Captain Karnal Sher Khan (Nishan-e-Haider) vs Zia Phobia

By: Amaan Tareen

Since 5th July I am getting to see many posts on Social Media specifically discussing the Martial Law imposed by Zia Ul Haq and that too without having much information on that account which is disappointing. Meanwhile, one segment of our society was calling it 5th July a Black Day in the history of Pakistan because on this date in 1977 General Zia Ul Haq had removed then Pakistani Premiere Zulfikar Ali Bhutto over the charges for plotting assassination of his Political Rivals over difference of opinion.

Not just them but the Media kept the nation busy in debate either the decision of the Former Military Ruler Zia Ul Haq was right or not they forgot to discuss some of the martyrs of Pakistan Army including Captain Karnal Sher Khan and Havaldar Lalak Jan who got martyred on same date in 1999 during Pakistan-India War in Kargil-Dras Sector.

Karnal Sher Khan, 29 Captain  of Pakistan Army who embraced martyrdom on 5th July, 1999 fighting on Tiger Hill to reclaim the post he managed to capture from Indian Army after he defended five strategic posts at Gultary. Captain Karnal Sher Khan was very brave officer of Pakistan Army which was not only recognized in Pakistan but also in India by serving Indian Army General who not only praised Captain Karnal Sher Khan’s bravery but also recommended the Pakistani Government to acknowledge the services for Pakistan Army of Captain Karnal Sher Khan during Kargil War.

Just before he was martyred, Karnal Sher Khan was following the soldier of an enemy during which he entered the area where he was surrounded by Indian Army that had been attacking his post for the past few weeks but couldn’t manage to get its control because of Captain Karnal Sher Khan being defending it. Captain Karnal Sher Khan was asked by Indian Army Officers to surrender himself infront of them to which he refused and opted to fight till his last breathe.

After which he opened fire on them which resulted into most of them being killed.

Problem in Pakistan is that people here by making some grounds of their choice start criticizing the whole Army, ignoring their positive role in Past and Present.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who was well informed on the conflict, yet he before US Officials pretended as if he was taken into confidence by then Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf who commanding the Pakistan Army, that caused heavy casualties to Indian Forces and upon failure India asked US and World Powers to intervene and help India solve the conflict with Pakistan.

Later the conflict ended upon surrender announced by Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif after consultation with US President Bill Clinton.

By having not named the other Martyrs of Pakistan, it doesn’t mean that I/We do not remember the sacrifices of our Martyrs.

This is the real passion of our Armed Forces who do not give up under any circumstances but to defend the land of pure, Pakistan. Before you criticise any soldier, think about number of sacrifices he has made in his life and respect their choice. Salute to Pakistan Armed Forces and ISI Officers because of them, we are safe living in cozy houses living in peace because someone at the border has decided to do every bit of his just to keep his people safe. We salute you all Pakistan Army Officers and we promise not to forget your sacrifices for Pakistan and its People.

Long Live Pakistan Armed Forces, Pakistan Zindabad!
#5thJuly #KargilWar #UnsungHeroesOfPakistan #PakistanArmy #ISI #ZarbEAzb


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