Why Havaldar Lalak Jan awarded Nishan-e-Haider in Kargil war?

Havaldar Lalak Jan is being remembered on his 21st death anniversary, he was a soldier of Pakistan Army belonging to Northern Light Infantry regiment. He was martyred in action during the Kargil war.

For his bravery, he was awarded with Pakistan’s highest military gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider. Lalak Jan hailed from Yasin valley village name Hundur district Ghizer Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan.

Lalak Jan was born on 1 April 1967 at Yasin, in the Ghizer District, of Gilgit-Baltistan. After completing his education, he joined the Pakistan Army on 10 December 1984 and eventually rose up to rank of Havaldar.

Lalak Jan was serving in the Northern Light Infantry (NLI) when the Kargil War started. He volunteered to be deployed on the front lines in May 1999.

In late 1999, his post came under a number of attacks from the Indian Army but he successfully managed to repulse them. He was killed on 7 July 1999 after he sustained serious injuries from the heavy mortar pounding on his positions by the Indian Army۔

Lalak Jan was buried in his native town in Hundur, Yasin Valley, in the Ghizer District, of Gilgit-Baltistan. Every year officials from Pakistani Government, Pakistan Armed Forces and other locals visit the tomb to offer prayer and lay floral wealth.

The Government of Pakistan awarded him Nishan-e-Haider, the country’s highest award for extraordinary gallantry.