Karnal Sher Khan

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Colonel Sher Khan
Karnal Sher Khan.png
Born 1 January 1970
Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Died 5 July 1999(1999-07-05) (aged 29)
Mushkoh Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1994–1999
Rank Captain
Unit 27 Sind Regiment
12 Northern Light Infantry
Battles/wars Kargil War
Awards Nishan-e-Haider

Karnal Sher Khan (1970–1999)[1] (Urdu: کرنل شیر خان) was a Pakistan Army officer. He was one of only ten recipients of the Nishan-e-Haider. He was a captain in the 27th Sindh Regiment of the Pakistan Army. He was posted to 12th NLI Regiment during the Kargil Conflict. His name is the localised form of the rank Colonel.

Early life[edit]

Khan was born in Naway Kiley (Shewa Adda), a village in Swabi District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[citation needed]

Khan was the youngest of two brothers and two sisters.[citation needed][2][3] His mother died in 1978 when he was eight years old. He was brought up by his paternal aunts. His family is religious and claim that Sher was "an embodiment of piety and Islamic teaching".[citation needed]


After completing his intermediate schooling at the Government College Swabi, Khan joined the Pakistan Air Force as an airman.[citation needed] On completion of his training, he was appointed electric fitter (aeronautical) at Primary Flying Training Wing Risalpur.

He twice applied for commission in the Pakistan Army. He succeeded the second time.[citation needed] He joined the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, in November 1992 and graduated in the 90th Long Course in 1994.

His first posting was at Okara in 27th Sindh Regiment. In January 1998 he volunteered to serve at the LoC in Kashmir. He was posted in 12 NLI from 27 Sind Regiment.


When Kargil War broke out between India and Pakistan, Captain Khan was deployed to Gultary region in Kargil. He carried out his orders and established five strategic posts at height of 17,000 meters. He successfully defended his posts against Indian assaults numerous time. One fateful Indian attack by two battalions and aided by heavy mortar on 5th of July 1999 finally broke through his light defenses and captured one of his posts. Despite all odds and hopelessness of the situation, Captain Khan personally lead the counter-attack and successfully forced the Indians to withdraw. He was hit by machine gun fire of retreating Indians and embraced martyrdom. [4]

Awards and decorations[edit]


Nishan Haider Ribbon.gif Nishan-e-Haider (NH)


Karnel Sher Khan's home village of Naway Kiley ("New Village") is now named after him as Karnal Sher Kally ("Village of Karnal Sher Khan").


  1. ^ "Captain Karnal Sher Khan". Pakistan Army Web Portal. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "legends:Sher Khan". Daily Times, Pakistan. September 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Capt Carnel Sher Khan Shaheed – Nishan-i-Haider – 5th July 1999". Pak Army Museum. 
  4. ^ "Captain Sher Khan". Pakistan Army Official. Pakistan Army. Retrieved 30 May 2017.