Muhammad Akram

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Muhammad Akram

Nickname(s)rakmi
Born25 September 1941
Military Hospital, Mari Cantonment, Karachi, British India
Died5 December 1971(age 30)
Hili, Dinajpur, East Pakistan (present-day Bangladesh)(age 30)
Buried
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Army
Years of service1961–1971
RankMajor
Unit4 Frontier Force Regiment
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1965
Bangladesh Liberation War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
AwardsNishan-e-Haider

Major Muhammad Akram (Urdu: محمد اکرم; c. 1941–1971), was a Pakistan Army officer who was killed at the Battle of Hilli and was posthumously awarded Nishan-e-Haider for his actions.[1]

Military career[edit]

Akram was born in Military Hospital, Mari Cantonment, Karachi, British India. He was an alumnus of Military College Jhelum.[2] In 1960, he was accepted by the Pakistan Military Academy and eventually graduated in 1961. He gained a commission in 1961 as part of the 4th Frontier Force Regiment.[1] He participated in 1965 Indo-Pak September War as a Captain where he led several successful military operations against the Indian Army. While stationed in Lahore, he commanded a small company which led several decisive operations against the Indian Armed Forces.[citation needed]

Nishan-e-Haider action[edit]

Major Akram Shaheed Memorial

During the east Pakistan War of 1971, the 4th FF Regiment, which at that time was commanded by then Col. Muhammad Mumtaz Malik, was placed in the forward area of the Hilli Municipality (under Hakimpur Upozila, Dinajpur District), in what was then East Pakistan.[citation needed] The regiment came under continuous and heavy air, artillery and armour attacks from the Indian Army. Despite enemy superiority in both numbers and firepower, Akram and his men repulsed many attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.[3] He was killed in the attack and was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan's highest military honour.[3]

He was buried in the village of Boaldar, Thana/Upozila-Hakimpur (Banglahilly), District-Dinajpur. There is a monument, Major Akram Shaheed Memorial, in the midst of Jhelum city.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Nishan-i-Haider-PAK.jpg

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pakistan Army Website, retrieved 10 February 2013
  2. ^ "ALAMGIRIAN SHUHADA – Military College Jhelum". militarycollege.edu.pk. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  3. ^ a b Shaheed Foundation Website, retrieved 10 February 2013