Pakistani nation observed the 73rd martyrdom anniversary of Brave son of soil Capt. Sarwar Shaheed on Tuesday 27th July. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar holds the distinction of being awarded with the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military award, for the first time in the country’s history, owing to the tremendous valour that he displayed in the battlefield during the war in Kashmir and achieving martyrdom in the process.
Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar, in his tweet on the occasion said: “Nation pays tribute to Capt Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, NH, on 73rd martyrdom anniversary. His matchless chivalry, unwavering resolve & fortitude shall always be remembered. The supreme sacrifice he made, will keep inspiring defenders of the motherland in times to come.”
Raja Muhammad Sarwar was born in Singhori village in Gujar Khan district on November 10, 1910. His father, Raja Muhammad Hayat Khan, served in the British army as a constable. The British government gifted Raja Hayat Khan with property near Samundri because of his services during the First World War.
Raja Sarwar obtained his early education from Islamia High School in Faisalabad. He joined the army as a sepoy in April 1929 and served in the Baloch regiment till 1941. He was commissioned in the Punjab regiment in 1944 and also got promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant that very year.
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. Under his leadership, the regiment was able to force the Indian forces to retreat out of certain regions of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, his battalion faced heavy resistance from the opposing forces present in the Uri sector as the soldiers pushed forward to take over a well-guarded enemy position.
As he along with his battalion continued moving forward, the intensity of gun-fire, grenade attacks and mortar fire. He received martyrdom on July 27, 1948, after receiving multiple shots on his chest as he attempted to cut a barbed wire barrier while making an effort to progress further into enemy lines. In recognition of his courage, Captain Sarwar was awarded with the Nishan-e-Haider by the Pakistan army. Sarwar Shaheed College, located in Gujar Khan, was named to honour him.