Muhammad Sarwar

Muhammad Sarwar
Raja Muhammad Sarwar Khan Bhati
Born 1910
Gujar Khan, Punjab
Died 27 July 1948
Uri, Kashmir
Allegiance Pakistan Army
Years of service 1944 - 1948
Rank Captain
Unit Punjab Regiment
Battles/wars First Kashmir War
Awards Nishan-e-Haider

Raja Muhammad Sarwar Khan Bhati (1910–27 July 1948) (Urdu: محمد سرور) was born in Singhori village, Tehsil Gujar Khan, District of Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. Muhammad Sarwar[1] was a captain in the newly formed Pakistani Army. Commissioned: 1944, Punjab Regiment. In 1947, he volunteered to take part in the battalion organised by the Pakistani Army that entered Kashmir on the order of the then Governor-General Muhammad Ali Jinnah with the object of taking over Kashmir.[citation needed] His regiment managed to outflank the unorganized Indian troops and forced them to retreat out of the parts which are now known as Northern Areas in one of the battles of the First Kashmir War. He was killed by machine gun fire while advancing through a barbed wire barricade.

During the Kashmir Operations soon after the birth of Pakistan, as Company Commander[2] of the 2nd Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, Captain Sarwar launched an attack causing heavy casualties against a strongly fortified enemy position in the Uri Sector under heavy machine gun, grenade and mortar fire. But on 27 July 1948, as he moved forward with six of his men to cut their way through a barbed wire barrier, he died when his chest was riddled by a burst of heavy machine gun fire.

In recognition for his valor, Sarwar was postmumously awarded the Nishan-E-Haider, Pakistan's highest military decoration.[3][4]

In addition Sarwar Shaheed College was named after his honor.

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