Maj Tufail Shaheed remembered

Staff Reporter

Lahore—The 58th martyrdom anniversary of Major Tufail Muhammad was observed on Sunday. He was born in 1914 in Hoshiarpur. He was commissioned into the 16th Punjab Regiment in 1943. In August 1958, Major Tufail Muhammad, a Company Commander in the East Pakistan Rifles, and his patrol encircled an Indian post in the Lakshmirpur area. And, though mortally wounded in the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, Major Tufail Muhammad continued to lead his troops till the Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners.
On August 7, 1958, he launched an offensive against Indian forces that captured a village in the area of Lakshmipur. Despite facing heavy resistance from the invaders, Major Tufail and his men carried on with their mission and were able to force the enemy to withdraw their hold over the village.
Major Tufail was received a number of bullets on his chest and received martyrdom the same day. He was awarded with Nishan-e-Haider , Pakistan s highest military award for his courage and was buried in Burewala. He embraced martyrdom on this day in 1958.

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