Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed: Savior of Lahore

Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed of Pakistan

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti (1928 – September 11, 1965) was a Pakistani Army officer who embraced martyrdom during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. Major Aziz Bhatti was born to a Muslim Rajput family in Hong Kong, his family moved to Pakistan before its independence in 1947. Major Aziz Bhatti’s father Abdullah Bhatti was a school master. Major Aziz Bhatti joined Pakistan Army in 1948. He had excellent student career in the then newly built Pakistan Military Academy, Abbotabad; he was awarded Sword of Honor and Norman Medal by the Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan. After passing out in 1950, Major Aziz Bhatti was commisned in Punjab Regiment. During his career of 15 years in the army; Major Bhatti served at various command and staff appointments of the Pakistan Army.

Major Aziz Bhatti was appointed as the Company Commander of a Punjab regiment before the outbreak of war between India and Pakistan in 1965. As the tensions escalated between the two countries, forces were ordered to get themselves prepared for any eventuality. Major Aziz Bhatti was given the command of Burki sector of Lahore. He laid a perfect model of defensive tactics and used every available thing for it. After the start of war Major Aziz Bhatti decided to stay with his forward troops instead of going back to Command post. He led his troops and did not sleep for almost three days. He and his men defend the strategically important BRB canal against enemy attacks for five days and nights despite of repeated attacks by Indian army.

In order to see every moment of Indian forces, Major Aziz Bhatti kept himself on elevated positions. He directed accurate fire to artillery which resulted in heavy loss of men and tanks to Indian forces. He kept leading his men from the front despite of heavy artillery fire from enemy positions. On September 11 as he was directing artillery fire he was hit by an enemy tank shell in the chest and embraced martyrdom.

He was buried in his village Ladian, Gujrat. He left 6 children and a wife. He later awarded Nishan-e-Haider for the supreme sacrifice offered by him. He is the only recipient of Nishan-e-Haider from the 1965 Indo-Pak War.



Travel Pakistan – Texila and Abbotabad

by on August 22, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Abbotabad Pakistan

Top institutes of Army in Abbotabad

Abbotabad is located in NWFP, Pakistan and it is a district with 6 union councils and with a population of approximately 120,888 as per the consensus of 2006. Only Peshawar and Mardan are greater in area than Abbotabad in the entire NorthWest Frontier Province of Pakistan.

This district is known for its natural beauty, fruits and the schools of Pakistan Army. Pakistan Army has around four training centers here including the principal institute in Kakool which is Pakistan Military Academy or PMA. This military academy has served Pakistan from its existence and has always produced brave officers who have defended the Pakistani border over the years.

The Regimental Training Centers and the Pakistan Army School of Music are also situated in this area. The mountains, terrain and the tough weather of the Abbotabad district provides ideal training atmosphere for the soldiers and thus Army has placed many of its training centers here. Army Physical Training School is also in this area near Kakool.

Texila – the world heritage site

Texila is located in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site because of the ruins of Gandhara that are found here. These ruins show that the culture here was an ancient Indian culture and it was around 6th century BCE. It remained a great hub for the scholars and learners till 5th century CE. This was a center of learning and religious preaching in these periods. Hindu and Vedic used to live here. Along with these ruins, the great Trunk Road build by the great emperor Sher Shah Suri is also found here.

Today Texila is a modern city and it is situated near Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan. It is a sub-district of Rawalpindi district and it is connected to Islamabad through Tarnol pass in the Margalla Hills. Texila is an industrial city and it has many heavy industries including the Heavy Industries Texila, the ordnance factories of Wah Cantt and the famous cement factories.

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