- Major Raja Aziz Bhatti’s martyrdom anniversary is a poignant reminder of the remarkable sacrifices.
- Major Aziz Bhatti’s courageous leadership and unwavering resolve as a company commander.
- Major Bhatti’s sacrifice, his decision to stay with his platoon under relentless enemy fire.
Today, on the 58th anniversary of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti’s martyrdom, we pay tribute to this brave soldier who was posthumously honored with the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military gallantry award. Major Aziz Bhatti’s sacrifice during the 1965 war stands as a powerful testament to the unwavering dedication of Pakistan’s armed forces in safeguarding our homeland.
Every year, on September 12, we commemorate the indomitable spirit of Major Bhatti with great reverence. His story symbolizes the essence of the Nishan-e-Haider, the pinnacle of valor and courage. Major Aziz Bhatti, serving as a company commander in the Burki area of Lahore front during the 1965 conflict, demonstrated exceptional bravery.
Born in a village near Kharian, Gujarat, in pre-Independence India, Aziz Bhatti migrated to Pakistan in 1947. He subsequently joined the Pakistani Army and was commissioned into the Punjab Regiment in 1950, where he served with dedication. His posting in the Burki area of the Lahore sector would mark a defining chapter in his military career.
During a critical juncture in the 1965 war, Major Bhatti made a pivotal decision. Under relentless and heavy enemy fire from Indian tanks and artillery, he chose to lead his platoon forward. From September 6, 1965, Major Bhatti and his platoon faced incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights while defending the strategic BRB Canal.
Major Bhatti’s leadership and unwavering resolve were evident as he organized the defense of the canal. He fearlessly directed his men to respond to the enemy’s fire, even in the face of small arms, tanks, and artillery attacks. Tragically, he was struck by an enemy tank shell and attained martyrdom on September 12, 1965.