Nishan-e-Haider literally means the “Mark of the Lion”. With a green ribbon and a five-point star it is the highest military award that can be given in Pakistan. The Nishan-e-Haider is only awarded to members of Pakistan’s armed forces; people who sacrificed their lives for their homeland. Nishan-e-Haider signifies the highest acts of bravery and courage, and on this Defence Day, we pay a tribute to all those who have fallen for our cause.
Here is a list of 11 brave Pakistani soldiers who are still remembered for their bravery and valour:
1. Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar
2. Major Tufail Mohammad
3. Major Raja Aziz Bhatti
4. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas
5. Major Rana Shabbir Sharif
6. Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua
7. Major Muhammad Akram
8. Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz
9. Captain Karnal Sher Khan
10. Havildar Lalak Jan
11. Naik Saif Ali Janjua
He was awarded the Hilal-e-Kashmir, equivalent to the Nishan-i-Haider.