GUJRAT

Death anniversary of Maj Aziz Bhatti, the recipient of Pakistan’s highest military award, Nishan-e-Haider, was observed here on Tuesday.

Maj Raja Aziz Bhatti was awarded with Nishan-e-Haider for his valour and bravery against enemy and embracing martyrdom while defending the national frontiers during the 1965 war.

Aziz Bhatti was born in Hong Kong in 1928. He moved to Pakistan before it became independent in 1947, and started living in suburban area Ladian of Gujrat district. In 1950, he was enlisted in the newly formed Pakistani Army and was commissioned to the Punjab Regiment. On September 06, 1965, as Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector, Maj Bhatti chose to move with his forward platoon under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB canal.

Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemy shell arms, tanks and artillery, he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to respond the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell resulting his martyrdom at the age of 37 years.