Nation observes martyrdom anniversary of Nishan-e-Haider recipient Capt. Sarwar Shaheed

martyrdom anniversary, Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed
Islamabad: The 72nd martyrdom anniversary of Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, first-ever recipient of the greatest award, Nishan-e-Haider, is being observed today.

He rendered supreme sacrifice for the nation and embraced martyrdom on July 27 1948 at Orhi sector in Kashmir war against Indian Army.

He was posthumously awarded first Nishan-e-Haider.

On the occasion, Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said in his tweet: "Nation venerates supreme sacrifice of Capt Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, NH, Kashmir War 1948. His insurmountable courage and unwavering loyalty will forever be an epitome of valiance. Every bullet he took for country, for Kashmir, strengthens our resolve to defend Pakistan at all cost."



Raja Muhammad Sarwar was born in Singhori village in Gujar Khan district on November 10, 1910.

Raja Muhammad Sarwar was commissioned in Punjab Regiment in 1944.

He entered into the army as a sepoy in April 1929 and served in the Baloch regiment till 1941. He was commissioned in the Punjab regiment in 1944 and also got promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant that very year.

He joined the Punjab regiment in 1946 and achieved the rank of Captain, months before the creation of Pakistan. Once the country emerged on the map of the world in 1947, Raja Muhammad Sarwar volunteered to be a part of the battalion formed to regain Kashmir.

He was given the rank of Company Commander of the Second Battalion of the Punjab Regiment. Under his leadership, the regiment was able to force the Indian forces to retreat out of certain regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, his battalion faced heavy resistance from the opposing forces present in the Uri sector as the soldiers pushed forward to take over a well-guarded enemy position.

As he along with his battalion continued moving forward, the intensity of gun-fire, grenade attacks and mortar fire. He received martyrdom on July 27, 1948, after receiving multiple shots on his chest as he attempted to cut a barbed wire barrier while making an effort to progress further into enemy lines.