Raja Aziz Bhatti
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Raja Aziz Bhatti
|Born||6 August 1928
British Hong Kong
|Died||10 September 1965
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Allegiance|| Empire of Japan
|Service/branch|| Imperial Japanese Navy
Indian Air Force
|Years of service||1942–1945 (Imperial Japanese Navy)
1946–1947 (Royal Indian Air Force)
1948–1965 (Pakistan Army)
|Rank||Lieutenant (Imperial Japanese Navy)
Corporal (Royal Indian Air Force)
Major (Pakistan Army)
|Unit||17 Punjab Regiment (Pakistan Army)|
|Battles/wars||World War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Major Raja Aziz Bhatti (1928 – 10 September 1965) was a Staff officer in the Pakistan Army who received Pakistan's highest award for valor. He was born in Hong Kong in 1928 to a Bhati Rajput family. 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.
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 martyred on 11 September 1965. His nephew Major Shabbir Sharif also got Nishan e Haider award for his bravery.
Awards and decorations
- "Major Raja Aziz Bhatti". Nishan-i-Haider recipients. Pakistan Army. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- Shaheed Foundation Pakistan