Today marks the 22nd martyrdom anniversary of Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider) across the country.

The Pakistan Army paid tribute to Khan, who gave his life in an exceptional act of courage during the Kargil conflict and bestowed the Nishan-e-Haider award on him.

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‘On the 22nd Martyrdom Anniversary, the Nation venerates Capt Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed, NH,’ said Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Major General Babar Iftikhar on his official Twitter profile early Monday.

‘Kargil War hero from Swabi, KPK, wrote history with his blood by demonstrating ultimate courage, devotion, and unshakable patriotism to protect the country against all circumstances. We are really proud of him,’ said DG ISPR.

The ‘Lion of Kargil’ was born on January 1, 1970, in Sawabi. The former captain of the Pakistan Army’s 27th Sindh Regiment is one of 10 winners of the country’s highest military honour, the Nishan-e-Haider.

He joined the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) as an airman after finishing his intermediate in Swabi, but then joined the Pakistan Army as a commissioned officer in 1992.

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On 14 October 1994, the slain officer was commissioned in the 27th Sindh Regiment and became a symbol of tenacity and bravery during the Kargil conflict. He set an example of bravery by inflicting severe losses on the enemy.

Khan maintained five key positions in the Gultary region, which he constructed with his men at a height of 17,000 feet. On July 5, 1999, Indians captured a section of one of his positions with the assistance of two battalions.

Despite the odds, Captain Karnal Sher Khan launched a counter-attack and reclaimed the lost territory. He also pursued the enemy and launched many raids in the adversary’s territory. During one such attack, he infiltrated the opposing camp and caused significant losses. During the struggle, he was hit in the chest by a blast of fire and chose martyrdom.