the Pakistani heroes of the 1965 war, who fought on the Lahore
Front there was one Major Raja Abdul Aziz Bhatti.
fought against the enemy for six days and nights without rest,
and laid down his life in the defense of his country. For
this act of valour, he was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, the
highest military award of Pakistan.
Bhatti was born in 1928 in Hong Kong, where his father, Mohammad
Abdullah Khan Bhatti, was a teacher. He thus received his
early education in Hong Kong. In 1945, he came with his father
to his home village Ladian in Gujrat District
first joined the Air Force, and in 1948, he became a cadet
of Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul. He did very well at
the Academy and was awarded the Sword of Honour, and the Norman
Medal. He joined, the 6th Punjab Regiment as a commissioned
officer, where he proved to be a very good military officer.
the morning of 6 September, 1965, he received orders to proceed
to the front at once. The Indians were fully equipped with
guns and tanks. Major Aziz Bhatti was fired with the true
patriotic spirit of a disciplined soldier. With his small
company he not only stopped the Indian advance but also pushed
11 September, he was reorganizing his company and directing
the gunners to shell the enemy positions. In order to watch
every move of the enemy, he had to place himself in an elevated
position, where he was exposed to enemy fire.
performed his duty bravely. His soldiers asked him to come
down but he refused. This brave son of Pakistan wanted to
save not himself but his country. A shell from an enemy tank
struck him on his right shoulder and our brave hero fell.
day before his martyrdom, the commanding officer had sent
him word that since he had been fighting untiringly for the
last six days, he should take a little rest and that another
officer was being sent to replace him. Major Aziz, who was
filled with the spirit of Jehad replied, "Do not recall
me. I don't want to go back. I will shed the last drop of
my blood in the defence of my dear homeland".
words will ever inspire the youth of Pakistan with confidence