ISLAMABAD, Aug 8 (APP):Major Muhammad Tufail Shaheed remembered on his 60th martyrdom anniversary, he was the second recipient of Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military award of Pakistan was born in Hoshiarpur
in 1914 and commissioned in the 16 Punjab regiment in 1943.
After a distinguished career, which included several instructional and command appointments
in his own Battalion and also in the Civil Armed Forces, he was posted to the East Pakistan Rifles
in 1958 as a Company Commander.
Also in August, Indian troops captured a village in East Pakistan. Major Tufail divided his men
in three groups and it was decided that they would launch the assault during the dark hours of
He encircled an illegal Indian post, which violated the internationally recognized boundary
between the two countries, in the Lakshmipur area.
When major Tufail group was about fifteen yards from enemy, they came under heavy fire
and three bullets entered major’s stomach. Despite the shower of blood from his stomach, he
kept moving forward and silenced the machinegun with a grenade.
When another enemy machine-gun opened fire, killing his second in command, Major Tufail destroyed that gun too with a well-aimed grenade.
During the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, he noticed the commander of the Indian post moving silently to attack one of his men.
Though fatally wounded, Major Tufail crawled towards the enemy commander. He stretched out
one of his legs and as the enemy stumbled he hit him in the face with his steel helmet, thus saving his troop.
Major continued directing the operation until the enemy was driven out leaving behind four dead
and three prisoners.
He was awarded with Nishan-e-Haider , Pakistan s highest military award for his courage.
Due to loss of so much blood, Major Tufail fell on the ground, and then got up and said to his
officer “I have completed my duty, the enemy is on the run”.
He was rushed to hospital but he succumbed to the injuries on 8 August.