Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed (NH): Battle of Hilli’s Hero

by on July 3, 2011
in Pride of Pakistan

Major Muhammad Akram

Major Muhammad Akram (April 14, 1938 – Decemer 1971) was a Pakistani Army officer who embraced martyrdom during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Muhammad Akram was born in Dinga city of District Gujrat while he belonged to village Nakka Kalan of District Jhelum, Punjab. He was born in an Awan tribe of Pakistan.

After completing his early education, Akram appeared for Pakistan Army selection and was selected for the 1963 batch of Pakistan Military Academy. Akram graduated from PMA and was commissioned in the Frontier Force Regiment on October 16, 1963. While being posted at Lahore cantonment, Major Muhammad Akram (then Captain) participated in the 1965 Indo-Pak War. He was commander of a small company which preformed successful operations against the Indian Army.

In 1969, Captain Muhammad Akram was promoted to the rank of Major and was soon posted to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). After the start of civil war in East Pakistan, Major Muhammad Akram’s unit 4 FF was placed in the forward area of Hilli district as war was impending between India and Pakistan. After the unannounced attack by India of East Pakistan, he and his men were subjected to heavy air, artillery and armour attacks from Indian Army. For almost fortnight, Major Muhammad Akram and his troops were able to force Indians back and inflicting heavy damages to them. He got injured during the battle and later embraced martyrdom. He was buried in the village of District Bogra of East Pakistan (now Bangaldesh). He was posthumously awarded Nishan-e-Haider by the Pakistani government. He is the only soldier of Pakistan Army who is buried in foreign land but received Nishan e Haider. In his remembrance, a memorial was built in the city of Jhelum.

 

Travel Pakistan – Reasons to visit Skardu and the Lakes in and near Skardu

by on August 22, 2009
in Travel Pakistan

Skardu valley of Pakistan

Reasons to visit Skardu

Skardu is located along the bank of mighty Indus River. It is the main town of Baltistan. Skardu is famous for the mountain peaks and the K2 base camp. The mountaineers come from all around the world to climb the peaks every year. This has made this town very popular with the foreigners and Pakistani equally. To better facilitate these mountaineers arrangements were made by the Pakistani Government and a daily flight from Islamabad was arranged.

The Indus River is very pleasant to watch from here. It becomes very wide and it also becomes very calm. This gives great scenery.

Skardu is also famous for Shangrila resort and Sadpara Lake. Many visitors from all around the Pakistan come here to spend the summers. Other famous place near Skardu is Shigar village. This village was once a small kingdom and still the ruins of the fort can be seen there. Now this fort has been renovated and it offers a great residential place for the visitors.

The lakes of Skardu

Skardu is very famous among the mountaineers for the base camp of K2 and for other peeks. The modern facilities are provided to the visitors including a resort and daily flight from Islamabad in order to make it easily reachable.

Apart from these attractions, Skardu is famous for its lakes. There are 3 lakes in and around Skardu. All these lakes are naturally beautiful and they attract many visitors and tourists.

1. Kachura Lake (Upper): The upper Kachara Lake is not that well known and is not famous among visitors.

2. Kachura Lake (lower): The lower Kachara Lake also known as Shangrila Lake is very popular among the visitors. There is a Shangrila resort that is built in Chinese style and it is a famous place among the Pakistani tourists.

3. Satpara Lake: Satpara Lake is the third lake in Skardu and it is the most famous lake in Pakistan with the photographers. This lake is responsible for the drinking water that is supplied in Skardu. The Lake has an abundance of Trout fish and many people come here for fishing.

4. Sheosar Lake: This lake is located in the Deosai plains located at a 3 hours jeep drive from Skardu.