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Aziz Bhatti

 

Aziz Bhatti

Raja Aziz Bhatti
Nickname Major Raja Aziz
Born 1928
British Hong Kong
Died 11 September 1965 (aged 36–37)
Lahore, Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1950–1965
Rank Major
Unit 17th Battalion, Punjab Regiment
Commands held Burki Company, 17th Battalion, Punjab Regiment
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Awards Nishan-e-Haider
Sword of Honor
Norman Medal

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti (1928 – 10 September 1965)[1] was a Staff officer in the Pakistan Army who received Pakistan's highest award for valor. He was born in Hong Kong in 1928.[2][3] He moved to Pakistan before it became independent in 1947, living in the village of Ladian, Kharian, Gujrat. There he enlisted with the newly formed Pakistani Army and was commissioned to the Punjab Regiment in 1950.

Death

On 11 September 1965, as a Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti chose to stay with his forward platoon. His platoon was under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights while defending the strategic BRB Canal. Throughout the encounter, undaunted by constant fire from enemy small arms, tanks, and artillery, he was reorganizing his company and directing the gunners to shell 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 Indian forces. He led his men from the front, under constant attack from Indian Artillery batteries. Although he tried to counter every Indian offensive in his area, he was struck in the chest by an enemy tank shell while watching the enemy's moves, and was killed on 11 September 1965.[1]

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