Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed remembered on martyrdom day

LAHORE, (SANA): Major Shabbir Sharif Rana, a Pakistan Army officer who received Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in 1971 war against India was remembered on his martyrdom anniversary on Friday.

Army contingent laid floral wreath on the grave of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed in Lahore. The people from all walks of life visited the grave of the martyred Shabbir Sharif and paid rich tribute to his sacrifice, which he rendered for the defence of the country.

The family of the martyred also visited the grave and offered Fatheha.

Shabbir Sharif Shaheed is the elder brother of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.

He was born on April 28, 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District. While he was at Government College Lahore, he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul.

He was thus commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and after successfully completing his training. 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.

It was on December 3, 1971, that he was commanding a company of 6 FF Regiment near Sulemanki Headworks when he was assigned the task of capturing the high bund (ground) overlooking the Gurmukh Khera and Beriwala villages in the Sulemanki sector.

These points were defended by more than a company of Indian Army’s Assam Regiment which was supported by a squadron of tanks.

To attain his objective, Major Sharif had to go through an enemy minefield and swim across a 30-feet wide and 10 feet deep defensive canal, which he accomplished under heavy artillery and automatic fire.

Leading his company, he launched a frontal attack and succeeded in driving the enemy out of its fortified trenches by dusk on December 3.

A total of 43 enemy soldiers were killed in this well-nigh superhuman action, and another 28 were taken prisoners. Moreover, four enemy tanks were also destroyed.

Major Shabbir Sharif Rana embraced martyrdom in the battle. He was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery.

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