KHANEWAL: The 110th birth anniversary of Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed is being celebrated today.
Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed was a military officer in the Pakistan Army who received the first Nishan-e-Haider for his gallant and actions of valor during the first war between India and Pakistan in 1947–48. He joined the army as a soldier on April 15, 1929. On July 27, 1948, he was martyred while fighting the army of the enemy in the Uri sector of Kashmir.
He was born on 10th November 1910 in Singhori village in Tehsil Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi District, Punjab in British India. He was martyred on 27th July 1948 at the place of Uri, Jammu, and Kashmir in India at the age of just 38.
He received his initial education from Faisalabad, and was enrolled in Army as soldier in 1929. In 1944 he was commissioned and assigned to the Punjab Regiment. In 1947, after which he participated in World War II, from Britain. He joined the Punjab regiment in 1946 and achieved the rank of Captain, months before the creation of Pakistan.
Once the country emerged on the map of the world in 1947, Raja Muhammad Sarwar volunteered to be a part of the battalion formed to regain Kashmir. He was given the rank of Company Commander of the Second Battalion of the Punjab Regiment.
Captain Sarwar launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position located in the Uri Sector. His battalion was subject to under heavy machine gun, grenade, and mortar fire.
On 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed-wire barrier, he was killed in action when he was shot in the chest with heavy machine gun fire.
n recognition for his valour, Sarwar was awarded with many honors including the Nishan-E-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military decoration October 27, 1969. In addition Sarwar Shaheed College was named in his honor.