The nation is commemorating Kargil war hero Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Nishan-e-Haider on his 23rd martyrdom anniversary today.
The prayer ceremony in this regard was held on the grave of the Kargil war hero in Swabi this morning.
A floral wreath was placed on the grave of Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Higher officials of the Pakistan Army attended the ceremony.
Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Nishan-e-Haider was born in district Swabi of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1970.
During the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control in 1999, he emerged as the symbol of courage.
He was martyred on this day in 1999, gallantly defending the motherland, and was decorated with the country’s highest gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider.
In his message on occasion, President Arif Alvi paid glowing tributes to the valiance and bravery of Sher Khan. He said the whole nation is indebted to the sacrifices of martyrs. He said their sacrifices will always be remembered.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی کا نشان حیدر کیپٹن شیر خان کے 23ویں یوم شہادت پر پیغام
کیپٹن شیر خان نے بہادری اور جواں مردی کی لازوال داستان رقم کی، صدر مملکت
وطن کی حفاظت کے لیے اپنی جان کا نذرانہ پیش کرنے پر کیپٹن شیر خان شہید کو خراج عقیدت پیش کرتا ہوں، صدر مملکت pic.twitter.com/cvAolTz1Vo
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) July 5, 2022
Meanwhile, retired army officer and security consultant Raja Shaheryar Khan said, “Whenever Indians talk about Kargil, I only respond with one name – Captain Kernal Sher Khan Nishan-e-Haider.“
Captain Kernal ‘Sher’ Khan: Youm e Shahadat
A true Hero – NH
I had the honour of meeting Capt Kernal Sher once a few months before his Shahadat. He was visiting Bahawalpur Cantt and I waa there to participate in Div Basketball tournament.#KernalSherKhan pic.twitter.com/LIsCl1qOHy
— Raja Shaheryar Khan (@_rsk910) July 5, 2022
Taking to Twitter, he shared an account of his meeting with Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed a few months before his Shahadat.
“He was visiting Bahawalpur Cantt, and I was there to participate in the Division Basketball tournament.”
Khan said, “Karnal Sher Khan had a smiling face, humble personality, a firm handshake, and piercing eyes. He was not a man of many words but always looked straight in your eyes.”
Read more: Nishan-e-Haider: Tales of Sacrifices
The retired army officer reminisced Karnal Khan’s love for Shahadat and Shaheeds, saying that “he had come specifically to meet me only because I was a son of a Shaheed.”
He said, “I did not realise that I was meeting a future Shaheed & a national Hero. The honour was mine, and I cherish that hug till today.”
With input from Radio Pakistan