Pakistan's top military leadership commemorated the 52nd martyrdom anniversary of Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed, Nishan-e-Haider recipient, expressing profound respect for his sacrifice in defense of the motherland in the 1971 war.
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad and the chiefs of the three armed forces paid tribute to Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed, highlighting his exceptional bravery during the 1971 war.
Who was Major Muhammad Akram?
He was born on April 4, 1938, in Dinga village of Kharian, hailed from a family with a strong military tradition. Joining the army in 1961, he rose to the rank of Major in 1970. The 1971 war saw India training Mukti Bahini terrorists for terrorism against Pakistan, and Major Muhammad Akram played a crucial role in facing this threat.
Despite resource imbalances and facing a more powerful enemy in East Pakistan, Major Muhammad Akram and his colleagues displayed unwavering faith and patriotism. Engaging in a grueling battle for eight months, they fought under challenging conditions, resisting the Indian Army's attacks, including in the critical Hilli sector.
Battle of Hilli
The Battle of Hilli saw Major Muhammad Akram and his small force repelling a significant Indian assault with heavy artillery and tanks. Their astonishing bravery prevented the enemy from capturing the Hilli sector, crucial for cutting off supplies to the rest of East Pakistan. Major Muhammad Akram fought until the end, sacrificing his life for the homeland.
In recognition of his extraordinary duty and sacrifice, Major Muhammad Akram was posthumously awarded the Nishan Haider, the highest military decoration. Even the enemy acknowledged the valor of Major Muhammad Akram and his comrades, with Indian Commander-in-Chief General Jagjit Singh Arora acknowledging the fierce resistance faced by the Pakistani forces in the Battle of Hilli.
Tributes for martyr
Major Muhammad Akram's relatives remembered him as a brave and determined soldier, emphasizing his lifelong dream of serving in the army. On December 5, 1971, Major Muhammad Akram succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind a legacy of indomitable courage and sacrifice for the country. The 52nd Martyrdom Day of Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed is marked with Quran readings, prayers, and expressions of gratitude for the selfless heroes who laid down their lives for Pakistan's defense.