Jawan Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua Shaheed (NH) – Pride of Pakistan

Shaheed Sawar Mohammad

Sawar Muhammad Hussain (June 18, 1949 – December 10, 1971) was a driver in the Armored Corps of Pakistan Army who got martyred during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. Sawar was born in Dhok Pir Bakash (now Dhok Muhammad Hussain Janjua) in Gujar Khan.  He joined Pakistan Army on September 3, 1966 at a young age of 17 years. He was given training of driving military vehicles and was posted in a unit of Armored Crops. Despite of just being a driver, Sawar always used to participate keenly in military exercises where he learned different arts of warfare.

Sawar Muhammad was posted in 20 Lancers when 1971 war broke out between India and Pakistan. His unit was deployed in the frontline are of Zafarwal-Shakargarh.  Using his experience of military exercises, Sawar used to engage enemy by taking over a machine gun whenever such an oppurnity was available.

During the war he delivered ammunition to forward trenches despite of heaving shelling by Indian forces. He always used to volunteer for patrols and dangerous missions which earned him high name in the 20 Lancers.  On December 10, 1971 he spotted enemy tanks near a village called Harar Khurd. He informed the second-in-command of his units about the advancing tanks. He on his own initiative started directing fire to anti-tank gun crew on enemy tanks. He kept on directing fire and was hit by a burst of machine gun fire from an advancing enemy tank. Later he embraced martyrdom at around 4:00 PM that day.

Sawar Muhammad Hussain was buried in his ancestral town. He is the first soldier (foot soldier) of Pakistan Army to receive country’s highest gallantry award of Nishan-e-Haider.

 

 

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