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Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed  کرنال شیر خان شہید

Captain Karnal Sher Khan ShaheedKarnal Sher Khan (1970–1999) (Urdu:
کرنال شیر خان) was a Pakistani Army officer and one of only 10 recipients of Pakistan's highest gallantry award, the Nishan-e-Haider. He was a Captain in the 12 Northern Light Infantry (NLI) and, previously in 27 Sindh Regiment of the Pakistan.


Captain Sher Khan was born in Nawan Killi, a village in Swabi District of
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. His grandfather was very proud of another great warrior from their village and named Sher Khan after him. Karnal is localised form of Colonel. His elder brother, after his death, told in TV interviews that their parents wanted Sher Khan to become a Colonel in Pakistan Army that's why they gave him Karnal as first name. Karnel Sher Khan's home village of Nawan Kali (means: New Village) has now been named after him as Karnal Sher Killi (Village of Karnal Sher Khan).

Kargil Conflict

Captain Karnal Sher was posthumously awarded Pakistan's highest gallantry award, the Nishan-e-Haider, for his actions during the Kargil Conflict with India in 1999, on the recommendation of the Indian Army.

The following is the official statement by the Pakistani Army

"Captain Karnal Sher Khan emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control (LoC). He set personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended the five strategic posts, which he established with his Jawan's at the height of some 17,000 feet at Gultary, and repulsed many Indian attacks.After many abortive attempts, the enemy on July 5 ringed the post of Capt. Sher Khan with the help of two battalion and unleashed heavy Mortar firing and managed to capture some part of the post. Despite facing all odds, he lead a counter-attack and re- captured the lost parts.But during the course he was hit by the machine-gun fire and embraced Shahadat or martyrdom at the same post. He is the first officer from the NWFP province to be awarded with Nishan-e-Haider."


Recipients of Nishan-e-Haider نشان حیدر  in Pakistan

  • Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed  (1910–July 27, 1948), 6/8 Punjab

  • Major Muhammad Tufail Shaheed  (1914–August 7, 1958), 1 Battlion East Pakistan Rifles

  • Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed  (1928–September 10, 1965), 17 Punjab

  • Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed  (1938–1971), 4 FF

  • Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed  (1951–August 20, 1971), PAF Training Squadron

  • Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed  (1943–December 6, 1971), 6 FF

  • Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed  (1949–December 10, 1971), 20 Lancers

  • Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed  (1944–December 17, 1971), 15 Punjab

  • Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed  (1970–July 5, 1999), 12 NLI

  • Havaildar Lalak Jan Shaheed  (1967–July 7, 1999), 12 NLI.

  • Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed (25 April 1922 ,26th April 1948) . He was awarded Hilal-e-Kashmir, by the government of Azad Kashmir in the 1948 War. This award has since been made the equivalent of the Nishan-e-Haider and is considered as one.

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