Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (NH) – Pride of Pakistan

by on July 12, 2011
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Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed

Major Shabbir Sharif (April 28, 1943 – December 7, 1971) was a Pakistani Army officer who embraced martyrdom at Western front during the 1971 Indo-Pak. Shabbir Sharif was born in Kunjah town of District Gujrat. He did O-Levels from St. Anthony’s High School, Lahore. He joined Government College, Lahore for further studies but he received call to join Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul before he could complete his studies. Sharif had an outstanding stay at the military academy and was given the prestigious ‘Sword of Honor’ on passing out. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 and was posted to 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment (FF).

Shabbir Sharif participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak war as a young Lieutenant. He led many successful assaults on Indian forces. During the war, he got injured and was admitted in the Military Hospital but he escaped to rejoin his unit. He was later awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat for his bravery. In 1971, Pakistan Army decided to launch an offensive on the Western front to ease pressure on its forces fighting in the Eastern Front in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Sharif by then had rose to the rank of Major by then. Major Shabbir Sharif was ordered to capture and attack an important linking bridge called ‘Gurmakhera Bridge’. Major Sharif and his troops carried out a successful assault despite of being outnumbered by Indian troops. In one of the fights with Indian troops, he engaged his counterpart Major Naryan Singh of 4 Jat in a man-to-man battle and was successful in killing him. But in the process his right shoulder was badly burnt. Another offensive was launched by Indian Army to eliminate Major Sharif’s troops on December 6, 1971. He kept leading his troops from the front despite of heaving injuries. On the morning of December 6, 1971 heaving shelling started from Indian tanks. One of the shells landed near Major Shabbir Sharif throwing him and other troops in air. He embraced martyrdom few seconds later after falling on ground. His lasts words were “don’t lose the bridge’.

Major Shabbir Sharif was buried in his hometown with full military honors. He was posthumously awarded ‘Nishan-e-Haider’.  He is the only person who has been awarded both highest gallantry awards; Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider which makes him the highest decorated soldier of Pakistan Armed Forces.

Top 20 General Colleges of Pakistan

Popular women college of Lahore: Kinnaird

The importance of higher education cannot be denied by anyone. The Government of Pakistan established the Higher Education Commission in 2002 to evaluate, improve and promote higher education in the country. The traditional bachelor’s degree of 2-yr program has been replaced by the Honor’s Bachelor’s degree awarded after 3 yrs of full time study in arts, humanities, sciences, business and commerce.

In Pakistan, there are about 1882 colleges, out of which 1025 in the public and 857 in the private sector. These institutions are providing under graduate and post graduate courses and some also offer professional courses like MS and MBA.

Though the list of colleges available in the country is quite large but here are the top 20 general colleges of Pakistan with no particular order:

1. Government College (Lahore)
2. Kinnaird College for women(Lahore)
3. Forman Christian College (Lahore)
4. Saint Joseph College (Karachi)
5. Lahore College for women (Lahore)
6. Home Economics Colleges for women
7. PECHS College (Karachi)
8. DHA College (Karachi)
9. Punjab Group of Colleges-University of Central Punjab
10. Aitchison College(Lahore)
11. Adamjee Science College for Boys(Karachi)
12. Islamabad Model College
13. OPF Boys College (Islamabad)
14. Dehli Science College for Boys (Karachi)
15. DJ Science College (Karachi)
16. FG College (Islamabad)
17. Islamabad College of Boys
18. Islamabad College of Arts & Sciences
19. Governement College (Quetta)
20. Peshawar Model Degree College