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Major Aziz Bhatti being honoured on his martyrdom anniversary today

The Pakistan Army paid tribute to the 1965 martyr. Source: Radio Pakistan.

RAWALPINDI: The 56th martyrdom anniversary of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti is being observed today.

The Pakistan Army paid tribute to the 1965 martyr and said the nation honours supreme sacrifice by Major Raja Aziz Bhatti. Director General ISPR, Major General Babar Ifitkhar, said the nation honours the supreme sacrifice by Major Raja Aziz Bhatti in the 1965 war.

He said the gallant actions and exemplary leadership of Aziz Bhatti inflicted heavy losses on Indian forces, successfully repulsing enemy attack on Lahore. The DG ISPR said his heroic feat inspires us to defend Pakistan, whatever the cost.

Major Aziz Bhatti was born in Hong Kong in August 6, 1928, and moved to Pakistan before independence in 1947, settling in Ladiyan village of district Gujrat. In 1950, he joined the newly formed Pakistan Army and was commissioned in Punjab Regiment.

Prior to gaining officer’s commission in the Pakistan Army, Major Bhatti served in the Pakistan Air Force as enlisted personnel and left the air force after requesting to be transferred to the army.

During Indo-Pak War in September 1965, he served as a company commander in Burki, Lahore, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti decided to stay with his forward platoon and defended the strategic BRB Canal bravely for five days.

Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemies’ tanks and artillery, he organised the defence of the BRB canal along with his brave soldiers until he was hit by an enemy’s shell and was embraced martyrdom. Major Bhatti was 37 years old at the time,

In 1966, he was honoured with the Nishan-e-Haider for his actions of valour during the Battle of Burki in the 1965 war. He was buried in the courtyard of his ancestral home at Ladiyan, a small village near Gujrat, Punjab