ISLAMABAD – The martyrdom anniversary of Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider), gallant son of 15 Punjab Regiment, is being commemorated today (Sunday) across the country.
Lance Naik Muhammad Mehfooz was brave officer of 15 Punjab Regiment. He embraced martyrdom on December 1971 while defending the motherland at Atari, Wagah border.
Muhammad Mehfooz was born on October 25, 1944 in village Malkan of district Rawalpindi. He received his early education from his village and in 1962 joined Pakistan Army and after completion of basic Military Training in 1963 he was placed in 15 Punjab Regiment.
He took part in Indo-Pak war of 1971 at Wahga border. At night of December 17, one company of 15 Punjab was ordered to attack Kangri Pull inside enemy territory.
During attack, a bomb exploded near L/Nk Muhammad Mehfooz , which badly injured him and his machine gun was also became out of order. He crawled in a nearby trench of a martyr firer and got hold of his machine gun and started firing.
Meanwhile, he noticed that an enemy machine gun was effectively engaging Pak troops. Muhammad Mehfooz crawled towards the enemy trench and on reaching he caught the enemy firer form his neck and pushed him to death, meanwhile two other enemy soldiers kept on stabbing him with their bayonets.
L/Nk Muhammad Mehfooz got badly injured and embraced Shahadat, however his clutches never left the neck of his adversary, which was later freed with a great effort.