RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has paid tribute to Major Shabbir Sharif Shaeed on his 50th martyrdom anniversary for his gallantry and heroic action exhibited during the 1971 war in Sulemanki sector.
DG ISPR Tweeted: “On his 50th martyrdom anniversary, we pay tribute to Maj Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, NH, a most gallant officer who received SJ in 1965 & NH during 71 War for heroic action at Sulemanki Sector. His supreme sacrifice reminds us that no cause is nobler than defense of the motherland….
“Nation pays homage to Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider on his 50th Martyrdom Anniversary for his supreme sacrifice . The Hero of Battle of Hilli during 1971 War will always be remembered for his resolve and courage against all odds.”
Major Shabbir, born on 28th of April, 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District, was commissioned in Frontier Force Regiment on 19th April, 1964.
In December 1971 he, being a company commander, 6th Frontier Force Regiment, was ordered to capture high ground near Sulemanki Headworks defended by more than a company of the Assam Regiment supported by a squadron of tanks.
Major Shabbir Sharif captured that area, killing forty-three Indian soldiers and destroying four tanks.
Major Shabbir Sharif and his men repulsed counter attack by two enemy battalions. On 6th of December, 1971, he was directly hit by a tank shell and embraced martyrdom.
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