Lance Naik Mehfooz Shaheed: Pak Army Remembers His Courage In The Battlefield

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

18th Dec, 2020. 12:42 am
Lance Naik Mehfooz Shaheed

Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider), is being remembered on his 49th martyrdom anniversary.

To remember his services to the nation, Pakistan Army has paid tribute to Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed.

Inter-services Public Relation (ISPR) tweeted, “Nation venerates supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Muhammad #Mehfooz Shaheed, Nishan-e- Haider @ Wagah Border in 1971. His courage and extremely daring actions in the battlefield are a sublime precedent worth emulating by all defenders of motherland. #OurMartyrsOurHeroes”

ISPR says his courage and extremely daring actions on the battlefield will always be remembered by the nation. 

More about Mehfooz Shaheed:

Muhammad Mehfooz was born on October 25, 1944 in Pind Malikan (now Mahfuzabad), Rawalpindi district.

He was enlisted in the Army on 25 October 1962. Serving in A Company of 15 Punjab Regiment when war broke out in 1971, Lance Naik Mehfooz was deployed on the Wagha-Attari Sector where his company was pinned down by unceasing frontal and crossfire from automatic weapons.

Although his machine gun was destroyed by an enemy shell, Muhammad Mahfuz advanced towards an enemy bunker whose automatic fire had inflicted heavy casualties.

During the attack, a bomb exploded near Mehfooz Shaheed in which he got badly injured and his machine-gun became out of order.

He crawled into a nearby trench of a  shaheed firer and got hold of his to machine-gun and started firing. Meanwhile, he noticed that an enemy machine-gun was effectively engaging his own troops. Muhammad Mehfooz crawled towards the enemy trench and on reaching within 10 yards charged on it. He caught the enemy firer by his neck and pushed him to death.

Although unarmed, he got hold of the enemy and did another bayonet strangling with him. Due to serious injuries, he embraced martyrdom on the night of 17 December 1971.

On March 23, 1972, the Pakistan Government in recognition of the bravery of Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed, awarded him with the top military award ‘Nishan-e-Haider.’

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