KARACHI: A great son of Pakistan who laid down his life for the defence of the country, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti 50th death anniversary was observed on Saturday (today).
Major Raja Aziz Bhatti was a Pakistan Army Staff Officer who received Pakistan’s highest award Nishan-e-Haider for great feat of valor.
He was born in Hong Kong in 1928. He moved to Pakistan before it became independent in 1947 and lived in the village of Ladian, in the district of Gujrat.
There he enlisted with the newly formed Pakistani Army and was commissioned to the Punjab Regiment in 1950.
On 6 September 1965 after India attacked with the largest ever number of tanks, Major Bhatti as Company Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector 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 enemies’ tanks and artillery,he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire untilhe was hit by an enemy tank shell which killed him on 12 September 1965. He was 37 years old.