Martyrdom anniversary of Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed being observed today


RAWALPINDI: 26, OCTOBER, 2021: The 73rd martyrdom anniversary of Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed is being obeserved today (Tuesday).
The Pakistan Army has paid tribute to Naik Saif Ali Janjua on his martyrdom anniversary today, saying he "valiantly" repulsed Indian forces attacks and fought till his last breath.
In a tweet, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said "On 73rd Shahadat [martyrdom] Anniversary; Nation pays tribute to gallantry of Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed, NH [Nishan-i-Haider], who valiantly defended vital Pir Kaleva Ridge against repeated Indian attacks in 1948. He led his men with conviction to fight till end while ensuring defence of motherland."
Janjua was born on 25 April 1922 in Khandbaz Tehsil Nakial (Azad Jammu & Kashmir), enrolled in the Royal Corps of Engineers in British Indian Army on 18 March 1941. After retirement he helped in establishment of Haidri Force on 1 January 1948, as "Sher-e-Riast Battalion" under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Sher Khan. Due to his dedication, he was promoted as Naik and appointed as platoon commander.
He defended the post with chivalry and repulsed many aggressive ventures by the enemy.
During the battle he was critically wounded and embraced martyrdom on 26 October 1948.
On 14th March 1949, the Defence Council of Azad Jammu & Kashmir adorned him with Hilal-e-Kashmir (posthumous) and on 30th November 1995, Government of Pakistan declared his Hilal-e-Kashmir equivalent to Nishan-e Haider. (04)

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