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Major Muhammad Akram (Urdu: محمد اکرم; c. 1941–1971), was a Pakistan Army officer who was killed at the Battle of Hilli and was posthumously awarded Nishan-e-Haider for his actions.[1]

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Muhammad Akram
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The Portrait of Maj. Muhammad Akram (1938–71)
Nickname(s)Raja Akram
Born(1938-04-04)April 4, 1938
Dingha, Punjab, British India
DiedDecember 5, 1971(1971-12-05) (aged 33)
Hili, Dinajpur, East Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1961–71
RankOF-3 Pakistan Army.svgUS-O4 insignia.svgMajor
Unit54th Sikhs badge.jpg 4th Frontier Force Regiment
Commands held4th Btn. Frontier Force Regiment
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani war of 1965
Bangladesh Liberation War
MemorialsNishan Haider Ribbon.gif Nishan-e-Haider (1971)
WebsiteISPR site

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Military careerEdit

Akram was born in Military Hospital, Mari Cantonment, Karachi, British India. He was an alumnus of Military College Jhelum.[2] In 1960, he was accepted by the Pakistan Military Academy and eventually graduated in 1961. He gained a commission in 1961 as part of the 4th Frontier Force Regiment.[1] He participated in 1965 Indo-Pak September War as a Captain where he led several successful military operations against the Indian Army. While stationed in Lahore, he commanded a small company which led several decisive operations against the Indian Armed Forces.[citation needed]

Nishan-e-Haider actionEdit

 
Major Akram Shaheed Memorial

During the east Pakistan War of 1971, the 4th FF Regiment, which at that time was commanded by then Col. Muhammad Mumtaz Malik, was placed in the forward area of the Hilli Municipality (under Hakimpur Upozila, Dinajpur District), in what was then East Pakistan.[citation needed] The regiment came under continuous and heavy air, artillery and armour attacks from the Indian Army. Despite enemy superiority in both numbers and firepower, Akram and his men repulsed many attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.[3] He was killed in the attack and was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan's highest military honour.[3]

He was buried in the village of Boaldar, Thana/Upozila-Hakimpur (Banglahilly), District-Dinajpur. There is a monument, Major Akram Shaheed Memorial, in the midst of Jhelum city.

Awards and decorationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pakistan Army Website, retrieved 10 February 2013
  2. ^ "ALAMGIRIAN SHUHADA – Military College Jhelum". militarycollege.edu.pk. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Shaheed Foundation Website, retrieved 10 February 2013