After India captured Tiger Hill during the Kargil conflict in 1999, Pakistan launched a fierce counterattack led by Captain Karnal Sher Khan. His bravery made Pakistan take back some territory, however, they were eventually defeated by the Indian forces. In the cross-firing, Captain Khan was eventually shot and killed. However, Brigadier Bajwa, who was in-charge of the Indian operations at Tiger Hill, decided to treat the enemy Captain with respect and honour his sacrifice. After getting Sher Khan’s body pulled down from the mountain top, Brigadier Bajwa wrote a small letter as a tribute to the Captain and placed it in his pocket. After the body was received in Pakistan, the note from the Indian Brigadier was central to Captain Khan's posthumously getting the Nishan-e-Haider, many years later.