Muhammad Mahfuz

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Shaheed
Muhammad Mehfooz
NH
Born 25 October 1944
Pind Malkan, Rawalpindi District, British India
Died 17 December 1971(1971-12-17) (aged 27)
Pul Kanjri, Amritsar district, India
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1962–1971
Rank Lance Naik
Unit 15 Punjab Regiment
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Nishan-e-Haider

Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz (born October 25, 1944)[citation needed] was a Pakistani soldier, who was awarded the Nishan-i-Haider, the highest military award of Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

Muhammad Mahfuz was born in Pind Malikan (now Mahfuzabad) in Rawalpindi district. He joined the Pakistan Army on October 25, 1962 as an infantry soldier.[citation needed]

Death[edit]

During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, 15th Punjab Regiment was deployed in the Wagah-Attari sector in East Pakistan. Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfooz was the operator of a light machine-gun in "A" Company of the regiment.[1]

Mahfuz's machine-gun was destroyed by an Indian shell as "A" Company came under heavy fire from automatic weapons on the night of 17 December 1971. Wounded in his legs by shrapnel and unarmed, he single-handedly attacked an enemy bunker from which fire had caused many Pakistani deaths. There he attempted to strangle one of the enemy soldiers and was killed by another with a bayonet.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

On 23 March 1972, Mahfooz was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, the highest gallantry award of Pakistan.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shaheed Foundation Pakistan". Shaheedfoundation.org. Retrieved 2014-08-13.