Staff Reporter Islamabad
The 73rd martyrdom anniversary of Captain Raja Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed, first-ever recipient of greatest award, Nishan-e-Haider, was observed on Tuesday Raja Muhammad Sarwar was born in Singhori village in Gujar Khan district on November 10, 1910.
His father, Raja Muhammad Hayat Khan, served in the British army as a constable. The British government gifted Raja Hayat Khan with property near Samundari because of his services during the First World War.
Raja Sarwar obtained his early education from Islamia High School in Faisalabad. He had three brothers and one sister. Raja Sarwar was very interested in the sports of football and kabadi during his youth years. He was married in 1936 and became father to a son and a daughter.
He joined the army as a sepoy in April 1929 and served in the Baloch regiment till 1941. He was commissioned in the Punjab regiment in 1944 and also got promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant that very year.
He joined the Punjab regiment in 1946 and achieved the rank of Captain, months before the creation of Pakistan.