Monday, April 27, 2009

Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed -- The Kargil Hero

Place of birth Swabi, NWFP

Place of death Kargil

Allegiance Pakistan Army

Rank Captain

Unit 12 Northern Light Infantry (NLI)27 Sind Regiment

Battles/wars Kargil War

Awards Nishan-e-Haider

Captain Sher Khan was born in Nawan Killi a village in Swabi District of N.W.F-P. Pakistan. Karnal is localised form of Colonel. His elder brother, after his death, told in TV interviews that their parents wanted Sher Khan to become a Colonel in Pakistan Army that's why they gave him Karnal as first name[1]. The village of Karnel Sher Khan i.e. Nawan Kali (means: New Village) has now been named after him as "Karnal Sher Khan Kili" (Village of Karnal Sher Khan).

The Award and last tour of duty

Captain Karnal Sher was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for his daring actions and services to his country during the Kargil Conflict with India in 1999. Indian army shelled across the line of control which summoned response from regular Pakistan army units thus pitching Karnal Sher in action. The government of Pakistan awarded Captain Karnal Sher Khan with Nishan-e-Haider, the country's highest gallantry award.

Kargil conflict

Pakistan Army's official statement is as follows;
"Captain Karnal Sher Khan emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control (LoC). He set personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended the five strategic posts, which he established with his Jawan's at the height of some 17,000 feet at Gultary, and repulsed many Indian attacks.After many abortive attempts, the enemy on July 5 ringed the post of Capt. Sher Khan with the help of two battalion and unleashed heavy Mortar firing and managed to capture some part of the post. Despite facing all odds, he lead a counter-attack and re- captured the lost parts.But during the course he was hit by the machine-gun fire and embraced Shahadat or martyrdom at the same post. He is the first officer from the NWFP province to be awarded with Nishan-e-Haider." Captain Karnal Sher had a citation posted by the Indian Army too for his exceptionally courageous defense and counter attack on tiger hill.

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