LAHORE (Staff Report) – The 44th martyrdom day of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed, who won Pakistan’s highest military award Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery and valor in 1971 war against India, is being marked today (Thursday).

Sawar Hussain was the first foot soldier of Pakistan army to receive Nishan-e-Haider after his martyrdom.

Sawar hailed from Gujjar Khan area of Rawalpindi. He joined Pakistan army as a driver on September 3, 1966 at a very young age of 17 years.

Despite being a driver Sawar Hussain Shaheed participated in 1971 war actively and supplied ammunition to army men crawling from trench to trench braving the shelling of guns, tanks and air patrols.

He was hit by machine-gun fire while fight on the front lines while preventing the enemy soldiers from lying down minefield to target Pakistani side.

After Sawar Hussain’s martyrdom his village Dhok Pir Bakhsh was renammed as Dhok Muhammad Hussain Janjua to commemorate his sacrifice.