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Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed

Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed

Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was born in Rawalpindi District of Punjab Province on October 25, 1944 in a locality Pindi Malkian (currently now termed as Mahfoozabad). He joined Pakistan Army as Lance Naik in Infantry on October 25th, 1962.
During 1971 a terrorist organization named “Mukti Bahni” was operating in East Pakistan to create disturbances. The terrorist organization was fully backed by Indians to destabilize peaceful Pakistan. The terrorist organization and Indian Army started atrocities in East Pakistan leaving no choice for Pakistan except to counter attack them. At the initial stages the war was limited to East Pakistan. With passage of time more intensive situation developed and Pakistan’s western border also fell under full fledge war. The Indian Army was launching offensives on all western fronts from Sialkot to lower Punjab to build pressure in Pakistan at maximum. They attacked the vital Wagah Attari Sector in an ambition to occupy historic city of Lahore.
Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was posted in Company “A” of 15th Punjab Regiment deployed in Wagah-Attari sector to defend motherland. The stakes were high and there was no option except to do and die for these Pakistani men of courage. They were ordered to advance and capture a village Pul Kanjri a village 35 km distant from both Lahore and Amritsar remote to wagah border. Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was member of Platoon 3 (of 15th Punjab Regiment) which was leading the mission. The Indians troops sheltered themselves inside concrete bunkers. They were firing consistently but even with all the enemy aggression Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed and his men kept advancing forward to capture village stealthily. When the bold and brave team of Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed reached just touching distance away from Indian bunkers they were faced with burst of Automatic Indian Weapons. The Indian Heavy Guns also started firing on Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed and his company. Even with all odds the brave and courageous Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed filled with spirit of Jazba e Jihad advanced towards enemy bunker whose consistent firing had inflicted casualties on Pakistani side. Even Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was wounded due to splinters of enemy shell exploded near him he entered inside enemy bunker and pounced upon Indian Solider who was firing installed automatic weapon. He managed to neutralize enemy bunker but in the skirmish hit by enemy soldiers bayonet and succumbed.  But he did what he was meant to do. His regiment succeeded that battle due to him. For his bravery Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed was honored with Nishan e Haider the prestigious Pakistani Military Award and the desire of many living soldiers.

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