The government of Pakistan earlier this week awarded Brigadier Ayub Haider, who lost both his eyes in a counter-terrorism operation, with the Tamgha-e-Basalat for his indefatigable spirit to protect and serve the country.
According to the military’s media wing, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa honored Brigadier Haider with Tamgha-e-Basalat in the event organized on 6th September Defence Day at General Head Quarters (GHQ).
The brave officer of the Pakistan Army lost his eyesight in a grenade explosion during an operation against terrorists on 6th December 2018 near Dera Ismail Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan, the military’s media wing detailed.
President Arif Alvi conferred Tamgha-e-Basalat on Brigadier Haider during the event. During the operation, Haider was commanding a mission that was patrolling the border area. The mission confronted heavily armed men on six bikes. The groups exchanged fire soon upon confrontation.
Brigadier Ayub Haider, who lost his both eyes due to grenade explosion in a counterterrorism operation on 6 Dec 2018, has been awarded Tamgha_e_Basalat (TB) by the President of Pakistan for his Valour actions shown during the operation.🇵🇰🎖️#respect pic.twitter.com/x3usBKyc9S
— Musaa Sultan (@FoxtrotBravo11) September 8, 2020
Brigadier Ayub Haider fought diligently against the armed group. He got seriously injured when he chased a terrorist who blew himself up as he attempted to escape the scene. Haider’s chest, both eyes, left arm, and left leg were grievously affected during the explosion.
Soon after recovery, he completed his mobility orientation and training. In a video shared on social media, he says training helps him to carry out his daily activities. He thanked Pakistan Army, his colleagues, friends, and family for standing beside him during his testing times
Brigadier Ayub Haider belongs to Mansehra. He was commissioned into the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul in October 1994 and joined 34th Azad Kashmir Regiment. He participated in various counter-insurgency operations during his service.
Despite losing his vision – Brigadier Haider issued an impassionate message for his countrymen and fellow soldiers. In a video message, he asked his fellows not to lose courage against the cowardly attacks of terrorists and criminals. He said he will soon be back and join his service.