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Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti was born in Hong Kong on 10th September 1928. Before Pakistan came into being his family migrated into a village ladian situated inside Gujrat district Pakistan. There in 1950 he enrolled himself to join one of the prestigious services of Pakistan and was commissioned in the Punjab Regiment of Pakistan Army.

He hailed from Rajput family. The name of his father was Master Abdullah Bhatti, and his mother was Bibi Aamna. He had six siblings and six children including four sons and two daughters. He was regarded as a remarkable among officers throughout his career and always stood top in his group. Due to his brilliant performance he was awarded with the Sword of Honor among a batch of 300 officers, and also acquired the Norman Medal. He was medaled by Liaqat Ali Khan who was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan.

When Pakistan was formed it was faced with many challenges. The biggest challenge was the Indian Army aggression. India fought wars against Pakistan in later years inKashmir but failed to gain advantage due to brave acts of Pakistan Army. During Kashmir War the battle ground was limited to current Line of Control and Kashmir border with Pakistan. During 1965 the Indians decided to attack on Pakistani western border from Sialkot, Narowal and Lahore to penetrate deep into Pakistani cities and wipe its sovereignty forever. However they did not know that they were going to prepare graves of their own.

The Indian Army like cowards attacked Pakistani international border on the night of 6th September without declaring war.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti was commanding a platoon of Pakistan army in the Burki area of Lahore sector. The Indian army launched an offensive in his area of command under the cover of consistent heavy firing from both Indian tanks and artillery. But Major Aziz Bhatti resisted with his team and ceased Indian army from five days from advancing further. The key for Indians was to occupy Pakistani outpost on the vital BRB canal. But the presence of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti his platoon turned Indian dreams into nightmare.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti was directing his gunners to shell enemy positions. To keep track of every enemy step he had positioned himself in an elevated place. He managed to destroy couple of Indian Tanks but was hit by shell from another Indian tank. He embraced shahadat (martyrdom) on the spot on 11 September 1965.

A day before his Martyrdom, he was insisted by his commanding to take a little rest by replacing himself with another officer. Major Raja Aziz Bhatti declined the offer and stated that he don’t want to go back until the last drop of his blood will shed while defending his dear motherland e.g. Pakistan.

He was buried in his native village and awarded with another and most prestigious medal “Nishan e Haider” for his bravery and valor during battlefield.


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