Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed (Sitara-e-Basalat)

Today is the 3rd Youm-e-Shahadat of Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed.

On May 17th 2009, Capt Bilal Zafar (SB) left his unit after meeting his friend and brother Captain Zarrar Zafar who is also serving in Pak Army as SSG Commando. Somehow Bilal knew that he was going to be martyred; he completed his will prior to his death and advised his brother to take care of parents. He even asked his friend Captain Raheel to lead his Namaz-e-Janaaza.

On 5:30 AM, during an assault on Ghuzano Sar Top (now called Bilal Top) he was hit by sniper shot on his arm but he continued his operation as he always said and I quote “Bullet can never harm me”. Later he got hit by Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) and embraced Shahadat at the spot.

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ISPR – Update Avalanche Clearance at Gayari Sector, Siachen

Army has employed all possible efforts/manpower for rescue activities at Gayari Sector since last one month inspite of harsh weather conditions. The excavators work at seven sites in is progress with full pace and restoration of water channel is also underway round the clock.

A nonstop, deliberate and methodical Rescue Operation, supported by all available resources is under wayArmy has employed all possible efforts/manpower for rescue activities at Gayari Sector since last one month inspite of harsh weather conditions.

The excavators work at seven sites in is progress with full pace and restoration of water channel is also underway round the clock. A nonstop, deliberate and methodical Rescue Operation, supported by all available resources is under way

Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider)

Major Shabbir Sharif (April 28, 1943 – December 7, 1971) was a Pakistani Army officer who embraced martyrdom at Western front during the 1971 Indo-Pak. Shabbir Sharif was born in Kunjah town of District Gujrat. He did O-Levels from St. Anthony’s High School, Lahore. He joined Government College, Lahore for further studies but received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul before he could complete his studies. Sharif had an outstanding stay at the military academy and was given the prestigious ‘Sword of Honor’ on passing out. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and was posted to 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment (FF).

Shabbir Sharif participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak war as a young Lieutenant. He led many successful assaults on Indian forces. During the war, he got injured and was admitted in the Military Hospital but he escaped to rejoin his unit. He was later awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat for his bravery. In 1971, Pakistan Army decided to launch an offensive on the Western front to ease pressure on its forces fighting in the Eastern Front in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Sharif by then had rose to the rank of Major. During the war he was ordered to capture and attack an important linking bridge called ‘Gurmakhera Bridge’. Major Sharif and his troops carried out a successful assault despite of being outnumbered by Indian troops. In one of the fights with Indian troops, he engaged his counterpart Major Naryan Singh of 4 Jat in a man-to-man battle and was successful in killing him. But in the process his right shoulder was badly burnt. Another offensive was launched by Indian Army to eliminate Major Sharif’s troops on December 6, 1971. He kept leading his troops from the front despite of heaving injuries. On the morning of December 7, 1971 heaving shelling started from Indian tanks. One of the shells landed near Major Shabbir Sharif throwing him and other troops in air. He embraced martyrdom few seconds later after falling on ground. His lasts words were “don’t lose the bridge’.

Major Shabbir Sharif was buried in his hometown (Lahore) with full military honors. He was posthumously awarded ‘Nishan-e-Haider’. He is the only person who has been awarded both highest gallantry awards; Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider which makes him the highest decorated soldier of Pakistan Armed Forces.