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AFP
September 13, 2014

A tribute to Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed

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AFP
Sat, Sep 13, 2014
LAHORE
MAJOR Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) was martyred while fighting against the enemy in 1965 Pakistan-India war.
Aziz Bhatti was commanding a Company in the Barki area on Lahore front on the day India launched their forces across the border without a formal declaration of war. Although two of his platoons were located 600 yards to the rear on the BRB Canal, he chose to stay with the forward platoon at Barki in order to personally lead the men. Barki dominated the whole area in front of BRB Canal and had to be captured before the enemy could attack the canal. From 7 Sept 1965 onwards the enemy brigade supported with tanks kept attacking incessantly, using full weight of artillery and direct shots from the tanks. The Indians launched six major attacks but the Pakistani troops in Barki held on despite the fact that enemy brought in waves after waves of fresh troops merely because of the fact that during the attack Major Bhatti, regardless of his personal safety, was always with forward troops, exhorting the men to continue the fight with grim determination.
On night between 10/11 Sept, the enemy put in a major attack along the whole Sector. A battalion of the enemy pressed on the Barki position which held on until, in view of the situation on the right flank, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti was asked to pull out to the home bank of BRB Canal. Major Bhatti, with his section, fought his way to the ferry site on the BRB Canal and found it occupied by the enemy. Some of his company vehicles and men were still on the enemy side and it was essential to clear the bank of enemy. He mustered the two sections around him, personally led the attack on the enemy using a stun gun and successfully cleared the enemy. He then organised the evacuation of men and vehicles to the other bank. Regardless of his personal safety he himself continued to fire and was the last one to come back to the home bank.
Once on the home bank, Major Bhatti organised his Company and

continued conducting shoots himself for which purpose he had to expose himself by raising his head above BRB Canal bank to get visibility of the area on the other side of the bank. Since this bank was plastered throughout day and night by enemy artillery, quite often divisional, it was difficult for any artillery observer to function from this bank. Major Bhatti took upon himself this dangerous task and successfully broke up many enemy attacks by bringing down effective fire on advancing enemy tanks and infantry. Each time, he had to expose himself to the full dangers of enemy shelling, automatic weapons and tanks. At 0900 hours on 12 Sept 65, while conducting a shoot against enemy tanks and infantry posing a serious threat to his Company position, a shell from an enemy tank struck him on the left shoulder killing him instantaneously.
Major Bhatti symbolised patriotism, self-sacrifice and devotion to duty in its purest form and never considered personal comfort or safety. He led his men most gallantly with ability and personal example. A day before his death when the Commanding Officer told him that he would be relieved in view of the severe fatigue he had undergone for so many days and nights. Major Bhatti remarked, “I will not come back, I shall die defending this place”. His spirit and supreme act of valour will inspire the Pakistani nation for all times to come.