LAHORE: Homage was paid to Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, a valiant warrior who displayed unparalleled courage while defending the motherland and embraced martyrdom on December 6 during the 1971 war.
He earned the highest gallantry award of Nishan-e-Haider.
A battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment, in which Major Shabbir Sharif was commissioned, observes Shabbir Day annually with great solemnity and gratitude.
A contingent of the regiment performed the guard of honour at the grave to pay homage to the valiant son of Pakistan Army at the Miani Sahib Graveyard.
Major General Fida Hussain Malik and Major General Kaleem Asif laid floral wreaths on behalf of the Chief Of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Corps Commander Lahore and also prayed for the departed soul.
Senior officers of the Piffers Group, Major Shabbir’ sister and son were also present on the occasion.
Major General (r) Zahoor Malik and Major General (r) Ghaziuddin Rana also laid floral wreaths on behalf of the Piffers, while wreaths were also laid on behalf of the commanding officer and all ranks of the unit.
It may be mentioned that Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed is the most decorated soldier of the Pakistan Army. He enjoys the unique honour of being the proud recipient of the Sword of Honour, Sitar-e-Jurrat and Nishan-e-Haider, the three most coveted awards of the Pakistan Army.
In 1971, during the Indo-Pak war, the Pakistan Army decided to launch an offence on the western front against the enemy. Major Shabbir Sharif, as commander of a company of 6 Frontier Force Regiment, was ordered to capture high ground overlooking Grumukhi Khera and village Beri at Sulemanki Sector.
On December 3, 1971, in a well organised superhuman action, he and his men fought valiantly and held two Indian battalions at bay by killing 43 soldiers and destroying four enemy tanks.
Major Shabbir Sharif cleared the Jhangar post with utmost courage by fearlessly passing through the minefield laid by enemy and swam across Sabuna distributary under intense enemy fire, leading his company higher on the bund.
On the bund, hand-to-hand fight ensued and he succeeded in clearing the enemy from their fortified trenches. The enemy launched several counterattacks to take back their position but Pakistani troops proudly stood the ground and repulsed more than 15 attacks and inflicted heavy losses to the enemy.
On the night of December 5, during one of the attacks, Major Shabbir Sharif jumped out of his trench, got hold of Indian Company Commander Major Narian Singh of for Jat Regiment and killed him single-handedly in a hand-to-hand fight.
Valuable information was obtained from the documents recovered from the pockets of the Indian major. On the afternoon of December 6, 1971, the enemy launched yet another counterattack, preceded by air strike and heavy artillery shelling, Major Shabbir Sharif took over the duty of the gunner from his crew and started firing on the enemy tanks.
While this fight was on, one of the enemy tanks fired at him, which proved fatal and resulted into his martyrdom. Thus, the Pakistan Army lost one of its outstanding young officer who fondly came to be known as “Superman” by his colleagues and superiors alike. He was posthumously awarded with the Nishan-e-Haider.