Nation pays tribute to Nishan-i-Haider laureate Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed on his martyrdom anniversary today (Dec 18). Floral wreath, on behalf of army chief, laid at the monument of Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider at Mehfoozabad.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Lieutenant General Khalid Zia along with other defense officials laid floral wreath on the monument of the war hero. The occasion was attended by representatives of Punjab, serving & retired officers & jawans of Pakistan Army, relatives of the ‘shaheed’.
Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was born in Jat family of Pind Malikan (now Mahfuzabad) in Rawalpindi District on October 25, 1944. Muhammad Mahfuz joined Pakistan Army on October 25, 1962 as an infantry soldier.
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 Mahfuz 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.
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. For his supreme courage, Lance Naik Muhammad Mafuz Shaheed was awarded Nishan-i-Haider, the highest Military award of Pakistan.
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