Captain Karnal Sher Khan, who is also remembered as “Lion of Kargil” is being remembered today (July 5) on his 20th martyrdom anniversary. Sher Khan was one of only ten recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider.
He was a captain in the 27th Sindh Regiment of the Pakistan Army. He was posted to 12th NLI Regiment during the Kargil Conflict. He joined Pakistan Air Force as an Airman, but later he applied for a commission in Pakistan Army and got selected. During the Kargil War, he was deployed to Gultary region in Kargil. He established five strategic posts at a height of 17,000 feet.
On 5 July 1999, the Indian army surrounded his posts with two battalions. With heavy mortar fire, the Indian Army captured one of his posts. Khan personally lead the counter-attack but was hit by machine gun fire and was martyred.
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