Riding with Major Tufail Muhammad, commandant Gilgit Scouts, at Minimarg, Astore - circa 1950s.
The former would be awarded the Nishan-e-Haider for valour in combat, at Lakshmipur, East Pakistan, in 1958 - laying down his life in process.
"Wasim got an initial bullet wound and his buddy pulled him and made him sit with his back against a rocky boulder. in his last radio call he stated that his ammo had finished and he was pulling out his Glock
." remembering the fallen of Inzar Gul, Tirah; utter carnage.
Capt Wasim ud Din Razi Shaheed
Pride of Nation
Pride of 115LC ex 31PR, 3CDO bn SSG.
Course mate of:
Capt Abbas rizvi shaheed 18SR
Capt Salman sarwar Shaheed 42Lancers
Capt m. Waqas khan shaheed 29Signals
Capt Ansar Abbas Shaheed 1AK
Capt Ali mehmood shaheed 8NLI 5 commando battalion
Captain Waseem -ud- Din Razi. on 5th April 2013 this brave son of Pakistan embraced martyrdom in the Tirah Valley.
Born 29 April 1987 in Karachi, Captain Waseem was a gutsy young commando of the SSG who, since his passing out, had participated in many furious military actions including the Swat operation.
As if guided by an inner intuition, Waseem this time paid a short visit to his ancestral home in Islamabad to seek permission for going for Jihad in the line of duty, before the last mission of his life. “It is binding upon us to seek permission from parents before proceeding for Jihad,” he had said. After acquiring that permission from his mother, he loudly said goodbye to all, briskly walked to the vehicle waiting outside his home, and never looked back.
He had promised his mother to call when he reached the operational area. When he did, his mother asked where he was. He replied, “I have reached the place where I was supposed to be”.
During the Swat operation, says his family, Waseem had moments where he questioned what he was doing: Is it okay to fight against our own brothers? He would wonder. But when he encountered the opponents on the ground, he found that the militants, who claimed to be fighting for Islam, were themselves violating Islamic injunctions. Waseem was disturbed at their brutality, their executions and hostage-taking and their acts of forcing young girls to marry them against their will. Since then,
Capt Waseem Shaheed very devotedly started seeking inspiration from the guiding principles of religion, and had a clear understanding of the concepts of martyrdom and Jihad. He knew that this was his war, and in the valley of Tirah, he gave his life fighting it.
Standing by the grave of Captain (Hon) Faiz Muhammad, a legend, with nothing much to say except “sorry it turned out like it did” and 21 guns for his 32 years of his service in the wind, I decided that I will tell the story of a real celebrity from 5th Battalion of the Azad Kashmir Regiment, who became an Olympian in serendipity. The discovery of the legend was by accident. The 77 year old Faiz took his last breath on the morning of October 29, 2014, leaving behind a legend waiting posthumous gratitude from its own people who he had once made proud.
President’s Pride of Performance Olympian Captain Faiz won three successive gold medals (1962, 1966 and 1970) in the British Empire Commonwealth Games. He was an Asian gold medalist and winner of national wrestling championships in different weight categories from 1957 to 1984. He represented Pakistan’s wrestling team in three Olympics (1956, 1960 and 1964), coached Pakistan’s wrestling team for a long time, became referee of the International Wrestling Federation and flag bearer in SAF games.
As a young adjutant in 1987, I reminisce of the 50 year old Pehlwan Sahib, as he would be known in the unit, entering the office to discuss the unit’s wrestling team, carrying an iron bar weighing around seven kilograms to maintain his feats of strength. He was simple, humble, firm and focused. Every year he would visit the unit even after his retirement and irrespective of his national and international commitments to train the unit wrestlers.
After sorting out administrative details, I asked him about his journey to national and international fame. Engrossed in his thoughts he said, “sahib every soul has luck hanged on its forehead, which is an oily hair strung around and upon catching it slips away. It was the fortunate happenstance that I managed to catch and hold it. He stared at me with his deep, drooping hazel eyes wrinkled in his skin and began narrating the happenstance which is nothing but a story of passion.
In another casual conversation, I asked him as to why he came every year in the unit to train wrestlers, he said, “sahib my mission is not merely to survive as a retired wrestler, but to thrive to do so with some passion, some compassion and search for passion that was born in my unit.”
As a young soldier in the deployed unit, he was sent to the company’s cookhouse and nobody asked him what he could do for his nation, rather admonished him for the bad lunch he had prepared. He was sent to the unit’s wrestling team practicing downhill with the instructions to ‘rub him well’. That was the beginning of his fortunate happenstance.
The hour long thrashing, bruises and insults did not discourage him, instead it sparked within him new hopes. His courage was not without fear; rather it was about catching the strung oily hair on his forehead, which he predicted more than his trepidation. Few weeks later he availed two month long privileged leave in Gujranwala; where his Kashmiri family had settled after migration from held-Kashmir.
He had heard stories of the wrestler Ghulam Muhammad, better known as The Great Gama, the greatest wrestler to have ever walked the surface of the earth. He idealized him. Faiz believed in the fact that heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with. Everyday much before dawn he went to the fields to replace plough bullocks with his shoulders and began cutting the hard clay with the sharpened blade of the plough.
He inquired about the training methods and feats of strength of the Great Gama and like Great Gama, Faiz included two gallons of milk per day mixed with a pound of crushed almond paste and fruit juice to his diet. He trained everyday, performing 3000 squats and 3000 pushups. He also included Santola and Zor on daily basis and performed squats while wearing apparatus of 100 pounds, besides conventional wrestling workouts he also used chakki, lizam and mugdar twice a week. He engaged a team of wrestlers from the nearby akhara to rub him with dry mustard after every workout session.
It was the era of pehalwani, the akhara was ruled by Bholu Pehalwan, Aslam Pehalwan, Azam Pehalwan, Akram Pehalwan and Goga Pehalwan, but he went to a small akhara. He began focusing on Pehalwani of the subcontinent style and combined former malla-yuddha with Persian kushti.
This was difficult as it required learning tricks of gaining and losing weight and above all the art of being fantastically ambitious in the pursuit of his passion. In the end he said, “Sahib no hero is braver than anyone else, he is just braver five minutes longer”.
Back in the unit he was detailed on sentry duties, but instead of only standing guard, he started performing squats and pushups. This did not remain unnoticed and soon he was summoned before the duty NCO. This practice continued whenever he would stand on duty and finally the matter was brought before the Commanding Officer who inducted him in the unit’s kushti team. The notion of fortunate happenstance had completed and the oily hair began swinging on his forehead.
In his 32 year long career, 16 years less than the career of Great Gama, he won more than hundred national and international medals, remained national wrestling champion for 27 years (1957-1987), became the winner of British Empire Commonwealth Games, Asian gold medalist, Olympian and achieved the Pride of Performance.
Standing on his grave I reeled the romanticism of tragedy that existed in his life, because his life was full of rage; perhaps he had challenged the life full of rage. I said goodbye to his fated journey hand in hand with Great Gamawhom he had never met but who had given him the passion that surged the immensity in his life. The laughter we all could see, but his tears were unseen. I wonder why great heroes need great sorrows and half of their greatness goes unnoticed. Perhaps, it is all part of the fairy tale called life.
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Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed : Heroic Story of Supreme Sacrifice
Unit:................................................. 20th Baloch Regiment. Year of Commission:.......................2015. Hometown:...................................... Kahuta Panyali (Punjab). Date of Shahadat (Martyrdom):. 20 June 2020. Place of Shahadat: ........................Shaktu Algad (North Waziristan).
Watan Baqi Rahe Ye Zindagi To Ani Jani Hai….
Bas Yehi Allah Ke Sheroo Ke Tarz E Zindagani Hai!
Freedom is not free; someone must pay the price. Freedom price can be paid by blood of young men, serving for our peace. This price was paid by Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed who embraced shahadat on 20th June 2020. On this day Pakistani army was following a lead of an informant for an IBO.
Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed got information from one of his informants that most wanted TTP commanders are having meeting at a compound. Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed without wasting any time asked for go ahead from 2IC, which he rejected as it was not safe. Then Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed contacted CO although was on leave. He gave permission to go for operation.
Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed assembled team of 2 JCOs including Sepoy Naveed Akhtar Shadeed with him and went out for operation with very limited ammunition in civil dress.
On arrival Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed spotted 2 of the wanted TTP commanders name as “Talwar and Gohar”. He wirelessed to his senior officer (Major); I must most wanted commanders in front of me what should I do? He asked him to wait, he is coming with backup. Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed knew waiting is not an option right now they will miss this chance of hell bounding these commanders. He replied “Sir main wait nai kr sakta ap party ly k phochien aur cobra ko bula lien main aghy bhar rha houn”
As Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed proceeded with the mission he killed both the commander with headshot and wirelessed back with his final words “Sir dono mary gai hain humien gher liya giya ha ap jaldi krien Pakistan Zindabad”. They were surrounded by unknown number of men.
When backup party approached and tried contacting with Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed and Sepoy Naveed Akhtar. They were completely silent and soon backup party found bodies of both Shuhada. Sepoy Naveed Akhtar Shaheed was shot 7-8 times and Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed was shot 34 times.
Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed & Sepoy Naveed Akhtar Shaheed achieved which army was not able to achieve from a long time. Army conducted operation with SSG to get these commanders many times, but they always managed to escape but this time Allah had his plans. The valor of both Shuhada is unmatched and they preferred Pakistan over their lives.
Mother of Captain Sabih Abrar told “He was such an obedient son that I never had to cook because Sabih used to do all cooking when he used to come on leave”. Father Of Captain Sabih Abrar told “I am very proud of my son, he has set an example of bravery for his brothers & cousins” His brother told “I met Sabih bhai in Ramadan , his words were “main nai choro ga talibano ko jaan bhi deni pari main dy doun ga likn main choro ga nai in ko” His cousin told “Sabih Bhai used to call me every time when he used to visit home, let’s go for hunting and we have a lot of memories together”. Every member of his family misses his presence. Truly a story of valor. It is also important to mention Captain Sabih Abrar Shaheed got married 6 months prior to his Shahadat.
His parents wanted him to be an engineer, but he preferred to join the army, followed his passion to server nation as defender and defended till his last breath. He was commissioned by the Pakistan Army in 2015 and participated in various counter-terror operations in South & North Waziristan Agency. He also served in killing mountains of Siachen in his early days of commission.