Raja Aziz Bhatti (Punjabi, Urdu:
عزیز بهٹی) was a Pakistan Army Staff Officer who received Pakistan's
highest award for valor. He was born in Hong Kong in 1928. He moved to
Pakistan before it became independent in 1947, living in the village of
Ladian, in the district of Gujrat. There he enlisted with the newly formed
Pakistani Army and was commissioned to the Punjab Regiment in 1950
Early Life and Army Career
His father's name was Master Abdullah Bhatti, and his mother's name was Bibi
Amna. His uncle name was Mian Imam Deen and His wife was Rehmat Bibi. He had
three female cousins from her maternal auntie namely Aziza, Rozie, and
Khurshid. Aziza Married to his eldest brother nazir Ahmad Bhatti, whereas
the yougest one married to Sardar Ali. He had four brothers, Nazir, Bashir,
Sardar and Rashid, and two sisters, Rashida and Tahira. His brother Bashir
got killed during the second world war by Japanese while leaving Hong Kong.
He himself had six children, four sons named Major Zafar Javed Bhatti, Dr
Zulfiquar Ahmad Bhatti, Rafique Ahmad Bhatti, and Iqbal Javed Bhatti and two
daughters named Riffat Bhatti and Zeenat Bhatti. Throughout his career, he
was a brilliant officer and stood out in his class. He did very well at the
Academy and was awarded the Sword of Honour best in his year's batch of 300
officers, and the Norman Medal. He received his honours from Liaquat Ali
Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, who was later assassinated.
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
On 6 September 1965, the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 broke out between India
and Pakistan . Major Bhatti was posted in the Burki area of Lahore sector.
As the company commander, Major Bhatti chose to move his platoon forward
under constant firing from Indian tanks and artillery. For three or more
days he went without rest. He resisted for five days and nights defending a
Pakistani outpost on the strategic BRB canal. On 11 September, he was
reorganizing his company and directing the gunners to shell the enemy
positions. In order to watch every move of the enemy, he had to place
himself in an elevated position, where he was exposed to Indian furry. He
led his men from the front under constant attack from Indian Artillery
batteries. Although he tried to counter every Indian offensive in his area,
he was hit by an enemy tank shell in the chest while watching the enemy's
moves, and thus dying instantly.
Death and Legacy
A day before his death, the commanding officer had sent to him word that
since he had been fighting untiringly for the last six days, he should take
a little rest and that another officer was being sent to replace him. Major
Aziz, who was filled with a battle spirit and the will for martyrdom
replied, "Do not recall me. I don't want to go back. I will shed the last
drop of my blood in the defence of my dear homeland". He is buried at his
village in Ladian in the Gujrat district.
Each year, Major Bhatti is honoured in Pakistan on 6 September, also known
as Defence Day. Bhatti was awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, the nation's highest
military award for gallantry for the exemplary courage he displayed till his
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