Shabbir Sharif

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Shabbir Sharif
Native name Rana Shabbir Sharif[1]
Born 28 April 1943
Kunjah, Gujrat District, British India
Died 6 December 1971(1971-12-06) (aged 28)
Okara District, Punjab, Punjab
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1964–1971
Rank Major
Unit 6 Frontier Force Regiment
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Nishan-e-Haider
Tamgha-i-Jang (1965 War)
Sword of Honour

Major Shabbir Sharif, also known as Rana Shabbir Sharif[1] and Shabbir Sharif Shaheed[1] (28 April 1943 – 6 December 1971), was a Pakistani Army officer. He is the only person ever who received both the Sitara-e-Jurat and Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery.[2][3] He is nephew of another Nishan-e-Haider holder Raja Aziz Bhatti.[4]

Early life and Education[edit]

He was born on 28 April 1943 in Kunjah, Gujrat District to Major Muhammad Sharif[5] and belonged to a Rajput family.[1][4][6] Completed his Matric from St. Anthony's High School, Lahore and while he was at Government College Lahore that he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul.

Military career[edit]

He was commissioned in Pakistan Army on 19 April 1964 and after successfully completing his training, including a receipt of Sword of Honor, he was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment.

He came out of the Pakistani trenches on the challenge of an Indian Company Commander, Major Narain Singh of 4 Jat Regiment, for a hand-to-hand fight and killed him recovering valuable information and documents from his pockets.[7]


His younger brother, General Raheel Sharif, became Chief of Army Staff, the highest rank in the Pakistan Army, in November 2013.[3] He is also the nephew of another Nishan-e-Haider holder Raja Aziz Bhatti.[4]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "From Sharif to Sharif". (in Urdu). 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Samaa TV Shabbir Sharif Rana
  3. ^ a b "Sharif Tribute to Major Shabbir Sharif". The Nation. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Luck plays role in Gen Sharif's promotion". The News. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ "Lahore remembers heroes of 1965". 
  6. ^ "Major Shabbir Sharif belonged to a Rajput family" (in Urdu). Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Army’s ‘superman’ remembered". The Nation. December 7, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 

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