Nation observes 22nd anniversary of Shaheed Havaldar Lalak Jan

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The 22nd martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Havaldar Lalak Jan, Nishan-e-Haider, was observed on Wednesday.

Shaheed Lalak Jan was awarded the country’s highest award Nishan-e-Haider for the devotion and courage he showed in the Kargil War in 1999. He was serving in the Northern Light Infantry Regiment when the Kargil War broke out in 1999 and he fought from the forefront to thwart heavy Indian attacks.

In May 1999, he willingly volunteered to be deployed on the front positions. On 7 July, Lalak Jan received serious injuries as enemies stroked the area with heavy mortar shells. Despite his wounds, he stayed at his position and fought off the Indian assault, but soon succumbed to his injuries.

Director General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar has said that the Armed Forces and the whole nation pay homage to Ha­valdar Lalak Jan (Nishan-e-Haid­er) (Shaheed), who laid his life defending the motherland against high odds in most chal­lenging battlefield environment during the Kargil War on July 7, 1999.

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