian army soldiers. He was clearing the way using the bolt cutter to cut the barbed wires installed by Indian army.
He rendered supreme sacrifice for the nation and embraced martyrdom on July 27, 1948 at Orhi sector in Kashmir war against Indian Army.
Sarwar Shaheed was posthumously awarded first Nishan-e-Haider. His insurmountable courage and unwavering loyalty will forever be an epitome of valiance.
The body of Captain Sarwar is buried at the Hill of Tilpatra which is near the Uri in Indian Kashmir where he was buried on July 27, 1948.
Every bullet he took for country, for Kashmir, strengthens our resolve to defend Pakistan at all cost.