Captain Among 9 Soldiers Martyred in Khyber IED Blast

KHYBER AGENCY – A remote-controlled bomb blast killed nine troops and wounded three others while two more people were killed in another incident on Thursday in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, sources said.

In the first incident, security forces vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by militants on roadside near Al-Haj Market in Bara, sources said. The forces convoy was on its way to Bara from Peshawar

Nine Frontier Corp (FC) personnel including a captain were killed on the spot and three were injured, sources said.

The deceased were identified as Capt Manan, Afzal, Tariq, Yousaf, Bahadar, Ali Badshah, Nawaz Gul, Kamran Ali and Khan Afzal. Three wounded, Nabi-ur-Rehman, Gushen Ali and Jamil Hussein were shifted to military hospital for medical aid. The vehicle of the forces was also destroyed in the attack.

The vehicles were on a routine patrol when attack happened, he added. Two militants have also been killed as the security forces targeted the miscreants after the IED blast near Al-Haj Market.

Frontier Corps spokesman Major Fazl said six security personnel were confirmed dead including the captain while four others were injured.The intelligence sources, however, said nine security personnel including Captain Manan Afzal had died in the blast.

Watch Complete 2012 Youm-e-Shuhada Ceremony Held at GHQ

3rd Youm-e-Shuhada (Day of Martyrs) was observed with perseverance and solemnity at all Garrisons of the country on April 30, 2012.

The day was marked to commemorate the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, while protecting the motherland against internal and external threats.
Wreath laying ceremonies were held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada’s to pay homage to supreme sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil.

Main ceremony of Yaum-e-Shuhada was held at GHQ. Yaum-e-Shuhada ceremony was witnessed by a large number of families of Shuhada, parliamentarians, services chiefs, diplomats and people from all walks of life including the media.

Youm-e-Shuhada Is Being Observed Today

Today, Yaum-e-Shuhada will be observed with perseverance and solemnity at all Garrisons of the country. The day will be marked to commemorate the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, while protecting the motherland against internal and external threats.
Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada’s to pay homage to supreme sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil.
Main ceremony of Yaum-e-Shuhada will be held at GHQ where Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will be the host. Yaum-e-Shuhada ceremony will be witnessed by a large number of families of Shuhada, parliamentarians, services chiefs, diplomats and people from all walks of life including the media.

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.