Pakistan remembers Major Tufail Mohammad Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) on his 62nd death anniversary on Friday (today).
Born on June 22, 1914 in Hoshiarpur – Indian Punjab, initially joined Indian Army in 1932 and gained commission in 1st battalion of the 16th Punjab Regiment in 1943.
He mostly served in East Pakistan Rifles and held the position of commanding officer of the military company posted near the East Pakistan’s border with India.
In August 1958, Indian Army troops crossed inside Ease Pakistan and occupied the Laxmipur District inside Pakistan’s territory. Major Tufail Mohammad lead the counterattack against Indian incursion, despite being critically wounded he even engaged in close quarters battle with Indian troops and succeeded in neutralizing enemy’s machine gun posts that were resisting Pakistani counterattack.
Major Tufail Mohammad – 44, eventually succumbed to his wounds on August 7th 1958.
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His acts of courage valour during the battle were rectified by many soldiers who fought beside him, with his reported final words being;
“I have completed my duty, the enemy is on the run.”
For his undeterred courage, resolve and ultimate sacrifice, government of Pakistan awarded Nishan-e-Haider – the highest military award of Pakistan to Major Tufail Mohammad Shaheed in 1967.