Nation paid tribute to sacrifices of war hero, Major Shabbir Sharif on his 48th martyrdom anniversary today (Dec 6). He was among those remarkable army officers who fought in the major wars of 1965 and 1971.
On the afternoon of 6 December, the enemy launched another counterattack preceded by air strikes and heavy artillery shelling. After casualties amongst the crew, he took over as a gunner on an anti-tank gun and started firing on the enemy tanks. While this fight was on, one of the enemy tanks fired at him thus killing him. His last words were quoted as: “Don’t lose the bridge.” It was the same bridge he died defending from the enemy’s attack.
Major Shabbir Sharif was awarded Nishan-e-Haider posthumously for his exceptional level of valour and strength in the war of 1971. He had an exceptional military career and got Sitara-e-Jurrat in 1965 and received Sword of Honor from Kakul Academy.
Major Shabbir Sharif is the brother of Raheel Sharif who was the former chief of army staff in Pakistan and is at present the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition Commander-in-Chief.
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