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
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).
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