Recipient of Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider, Major Shabbir Sharif being remembered on his 48th martyrdom anniversary.
Maj. Shabbir Sharif Shaheed was born on April 28, 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. He received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul while he was studying at Government College Lahore.
He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and after completing his training successfully, he was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment.
This historic battalion was the old 54th Sikhs, the parent unit of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw MC, Gen K. S. Thimayya, Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman MC, Lt Gen Khalid M Sheikh, Maj Gen Mian Hayauddin HJ, MBE, MC and many other heroic figures of the Indian and Pakistan armies.
PTV, private news channels reported that it was on December 3, 1971, when he was assigned the task of capturing the high bund (ground) overlooking the Gurmukh Khera and Beriwala villages in the Sulemanki sector.
With his heroic efforts and leadership, a total of 43 enemy soldiers were killed and another 28 were taken as prisoners.
Major Shabbir Sharif embraced martyrdom in the battle. For his bravery, he was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider.
Major Shabbir Shareef caused huge damage to the enemy troops and tanks and embraced martyrdom on 6 December, 1971.