National heroes are glory of a country who have done distinctions in their fields. Pakistan Army has always given great sacrifices for the protection of Pakistan from its enemies. Here 11 stars of Pakistan are those who had sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to protect the beloved country. Such people are honoured by the country and given Nishan-e-Haider as a recognition of their services. These 11 stars of Pakistan are who have been entitled to this gallantry award for their remarkable performances in combat.
Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed
Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Khan was born to a Rajput family of Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi District, in 1910. He was appointed to Punjab Regiment after getting the commission in British Army in 1944. As a Captain, he took part in Kashmir war in 1947. Muhammad Sarwar fought against the Indian Army with undaunted courage and fierce bravery and embraced the martyrdom on July 27, 1947. He was the first person to be awarded Nishan E Haider.
Naik Saif Ali Shaheed
Saif Ali was appointed to Azad Kashmir Regiment. In 1948 Indo-Pak war he fought with undaunted courage and became the martyr on April 26, 1948. At that time, he was granted with Hilal-e-Kashmir award. Later, when it was decided by Pakistan Army that Hilal-e-Kashmir award is equal to Nishan e Haider then Saif Ali Janjua became part of that Nishan e Haider legendary recipients ‘list.
Tufail Muhammad Shaheed
Major Tufail was born to a Gujjar family in 1914 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He was appointed to the Punjab Regiment after getting the commission in British Indian Army. As company commander of East Pakistan Rifles, he was serving in East Pakistan in 1958. He hurled an attack on Indian invaders when Indian army captured a village near the border on August 7, 1958. He was wounded by three bullets during the fight. He fought with courage and killed many Indian soldiers with his gun. When the Indian army started to retreat, he was shifted to hospital where he succumbed to the wounds. An interesting thing about Major Tufail is that he is the only recipient of Nishan e Haider who won that award outside the Indo-Pak wars.
Raja Abdul Aziz Bhatti Shaheed
Major Raja Abdul Aziz Bhatti was born on 1928 in Gujrat district of Pakistan. Aziz Bhatti is also known as "Muhafiz e Lahore". He was appointed to Punjab Regiment after getting a commission in Pak Army. He fought with fierce courage against invading Indian Army in Burki Sector of Lahore in 1965 Indo-Pak war. He stopped the Indian Army attack with his exemplary bravery and guidance and embraced martyrdom during the mission. He is regarded as the most renowned officer in the history of Pakistan Army.
Rashid Minhas Shaheed
Rashid Minhas Shaheed, born in 1951, is the youngest of all the heroes who have received Nishan-e-Haider for their bravery in combat. He was a Pilot in PAF, a newly commissioned officer in 1971. When his instructor, Matiur Rehman, tried to hi-jack the plan to India, Rashid Minhas fought with him with whom he was flying during 1971 Indo-Pak war. Rashid stopped his evil attempts with great valour and at end the plan was crashed with its passengers and this great Son of Pakistan embraced martyrdom.
Shabbir Sharif Shaheed
Shabbir Sharif was a brave officer of Pakistan Army who received both award Nishan-e- Haider and Sitara-e-Jurat for his bravery. He also received Sword of Honour. He is the only one who has received these three awards. He was a nephew of Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed and the elder brother of the Ex COAS, General Raheel Sharif. He took part in 1965 and 1971 wars of Indo-Pak and proved himself a man with heroic courage. In 1971 war he fought in very hostile circumstances and embraced martyrdom.
Muhammad Hussain Shaheed
Sarwar Muhammad Hussain Janjua was born in 1948 in Gujar Khan, Punjab. He was a brave soldier of Pakistan army. He took an active part in the wars of 1965 and 1971. On 10th December 1971, he was martyred while fighting Indian army. He was the first Jawan (A lowermost rank in Pakistan Army) to be awarded with Nishan e Haider.
Muhammad Akram Shaheed
Major Muhammad Akram was born on September 25, 1941 in Karachi. The name of his unit was 4 Frontier Force Regiment. He fought dauntlessly at Battle of Hilli during 1971 Indo-Pak war and became a martyr.
Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfouz Shaheed
Muhammad Mahfouz Shaheed was born on October 25, 1944, at Pind Malkan, Rawalpindi. The name of his Unit was 15 Punjab Regiment. During the 1971 Indo-Pak war he embraced martyrdom. He was granted with Nishan e Haider on 23 March 1972 for his gallantry in the battlefield.
Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed
Sher Khan Shaheed was born on January 1, 1970 at Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sher Khan is generally known as Karnal Sher Khan (Kernal is a localized form of Army Rank Colonel). First, he was in the Unit 27 Sindh Regiment and later transferred to 12 Northern Light Infantry. During the Kargil war of 1999, Karnal Sher Khan fought with Indian army with great valour and became martyr.
Lalak Jan Shaheed
Lalak Jan Shaheed was born in Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan on April 1, 1967. During Kargil war of 1999, he fought bravely during Kargil war against Indian Army in 1999 and embraced martyrdom. He is the last and most recent who is awarded Nishan e Haider.