Muhammad Hussain (soldier)

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Sawar Muhammad Hussain

Born18 January 1949 (1949-01-18)
Dhoke nishan e haider Jatli Gujarkhan, Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan
Died10 December 1971(1971-12-10) (aged 22)
Zafarwal-Shakargarh area
Service/branchPakistani Army
Years of service1966–1971
RankSoldier (Sawar)
Unit20 Lancers.jpg20 Lancers
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971

Sawar Muhammad Hussain (Urdu: سوار محمد حسین; c. 18 January 1949 – 10 December 1971), was a soldier in the Pakistan Army and was the first to be awarded the Nishan-e-Haider.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Sawar Hussain was born in Punjabi Janjua Rajput family on 18 January 1949 in Dhok Nishan e Haider (Jatli), Pakistan. He joined the 20 Lancers of the Armoured Corps in September 1966 at the age of 17 years. After Sawar Hussain's janjua death his village Dhok Pir Bakhsh was renamed Dhok Muhammad Hussain Janjua to commemorate his sacrifice.[3][2]


Sawar Hussain was a driver from the armored Corp but he would take part in every battle his unit got engaged in during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. On 5 December 1971, in the Zafarwal-Shakargarh area, he delivered ammunition from trench to trench under heavy enemy fire. On 10 December 1971, he took part in a dangerous mission and went out for reconnaissance and to fight enemy patrols. During reconnaissance, he spotted an enemy tank and directed a recoil-less rifle crew towards the tank and then later was responsible for the destruction of 16 enemy tanks. He was hit in the chest by a burst of machine-gun fire while exposing himself as he was directing fire from recoilless rifles, and was killed. After his death his father proudly said "My son received bullets on his chest like a lion"[2]


The tomb of Hussain Janjua

Muhammad Hussain Janjua was buried on/near Jatli-Devi road.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Sawar Muhammad Hussain - Nishan-e-Haider". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "SAWAR MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN (SHAHEED)". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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