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Wreath laid at monument of Lance Naik Mehfooz Shaheed


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Dec, 2020. 02:50 pm
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To pay homage to Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz, Nishan-e Haider, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at his monument in Mehfooz Abad.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a floral wreath was laid on behalf of General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

ISPR earlier said that “his courage and extremely daring actions on the battlefield will always be remembered by the nation.

The occasion was attended by serving & retired officers and jawans of the Pakistan Army, relatives of the ‘Shaheed’.

As per occasion, the life history of Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed was amply highlighted.

Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed embraced martyrdom on 18th December 1971 while defending the motherland at Atari, Wagah border.

He was born on 25 October 1944 in Pind Malikan (now Mehfooz Abad), 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 Muhammad Mahfuz 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 Mehfooz advanced towards an enemy bunker whose automatic fire had inflicted heavy casualties.

Even though wounded in both legs by shell splinters, when he reached the bunker he stood up and pounced on the enemy, in the encounter he was hit with a bayonet.

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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