RAWALPINDI – A simple but impressive book launching ceremony on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed’s heroic life as military officer titled “What more can a solider desire” was held here in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was chief guest on this occasion. While speaking on this occasion, the COAS paid rich tribute to Major Shabbir, Nishan-e-Haider (NH), and appreciated the efforts of writer and all those who helped in writing of the book.
The book is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery that he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971. Colonel (Retd) Azam Qadri wrote the book. The writer has made the epic life of that legendary soldier more memorable through his remarkable effort of collecting and compiling the shining moments of the major’s career.
Major Shabir Sharif embraced martyrdom on December 6, 1971 in the Sulemanki Sector. A portion of the book is based upon the letters that Major Shabir wrote to the author, which contains and enumerate not only some historic facts about the Pakistan-India war of 1965, but also present a good reflection of his day-to-day life, as well as his personality.
Speakers which included writer of the book, Major Shabir Shaheed’s son, colleagues and close friends in military and from civil, spoke in detail about the life of great soldier who received highest gallantry award, Nishan-e-Haider in 1971 and Sitar-e-Jurrat in 1965 war. He can be regarded as the highest decorated military officer not only in Pakistan, but maybe internationally.
The book not only galvanises the desire of achievement, but also portrays the parts of Major Shabir’s life in a novel and impressive way. It is worth reading. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior serving and retired armed forces officers, people from all walks of life including media and family members of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed.