Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider)
Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed was the youngest of his four siblings. Though when he was eight his mother died but he was brought up by his paternal aunts. He hailed from a very religious and pious family.
Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed initially joined Pakistan Air force as electrical fitter but during his second attempt managed to join Pakistan Army as commissioned officer. He served in sindh regiment but in January he voluntarily joined 12 NLI to serve along Line of Control (LOC).
During 1999 Kargil War Pakistani Army was defending posts around gultari and mukosh valley in Kargil area. The responsibility of these posts was on the shoulders of Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed. The Indian troops had an elevated position with support from both their air force and artillery units. They attacked Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed. Most of his men got wounded and Indians were advancing nearer. But Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed decided to counterattack Indians. He had good observation of the whole Dras sector. During night he strategically placed his 21 brave men against hundreds of Indians with light artillery weapons.
The wise Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed advised his men to change positions while attacking Indians so that they cannot identify the exact location of Pakistani individuals. A single man was assigned to change up to eight positions as the brave Pakistani soldiers were outnumbered. The trick worked and the 21 men managed to capture an Indian post in the elevation as the Indian troops retreated with fear to the Indian base camp.
Meanwhile Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed without fearing of death was chasing Indians alone and reached almost nearer to their base camp. The commanding officer of Indian base camp was stunned when he saw Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed, a single man charging towards the Indian base camp with more than 400 soldiers.
The commanding officer of Indian Army warned Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed of death as he was the only one among the whole Indians but brave heart never stopped his charging towards Indians. At the same time Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed was left up with an empty gun as all of his bullets were used in piercing nearby enemy soldiers. The Indian Army Commanding Officer when approached near Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed tried to smash him with his empty gun. Upon realizing that this Pakistani Lion will never say die the Indian Commanding officer ordered his men to fire Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed to death. During final moment of his life Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed recited Kalma loudly until he got martyred.
After war the same Indian Commanding Officer recommended Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed for highest military award by writing a citation. The Government of Pakistan acknowledged Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed contribution and awarded him with Nishan e Haider for his valorous fight against enemy.