JHELUM – 48th death anniversary of Shaheed Major Akram who was awarded with Nishan e Haider in honour of his gallantry services in the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
Major Akram Shaheed was one of the most prominent Pakistani soldiers who participated in the East Pakistan Liberation war and was killed in the battle of Hilli. He was awarded the highest military honour of Pakistan, Nishan e Haider.
Major Akram was born in Jhelum district of Punjab in Pakistan. He was an alumni of Military College Jhelum. He was accepted by the Pakistan Military Academy in 1960 and eventually graduated in 1961.
He gained a commission in Pakistan Army in 1961 as part of the 4th Frontier Force Regiment. He participated in 1965 Indo-Pak September War as a Captain where he led several successful military operations against the Indian Army.
While stationed in Lahore, he commanded a small company which led several decisive operations against the Indian Armed Forces.
During the east Pakistan liberation War of 1971, the 4th FF Regiment, which at that time was commanded by then Col. Muhammad Mumtaz Malik, was placed in the area of the Hilli Municipality (under Hakimpur Upozila, Dinajpur District), in what was then East Pakistan.
The regiment came under continuous and heavy air, artillery and armour attacks from the Bengali nationalists supported by the Indian Army. Despite enemy superiority in both numbers and firepower, Akram and his men repulsed many attacks on them inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.
He was killed in the attack and was awarded the Nishan e Haider, Pakistan’s highest military honour.
He was buried in the village of Boaldar, Thana/Upozila-Hakimpur, District-Dinajpur, Bangladesh.